Friday, May 23, 2008

Still recovering ...








Here are a few pics from the Penticton training camp. I was so happy to be out riding in the heat AND in all my pink glory!!! LOL!!

Also -- Susi's infamous boob bug -- Don't ask me why I still think this is so funny -- I can't stop laughing about it!! LOL!!

WOW -- I'm still recovering from Penticton. The Crowsnest Pass pool has finally
opened!! Yay! I will now save a ton of gas not having to drive to Sparwood three times a week, but there is one major drawback ... I miss my Charmaine!! We had a really great swim thing going on in the mornings -- there were a number of us that call ourselves "The A Team." LOL!!!!

My first swim on Wednesday in the Pass was altogether uninspiring -- no laughing, chatting, no energy. I'm scoping out fellow lane swimmers for buddy potential -- lukewarm reception so far. LOL!!!

Thus, yesterday I drove down to Sparwood to do what I call "Charmaine's Power Arms and Core Workout." Holy Crap -- this women doesn't fart around. Our mission -- to strengthen our arms and core for swimming. Char has this awesome routine of weights and core exercises that had us burning up the ol' gym. When I work out with her, I really push myself, and she does too! We kept commenting how just having another person there motivates you to keep pushing. When Char deemed our heart rate was too low, we had to do walking lunges, and then this terrible slow-motion baby-step lunge thing that just burned up my poor quadzillas. (Nod to Susi!!)

At one point, I let out a half yawn. You know the kind that you think is going to be a big yawn but then abruptly ends partway through -- making you look like a weirdo standing there with your mouth open? Well, this yawn thing I did coupled with my grimace of concentration made Charmaine burst out laughing. She had to stop what she was doing because my face had said it all. LOL!!!

Afterwards, neither of us had to do anything so we ended up talking and drinking coffee until 1:30pm!! I had arrived in Sparwood at 7:45am. Hee-hee!!! I needed my Charmaine fix!! LOL!!!!!!

Our new plan is this: Tuesdays and Thursdays I'll go to Sparwood for Char's core workout --I still do my own regular core work on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. And, next Friday, Char is going to come up here: We will mountain bike and then do the noon hour swim. EEEEEEE!! I am so excited for the Pass to be inundated with Charmaine!! LOL! Those poor noon hour swimmers won't know what hit them once we get in the pool. LOL!!!

In other news, Mike has been anxiously awaiting the new Conan computer game. Apparently it was released or just came in or something yesterday so he just drove to Calgary to get it. Get this -- it's a 5 hour return trip and he had left and returned before I had come home from gabbing! Hee-hee!!

It was so cute -- when I came home after work, Mike had the whole soundtrack to Conan playing in the living room, while he was setting up his game. The game even comes with this treasure map that you had to actually unroll!! LOL! He was in seventh heaven!! It was so funny -- the map has a cloth-like texture and is even yellowed and antiqued like it were an ancient map. Needless to say, the computer was off-limits for me as Mike was in ecstasy over his new game. Hahahahahahaha!!

He was just like a little kid too -- All these computer games have this involved intro -- almost like a mini-movie where the story is introduced. He kept asking me, "Are you watching this?" or "Did you see that?" LOL!!!!!!!! :) :):) :)


If you don't hear from me for a while, blame it on Conan. LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

10 comments:

Kelly B. said...

You have a gamer in your house too?? Holy!! I totally use my hubby's hours at his games as my leverage to do my training...sad but I will use whatever I have to!! Great outfit by the way!! I love tough girls in pink....

Jenna said...

ok - bone to pick. In all these great pictures I can only see the litty bitty version. I can click on them to make them bigger but no - Julie has done somethign so they stay itty bitty. That doesn't work for me Jules!! I can't see people that small. I can't tell if you are greg or if greg is wearing pink. Nope. Gotta make em bigger.

Go Conan!! Too funny!! Can you make it out on the weekend of the 30th to Susis??

John Prince said...

Ah, Conan!... "When Men Were Men (and Women Were Too)". :-) LOL!!!...

Julie said...

Here Jenna -- I got Mike to help me fix the small pics!! :) :) :)

Shannon Keith Wicks said...

I can totally relate to Mike and KB's hubby as I love to game as well. I've to uninstall some games off my computer but I still sneak in a few rounds of sudoku and chess on my DS.

Great pics btw...I cam almost feel the heat over here in rainy, cold Halifax.

Kelly B. said...

May I ask a silly question? With these pictures a bit bigger, I see that in the one with your cat on your back you are quite low in your aerobars...this is how I seem to fit as well, but then in the Penticton photo, you seem to be sitting up a bit higher? Is it photo trickery or have you just found a different comfort spot? I ask because I STILL am not all that comfortable in those crazy things!!!

runningman said...

LOL my friends have been talking about that Conan game too. You see I used to be hooked on World of Warcraft. I quit that (crack) habit at Christmas to pursue my other crack habit...

Susi said...

you are going to have to pass along the charmaine workout!! deets girl, deets!

i don't get computer games, haha.

John Prince said...

Julie, I see you made the front page of the Crowsnest Promoter newspaper this week, plus a story about you on the inside. CONGRATS!!!
Your picture is 'just too cute'!!! :-)

Jenna said...

THANKS!!! I can see you guys now!! And you made the paper??? Cut it out and share!!!!! Congrats!!!!

Kelly if you are not comfy in the bars take the bike back and have them diddle with the fit - you'll find that sweet spot!!! When they did my fitting they said you "should" be sitting like this but your body will tel you wha tis right!!