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2011 Nautica Malibu Triathlon

This morning’s Facebook post:

There is no can or cannot.  There is only TRI.  It’s go-time. 

Of course, I posted that as I was getting up at 3:30 AM.  Yes.  3:30 AM.  Crazy!

This was the 2nd year that I participated in the Nautica Malibu Triathlon.  I was bound & determined to beat my time from last year.  And last year, I was only 2 minutes (2 minutes!) away from making it onto the podium in 5th place.  So I pushed myself to beat last year’s time by at least 2 minutes, and I’d have a spot on that podium.

Sadly, I did not make the podium this year.  On the bright side, I cut 8 minutes (8 minutes!) from my race time last year.  The person in 5th place was still 5 minutes (5 minutes! – are you sensing a theme?!?) ahead of me.  This whole time I thought I was racing against the woman in 5th place, when really I was racing against myself.

2011 – Nautica Malibu Triathlon Results:

  • 0.5 mile Swim Time (Pacific ocean):  0:16:08
  • Swim Rank:  295
  • Transition 1:  0:04:03
  • 18 mile Cycle Time:  1:03:43
  • Cycle Rank:  783
  • Cycle MPH:  16.9
  • Transition 2:  0:01:49
  • 4 mile Run Time:  0:42:21
  • Run Rank:  978
  • Run MPH:  10:35
  • Total Time:  2:08:09
  • Overall Rank:  748
  • Rank in Division:  6
As compared to last year, 2010 Nautica Malibu Triathlon Results:
  • 0.5 mile Swim Time (Pacific ocean):  0:18:29
  • Swim Rank:  388
  • Transition 1:  0:04:53
  • 18 mile Cycle Time:  1:06:31
  • Cycle Rank:  947
  • Cycle MPH:  16.9
  • Transition 2:  0:3:10
  • 4 mile Run Time:  0:43.42
  • Run Rank:  1130
  • Run MPH:  10:55
  • Total Time:  2:16:47
  • Overall Rank:  933
  • Rank in Division:  6

So, the difference – 2011 to 2010:
  • 0.5 mile Swim Time (Pacific ocean):  Decreased time by 0:02:21
  • Swim Rank: Increase in overall rank by 93
  • Transition 1: Decreased time by 0:00:50
  • 18 mile Cycle Time:  Decreased time by 0:02:48
  • Cycle Rank:  Increase in overall rank by 164
  • Cycle MPH:  Increase in MPH by 0.7
  • Transition 2:  Decrease in time by 0:01:21
  • 4 mile Run Time:  Decrease in time by 0:01:21
  • Run Rank:  Increase in overall rank by 152
  • Run MPH:  Increase in MPH by 00:20
  • Total Time:  Decrease in time by 0:08:38
  • Overall Rank:  Increase in rank by 185
  • Rank in Division:  6
Looking at it, I decreased my time in each and every event!  Woot!  My biggest issue this year and last was the run; my best was the swim, both years.  This year’s bike felt really good, although my right hip started with pressure around mile 13, and then it started radiating towards my lower back.  I highly recommend the Yankz shoe laces!  I credit that with my decrease in my Transition 2 time!
Comparing myself to celebrities, I did not beat any of the celebrity relays.  I did beat Ali Vincent, Winner of The Biggest Loser, Season 5!  Only by a minute and 12 seconds, but still!  She is so amazing, I’m so psyched that I was able to power it up to beat her!  The only guy celebrity that I beat was David Denman (i.e., Roy from The Office or Tony from Drop Dead Diva) – who I saw last year.  This year, I refrained from yelling “Woohoo!” at him as I was running out and he was on his way back in…
I have a number of pics (just call me psycho paparazzi) of the various actors from The Office:  Including Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute), Ellie Kemper (Erin Hannon), Andy Buckley (David Wallace), Ed Helms (Andy Bernard), and Paul Lieberstein (Toby Flenderson).

