Well... I'm still alive! :)
One week of Disney with a Four and a Five year old is A LOT of work!! :)
However, it's been fun and I have a ton of pictures, but the internet at the house we're staying at is too slow for uploading the pictures, and honestly I'm so tired, I am going to have to write that long blog later this weekend!
Tomorrow we have that LONG drive home (thank goodness for portable car DVD players! :) , and then it's RIGHT back to work with a 5 hour brick on Sunday!
I haven't been totally off the radar. I've done some trainer rides and have seriously walked close to 10 miles a day at Disney! Adam's phone as that pedometer on it, and OMG we walked around so stinking much it's CRAZY!!
AND.... I have been sick! Can you believe it??? Adam's convinced I'm now allergic to vacation! :) On Tuesday I had a sinus attack, and so have been blowing my nose and hacking my lungs out like some sort of crazy woman! I feel better today though, so hopefully I'm on the upswing of that!
So... I hope everyone has a great weekend, and I'll post pictures as soon as the dust settles from all the travelling and training this weekend! Have a great one Everyone!!
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Well... I'm still alive! :)
Posted by Kellye Mills at 9:34 PM
Monday, April 28, 2008
Well.... It has officially begun! Tri season is here, and I raced St. Anthony's yesterday to kick off my season.
It was a lot of fun! By far the biggest race I've ever done before! 4500 people... WOW!! That is a lot of people. 32 Swim waves, and I was in like 28 of the 32. So LOTS of waiting around! Honestly, not the biggest fan of the waiting... I get too nervous! I need to get in there and get it done. Sitting around for 2 hours before you start, those butterflies just build up!
Adam hung out with me a little bit in the beginning, so it went by pretty quickly, but still!
The weekend went by so quickly as well!
We arrived around 6:30pm in St. Petersburg at the house we rented. The house was AWESOME!! It was a young man's home that rented it out for vacation, and though it was an older home, he had completely restored it, and it was so nice!
The house was full of beautiful furniture and unique decorative items. It had a huge flat screen t.v. with all kinds of movies and games for the kids and a couch that you could seriously live in it was so comfortable!
The outside was the best! He had this little backyard pond on the side where our new friend Boris lived. He was the pet turtle who is very much like Rocky in that he loves to eat! We kept feeding him turkey and so everytime he saw us, he'd come up to us expecting food. Then there was a pool with 3 separate cabana areas... It was great!
So we got somewhat settled in, and then Saturday was so busy!
By the time you do your quick swim, bike, and run, get checked in, check out the expo, check your bike in, etc... It was like 2pm! I promised the kids we'd go to the beach, so we headed over to the public beach area at around 3pm. Ok... it was like Spring Break all over again! We went to this place called Crabby's for lunch and it was seriously a meat factory! Boy's and girls all over who thought they were WAY hotter than they actually were! It was funny!
And I have a declaration.... and if this offends you, I'm sorry... I'm just telling it like it is!
NO ONE... No matter how beautiful, fit, tan, in shape, toned, etc you are.... NO ONE.... should wear a thong! It's not attractive... PERIOD! I was eating for crying out loud... I do not want to see your rear!
Ok, so I've went off on a tanget... Sorry :)
So before I know it, it's Sunday morning!
I did my waiting as I mentioned earlier.... and then the swim...
The swim was kind of rough. I was hoping for it to be faster than I did, but you know... you live and learn. The water was rough and we were swimming against the current for the majority of it. Sighting has always been a problem for me, so I really focused on it this time. I think I did really well with it! But I couldn't navigate very well. Coming in on one of the last swim waves, by the time we got to the first turn, I was swimming amongst 2 other swim cap colors. I was trying to grab hold of someones feet that I thought I could hang with, but the only feet I kept finding were those of the slower ladies 2 groups ahead of me that were doing the breast stroke. So I kept having to swim around all of those people and couldn't really get into any sort of a groove. So when I came out of the water and looked at my watch, I was thinking... CRAP! But, I just chugged along and knew I'd catch up on the bike...
T1 Freaked me out a bit too because I knew I was feeling like it was taking forever... However, I looked at the other girls in my age-groups splits, and a lot of people were kind of slower too...Still something I feel I need to work on. So off to the bike!
I knew it was supposed to be a technical course with 40 turns. So I told Coach Jen I wanted a 1:07, and she said push for 1:10. Again, coming off the back, that's just that many more people to try to navigate around, so times get slower towards the end. So we decided a 1:10 would be good. Well, I felt GREAT on the bike! I was flying and things were going really well. I have this little thing I like to play while I'm on the bike racing and that's I don't want to get passed by any girl! And there was this one girl that kept trying to pass me. She passed me 2 times, and I kept just pushing for my opportunity to catch her. I felt like she'd lose some speed towards the end. Fortunately, I caught her in one of the last turns and came in without allowing anyone to pass! Some girl in my age group did beat my bike split by 13 sec. So I ended up with the 2nd fastest, but I held true to my no pass rule, and came in at 1:07 exactly! I was very happy with that!
