Work in Progress

I never claim to have it all figured out.  If I ever utter those words, please feel free to smack me.  I figure out a little more each day, but I’m definitely still a work in progress.  Some days it feels like an uphill battle. How does one balance work, life, training, and diet?  If you have an easy answer, please let me know!

As I mentioned before, I woke up on Tuesday with the plague.  Fun.  Somehow me being sick became the start of a two day food binge of pretty much anything I could get my hands on.  (And this was after a less than stellar food and wine weekend!)  Even more fun.  And it all just made me feel worse.  On Wednesday night, I decided to get on my bike and at least try to complete my workout….even if it involved having a box of tissues next to me the entire ride.  Breathing is over rated?

Tissues: check! Laptop: check! Ready to ride!

Starting to move put me in the right mindset.  Thursday wasn’t a perfect day of food, but it was pretty good.  A step in the right direction.  On top of eating well, I was designated driver for a Jimmy Buffett concert which I’m pretty sure makes me a saint.  Unfortunately, the concert was terrible.  They oversold the venue by about 30%.  I normally love our local amphitheater, especially the lawn seats.  This time though, the lawn seats were so overcrowded that it was pretty much standing with wall to wall people.  It literally took the guys over 45 minutes to get a single round of beers.  Plus, it screwed with the acoustics so badly that you couldn’t hear the concert half the time.  I was excited for the concert since I had never seen him live before, so it was kind of heartbreaking.

At least we had good weather?  Jimmy is up there somewhere…

The rest of the week and weekend were spot on.  I had a swim stroke analysis (more on that later, but so helpful!) and knocked out all of my workouts.  Saturday’s long bike ride was especially confidence building.  I knocked out 45 miles at just over a 14 mph pace and felt like I could have kept going forever.  I could have pretty easily gone faster, honestly.  Before my last HIM, I did a similar workout.  I was a little bit slower, but I remember finishing that ride and wanting to die.  I will take that kind of improvement!

As awesome as my bike was on Saturday, my run on Sunday was terrible!  My awesome ultra runner friend Jessica met up with me at a local trail to knock out what should have been around 11 miles.  It ended up being 9.5 miles.  It was insanely hot out by the end of the run and I didn’t stay on top of my water like I should have.  I ran out about halfway through the second loop and never really recovered.  But it only makes me stronger in the end.  Next time I’ll just have to start earlier!  Jessica on the other hand was running circles around me.  I promised her that I would get faster in time!

I had a 0.6 pound loss this week.  Not huge, but I’m happy with it.  Slow and steady!  Now to knock down another week.  Only 6 weeks til Racine 70.3!

Happy Monday!

Overdoing It

I may have overdone it a little bit over the last week.  Things that have happened in the last 7 days:

70.3 training

Redoing the entire kitchen and living room floor

Cleaning the entire house from top to bottom

Attending one wedding

Visiting two wineries

Hosting a dinner party for 7 people

Now I would gladly do it all over again (some people never learn), but the lack of sleep caught up with me.  I woke up Tuesday morning with razor blades in my throat and lacking the ability to breathe.  Stupid sickness.

Minus getting sick, the weekend was very enjoyable. We ate, drank, and were merry.  Unfortunately, we did have one unpleasant incident though.  The hotel that we were staying at had a wonderful indoor pool and hot tub.  On Friday night, we went to go relax for the evening.  One of the workers brought his grandkids and their softball team.  It was 9 o’clock at night.  And they stayed for approximately an hour and a half.  I’m generally pretty easy going, but I almost went ballistic on this guy.  It was rude to the n-th degree.  Him and his family ran a number of other guests out of the pool with their rowdiness.  Not a big deal in the major scheme of things, but really left an unpleasant taste in my mouth.  Maybe I was being overly sensitive.

Sorry for the cursing. But not really.

Other than that, we had a great weekend!  The wedding went smoothly, which looked iffy for a while.  It looked like the rain was going to ruin the outdoor ceremony, but the sun prevailed.  The bride and groom were basking in their day, as it should be.

First dance.

Forgive the blurry picture, but this is my newest cousin! She’s 8 weeks old, but lives in Denver so I hadn’t met her yet. I fell in love instantly.

winery trip

I need a barrel like this at home.

Oh, and if you need a laugh today, check out the view that Superior Bikes has on women who mountain bike.  It’s good to know that I don’t need to push my limits or increase my adrenaline.

Women MTB

Happy Wednesday!

A Busy Three Things Thursday


We’re in the process of renovating a few things around the house including the flooring in the kitchen and dining room.  So last Tuesday, Fella ripped up most of the old flooring to prep the area.  Normally that would be great, but then he found out he had to be out of town all of this week.  And we already had plans to be out of town for the holiday weekend.  Oh, and my parents are coming in town for a wedding.  Goodie.  Magically, with the help of the almighty Google, I became a flooring expert.  And yes, I am bragging.  I finished all of the flooring this week with minimal help (I did call for help when I needed to move the fridge and stove).  I am woman, hear me floor!  The new floor looks great and I am really proud of myself.  I can do hard things….sometimes that’s a 70.3 and sometimes that’s laying tile floor.

