I have no idea what the last thing I blogged about was. It’s been a while. Let’s just say… I’ve been on the move. I almost feel like I need to look back through my calendar to remind myself what all I’ve done over the past month.
Let’s see… I have had some girl’s nights. Always fun. They have ranged from a night of dancing to the country music to drinking wine in my kitchen to just having dinner. Elizabeth and I did a wine and canvas painting extravaganza, turns out… painting a picture while drinking wine is hard. Real hard, you guys. Needless to say, neither one of us are likely to be selected as the next Bob Ross. Shoot. You know its real when even your own mother doesn’t really want to hang your painting up. Ha! Besides girl’s nights, I have several lunches with friends (if you haven’t noticed, my social life revolves around food…that’s what I’m good at), attended state wrestling, brunch at my parent’s house, bought new running shoes, and sprung the clocks forward.
The two bigger details are what I would like to spend a little more time on. First off… I have added more to my schedule on the group exercise instruction calendar. I am currently scheduled to teach 3 cycling and 3 cardio strength classes a week. (this is around my full time job) I just added an additional cycling class… this is due to suddenly being an instructor short so we all scrambled to pick up the slack. I also just added the additional 2 CS classes, however these additional two only go through May. I am teaching these at a college and they just go through the end of the spring semester. All in all, I shouldn’t have a problem getting a work out in!
The other piece that I am excited to talk about is… The Move Project (my good friend’s non-profit that I’ve spoke of before) had the first annual Indoor Water Ride yesterday to help fund a city in West Africa with clean water. Riders were able to sign up for hour long cycling spots. Each hour was led by an instructor. I was lucky enough to be able to help with this by leading one of the time slots. It was a great event that allowed The Move Project to write a check for the clean water well that is desperately needed there. There was also a special guest who rode each of the 5 hour long time slots. He is originally from Ghana and was able to speak to us and explain just what a difference was being made with this ride. There is an outdoor ride scheduled for May 17, 2014 in Des Moines. It will be a great ride as well. I am looking forward to helping with it.
As for the rest of my Sunday, I think I will be having a little girl time. Possibly a load or two of laundry and some R&R. I keep checking the snow piles to ensure they are getting smaller… Spring has got to get here soon. Until next time… chow.
Get up and get moving!! Help fund clean water in Africa! There are still spots available for the March 8th Indoor Water Ride. The Move Project along side the Indianola YMCA are hosting their first ever indoor cycling ride to raise money for clean water in Ghana, Africa. 100% of proceeds go straight to the people of Ghana. I am only asking you a very small favor. Please give me one hour of your time and a $22 entry fee to help fund this project. If you want to help and are unable to ride, you can sponsor a bike or another rider! Its so easy to make a big impact. Find a friend and join me! I will be leading the 12:30-1:30 time, but there are other time slots open too! Can’t wait to see you on March 8th!
Time flies when you’re having fun I guess. I have been trying really hard to do a better job of blogging. Even when I don’t have much to say… it just helps bring a little peace. Sometimes words just need to be spoken. I don’t really even care if anyone reads them or not. Heck, some days it would probably be better if you didn’t…
The last couple weeks have included lots of fun. There has been girl dates of wide varieties from dinner, lunches, drinks, hair dying, and more drinks :) I have introduced a friend to cycling, watched/listened to live music preformed by a friend’s band and competed in a triathlon (which I took second in my age).
