Tuesday, December 7, 2010
OK bitching's done for the evening.
Yesterday was a good solid run, for a change ! No no I didn't all of sudden found the button to start my jet pack and I was still huffing and puffing up an imaginary hill at 12:45 min/miles. But I was strong and steady and almost kept my HR where I wanted.
Once I got home however all the stress relief brought on by my run drained away when I looked fro MAC sharing project. The board once more disappeared and was found at the bottom on the recycling bin with a big beer stain on it. To make matter worse we had one less day to prepare for the presentation. This makes me the winner of the worse mom award!
My little guy went to school this morning ready to make his presentation and of course didn't get to present as the teacher wasn't there for the day!
So now if you'll excuse me I have to devote all my attention to the first episode of Stargate Universe. First came Stargate SG1 which was a looong show and different sets of characters and two sets of different bad aliens species. It was closely followed by Stargate Atlantis. Now we are onto Stargate Universe.
Maybe if I'm lucky enough I'll get to watch the newest episode of Castle.
To finish up this post on a good note we will be skiing this year woot woot
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Monday was back to business, back to work, back to training well back to the routine! Well except that when I got to the gym eager to get on with my run while rummaging through my bag I realized that I didn't have socks! Well I thought that's OK I can run without socks will probably give me blisters but ah well. However when I realized that my sports bra was MIA as well I went back to my desk dejected! Luckily B was home in time for me to go to Rehab United for a tri-strength training. I was really hoping I could still walk the remainder of the week.
Lucky for me this was a bit more my alley and required a bit less coordination and I was able to keep without making a total fool of myself. However sporting my new wall of shame bruises from my mountain biking outing did get a "For god sakes" from the coach! The flavor of the week is a bit impressive although not painful anymore really.
Tuesday I decided to do my bike workout that evening since I wanted to socialize and gorge on indian food at Punjabi! I was able to do 40min of my bike workout when MEC puked on her bed and continued for half of the night. The poor thing was able to fall asleep at 3am and so did we.
We stayed home the next day and work from home while she watched Go Diego Go all day and again the following day! On Thursday we all went out for a run and well it was hotter than expected and again I was huffing and puffing while B was chatting away while pushing MEC.
Friday was back to work attempting a 30min tempo on the treadmill (kiss of death!) followed by a 1M all out yeah right I gave up after 30min dejected again. After amusing the gallery with my mountain biking adventures hey at least I'm amusing people, finished my day at work.
Saturday morning before leaving for Palmdale I managed to extract myself from our cozy warm bed to go run with a friend. I wasn't too sure how I would do but her constant chatter kept me going through my huffing and puffin, do you see a recurring theme here! I managed a 6.6M in a 1:11. I haven't looked at my HR profile I hope it isn't too depressing! Nonetheless I had fun and maybe you'll me joing the dawn crowd every once in a while. I have to say it is such a nice feeling to have your workout behind you by 8am!
After that we drove to Palmdale to visit family. It definitely isn't my favorite place in the world and the neighborhood where B's grandma leaves is really not that pleasant and doesn't feel safe. However it was great to visit family. We had a great time and the kids too. Didn't do too much which is very different from our usual week ends.
As soon as we got back home, B went for a 9M run and well I took the kids to the park for them to get some of the stored energy out. I took my mountain bike and practice some tight turns around the trees. Maybe just maybe I will handle tight turns a bit more gracefully during our next outing.
Finally I am looking at my race schedule for next year and it will probably go like:
Jan 24th Carlsbad Half marathon
Feb 6th 5K trail run in Mission Gorge
Apr 10th 5K or 15K trail run in Black Mountain
May 5th Wildflower triathlon short distance ????
June something SDIT almost olympic distance (not if I do wildflower)
Sept San Diego classic (?)
Nov Xterra triathlon (?)
Maybe some other 5K and 10K....
We shall see....
Saturday, November 27, 2010
That night I whipped out a pretty nice little dinner pork loin and pasta and to bed we went.
Thanksgiving day started by a 5:30am wake up call arghhh to go run a 10K. Picked up a friend, dropped off two very tired little kids and off running we went. From our group of 3 I of course was last to cross the finish line. Almost stopped after the first loop felt quite nauseous the whole race but managed to pull a 56:58min 10K which was 6.4m instead of 6.2.
