Adventures in Golf

For me, endurance events are broad strokes. It’s not something I have to think about… I just do it. If something goes wrong, and say…. I run out of gas before the third buoy in a triathlon swim, I know how to wrap it up and get myself to the shore in one piece.

Golf is not a broad stroke. It’s like if you were to get on your bike, and the only way to make the wheels turn would be if you had your hands and feet… just so.

That’s not to say I didn’t like my golf lesson. Actually, I loved my golf lesson. And part of it was because I had to use my fitness-centered mind in a totally different way.

My lesson started off (and was pretty much centered on) how to properly swing a golf club. Did you know there’s such thing as a pre shot routine? As in, there’s a whole laundry list of things you have to do before you even swing the club. Pretty soon, it will hopefully be second nature. Until then, I’ll keep the notes in my back pocket.

According to my coach, I “won’t suck”. I sent some drives pretty far, got things to go in the air, and generally straight.

I have a chance to further my golf training. Jury’s still out on whether or not I’ll do that, but I sure had a damn good time starting off. AND it gives me something to do on my lunch break that won’t make me all sweaty like a run will!

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Have you ever tried a totally new sport?

Where did September Go?

Oh hey. I DO still blog here, and I’m coming out of one of the craziest Septembers to date. Let’s recap:

Sept 6-7: Ironman 70.3 Muskoka

Family road trip! We headed up into the great white north so my brother could take on the 70.3. It was BEAUTIFUL and my brother came in 4th, which was an awesome finish for him.

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A beautiful place to swim, bike and run….but VERY hilly!

Sept 10-12: Seattle for work

It was my first official work trip, and I headed ALL THE WAY across the country. It was a great experience for me and a way to really advance my skills in talking to customers. I didn’t get out much, but here’s the one photo I took.

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The sunset from Ray’s Boathouse

And I just got back from Disney!

So, I wasn’t really a Disney kid. I didn’t get to go for the first time till I was 18, and I went again my senior year in college. We had a GREAT TIME, and I feel like pictures say it better than words.

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So many noms at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

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Cinderella’s castle

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Tower of Terror… my stomach isn’t what it used to be!

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A little rainy at Animal Kingdom

Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming.

What have you been up to?

Off Season Goals

I honestly thought that I would sit down to write this blog and have a clear, defined plan of how I wanted to spend my first “off season” as a triathlete. (Am I allowed to call myself that?)

This past year, trying to structure my training too much seemed to be my downfall, so I am going to keep these off season simple and generally unstructured.

This fall, at least for September and October, the motto is stay fit and have fun. Bike when the weather permits, run through the leaves, maybe make a grand re-appearance on the Checker’s Women’s Cross Country team. But if I don’t want to get up in the morning, I’m not going to. If the weather’s shitty, I’ll workout indoors.

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I’m also taking my first golf lesson. I’ve been wanting to do this for awhile, and a good friend recommended a good teacher, so why not now? I love to try new fitness things, so you can bet there will be a blog about that at some point.

Get on the bike. WNY is not really a great place to ride bikes in the winter, but I’ve already put my request in for a trainer for Christmas. This means some long rides (maybe some Netflix?) and teaching myself to clip in again. Because we all remember how great that went. The idea is, after a winter of clipping in, I will be able to get back on the road come spring.

Just keep swimmin’… Buffalo Triathlon Club hosts weekly swims at a pool not too far from my house, so I’m going to plan on joining them when they start up in October. Plus, I REALLY need to make some triathlon friends.

Nike Training Club… Lifting is NOT my thing. I see it more like brushing your teeth: you need to do it because it’s good for you, and it helps in the long run. I’ve recently discovered Nike Training Club which has a whole bunch of different strength workouts. You can watch a video for technique, and do them at home or at the gym. They even have these little 15 minute ones. Boom! Peace out, gym ADD!

Pick some fun races, yo! I want to put some research into the races I’m doing next year. Ideally, I’d like to go on a fun trip for one!

What are you off-season goals?