Monday, November 17, 2014

Lesson Learned 11/16/14

Lesson Learned from a past swim session...competitive swimming is hard (challenging) if you want to do it right AND be successful. I could easily get away with a basic stroke but to compete it is so much more then a basic stroke. It is work! It is using muscles you did not think you had to pull you through currents, its knowing how to breath on the 2, 4 or even 6 and pushing through when you lungs are screaming for air. Its knowing how k relax when there is nothing under you but water or someone rolling on top of you. Swimming is so much more than a basic stroke.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Lesson Learned 11 14 2014

I over think my swim so my stroke is tense and breathing is clumsy and erratic, which makes for a horrible swim.  In the endless pool this morning I caught myself over thinking, I finally paused and said if my coach is not correcting me (she is the expert) why am I correcting me.  She will tell me what I need to do.  Once that sunk in my swim, at least this morning, felt better!.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

My Tri Journey Lessons Learned

Lesson Learned from my swim session...competitive swimming is hard (challenging) if you want to do it right AND be successful.  I could easily get away with a basic stroke but to compete it is so much more then a basic stroke. Its is work!  It is using muscles you did not think you had to pull you through currents, its knowing how to breath on the 2, 4 or even 6 and pushing through when you lungs are screaming for air.  Its knowing how k relax when there is nothing under you but water or someone rolling on top of you. Swimming is so much more than a basic stroke.


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

My Tri Journey Lessons Learned

Lesson Learned from today's Bike/Run Brick....Too big cycle shorts are a pain in a butt and some others places!  
#ChamoisButtrOnlyDoesSoMuch #TMI #TimeToGoShop #bootyHurt #iGotChafIn LowPlaces

Sunday, October 5, 2014

My Tri Journey Lessons Learned

 People will always give advice on how you should swim but remember they may not be training for triathlons and their advice will be specific for THEIR training or routine.  I received plenty of advice last night that did not line up with my drills training so I thanked them and kept doing what my coach wants me to do.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Fear

This past week I have been dealing with a lot of ups and downs and I've noticed that it seems to have taking a major effect on me, my lifestyle, my workout, my job and everything.   In fact, I have been dealing with a lot for the past couple of years... circumstances have elevated a sense of fear and panic in me to where I am inmobile at times. I think to myself this is not good because I've noticed that during my tasks or activities 
I'm forgetting things, I'm not driving like I should and I'll begin to get deeper and deeper into a sense of depression...not actual depression but a sense of depression to where I feel like I am failing and not being successful. 

 You get to the point where you are wondering why me..why me but then your eyes begin to open and you say why not me.   During this time of transition as I call it or growth or whatever, I'm begin to learn a lot and see a lot of mistakes that I've made.  Sometimes it takes a slap upside the head and a jolt to the system(which is what fear is a jolt ) to get you to realize where you lack in strength or you're a little weak.  When we are jolted like that and we can actually see those areas and work on those areas to make ourselve stronger.  For me, a lot of it came back to details and also humbling myself when I'm very boneheaded, critique others or am I tend to forget where I came from and where I started.  I began to realize I wasn't putting forth a lot of effort in a lot of different things and because of the emotional roller coaster I was going up and down I just want to let things slide and just let things go because I felt like I had no control.  This spilled over into every aspect my job, my family, my training and it was a wake up call because if I did not wake up I would sink into an actual depression.  I had to get real and I understand I could pray and pray and pray but if I did not recognize the areas where I needed to improve praying for strength or whatever would not get me there.  I had to see it for myself and then pray on that to be stronger to be able to correct and do I need to do to.  The positive thing is I recognize it and I know what I need to do.  Is it a struggle? yes I still doubt myself a lot I still have insecurities I still think sometimes that arise to the occasion with being scared but the important thing about is that I recognize it and then I step out and do what I need to do to make it better.  I am victorious and bound to be more than good enough!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Humid runs make for wet butts!

Today's long run Saturday and it's a hot and humid day,  one of those days where you just thankful that you own a hydration belt.  
Today we got in 6 miles of our half marathon training and groups were wonderful.  
 I am so overjoyed when I look at others who are enthusiastic about running and running correctly they want to know how to run correctly.  
This run like I said it was humid and when I finish it looked as if I just ran through a downpour. Everything was wer from my hat to my socks.   
I am so glad that I bought the seat covers because recently my towels have not been able to do the job.  Whoever came up with the idea for the seatcover thank you from the bottom of my heart my car doesn't smell like a sweatshop in my seats are actually dry!!  
No more sweaty wer butt seat!  Lolol

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Salomon Park Hydro Handset

The Salmon Park Hydro Handset features a 16 oz (500mL) soft flask that collapses as you drink to prevent liquid from sloshing and a unique hand strap that allows your hand to stay relaxed. The soft mesh hand strap can be worn on your left or right hand, and in several different ways so you always find a comfortable position.