Somewhere along the course decided that I could not excel at everything and that well even being a slow runner but going out as often as I do counts to something ;)
Back at the house, showered and cooked some waffles. We then went back to our friends house for a bit and crashed hard for a long nap. Woke up as everyone was finishing dinner and started cooking. B concocted some nice little lemon drops.
Dinner was very quiet as it was just the 4 of us. We had turkey, mash potatoes, apple shallot dressing, apple pie some nice wine.
Everything was quite good my apple pie was a bit dry but with some ice cream it was all good.
Friday was quite got up late and went to Oceanside to check out the pier. Followed by dinner with friends at our house. Lasagna was on the menu that night, some more lemon drops and wine.
This morning we had a baby sitter for a couple of hours while I tried to mountain bike. Again my bike even though named through me on the ground multiple time. I just realized that I'm not super comfortable on narrow trail and tight turns.... You will probably find me practicing this in the park behind my house. After 2H00 of fun and falls we came back home, at brunch/lunch at the coffee cup in La Jolla followed by a stroll along the water....
I don't know what will be for dinner, the kids want waffle....
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
I never named my bike I already thought it was a bit weird thing to do but I don't know when I saw it I knew that it would have a name and it will be black beauty! Cheesy cheesy but here it is ....
Friday, November 5, 2010
Pretty pathetic, but hey I've learned that a) obviously I do need a strength training program, b) what to expect and c) next time I'll need to go to my own pace! In the process I'll try to toughen up and be more stoic ;)
So one more hard week end and a recovery week ;) Maybe some mountain biking also this week.... stay tuned
Monday, November 1, 2010
It is never pleasant when your coach tells you if they are doing it you can do it too!
Anyways once more I have been humbled... It seems to be a recurrent theme since I have started working with her, but then again what doesn't kill you will make you stronger!
On a more interesting note I believe I'm going to try to get into Mountain Biking.If only I could find a slower crazy girl to come trail run with me and mountain biking. B wants me to go with him but then we have to find someone to watch the kids!
More on that later and maybe a new cool bike in my future....
Saturday, October 30, 2010
My workout schedule now looks like Mon: strength training with running drills, Tue: 45min run usually hill workout or tempo, Wed: 45 min run of tempo intervals, Thurs 45min Bike workout like a spin class, Fri speed intervals, sat 2:00 run, Sun 1:30 bike easy spin.
So anyways I can tell you my legs are tired but Im two weeks in and I did 90% of the workouts, This week very busy work schedule shorten two runs and zapped the bike workout but that's life.
I'm slow there is no denying it but hey I'm still putting my running shoes and go for my runs. It is not always easy, last weeks two hour run was a piece candy hard but sweet today's was more like Brussels sprout healthy but not too tempting!
Maybe the route was a bit more enticing last week. I ran from my house in Carmel Valley to Solana Beach. most of it done on the beach! It was ejust beautiful! today well a bit more hilly and hotter and well not as nice.
Enough rambling on my runs!
Monday, October 25, 2010
We have decided to start having dinner with the kids. It will take some time to figure out the proper routine. So tonight was a wee bit off but I'm sure we will get the hang of it.
On the workout front, since triathlon season is done! This year I realized that you have to be a good runner to be a good triathlete and so I decided to focus on running. This means about 4-6H00 of running per week!
When I saw my new schedule I gasped! 45min speed workout on Friday which means 5x3min all out 3min easy. 2h00 easy run on Saturday and 1h30 tempo intervals on Sunday... Challenging!
Saturday for my long run since B had to go to Encinitas to buy new shoes I decided to run to Solana Beach. Meet him and the kids there go to Encinitas then he would run home. I did it and it was one of my most awesome run. Mostly on the beach at a comfortable pace 11:45-12 min/mile.
Sunday I only had time for 1h00. Today though my legs were tired so now time for stretching and foam roller!
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
A few weeks back, I was so appalled by my running performance that I had a chat with my coach. We decided to just focus on running for a little while and the most important piece to stop stressing out about performance! I believe running for 5:00 week is going to be the easy part.
So anyways with this change of focus and well being busy at work and tired I wasn't super duper motivated to get up at 4:45am on a Sunday morning.
So well since racing wasn't an option well I decided to just have fun! My coach's goal for that race was just to stay positive and be happy.
