Friday, December 31, 2010

Reflection on 2010

Wow, I cannot believe it is going to be 2011 tomorrow. I have been thinking of what transpired over the last year and let me tell you 2010 was a great year for me!!

As I look back and both my personal and professional life I have made many gains and have taken some losses too I'd have to admit.

Here are some highlights of 2010:

1. I became a Director of the CNY Triathlon Club putting together the Oneida Shores
   Training Series that took Place every Wednesday night from April to September.
   Boy did we have a great turn out. Im hoping my honey and I will still be able to
   conquer this this year.

2. My place of employment went through many changes. We lost 2 doctors in the
   matter of a few months and the PA and I had to hold the practice from going down
  for the most part.

3. I made some great advances in triathlon! I placed 1st in my age group, 2nd in my
   age group twice, 11th OA, 1st OA and I did my first HIM!! Only can get better

4. I hired a wonderful coach who I admire so deeply

5. My honey and I made it through a great 2010 without killing each other!! LOL!

6. My daughter did her first triathlon

7. I had an opportunity for placement in a job I would enjoy but turned it down  
    because I truely care about the people I see on a day to day basis now and quite  
    frankly it fits my lifestyle

8. Started Blogging!!!

9. I've met some great and inspiring people, all the people that I meet inspire me in
   some way. I thank all of you who read my blog. I love reading yours and each and
   everyone of you have made me say wow once or twice!!

There are a few things I am hoping for in 2011. I have goals that I want to achieve
Heres a snap shot

1. Finish an IM standing up!!
2. Clean up my Nutrition
3. Start looking at ways I can educate our clients more, like having educational
    sessions after hours. Teach the nursing staff at the office, maybe even try and
    teach a nursing class..what the heck. Worth a try!
4. Be more patient with the people around me. Somedays are more trying than others
    with a 7 year old if you know what I mean!
5. Always be willing to listen. I think that you get so caught up into what you think is
    right or you want to get your point across that you miss what the other person is 
    trying to say. I think Im a pretty good listener but fine tuning this is on tap for
6. Not letting that A girl be 1st in my age group...Im hunting her down!! LOL!

Im sure I have more but this is all I can think of at the moment!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Be safe and enjoy your night!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Last Week in Review

Good Monday Morning to you all. It is Very Windy and Cold here in Central New York! That Noreaster sure did bring that Bone Chilling Wind!!

This past week was a difficult one trying to get Christmas Gifts, to the dentist since a filling came out, having Gymnastics Practice, Picking everyone up from school and work, finding time to work out and Spending time with family. I still have yet to get my haircut!

Jason, I won Mortal Kombat. You see Im really good with those combo moves, but I think now I have a blister on my thumb!! Ha ha!!

Yesterday I went on a 7.9 mile trek with a few of my closest tri buddies. Can I tell you they are fast runners and they can still talk to each other!! I think I was panting while they were having a normal conversation! The funny part is they are all guys!! Thats probably why! I need to find some women to talk with!

I've been on the trainer this week a bunch and I have noticed my heart rate is changing on the bike. It actually takes alot more effort to get my heart rate up. Now if this can only happen with running I would be all set!!

Swimming was good this week. I am learning to keep the elbows high and pull correctly. I will be getting videotaped again next month to see if there is any improvement

Lactate threshold testing was done on the bike this week. I was hauling *ss, or at least I felt like I was with only a HR of 149.

Heres the Numbers for last week

Swim: 5350 meters - 2 Hours
Bike:  3 hours 10 min - mostly trainer with some spin bike
Run: 18.79 miles- 3hours 15 min
Strength- 1 hour

Total time: 9 Hours 25 min 10 sec

Happy Training!!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas to All

Christmas was great this year!! Woke up early and let the little one bask in the glory that there is STILL a Santa Claus! Maybe not so much next year as she asked about the wrapping paper this year. I even wrapped hers in different wrapping paper than the rest of the family!! She is catching on!! She asked me a hundred times in the last 2 days if I thought that Santa was real. My little one is growing up!!! Sniffle!!

We then drove about a half hour to my parents house where we opened more gifts with Papa and grandma, Auntie, Uncle and Nephew!! I won't mention how many cookies I ate of my sisters since she is an awesome baker!! We then had a great ham dinner! I said goodbye to my little girl as she had to spend time with her daddy as well. This is what I hate about having a split home. But we love her and cherish every moment we have with her.

We then went to my honey's moms house to visit with his side of the family....More!

I then came home, groped that Im fat and ate too much this holiday, hopped on the trainer and got my hour ride in. Im now going to sit in front of the TV and kick my honeys butt in some Mortal Combat VS DC....what kids we are deep inside!!!

Merry Christmas to all....And to all a good night!!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Letting Go

Some times its hard to let go of that one thing that someone did to hurt you, that one thing you remember, that one person that let you down.

I was talking to one of my patients today and hearing what I was saying to her made me realize that some things are in need of just letting go.

Over the last year I have made some mistakes. Some little, some big. But, It is time to move past these and let them go. Since it is the end of the year I have made it a vow that I will think long and hard before I tell someone my point of view, before I yell at someone, before I pass judgement. Its hard to see someone elses view when you are upset. Its time to take that step back.

I always give good advice but sometimes I do not take my own. This coming year will be different.

On another note the family did a Holiday tradition Last night!! Lights on the Lake!! It is a Drive thru showing displaying different themed lights on the Parkway here in Liverpool! We have done this since my daughter was 1 month old!! It is pretty much the same thing year after year, but it wouldn't be Christmas without seeing them!

Onto more shopping, wrapping presents, baking cookies, and getting a swim and bike in tomorrow!! Tomorrow is girls day out...what a Treat!!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Losing the Battle this week

Oh yes. I said it. Im battling the cookies left and right!! I will get it under control by tomorrow. I have to. Its my only hope for staying away from the cookies.

This weekend the Little one and I made Spicy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Peanut Butter Blossoms, Thumbprints, Peanut Butter Cookies and Chocolate Mint Cookies. Yep All 12 dozen cookies in my face. I cannot say I didn't taste test. I cannot give cookies away without making sure they aren't edible!! I have been good and gave some away already. To teachers, to coworkers, to family.

Today when I got to work I had 2 boxes of chocolates on my area from a Patient. 2 BOXES!! Oh My I wanted to scream! Luckily my office wanted some of them! I took the rest home for my honey as he is a chocoholic and I need to fatten him up so he doesn't beat me next year at the 70.3 Musselman!! Ha ha!

We also had our Christmas party today at work. Not to mention patients have been bringing in goodies all week for us! See it is hard to comply with eating correctly when you are surrounded by all this goodness...Sigh..

Today I had the worst run. I think it was my bad eating and lack of hydration today. It definately shows in my workouts when I abuse the inside of my body.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Its the Most Wonderful Time of the Year~!

I love winter. Love it. I had a great 45 min run outside in 13 degree weather here in Central New York Yesterday. As I was running my cheeks and neck did get fairly cold. I need to get one of those head thingy's. I think they call them Baclavas?
Even though I was cursing my coach on the way back as I was struggling to hold back and stay in my heart rate zone, I look all around and see the glistening of snow underneath the sun peaking up from the horizon, the birds in the backround churping their merry tunes and the bustle of cars all around me. So serene. I love it.

I have been thinking about taking up a little snowshoeing as well. I have been looking at ones in all the outdoor shopping stores in our area. You know Gander Mountain, Herb Philipsons, Sports authority. I even checked Play it again sports. I still have yet to find a pair I have that "I gotta have them feeling" for. I so want to try Snowshoe running. It looks so fun. YouTube it. You will see what Im talking about!

Yesterday was also my daughters first Gymnastics meet. I have seen her practice for the last 6 weeks and I cant believe how far she has come. She is a stubborn and persistant so she now is able to do a handstand into a back bend, and a back bend with a flip. WOW. She is only 7!! Im proud of her! I don't know how many times she fell off the high beam in practicing her routine but somehow she got it together yesterday and was great! I did take a few pictures, then my camera died!! Not happy about that one!!

Last week was a recovery week adding up to a total of 6:30 hours of working out. I missed 1 swim session. ugh. Where I need the most form work.

This week I am back in full swing and feeling much better. Now it is time to stay away from the cookies, pies and all that is sweet!!

