Planning for Rev3, Personal Training Certification, and More

A bit of trailing exhaustion and/or fatigue has gotten in the way of doing anything somewhat routine. After my short half mile pool session yesterday, I felt a bit under the weather because I was convinced that I might’ve caught some dreaded germs from the water. I felt a bit lethargic today but just chalked it up to the weather. However, I woke up this morning feeling a bit sore from my swim, which means that I’ve definitely lost some conditioning since I haven’t been in the water for about 6 weeks or so.

The holidays are upon us and with Thanksgiving comes my early resolutions. I always resolve to never make a promise to myself that I can’t keep, and I’ve always found that making those promises before Thanksgiving will help keep me on track. (Strange what a difference a few weeks makes!)

So, this holiday vacation, I hope to spend it present with the people I care about. I hope to devote a chunk of that time to myself, presumably because I am on that list of people I care about. I hope to carve out early morning chunks out of my vacation to really focus on my training so that I can be Rev3 training ready come February.

Hoping to finally tackle the 70.3 in July of next year. No more excuses and waiting! 30 IS UPON ME.

I signed up for a TraningPeaks plan to help me build some conditioning and base…it’s six workouts a week all focused at pushing me beyond my usual comfort level (30 minute swim, 1 hour bike ride, 45 minute run…those all sound about right). When you first start working out you don’t know any better and you naturally push yourself. However, I find that I’m getting incredibly complacent. A workout no longer feels like a workout, hence the reason why I forked the money over for this training plan. Ideally the plan will get me in to Olympic distance shape at the end of January so that I can make the jump into 70.3 training in February, which then puts me at toeing the line in July.

My training schedule for the next week. No more guesswork. Thanks TrainingPeaks!

I’ve also progressed nicely in my personal training reading. I’m aiming for certification by the end of the year (or at least sitting for my first exam), and per usual I got caught up in the anatomy section. There’s just so much to learn! Anyways, it’s been pretty awesome being able to drop knowledge bombs about health and wellness at work. I’m just always surprised at how little people know about their bodies, and I’m more than happy to guide conversations along the way about nutrition, fitness, etc. My goal isn’t to be a know-it-all or anything, but really to give them enough information to act upon. I’m also really excited about getting my CPR/AED/First Aid certification again. That way I can sign up to be a safety czar at work. (Nerdy, I know…)

Oh, and this week, I finally finished my social media book. I’m a volunteer mentor for Dress for Success and the book was written and edited to help me with preparing women to re-enter the workforce by having their social media profiles and identity under control. It took a lot of work but it was definitely worth it!

My first book – Your Sometimes Online Life (available for Kindle and in print)

It’s currently available on Kindle and will be about a week or so before it’s ready on the Amazon.com website. It’s up on CreateSpace right now too. I was hoping to finish it on time so that I could give a copy to my parents but I guess I will just have to get it shipped directly to them when it is ready. I’d also like to ship a box to Dress for Success to have on hand for women who need it. I’m planning on donating all proceeds to Dress for Success, so if you know of someone who may find this type of information useful, consider buying my book. 🙂

Writing a book reminds me of what it mentally feels like to run a marathon. I’m tired just thinking about all the work and editing and design I’ve done on it. I can’t wait until I tackle my next book but for now, I’m still tired. Ideally I’d finish my certification and then work on a couch-to-5K type book. I have a few other books already outlined (about completely different things) but with all things creative you really have to be in the mood to talk about certain things…and right now I think I’m still only interested in talking about health/wellness at length!

I head out of town for the holiday tomorrow…more than a week of sunshine. It’s going to be great. Probably a bit dramatic in some places, but I hope to get out of my head for awhile, get some training in, spend some quality time with my loved ones, let the wireframes flow, and just have a good time!

My Social Media Day Commitment for 2011

I’ve been lucky to have been able to make quite the career out of social media.

Frankly, I was quite astute when I saw the connection between social media, design, and marketing. Who knew that in due time I’d be running my own shop, working on user experience design for two kick-ass web apps called Glass and Retrollect, volunteering my skills for an awesome (startup-by-situation) non-profit in town (Dress for Success), and going on awesome roadtrips sponsored by Chevy with my SXSWAngels? I even met my boyfriend at Social Media week. Go figure — I hit the jackpot in my twenties with social media.

Last year I hosted Social Media Day here in Los Angeles. This year I opted out of it for personal reasons, as well as time constraints. (I’m a bit overbooked at the moment.) However, after coming back from SXSW I really began to examine my participation in social media. I was Twitter-stalking (as I have a tendency to do) and came across my friend’s really neat bio, which pretty much plucked the thoughts right out of my own brain.

