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TRI Again

In FIT on April 6, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Happy Wednesday!

Since Sasi Living is all about fitness, fun and fashion, I felt that it was necessary to share my latest fitness endeavor. Last Memorial Day I completed the Capital of Texas Triathlon. It was my very first tri and honestly, not the best experience, but not the worst either. That being said, I wanted to give it another go. So, this May I will be participating in the Galena Triathlon.

I’m currently training (or trying at least, I’m actually sick right now) and loving it. The training plan is actually what got me motivated to do another one in the first place. I love the challenge of training plans and I also love the variety. At the beginning of January I decided I needed to freshen up my workouts. So, for fun, weird I know, I started a tri training plan, without any plans to do another tri. After keeping up with the training for a month, I decided I should just take the plunge and sign up!

Last year’s tri was challenging because I honestly had no idea what to expect. I did the tri through Team In Training and if it weren’t for my amazing coaches I don’t think I would have made it. Not to mention the panic attack I had during the swim–not cool. This year should be different for a few reasons. First, it’s a shorter distance. Last year’s was Olympic distance, this year isn’t a traditional sprint distance, but is shorter than Olympic distance. (660 yard swim, 17.4 mi bike, 4.3 mi run)

Also, I’m really hoping that this year I can leverage my experience from last year to carry me through. There really should be no excuse for the same jitters as last year since I know what to expect. Additionally, this year I’m so much more excited than I was last year so that should help a lot!

To see my training plan you can check out this link. I have modified it a little bit, specifically adding BRICK workouts (bike-run workouts) during the weekend and not doing bike mileage over 25 miles.  So far so good, but we’ll see how I fare after I’m done battling this cold.


Movin on Down!

In FUN on April 4, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Yes, the title should be movin on up–but I literally am moving on down.

That’s right–I’m leaving Chicago for the sunny Tucson skies! I will be attending The University of Arizona this fall to start my PhD in Communications! I’m so excited, and a little nervous, especially since I will be a TA! I can’t even imagine teaching a class in a few months, but I’m definitely ready for the challenge!

This also means that I am leaving my current job. In fact, this is my last full work week (so expect lots of blogging!) 🙂

I have tons of other updates for you, but I really wanted to get a quick post up about what’s been going on. Sadly though, Project 365 totally failed, as I forgot to take pictures for a few days and then just couldn’t get back into it. I’m going to try to start again soon, so stay tuned!

Lastly, I’m so sorry for my absence. Waiting to find out about school was taking over my life and literally making it impossible for me to think about anything good to write. I’m so happy to be blogging again!

The Heart of the Matter

In FIT, FUN on February 1, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Happy February!

February is national Heart Month! Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US and responsible for 25% of all deaths?! That’s startling huh? Also, heart disease is the leading killer in WOMEN. So, what can you do to help decrease your risk of heart disease? I’m so glad you asked 😉

First, I want to propose a challenge. This month I am asking all of you to log one mile per day. You can fit this mile in however you’d like–walking, running, biking, skiing, hiking, the options are endless.  If you’re already logging one mile per day, then for every day in February I’m asking you to log one more–go the extra mile. Let’s remember that physical activity and a healthy lifestyle are essential in preventing heart disease, and with all of us putting in a mile a day, we are all decreasing our chances of heart disease. Who’s in??

In addition to the one mile challenge, here are some other things you can do on a daily basis to help prevent heart disease.

  • Brush, Floss, Rinse–keeping your mouth extra clean is very important in preventing heart disease. There is a direct link between oral health and heart health, so keep those gums clean! 😀
  • Stress OUT–no, don’t get stressed, get the stress OUT of your life! Stress management is vital in maintaining your health and keeping your heart healthy. Use any tactic you like–from a stress ball, punching bag, meditation, or even a good loud scream, it’s most important to keep your stress levels low.
  • Eat Right–Eating healthy is a great overall health tip but also does wonders in preventing heart disease. For recipes and tips be sure to check out the American Heart Association’s nutrition guide.
  • No Smoking! Kick your nasty habit. There’s really no excuse for this one and the info speaks for itself. It’s in your own best interest to quit smoking and to stop endangering those around you with your second-hand smoke too.
  • Spread The Word! Please spread the word about the dangers of heart disease and the many ways to prevent it. So many people don’t understand how their daily lifestyle effects their overall health, so please, get active and spread the word.

Don’t forget–this Friday is National Wear Red day!