The run was freaking HOT! Maybe it won't seem that hot in a couple of months. Living in Georgia, I get used to serious heat and humidity, but my body isn't acclimated to it now. So it seriously hurt! But I did push it to the best of my ability I think. I finished with nothing left to give, and that's all I can ask for. It wasn't as fast as I'd like... but I guess we can almost always say that. :)
But the good news is that this was my 3rd Olympic Distance triathlon. My previous times were a 2:48:59 at Tugaloo in 2006, a 2:50:49 at Chattanooga Waterfront in 2007 with a 2 min. penalty and yesterday I finished with a 2:29:35. Almost a 20 min drop in my times on that distance, so a new MUCH better PR, and I'm definitely happy about that! Plus, I ended up with 8th in my age-group, so that was great! And I walked away with a lot of stuff that I've learned so I can get ready for Hawaii 70.3 in less than 5 weeks!!
Oh.... and my hip/butt/leg did pretty well! I loaded up on some advil right before the race to take the edge off and by the time I got to the run, I never really felt it! All that adrenaline had me going! :) So that was good, and it isn't really that bad today either, so hopefully with a week's worth of "recovery" here at Disney, I'll be ready to go full speed ahead next week!! :)
And of course the best part of the trip was getting to meet some of my favorite blogger friends! I met Jen of course in person and Bree. I hate that I never met up with Brooke or Beth. I honestly did look for you Brooke in a blue swim cap at the swim start!
Congratulations to everyone on a super race! Amy W... you did great! Bree, Jen, Beth all had amazing races! Let's go get 'em girls!!
My internet is slow... so I can't post pictures now, but I will add them this afternoon!
Posted by Kellye Mills at 9:07 AM
Thursday, April 24, 2008
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Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Well...today I was FINALLY able to run my entire scheduled run! 45 min... Whoo hoo!!
My instructions were to keep on running as long as pain was in areas A and B and not in areas C and D!!
Those instructions I can follow. And the good news was pain was only in the appropriate designated areas! :)
It also helped that I am STILL trying to figure out how to run with orthotics but without socks. It seems like everytime I forget at least one little spot to bodyglide and that undoubtedly turns into the unexpected shouldn't be there blister...
So I ended up with this ENORMOUS blister on my right big toe that seriously encompasses my entire toe! It hurt like crazy so it helped take away from all the other aches and pains... but in the meantime I was trying to continue to run without trying to run funny because of my blister...
So it was an interesting not very pretty run... but a RUN NONETHELESS!! :)
I guess this has been a new experience for me because I haven't been out of the game, but I'm not entirely in it either. I've either been healthy, doing my thing, or injured to the point that I had to sit out for 2 weeks or so and then ease back in. I've never really had to figure out how to keep playing but on a limited basis, so it's hard to fight those voices in your head telling you to get a grip and work through things that the rational voice says to take it easy on...
The whole push through the pain/no don't push through it stop battle has seriously wore me out these past few weeks! So today when I was given specific pain instructions, that helped! :)
But were getting there... it's getting better... and hopefully the GROOVE will be back by Sunday!
Thanks for reading! Good night!
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Monday, April 21, 2008
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Saturday, April 19, 2008
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Thursday, April 17, 2008
This is my new mantra!
At least it has been for the past week!
At the beginning of the year, I decided on the word BALANCE.
It seemed perfect at the time. I mean in all of our crazy lives it's what most of us seek. We try to balance our schedules, our time, our passions, our work, etc. And even as triathletes we must balance the training between 3 sports individually as well as working them together.
Well lately that word just hasn't been working for me. I guess because it leaves open too much room for ambiguity and wrong doing if you will! :)
We all have things that come easily to us and then we all have our issues we struggle with. Some of the issues I struggle with:
*Getting up early to go to Masters
*Finding time to squeeze in work so that I'm not shoving it in on any given notice
*Pushing myself beyond my current limits
*Flossing every night and going to bed on time :) (I know this one sounds funny, but flossing is a BIG deal to me! And I know when things are off track when I skip it because I'm too tired to stand there for 2 min and get it done and chose to go CRASH into bed instead! :)
So I sat down the other day and was looking over a journal entry that I wrote at the beginning of the year about this whole balance concept. I was trying to figure out where it was going wrong. And then it occurred to me that it was because what I was doing was balancing meeting these goals and good habits with blowing it off.
See, for me it's like this vicious cycle!
1. I get totally FED UP with myself for slacking on these things and decide I MUST get back on track!
2. Things go well for awhile
3. Life happens, start juggling things to meet everyone's and everything's demands
4. Things get chaotic and crazy, and I get TIRED!
5. I start to let myself "slip" because.... Well we can't be perfect all of the time.
6. I continue to get off track as I excuse myself from hanging with my focused habits.
7. I enter into the well... it's too late now phase, I might as well have one more cookie! :)
8. Ultimately, I'm off the band wagon, I get fed up again, and the process repeats!
So see the problem in focusing on that word balance for me is that it's up for too much interpretation on my part! :)
Now, I'm not promoting a lifestyle of trying to be 100%... 100% of the time!
