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February 2010

Drilling it!

I am no Michael Phelps for sure, but I think I am getting the hang of the entire "gliding" thing, now if I can just get the idea of the catch, I think I can be a bit faster. My body is getting used to the rotation and breathing while rotating, rather than sticking my head to the side while my body is facing down. It is not easy for sure and it is going to be something that I am going to have to work on for a long time but it is something that I can fix.

I have to say that the first day that I went to the Master's Swim class, I came home deflated and ready to give up on the entire swimming thing but I think I am getting my mojo for swimming back. I just need to train my head to love drills. Drills are a good thing, it helps our body remember the proper technique and with proper technique I can become efficient.

The mail brought in something that cheered me up too, the last catalog from KnitPicks where one of my latest sample test knits appears on page 10. I knitted the gorgeous knee-high Sayonara Socks. The pattern is quite simple and once you work one repeat of the stitch pattern it is really easy to remember the rest. I had a bit of a problem with the decreases but after contacting the designer, we found out that the book has an errata, but if you have knitted at all, you will find the error easy to fix. I have to admit that these socks were very difficult to mail out as I wanted to keep them for myself. 

SayonaraSocks


Tired or Sick?

Nopatternscarflette I think I am getting sick or over training or both. I have had headaches for about a week now and they don't go away. I am tired all the time and get upset quite easily...I have been sleeping in a lot just to catch up on some rest and see if that improves my mood but to no avail. I have been chugging the water too just in case my headaches are hydration related.

My training has been shady this week, I have gone but not really been there all the time. Today for example I was scheduled for a 4 mile run, 1hr bike ride, and some weight training. All I got done was the 1hr bike ride! It was 6pm and I was starving and I knew that if I went to run I wouldn't eat til about 1hr later. It was my fault for being unprepared and for skipping lunch too. But, I guess tomorrow is a new day and I will try again, unfortunately, tomorrow brings another Masters Swim session....ugh!

Despite my terrible mood, I did sit down on Monday to knit a little something. I have had a skein of Tilli Tomas Rock Star yarn for the longest time and I didn't know what to do with it. One skein doesn't stretch very far and I just couldn't bear to do anything silly with it. At the end, I sat down and opened one of my favorite stitch pattern books and created a little something. The one skein of Tilli Tomas wasn't enough but I found a gorgeous Blue Sky Alpaca cotton to go nicely along with the no-pattern scarflette. The little scarflette is super soft and the scarf curls around just perfectly. It is not a big ticket item but it brings some color to the wardrobe without being too bulky. 

Out of my head pattern:

Materials (Just eyeballing the yarn, I don't have exact amounts)

  • Size 8 needles.
  • 1 Skein of Rock Star Tilli Tomas Yarn
  • About 80 yards of some contrasting yarn in same yarn weight. 
Directions

Cast on 360sts with Tilli Tomas yarn

Row 1: (right side) Knit

Row 2: Purl

Row 3: *(k2tog) 3 times, (yo, k1) 6 times, (k2tog) 3 times; rep from * to the end.

Row 4: Knit

Repeat Row 1 with Tillit Tomas yarn. Join the new yarn and Repeat Row 2-4 with this new yarn.

Next row:*k2tog; rep from * to the end of row.

Next row: *k2tog; rep from * to the end of row. Cut the yarn and work the Bind Off with the Tilli Tomas yarn. 

Tip: I find placing stitch markers every 18 stitches helpful to work the pattern on Row 3. 

I wanted to share another pretty something that graced our home for a little bit. Hubby made this firetruck  for his school when he finished the firefighting program. Isn't it cool! I love it. It took him a lot of hours to put it together but I think it was well worth it. Definitely, a one of a kind gift.

Firetruck


On training

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Look at me! I am sporting my brand new banner, designed by GreenCouchDesigns! Cynthia is the best graphic designer I have encountered. I giver her a general idea of what I want, she asks me my favorite colors and then she turns around and gives me a complete theme. Thank you Cynthia!

I love my new banner! It wraps everything about my blog-life, triathlon training and knitting. Hubby was being funny and saying that instead of it saying "swim, bike, run, knit" that is should read "swim, bike, run, eat" hehehe. He is so cheeky! 

What do you all think of my new banner?