Happy Training!!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Horoscope Friday

Sorry I have been Super busy over this way and have not read alot of Blogs! The laptop crashed a few nights ago and I haven't felt up to getting on the PC when I have been babied by wireless for too long. But, here I am. I know I have a lot of catching up to do!!

My throat has felt like razor blades the last 2 days, so I skipped my workout today..Geesh. What the heck is going on. I have been fueling right (for the most part) but I still feel like doo doo. My office manager said to me today, "you are always sick!" Well, Let me just say that 50% of the patient population I see on any given day has come into my office with Sore throat, Coughing and hacking all over me, and fevers. Hmmmm....let me guess what Kristin might get. Not to mention I've seen a total of about 8-10 Strep throat cases this week. Not to worry though. I was tested in the office yesterday and no strep. I think its a viral thing and will pass yet again!! I need to start wearing a mask!!

My question to you guys is, would you be offended if you came in to the office for a sore throat, cough, fever, etc, etc and I, the provider was wearing a mask?? I feel like they would be offended. But, I think this is my only saving grace to get through the winter without ending up with Pneumonia, Strep throat, the flu...the plague..(The last one was a joke..ha ha!! )

I was having a really crummy day today when I looked at my phone and received my daily horoscope. This brightened my day tremendously just by reading these words:

"You can handle whatever comes your way today- as long as you believe in yourself. Try to make sure that you're repeating positive messages to yourself, because you're definately capable of great things"

Wow, what a horoscope. I am capable of great things...this is just the beginning of that journey...

Happy Training!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Monday night review

Well, the Nor'easter is here!! Cold, windy and ICY!!

Im in a recovery week this week and Im soooo going to enjoy it!!

You can Click here to see all the pics from Its a Wonderful 5K. It was cool. MTV was there. A girl wanted to me "MADE" into a 5K Runner. I didn't realize I was sitting behind the camera, fixing my race bib, blowing my nose, so yeah I hope they cut that part out!!

Even though I didn't PR, I thought about the race yesterday. Here are my thoughts

1. My nutrition before hand was rock solid, eating well balance meal 2 hours before my run. 15 min before a gel, between that water water water

2. I went out WAAAYYY too fast for me. I get caught up in the moment. I need to hold my pace back. I started the first 1/2 mile at a 6:30 pace. First mile 8 min..second 9:08, third + .1 9:26. Yeah not a negative split again!

3. I red lined. I don't like feeling that way-

4. My Garmin for some reason stopped on its own. This is the second time this weekend...hmmmm

5. I felt like I was going to throw up the last half of the race..

6. I love people yelling to me nice shoes!! I have the new PINK Saucony Kinvaras!

Heres the numbers for last week:

Swim: 5,000 meters - 1 hour 5 min
Bike: 4 hours 30 min- Trainer + spinning
Run: 18.1 miles- 3hours 6 min 8 sec
Strength- 1hour 30 min

TOTAL! 11:01:08 (thats with skipping a day because of sickness!!)

Happy training

Sunday, December 12, 2010

It a Wonderful 5K Run

I will do a big race recap when I have pics available, but I did this race in 26:34! Ok, I thought it was a PR at first but its not! Boo hoo! I think my PR is 25:50?? Man I cant remember. It was when I did my run test for my coach. I need her to send me a copy of my times again. I need to keep a spread sheet for myself.

This was the last run at age 29...Today I turned the Big 30! Over the last couple of year I have been truely blessed to have such awesome support and encouragement and great friends to lean on! I couldn't have made it this far without them!! So Im thanking everyone! Im getting a little teary eyed as I write this.

Even though I didn't PR, I had great friends to share the joy and excitement of running with. Friends from Lake Effect Run Club. I met these truely awesome people last year when a co-worker introduced me to them! I was fascinated at how welcome they made me feel. It didn't matter what time I could run a 5K in or what my best race was. It was about coming together to run with company. Sure there are fast and slower runners with me, but If I want to run faster I can find someone to run with, or even at a slower pace as well.

I started the day off today with two of my Tri Buddies. We were planning on a run through downtown Syracuse. Yeah, we ended up doing 9 miles in the cold rain! But my heart was warm and we had great conversation about everything and anything! Then I got some Hershey Kisses at the end!! Icing on the Cake!! I love my group!!

So far I've had the Best Birthday ever! I wouldn't change a thing!! To a new Decade and new Age group!!

I will post pics and a recap as soon as I get the pics from my friend who took all the pics as I forgot the camera!!

Friday, December 10, 2010


Thank god its Friday!! Its been a whirl wind of a week. Wednesday I was feeling under the weather so yesterday I did what I needed to do to feel better. I took a day off!! WHAT?!! GASP!! I know! I feel the same way! But in order for me to recover from this icky virus, I had to let my body rest.

One thing you should know is I have been back and forth at the doctors with low white Blood Cells, you  know, the one that fight bacteria/infection, so any person that sneezes on me Im bound to get something. This started about 3-4 years ago and it is a cyclic thing. Ill go back, get my blood drawn and be fine. It is a concern because I don't know why my body is doing this? Could it be my training and my nutrition habits?? I do think that is playing a role.

I have started better eating habits a few weeks ago. I have been working on 4 fruits, 4 veges per day alon with my 3 dairy and 2 meats. I hate meat, Bleck!! Ok, I hate red meat, Only Chicken and pork and fish for me please. I think this has helped me recover quicker because frankly I would've been out for a week normally with a cold but glad it only affected a few of my workouts.

Tonight I had some fun in celebration of a new decade of my life coming. I went out with some work friends to dinner and to See Burlesque with Christina Aguilera. That was a great movie. I think I could Burlesque...hmmmm...maybe not as well as she could. Ha ha!! It was just nice to relax and take it easy for a little bit.

Tomorrow I will be signing up for one of my friends cycling classes because frankly he kicks my *ss in cycling and his spinning classes are worth paying for. Its an 8 week program and will help me get my time on the bike in. Also he does some brick work after which is awesome!!

Also on tap tomorrow night at 4:4pm is a 5k Race, Its a Wonderful 5k. Its awesome. The christmas lights come on as you run!! Ill definately bring my camera! Im hoping to PR if Im feeling up to cross your fingers!!

Happy Training!!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Wonderful Wednesday

The last few days have been crazy! We have experienced 86 hours straight of snow, with over 4 feet of snow on the ground and it isn't supposed to end until tomorrow. Then we can expect a Noreaster this weekend. I thought it was so funny when we were talking about this at work and a co-worker asked, "Whats a Noreaster?" Now she has lived in New York all her life..Hilarious!!

A Nor'easter is named for the winds that blow in from the northeast and drive the storm up the east coast along the Gulf Stream, a band of warm water that lies off the Atlantic coast. Google it. You will find your answer! Not fun!!

I have signed up for a nice Its a Wonderful 5K on Saturday night. A few people I know from our local Lake Effect Run club are heading there as well. Its at night and the Christmas lights come on while we are running! How awesome is that?!!

I've been feeling under the weather and missed my bike workout yesterday, mainly because I was tired from my honey Snoring and keeping me up 2 nights in a row!. Im hoping Im not coming down with something because I putted along in swimming today. But I was doing drill work so I had to be somewhat slow.

As you guys know my "30th" Birthday is this Sunday and My boyfriend got me the most priceless gift! I love that he knows me and doesn't shower me with jewelry because frankly I dont wear much. So I came home and there was a big package from

Heres what was in it!!

2 swimsuits, Pull Buoy, PT paddles, and Goggles!! Now thats a GIFT!!!

We have been shoveling a lot and that is another downer, But our dog has been making us feel very wanted. He puts his nose right up to the glass and whines for us. Its So funny!

Happy Training!!!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Let it Snow!

Ok, I told my friend Yesterday on Facebook that I loved the snow. I have to admit I love this time of year. It get you into a cozy cuddly mood. I love asking my honey to make me a coffee or hot cocoa and then I try and put my feet all over him to warm me up...LOL! Yeah he loves me. He doesn't care!

Also yesterday, the Christmas tree went up. My daughter decorated the tree all by herself and was so proud. (Even though it looked bare. How can I go around her and put more bulbs on the tree without making her feel bad?? She was proud of her doing)

Heres the tree-

I then proceeded to hope on the bike next to it and get my workout in while reading this-

This morning I looked out the window and saw this covering my Jeep!! Yep! Were were kind of snowed in!

