Friday, June 6, 2014

But I am le tired

I just wanted to tell you all about my workout today because I felt like superwoman!  And I don't use the word "felt" lightly--right now I'm so tired that I can't decide if eating or sleeping is more important. But in the moment I felt pretty cool

1 mile run

Lower body:
4x10 leg press
3x20 hamstring curl
4x12 leg extension
3x12 seated calf raise
2x12 each leg weighted rear lunge
3x8 thigh abductor
3x10 thigh adductor

Upper body:
3x12 dumbbell bench press
2x10 butterfly machine
3x8 tricep pushdown
4x10 shoulder press with dumbbells
18 chin ups with assistance (by the way I can officially do a pull-up by myself these days because I've been practicing! Yay!)

3x10 low back machine
110 situps
45 crunches
45 leg lifts
2x36 second planks

And all of that was at a heavy weight. If you don't know what any of it means....I lifted weights for 1 1/2 hours.

THEN, I got in the pool:

200 swim
150 kick
100 pull
50 swim
100 kick
150 pull
200 swim

kick set, w/ fins:

25 easy
25 hard, 25 easy
50 hard, 25 easy
75 hard, 25 easy
50 hard, 25 easy
75 hard, 25 easy
50 hard, 25 easy
25 hard, 25 easy

10x150 with a sprint 50 embedded at different times during each 150

4x200 individual medley (all the strokes)
700 hundred yards of random kicking and cooling down to get me all the way to:

2 1/2 miles.  or 4500 yards.

That took me another 2 hours, almost.

And then I taught swimming lessons for 2.5 hours.

And now I'm pooped.  But sometimes, ya just gotta work out for 4 hours.  Tomorrow is a rest day.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

First outdoor swim of the year

After 6 months of snow at least 3 times a week, Ithaca finally gave in and warmed up.  On my day off, Casey came over and we went and spent some time at the creek that runs near our house.  It was still a little cold, and the current was a little swift, but to get to the island in the middle that we wanted to sunbathe on, we had to cross somehow.  This is me and Rob trying to safely get our stuff across.

Yeah those towels got wet.


I decided awhile back that I wanted a filing cabinet to put all of my school work and important documents.  I went to Walmart, and a small, 2 drawer cabinet was $50.  NO THANK YOU WALMART.

I settled on an ugly plastic box with a rail inside to hold hanging folders. It was only $10.

BUT THEN, I was doing my laundry and while I was driving up and down the hill to the laundromat, I saw some old stuff on the side of the road that someone was getting rid of.  I slowed down, and saw that a small, 2 drawer filing cabinet was amongst them.   It was old and rusty, but I put it in my car and took it home to see what I could do.

[This is where, if I was a professional DIY-er, I would insert a "before" picture. But for some reason I always forget that step.  I think I never think it will turn out as good as it does, so I don't bother.  And then it turns out really good and I wish I had a before picture to put on Pinterest or something. Oh well. Imagine a gray, rusty filing cabinet.]

I cleaned it out, and purchased a roll of contact paper for about $5.   I covered the entire thing, including taking the fixtures off the front and then re-attaching them.  A bit of blue tape and some frames for the inside to hold the file folders up, and my total bill ran me about $20.


So I returned the ugly box to Walmart and saved myself $10.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Hey remember that time I went to Florida for Christmas?

Allow me to tell you about it.

Blowing rocks

Uncle Mike decided to look down the barrel of the gun.

Pelicans. Always pelicans.

We got drinks on the boat.

And went to dinner on the boat.

Tri for the Y

Every year, the YMCA holds a triathlon that consists of a 400 yard swim, a 15 mile bike, and 4.2 mile run.  I tried to get Rob to do it with me, but neither of us really wanted to pay the entrance fee, so I settled on doing data entry for my boss and just helping with the race.

Then, about 2 weeks before the race, my other boss decided he wanted to put together a fully sponsored lifeguard team, and he asked me if I wanted to swim.  I said sure, and he found a few other lifeguards to do the bike and the run.

Well, turns out we were the fastest in the whole race! Not only did we win the team division, but we got the best overall time of the entire race!  But, mostly it was my awesome teammates....My swimming isn't what it used to be.  (Although with the limited amount of training I had (read: none) it was not too shabby if I may say so myself.)  I placed 9th out of 121 swimmers and I was the 4th female.   It was about 10 seconds slower than my high school time, and we didn't have a start of the blocks (the Y doesn't have blocks.)  

Being competitive for the first time in at least a year made me want to do more!  I can see a (short) triathlon in my future....But also, I'm moving to Colorado in the fall and that means WATER POLO.  More on that later.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Pura Vida!

So we kind of spur of the moment decided to go to Costa Rica.  It was awesome.  We...

Ziplined through the clouds.

Mom was not too excited but had fun in the end.

Terrifying not able to see the other side.

Ate awesome food
Plantains, beans, rice, beef, and other delcious but unrecognizable side dishes.

The best chips and Guac I'll ever eat.

Many, many fresh raspberry and/or blackberry juice smoothies.

Rode horses through the jungle.

My horses name was Tijo!  He was very nice.  And liked to trot.  My butt hurt for days.

Took a hike through the jungle and jumped around on some very long suspension bridges.

Saw a giant, active volcano. (But never the top.)

Saw a mommy and baby sloth, along with some other crazy animals.

Including howler monkeys.

Slept in a tree house with hammocks underneath.

Slacklined (attempted to slackline) over a swimming pool.

Spent many hours playing (and looking for a non-existent place to snorkel) on the beach.

This is called the Whales Tail....a peninsula that you can see at low tide only.
Saw some awesome scenery.

Went swimming in natural hot springs near the volcano.

Slid down a natural water slide into a beautiful, cool, pool.

And spent several hours in a Costa Rican hospital when my mom fell and broke both wrists.

Lucky for her, people in Costa Rica really love to sign casts.

In addition to these things, I peed in several questionable locations, almost concussed myself on a water slide that would not be legal in the United States, navigated us through San Jose traffic and Costa Rican drivers....TWICE, and used refried black beans as a chaser for vodka.  It was a great trip!