The last week has been spent on training. Running, cycling, swimming, lifting weights has taken over my life. Even hubbers tells me that all I talk about lately is training and all I ever do is head to the gym. Even my daughter this morning pointed out that it wasn't so cold outside so I could probably run outside but that I didn't have a babysitter so I would have to run on the treadmill. I am tired, very tired! Each day around 8pm I feel that I am just going to drop dead on the bed and sleep, then if I don't go to bed then I get my second wind and I stay up til 1am. Some afternoons, I have even taken advantage of cat naps on the couch. I guess being tired is a true signed of training season being in full swing.

Today, I attended my first Masters Swim class. I signed up with one goal in mind, to become more efficient and learn better technique. Well, I am going to get just that, no icing on the cake either. The coach is great, she knows what she is doing, I on the other hand, don't know anything about swimming. I know how to get from one side to the other and back and forth over and over but not efficiently, so I was told. I have a lot of work to do to get better. On the upside, I have only one way to go--up! Humble-pie doesn't taste very good but it may make me a better swimmer. It is difficult un-learning everything and learning a new technique.

Cycling will increase this coming week and since the weather in Cache Valley is still nasty, I am doomed to the trainer. I don't know how I am going to survive 2+ hours on the thing. I have tried movies, I have tried music but 1hr is the most I can make it. Tomorrow, I am supposed to cycle for 2hrs, I am instead going to go to two spin classes back to back.

In the running department, it is a little tricky. The half ironman is only a half marathon distance, however, I have a marathon mid May so I have to train for that first. I guess I will be running a little more than what the half ironman distance calls for, but it should help in the long run.

On knitting news: the new Lexi bag pattern is over at LoomKnit.com and the new free Pattern of the Month is up!


Birthdays, Visits, and Time Off

The last two weeks in January were some of the best of the month. We got to celebrate my little boyo's 8th birthday! I still can't believe that my little boyo is eight! Eight!!! You know what that means, I am getting old...some days, I feel it too, hahaha. Happy Birthday Boyito!!!

His 8th birthday is quite a milestone as it is the date he can get baptized :). On January 30th, my little Boyito got baptized and confirmed. He looked so handsome and radiant in his white clothes. I love you little one.

A day after his birthday, my Momma and little Bro came to visit us from NY. It is always a blast having her over. She loves the kids dearly and the kids love her. The kids adore uncle Eddie. He is old enough to pick them up but young enough to still want to play with them. Grandma was here for five days only but they were the best five days of January. She just makes everything feel alright and less chaotic. I can leave for work knowing that my kids will be taken care of at home. I come back from work and guess what, dinner is ready and the dishes are clean, clothes folded and my kids are happy and in turn I am happy too. I miss my Momma and it is not just because of the things she does around here but because her presence alone brings me happiness. I can hardly wait til she moves here from NY. She will always be a New Yorker at heart but her heart now belongs in Utah with her little grandkids. 

A few days before Boyo's birthday, we got a Wii. Actually, I got it for his birthday but decided against gifting it to him and rather make it a family present, just to avoid the "it is mine, you can't play with it" theme. It has been one of the best entertainment toys we have gotten them. They are still playing their video games but they are moving around, not sitting in front of the TV or computer. Hubby and I also have enjoyed it. We have played a few boxing matches and a little bit of the Bowling. It could definitely be a nice date activity. 

What else...hmmm, oh yeah, my cyst that I had taken out on my back put me out of the gym for 10 days. I sporadically went to the gym for an hour each day just enough to keep the edge off. I get very moody when I don't go to the gym to release some tension. I don't do much besides work and housework and the gym provides the release I need to continue being part of society without being kicked out to a remote island. Anyways, the training was way low for the last 2 weeks in January. Granted, I did at least 5 hrs each week and although that is normal for a lot of people, it is not for me, in my book I consider that slacking off. I have learned to expect more out of me especially because I eat like a hog.

Two other great things in January: I signed up to become a spin instructor. At the end of February, I will be taking classes to become Les Mills RPM certified. I have been looking for an opportunity like this one for a very long time. I wanted to lose some of my mid section first so they could consider me for the job and now that I don't have so much of a spare tire, I feel more at ease applying for such a position. It is silly that although I hold a bachelors degree all I want to do is just be a trainer/spin instructor. The second great thing I did: I applied for US citizenship! I am currently a resident of the US and I have been putting it off for awhile not because I don't want to, rather, the $700 fee that they charge to apply was cause enough to put it on the back burner. It definitely puts a dent in the pocket but I think it is time, plus once I receive it, I won't have to renew my residency...sweet!

January Highlights