Saturday I go through the pre-race motion almost forgot my wetsuit duh go to bed early. Sunday morning up at 4:45am at the transition area at 5:35 and the bike rack is already packed. I find an OK spot set up my bike wander around because of course I can't remember how I should set up. I say hello to a few friends always nice to see some friendly faces so early in the morning. I finish setting up go for a quick warm up jog, knock my time chip off my ankle go get a new strappy thingy and add a safety pin. I say hi to my coach, and finally get my wetsuit and in the water for a warm up swim!
Finally we are off, first half of the swim is great meaning slow but steady. Second half gets croweded and I'm losing my rhythm and my orientation so I weave quite a lot. Finally the swim is over and off on the bike. That is my favorite part the triathlon. I had a bug smile the whole time. In no time I'm done with the bike and onto the run. I try to set in into a good rhythm focusing on my breathing and my rhythm. At the end of first loop I catch sight of my coach and oh boy that was the best feeling in the world! It helped my push a bit harder and I was in the zone nothing in the head just breathing and pushing and checking If I could just keep it up and well the finish line was there!
That a race went by soooo fast. Didn't know how fast or slow I went and didnt care! I gave all I had and I had fun.
So because we still care about timing I did a bit better than last year. About the same on the swim and the run and much much better on the bike!
After that it was family business as usual!
After that back to the car, then on to brunch at the beach grass cafe, then clean and play with the kids.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Training has seen some highs but mostly lows! I haven't been able to get back into my pre-summer routine. As a result my legs have been in a constant state of fatigued. My runs are slower with a high HR. So since the triathlon season is coming to an end I decided to focus on running! Ironic isn't it... I remember telling B a decade ago that I will never run, I didn't like running then a few weeks later I started my long journey! After my first half I jumped into triathlon to escape the monotony of only running. Yet two seasons later I made the decision to focus on running which with my coach means 5-7 hours of running per week! I am ready for the challenge which I believe in my case will be more mental than anything.
My main goal from now on is not to run faster but to mentally let go of all the "I should be" and enjoy and cherish the "I am"
This is starting this Sunday morning my last race of the season. Last year I ran the 5k at 8 min/mile pace. I wish I could beat that PR this Sunday but this won't be my goal! My goal is to race as hard as I can with only positive thoughts to cross that finish line with a smile on my face knowing that I gave all I had and be happy with my performance!
on the kitchen front I have discovered a new spice. Fennel seed, i am not a big licorice, celery anis taste but this seeds give a new dimension to my recipes... more on this later because B's out of this world's chocolate chip cookie is screaming for my attention! And yes my husband makes chocolate chip cookies from scratch I knew I married him for something
Thursday, September 23, 2010
So after returning the dress on time yay! I waited for the couple weeks in took to have my credit available. I found this really pretty pair of Charles Jourdan shoes open toe interesting back and a big heel. But hey on the picture a 4" heel is well pretty. On my foot though it isn't. I guess a 4inch heel on a 9" foot just doesn't work that well. I have to say it was stretching some unknown muscle in my ankle but besides that it look quite ridiculous and quite frankly I could barely make it across the room.
I believe I will stick to the 3" and below heel!
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Sometimes my posts feel like a brag board, hey look at me I'm so cool I do all these things!
In 4 weeks, a lot has happened but yet a lot is the same. For starter I just weasled my way out of my bike workout again today. Except that this time it wasn't after a several weeks of hard training but after 3 weeks of vacation.
I did my first "almost" Olympic distance just before leaving on vacation. It was a really fun fun race! I finished 33 out of 57 which is of course not quite where I wanted what's new. However I was happy with my splits go figure! Putting the ego aside the course was really beautiful even the swim wasn't too bad!
Then I had to pack, get stuff ready for our trip to France, deliver my project and go!
Managed to do all the above, got up at 3:45am got on a plane then another one then we landed in hot Paris! It is funny how your mind is wired. We have been travelling to Europe mostly in the winter and thus I expected a cold breeze once I stepped out of the plane instead I was welcomed by a hot scorching breeze.
It was great to be home, having a few more set of eyes looking after the kids, lounging in the sun catching up on my reading.
I polished the millenium trilogy (the girl with the dragon tattoo etc...) I absolutely loved it. Now I'm waiting patiently for B to read them so that I can watch the movie!