It was a very short indoor triathlon. 400 yard swim in the pool, 10 mile bike ride on a spin bike and 2 mile run on the treadmill. I have always said to be a swimmer is a huge advantage in a triathlon. Sunday did not fail that belief of mine. I honestly did not train for the swimming portion. I swam one time. One time! I am not sure if I over estimated or under estimated my skills, but either way… it all worked out. I finished the swimming leg first in my heat, so that was fun. However the real excitement came when I discovered I finished the swimming leg second over all. There was ONE guy who beat my time. He was in the heat before me. I watched him swim and could tell he was doing a good job, but it never even crossed my mind that I could have given him a bit of a challenge. Oh well… now I know for next time to not play it safe on what I think I should be able to do in a race. Had I estimated a little more accurate time I might have been in the first heat instead of the second. That’s ok… it was fun to feel really fast in my heat. Next was the bike… my legs were still doing pretty good when I got there cause I used mostly upper body for the swim. I held a pretty even pace for the ride, once again finishing faster than I expected. I was estimating myself at 20 minutes for the 10 mile ride. I beat that time by almost two and a half minutes. So that was neat. However… the run is where I faltered. I didn’t have a slow time I wouldn’t say, but when you compare it with the people who had faster run times… it seemed like a big difference. I don’t know that it was necessarily my legs that didn’t like it, more I was concerned about my breathing. The spin room was plenty warm and I had been focusing a lot on keeping my breathing under control in there. So when I got ready to run, I think I was still hesitant. Besides the run was two miles… that is how long it normally takes me to get in the groove anyways. So I guess as long as I keep teaching cycling as much as I have been and hop in the pool every now and then… I better focus on my running.
I finished this weekend with Sunday FUNday at Alicia and Philips’s house. We had wine and nachos. It was fantastic. The worst part about great weekends… when those Sunday blues hit and Monday comes. Today was a long Monday. It wasn’t bad or anything, just long. However I do have Friday off this week…. but just because I have to work Saturday. Oh well, just how it goes I guess. I don’t have lots of fun stuff planned for this weekend that I am already look forward to. So until I have some more good stuff to type about… have a great week!
Well hello there! What a fun couple weeks I’ve had! It’s actually tough to think back to all I’ve done.
I know I’ve had dinner with Jen (lunch scheduled today), wine night, Jason Aldean, Mexican Food, Sunday FUNday, and days off work. That is a lot of happenings! Luckily I have good people in my life to spend time with and have fun.
I really don’t have a lot to report today. I have today off… back to work tomorrow after 4.5 days off, ugh. So I am having lunch with Jen, creating a new cycling workout and getting in some type of workout. I was kinda thinking a run outside. It has been a long time since I’ve done that it is suppose to be about 36 degrees today. I am doing a mini indoor sprint triathlon next Sunday. I should have trained my swimming and running more, but I think I’ll be ok. It starts at 6:00AM on Sunday! SOOO early! The good news is… I will be done in time to enjoy the whole day and I will also be done in time for breakfast or brunch… I WILL be having some sort of delicious breakfast food.
I did go to the Jason Aldean/Florida Georgia Line concert on Thursday! What a freaking awesome show! This was the third time I saw Jason, but he just keeps getting better! The show was great, the weather not so much! We ended up having a blizzard come in out of no where about 3 hours before the concert began! We got there no problem, getting home was a whole different story. We had been smart and took at cab downtown so we wouldn’t have to drive after should we say… consume many adult beverages. Well that was all fine and dandy until the cab service pulled all the cabs off the roads due to bad weather! WHAT?! So we were stranded with two dead cell phones, no car and no cab. Awesome. Luckily I was able to bum a cell phone charger from a bartender and get a hold of my friend Elizabeth who was still awake!! THANKFULLY!! She was able to come rescue us! The worst part about it… I was able to drive. I stopped drinking beer early and switched to water and pizza. I could have driven had I not had this really smart idea to be safe and take a cab. man. That’s seriously just my luck.
Other than that, I don’t have a lot going on this next week. Besides the usual..work, teach three nights at the Y plus Saturday morning. OH! I do have a friend coming to my cycling class Saturday morning who has never been to one! So that’s exciting! I am not sure if he is more intrigued on what a cycling class entails or intrigued to see how someone actually gives me a mic and allows me to lead people! HA! Either way, guest cyclers always welcome!
