Sunday, January 11, 2009

For Keith --

I've been prodded by Keith into making another blog entry! :) :)

Here's what I've learned over the past week...

1. When I run intervals, it is supposed to hurt. I've suspected for a while now that my running suffers from the same slow-pokiness as my swimming -- and I got confirmation of that on Friday's interval workout. I decided to up my warm up speed, just to see if I could-- and guess what? I COULD!

Next, I upped the interval speed for each session. I was quite out of breath and approaching the hurl-my-cookies-stage, but in retrospect, I KNOW I could have pushed it a little harder. Goodie!! A new goal for next week! :) :)

Dang!! As I write this, Mandalay is ripping open the new bag of cat food and eating from the spillage that ensues. Why on earth do cats like to eat out of the bag instead of their bowls?? Oh great -- now Peanut has gone over to check on the commotion.

OK -- Let's see, where was I? Oh yes, other things I learned this week...

2. That my bum and hamstrings hurt A LOT when cycling on a properly fitted bike.

3. I stretch after every session, and do yoga once a week.

4. Snowshoeing is now integrated into my training schedule! YAY!!!

Here's some pic's of The Nut in action for your viewing pleasure...

Peanut caught getting into trouble...



For the last 4 years, she would perch and watch me the entire duration of my bike workouts....New bike, new year, and no Nut to distract me from my Computrainer!



Peanut attacking Mandalay...



Nutcho messing with Toby...



Nut and Diva going at it...




And finally, a rare moment of introspection in the sunlight...

8 comments:

Keith said...

Wow, it sounds like you had quite the week! Do you realize you've now broken out of your rut for swimming, biking, AND running? You are on your way to a whole new place; half way to orbit by the indications so far.

They're all good, I totally love the photo of Peanut with the computrainer in the back ground. I think it's the expression of dignified active interest wondering what the human is up to *now*.

hmmmm, if intervals are supposed to hurt, then I'm not working hard enough.

Charlie Browne said...

did you happen to notice the theme in all of your pictures? peanut dominates them!

Julie said...

LONG LIVE THE NUT!!

It's true, Chuck -- the whole house revolves around The Nut!

Hahahahahahaha!!

streaker said...

I always assumed the interveral were suppose tp hurt? until last year where I was told easy does it. Way to rock outta your confort zone

I miss snowshoeing so badly! Post pictures please

Eileen Swanson said...

Hi,
I just found your blog through a friend's. Nice pics, love your cats and dog ;-) Cute!! I just posted about snowshoeing the other day with a friend and our dogs, super fun!
E

Kelly B. said...

Awesome job Julie!! Justin's words are that intervals should be "on the edge of control...hard work but with good form..."

And Eileen...HOLY SHIT ABS GIRL!!!

Jenna said...

Awww.... thanks for the visit into your life :) and you scare me - you gonna go pro on us?

Susi said...

of course peanut dominates...peanuts always do! ;)

great job on pushing the envelope. i had the same thought for this years training and have been doing so with the swimming and will do more on the run when the streets are clearer.

feels GREAT doesn't it!