Category Archives: Biking

Curve Balls in Life

I don’t know anyone that has a perfect life. There will be curve balls but it is how you react. Many know about my toxic levels of Vitamin D which is rare. First, I became advocate for my own health which you have to do today. I wanted to know why and what causing high levels.  Instead letting the Nurse Partition-er say it is okay to live that way, I wanted to see a specialist. I wanted to feel better, not feel crappy all the time. I am happy I did. My kidneys were causing it to elevate. My 1.25 kidneys has had problems processing red meats, so now it is all meats. Stopping eating them and feel better. Vitamin D at kidney level is good but the higher level is still high.  Cutting back on endurance events has made my kidneys happy too. It is how react and push forward that your life moves forward.

My glass is half full! Now if I can get faster! 

Perfect Weather Perfect Race

 Yesterday, we couldn’t have asked for better weather to run Earth Rock Half Marathon.  2 missing in the picture are Brenda running Big Sur Marathon and Priscilla running her first marathon New Jersey Marathon. As we ran our races in different states at the same time, we were thinking of each other. This make these ladies amazing to train with. They support each other throughout the training for their half marathon and marathons. Now we switch our focus to triathlon training. They make training fun!

Do you have a team that train together?

May Newsletter is hot off the press and posted at: https://gearupforfitness.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/gearupfitnessnewslettermay2017.pdf

What Did I Learn Today?

Not every workout is going to be good, as I explain to Dan. I am coaching Dan to train for his first triathlon, Eagleman Half Ironman. Checking in, he said yesterday he felt tired and slow running 4 miles. So today he took as rest day, which is okay. My point not all workouts will be good. When the workout is bad and you pushed through, “Self Talk”, makes you mentally stronger for your race. Endurance races are half physical and half mental. Dan was a sprinter in high school then switch to endurance is learning new lessons everyday in his training.

So what did you learn today?

Be Smart on the Bike

Spring is here in New England with warmer weather coming which more people biking. Safety should be on the mind of all cyclists and everyone on the road.

A friend and I are having this argument: he doesn’t believe in bike helmets and likes to listen to music with his iPod. He lives in New Hampshire which has a motto: “Live Free or Die”. Yup New Hampshire does not have a law that requires cyclists/motorcyclist to wear helmets.

I believe in safety 1st! That includes wearing helmet, not listening to music and signaling  not just for other cyclists but also drivers of cars and trucks. Yes he is a rebel singing to his own tune but he won’t be doing it with me or my cycle friends. Being smart on the bike includes respecting your environment, cars, runners, walkers, cyclists and others but you will also live longer. We all need to Share the Road!

 

Earth Rock Half Marathon Practice Run

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Tomorrow at 8 AM, there will be group running the Earth Rock Half Marathon course in Amesbury.  We will start at Water Street lower parking lot in Amesbury.
Pam asks that anyone interested email her to let her know that you are planning on attending as well as your average pace so she can group you together.
You will have the option to run the entire course or a 10-mile leg.
Also, you will be in charge of bringing your own hydration.
Pam’s email: pahouck@gmail.com
Happy Running!

What is the Voice In Your Head Saying?

Yesterday, Outside magazine had an interesting article, “The Voice In Your Head Will Make You a Better Runner.” Today, so many runners run with music because of the iPods and smartphones. But when you run a race, many races don’t allow headsets because of safety issues. Triathlons don’t allow any headsets/music at anytime during or you are disqualified.

When you are running with music outside, you are missing the point of the workout. Use nature as your music, birds will sing your way through run to allow you to meditate. Disconnecting from the music/smart phone allows your brain to clear and take a break  from everyday problems to solve issues faster. But it is the self talk that pushes you through the exhaustion  So when real life is challenging, you will be stronger to deal with it in positive, not as threat. Past couple of years, I had many life challenges but I got through it positive attitude.

So next time you run remove yourself from the music to contemplate your life challenges.

 

What is Your Special Place

Cyclists, Runners and Triathletes have special place that they can go to unwind. Last year, when I moved to live on Lake Gardner, I realized I was steps away from running on trails at Woodsom Farm. Today, I just couldn’t do the bike on the trainer but be running outside on this lovely spring day.  When I run to the top of Whittier Hill, I feel I am in the Sound of Music with the views. The pictures below are the views from the top of that hill.

 Woodsom Farm Lake Gardner and Powwow Hill

 A place to sit to contemplate or meditate

I am looking forward in a few weeks when the flowers and leaves on the trees.

Let me know what your special place you like to go to contemplate or Zen or meditate.