Three weeks of vacation, lots of sleeping, lots of reading, lots of good food/wine, not much running (too hot and humid).
We got back to reality on wednesday night at 10pm and everyone was back at work/daycare the next day at 8am!
Here we are trying to lose 5lbs in the next several weeks, get back into training eat better well the whole nine yard! Well my first run workout left me with serious sore harmstrings and I just bailed out of my bike workout.
To finish a recipe... I tried Bunny curry chicken salad and I have had a craving since I got back. Of course I didn't have time to make it but today I was starving (salad and a nectarine even with chicken isn't enough!), I was tired and cranky so I decided to make something like the chicken salad but warm and voila:
Sautee some garlic, and onion
Add some curry powder (as much as you'd like)
Add chicken cut in small pieces
Add some chicken broth
Then when the juice has reduced enough
Add some snow peas or spinach or whatever greens you wish
Slice some scallions and some cilantro
A dash of cream serve it on a bed of rice!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Anyways since yesterday was really good unhealthy dinner today we have a really good healty dinner.
I made some flank steak that I marinated with lemon juice, olive oil, a splash of balsamic vinegar, herbs from the garden (sage, thyme, oregano and rosemary) half a shallot and two garlic clove.
B bbqed the meat. With it we had some asparagus and some red quinoa.
Before that I made a salad with cherry tomatoes, black olives and mozarella!
I am far from being stuffed actually a bit hungry still but ready to go to bed...
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
It was delicious but really not that healthy and now I'm feeling stuffed and blah for the third night in a row... Not pleasant.
So I feasted on bacon/onion/blue cheese pasta... yes I dared and I will be mad if I'm 1lb heavier tomorrow duh! For dessert, I seared some fresh apricot in a bit of butter ( a real small bit), with a bit of maple syrup sprinkled some almond meal and served with a scoop of vanilla icecream.
Again I will be mad tomorrow when i realized that well tonights dinner added a pound to my weight!
So good night I need to digest ;)
Monday, June 21, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Training is doing well although I'm getting a bit tired. I shorten sunday's workout, I willed myself into yesterday evening bike workout but couldn't muster the courage to do tonights. I decided to take the night off and truly enjoyed it. I stretched a little. I took a break before giving all I have til Sunday then it is taper for the race. I have no time goals. I have no place goals. I don't care. All I have is a race strategie which consists on pushing on the swim just enough to get out somewhat fresh, start my bike ride build to high tempo quickly then stay there for half the ride then try to push to threshold. Finally the run, same start off not too fast get into it then start speeding up in the second half! I just want to have fun, I just want to give all I have and we will see what it gives me back. All I know is that I have trained hard I trained right so whatever I get on race day is where I'm at and that's the end of it.
On the downs I believe I shaved off 2lbs! They have been off for a little bit now so I hope it will continue in that direction.
On the house front now that B put back the kids shelves I have been good and started folding my laundry again and put it away as it comes out of the dryer. I have still a backlog of probably 5 loads. The piles of books and other stuff are still where we put them 4 weeks ago.
MAC has been asking when the books will be back in his bedroom! well when we find the courage and time to do that....
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
This week started like hell on the work front and finished on a better note! So we are back to a very focused me which means less blog stalking! On the bad front our home computer crashed, our microwave decided to quit and when I decided to ship back my Michael Kors sandals I realized that well the 21 days were expired. So I'll have to keep my teal blue sandals.
However we caught a break when they updated the hard drive that crashed for nothing, when B's cousin booked us in a motel closer to her wedding location and 35% of the cost!
Training has been going well. I had a tough run on tuesday. LP wanted me to put the treadmil at 1% warm up 10min, then run 1M Hard, 5 min easy then 1/2M at least 30 sec per miles faster then 5 min easy and do it again! I completed the 1M Hard at 8min/mile, the 1/2M at 7:20 but when it came to do it again I came undone after 0.6M!
The next day was BRICK... 10 min WU on the bike, 10 min WU run then 4x 1min interval hard on the bike followed by 30 sec easy, and 3min Hard run do it 3 times. I was going to call it quit after the 2 time I even stopped my watched. I pulled all I had of energy left climbed back on my bike and went around the block once more!
Finally today was a ocean swim hence the title of that post. Each time I think ocean an awful shark image pops into my head. Anyways it was great, I went with two guys from work. They were super patient with me and stopped lots of time and stuck with me. I was actually having fun!
