The Ins and Outs of an Ordinary Life

Monday, March 22, 2010

Soakin' Up the Sun

We have been having unseasonably warm beautiful sunny days here! The weekend was stupendous and there were people out walking, running, cycling, playing with their kids, and cleaning up their yards. People everywhere came out of hibernation and soaked up some sun. I took advantage of these days by going for a VERY. LONG. WALK on Saturday. Nine point four miles. On Sunday, I opted for wheels and a club ride. Here are some of my observations from the first spring weekend of 2010.

  • It doesn't take much for kids to put on bathing suits and hook up the garden hose.
  • Little frogs, especially large groups of them, make a big noise.
  • Need a steamroller? Someone in my neighborhood has one parked on his front lawn, with a "For Sale" sign.
  • Turtles love to climb onto rocks in the swamp to warm up (people too, but not in the swamp).
  • The trees really took a beating in the 2 big storms.
  • The Sportsmen Center (a rifle range) is very busy. That's the place to be if you are into shooting skeet or trap or whatever it is they shoot.
  • The forsythia are ready to burst into action!
  • It was a good weekend to go house hunting and check out various neighborhoods.
  • If you walk or run more than 9 miles, something is going to start hurting. When you stop walking or running, it may stop hurting or it may not.
  • A fully charged iPod can get you through a 3 hour low volume event without missing a beat!
I hope everyone had a great weekend!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Historical Fiction Challenge

Here is something a little different. As a commuter into NYC, I have time to read. My train ride is 50 minutes, that's 100 minutes per day 4 days a week! That's more than 6 hours a week of potential reading time. I don't do e-books or audio books. I get most of my books from the library. I have been poking around various websites and considering joining 1 or 2 reading challenges. One of my favorite book genres is historical fiction, so I have decided to join this Historical Fiction Reading Challenge.

One of the reasons I enjoy historical fiction is because of the opportunity to learn. I love traveling to the far corners of the earth across the timeline of history to explore other cultures and ideas. So with each book, I will try to add a little research about the historic events that set the satege for that particular book. I am shooting for the "Fascinated" level, which means 6 books in 2010. I may be able to do better than this, but I don't want to bite off more than I can chew!

Friday, March 12, 2010

You Got to Be In It to Be In It

I've been struggling with my workouts for the past month. My shoulder got inflamed and although it quieted down within 2 weeks, I was afraid to get in the pool. Work has been very demanding and I found myself rolling out of bed at 5:30 once or twice a week to get to work by 8:00 (my commute into nyc is about 75 minutes door to door). That has made it tough to get to Masters Swim workouts from 7:30-9:00 pm. And then I think I was just in a kind of funk. But things seem to be coming together and I am getting back into my groove. The Cycle Club had their "Ride Leader Party" to say thank you to everyone who has led rides for the club in the past year and to encourage members to become ride leaders this season. What fun to see my club friends from A to D! That definitely got me psyched for the bike. So I took my bike to the LBS (local bike shop) for the tune up and went out for my first ride! Last weekend, unlike this weekend which is going to be a total washout) was beautiful with temps into the high 40s and it felt great to be on the road with a few of my sisters in the saddle. I followed that up with a yoga class which really helped loosen me up. Then I finally got back in the pool last night. I did a very easy swim and my shoulder is feeling fine today.

So I am back in it. Now I have to stay with it. The half marathon is not the far away! 6 weeks. This weekend we change the clocks! That will be a pick-me-up. I can feel the energy starting to flow out of the ground into the air as we approach the vernal equinox. I'm psyched.

Monday, March 01, 2010

Not so Great Day

Yesterday I opted for snowshoes. I started at the Croton Dam, which is about 4 miles from my house. But with all the downed trees and power lines, I kept getting detoured. I drove about 20 miles to get there. It wasn't a very nice day, grey skies, slightly drippy. But off I went on my snowshoes, down the old aqueduct trail. I felt like I was snowshoeing through 15 inches of wet cement. It was brutal. This felt like exercise instead of an opportunity to experience the great outdoors. I persevered, ate a Larabar because I deserved a medal but all I had was a Larabar. Skiis would have been a much better option.
Snowshoeing in wet cement is tough on your knees. Remember that, the next time you are tempted to get out there after a cement storm.