New Year's Flexsolutions

Next year's going to be better. I can feel it. As long as we make it better!
I have another private journal that I have been doing everyday for almost a year and that one little "lifehack" was the foundation to many others:
  • Downsized and streamlined my space
  • Streamlined finances, done with student loans! 
  • Got rid of Comcast and switched to local, affordable ISP that supports Net Neutrality
  • Learned to bake sourdough bread
  • Added a few more paintings & drawings to my sketchbook and attended several art exhibits
  • Took a printmaking class
  • Gained clarity and acceptance around personal issues
  • Got a New Garmin & new to me Tri Bike
  • Signed up for Bikeshares
  • Took a selfie of health with Inside Tracker
  • Emergency kit refreshed
There were many things I accomplished without setting out to, just from jotting down ideas and notes in my dear diary and staying open. So for the New Year's Resolutions, this year I invented a new word for them called Flexsolutions. I have been practicing more intuitive goal setting, and letting things evolve organically. Filter out the noise and distractions and move closer to what the heart wants, which is more creativity, consciousness and purpose ...and time outdoors! Less packaging and fluff, continue to support companies aligned with my values and ditch the others!

I have in my mind next year to do a 70.3, but ulitmately the flexsolution is to follow what the heart wants and keep moving. Think globally, act locally!

I have a love/hate relationship with social media right now, but I still find little nuggets of inspiration out there. Last Year's inspiration was Design the Life You Love by Ayse Birsel. This year's inspiration is this book Tinker, Dabble, Doodle, Try Unlock the Power of the Unfocused Mind by Dr. Srini Pallay, which I heard about from the Bulletproof Podcast. If you like endurance podcasts there a lot here. Feel free to share others and your inspiration in the comments.

End of Year Recap

 2017 was the year of the sciatica injury! I still managed to stay active and get some miles in, do some fun runs and go to USAT AGNC! Holiday weight less than last year at this time.

Swim: 63 miles
Bike: 3,300 miles (including unlogged bike commutes)
Run: 550 miles
Stand Up Paddle: 70 miles

Mileage goals were out the window. I remember having to take some time off running to heal my pain. Turns out swimming is great for sciatica! I joined masters swim group and did get my swim goal in there. Volunteering also helps when you get injured, which I did every week. It is inspiring to see new runners achieve their goals. Also, new open water swimmers in my swim group achieving their goals! We sometimes forget what it's like and take it for granted. Getting injured reminds you! This year I upgraded my Garmin which makes it easier to log workouts and steps. You'd be surprised at how many miles you get in steps every week! I remember ten years ago when I started this blog, and my inspiration was the famous quote by Lao Tzu "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step". Here I am at the 10,000 + mile mark and feel like I'm at the beginning again. The start of the new year, learning new things each year.

Upgraded to Vivoactive HR in August.

2017 in 2017: Family Team PRPL surpassed 2017 miles goal and is at 2500!
Here is how the year panned out, in a fun video by Strava.

Started and ended the year with DSE Runs:
  • DSE Marina Green 5k
  • The Great Cupid Run
  • KPSF Half-Marathon
  • The Super Run 5k (March)
  • Oakland Half-Marathon
  • BTWD
  • DSE Rainbow Falls 5k
  • Lots of fun events with Water World Swim 
Here is how the year panned out, in a fun video by Strava


December in Pictures and a Video

This is it! Last month of the year! Taking time to relax, reflect and occasionally cave in to cravings of holiday treats! Time to say goodbye to those we lost, time for giving, quality time, and time to daydream about the possibilities of next year and years to come.

Supermarket Street Sweep, benefit ride for the food bank
Running in  Golden Gate Park
Neighborhood outdoor movie night with popcorn, hot chili bowls and toy drive
Morning run with Back on My Feet Team SoMA
Weekend in Bolinas
Park walks - pick up a copy of Stairway Walks in San Francisco
by Adah Bakalinsky
DSE Rainbow Falls 5k
New Year, new socks! Blood donation perks


On the Right Track with Inside Tracker

Stuff you do when reaching middle age: freak out about your health and aging! I have a close friend who turned 50. They didn't believe me about the keto diet until they tried it and lost 10 lbs, just in time for their birthday! Out of curiousity and a mid-life present to ourselves, we tried the Inside Tracker test. We did the Inner Age test, which gives you a snapshot of how you're aging. This test didn't include a cholesterol test, so they are taking a separate cholesterol test and waiting for the results, which we will update later. The website allows you to submit test results to your profile.

