Thursday, February 21, 2008

Where in the Hell have I been??!!??


One month has sped by and I have not updated my blog, much less kept up with reading other blogs as well.

I'm pathetic! Do I have an excuse? WELL...yes, and no.

So here it goes, where in the hell has Liz been for the last month???

When I last left off, it was January 23rd, and my 15th wedding anniversary. I surprised my husband with a weekend trip to Key West, Florida. The weather was great and it was a very relaxing stay at the Casa Marena Resort. This was the first trip that I have taken in YEARS that I did not take one piece of workout clothing or my running shoes. Most of the stuff in the luggage was pink and/or lacy and scared the crap out of me because it is way out of my comfort zone. I feel like a real poser in most of it, lol. "HEY, YOU! Yeah, you in the Ralph Lauren clothing. No white or linen before Easter!" Dang, the Drag Queens on Duval St. would have looked more at ease in my clothes. And how come they had bigger ta-tas than I do???? What's up with that??!!!?? I need the 411 on that.

After getting back in town it was time to buckle down. I had to get it in gear to finish up my training for the Los Angeles Marathon on March 2nd and I had to study for my NASM exam. I have tried to take this exam two other times and stuff has come up, but now my deadline is March 1st. I have 7 other national certifications for group exercise and personal training, but for some reason, I have a feeling that this exam is gonna bite me in the rear. I totally understand the concepts, but it is the friggin' vocabulary that is screwing me over. I am scheduled to take the exam in one week and I have 3 more chapters to go and the practice test. I am going to need all the luck I can get on this one.

My biggest time commitment has been the start of the new Team In Training season. Whoo Hoo!!! I have over 50 participants that I am single handedly coaching for the Capital of Texas Triathlon on May 25th in Austin, TX. My group is awesome! I have people that range in age from their early 20's to their late 60's. I have a former NFL football player and a few cancer research specialists on the TEAM. What is so cool is that the group is very diverse and they are already starting to develop friendships and by the end of the season the bonds that they will make will be life changing. Our Honored Teammate is a Lymphoma survivor and she will be coming out to our weekend bike workout this Saturday. We had a fun party last weekend at "Coach's Training Camp" to watch NBC's broadcast of the 2007 Hawaii Ironman. The gang was really inspired and very happy they only have to train for an Olympic distance race.

Work has been busy as well. I spent the first weekend of the month taking a great Pilates Matwork training. As a Master Trainer for Pilates, I rarely get to take other people's trainings and workshops since I am the presenter. It was such a great experience to learn new ways to cue movements and to see things through someone else's eyes. I received 7 new Pilates Reformers last week at work and this week I had the delivery men drop off 7 new EXO Chairs and Step Barrels!!! I have all these new toys and my clients are thrilled. I have a Reformer training next week before I head out for the Marathon and a Chair training the week after. !!!
I already know most of the work, but it is a good review as I prepare to take my Pilates Certification Exam in the fall. I have been studying, teaching, and practicing Pilates now since 1999 and I only have one piece of equipment left to study on and then it is time to become CERTIFIED!!!

The weather in Houston has been either beautiful or rainy and humid. Today was rainy and humid so I did my bike ride on the trainer as I watch The Best of Triumph, The Insult Comic Dog.
I got a new SRM power meter for my bike and it will be interesting to see when I download today's workout where the power dropped of because I was laughing so hard at the TV. Hopefully the sun will peek out tomorrow because it is time for my last 7-8 mile run before the LA Marathon next weekend.

Well, that's my excuse and I am sticking to it. A lot of running, a little swimming, and some bike workouts but mainly just life and TEAM IN TRAINING.

Have a great week!


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