Saturday, January 28, 2012

I'm Sooooo Creative

It's my Nike Beer holder...I'm going to pin this to Pinterest.

A Salsa Saturday Night


Grilled chicken and homemade salsa is on the menu this evening.....Ahhhh and some Michelob Ultra Light.

The salsa recipe is as follows.....

-1 can Ro-Tel
-1 can tomatoes (either whole or diced!)
-half an onion, chopped
-1 can black beans (drained)
-1 can whole corn (drained)
-1 clove garlic
-cilantro (again, depending on taste)
-salt
-the juice of half a lime

Pulse in a food processor or blender...then chill and add chips.....I guess no clean eat this evening.

The window cleaner is not for seasoning but for cleaning up my mess.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Excuses


Words To Live By



New Years Resolutionists


are gone..... We are 27 days into the "New Year" and my gym is for the most part EMPTY. Possibly since I live in Florida everyone is already slim, trim & beautiful and myself and a select few have at our disposal a fully equipped (PURPLE) gym. Even the red-shirted trainers have been standing around more and more this past week.

On a brighter note I got on the scale this morning and I met half of my January goal, to be under 220 lbs the other half is to remain below that number for the month of February. Even with a hearty serving of Wings with TNT Man the other day I managed to still drop some weight....... It's going to be a great weekend, some lifting, some running, some swimming and some biking.










Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Weeks Totals



I spent some time in the pool and on the bike this week, nothing quite like having Friday off and living in Florida...the pools always open and as long as it's not raining you can get in a bike ride.

I'll never be fast, but I ran 3 miles without walking and maintained an average heart rate of 153.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Things Aren't Always As Advertised




The hotel stated "Indoor Pool" so I booked a room.....somehow I think if you can stand in the middle of said pool and touch both of the sides it's not really a pool........They did have a nice dreadmill.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Saturday Night Dinner



I'm a foodie and I enjoy cooking, this evening it's
Three Amigos Chili accompanied by BETTY'S JIFFY CORNBREAD CORN CASSEROLE which looks delicious except they left off how long to leave it in the oven....at this time it's longer that it takes to drink 3 beers....it's one of those once per week days.

The Week In Review


So this week I spent 30 minutes in the pool thrashing about, I rode my bike 4.5 miles, ran a bit over 7 miles and threw the iron around for an hour and 40 minutes.......I have no idea if this in any way resembles a triathlon training program. I'm following (or trying) a program that I found at TriNewbies of course finding hotels with indoor pools in the winter is tough.
I think one of the weirdest things is changing up my resistance training...the hardest part is not hitting the iron every other day the second part is not trying to lift something heavy only 5 times but instead checking the ego at the door and dropping the weight and increasing the reps...this procedure does actually cause the heart rate to increase...




Speaking of heart rate I replaced by long ago dead Polar heart rate monitor. I started out looking for some sort of a waterproof timer. All I had with a timerwas my trusty Gymboss or my iPhone...neither of which are WATERPROOF.... I hit up WallyWorld looking for a Timex Ironman, which after pricing out I found that for $10.00 more I could buy a waterproof heart rate monitor....so I took the plunge...after my first swim I'm not 100% convinced that it's totally accurate in the pool but I'll take it for a run tomorrow and see what we get.



Which leads me to my next topic, not really but it sounded kind of cool.....as everyone know I love beer and as a matter of fact I even track my beverages via Untappd....well as I embark on a more regimented training program my plan is to partake of this wondrous beverage only once per week......golf clap please...actually this really won't be that hard as I've actually only been sipping that amazing nectar only twice per week for the last month or so......thanks to the holidays...

Friday, January 13, 2012

The Friday Laugh

Most of my posts are fairly short, so anytime you read something that's a couple of hundred words or more long and if it seems grammatically correct you can almost be guaranteed that I've copied it from someplace.....*Please See Below

It's a new year and as normal the "Revolutionists" are back in the gym, sporting their "New" shoes and "New" workout clothes and the "New" attitude....I hope this time they make it.....so what I stole below is dedicated to to them and all their "Newness".


The 27 Rules of Conquering the Gym


This is the time of year when even people who hate the gym think about going to the gym. Many of us are still digesting whole floors of gingerbread houses, and jeans that fit comfortably in October are now a denim humiliation. Sweating is a good way to begin 2012. Exercise, like dark chocolate and office meetings that suddenly get canceled, is a proven pathway to nirvana. But if you're going to join a gym—or returning to the gym after a long hibernation—consider the following:

1. A gym is not designed to make you feel instantly better about yourself. If a gym wanted to make you feel instantly better about yourself, it would be a bar.

2. Give yourself a goal. Maybe you want to lose 10 pounds. Maybe you want to quarterback the New York Jets into the playoffs. But be warned: Losing 10 pounds is hard.

3. Develop a gym routine. Try to go at least three times a week. Do a mix of strength training and cardiovascular conditioning. After the third week, stop carrying around that satchel of fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies.

4. No one in the history of gyms has ever lost a pound while reading "The New Yorker" and slowly pedaling a recumbent bicycle. No one.

5. Bring your iPod. Don't borrow the disgusting gym headphones, or use the sad plastic radio attachment on the treadmill, which always sounds like it's playing Kenny Loggins from a sewer.

6. Don't fall for gimmicks. The only tried-and-true method to lose 10 pounds in 48 hours is food poisoning.

7. Yes, every gym has an overenthusiastic spinning instructor who hasn't bought a record since "Walking on Sunshine."

8. There's also the Strange Guy Who is Always at the Gym. Just when you think he isn't here today...there he is, lurking by the barbells.