Riley loved the snow! He was eating the white stuff and jumping in it and getting all excited. It was very amusing to watch!! I on the other hand was not too fond of having to shovel out my car this morning! Yes I do love the snow, but not all in one day!!                                                                                               

Below is a Beautiful pic of the snow falling. I look like I was in a Big Snow Globe!!!

On tap tomorrow included Hill repeats. Do you think a hill full of snow counts??!!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Running in the Dark

Tomorrow I will be running early morning. It has been very dark at 5 am. But you know, Running in the dark has a certain magic which makes me feel fast and carefree. Im suddenly aware of everything that is around me and I feel very alive.

I have done some things that make me feel ok with running in the morning. Of course it is freezing cold here because we have snow on the ground and the temps are around 20-30 in the morning.

I have thermals, I have mittens and my hat. I also Just bought some reflective straps for my legs as well as a Head Lamp. They sell them really Cheap at Walmart!! Thanks to my friend Sean who told me this one!!

There are some things I think about before I go out in the morning:
-I try to find a partner, but sometimes I know there are slackers out there not interested in getting up at 5am for a morning run.
- I try to stay alert as much as possible. I DO NOT wear an Ipod for the simple fact I've almost been hit twice by cars already. I need to assume drivers do not see me and be very cautious around cars pulling out of streets, driveways, etc.
- If it is way too snowy and cold, I head to the gym. I'm not going to risk some person sliding off the road into me.

I am also thinking about getting some trail running shoes as a friend of mine pointed out they are better grippers in snow and ice. So this week I am going to search for those pink and Black Saucony Trail shoes that I have been eyeing.

This week has kind of been a BLAH week and Im hoping this next morning run will have me refreshed!!

Next week I have been thinking of doing a GIVEAWAY of some of my favorite things! Stay tuned...
Happy Training!

Friday, December 3, 2010

What got me into Triathlon??

I saw someone post this along the way and I thought I would share my story.

I think I posted before I was never naturally Athletic. I worked at playing sports from Middle school onto High school. I played Volleyball, Soccer and Softball. I never really can pin point when I started to get heavier but it was probably in high school.

You see, I never had good eating habits established in me when I was growing up. We would eat everything and anything. My parents were both overweight and never exercised. They would start something and quickly stop it in a month. They would always tell us we weren't fat but in reality our whole family was fat. I think I ballooned to a good 160 pounds at my high school Graduation. Now I was only 17 then. I battled overdosing on diet pills, getting activated charcoal shoved down my throat, having to be admitted for observation.

I then went to college and had an obsession with losing weight after my high school sweatheart and I broke up. I would work out until it hurt and then eat a salad. I would look in the mirror and hate what I saw every day. Then one day I liked what I saw in the mirror. I was a size 4 on my 5'6 frame. I was finally thinking I was healthy. I lived in the dorm and while most of my college buddies were drinking, smoking and eating heavily, I was being picked on for getting thin. It was a viscious cycle. I was picked on for being fat, now for being too skinny, I never could win.

I then reunited with my highschool sweetheart and ended up marrying and having my daughter at 22. I continued to yo-yo diet and go up and down on the scale. A year after my daughter was born I was 206 pounds. I was getting dressed one day and my pants wouldn't fit.  I decided right then and there I was going to start working out. I also was in a wedding in 5 months and wanted to look good. So I started going to the gym every day. Logging my exercise and watching my diet. I ended up losing 3o pounds in that time. I was happy that I was getting back in shape. I still looked in the mirror and hated what I saw, but I was getting there.

I was getting ready one day for the gym and my husband looked at me and told me I was getting too skinny and I was ugly. I couldn't believe what I heard. I told him I felt I was not too skinny and Im getting healthy. From that point on the verbal and mental abuse started. I started running with my girlfriend, I planned on doing my first 5K so that I would have a goal to acheive. My first race ended up being 5 miles which I finished in almost an hour. I was proud of myself and kept pushing myself harder and harder. I ended up losing 30 more pounds. I finally felt a weight lifted off my shoulders and started feeling mentally good about myself. I felt more confident in myself. This was in 2004.

I loved to run, It made me happy, it took away all the pain and sadness I was feeling at home, In my life. I eventually divorced my husband. It was the hardest thing to do but I had to do it for me. I met my now boyfriend shortly after that. He was very athletic and was interested in biking. We started dating and he bought me a bike so we could go riding together. From that point on I was hooked on biking. That was 2005. In that year I also took on my first Half marathon and was so proud of my accomplishment.

I started racing bikes and winning my age group. I loved it. My boyfriend then did a triathlon. I figured I could do one too so I started swimming and was Terrible at it but I knew I could do it. The next summer, 2006, I did my first Marathon and sprint triathlon. GreenLakes Traithlon. I pulled my calf the week before playing beach volleyball but I was determined to finish. I had no clue about the swim and panicked and doggy paddled the whole way. I came in 4th in my age group and received a medal!!! I was soo happy!

I then started training but my swim was never good until last year when I started working on it a little more...even though I still have work to do. I was hooked after my first triathlon...I was facinated by the way it made me feel, the feeling of joy. I still raced bikes and ran but Triathlon was my thing. 2010 I started getting serious about triathlon. I even finished my first 70.3!!

I still don't feel Im at an Ideal body weight yet, some days I still look in the mirror and say I am fat. But I also see a strong person for going through so much and enduring all the rough roads to finally see it paying off. I think I will always have issues with my weight but at least I will never touch a diet pill, I can do it the healthy way. I know how. I love who I am today and I have so much to be thankful for.

I know I was long and winded!!

Happy training!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Swim Analysis

Yes I know. No one likes to be critiqued and told they are doing something wrong. But, In traithlon world, being a good athlete means trying to perfect all three sports or at least try to be efficient in all three. Yes, it is definately challenging.

You see, I was always into sports but could I call myself naturally athletic?? Never. Could I catch a fly ball, yes, could I kick a goal in soccer, yes, Could I hit a baseball, yes I could, Could I serve up some aces and Kills in Volleyball, Absolutely. But I would never call myself a natural. I had to work on form, on fitness.

Hence, my form in swimming is not that bad..well ok my pull really stinks and I know it needs work and that is probably why my arm aches a little after swimming 3000 yds. You see Mary sent me this whole video explaining how I drop both elbows and Push the water down instead of Pulling it. I also bob my head up and down because of my dropped elbows.

I did get some positive feedback also!! I have a good followthrough, good kick from the hips, good rotation. So that was a plus on my side.

I will be doing some pull drills that I know she will have me doing to be more efficient at swimming. Hey at least I know what I look like in the water!

KM swim Dec 10.doc

If you open up this document, you can see just what I do wrong!! Very good feedback for me!! I will again address this at the end of January and see if there is any improvement!!

Happy Training!!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


1. My heart is POUNDING from all the excitement, nervousness, happiness, jitteriness, oh all of these things and more! I am OFFICIALLY signed up for B2B Iron-Distance Race taking place in Wilmington, NC on October 29, 2011. Let the training begin! Oh well um yeah, Continue I mean!!

2. I just got videotaped in the pool this afternoon. Coach has it in her possession now. I can see her right now rolling her hand over her mouth wondering what she is going to do with that swim stroke. I took a mini peak at it myself. Um yeah, I have no high elbow at all and to think I had some High of an elbow at least with my right arm!!! Yeah and when I breathe I think I roll waaay to far over. We will see what the expert has to say and go from there. I am my WORST critic.

3. The temperature this morning was 61 degrees and now it is 34 and snowing...hmmm weird. I love the snow so it doesn't bother me too much. I love running in cold weather!! I even bough a head lamp yesterday for those early morning runs!! Since yesterday I went out with a friend and did hill repeats and rolled my ankle a bit. Didn't hurt myself though! Thank my lucky stars!!

4. Our Triathlon Club has started a competition with other clubs with USAT for most mileage accomplished over the off season. This month is all swimming miles 500 miles we need. We have over 700 members. I think we can handle it!

5. I went to the gym to swim this morning and was not happy the Pool was closed AGAIN!! I said some naughty words and walked out of the gym..I then called to get out of my contract and ranted how awful the place was and that I was training for an Ironman and cannot get into the pool. Yeah I let them have it..ha ha! I feel much better. I've been ranting and raving for a year about how I hate that place. You think they would call me back by now..NOPE haven't heard anything. GREAT customer service!! Oh and when I asked if they would do more programs for triathletes and I would help set one up...I was so blown off...yeah Not happy about this place...ok. I think Im done now. phew!

