Friday, November 30, 2007

Grass Fed Beef Has Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Something my acupuncturist told me today, and a link to an article:

Thursday, November 29, 2007


I'm dieting again, this time, not to lose weight, but in hopes that my aches and pains will feel a little better. I'm staying away from refined sugar, corn syrup, and animal fats (other than fish oil), because supposedly they cause inflammation. I'm eating salmon, rice, fruit, and veggies as the core of my diet. I'm not eating dairy. I feel kind of crappy still, though. I don't feel like eating. Well, I should say, I feel like eating stuff that is bad for me, and I can't. Raybon says I'm just going through withdrawals.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Dead Watch

The watch I use when running died today. Should I just take this as a sign that I should listen to my body rather than looking at my watch?

Seven Lists of Seven, Amendment V

Seven things that attract me to [my spouse or significant other or best friend]

1. He knows I’m insane and loves me anyways
2. He’s learned to not take my mood swings personally, and sympathize and let me be
3. He's the only person in my life that is firmly committed to me
4. He gets up early in the morning so that I can get to 7 a.m. workout on time
5. He wants my time and attention
6. He tells me he loves me constantly
7. He doesn't have a bad temper

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Congratulations, Coach and Ultra-M

Coach got third place and a spot on the podium after the grueling, 3-day Ultraman. Ultra-M also finished strongly. I'm continually impressed with these two, so anything they can do to go beyond that is absolutely amazing.

Inside Triathlon had a great article about Coach and his motivations during the race, and the role his athletic accomplishments play in his life with his lovely family and successful business.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Ultraman, Day 2

Coach is still in second place overall after an insane 267.6 mile bike ride today. Exciting news for all of his swimmers and triathletes.

It was very windy. I wish I remember the MPH, but Ultra-M said she'd never biked in such windy conditions before. I was pretty excited to get a phone call from her, and so glad to hear she made the time cutoff (12 hours.) Considering the wind, distance, and elevation gain, just finishing is an amazing feat.

I forgot to mention yesterday that Ultra-M was the second woman out of the water. That rocks! Ultra-M doesn't ever use the word fast to describe herself, and sometimes even uses the nasty S-Word (s--w), but I'll have to bring this awesome accomplishment up every time she tries to use that word to describe herself again.

Congratulations, again, Coach and Ultra-M!

Go Coach and Ultra-M!

Coach and Ultra-M (C.P.) are in Hawaii competing in the grueling Ultraman, a 3 stage race consisting of a 6.2 mile ocean swim, a 261.4 mile bike ride, and a 52.4 mile run.

Coach wasn't listed as one of the top contenders in a an article on "Inside Triathlon", but at the end of Day I yesterday, he was in second place, ahead of last year's champ. Woo Hoo!!!

Ultra-M is topping off a year consisting of the Western States 100, Lake George 40 KM swim, Catalina Channel solo, a Triple Ironman (3rd place woman) and Full Vineman, to name just the ones that pop into my head. Go, Ultra-M, go!!!

This is pretty exciting for me, spectating from many miles away. Coach and Ultra-M are two of my favorite athletes. My favorite athletes are all people I know, and both of them are just mind-blowingly amazing. All of a sudden I feel honored to have shared a pool with them a month ago when the 3 of us swam 400's X our ages. OK, I'll try not to be a goofy fan girl.

Inside Triathlon Article: Colting, Armstrong lead Day One of Ultraman

Friday, November 23, 2007

Some thoughts that have been going through my head:

- I have a bad habit of romanticizing things. Most things sort of are what they seem to be. A swim across Lake Tahoe is a swim across Lake Tahoe. It's a challenge, but not anymore a spiritual experience than everything else in life. A marriage is a marriage. They both can be great, but what's great about them is pretty obvious, not really mysterious.

- There's no one perfect path for my life. I'm not going to get to heaven and have a cruel God say to me "This is the life I really wanted for you. Boy, did you blow it." I panic because I think that there could be some better life for me that I am totally missing. Perfection is an evil dream. I'm happy I have choices, chances, and room to make mistakes. I should make good choices, not perfect ones, and even if I make the occasional bad one, I should just chalk it up to a learning experience.

