Team In Training: Winter Season Has Officially Begun!

Kick Off for TNT Winter Season 2014

Kick Off for TNT Winter Season 2014

Yesterday morning was Kick Off for the winter season of Team In Training!  Just a bit of repeat: For those of you who don’t know what Team in Training is, it’s a group of folks who train for a race (half marathon, marathon, triathlons, etc.) while raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  My father passed away from leukemia, which is why I joined this group.

I’m really excited about this season.  Our theme is Rock ‘n’ Roll, which is perfect since the race I’ll be doing is Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio.  My first season with TNT was last winter and I wasn’t able to complete my race due to an injury, but thankfully to all my donors, I was able to raise $2,200!!!  That completely surpassed what I thought I’d be able to accomplish!

My second season was this past summer where I completed my first event with Austin 10/20 (WIP: entry about my race).  However, I didn’t fundraise.  So this season, I will be fundraising AND training for a race AND I’m also the PR/Mission Captain for the Northwest team.

So there are many things to be excited about!  I also have a few ideas for fundraising that I’m going to try, so I may be posting about them in future entries.  Let’s get this season started!!  GO TEAM!

Please donate here!!

 

Skating Practice

Morning SkateAs I previously wrote, I’ve been interested in getting back into roller derby. The last Friday in July, I woke up early in the morning to go to a local park, San Pedro Park, that has an outdoor skating rink and put my skates on for the first time in two years.

At first it was a bit scary, especially since I forgot my helmet at home, but it was okay.  I did laps, worked on side steps a bit, and a little bit of t-stops.  Though, the majority of the time, I was just skating around and around.  I need to clarify that the laps weren’t continuously.  It was one lap, 10-30 second rest, another, so on and so forth.  I did this for about 45 minutes.  Obviously, I need a lot of practice before I’m going to feel comfortable joining roller derby again.

Yesterday, my friend Rafaela asked if I wanted to go skating and so we made plans for today.  I thought we were just going to roll around, but it turned out that her intentions were to work on my footwork.  Our time was limited with only about 25 minutes, but those were some INTENSE 25 minutes.  She definitely pulled me out of my comfort zone, which I now realize that if she hadn’t done it, I’m not sure how long it would have taken for me to do it myself.  Rafaela was very encouraging, commanding, and patient.  The lesson went great!

So now I have daily skating tasks to work on to improve footwork, which includes: working on getting my left foot to take the lead, side steps, plow stop, using my toe stops when in rest and stretch mode.

I’m really excited with such a great start!

Monthly Update (The Beginning)

For the past week I’ve been thinking about how to organize things so I can accomplish everything that I want to do.  After all, if you read my last post, there are A LOT of things I want to do.

One of my purchasing addictions is paper: notebooks, calendars, etc.  In general, and to help the trees just a wee bit, I avoid buying these kind of products and try my best to use technology since I have my cell phone on me most the time.  However, like many cell phone users, I download a ton of apps with the result of only using a few while several go neglected.

Long story short, I broke down and bought a planner!

Isn’t it exciting?!  I know it makes me want to have a reason to fill it out.

Here’s the idea:

  • The weekly pages will contain details for each day.
  • The monthly pages will be an overview along with events I need to see in big-picture view.

At the end of each month, I will give an update to show my progress :)