There's Something About a Crow Pose

Yesterday, with my fantabulous Pocket Yoga app, I decided to go for a 45 minute yoga session before work.

I was continually interrupted, but aside from those external annoyances, things were going great. I finally started feeling less tense and tight from all the running and biking I’ve been doing.

However, I came across a pose that the limited yogi in me has never encountered. The woman said something about a crow pose? The animation itself made it look very simple but it actually looked something like this:

I’m definitely going to need a bit more upper body strength before I can attempt something like this! I was a bit incredulous to find this in a beginner’s set of poses but okay, so I’m a little more newb than I thought. No big deal. I’ll just keep at it!

I headed to the pool last night after work. I plan to go every Friday after work, but sometimes post-work happy hours get in the way…along with some beer and brats and a desire to lay down. However, I made it this time. I had lunch at around 12:30 (a veggie sandwich from Jimmy John’s…and okay, a bag of chips too, whatever). I hit the pool at 6 and I still felt sick! My stomach is way more sensitive than I thought. I either have to be 8 hours empty or swim first thing in the morning to avoid getting sick. Or, if I take the olympic-distance self-paced tri route, then I just have to eat gels all day leading up to the swim.

I got in the pool and was able to muster up about 15 laps, so about a quarter mile. After my first lap someone joined my lane, and he was much faster and splashier than I was. Every flip turn he did sent a tidal wave of chlorinated water into my nostrils and face and I wasn’t too happy about that. Unfortunately all lanes were taken up with slowpokes like me so I must’ve looked like the fastest slowpoke there tonight. I left after a quarter mile because I felt mostly sick but also partially because this guy was really annoying.

Anywho, I’m looking forward to a productive weekend. I have a few books I want to wrap up (Chi Running, Design for Hackers), a book I want to start, and some biking/swimming/running/yoga I’d like to do. I also need to go grocery shopping now that I’m back to eating solid food again. Hoping to stock up on some juicing essentials so that I can get back into the swing of things again. Also looking to add some more greens to my diet. I’m debating between my green smoothies again and juicing. I like both but I think the pendulum has swung back in the other direction and I’m interested in geting back to my smoothies again.

Also, another bit of good news — I pulled in another $50 to my Dress for Success fundraiser! It turns out that their office is undergoing some change. I’m also considering a volunteer mentor position, so all in all things seem to be looking up, despite all the crazy stress at work.

Yoga + Bike Goodies + Hotel Booked + Oh Yeah, Please Donate to my Fundraiser!

It seems like just yesterday I was crossing the half marathon finish line, and now we’re already at Thursday!

Finally, a somewhat decent finish line photo (at Sporty Diva’s Half Marathon in Chambers Bay)

I’m still relatively tense and stiff from the race and I’ve been meaning to get to the massage therapist’s office all week. I will most likely have to schedule it for the weekend.

In the meantime, I’ve been trying to incorporate yoga back into my routine. I used to practice regularly, alternating between spinning and yoga. It was a good balance between cardio and strength training, high intensity vs. meditative. I have a hot yoga Groupon that I have not yet used, but with my schedule so hectic with work I figured that there HAD to be an app that I could buy to tide me over…and lo and behold there was!

Introducing Pocket Yoga, the best app ever (second to RunKeeper). This downward dog totally kicks my butt.

I think it was a few dollars but it’s called Pocket Yoga. So far I have it set up on the floor with my mat, but I just realized that I could hook up my phone to the speaker system. What’s that, surround sound meditation music with a virtual yoga instructor?! Sign me up!

With no major triathlons on the horizon, I’d still like to get back into the pool and on the bike this weekend. I’m going to pack my swimming gear in case I get out of work at a decent hour tonight. My workout schedule has been a bit off-kilter because of my long hours. I also just found out that my next half marathon is a trail run (!!!!) so I will forego it since I haven’t done any trail running. I don’t even have trail running shoes. Thankfully I found someone to buy my ticket so it looks like, from here on out, all I have are Rock n Roll races. Awesome!

I also just remembered to buy some chain cleaner/lubricant, a mat, and a gel seat cover so hopefully I can log in some decent miles on the bike in the near future! Here are some of the goods I bought:

(I’m pretty sure about 90% of my disposable cash monies goes towards racing, or racing-related goodies!)

Last night, I also booked my hotel room for Rock n Roll Las Vegas. In a few weeks, I’ll get my tickets, but for now, I’m booked at Imperial Palace. I remember that there’s a ton of construction there but I also remember that Shant had a bit of Lady Luck on his side on our vacation!

I swear, I have no clue where I’d be if I didn’t have technology to help me on this journey.

Speaking of my journey, did you forget that I’m still raising money for Dress for Success?! It’s Thursday, and if you’re one day away from a weekend off from work you’re luckier than 10%+ of the population. Donate what you can and let’s get our women back to work.

Please please please donate to my Dress for Success fundraiser!