6. I have declined a second interview with the ICU mainly because my job now has given me more money that I cannot say no to! Hey I have a family you know! So right now I am going to stay with Family practice and see what happens.

Happy Training everyone!!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

IM doing it! Get it?!

"Tomorrow, Tomorrow, I love you tomorrow, you're only a DAY AWAY!!!"

Another bloggy friend at, kindly reminded me that Tomorrow is SIGN UP day for My Ironman distance race, Beach to Battleship October 2011 in Wilmington, NC. Yes, I will be signing up. The faster I do, the faster I cannot say no!

Oh boy, What have I gotten myself into?! Yes I am ready for a full, I am really hungry for a full..Im putting my time and effort into this as we speak. All this hard work and training is going to pay off when I cross that finish line 11 months from now. Oh yes I will be receiving my medal..I will crawl to the end if I have to!! ha ha! Oh the visions...Cannot freaking wait!!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Few of My Favorite things

Ah, Christmas is coming and the thoughts of my Favorite things come into mind. Christmas just gives you that warm fuzzy feeling. Even if you are not getting along with someone, most of the time you will be nice around the holidays, am I right?!!! Its so true for me.

I Also have been wishing all my routine follow up patients a Happy Holiday because I know I wont see them, Cross my fingers, for 3-6 months. Not that I wouldn't mind seeing them if they were sick because after all that is my job!

I decided to put a list together of my Favorite things this Holiday

1. Candy Canes..Any kind, peppermint, blueberry, strawberry, Mult colored...they are all good.
2. Putting up the Christmas Tree. It is a tradition to put it up on my Birthday which is December 12th at my parents house and it so happens to be a Sunday!! I can drive down and get it up with the Family! Also it is my 30th (AHHHHH)
3. Pumpkin Muffins...YUM
4. Egg Nog Shakes...Im sorry this is about food but Christmas time has some great food!!
5. My snuggly PJs
6. Christmas Music!!
7. Snow! Gotta have snow in December!
8. Cuddling up with my 2 favorite people- My Daughter and Honey
9. The smell of Evergreen trees...
10. Christmas Cards...I love getting them and sending them!

Fa la la la la, la la la la!!!!


Sunday, November 28, 2010

A week in Review

Ah, the Sunday Report. I love tallying up the numbers I've done for the week. It makes me feel good to know I have stayed true to my training over this Holiday Week. I also pretty much stayed true to my eating plan except for those handful of Cordial M&Ms I ate the other night. OMG they ARE SO GOOD! See I love the chocolate covered cherries, with the liquid center, not the creamy center (Gross), and the M&Ms match that flavor nicely. Oh, right we we talking about training...Lets Get on with it!!

I really had a great week, my shoulder acted up a little on the swims, ok, never had this happen before. It was with the use of Paddles. I must be swimming wrong with them.

I emailed one of Train This coaches and fellow teammate Kelly so she could tape me in the pool next week underwater. Woot that will be a hoot! Look for my stunning recap on Wednesday after my video shoot!! Ha ha!

Ok heres the week broken down-

Swim- 4,600 meters- 2hours 10 min
Bike- 5 hours 30 min- Spinning and on Trainer
Run- 17. 17 miles- 2 hours 40 min 28 sec
Strength- 1 hour 30 min

Total Time - 11:50:28

Time to put my feet up and watch a good Movie!! Happy Training everyone!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Treadmill Training

Yes There is such a thing. Now Im no expert at this subject but I've compiled some articles that talk about the benefit of treadmill training and how to do it right. Now Yes, I am coached so I do stick with my plan. If I have to do Hill repeats or Hill Jumps, I'd rather do them outside. Here in NY though, you never know how dark its going to be or how cold it will be.

I try to do most of my workouts in the morning as to not interfere with my 7 year olds activities. But somedays I do have only the choice of a treadmill.

Here are some great tips to get the most out of your workouts

1. Place the treadmill at a 1-2% incline as this most resembles the asphalt and wind you experience outdoors
2. An advantage is the treadmill gives you a level of consistency that makes it easy to identify asymmetry in gait and stride. I have noticed this in myself that I tend to foot strike harder on my right than left and it is heard on the treadmill. I've been trying to take nice light steps and pick my knees up!
3. You know how I've been working on cadence? Yeah well I do this on the treadmill once a week so that I can feel what it feels like to go 90 strides per min per foot.
4. Hill Repeats are good on a treadmill at a 5-6% grade. No downhill required just set it back at 1% to recover!
5. The treadmill forces you to keep a consistent pace which you cannot always do outside. You can see how it feels to run at a 7:30 pace for a full minute.
6. And also Convenience, safety, privacy (if you own your own)
7. you can challenge the guy next to you to run faster...oh wait that wasn't on the list!! ha ha!

See treadmill training can compliment your outdoor training if you remember some of these tips!!

Tomorrow Ill be running outside in the Frigid weather with some Tri Buddies...who in fact are WAY faster than I am...Im going to put them all on a leash tomorrow and have them run slow...If they will let me!! :)

Happy Training!!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Black Friday

Everyone knows what Black Friday is. Its the Biggest Christmas shopping day of the year, its where if you get up at the Butt Crack of Dawn you can find amazing deals. Its where you can get trampled on for that new item that everyone is raving about, you know Black Friday.

Let me let you in on a little secret...I HATE Black Friday!! Now Im a girl who loves to shop BUT I am not going to stand in line for 2 hours for something. Nope, Not gonna happen. I think people lose their minds and their True colors come out when they are fighting for a Christmas Gift!

Ill sit back and wait until the timing is right to do my own shopping, maybe even do a little online shopping.

I need to make my own Christmas list out to give to my family, ha ha, heres whats on my Christmas list

1. Entry into a race
2. a New Ipod since my salty sweaty self rusted my last one!
3. A new Carbon Fiber Tri Bike
4. a Lifetime supply of saucony Kinvara shoes
5. cold weather cycling, running gear
6. Magic Bullet
7. A gift Certificate for a years worth of massages, or just get me a massager and Ill do it myself
8. A vdeo recorder for those precious moments- what is it a Flip I think??
9. Books- My list is on if anyone wants to buy me a present (LMAO)
10. A house full of joy with my family present

Ahhh, that completes my list for now...I doubt I will get half these but I can pray that there is truely a Santa that will bring me cold hard cash to at least get the New Bike!! :)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Ahhh, Thanksgiving, and My 10K Turkey Trot!

Wow, Thanksgiving is almost over and Im finally putting my feet up and relaxing listening to my pup chomp on his bone. Yes he did get his own thanksgiving bone. LOL!

I just looked at the comments from Yesterdays post and thanks to all that responded positively Especially Coach Mary who said she was proud of me!! Ha ha! I know Im almost 30 and hearing those words from anyone who is close to me makes me smile and feel better about myself!

Today started off Very Chilly. I looked at the Temp on the weather channel. Yup Freaking cold it was. 30 degrees with wind gusts. Ok I know its November and I live in New York but hey I can hope for 70 degree weather right?!! I put my compression socks on, My Nike Pro Tights, Long sleeve Adidas Shirt and Nike Jacket over it. This was perfect. I also added my Hat and gloves to the mix as well.

Nutrition= 2 hours before race- Small Bagel with Peanut Butter and a Banana, Large glass of water. Water all the way to 30 min before race...PowerBar Green Apple (MY FAV) Energy gel 15 min before race. This was perfect for me.

Got to the race about an hour early. Man, when you are in a 700 plus member triathlon club you are bound to run into someone you know! I chit chatted with fellow Triathletes and the upcoming 2011 season, Found my Brother in Law at the start and we were off!!

Mile 1- feeling awesome, talking to people along the way- 8:28:57
Mile 2- Still feeling pretty good. Keeping an eye on cadence- 8:40:12
Mile 3- Ok I lost my Brother in Law in the mix- 8:48:50
Mile 4- Slowed down to grab a drink, Took Gel, Spilled it all over my face and hand, Getting hot, took my gloves and hat off- 9:06:28
Mile 5- Where the hell did this wind come from? what I got gel on my face?! Thanks for letting me know! 
             Ok steady hill done! What?! I have to STOP to take water from the table?!- 9:12:60
Mile 6- Guys pass me, Man your Pink shoes are fast!! Um..YOU are passing me here!! :) 9:11:43.
Last .25- 2:00.75

Total Time- 55:28.25- Average Pace- 8:52/mile

It was a PR day today!!! woo hoo!! I wish I could've NEGATIVE split but hey, the back half is much more challenging than the first half!