Tonight my lovely neighbour cooked too much meatloaf and shared with us. Yummy..
Tomorrow we are going out and I am running 45 min with bunny yeah!
Now I'm beat and I going to read and probably crash very very quickly.
Sunday, June 6, 2010
- 1/2 PB&J check
- Grape Juice thanks the MEC check
- Cheetos yikes we don't let that crap, good delicious but nonetheless crap, in the house
- Brownies oops didn't make any...
Desk area after... We totally fell in love with this Pottery Barn rug and we bought 3 so far! One for the family room, one for the dining room and finally this one. It works it priced OK, not cheap but outrageously expensive either.
- Figure out a dirty laundry system that works
- Make a white slip cover for the new chair and the IKEA chair
- Make a bed cover
- Maybe make a bookshelf for the wall behind the IKEA chair.
- Keep the bedroom clutter free if possible.
Friday, June 4, 2010
So anyhow we are having quite a problem with the movies... I have no idea what causes it but basically every once in a while the voices are all muffled! The background music and the image are quite fine but then the dialog just doesn't go through! It happened to me yesterday while watching "Sweet Home Alabama". I thought it was due to the age of the movie. Especially since I watched Sliding Door with no problems.
Then today we were watching Leap Year and it did it again with a brand new blue ray movie! How annoying. I hate it when technology betrays us. We strive on technology!
Anyways I cooked a lot these past few days. It started super duper healthy and then well it was so healthy anymore....
On Wednesday night I made some red quinoa chicken salad, followed shortly by another quinoa salad this time with a bunch of veggies.
The next day I cooked small potatoes, fried some bacon and shitake mushrooms, then sprinkled some blue cheese. I had some green salad to go with it! But then I had the remainder of the potato mixture and some ice cream oops....
Lunch today was also quite healthy big salad but that left me quite hungry... so it was shortly followed by a small bag of Cheetos (oops). Then it was the beginning of the end, I gorged on mozzarella cheese then a bit of homemade pizza from the kids and finally dinner! Lets blame the periods for the binge and hope it will be short term thing because I really really would love to lose those 5lbs!
B wanted something good and healthy. I made some pork loin with some Asian sauce, baby bok choy, shitake mushrooms and some rice.
So I have a bunch of pictures for all those meals well for some of it but then I need to figure out how to get the pix out of my iPhone first!
Anyhow we have sooo many projects to do this week end. At the top of the list, laundry, getting my wing back chair, training/exercise, cut a whole in the back of the entertainment center, fix the kids bed, organize the house just a bit then maybe we will have time to start making a shoe rack for the downstairs bedroom!
I stumbled upon this chair on Craigslist but it is quite far away and is 75$. There is something about it I love. The feet the overall feel of the chair really appeal to me. However after buying the fabric etc... the project will be about 150$.
Thunderfingers found this one which is half the price. I don't like the overall shape as much. I really don't like the bottom. However the price is tempting since when all done I'll probably be under 100$.
Will it matter once covered???
So here I was by myself with no internet and lots to blog about!
In brief the house is done well the floor that is. It is absolutely stunning! Now we just have to put it back together get rid of the stuff that cluttered it all. I also have to tackle the highest pile of laundry I have ever accumulated in my entire adult life! I am not looking forward to that.
I need to sell a bunch of things on craigslist I need to buy a few items although thunderfingers is really helpful in that arena! She will teach me how to be a good bargain shopper something that I never had time to be!
More on the projects and the house in a later post...
Friday, May 28, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
We decided to meet at her place in Mission Hills. It took me a while to get there even with a GPS! I discovered a new place in San Diego. I have never ever been in that part of town before. It isn't San Diego at all, it looks like San Francisco or Seattle. Anyways the streets are narrow and the hills are steep.
After a 5/10 min warm up, I did a 10 min high tempo since I didn't have my HR monitor with me I did it by feel. I was probably more at threshold level and my carnitas burrito threaten to make a come back! However my gait had improved a lot and it felt good the first 6 minutes ;) After a short walk followed a short jog we got to the hill! It was short but steep like it is hard to drive up steep 20% grade steep!
So here I go on that hill and it is hard! I am out of breath about the middle of it but I have to finish and even try to speed at the top! Tough tough but oh so empowering!
