Sunday, August 14, 2011

Race Recap: TriGirl Sprint (Relay)

Today is the last day of my summer.  Tomorrow it's back to the daily grind.  Hopefully, that grind will be a good combo of work and training!

This morning was the TriGirl Sprint Triathlon.  I picked up my packet and was excited to see so many goodies.  I was especially pumped about the super soft women's size shirt and the fun cup.  Perfect for work.
 The back of the shirt had this fun surprise:

Here is our official Team Tri Amigas photo!

We arrived to the race at 6 a.m.  We had plenty of time before the 7:25 a.m. start and were able to scope out what we were getting into.  This was the first time any of us had participating in a tri and was Lita's first bike race.  Thankfully, there were plenty of super helpful volunteers on hand.

This is the lake I was supposed to swim in,  7+ feet below normal!

The swim portion of the race was replaced with a 1 mi run.  Mia did a fabulous job!
 Next was the transition.  We had a plan:

It worked!  Lita was off to start her first ever bike race!  We saw a few people have trouble on the bike: a chain came off, someone left without their helmet, someone left with their helmet on backwards, and one woman returned back with serious road rash on her back.  I was nervous for my friend, but we had all agreed to do our best and stay safe! 

She had a great 11 mi ride and then it was my turn.  By 8:40 the sun was blazing! I took advantage of the two water stops along the 5K by dumping water on my head and taking a few sips of Gatorade.  I was so impressed with the women of all ages who ran alongside me who had completed the entire tri! (And a little jealous of's time to start saving a few pennies for a bike!)
 We finished in 1 hr 30 mins!  I'm proud of us!  We each did our best and had a blast.

 And of course, you've gotta to celebrate with a post-race brunch!
      Tri Amigas
1 mi run:    09:28
T1:             00:49
11 mi bike: 46:32
T2:             00:36
5K run:      33:12

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

"And it goes like this..."

I can't help but have a dance party for one when I hear this song. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Cancellations = Lame

Remember when I signed up to do the swim portion of a relay?  Remember when I started putting in some time in the pool and even did an open water swim?  Remember when I paid $40 and found out I had to pay another $10 because apparently for triathlons you have to have some sort of USAT membership/insurance that running races don't have to mess with?

Remember when I ordered this new swimsuit that will arrive on my doorstep tomorrow:

Remember when I got this email:

LAME!  Totally understandable because it has not significantly rained in Houston since March, and the sky has only let down a teaser shower twice this summer at my house.  Still, I'm very disappointed.  I've been looking forward to this race.  The swim will be replaced with 1 mile run.  Um, hello, I'm paying $50 to run a mile?

Actually, I'm not.  My friend that was going to run the 5K has kindly switched with me.  We each signed up with for a leg of the race that was different/new to us, and while she's been putting in the time when she heard about the change she was more excited about running a mile :)

Have I ever mentioned how the 5K distance is my least fave?  I would rather run 10K or half any day!  It takes my bod 2.5 miles to get into the groove.  Oh well, 5K it is!

I totally understand when things like this happen, and I'm just glad I got a heads up.  Showing up to a race and having it cancelled on the spot is awful.

Hopefully next spring I'll get my first taste at the triathlon world.  Until then, I've got a marathon to train for!

Most expensive 5K ever.

Abs with Jeff from BB13

OK, confession: Maybe I watch Big Brother.  A few summers ago I caught the After Dark show during one of my bouts of insomnia, but stopped watching after a couple of weeks.  I actually watched the show last year.  Maybe I started watching this year and even ordered Super Pass (which lets you peak in on the house guests throughout the day).  My justification for this is...I have none.  I just like to put it on in the background throughout the day when I'm working on the computer.  Stop judging me!  I judge myself enough!

A few days ago houseguest Jeff and his gf Jordan were working out.  I acutally thought their little routing was pretty quick and effective.  Maybe I started doing abs with them.  Stop judging me!

Jeff's Ab Routine:
Reverse Crunch: Lie on the floor with your hands behind your head. Bend your knees.  As your crunch up bring your knees to your chest.  If this is too hard raise your knees/legs so they're parallel to the floor and crunch up, or just do a regular crunch.
Bicycle: Hands behind your head, feet still bent, rotate to the left, bringing the right elbow towards the left knee as you straighten the other leg.  Switch side and bring the left elbow to the right knee.

Scissor Kick: Lie flat on your back, hands next to your body (or under your bum) and lift your legs a few inches from the ground and kick.

