Countdown to 2009

I have been under the weather but still am trying to achieve my goal of logging 1,000 miles this year. With less than 10 miles away I'm feeling better already.

I'm sad to have lost a friend over the holidays, prematurely to health issues. Good health is a precious gift if we have it we must take care of it and try to help those that are suffering. I'm going to be more proactive about the health of my family and friends by awareness, education and motivation.

Other New Year's Resolutions: go probiotic, log more miles hopefully on scenic trails, unplug more often, spend more time with friends, revitalize dormant skills (art), try something new (triathlon!)
How to press the reset button on your life >>

Great article about swimming to avoid winter doldrums >>

The world may be in chaos with war and fiscal crisis, but if we don't take care of ourselves then we cannot be of any use to anyone else. Wishing everyone a HEALTHY happy new year!

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world" -Ghandi


Breathing Breakthrough!

Today when I was doing speed intervals I discovered a breathing breakthrough! I noticed that my breathing was very shallow - it's in my chest and I felt out of breath. My fast pace is 2 steps for every inhale, 2 steps for every exhale, mostly breathing through the mouth. Every 3 cycles of this I tried to take a deep inhale through my nose and belly breathe into the core, then resume with the 3 cycles of regular breathing. I continued the deep, shallow pattern throughout the exercise and it helped tremendously! On the hills I adjusted the pattern so it was every 2 cycles. I must've been made aware of this from all the swimming I've been doing. This article also has some insight.

You know Dasher and Dancer, and Prancer and Vixen; Comet and Cupid, and Donner and Blitzen!


Tadpole Training

The swimming is going well. It's low impact so I can practice it on rest and cross-training days. It's just a matter of being consistent and showing up there 2-3 times a week and putting in the time. I tried to hook up with a swim coach but it didn't seem to fit in with my schedule, so I'm using Kevin Koskella's Essential Triathlon Swimming DVD. I can tell if my form is bad when I start drowning, LOL. If my neck is sore, it means my ear is not touching my shoulder and I'm not turning to the side enough. The noseclips and zoomers are helping me tremendously. No more choking on water and sinking. I'll be doing tons of drills to start off with for the next few weeks.

I remember the days when I was afraid of water, but snorkeling helped me get over it. Today I discovered to hold my breath a bit before exhaling underwater. It's very relaxing, like yoga breathing.

Blogs: Triathlon Training Blog



Lately I've been enjoying Bart Yasso's book My Life on the Run, detailing his many running adventures around the world. It even has a chapter on his bicycle tour across the United States riding over 100 miles per day. I had no idea he battled Lyme disease and addiction, which makes his stories even that much more inspirational... and he's a vegetarian to boot! The book has some training plans for all races and levels. I used his Yasso 800s method to improve my speed and it works.

April Recap

Spring is here! Proceed with caution!  I managed to ramp up my activities, adding in more bike rides and swims, and taking the time to d...