Gabe is absolutely right. THERE HAS TO BE A BETTER WAY. We can’t keep lurking or shouting and expect to communicate. It’s a two way street, and right now it seems like most people are talking at each other and no one is really listening or engaging.

So, me being the type of person I am, I try to find a way to address this solution on a small scale. I believe that change is more effective and sustainable if it’s done in small steps on a personal level. We can’t overhaul a system overnight. It takes time to make it stick.

The first thing I did was give up blogging daily. I had taken the Post a Day 2011 challenge but found it 1) challenging and 2) fruitless. It wasn’t because I had trouble writing — I have plenty to say — but it was because I wasn’t as confident that what I had to say was really all that important. To be consistent is one thing. To be meaningful is another. If I didn’t feel like posting something that day and just forced myself to write something for the sake of pushing it out the door, have I really done the Internet a service? I don’t think so. I’ve actually contributed to the problem.

Secondly, in giving up blogging, I decided to do the opposite — I unplugged (slightly). Instead of blogging everyday, I went for a run. That run always got broadcasted through Twitter and Facebook, and of course I blogged about it quite a bit too, but instead of using social media to talk about social media (completely useless and mostly redundant, a la “preaching to the crowd”) I used social media for what it was truly intended for: to connect with other people.

With Social Media Day 2011 I’ve come to take a long hard look at how it plays a role in my daily life.

My social media resolutions are as such:

  • I plan to participate when I have something of value to say.
  • I vow to keep my personal safety an absolute priority, therefore going on a Foursquare diet effective as of last week.
  • I plan on speaking my mind with as much conviction in person as I would online.
  • I vow to bridge the gap between my sometimes online life and my mostly offline life.
  • I will not allow the web to get in the way of honest communication.
  • I will follow/friend only people that I find valuable in my life and defriend people who I don’t want to actually keep up with.
  • I will not allow online connections to replace the face-to-face experience.

How about you? What are your thoughts on Social Media Day and my resolutions? Do you have any of your own?

Featured in Fitbie!

Check out the original article here

Over the weekend, Fitbie.com published a neat article on my recent journey. It’s been great but it’s certainly not over! I still have a long way to go in terms of training for the triathlon (mainly getting myself INTO the water, which I have failed at the last two weeks and counting) and training for the marathon (only 145 more days)…but hey, it still feels nice to be able to help more people with their journey too.

If you’re looking to ask any questions about this journey, what I did, etc., feel free to submit it via Formspring and I’ll do my best to keep up with them here on my blog.

Your Sometimes Online Life

My newest eBook is currently being edited and revised and will be available soon! (How exciting is that?)

In my case, the book should be titled “Your ALWAYS Online life.” For as long as I remember I gravitated to the computer to fuel my interests, educate myself, find work, make friends, and connect with other people. I can even remember that my first paycheck went to web hosting. (I’m serious! I’m still hosting with iPower.com after 10 years.)

Technology is a wonderful tool if you know how to use it to your advantage. The title of my book is broad enough in so much that it lends itself to a series of eBooks that will eventually help other people bridge that gap between their real life persona and their online life.

The gravity of my involvement with the Internet really sunk in deep this last week. I recently landed a new client for my company, Unicorn Press, and had a number of live work sessions scheduled with him. I worked with him primarily via email and instant messaging. Just yesterday I was hammering out a short paper for my public relations class I’m taking through the CyberCampus platform at Golden Gate University for my masters degree. I’ve sourced out new business from an online community for designers, developers, and marketers on Elance.com and took teleconferences with a business in Australia and a non-profit in Seattle. Last week I joined eDiets.com for a second shot at lowering my cholesterol, but instead of doing it alone, I wanted to work with a community to successfully reach my goals. I sat through an amazing live streaming events demo with Vokle.com to learn more about how I could help my virtual startup, The Rainmaker Network, reach our student base more effectively. Last night I sent out a tweet querying my friends on some recommended late night drives and immediately got some responses. In short, I had a pretty amazing week…and most of it was spent online.

Over the last 10 years the Internet has proliferated into a vast and deep ocean that I’ll never be able to completely experience. I am amazed by its power to bring people together and rip them apart at the same time. I hope that through my series of eBooks, I can help some people make sense of this completely new world that exists within our own!

A New Love: On-Location Vlogging

Instead of using fancy camera work and editing the coverage, I just used my MacBook Pro and uploaded it raw! Who knew that video interviews were going to be a snap?

Check out my latest video interview with DJ Mike Relm at the G-Tech booth by Hitachi. I was in Las Vegas for the National Association of Broadcasters event and hope to be back next year!