Happy Thanksgiving to all!!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Snow Has Fallen

This morning I woke to a White Coating of Snow Outside. brrr..Ok its getting to be winter. I was starting to like the 50 degree weather!!

I have been going crazy at work with all the sick calls this week and I am cutting back on the sweets so Im double MAD this week!! My mind is going crazy.

I have been talking with Coach about Nutrition and how it sucks basically. I know how to each right..I just don't apply it. This is probably a bad week to go right into being more conscious of my eating habits but in the same time I have to start somewhere.

I had a patient thank me today for telling her she needed to shape up and lose weight. Great!! Im glad Im making a difference! See Im a Hard *SS on some of my patients because I know I can be. We have that connection where I can look at them and say "ok, you want to have a stroke or Heart attack in the next year or you wanna lose weight and do something about your health?!" I love my job! Now to work on myself!

Anyways back to the subject. I have been working on getting my food from rich sources, fresh fruits, Veges, Lean meats, dairy and keeping the snacking to a minimum. I have also started a food diary. It really helps you be accountable for what you are eating. You want a handful of M&Ms yep write it Ill pass. Thats what I've been doing lately! It works!

Here are some things that Im going to work on tomorrow during Turkey day:
1. Filling my plate with Veges and Lean meat first.
2. Small portions of my Lovely sweet potatoes and Stuffing and ONE roll...Not 7 (Just kidding on that one!!)
3. I will have my wine because I deserve a glass
4. I will have a hangnail of a sliver of all my moms pies because I just CANNOT pass them up. She is an unbelievable baker!!

I can do this I have the Willpower!! I am down 5 more pounds since starting this diet and have taken pics since I have started training. Soon...Soon..I will reveal before and after pics when the time is right!!

Tomorrow I will be attending the 42nd Annual Turkey Trot here in Baldwinsville, NY. I am doing the 10K!! So my little slivers of Pie will be OK!!

Happy Training and Happy Thanksgiving to all!!!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Recovery Week #2

Another week of Training done!! Im starting to like being coached!

This week I had to do another swim TT. But it wasn't 1 time, My coach made me do it twice!! Here I am saying to my honey, "I have to TT twice!!" Him, "yeah so, you have done more than 800 meters". Me "Yeah I guess you are right. I can do this!!"

When I got done my times were 8:12:39 for 400 meters and 8:10. I emailed coach and was so huffy because I thought I did worse than last time. Nope 9 second improvement from the last time we did this which was a month ago I think. I need to find my little chart she gave me to keep track of these!! I sighed and was grateful it was an improvement.

See, one thing I lack is patience. But, I am willing to work on that. I know it comes with time and I need to do drill work and run slow with good form, to see the gains later. I already feel like I am running faster. I feel good when I run and not that Im going to pass out like I have in the past which is good. I know Im gaining fitness and endurance which is a great thing! Same with hill repeats on the bike. I know this is my weak spot on the bike and am willing to work on this as well.

I have goals in my head and on paper and my coach is fully aware of what I want to acheive this year. I cannot wait to see how this season unfolds!!! Now, to work on the nutrition aspect and we will be all set!

Here is the week in numbers- Another recovery week done!!

Swim- 3000 meters ; 1hour 10 min
Bike- 1 hour 30 min
Run- 8.73 miles; 1 hour 30 min

total 4 hours 10 min

Next week I have 11:30 hours of training!! Ahhh!!

Happy Training

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Since its November Thanks

I thought since everyone was talking about what they were thankful for I would go ahead and to the same. I can honestly say there is a lot I am thankful for in my 29 (turning 30 in a month, GASP) years of life.

I didn't have to think long and hard with most of these...

1. Having a mother and father that stuck together through the long haul and just celebrated their 39th Wedding anniversary. Yes 39 years with the same person. Let me tell you there were some rough days in my childhood and there were times when I thought they wouldnt make it this long but Im happy they are.

2. My daughter. If there is anyone that can cheer me up and make me laugh, it is my daughter. Of course she gets on my nerves and pushes my buttons too but I know I can get a hug and a kiss and an "I love you mommy" anytime!! I love that she is getting into sports and loves to swim and run..Now getting her to ride a bike is a different story!!

3. My sister. She is my best friend. Growing up I never had too many friends but I knew I could tell my sister anything and she wouldn't tell my mom or dad. We have a bond. We bitch at eat other, we tell each other off, but in the long run she will always be my sis and best friend. I don't think there is anyone out there that knows me as well as she does. I wish she lived closer. When she did we were together almost every day! I have been thinking of moving. Maybe Ill move to be closer to her.

4. The military. When I see the little video feeds of them saying "I love you, Barb. I miss you Susie, Happy Holidays to my family" It makes me cry!!! It must be so hard for them to be away from their family and I truely appreciate all they have done to keep us free!! Thank you to all of you!!

5. My Profession. I truely love what I do. If I had to choose again I think I would pick the same profession. I always wanted to be a Nurse Practitioner since I was a little girl. I never changed my mind. I love when people are appreciative for what I do for them. It makes me really appreciate my own life and my own health as well.

Ok...thats enough for now..Ill have more in the days to come. My daughter is up and rearing to go!! Im so glad for a rest week because I have had time to think about Christmas and Shopping!!! Woo hoo!!

Friday, November 19, 2010

My new Sneakers!!!

Yep! My new HOT PINK Saucony Kinvaras!! When I pulled these bad boys out of the box I was instantly in love!! I have read alot of reviews on these shoes and wanted to give them a try. As you probably can see by now, I have an obsession with sneakers. I think I have about a dozen pair, Mostly Sauconys.

I didn't want to talk about them until I at least gave them a try for a bit. Can I just say now that I want one in every color!!! I love, love, love Them. I wore them out on a 30 min run, then a 60 min and absolutely loved the way they felt on my feet.

What I like about them is they are a trainer shoe which means there is not alot of sole to them like all the new running shoes. They are closer to the ground for a more natural feel. I am a midfoot striker and these shoes are perfect for this.

I love that they fit me like a glove. I cannot feel any of the seams on my feet which I cannot stand on some of my other sneakers. They are also mesh with a small layer over the top of this which is great because they are so Breathable!!

I am a fan and I think Ill stick to this pair for a while.....they are working and I can get them for a good price too at

TGIF!! Happy Training!!! 

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Birthday Girl

Today was my daughters 7th Birthday!! Gosh time flies! I remember the day so well 7 years ago. I remember the docs not letting me hold her for at least 30 min. I remember looking into her gooey eyes and kissing her forehead. I remember the feeling of so much happiness come over me.

I remember every birthday she has had so far. I wonder when she is 21 if my memories will still be so vivid.

I never thought a child could give me so much joy in my life. Even when things were rough, she would give me hugs and kisses and tell me everything will be ok. She is my rock!!

Last night we let her open her presents and help bake a cake, which she helped with all of 5 minutes! Ha ha!!

Tonight was gymnastics night and her instructor said she has real talent. Its so nice to hear that. She has only been doing this for 4 weeks!! We also hit her Favorite Restaurant....Tullys..for dinner. She got a huge Hot Fudge Sunday to end her night.

As we layed down and read a story. I told her all about the day I gave birth to her, how the weather was, who was there, etc. I kissed her forehead as I do everynight since she was born. Happy Birthday my beautiful Child, You are my Sunshine, My only Sunshine...

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Baby your a Firework!!

"You just gotta ignite the light and let it shine, Just own the night like the 4th of July"

'Cause baby, you're a firework

Come on, show 'em what you're worth

Make 'em go, oh

As you shoot across the sky

Baby, you're a firework

Come on, let your colors burst

Make 'em go, oh

You're gonna leave 'em falling down

You don't have to feel like a waste of space

You're original, cannot be replaced

If you only knew what the future holds

After a hurricane comes a rainbow

Maybe you're reason why all the doors are closed

So you could open one that leads you to the perfect road

Like a lightning bolt, your heart will blow

And when it's time, you'll know

This is the Song By Katy Perry I was listening to before my Big interview today!! I think She Hit the nail on the head! I let my colors burst today. I had 3 people interrogating me today as I had an intervew for the Surgical ICU NP position.