Jeff does each of these moves back to back for 25 reps: 25 crunches, 25 bicycle twists (each time you touch a knee counts as 1 rep), and 25 seconds of kicking (don't count too fast!) He does multiple sets, with fewer reps in each set:
Set 1: 25 reps each exercise (1 min rest)
Set 2: 20 reps each exercise (1 min rest)
Set 3: 15 reps each exercise (1 min rest)
Set 4: 10 reps each exercise (1 min rest)
Set 5: 5 reps each exercise (1 min rest)

If you want an added challege do another 4 sets working your way back up to 25 reps!

Start and end your abs routine with a 1 min. plank.

Monday, August 8, 2011

New Blog for Teachers!

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 I'm so excited to be a part of a new blog.  My wonderful friend (since junior high!), Mrs. Scott, sent out a FB blast asking teachers to contribute to a new blog that offers ideas for all grade levels and subjects.  I'm so excited to not only share my ideas but to learn from others as well!

So far there are posts about fun DYI seating and helpful grant info.  Ms. Scott is the grant queen in my eyes and I am so excited for any info she throws out there in that area.  Teachin' ain't cheap, y'all, and the budgets are thin!

If you are a teacher and would like to contribute or do a guest post let me know or leave a comment on the blog. 

Sunday, August 7, 2011

More Teacher Clothes

My teacher wardrobe consist mostly of dresses or pants/cute top.  I also try to buy things that I can wear on the weekend.  A cute work top might also look good with jeans.  I don't think anything I wear to work can transfer to the clubs (hello, who says clubs anymore? And when was the last time I went to one?  I think 2008).

I have been looking for dress pants with a slimmer leg.  Last night while browsing I came across their Premium Collection and spotted the True Straight pants.  Sold!

I've also been looking for a denim blouse to wear with black pants or khakis, but have the hardest time.  Flowy shirts like this are hard for petite people.  I usually have to buy a size smaller and it's tight in the bust, or buy my size and have an excess of material in the armpits and back ala The Hunchback of Notre Dame. 

I found this denim blouse on the Old Navy website and ordered it in petite!
I'm excited to get these items.  I was able to get free shipping and I used a coupon code on the Gap purchase (30off) and Old Navy (expired last night).  I saved $15!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Back to School Shopping

It's almost time for the start of another school year!  I'm actually really, really excited.  I have lots of ideas swimming around in my head and so many new goals.  Plus this is the first year that I feel 100% about the curriculum and the timeline.  SUCH a good feeling!

An even better feeling is replenishing my teacher wardrobe.  I am such a devotee of LOFT.  I feel like they have so many things that are perfect for people that are on the move all day long all while feeling comfortable and looking cute.

Let's talk about how LOFT had a 30% off your total purchase (rare) AND they had 30% off already reduced items.  Maybe I saved $96! 

Blue top.  I bought it a size larger so I could wear it with tight skinny jeans and a chunky sweater come wintertime and it would cover my bum.  For now I'll tuck it in.
 Love the high neckline of this taupe top.
 This silver blue top.
 A comfy bright striped tee
 This navy sweater that will pair with everything I purchased!
 And since I did such a good job with the savinings I bought these cute shorts.  Obvs I can't wear them at school but they're fun and can be dressy (esp with the grey blue silk top + brown heeled sandals)

And all of these tops match my grey, black and brown dress pants.  Yay for mixin'n'matchin'!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Current Favorites

My Fuel Belt.  Even for my baby 3 mi runs, I'm having to take water with me because like the rest of America the heat idex is over 100 degrees.  Maybe I almost passed out in the park after running only about 1 mi.  Straight up tunnel vision.  Where was my new Road ID?  In my gym bag.

Oh my goodness, look at that daschund!

That I wised up and taped my training plan to the inside of my planner.
My new favorite Sally Hansen Insta-Dry polish.  I love the entire line and this Brisk Blue is so fun.  When I went out for my open water swim there were a few teeny-tiny fish that kept swimming around my toes,

Not my favorite are the weird long blisters I get on my arch from my running shoes. This is like the 3rd time and I was wearing a different pair of shoes.  Werid.

Back to my favorites, I ordered a different Designer Whey for me to try.  100 cals, 18 grams of protein!  And since I ordered off Amazon I got two canisters for the price of one and free two day shipping (I totally think Amazon Prime is worth it).

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