Flooring collage


I spent Memorial Day weekend covered in mud and I loved it.  We loaded up our ATV and headed for our favorite off roading camp ground for some good old fashioned fun.  Not only did everyone have fun, but we managed to not break any of the ATVs!  Trust me when I say that is a miracle.  We do not take it easy on these machines and they put up with a beating!  Added bonus?  It’s a workout!  When you’re manhandling a 600 pound machine while at high speeds, your entire body gets a workout!  Cross training anyone?

Mud. So much mud.


The dogs get a little clingy whenever one of us leaves on a trip.  And I love it.  Bring on the pibble cuddles!

koda cuddles

My cousin is getting married this weekend, so we’re heading out to Missouri wine country.  Pick your jaw up off the floor.  Yes, there is a Missouri wine country.  It’s no Napa, but it’s still gorgeous and a lot of fun.  Plus, I get some actual scenery on my training runs instead of just my boring old neighborhood!

Happy Thursday!

This Girl is on Fire!

Okay, I’m not on fire, but my oven was!

I’m stealing a page out of Meg’s book with my blog title!

Right now our kitchen and dining room are a disaster.  We’re redoing flooring so everything is displaced.  It’s bad.  After getting home from grocery shopping last night, Fella puts a pre-made pizza in the oven for himself for dinner.  We’re standing in the dining room talking about flooring options when all of a sudden he turns to look at the over and his eyes get huge.

“Fire!  The oven in on fire!”  

Sure enough, the bottom of the over was on fire.  Not a small fire, but a decently sized fire.  Based off of the next two statements, Fella and I should obviously never be trusted around fire.  I turn and look at him to see if he knows where my phone is so I can take a picture.  I have to be a responsible blogger!  His first concern is if he’s pizza is going to be okay.  And no, I have no idea what is wrong with us,  Meanwhile, the oven is still on fire.  Fortunately, we have a mini fire extinguisher (non-powder) in the kitchen for this reason.  We put the fire out with a couple of squirts of the extinguisher and the pizza was fine.  The only person who really got screwed was me since I didn’t get a picture.  Oh and the house since it was completely filled with smoke.  All’s well that ends well?

These lovely men did not have to be called.

I had company this morning during my pre-dawn trainer ride (more on AM workouts tomorrow).  I’m about halfway through my ride when I head the pitter patter of little feet on the stairs and one heavier set of footsteps.  Fella woke up at 6 am and couldn’t sleep without me in bed, so he decided to come and nap on the couch.  On one hand, it was nice to have the company and a cheering section.  On the other hand, I felt bad to have stolen any sleep from him.  Also, I wish I had the flexibility of my pitbull.

koda awkward

I had a cheering squad during this morning’s trainer ride. Apparently it’s fun to watch mom pedal away on the trainer at 6am? #myfamilyisweird #sherpasoftriathlon #mypitbullisweird #cuddles #dogpile #racine70point3 #womenwhotri #dowork #morningworkouts

Happy Thursday!

Fail Boat

So when we last left our wonderful heroine (that’s me), I was all excited to have succeeded on my Whole 30.  I was going to take on the world!

Except that I didn’t.

We celebrated my first night post-Whole 30 with pizza.  That was planned.  It all went downhill from there though.  I have pretty well been eating junk since then and it’s not good.  And it stops today.  It’s crazy how quickly you fall into bad habits!  I think part of it was in response to how tired I was from prepping everything for 30 days.  We also had kind of a crazy week last week with Fella’s parents in town last minute and staying at our house.  That’s two extra people and two extra crazy dogs in our fairly small house.  Oh, and then we went camping Friday night so that we could cheer on my super awesome friend Jessica while she ran her first trail marathon.  Totally worth it, but wasn’t the healthiest of weekends.

So much truth in this.

But today is a new day.  I’m not going to be doing a strict Whole 30, but I’m sticking with no added sugar and no processed carbohydrates.  I obviously still need help with moderation.  Food issues run deep!  I’ve also realized that once my food goes to hell in a hand basket, my workouts aren’t far behind.  On the plus side, at least I know now and I can fix it.  Baby steps, right?

On the plus side, our Lovely Ladies Losing It Facebook group finished our first week of challenges and everyone did great!  We had lots of healthy improvements and lots of weight loss, too!  I love a good support group.  Hi, my name is Tiina and I can’t stop stuffing my face…#workinprogress.  This week’s challenge is a minimum of 5 fruits and vegetable per a day.  It shouldn’t be too hard, but it makes you remember to eat them with every meal!

And to end on a positive note, puppies had a play date on Sunday with some friends from the Rescue.  Think they were a little tired when we got home?

Tired puppies are good puppies.

Tired puppies are good puppies.

Happy Monday!