A couple questions that stuck out to me is they asked me how I measure my success in both my personal and professional life. Big Question, Tough question. I told them all about how I measure my success in my professional life such as Pt compliance, Making a profit for my practice, My evaluations, how my patients view me but when it came to my personal life I didn't really say much. I just told them about my family, my happiness about my goals and How I achieved them. I think that my personal and professional life should be kept seperate. Agree?

Also another question I was asked is how I manage conflict at work. Thats easy, being open minded, being able to listen to the other side, trying together to come up with a solution. Easy?!

I had other questions that went deeper...It was a toughy, but I think I won them over. Now the question is can I win the Docs over?! ahhh!! I have to meet with them too! Geesh! I never thought applying for a job would be this tough! I guess they want the best for their patients and it shows!

All I kept thinking about it show them what your worth!! Which is Katy Perrys song! Love it! Crossing my fingers!

I also got a call from another prospective employer today. She wanted to inform me that the position I applied for changes to a 24/7, 365 day position. I asked what does this mean?! Well I would basically be on call 24/7, have to work weekends and I declined an interview. I mean I have a family to spend time with and training to do!!!

Today I had a dreaded SLOW recovery coach is killing I take that back...shes making me Stronger, mentally and Physically!!! Arg!! Im getting pumped for next season already!

Tonight I will be doing a nice spin on the trainer...after I mingle with the CNY triathlon club over dinner and maybe a glass of REDCAT to calm the nerves...

Happy Training!!
You just gotta ignite the light and let it shine

Just own the night like the 4th of July

'Cause baby you're a firework

Come on, show 'em what you're worth

Make 'em go, oh

As you shoot across the sky

Baby, you're a firework

Come on, let your colors burst

Make 'em go, oh

You're gonna leave 'em falling down

Monday, November 15, 2010

Its official...

I am signed up for my first 2011 Half IronMan Distance Race....Drum roll please.....


What I love about this race is it is so close to home! I can drive up there..stay the night and drive back the next day! Oh that reminds me...I need to look for a Hotel room!! Ahhh!!! I hate that part. ugh.

Just some little tid-bits about Musselman...
- it was voted one of the 100 best races in Triathlete Magazine
-It was also voted Family Friendliest

See for all the details.

ok now 7 months FLY by please!!!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Happy Sunday!

The week is done, the time is flying. Before you know it, it will Be Christmas!! UGh! I hate Christmas Shopping. The BF and I went out shopping last night at the local mall and it was mobbed already!! We even had a couple people ask us for change! Are you serious?!! I work hard for my money. Don't ask me for mine unless it is going for a good cause! Geesh!

With that being said, today I got Videotaped swimming with an underwater camera!! I cannot wait for that to come back! I want to see what Im doing under there with my arms. I got to get in the water at the Total Immersion Clinic I am hosting. It is interesting to watch people that have no concept of balance!! Ha ha!! Believe me, I still have work to do myself!!

I also went out and did the local 10K Turkey Trot route that I will be doing on Thanksgiving morning before my big feast. I was a bit nervous and I think that is why I couldn't keep my heartrate down today. About 2 miles in I heard Gun ahots going off around every 2 minutes or so in the woods that I was running by. From mile 2-4 I heard gun shots!! I was a little freaked out!! I know they werent close because of the sound of the gun but it was still scary!! Then when I turned the corner I had wind gusts in my face for the last 2 miles which was mostly uphill. All in all I managed 6.44 miles in 1 hour. I'll take it!!

Im coming up on a recovery week...yeah!!

Here are the Numbers for this week..

Swim- 4700 meters; 2 hours
Bike- 2hours on Trainer, 44.43 miles in 2hrs 24min
Run- 15.64 miles  ; 2 hours 30 min
Strength- 1 hour

TOTAL- 9:53:52!! Phew!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Bike Ride Chittenago Falls and Back.

Today was supposed to be a light ride with a few friends on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon in Central New York. I gathered my stuff up at 11:30. The Temperature was hovering around 56 degrees at this time. I geared up with some arm warmers, underarmour shirt, Jersey, Shorts and leg warmers.

By the time I got to Green Lakes State Park it was almost 60 degrees. I met a few other Cyclers from our Local Triathlon club and we were on our way. I ditched my Arm warmers and leg warmers. Im so glad I did!

We were keeping a pretty good steady pace. I was drafting off the faster men. They always like to be first anyways you know. Sometimes I like hanging out in the back taking all of their expertise in and shifting when they do. Its kind of neat!

Anyways we were about 45min in to the ride when we went around Chittenango Falls which is pictured above. What a beautiful route! We hit a really tough patch with a pretty steep climb and I was struggling to keep up with the others. I wasn't liking that!! See on flat routes I can hold my own as soon as hills come forget it!! That is something I Definately need to work on!!

There was also another steep climb around mile 30 which is part of the 70.3 course but going in the opposite direction. Talk about granny gear! Ugh!!

All said and done almost 45 miles was put in with great people!! We had a blast!

Tomorrow I will be doing my Hour Run...Yeah!!

Friday, November 12, 2010

100th Post. Fast Thoughts Friday

TGIF!!! I am so happy it is Friday! I have been working hard these past few days at work being the only provider! When crisis hits its hard, but I made it through 3 today...Im calm under pressure..good quality I might say!!

Here are my thoughts for the day:

1. I do not, repeat DO NOT like it when people want to talk to me when I am half naked in the locker
    room. Please wait and look at me when I am done changing!!

2. I am seeing my body morphing..I think I saw a two pack yesterday...need the other 4!! Ha ha!!

3. My diet has been horrible...DAMN Halloween candy, Christmas candy...I have been trying to be good
    but I love Tootsie rolls and M&Ms!!

4. I am starting Christmas shopping and I cannot believe how mobbed the stores are already!!

5. I hate my feet..I looked at them today and they are all cut up.. I need to wear socks on my longer runs.
    HATE socks!!

6. 3 more days and I get to sign up for MUSSELMAN!!! Woo hoo!!

7. My friend asked me to go out tonight and I told her I didn't want to. Im getting old!!! OMG!!

8. My interview is Tuesday and I am a nervous wreck. Why I do not know. Maybe because Im getting
    interviewed by THREE people at the same time!! Talk about intimidation!!

9. I signed up for the local 10k Turkey Trot! There is just something about running Thanksgiving morning that
    makes me feel so good!! More turkey anyone?!! Cranberry sauce is my FAV!!

10. Tomorrow Ill be riding outside as it is going to be BEA---utiful outside!!

Thanks all folks!! Happy Training!!!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Parent Teacher Conference

Today was the dreaded Parent Teacher conference where they tell you all about the things that your child does in school...Oh boy. I have to say that last year I was getting notes home everyday that my daughter was doing something wrong at school. She even had lunch detention...TWICE...In 1st GRADE!!

Now this year, I haven't heard a peep from her 2nd grade teacher. I ask everyday. How was school. I didn't get a note?! Wow, my daughter can be good!!

As I approached the classroom, I was ready to listen to what her teacher had to say.
- Caitlin is progressing nicely. She is a great reader. She loves to read. Having a little difficulty with applying stories to real life or relating stories.

- Caitlin is very good with math. Sometimes her teacher wonders if she acts like she doesn't know what she is doing to get a little extra attention (yep thats her)

- Caitlin is a Very good athlete. She is really strong and fast. I wont be surprised if she gets a scholarship someday (What?!! My daughter that doesn't even want to ride her bike?! What?!!)

+Caitlin has a very strong personality but loves to please people which I love about her.   (GREAT!!)

Phew!!! Im so glad that went well. My daughter is turning into her own little person and I love the fact she is getting more and more independent each day!! She will be 7 in 8 Days!!! Ahh!!

On the other hand, I had an annual physical today as I was "non-compliant" at my job. Ok, if you told me I needed a whole physical, I would have gone and received one. When you don't tell me I cannot read your mind Health Department!! I am a Healthy 29 3/4 year old!!

Anyways my heartrate was 44 and my B/P was 98/70. I think the lady looked at me a dozen times to see if I was really alive. Are you a runner? She asked. Why Yes, yes I am......I am a TRIATHLETE!!! :)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Tuesdays Training

I woke up early today!! Woot! Im getting back to my regular schedule again!! For a while there I was a sleeping in Bum!! I finally got past that hump!!

I saw the morning was breaking at 6:30am and the weather was PERFECT for a early morning run. 41 Degrees!! Yes!! I put on a Under Armour Long sleeve Shirt, My Reflective Jacket (Just in case) and my Shorts (YES shorts!!), Hat and Sauconys and was out the door!