David Denman & Rainn Wilson

Ed Helms

The triathlon was run really, really well!  I was very impressed with the whole thing.  The t-shirts are great, and I love the baseball cap.  For raising more than $750, I also received a donation prize of a Nautica jacket.  It’s really nice, and completely unexpected.  To me, it’s unnecessary, and I’d really rather that the money for the jacket go towards Children’s Hospital of LA.  But, I know that some people raise money in order to get the fundraising prizes, so I know that it’s really a good thing that Nautica is doing for the group.

Finishing the swim. I was in the LAST wave of racers, in the light pink cap. I passed all those yellow caps!

Sheena Easton was the singer for the National Anthem.  She really did do a good job with it.  Sometimes, people do a poor job with their “rendition” of the National Anthem.  I find that type of thing annoying — I’d much rather someone took the song seriously and sang it with feeling – and didn’t sing it to put their own stamp of approval on it.  Anyway, she did a great job.  Wondering if she’s trying for a “come back”?
I’m psyched about how well I did.  I’m so happy that my hubby and my parents were here to watch, and were willing to get up at 3:30 AM to watch!  We had a great time down in Malibu today!
The rest of the day was a bit of a lost cause.  I’d burnt 1500+ calories (per my HRM), so I wasn’t too worried about what I ate for the rest of the day.  But, instead of going out, I decided that I’d rather go home and get comfy there.  After showering, I made some leftovers, then took a nice nap!  After getting up, my parents showed me all the things they brought me from home (old-timey wooden skis that we’ll use as decor in the living room, an embroidered chair that my great grandmother sewed from 1880, and a bunch of other items).  We had pizza (more Trader Joe’s pizza crust!) and wine.
Such a good day!  Time for bed!

Choices, choices…

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Wondering why I make the choices that I do. 

What do I want? 
When do I want it? 

So why am I getting a chocolate chip & pecan cookie at Whole Foods? (or the super yum sando, for that matter — I don’t need that much mozzarella cheese. Nobody does!)  I had other, better choices. I just didn’t make them.  There’s really no excuse to over eat poor food at Whole Foods.  Really.  Truly.  I’m Serious.

Last night I stayed up until about 10:45, heading to bed after:

  • Working out with my trainer (arrival at 7:45 or so)
  • Cleaning up puppy poop & kitty litter (garbage day today — get it out of my yard/house!)
  • Making dinner (best salad, eva!)
  • Watching The Biggest Loser finale (so glad Olivia won — not crazy about Anna Kournikova as the next trainer replacing Jillian), and;
  • Reading a bit (Cooking for Mr. Latte — so far so good, review to follow!). 

But what did I need to do instead of plopping on the couch, mindlessly fast forwarding through commercials, to get to more of the Biggest Loser? 

  • I needed to chop up more veggies for additional ab-fab salads that I can bring to work, pre-tupperwared, and ready to roll. 
  • I needed to hard boil at least a dozen eggs, so I could have them for the next 3 breakfasts. 
  • I also needed to:
    • Vacuum
    • Start the laundry
    • Pick up the house
  • Not to mention, re-start (yes, I’m that far behind) a crocheted blanket for my niece who is arriving in early June! 

What else, you ask?

  • I needed to make a meal plan, because I haven’t done it in weeks, and surprise, my weight hasn’t gone down in a few weeks either. Coincidence? I think not. 
  • I also needed to make a training schedule for my races this summer. ‘Cause these things aren’t going to swim/bike/run themselves. (Sadly.) 

Yikes. With choices like the ones I make (sitting on the couch, eating vanilla wafers topped with lemon curd [ah, heavenly though…]) who need enemies. I’m my own worst.

Kale Chips…

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… are gross. Yuck. Anyone who says that kale chips are “just like real chips” is wrong. Terribly wrong. I feel like i need to wipe my tongue off. Well, I tried. I’ll try anything…

My pups are looking at me with crazy eyes. I guess that’s because it’s 8:30 and I haven’t fed them yet. Sorry, guys. Soon enough.

