Hmmmmm. Yeah This Title Sucks.

by BusyMama on July 20, 2014

Because I’d way rather just write than sit around thinking about what I want to write about.

So I’m not doing a half Ironman… this year… because honestly, I am not totally sure I want to and also, I’ve come to accept that my body just can’t handle the run at this point and the swim… I don’t even fucking know.  My shoulder and I are not friends lately.

Instead of working on endurance training, I’m just going to CrossFit.  Every day.  Which is weird, but my coach is kind of the shit.  Which has sort of made me soften up on my need to keep trying to train for things that I really want to do but that will probably land me needing surgery and instead give into that workout that I am not the biggest fan of but desperately need… weight training.

I’m having a hard time because I walked out this morning into the garage.  I had to meet a friend early at the gym (not the box).   As soon as I opened the garage door, I got that early morning smell of rain and trees and a breeze blew through…. God, I really wanted to go trail running.  So badly.  It was like, calling me.

And I have to, for now, let go of that.  CONFLICTING AS FUCK.  Sorry.  I wrote ‘fuck’ in all caps and then wrote it again.  What I’m trying for dear life not to say in front of my kid is exploding out here on my blog apparently.

Okay.  CrossFit.  We’re talking about CrossFit.  Focus, Rach.

So.  I have learned that I have a butt and hamstrings and that I seriously for some reason don’t use them and I really want to.  So much.  I hate dead lifts.  They make me battle with my ego because I really want to be good at them.  But I’m not.  So I prefer to refuse to do them.  And it is stupid.  Which is judgy of myself, I know, but I’m just being real right now.  This is the level that dead lifts bring me down to.  And also, now that I’m thinking about it, I’ve always trained cycling on Tuesday which is dead lifting day.   Which is totally why I suck at dead lifting but still.  My ego.  It doesn’t want me to suck at them this badly.



The flip side of this weird drama that lives in my brain, is that I have been starting to get myself to go on dead lift day.  Because as much as I love riding my bike…  it’s one more activity where I’m pulling from my quads.   And because I’m letting cycling chill for a little while and am focusing on posterior chain strength training even though I SERIOUSLY HATE IT, I’m getting a more honest look at why running and I are butting heads.  I have some flexibility and strength imbalances going on.  I have to put in some time reinforcing my weaknesses if I want to be lacing up my Pearl Izumi’s any time soon.

Oh.  I forgot to mention.  I went super blonde.

I can’t take a normal picture.  I’m sorry.

Oh!  So on to the happy part of doing dead lifts and getting stronger glutes and hamstrings!  I injured my shoulder doing stupid things (alcohol is why) and since then have had problems being able to do push-ups because a few muscles are uber tight and seriously pissed off and my entire left arm seems to lock up.  Since I’ve started to learn how to activate my leg and butt muscles and also, ya know, the whole them being stronger thing, I’ve found that if I use them doing push-ups, I can do push-ups completely pain-free.  Which might sound weird when you think about doing push-ups but ya know, the top of a push-up is basically a plank and you use your glutes, which are part of your core, to get good pelvis alignment and so it actually makes sense that engaging them in a push-up would give you a more solid push-up.

Not that I love push-ups.  But it has been annoying  not being able to really do them.

Also, because I have chronic patellar tendinitis, sometimes walking down hills can be seriously hell if I’m not constantly careful with how I step each.flippin’.stride.  My butt is now taking some of that out of my knees.    Which actually makes me finally a little optimistic about pounding pavement and trail again.    Not like super soon, but… sooner.

I guess there’s a reason there are all those motivational memes out there about working your weaknesses.  Whatever.

I need to stop staring at my computer screen.






Kick Out Domestic Violence – KICKBALL!

by BusyMama on June 25, 2014

Last Sunday, I went and did something I haven’t done in a very long time: I played kickball!

A friend of a friend put together a fundraiser called Kick Out Domestic Violence, a kickball tournament to raise funds for the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.   This is a cause that means a lot to me since I have been a victim of domestic violence in two relationships in my past.  It’s really scary shit to go through that turns your world upside down.  So I was more than happy to join my friend Ari’s kickball team.

We are the team in red

Each team got to play three other teams and the teams with the most wins/runs would play in a championship game at the end of the tournament.   Let me tell you, if you haven’t played kickball or softball in a while, it actually isn’t as easy as you might expect.