 On tap from coach was a 45 min run in Zone 2. Now Zone 2 for me is 145-155. I felt so good this morning that I didn't want to run in this zone at all!! I wanted to go as fast as I could but I know I needed to focus!!

I was cold for the first 10 min but warmed up quickly! I sooo love cold weather running!! I think people were probably looking at me in their cars like Im a nut bag as I think I was smiling and running down the street in 40 degree weather with shorts on. I even had a guy honk and yell woo hoo out the window...come on now...get a!! I dont get why people do this but I just kept on running. I didn't wear my Ipod, just listened to the sounds of cars rushing by me, the wind in my ears and the sound of my foot steps...Love it!!

I felt like I could run forever in this Zone. It feels like Im not even working hard!!

Needless to say 4.63 miles in 45 min! That was trying really hard to count strides, keep Heart Rate in Zone!Imagine what I can do running a race!! Im feeling so confident in my running! Its progressing nicely!!

Next hour on the trainer!!

Happy Training!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Week In Review and Giveaway winner!!!

Its been a Sunday Funday here with my daugther!! We have been Playing LIPS on the Xbox!! I Love singing!! Its so fun! We've had a blast!

Here are my weekly Numbers this week....

This was all about Keeping My Heart Rate in Zone 2.

Strength- 1hour
Cycle- 3 hours and 15 min
RuN- 2 hours 30 min - 14.9 miles
Swim - 55 min


Missed a swim this week and Im still not over it...Oh well..Life must go on!!

And the Winner is....Using 40!! (PS I didn't count my 2 comments)

LISH at The Road from Chicago. Congrats to you!! I will be sending you an email to get all your info to send you the Package!!


Saturday, November 6, 2010


I saw the most amazing video today on You Tube. I think I cried the whole time I watched it. I know people have heard of the man you carried his son through a Marathon, a second Marathon, And then an Ironman!! To see this is truely amazing!! It makes me grateful and thankful for the things I can do!! I am so inspired by people like this man. Watch, you will too cry Im sure!!

Another note, Congrats to My coach Mary Eggers and Train This Teammate Matt Carbeau for Finishing the IMFL Strong!!! So proud of you guys!! Also to Kelly Covert over at for finishing her first 50K endurance trail run!! Awesome!

1 more day to take advantage of the Give Away! Tomorrow I will announce the winner!! Good luck to all

Friday, November 5, 2010

Friday Funday

Today at work I got a pleasant surprise while I was leaving!! Little did I know I would be receiving a Bonus check from my company!!! I have to say Merry Christmas to me!! See the last year has been very trying. We lost 2 physicians and the Physicians Assistant and I held the fort down for the last year. Stressful huh?? I thought no one cared. No one cared that we were busting our butts trying to keep the practice from going under. But today, the thoughts have changed a bit!

I also got my evaluation today and I have to say it was a good one and I will be getting my raise!! Woot!

On the other side of it, I have an interview in the ICU Next Thursday...BIG DECISIONS to make now!!

Enough about work!!

Tonight I was going to go get my swim on at my local gym. Let me tell you I cannot stand Friday nights mainly because they do not have day care open and they Close the Pool at 7PM!!! Little did I know the Pool Would be closed!! I was not happy when I got to the gym at 6:45 to see the pool would be closing in 15 min!! I hyperventilated, looked at the paperwork at the gym again like it was some mistake, looked around and said screw it Im leaving!!

I was so upset that I would be missing my swim because I feel like Im getting stronger in this aspect and really want to see how I nail those workouts!! Wed I did my 5X100s (meters) in 1:45!!! That is 15 sec faster than last week! I was feeling good so I ran with it! I love those days!!

I still got my Functional strength training in tonight. At least I got something in!!

Tomorrow I have a 1:15 ride on tap and According to the weather it will be either a cycling class or trainer ride as it is supposed to be wet and Snowy and I don't do well on my bike with that! Running maybe!!

**Dont forget the Great Giveaway I posted Oct 31st!!! ENDs this Sunday!!!**

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Being Grateful

My daughter and I talked about Being grateful today. Somedays I just don't think she has any idea of what she should be grateful for!

We started with the Definition-

Grateful- warmly or deeply appreciative of Kindness or benefits received; Being thankful

Today after Gymnastics she started whining, Why cant Gymnastics be 4 hours long?!! Why is it only 1?!! Help me get dressed mommy!! Eh I cant tie my shoes!! You do it!! Why cant you do it?!! Sound Familiar?!! So I picked her up as she was whining and the last one out of the gym as always and took her outside with her coat off and her shoes off. Luckly it was still 50 degrees out she didn't get too cold.

What ever happened to kids being grateful for what they got?! I discussed this with her tonight and she has no clue that some people go without eating on a daily basis, some people have to walk everywhere because they have no car, some people have to wear the same clothes everyday because they have no money to buy new ones, Some people don't have running water, oh the list can go on and on. So this is what we talked about on the way home in the car.

I am grateful that I have a good job, I am healthy, I have great parents that taught me right from wrong, that I never got into alcohol or drugs, that I am me!!! I am so grateful that God gave me my little girl to teach these things too!!

Tomorrow my daughter will tell me what she is grateful for as I had her sleep on it tonight as it was late when we got home. Cannot wait to hear her answer tomorrow!!

"If a fellow isn't thankful for what he's got, he isn't likely to be thankful for what he's going to get." ~Frank A. Clark

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Random Wednesday Humpday!

I cannot believe how quickly the weather has changed here! One day its 70s next 40s-50s. Thats what I get for living in central New York!

I want to say good luck to my COACH who is doing IM Florida this weekend! Good luck!! You will do so Awesome I know it! I will be following you online!!

Im thinking about apologizing to someone for the last season. It was just an awful mess and I hope we can get past this and move forward.

Last night I hopped on the trainer at 10pm, hooked up the computer next to me and watched the GLEE episodes I missed. I absolutely love that show!! I love Sue Sylvester, she cracks me up! Also the ditsy cheerleader!! Ba ha ha!! Did you know she is really a great dancer and was brought on the show to help all the other cast members? I thought that was pretty cool.

Im really beginning to see my running cadence be more consistent and I feel like Im running effortlessly...ok well maybe a LITTLE more effortless. Forward lean, check, Lifting knee, check, 45 foot strikes per 30 sec, CHECK!!!

Finally a Marathon was started in Syracuse!!!

I have to swim today but got to confess, I just dont feel like it! I hope once I get there Ill change my mind. That always happens when I see the man in the next lane flailing like a fish out of water in his too tight Speedo!

I have been thinking about my 2011 race season and on tap....Musselman 70.3(which registartion opens next week!!!), Syracuse 70.3 and B2B Iron Distance race.. IronGirl, Lake Delta, and Possibly Cazenovia Olympic... Ill probably try to throw some cycling races, swimming races and running races in there if coach is ok with it. We will see

Im taking my daughter to Disney Next september and am already worrying about how Ill get my training in!!

My daughter dropped out of cheerleading already and is on to Gymnastics! Which I can say, she is very good at!!

OK thats 10!! Phew!!
In closing I give to you the greatest inspirational thoughts I found today!!!!

Allow Your Own Inner Light to Guide You

There comes a time when you must stand alone.
You must feel confident enough within yourself to follow your own dreams.
You must be willing to make sacrifices.
You must be capable of changing and rearranging your priorities so that your final goal can be achieved.
Sometimes, familiarity and comfort need to be challenged.
There are times when you must take a few extra chances and create your own realities.
Be strong enough to at least try to make your life better.
Be confident enough that you won't settle for a compromise just to get by.
Appreciate yourself by allowing yourself the opportunities to grow, develop, and find your true sense of purpose in this life.
Don't stand in someone else's shadow when it's your sunlight that should lead the way

Thats ALL FOLKS!! Dont forget the Great Winter Running Giveaway!!!! Ending November 7th!!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Tagged, Im it!!

I was tagged in a questionaire by Aimee. If you haven't seen her blog its a great one. I think I go to it everyday almost. LOL! Blog stalker me!! ;p

Ok well onto the Questionaire that I hope will not bore anyone to death as I am just focused so much on my triathlon lifestyle lately.

If you could Eat anything without any repercussions, what would your meal be??
Well, Im a lover of food especially carbs. Who doesn't love pasta?! I would eat a big plate of Lasagna, a loaf of Garlic bread, and down it with a Margarita!! For dessert I would have Chocolate Ice cream with fudge, peanut butter, Reeses peanut butter cups, Reese's pieces.