Had a not-so-good day at work — just one of those blah days, where everything seems to go wrong. So I went running. I haven’t done that in a really long time, but I really need to do it more often. Running always makes me forget my worries — usually because I’m focused on not tripping, and making it another few feet. Went about 3 miles — a nice, good jog. But then I was starving.

So I stopped at Sprouts on the way home. I picked up some food for dinner, but focused more (apparently) on the dessert aspect of things. (That’s what happens when you workout immediately before going to the grocery store!) 4 pints of ice cream-type stuff: 2 ciao bello blood orange sorbets and 2 pints of some stuff that’s only 150 calories for the whole pint. Not convinced it’ll be good, but coffee flavor and chocolate peanut butter flavor can’t be THAT bad. Plus a bag of ginger snaps and a bag of lemon snaps. Luckily I’m OK with portion control!

My cousin (15 year old girl) is coming to visit on Friday. I really want everything to go well. She’s had a rough couple of months, and I really want this to be a great trip for her. I know that this is incredibly conceited (but hey, I love myself!), she really needs a positive role model, and I’m hoping that my hubby and I can be that for her. Show her that with hard work and dedication, you can achieve what you want out of life.

Anyway, I need to start picking up. Our cleaning people are coming on Friday (thank goodness), but I don’t want them to have to pick up. So, yes. I pre-clean before the cleaning people. But not really. I just make sure to put everything away, so that they don’t try, and then screw it up! Ha!

I’m back! Here’s what’s new:
* Fed the pups
* Took out the garbage & recycling
* Kitchen is picked up, dishes done (or put into the dishwasher), and counters wiped down
* Guest closet has been organized (so the cuz can hang up some clothes)
* Laundry literally JUST beeped, so I’ll change that over, fold what’s in the drier, and carry all that stuff upstairs (plus the 4 other loads that are sitting on the couch and the ottoman)
* Bagged up the kale chips, so hubby can take them to work, if he’s interested….
* Boiled 6 eggs for brekkies for the next 2 days
* Cut up a watermelon and a honeydew
All while “watching” my DVR’d Biggest Loser. WHY is this show so LONG?!? It’s totally unnecessary.

Making a Plan

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Weight: 211.2

I am owning my mistakes:

  • I have made poor choices in food. 
  • I have not exercised as much as I should.
  • I have not made myself a priority.
  • I have used food to silence my emotions

Starting today, I will:

  • Prioritize myself
  • Exercise every day this week
  • Make good food choices
  • Blog about my emotions, or talk to someone, instead of eating to make them go away
  • Not reward myself with food – this means no pizza tonight during class!
  • Make a PLAN!

I have updated my weight in Calorie King — both in the weigh-in and on my signature line. This week is going to be amazing, and I want to be fully present in it, not worried about the 6 pounds that have crept up on me. Not worry about feeling sickly in the middle of the night. I want to exercise hard, eat clean & sleep soundly. I’ve realized that since I started not eating meat in most cases, that I’ve started to eat more & more carbs. Why? That wasn’t the plan here — the plan was to make better choices, based on how food is raised and made — so I start choosing processed crap? Might as well eat a feed-lot chicken if that’s what it’s coming down to.

Going to a talk given by Bill Germanakos, the winner of Season 4 of The Biggest Loser at 11:30 this morning. He’s coming onto campus here at work — I’m hoping that this will give me the next shot in the head that I need!

Photo courtesy of:  Weight Loss Twins
If I don’t kick it into gear, I’m not going to make all my targets, which allow me to be at goal weight for our big trip in February. While I realize that I need to strive for Progress, Not Perfection, I also know that this was a very reasonable goal, and I want to meet or exceed it for myself. I am not currently even CLOSE to hitting the goal for the end of October (199). If I can make it back down to 206 by the end of the week (before going to Vegas), I’ll be a VERY happy camper.
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