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Today I got back into the swing of things (kinda) and ran 5.67 miles. I just about DIED.

55:38 total
hr 175 avg
hr 189 peak
643 kcals
TE 5 (out of 5!!!)

27:27 out
28:10 back

I wanted to do a negative split but the fact that I walked for a few :10 when my heart rate was jacked up pretty much killed that. And I also hit the long light so I had to wait over :60 on the way back, when I had to wait less than :30 on the way out.

Then me and my mom went to see Water for Elephants; it was ok. The book was naturally so much better.

It’s interesting to note that since I’ve basically taken the past 2.5 weeks off, my hamstring pain was virtually non-existant, my sciatica pain was 100% gone, and I have not been sick. I also lost weight (muscle) but I was way thinner than before.

I am so off the Vineman training program I have no idea how I’ll get back on in less than 2 months.


Dear Diary,

Friday I was semi-hungover from the Rickhouse the night before. I was drinking the drink whose names was in homage to its previous haunt, the Ginger’s Trois. So what I did was walk-run on the treadmill for :30. Lame, but beter than nothing.

Saturday I was up and at ’em and swam for :32, rode my bike for 1:35, and ran for :30. Then I went over to Bruce’s house and organized my stuff for the big road trip coming up. I went to bed at 9:30.
swim: 32:13
bike: 1:34:06 (140 HR avg)
run 33:41 (166 HR avg)

TE 3.7
HR 146 avg
HR 185 peak
kcals 1,001

Sunday I woke up at like 4, ouch. Jessie and I were going to go for a bike ride, but it was raining. Boo! So I had Easter breakfast with Kins and the boys… strawberry shortcake! And the Easter Bunny brought me a basket! Then I did a lot of laundry and took a nap. I was supposed to go to the Hunky Jesus Contest but when I woke up it was super nice out in SF and so I got on my bike and tested my new shoes and cleats instead. Wildflower is next weekend so I should be on my bike as much as possible.

Today I got up and ran for :40. It was a great treadmill run, I wish all my runs would be like that. I did:

:05 warm up at 6mph
:10 +2 stops faster
:15 +2 stops faster
:20 +2 stops faster
:25 +2 stops faster
:30 +2 stops faster
:35 +2 stops faster then 2 more stops faster. I was eventually running 7:30 mile minutes. Fast!
:40 warm down

TE 3.8
HR 163 avg
HR 183 peak
396 kcals

This morning I woke up at 5:29, and got to the gym at 6:23.

My normal spin guy was not there this morning, we had a sub. He was ok. I do appreciate the Daft Punk in the am though, brings me back to a few Burning Man sunrises for some reason.

Here are some fun Daft Punk videos that deserve another viewing:

classic Daft Hands

and Daft Bodies

Now someone at work is blasting “Take My Breath Away” so now I feel like seeing Top Gun. Ugh, great.

I spun for an hour, then swam for :30. But somehow my HRM got totally jacked up and it wouldn’t turn off. So I called the suunto 800 number and I talked to this woman who instructed me how to fix it. She knew how to work this HRM like no other. Then, as I was listening to her, I realized that she sounded just like a producer I’ve worked with before, so I said, “Are you Italian by any chance?” And she said, laughing, “Yes, I am.” And then I said “And have you spent time in the UK?” and she kinda gasped and said “Wow, yes I have.” And I said, “I thought so, you sound exactly like this woman Valentina I’ve worked with.” It was so weird, she was her audio twin! Total sound twin. It was nuts.

Oh! And there was a 3.8 in SF yesterday. Shook my chair hard. Yuck.

BIG props to gal pal New Karen who just completed Boston about an hour ago! You did it!!

Yesterday I did my long (slow) run (1:17:35) and burned at a TE of 4.6 with a 165 avg hr, 186 peak, 790 kcals. I was also supposed to swim but I didn’t, so there.

Today was my off day so I just did a TRX class this morning. It was kinda hard and very gimicky.

Last night was the first night I slept in my contacts. My eyes were stuck together this morning, yuck.

Sidenote: In an effort to be more ergonomic, I ‘borrowed’ a smaller aero chair at work for my desk, am using the under the table keyboard extend a thingy, and have pulled my big monitor closer (doesn’t need to be so far away with my contacts!)

Today the fog rolled into San Francisco and boy is it thick.

I did my own little triathlon today:

swim: :21:33:70
bike: 1:15:21
run: :39:33:20, but I got the worst side cramp in the history of side cramps and I had to walk a lot. I was only supposed to do :30 and it took me :39 to finish. Bust! But the first 1/2 of the run I felt great.

hr 156 avg
hr 181 peak
total 2:16:28
kcals 1,014
TE 3.5

I did eat the caffeine orange shot bloks and they work, let me tell you.

Leaving the gym they were shooting something called Top Gear. Market Street was closed and there was a little car being shot by a zooming matte black SUV with one of those articulating jib arms.

Oh and I swam in my contacts, rode and ran with them too. It’s amazing to be able to read your watch during training!

Last night we went to dinner with B and A at starbelly and it was so much fun. My ‘shroom ‘za was so yummy.

This morning I overslept (well, I didn’t really want to get up) and so I went to spin class at lunch instead. :45 minutes. It was super hard.

156 hr avg
176 hr peak
407 kcals
TE 3.5

Tomorrow is another day!

Last night we went to Mexican for dinner in West Portal, it was good! This morning was another photo finish running for the MUNI. This time Stefan jumped on the train too to get to 19th ave so he could hit the pool.

Today I did the annoying spin class then stayed on for an hour total (I would have gone longer but I had to go to the bathroom!) I am sorry but the teacher is just annoying. She is just not at the Equinox level. I think the amount of people in the class is indicative that she is just not cutting the mustard; there were about 10-12 that started and then 2-3 left during class. Compared to the Tuesday 6:30 class, which is almost to capacity at 40+ bikes and no one leaves; that’s a big difference.