If you could meet anyone living or dead who would it be and why??
I think I would have loved to meet Florence Nightingale. I know I know. But Im such a sap when it comes to nursing. I would've loved to see how she handled the wounded soldiers and just thank her for all she has done for nursing.

Why did you start Blogging and what did you expect when you started
I started blogging as a way to be accountable to my training for my first 70.3, To give other people who are contemplating doing one what goes into training and family, and all of the mishaps of being a triathlete. I have loved sharing stories and seeing other peoples stories as well!!

What is one book you could read over and over again??
I could read I love you because you are you. Because I think it has meaning and I love reading this to my daughter!!

If you could travel anywhere, where would it be??
I would travel to France!!!! I want to watch the Tour De France so bad! Be right there in all the action! Then try and bike some of those hills myself. Wouldnt that be awesome?!!

If you could have a TV show on the Food Network what would it be?
Thats funny!!! Since Im not a BIG TIME cook. It probably would be Learning How to Cook with Kristin!! Ha ha!

What is the BEST meal you ever had?
 I know this is Cheesy but the BEST meal I ever had was with my honey after my FIRST Half Marathon in Lake Placid. We ate Garlic Pizza with Tomatoes and Onions and it has been our staple celebration piece since!!!

Who has been the greatest Influence on your love for food and Learning to cook??
Well since I dont cook very often, and my honey does, I think the Betty Crocker cook book has been the greatest influence for me!! Also my sister is one of the best cooks in our family! I love when she cooks and bakes because I know it will be an awesome meal!!

Phew!! I did it!!

Dont forget my Blog GiveAWAY! It will end on Nov 7th!!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Brueggar Bagel Halloween Fun Run 5K recap AND Giveaway!!!

First of all Happy Halloween-ie!!!! Ha ha!! I love saying that!!

Today was My chance to run with my Flashdance outfit!! Woo hoo!! I told you I like Halloween for the simple fact of not being yourself for one day. Where people wont make fun of you for being crazy. Wait did I just say that?!! Ok Most of the time I don't care what people think anyways.

Heres how the day went...

It was a dreary morning and I was really worried that it would be a bit chilly in my leotard. I bundled up in my costume and sweats. Ate a hearty bowl of Oats with raisins, had a Hammer Heed drink and was out the door 2 hours later. As I was approaching one of the intersections, I was greated by the most beautiful sight in the world. A rainbow. I thought YES it is going to be a beautiful day for a run!!

I arrived about an Hour early and Im glad I did. I still needed to pick up my race number and shirt, go to the bathroom, you know the usual stuff you do before a race! I found some of my local running buddies and chit chatted for a bit and did a warm up mile. It was a bit chilly but good because I get hot quickly when I run!! It was 42 degrees at the start. Perfect!!                                                                                                          
What I don't like about this run is they have you start in a wide open field and then as soon as the gun goes off you are bottlenecking into a trail. I probably should've mentioned that to my coach when she wanted me to run a 8:40 first mile! Ahhh was I freaking out!                                                                                        
When the gun went off of course I was talking and was in the back of the crowd so as we bottlenecked in I looked at my watch and it took us almost 3 min to get into the trail itself! and to top it off they start the timer
in the open field so you have to be in front or trample, kick, trip, people down to get to the lead. I would never do that so I politely said ON YER LEFT, On YER RIGHT!! It was kind of annoying when people didn't move out of the way. I thought about tripping people...naw that would make more work for me in the long run!! So I nudged a little and said sorry. Whooops!!        

THis was a beautiful Trail run with some bridges that were sinking and quite slippery!!

Mile 1- 8:50- By MY watch
Mile 2- 8:50
Mile 3- 9:10

Total time 26:50- my real time
On the clock, 29:43 or some boloney like that!! 

Afterward we snacked on Brueggar Bagels!! YUM!! But they ran out of water!! WHAT?!!!      

Giving a warm up to everyone....Ha Ha!!


I have over $50 worth of goodies for you to fight over!!
1. Manzella 360 degree Reflective Warm Gloves. They are M/L mens but I put them on and they fit me  
    perfectly and I am a size 61/2-7 glove.
2. Manzella WindTex Warm Hat. Also mens sizing but its One Size Fits Most  All.
3. Nathan Ankleband pair of reflective Velcro straps to keep you seen in the dark runs, bikes, swims...oh
    yeah swimming is OVER up North!! 
4. WigWam HIking/Outdoor Pro Socks! I love these socks on Cold days!! They are wool blend so they
     wick moisture away but keep your toesies warm!!

Over $50 in Goodies!!
Ok so heres the Deal...

1. Be a Follower of My Blog
2. Tell me your Best Halloween Costume Idea
3. Tell me your most embarrassing Running, triathlon, Swimming moment...

Thats It!! Answer all three and you will have 3 entries!! 2, 1 you get the idea!!

I will end the Giveaway in 1 week and contact the lucky winner by email! Good Luck!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Halloween Dress Up and Dance!!

Today my daughter and I are having a Mommy and me Kind of day!! We both dressed up, me in my Halloween costume and her in one of her dance costumes and just let it all hang out and dance!

I love Halloween because you can do things you normally wouldn't do, like wear a leotard and leg warmers!! HA HA!!

I hate Halloween because, MY name is Kristin and I am a CHOCO-Holic!!! Yep! I admit it! M&M's...I hate you...Snickers...hate you too...AND Reeses Peanut Butter Cups...I DESPISE you!!! That is what Im telling myself. AND to step AWAY from the candy.

Heres some entertainment. Courtesy of me and my daughter!! Enjoy!!

My Halloween Costume

Also Remember....GIVEAWAY TOMORROW!!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Swim Sets.

 I am sore from my workout from Wednesday of swims sets but hoping today will be a little easier. Heres what IRONMAMMA has in store for me today....

Planned swim time 1 Hour

400 free
200 kick with fins
100 free

10X50 on 50. Moderate pace

300 6 kick switch drills with fins

4X100 free on 2:10

200 cool down

I know I am swimming right as my Lats have been achy. A good ache. Not a ache that I cannot handle.

I did get alot of cramps in the inner thigh the other day when I was swimming. I wonder if I was a little dehydrated. Anyone else experience this?? I am going to try to drink on my rest intervals today...we will see how that goes. I've only cramped up once before and that was AFTER a 2 hour run...hmmmm...

Also the 6 switch drills with fins is an awesome is the video

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Frustrated Cyclist

My post today is about my ride yesterday. I clearly do not get why people do not pay attention to the road. Me as a cyclist and driver, I pay attention when I am driving. I dont text, I don't call anyone unless its an emergency and I watch my surroundings.

I am very frustrated with some drivers out there who think that they own the road and can be aggressive to cyclers. It baffles my mind when men/women in trucks, cars, minivans rev their engines or give you the finger! Come on!

I had a hour ride to do yesterday and since my butt didn't get up until 7am, I didn't have time to do it in the morning. I took the great opportunity I had at 5pm to ride outside. The weather was a balmy 77 degrees here and I just couldn't pass up the opportunity!!

I had to stay in zone 2 which for me is 130-143. I pretty much stayed in this zone averaging about a 18mph speed, not overdoing it. I was enjoying my ride. I couldn't ask for a better night. Nice breeze, warm crisp air, fallen leaves, so beautiful. I then headed back home after a half hour out and as I was approaching a intersection, a man in an SUV decides hes going to turn right in front of me. Never EVEN looked at me as Im screaming bloody Murder!!! I almost, almost hit his passenger side, Good thing I have good bike skills and made it past him without hurting myself! I quickly turned my wheel to avoid danger. Ok, I he was on his cell phone and clearly wasn't paying attention!!!

Next I pull up to a red light and a man tells me I shouldn't be out any later as I don't have reflective gear on...REally?!! Really?!! Thanks for the input! It wasn't even dark out yet! and yes I can ride a bike! I know how!

Then as I am getting clipped in at the intersection as it was green now, a woman in a sedan decides she is going to honk at me and give me the finger and speed off!! I just don't get it. I obey the traffic laws, I do everything right and this is the treatment I get.

Needless to say after this my ave speed for the rest of the mile was 24mph. I didn't keep that last mile in Zone 2....Sorry coach!!

Enough said today. I am getting the stuff together for the Giveaway...Trust me it will be by the end of the week!! :)