So now it is time to enjoy my coffee on my last day off and get ready to eat lunch with my bestie! Even though I see her every week… we are still able to talk about the best stuff! It’s so awesome!
Until next time. Peace out.
Weekly Activities.. Up top you can see Elizabeth and I had a girls night. We drank wine and snuggled, it was a good time… sorry you missed out. Bottom row… JASON ALDEAN, Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr. AWESOME show!!! This was my 3rd time seeing Mr. Aldean and he gets better every time! I also home Florida Georgia Line gets their own tour soon, they rocked it!
Hello Sunday once again. This is going to be another off week for me. I have to work next Saturday, so that means I get a day off during the week. For whatever reason that always throws me for a loop! Oh well, I suppose I’ll get by. Not a whole lot exciting stuff here. I posted some pics about… Of course there is Frank sleeping. He likes to do that…. only not at the same time I would like for him to. Next are a couple from NYE… on the left we have myself and Marshall from How I Met Your Mother and my friend Megan and I on the right (she was the bday girl)… Rounding out the bottom row is myself with my Godson, Jaren. I went to his 1 year birthday party yesterday! He is getting soooo big! Considering how early and tiny he was when he was born. He is doing great and such a happy guy as you can see by his big smile! Bottom center is Jaren’s cousin Bailey, she always latches on to me when I see her so we had to make some silly faces for pictures. Finally bottom right are my little pals Dane and Bean (Carter). They belong to my friend Andrea. I stopped by there house as well yesterday to deliver some way awesome Nerf Guns for them… and in order to save myself and be allowed back in their house.. (mind you, I have provided that house with two Nerf Guns and one fart gun within about a month and a half) I delivered a bottle of wine to Ann! We played some Nerf Wars… I got shot some, but I think I made up for it when I stole a gun and collected all the darts! It was a fun day! Glad I got to see Sheena and Ann…. considering I live back in the same state as them, I still don’t get to see them enough. Finally last night I topped off my night with going to a movie! I know!! Crazy huh???! I’m sure I’ll get the title wrong, but it was The Secret Life of Walter Mitty… I think. Something close to that. It was a good movie, one I’d watch again.
Well folks, I am going to drink some coffee and work on relaxing! Have a good day!
Happy New Year! It is now officially 2014 and I am thankful for that. I decided I needed to start my blog off right this year and get my first post in on the first of the year.
I had a great NYE and NYD! I was lucky enough to spend New Year’s Eve with friends. Not only did we get to celebrate the new year, but it was my friend Megan’s birthday as well. We hit of the hibachi grill first then went to a couple watering holes in the area. I didn’t wear my cowgirl boots, but I still got to boot scoot boogie, so I am happy about that. I believe Megan had a good time at her party and everyone made it home safely. I would say December 31, 2013 was a success.
Today (New Year’s Day) I was lucky enough to have the day off work. As you all know, I am not a born and raised Hawkeye fan. I am proudly labeled as a Cyclone and have no plans to change. However, today Iowa played their bowl game and since Iowa State didn’t get to go bowling this year… I cheered on the Hawks. I went with a friend to watch the game in Des Moines. It was a good time. Met some new folks and became a small gang. Since I have been home this evening I have been watching some Netflix and being a bum. Overall… a success NYD! I am ready to go head first into 2014 and show it who is boss. I have a lot to look forward to this year including travel plans to new places and far off lands, getting back into a healthy lifestyle, and building stronger relationships with people who matter in my life. Of course I am going to continue teaching at the YMCA and having fun in my spare time. One other thing I am really going to shoot for is… wait for it… get better at relaxing. I struggle to turn my brain off and have down time. I know that down time is needed and important. I am going to practice getting to that point more often. Maybe I need to stop cramming my schedule so full… I don’t know.. we shall see.
Well, I hope you had a happy and safe New Year’s and were able to spend it with the important people in your life. Back to work for a couple days then off to the weekend again! I am not going to complain about that.