I'd like to think that there's no one out there like that! :)
But, I started listening to myself a little more lately... (read my last post!) and what I realized is I KNEW when I was bailing when I shouldn't be!
See, fortunately, most of us have been given that little voice inside our heads that tells us, "Ah, ah, ah... is this REALLY what would be best???"
And if you're me, you either A. Ignore it.... B. Tell it to shut up... or C. Explain to it WHY it should be ok!
Even though we all know deep down when we're just reasoning with ourselves in a dishonest way. Kind of goes along with Liz's post from yesterday about being honest with ourselves.
So ultimately I decided that I needed to REALLY start getting to know that little voice inside my head! And what does that little voice do for us? It helps us choose to "DO THE RIGHT THING!"
What's great is that right thing is different for us all, and different at different times.
For example: If you know me at all by now, you know my sweet tooth is OUT OF CONTROL!! :) And I would justify those extra treats because well, I had a super tough workout that day, or I was in a really bad mood and needed to make myself feel better, or well it was this special occasion or that special occasion. And I'm not just talking a special little treat, I'm talking all of the time!
And honestly, it's not like I eat it CRAZY often. It's really more about the fact that I eat stuff like that for the wrong reasons. You know... as a way to make me feel better or justify things or what not if that makes any sense.
So the other day I decided I wanted something sweet and asked that little voice in my head if that was the right thing to do, and it said YES! So, I decided to go through the drive-thru at Starbucks for a Grande Java Chip Light Frappacino!! Yummy!!
Well when I got there a piece of their cinnamon coffee cake sure sounded good too! And then came that little voice... "Ah... you don't really need that." And then I started to think, "Ah... it's only like 200 calories more and besides, I don't really worry about calories!" But the bottom line is I asked myself for this situation right now, what was the right thing to do? And it was to just stick with the frappacino. Because I didn't get it... I didn't really want it... And I didn't miss it after I made that decision!
So it worked... And it's not just food either. Last night... SUPER tired! Running 20 min late for bedtime and did NOT feel like flossing. But I knew that I'd be mad at myself in the morning for not doing it. And that little voice said, "Come on... it takes 2 min!"
So I made the decision, did it, and was glad for it!
This little trick of mine is working for helping me with the budget. Do I REALLY need to buy that?? And sometimes the answer is Yes... It's not about torturing myself!! :)
It's just really about digging down deep and really KNOWING what your inner self says you should do.
And for me.... For now... it's working!
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Wednesday, April 16, 2008
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Friday, April 4, 2008
(Looky there... Kellye looking like a bum!! That's it!! My next picture of me on this page WILL be decent! :)
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Thursday, April 3, 2008
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Tuesday, April 1, 2008
It's getting late. It's about 20 min past when I should have gone to bed! :)
But I wanted to give a quick update because I had a really great day! Long, Busy, but GREAT nonetheless!!
Today was my first day as a Trainer!! That's right!!... I'm already putting my new certification to good use!
I have to admit, there was a part of me, and if you've been reading my blog for awhile, you probably caught onto this notion, that was a little not so sure about this whole trainer thing. I got really skeptical about the whole thing after my gym experience that made me question the ethics and reasoning behind the whole ordeal.
However, I'm really glad that I decided to push forward, because I've realized that in the opportunity that I've been given, I'm really able to design the programs in the way that I see fit and for me that means being more of a coach than the person that tells them which weights to lift for 30 min. I seriously take training/fitness very personally and want to make sure that I'm capable of providing these people the opportunities to meet their goals. There was a time that I questioned that capability. But after MUCH thought and working through the kinks... I think it just may work!!
I met with my first client today over at the brand new PT Solutions training facility. It is GORGEOUS!! Has one of those endless pools that I can't WAIT to get in. Full underwater video capabilities. Oh, I am SOOOO going to tape my stroke and break it apart with that bad boy!! :) And the lady was the PERFECT client! Realistic goals, wanting to feel better and healthier!! EXACTLY where she needs to be. I was VERY excited about working with her and really being apart of changing her life for the positive!
AND... After talking with the owner some more, looks like I'm going to be doing some aqua therapy, swim instruction, AND... He even said he'd take me to Albuquerque, NM to do the USAT Level 1 certification this July!! I signed up for it today!! So I am SUPER pumped about that. So I'm going to be doing some entry-level tri coaching coming up as well!!
You might be able to tell that I'm a little excited and the first day went well! :)
So I have another session with my lady #1 on Thursday. Gotta admit, it's going to take a little getting used to juggling all my hats... Between this, the restaurant, my spin classes, my kids, my house, and my training... I'm having to write everything down to keep up! :) But no worries, I'll get it!
And as if my day hadn't been great enough, I got the WONDERFUL opportunity to hang out with one of my best friends Lisa. She's in town from Pennsylvania, and I love to get to see her. She has a boy and a girl very similar in age to mine, and today she actually had the time to come to my house and hang out and the kids played and her and I actually got to talk. Oh... It was so nice!!
A trainer ride during American Idol, some more work this evening, and now I'm off to bed!
I hope everyone had a great day as well!! Night!!
Posted by Kellye Mills at 10:21 PM