 A mesh zipper pocket is big enough to fit an iPhone, keys and gels, while a small open mesh pocket fits a single energy gel, ID or key; reflective details increase visibility in low-light conditions.  www.runningwarehouse.com

As we all know hydration is essential for health and performance but if you are anything like me you hate to hold, carry or wear anything extra when you go for a run especially when it is blazing hot.  The extra weight is tiring, cumbersome and very irritating.  A handheld can cause your hands to get crampy and a waist belt can rub against your skin and can feel off balance.  

I need water so I searched for a new hydration system and came across the Solomon Park Hydro Handset.  After reading the website description I figure what the heck let me give it a try.  

The maker claims "Park Hydro fits comfortably in your hand, with a stretch carrying system and 500ml flask that compresses as you drink. Small external pocket fits a car key, mobile phone, MP3 player, or gels"  

I placed my order and as always running warehouse delivered quickly and without incident.  Once i opened the package, i was somewhat surprised as the sized of the bottle, not sure why I expected it to be daintier but it was bigger then what I expected.  The manufacturer claims one size fits all .

Well over all it did what it was suppose to do.  It was a little awkward being on my wrist and i felt myself compensating for the weight not that it is extremely heavy but it is something you have to take in consideration when running.  

I continued to  grab the handset as if it was a handheld bottle, I think this was more out of habit.  As soon as I learned to relax my hand my arm swing was a little smoother.  What I did have an issue with was when the bottled started to empty I had to adjust the straps because it was really loose around my wrist.  Oh yeah and then you get that swishy sound that may cause some folks to do the hold the peepee run. 

 Another thing is that since I run with just a sports bra the material kept rubbing against me.  Quick arm adjustment and I was fine.  Not to much of an adjustment where my gait was off but similar to what you would do if you have on a hydration belt.  I did looooove the room of the pockets I was able to put my phone, keys and GU with no issue.  Love the storage and it did not alter the feel of the hydration system

Overall the product is good, Im not overly WOWED but it will do the job.  The cost in my opinion is a little high but Im cheap so that ain't saying much.   Love the roomy pockets, and the material is comfortable, nice and airy.  Bottles are easy to fill and I am able to order replacements.  It is a one size fit all with an adjustable belt, now I used all three sizes (S, M, L)and it all felt the same to me.  Easy to strap on and adjust BUT it takes a little time to get use to the weight on your wrist.  I have to take this out for a few more runs and see if I can break it in a little more.  They do have a newer version but I will have to check that out when I get paid again. Aint none of this is free!  LOLOL!

Overall Scale of 1 - 5.... 3.5

 

Highlights

  • Hand-held water carrier
  • 18 oz/500ml Soft Flask with blaster valve included
  • Small external pocket fits a car key, cell phone, MP3 player, or gels
  • One size fits all design
  • Reflective for visibility
  • Weight: 2.8 oz

Technology

  • 70D Ripstop nylon with polyurethane
  • Elastic Power Mesh
  • 3D Mesh
  • Fast wicking fabrics
  • Elastic jersey material
  • PVC, Phthalate, and BPA -free

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Fit Friend Spotlight Ve Byrd



This morning I had a few people in mind who I wanted to highlight today for Fit Friend but after seeing a response to a post I knew exactly who I wanted to spotlight! Ve Byrd, I want to thank you for not only being active in this June Challenge but also taking it a step further and documenting your journey. Documenting has helped her realize where she is, needs to be and helps keep her on track. I have known Ve for a long time. She is a riot and will have you rolling laughing if not cussing! LOL She has a beautiful smile that is always camera ready (I dont know how she does it) and her hair is FIERCE!! She was a run lead for BGR, a bad arse when she did Crossfit, boxing and also ran with a Tribe called Sprinters. Lets give a virtual hand clap and a high 5 with a hootie-hoo for Ve!!!! Love you BOO!!!!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

It's time for me to get back

I created this blog for me to express and encourage others in their journey.  I have fallen short of doing that . I look back at the last posting of my blog and I am like OH MY GOODNESS!  It has been far to long.  So it is time for me to get back, back to writing and not worry about the how it looks. 

I was thinking to myself this morning how I had lost my focus on life.  I am doing so much and I do not feel as if I am getting anywhere...like I am in a continual cycle.  Well it is time to start focusing on faith, family, friends, and fun.  

I will start to document my athletic journey the good the bad the ugly and the unglued.  Yep the unglued!!!! I will start to document my attempts to get faster, stronger and healthier.  I have few goals and some of them seem lofty...uhhhh like Ironman Competition.  Yep I said it I want to do it but only in Gods time.  I have a lot of steps I have to climb before I am somewhat mentally prepared to accomplish that.  

Yeah I need to get my head right first.  I have to not left outside circumstances sway me, I have to be focus and strong in my training and in life.  I have a lot of stuff that I need to overcome but I will do it.  So here is to training, coaching and living.  Lets do this!!!

M4W with Coach Keish