After a few more of those maybe 5 or 6 total we were done. Well I was done huffing and puffing that hill and she was done waving and encouraging me! Yes it was a tough workout but time goes by fast when working out with her. I always know that I'm going in for a tough workout, the intensity is always overwhelming and then when it is done I am in such happy peaceful place!
On a completely different note, I love the houses over there. They look like most of the houses I love to check out on the decorating blogs I have been reading. Unfortunately Mission Hills is quite far from work and even further from B's work... so Yuppy Hell shall be our home! I have to admit I do like Yuppy Hell, yes the houses are not quaint and lack personality for the most part.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
I was chatting with a friend at work today and realized I would love to take a 2 months break from work to do all the things I have to do around the house. This would include:
Sewing projects - Make some roman shades for the piano room, make the gumdrop pillow, make some pillow case
Wood projects - Make a few bookshelves to replace the one we are about to give away to Goodwill, make a cubbie thingy to stow away the kids toy in a elegant fashion so the piano room isn't a mess, a bench or something for the bathroom downstairs to put some shoes, etc..., and a table for the kids to replace the god awful one from IKEA and maybe a lounger.
Paint projects - Touch the downstairs bathroom paint, touch up the kids bedroom paint, finish repainting the guest bedroom.
Decoration projects - Frame and mat a bunch of family pictures for the stair case...
Outdoor projects - A small retaining wall...
Cleaning projects - Get rid of all the old toys, pile of old papers etc...
Yup that about sums it up and I'm sure I can find some more. The ironic thing is that when we bought the house we thought it was perfect nothing to be done ;) HA! Oh this isn't even counting all the craft projects and all the training. I mean if you are home might as well fit in some 2-4 hours bike ride etc...
So since there is no "home project" leave of absence it will take me a while longer to do 1/10th of that list ;) Oh and there is training too and well all the other things.
Today we had to clean up the upstairs somewhat for the guys to do the floors, to be able to move the furniture around. So we packed the rest of the books, the kids clothes, the kids toy and dismantle the kids shelves....
Anyhow we finished a little earlier than expected, so I made some chocolate chip banana bread for the kids. B got some Indian food and we are watching CASTLE! New favorite show!
Monday, May 24, 2010
My legs are shot and I am off today! Tomorrow is easy swim with yucky drills.... Wednesday though won't be a walk in the park since I am doing a hill workout with my coach dangerous!
A coworker of mine is also completely addicted to DIY projects. She has impeccable taste and she is well dangerous. At least she is the source of great deals... Unlike my last stunt at the fabric store... should I've gone on etsy.com.
Anyways my list of home project is growing at an alarming rate. Last website is http://www.knock-offwood.com/ I saw a set of bookshelves, an awesome lounger and a cuby thingy to store the toys downstairs with a small cushion it would be great next to the piano.
So much to do so little time...
However first I need to finish my knitting projects, my fabric projects gumdrop pillows and such.... Too bad I wish I could stop working for a while... do all my home project train like crazy and spend time with my kids. Do you think I need vacation?
Winter is back and I feel like wearing jeans and flats again.... Since B likes them a lot I guess I'll keep them.
Then on my last bike ride I realized that my prescription rayban were just not super cool and air was getting in my eyes. After some shopping I spotted a real cool pair of Rudy Project but since I didn't want spend 175$ on a pair of bike sunglasses I settled on those 40$ ones.
I just got them and realize that even 40$ is too much for something I will wear only on my bike. Lets face it wearing those cool bike glasses won't make me faster nor cooler! I think I'll return them.
Finally I went on the JCrew website and bought 3 tee shirts, a pair of chinos and a pair of silk pajama pants... These items will get there soon and we will see how much will make it to my closet!
On another note, we are getting ready for our vacation to France. We haven't gone back there since Christmas 2009 and I can feel it. The great part is that we will have a 4 days getaway sans kids! For that we decided to go in Auvergne and we found two bed and breakfast.
This is one of them 40Euro/night for a bedroom and breakfast. If you want to share the host table it is 18 euro for the dinner.Nature and good food made from the vegetable garden ;) I foresee a bunch of hike, lounging and trail running. I don't have pictures of the second one but the host takes whoever wants on mountain biking adventures ;) I hope we can borrow bikes and have fun!
Now what is for dinner tonight ...