Then I ran for :30 (warm up/8% incline/7%/6%/then repeat) and had super thick socks on and my feet didn’t hurt that badly but still the blisters are there and they are also annoying. I did use one of those fancy wet cold towels with eucalyptus on it the gym provides to refresh oneself so that was nice!

Bike = 1:00:25, 136 hr avg
“transition” (bathroom break) = :08, 103 hr avg
Run = :30.04, 170 hr avg

total 1:39:45

total 750 kcals
187 peak
143 avg
TE 3.6

One thing that sucks is that my watch asked me if I wanted to change my Class Activity from 8.5 to 8.0, which means that my watch does not think that I work out hard enough to be 8.5. Bust. I didn’t change it.

When I was getting dressed I asked the nice lady who works in the ladies locker room “como esta?” and that started an entire conversation en Espanol that I only got about 30%. She answered “muy contenta” which I thought was so lovely. Then it carried over to the mirror area, then it continued until I was leaving. I think she was starved to talk to someone in Spanish that did not work there. She made cute little gestures about my shoes and my dress and I think it meant she liked them (it could have been “Get thee to a nunnery, you whore!”) and then I said “hasta manana!” and she continued to talk about something (it really sounded like she was saying “mucho calore”, which would mean she was calling me ‘hot’) until I was out of the locker room.

Today I broke ranks and did not get a “plain-bagel-peanut-butter-jelly” at Lee’s. I got a starbucks instead and was HIGHLY CAFFEINATED for the morning. In fact it’s almost 3 and I am still sipping on it.

This morning I got up at 5:30 and then all of a sudden the MUNI was coming in HOT so my went from 11 minutes to 6 minutes like that (snaps fingers) so I literally had to RUN flat out to the stop. But I got the train! From where I am staying you can see Taraval Street and the train too and so when I was on the train I got a text from Stefan saying “I was 84.7% sure you wouldn’t make it”. Ha! But if there wasn’t an elderly couple getting on slowly I _would_ have missed it (who rides the streetcar at 5:40am?). I always feel like a little kid running with my heavy backpack on, smashing from side to side. It feels so childlike to me, it’s kinda nice.

I got to the gym at 6:15, whoa fast. Then I was on the treadmill about 6:20 and ran for :15 before class started. Then we did ladders and rolling hills.

Here is the breakdown of my laps on my HRM:
lap 1 – pre workout run @14:21
lap 2 – not sure what this is, I think it’s part of the tred and shred class. She had us jump off the treadmill and do push ups, I think I created a lap then @ 19:55 (+5.34)
lap 3 – I think this is the rest of the Tred and Shred class @ 51:22 (+31.67). I am STILL getting blisters on my poor feet.
lap 4 – I think this is the stretch from the Tred and Shred class, and transition to the weights room/waiting for class to start @ 1:02:20 (+10.98)
last lap – this is the 2 classes together – kettle bell and pilates/matt/core class @ 1:59:54 (+~:58)

total – 1:59:54
(I think anyway, I have no idea. It’s so hard to tell these stupid laps on my HRM!)

HR 138 avg – which gets brought down a lot since the mat classes were not aerobic
HR 187 peak – def on the treadmill
kcals 832
TE 3.7 – also brought down a lot during mat class. Rounded up to 4, my TE = “This workout highly improves your aerobic performance, if repeated 1 to 2 times per week. In order to achieve optimal development, it requires 2 to 3 recuperative workouts (with a Training Effect of 1–2) per week.”

Then I signed up for text alerts for when New Karen runs Boston on Monday, tried but failed to find Blue Man Group tickets, chatted with Bonnie about how many weddings she has to go to this year, and also did a LOT of work in between.

Today I got up at 5:28, and MUNI was effed. I waited for the train and then when it came, it was a bus! So we got shuttled to West Portal where we all had to change to an inbound. What a hassle, it made me late for class (again). Why do I get stressed at being late for a 6:30 AM class? Because the teacher is super cool and he says things like “Folks, we’re gonna work your beautiful walking sticks today” and “I always win my age group in every race I do… 44 Jewish males from Idaho”. He is comic relief early in the morning.

I spun for 1:15:37 and then swam for :22:59, but there was a LINE to swim in the pool. That’s right, a line. But I think that’s because I was about :15 later than normal since MUNI effed me. So of course I couldn’t swim that long. Bust. (There was also a line to shower before going into the pool, so I didn’t do that either. Ew!)

Total kcals were 671, 174 peak hr, 143 avg hr, TE 2.7. I had a 13:58 break between getting changed into my suit and waiting to swim! SHEESH!

Also, today for the first time EVER I tried contact lenses!! What the what!? The entire world is new and sharp. So glad I just paid all this money on a new pair of Prada’s…

Let’s see, I took Friday -Sunday off. How decadent!

This morning I ran for 1:01:09 (TE 5.0, I forget what that means) 177 hr avg, 710kcals, 190hr peak. I ran from Pine Street up the Embarcadero to Fort Mason. That last hill got me at 190. It was about 6 miles, slightly over. Still so slow. Oh well. God is Aquatic Park gorgeous. And that Golden Gate Bridge ain’t too shabby either.

Let’s see, TE stands for Training Effect, which according to my Suunto HRM, tells me how I am training. So at a 5 I am at my max – “This workout helps you greatly improve your aerobic performance, but only if followed by a sufficient recuperation period. Training at this level requires an extremely high level of exertion and should not be performed often.”

In looking back at my log, it seems like all my runs are TE 5’s, and my spinning is at a 2-3.9. See, I am so bad at running it’s telling me to stop!

Also, my shoes still give me blisters!! Ugh!!

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