9. "Great job!" is trainer-speak for "It's not polite for me to laugh at you."

10. Beware a hip gym with a Wilco step class.

11. Gyms have two types of members: Members who wipe down the machines after using them, and the worst people in the universe.

12. Nope, that's not a "recovery energy bar with antioxidant dark chocolate." That's a chocolate bar.

13. Avoid Unsolicited Advice Guy, who, for the small fee of boring you to death, will explain the proper method for any exercise in 45 minutes or longer.

14. You can take 10 Minute Abs, 20 Minute Abs, and 30 Minute Abs. There is also Stop Eating Pizza and Eating Sheet Cake Abs—but that's super tough!

15. If you're motivated to buy an expensive home exercise machine, consider a "wooden coat rack." It costs $40, uses no electricity and does the exact same thing.

16. There's the yoga instructor everyone loves, and the yoga instructor everyone hates. Memorize who they are.

17. If you see an indoor rock climbing wall, you're either in a really cool gym or a romantic comedy starring Kate Hudson.

18. Be cautious about any class with the words "sunrise," "hell," or "Moby."

19. If a gym class is going to be effective, it's hard. If you're relaxed and enjoying yourself, you're at brunch.

20. If you need to bring your children, just let them loose in the silent meditation class. Nobody minds, and kids love candles.

21. Don't buy $150 sneakers, $100 yoga pants, and $4 water. Muscle shirts are for people with muscles, and rhythm guitarists.

22. Fancy gyms can be seductive, but once you get past the modern couches and fresh flowers and the water with lemon slices, you're basically paying for a boutique hotel with B.O.

23. Everyone sees you secretly racing the old people in the pool.

24. If you're at the point where you've bought biking shoes for the spinning class, you may as well go ahead and buy an actual bike. It's way more fun and it doesn't make you listen to C+C Music Factory.

25. Fact: Thinking about going to the gym burns between 0 and 0 calories.

26. A successful gym membership is like a marriage: If it's good, you show up committed and ready for hard work. If it's not good, you show up in sweatpants and watch a lot of bad TV.

27. There is no secret. Exercise and lay off the fries. The end.

Where's my infomercial and best seller?

Focus, Focus, Focus


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

From the "What Could Possibly Go Wrong Department"

A hot water heater suspended 5' above the floor....What Could Possibly Go Wrong....

Thursday, January 5, 2012

They See me Rolling They Hating


A bike in a box...couldn't it have at least been a huge box
Tie wraps, foam, cardboard and no assembly instructions. I'm a computer nerd so there's got to be some carry over from my career into bike assembly. I searched the internet looking for assembly instruction  and all I could find were reviews from others mentioning.........the lack of assembly instructions.
An hour or so later assembly of this Clydesdale Chariot was complete......A quick ride down the street and she pedaled, she shifted and she braked....I think everything is functioning. This weekend will be her inaugural ride.

The Clydesdale Division

The Clydesdale Division......apparently I'm a "Clydesdale" (This was my stripper name back in the day.....) any racer over 200lbs can register for this triathlon race division. Hopefully I'll be competing against some "Super Clydesdale's" or "Mega-Clydesdale's".
I'm down about 8 lbs since changing up my lifting from a Strength template to more of a Fat Loss template that and I've dropped the beer drinking (for now). I'm guessing by April I'll be under 210 lbs.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Splish Splash.....

Just like a duck brick....Wow swimming is harder than I remembered, I think I must have played more Marco Polo in my youth than actually swimming. I splished and splashed through 350 meters...resting every 25 meters.  Of course in the pool next too me (Yes I had my own pool that's how comical this was) was the local school having swim practice...back and forth went the little freaks....My shoulders are sore so I'm guessing that  I need to kick more with my legs and not depend so much on my arms......I can't wait to hit the pool this weekend I really enjoyed this.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

I'm So Lucky

I ate at a restaurant that was approved by Billy Dee Williams

Lots Of Cool Gear

....as very everyone knows I'm a total "Gear Whore" and apparently triathlon participants have some cool, cool stuff. Last night I picked up a pair of swim Vanquisher Goggles. Now I haven't really swam in 30 years I was on a swim team when I was six, I think I joined because we got to eat powdered Jello mix (Grape, of course) between heats......inputting pure sugar into a 6 year old.....performance enhancement in it's earliest stages.........so anyways I stared at the goggle rack for a good 15 minutes having no idea what in the hell I was looking for...then I saw it it...the Vanquisher box said "Competitor" on it....that's gotta be the right pair...so I bought them. I must of looked stupid standing in the shower last night with these babies on.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

First Official Tri Workout

Starting out slow, so to speak..and trying to figure out how to transition or create a strength training template that doesn't leave my muscles drained and then wondering how taxing swimming and cycling is going to be on me.
2 Minutes Warm up 4 MPH
8 Minutes 5 MPH
14  Minutes 1 Minute intervals 4 MPH/5 MPH
2 Minutes Cool Down



It's Been A While

Since I've had a MFT post. I travel a bunch, this year it was 82 flights not to mention car rides and to keep myself somewhat sane I depend on my iPod.
I go through headphones like you wouldn't believe, I've got a pair of Bose, Sony you name it and I've tried it...I have been a fan of Skull Candy Headphones since 2008. The downside of all this is that I am hard on headphones, I've torn wires out of ear buds getting off of planes, I've slammed them in car doors...you name it and I've found a way to destroy them. Thankfully this year for Christmas my sister got me a pair or Rasta Ink'd Skull Candy's. With triathlon training underway I'll be doing more running than usual and a reserve pair is very handy.