I think I will make some steaks with ratatouille and polenta! Maybe the ratatouille and polenta will turn into mash potatoes not as healthy but ah well still quite delicious.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
I think I posted the recipe before but hey here it is again:
Cook brown rice (1 1/4 cup)
Once cook add 2 eggs and some cheese (I usually use cheddar)
Form balls in your hand (a bit yucky) then roll the balls in bread crumbs
Saute in olive oil.
Serve it with a salad and enjoy with a glass of wine!
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Today wasn't an exception. We had a really late lunch at CPK so of course we weren't hungry before like 9:30pm. Oh wait this is our usual dinner time ;)
Anyways I had to put together something quickly. The other requirement of that meal was healthy. I have been reading blogs after blogs of really good triathlete in great shape so I also want to shed a few pounds.
I bought a while back a pack of cooked lentils from Trader Joes. I didn't really know how it tasted so it can of stayed in the fridge for a while. Tonight I decided to take a shot at making a salad.
cherry tomatoes + mozarella balls + prosciutto + arugula + warmed olive oil with garlic + balsamic vinegar + lentils = The most delicious salad ever!
Great! We love lentils one of the 5 healthiest food great source of protein, iron and fiber...
But then we love steaks, wine, chocolate and ice cream!
Friday, May 7, 2010
Anyways after Sunday's triathlon I have decided that I need someone to give me feedback on my stroke each time I go swimming until I improve my technique.
Today I was supposed to go swim at the Cove with a work colleague but well work go in the way. I went to the pool and traded my swim pass for a master class pass. Luckily the pool was empty today and so I swam alone. The coach gave me all kinds of pointers and it was a very very productive session.
Besides that training is back on, I swam/bike/ran/swam 50 minutes each this week and I have a 3H00 ride this week end and 1:30 slow run. I was hoping to find someone to ride with but I guess it will be me and my ipod ;)
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Result I'm completely stressed out for a stupid sprint triathlon. I mean come on lets be realistic this race doesn't define me although I haven't been able to convince myself of that. Yes I want to completely rock it to be amazing but what is important is that I enjoy myself that I do make the time to train for 7+ hours a week that I have been working hard for this.
Last year this was my first triathlon ever and I trained for 5 weeks!
As I read other fellow triathlete getting ready for their race this week end Ironman in St George Utah, both Half Ironman and Olympic distance at Wildflower Ca I feel silly to be so nervous about my sprint triathlon.
No matter what I tell myself I have a hard time to take that distance seriously. Probably because most of the triathlete around me stick with this distance one season before moving onto Half Ironman or even Ironman.
Enough psycho babble...
Last wednesday I had a running session with my coach. She was on the bike and I was running next to her. For efficiency purpose we decided to meet in the parking lot of my work gym. What I didn't realize then is that I would be running up and down our new building as everyone left for the day.... What a goof! Of course Bunny's husband who picked her up that day told her I don't know what these people are doing going up and down the street :)
The following two days I could barely walk I was so sore... I believe aside from my races I haven't been that sore from solely running. I have so much too learn. Anyways some adjustments were made to my gait which was absolutely powerless!
Training continued that week then Monday taper started. This means that this week I only 2 full days off and a much lighter schedule to get fresh for race day!.
I also realized that I have a real warm up routine to do before my race something that I have never ever done before. Ought to be interesting....
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Training has been flaky a little because of family visiting. My parents were in town for almost 4 weeks it felt like 2. It is great to have them. I love seeing the kids play with their grandparents. We were able to stock up on our outings. However having your parents in your house is always difficult.
But now that they are gone I'm happy to get back to our routine but still sad to have so far!
Anyhow eventhough they are not high maintenance training while they here isn't always easy. First of all I want to spend time with them and second of all no way my dad is having dinner at 9:30pm because I have a bike workout schedule that evening. With them we actually have lunch on saturdays and sunday so no sneaking a ride at 11 am!
Now I'm back full time and this week has had a few small hickups but so far so good. I also have a race coming up....
Other than that, I have been growing peas in my backyard and I'm loving it. I probably harvested about 6oz and some and was able to actually make pasta. It was delicious. I am now planning to plant some tomatoes, butternut squash. My herb garden is doing great as well and I have to add some mint and chive to the oregano, basil, thyme, sage and rosemary!
Besides all that life has been hectic a little stressful and emotional.