- Time is a gift. It's something to enjoy. This is easier to do, now that I understand a little better that my life doesn't have to be perfect.

- Friendships take time. I'm happy with the relationships that I have, and I know depth is not something that can be rushed. I'm all too trusting, and all too ready to give my heart away. I'm not saying most people are terrible, but I guess trust comes in degrees, and overtrusting someone is sometimes an unfair expectation to put on people.

- I'm pretty darn lucky. I'm safe. I'm in good health. I live in a nice home in a beautiful area of the world. I don't want for anything necessary, and I have the means for the occasional indulgence. I have time to do things I enjoy. I have a few good friends, and lots of other nice people in my life. I'm married to a decent man, who doesn't cheat, isn't cruel, and occasionally helps with the dishes. I'm not bragging, I hope. I say this with a sigh of relief, honestly. Phew! Any of this could go away at any second, but why worry about it now? Life is really, really hard sometimes, but sometimes it cuts you a break. Sometimes for years at at time, even.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Details Left Out of Last Post

- Woke up this morning feeling like I'd had 3 beers and had been up 3 hours past my bedtime.

- Tanya and Ultra-M kindly babysat me throughout the ride.

- Rode almost 40 miles

Old La Honda - First Time

I climbed Old La Honda yesterday.

Hmmm... I intended to just leave my post at that. There is a lot more to it. Ultra-M (formerly C.P., which frankly doesn't begin to cover it, although at the time it was about the highest compliment I could think of) talked me into doing a Saturday group ride with T.S. Can I just say, that while I had fun, am so glad I did the longest ride I've ever done that included a right-of-passage and benchmark climb, I did not belong in this group or riders. I got dropped maybe 2 miles in. This, surprisingly, was not the blow to my ego I thought it might be. I mean, I've only ridden my bike off my trainer maybe a dozen times now. I kept thinking of how much I've improved since I first started swimming, and hoping I'll make similar improvements in my cycling. When I'd been swimming for a few months, my coach timed me swimming a 100 as fast I could. I think I did a 1:45. In a race, I can now do about a 1:10, which while nothing to brag about in itself, shows how far I've come. I made most of my improvements in the first year. I figure if I can make a 25% improvement in my cycling, someday I'll be a halfway decent cyclist.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Weird Ways People Find My Blog

I installed Google Analytics on my blog so I could see how many people read it. For a long time, my blog wasn't searchable, but now almost everyday some random people find it by searching for stuff in Google. Here are the top search terms people use to find it.

1. seaweed girl's blog
2. "bruckner chase"
3. "low on gas" car stopped
4. because conservatives are pessimists quote
5. best wishes or congratulations
6. catalina channel swim
7. congratulation wishes
8. forrest nelson swim
9. happiness is a function of fending for oneself
11. michele santilhano
12. michele santilhano catalina
13. schadenfreude is the word of the day
14. seaweed highway
15. wishes and congratulations
16. wishes and congratulations word

I chose Google Analytics because it only shows trends, and doesn't allow me to see any identifiable information. But still, if any of you people who are out there reading my blog haven't outed yourself yet, please do. I promise I won't be anything but flattered.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Quote of the Day

"When all else fails, breathe." - Me, to myself, today and everyday for the rest of my life probably.

I'm sure I'm not the first person to have said this. Actually, I'm 100% sure, because I just googled it, and lots of people have come up with it independently. Maybe not highly original, but useful and important.

Optimism vs. Pessimism

From my experience, as a life-long, recovering pessimist, I'm going to say that George F. Will is wrong. See below. If you're a pessimist, you live with disappointment even before whatever bad could happen occurs. And by expecting the worst to happen, you may even influence the world to make things happen according to your expectation. Maybe it is better to live with no expectations whatsoever, but if you're going to choose optimism vs. pessimism, I think optimism is the way to go. At least, that's the perspective I'm taking for now. I've been a pessimist long enough to be sort of sick of it, and I feel like it is worthwhile to try something new.