Wednesday, February 18, 2009

You Can Have Whatever You Like

Spin! Jen and I went together yesterday which was awesome because we got to chat and suffer in tandem. (Ooh - note to self on entrepreneurial idea of tandem spin bikes...) The instructor was insane and kept talking about New York bikers and I was like - no one cares about New York so shut it. I hate people who name-drop and people who city-drop are just as bad. She was pretty good though - barking at us and walking around, also okay with people stopping if they needed to. She had us all line up in one row which was friggin weird. Anyway, I kept on my HRM and my avg HR was 171 over the whole class; I spent 45:00 in Z5, which is crazy! These workouts are hard and Jen agreed, which was good since she has trained outdoors more than I have (about 100% more than I have). It was good to hear validation on that. I don't know how Jen did this after a swim workout, but I guess that is what triathlon training is all about, which brings me to my next point...

Swim TT! I have to do a 1000m TT this week in the pool. When Shawn told me he needed this info to put together my training plan I was all "ok" then I got off the phone and thought about it and was all "what?" I haven't been in a pool in at least a year and I gotta time myself? This will be hilarious. But today I got really excited about it and pulled out my suit/goggles/cap and can't wait to hit the pool! I suppose this means that I have to shave, right? I can't wait to report back on the results later.

Bikram! I went on Monday and it went well despite the woman next to me kept dry heaving and burping the whole time and I almost threw up as a result. I'm getting better at a few moves - the go back way back move and my half moons are pretty tight - I'm taling 90* angles here. Also the standing head to knee pose I was able to get my forehead down on my knee, which is awesome. First time ever! My knee felt tight for tree pose and some of the floor stuff where you're sitting btwn your knees. I just took it easy because I do not want a bikram-induced knee injury on my hands.

Shawn won't give me my training plan until I've done the swim TT so I guess I'm off the hook on hardcore training for at least another few days. At first I was uptight about the lack of a plan but now I am kind of comfortable with it! I've actually managed to do a lot on my own and kept up my fitness pretty well (I think). It might be hard to snap back into shape though once I get a real plan in place. I am a little nervous about this tri training but am going to do my best to get it all done!

Personal stuff - we've been looking at houses for years now, seriously. We almost bought one in Seattle, but then shortly after the deal fell through we decided to move to Portland. Thank god we didn't buy that house! The bastards didn't even counter our offer and simply said NO. Three months later they came back on their knees. Screw you bastards, we didn't want your little shitty house anyway! Now we're making some big decisions on location that scare me somewhat. I have lived in a big city since 2002 and it will be hard to give that up if we decide to move out of the city. But last night I timed the drive, during rush hour, getting back to downtown Portland and it was only 12 minutes - about 5 minutes longer than if I lived in a Portland neighborhood on the other side of town.

That's it! Happy Hump Day.

9 comments:

Alisa said...

I'm a suburbs girl. We lived in DT boston and I wouldn't want to live in a DT again...unless it was SF.

I want a yard and more for my money =).

Good luck with the TT. Next week I'm doing one of my own. A mile swim TT (it's less yardage than I have been doing but I haven't timed myself in the pool in a LONG time).

Alisa said...

P.S. I would love to spin with you ladies. I could on Fridays...is there a class then?

the gazelle said...

I love my house with yard & big garden, but I do sometimes wish I lived a bit closer to downtown. I'm still technically in the city, though (it takes me 15-20 minutes to drive downtown, depending on traffic).

Let me know your spin/Bikram schedule for next week & I'll see when I can join you since I'm on vacation all week long. *bliss*

Sarah said...

It takes me at least 30 minutes just to get to the freeway. I am counting the days until I can move downtown!

Denise said...

ew, the dry heaving/burping is really gross! I definitely would have thrown up!

Amy said...

That's really exciting about buying a house!!!!!! And getting married? And starting triathlons? Big year ahead!
Your spin class sounds fun and hard. I hate name-droppers too. The worst.

Oh, and your yoga neighbor made me dry heave reading about her. Ga-ross.

RunToFinish said...

wow lots of info there... dry heaving,,,ew I probably would have moved.

enjoy the lack of plan, as you will soon be going hard core!! good luck with the time trial

Marathon Maritza said...

You spin me right round, baby, right round....

You seriously need to do a 'weirdos' post like I do, but with your Bikram people. Burping? Gross!

And yes, I totally remember the fake eyelashes! You should look into a place in Portland and we'll go when I'm up! Ooh, get fake lashes for the wedding!! Hahahaha!

P.O.M. said...

You can get your head to your knee???? Dang, I am just barely getting my leg extended. I do LOVE camel and rabbit though now!! But when people burp or grunt I get soooo distracted, especially if it smells like salami.