The Inner Age test will give you a good idea of what's going on using key biomarkers, such as inflammation, glucose levels, liver function, vitamin D, and testosterone. We both had similar results, with most of the biomarkers optimized, and needing to work on our glucose. It was very simple, just had to go to Quest Diagnostics and get a blood draw, and the results came up pretty quickly.

My Inside Tracker Results 2017 - Inner Age 51 / Optimal 33
My Inner Age is 51, though on Garmin it says my Metabolic age is 29. I wonder how these compare. One could be for longevity and one could be how you feel fitnesswise. Even on a low carb diet, we still had to work on Glucose. Oddly their glucose was much higher than mine, even though I do carb cycling and more cardio exercise, and they do none. What I learned is that red meat can cause high fasting glucose levels. They give you lots of information and recommendations for how to optimize your biomarkers with nutrition. I look forward to implementing them and taking the test again next year.

I am guided by how I feel, and I felt good with what I am doing with diet and exercise so will continue!

November in Pictures

November was a long haul, but just taking it one step at a time gets you to the finish line!
Signed up for next year's races: A half marathon and a half-iron triathlon!
Got my Inside Tracker blood test results, will be in a future post.
Ate well, but moved a lot, so nothing to worry!
Will be adding in more strength training next month.

Running 59mi / Goal: 12 mi per week

Homemade sugar-free pumpkin ice cream

Masters Swimming - Got 7 miles in at least

Alcatraz Swim and Paddle with WWS

Back on My Feet SF - One Year Birthday!

Visited Dallas and Ran with BoMF DFW

Thanksgiving with the FAM - Lots of baking (and moving)!

Bikeshare in Big D

23rd Blood Donation


The Love in the Air is Thicker Than The Smoke

The month was tinged with smoke and sadness, as disaster hit close to home in the North Bay Fires, but was great to see the community pull together to help out. I knew people affected by the fires and also Hurricane Maria. It is going to take a long time to rebuild but we can do it. Community building and resiliency is an ongoing project. That is why I became involved in Back on My Feet, using the power of running to aid in this project on the local level. Running is the great equalizer as one of our volunteers put it. She wrote an article about this subject for the Chronicle. It seems like we are getting triggered on a daily basis to succumb to disaster and get distracted from the task at hand,  but to be able to have the strength to stay positive, focus on the next thing we can do to problem solve and overcome our challenges collectively is the task of the day.


September in pictures

September was an end of summer blowout! We had heat, smoke, wind, and lots of events. I traded some running miles for swim miles to try to balance out my body and work on weaknesses. I'm getting used to the longer swim workouts so now I can add the running back in.

Alcatraz to Angel Island SUP / Swim with Water World Swim

Bike ride up to Twin Peaks using new Garmin Vivoactive

Exploring Creativity at Mission Cultural Center - Friday night life drawing
Exploring Creativity at Mission Cultural Center - Tuesday Night Printmaking
Edvard Munch show at the SFMOMA

Lots of swimmers getting ready - Alcatraz training with Water World Swim

Sunday Streets in my hood - Western Addition

Dog breaks

Joined Ford Go Bike

Back on My Feet Bingo! Running/Walking with them 2 - 3 x per week!

Master Swimming at local pool -15.5 miles of swimming this month!

WWS Alcatraz Swim with the Centurions!  Took care of volunteer coordination and shore duties.

Natural Disaster relief efforts are underway for hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and the earthquakes in Mexico. They need our support right now.

New Year's Flexsolutions

Next year's going to be better. I can feel it. As long as we make it better! I have another private journal that I have been doing ever...