For starters, I’m not used to throwing rubber balls.  Or throwing any type of non-weighted ball.  Or having to cover a base (I covered first).   Or kicking a light rubber ball.  Or base running which is actually sprinting which I can actually do quite well except usually I warm-up first.  I wasn’t expecting this to require me to exert any kind of actual force.  So the first game our team played was sort of a hot mess… we were all in the same boat I think.

Brad, one of my box bitches and BFF’s, is at ‘bat’

The second game we played was much better.  We scored 7 runs (I take credit for one of them) and beat our opponent team 7-1.  There is something about scoring a home run that feels pretty awesome.  I mean, it’s cool finishing a race and shit… crossing that finish line and knowing you just covered some distance and that was awesome.  It’s even cooler when you cross a base and your running through it means you contributed to your team scoring points and even potentially winning.   It’s almost like you get a little bit high from it.

Our last game was a little bit closer of a score but we still won.  I scored another run and started feeling more comfortable playing out in the field.  At first, the idea of the ball coming to first base and having to grab it and tag someone out was kind of intimidating.   The more we played, though, the less so it became and the more I wanted that damn ball to come to me so I could tag people out!   Maybe I should seek out an adult kickball team…

Team “Where My Pitches At?”

The guy who put it on mentioned doing it again next year and if he does, I’m in.  It’s for an awesome cause that I whole-heartedly support and that I think more athletic events should help represent.  I mean, I appreciate all the races for cancer but there are other causes that it would kind of be nice to see supported, ya know?   Domestic violence is something that affects a lot of people, men and women, and no one who is in it really talks about.  Feeling safe in your own home let alone your own life is a really big fucking deal.

Even if you don’t live in Washington (shame on you) and weren’t able to come out for our Kick Ball tourney (shame on you) you can still help support the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence by contributing to Team H.E.A.L.  (<— just click on el linko right there).  



My First Legit Triathlon

June 16, 2014

The weekend before this last weekend was my very first real outdoor triathlon, the Issaquah Triathlon.  It was a sprint distance with a 1/4 mile swim instead of 1/2 mile (THANK GOD).  And to be honest, I did not train for it.  My bad knee had been sort of out of whack since making a [...]

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Whoops! I have a Blog!

May 19, 2014

All right.  I am back.  I have my goals mapped out and one of them is to return to consistent blogging which I am keeping myself accountable to right now! The last few months have been filled with friend and family drama and I have been very overwhelmed.  So much so that I have noticed [...]

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I’m a Douchebag: Multi-Use Trails from a Cyclist’s Perspective

April 7, 2014

For someone who will always identify first (athletically) as a runner, spending time learning the nuances of an endurance bike and all the things that go along with the sport that is cycling is a REAL TRIP.  Show of hands – how many of you have had a cyclist speed by them whilst out walking [...]

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Entering Month 3 of Half Ironman Training

March 31, 2014

Granted, I have 4 1/2 months left before Lake Stevens but I can tell you right now that my weakest leg of the three is going to be cycling.  I am getting better as I log more and more miles in the saddle but I have to tell you; I had no idea how mental [...]

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Rainman Seattle Indoor Triathlon Recap

March 28, 2014

Oh look at that.  I’m finally getting it together and updating my blog.  And in fact, I’ve also reemployed my old daily to-do list system so that I can be a consistent blogger again!  Yay!!! This last weekend was the weekend of Rainman, an indoor triathlon series hosted by TriFreaks.  Before this, I had never [...]

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Lake Sammamish Half Marathon Recap, Cycling and Hangovers

March 10, 2014

I haven’t ran a race in a long time but the Lake Sammamish Half Marathon took place on my birthday and the course used one of my favorite local running trails and well, it was my birthday and that’s what I wanted to do.  So I registered and ran it.  Even though I didn’t really [...]

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Tri Training (Now Half Ironman Training): Week 6

February 26, 2014

So I did it.  I registered for Lake Stevens Half Ironman a couple of weeks ago so now I’m accountable.   When I first completed the registration, I was seconds away from a panic attack.  Seriously, running race registrations are hardly as in depth as those for an Ironman.  I had to fill out my [...]

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When We’re Naked, Please No Touching

February 5, 2014

So today at the gym I had a really cool moment and then… a really creepy moment. I finished my 30 minute swimming workout, which actually went really awesomely.  Like, feeling way stronger, lasted way longer before needing to rest between sets, not thinking I’m going to drown and die when using the pull buoy (or [...]

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