Saturday, June 5, 2010

Hey, hey...I'm back!

Hey all you bloggers out there...I've awaken from my blogging hibernation!

Hmmmmm, yeah, I'll take my award for "Couch Potato Blogger"now.   Although I may have been non-existent with any online posts, I haven't exactly been a "couch potato" in other aspects of my life.  After my Beach2Battleship race in November, I did take some much needed down time from any fitness activities. After  2 months of sitting idle and doing this and that (which didn't account for much), I discovered yoga.  IronSnoopy gave me a heads up on a local hot yoga studio owned and operated by Adrienne Hengels, an accomplished triathlete.  I was intrigued.  I needed something different to challenge me and more importantly, I needed a physical and mental break from the three disciplines of a triathlon.

On the first Monday of the new year, I began a 40 Day Personal Revolution Yoga Program.  Thanks to Adrienne ( and her great instructors, I learned a lot about yoga in that it the practice is not only great for strength and flexibility but it soothes the soul and calms the mind.  I usually leave the yoga session feeling like I got my ass-kicked (it's freaking hard!).  But in the same token, my mind feels refreshed and much more at ease.

Besides adding yoga, I've been training with Endurance Nation and just completed 20 weeks of the out season program.  I believe in the philosophy that "work works".  During this time frame, bike and run intervals are the basis of my training sessions.  I'm hitting huge watts on the bike; and making marginal progress with my running (running is my nemisis--but doing my best to become friends with it).

Work has been work; and it's been keeping me busy.  I've been working through some issues (project-oriented) and lo and behold, I think I actually see a light at the end of the tunnel for some of them.  Oh, we also moved our office location once again.  I think we are on our 4th or 5th move in 9 years.  I'm hoping our new location complete with a warehouse will be it for a long time. (Man, am I really tired of moving both our office and our warehouse).

Oh, I also went to Mexico for a few days for some much needed R&R.  Ed and I went with The Mix (Chicago radio station).  Don't be jealous, but Train and Lifehouse actually performed on the beach while we sipped on margaritas and basked in the warm sun.  We had an absolute blast and met some really cool people.  The resort we stayed at was nestled in a gated village.  So I was able to get in a run and I got to tell you, the 70 degree temperature was heaven to me (it was March).  Loved it!

Today will be my inauguration race for 2010.  It's a .10 K race in Rockford IL.  Yes, .10 (that wasn't a typo or missed-placed period.)  How long could that possibly be?  It's about a block.  It's a fun and completely silly race with the goal of raising money for Parkinson's disease.  This is the second year, my wacky cousins have organized this race.  Unfortunately, my Aunt suffers with this dreaded disease.  It's a great event since everyone and anyone can participate.  And all you have to do to "train" is walk your way to the mailbox and back.  Race report to come!

Well that's it in a nutshell. I'm going to be making more of an effort to blog more.  Did you guys miss me?  (just a little?)


IronSnoopy said...

Totally missed you. Welcome back. :-)

Endurance Nation said...

Welcome back to the blogosphere and thanks for representing EN. Nice work with the watts!

Jon Gilchrist said...

new to your blog...but def luvin the way U are "entering" the race season....

ShirleyPerly said...

OMG, I thought you fell off the earth!!!

No, seriously, glad to have you back. That 0.1K race is a hoot. Love the idea!