Sunday, January 31, 2010
Today was time trials day in the pool. Seemed ominous but wasn't actually that hard as we had lots and lots of time to rest.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
I started off today a bit cranky, probably should have ridden on my own rather than inflict myself on others but everyone came out alive so I guess that's all good.
I thought I'd reasonably kid-proofed my place but Hiroki quickly found all the breakable and sharp things I'd forgotten. Happily he managed not to kill himself or wreck the place. Too badly:
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
I was talking with my Mum this evening (looking for sympathy, of course) and told her I was using my "gimme" for the month and not taking a picture today. She said today should be easy for picture ideas as it's international family literature day (or something along those lines). Which gave me an idea for a photo:
I originally bought the book for my nephews but somehow it never made it out of my house (I love pop-up books!).
She also wanted to know where my "What is it?" photo album is, so Mum click here to see it.
Now I'm heading back to the couch where I will attempt to stay awake through the rest of the Canucks game.
Since yesterday's post things went downhill quite a bit. Or the pseudoephedrine wore off. Regardless, any photo that documented my day would be, well, gross (sinus infection, remember). Also, there's a warning on my antibiotics that the drugs "may alter taste". I'm afraid of what that might mean aesthetically and that I might end up taking pictures that are the equivalent of Celine Dion ballads.
Posted by Alison at 6:46 p.m.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
... but what do you do for a sinus infection?
Sunday, January 24, 2010
I went to the later swim today - we have so many people we now have a 7:30 and an 8:45 session. Last week I was a keener and went to the "fast" session at 7:30 but as my bussing options are pretty lame (1 hour on transit - boo hiss) I figured I'd try the later session today. I'm on the cusp - slowest of the fast and faster of the slow - and can do either so for now I'll stick the later swim.
Alan wants us to write down the stuff we need to work on immediately after our swim otherwise we won't remember by the next time we swim. I have enough trouble getting to the run on time so that's not going to happen! So what he wanted me to work on was ... um ... slower but stronger kick and more time gliding on my side. Yay! I remembered.
The run was a bit tough as we had a couple of speed demons running with us who pushed the pace and, of course, everyone tried to keep up. Not exactly an easy pace but I got in 1:20.
I didn't have an opportunity to take a picture so today's picture is a "cheat." I chatted with Cassandra on Skype and her very loving (i.e. hungry) cat decided to give her some affection to remind her it was dinner time. In this screen shot you can see the cold calculation in his eyes "If I make her think I love her she'll give me food!"
Anyone know how to change a .png file to .jpg so I can put this in my Picassa 365-10 album? Photo programs don't seem to like .png.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
The Daily Shoot has suggestions for folks doing the 365-10 challenge. Yesterday's was the name of a song or lyrics from a song.
At the risk of being sappy a lyric from Modest Mouse's "So Much Beauty in Dirt" fits with how this challenge is making me see the world around me.
This is from the VAG's Offsite Gallery by the Shangri La.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Today I was stumped. After 18 days I'd run out of ideas for pictures. No clue of anything even mildly interesting.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
I rode on my own this afternoon as I had a work commitment this morning. I'm very glad I did as I had a chance to clear my head and get a bit of perspective.
Biking is good for that - you have to pay attention to traffic and the world around you but this doesn't take your full concentration so you can let your mind wander. It's my version of meditation, instead of saying "ohm" I keep a consistent cadence.
Today was a wonderful clear day and the views on my ride were stunning. Initially I kept wishing I had my camera but then decided just to soak up the beauty. For a good chunk of the ride I had such deep and intellectual thoughts as "Ooooh!" or "Pretty!"
This helped to clear out the mental cobwebs and somehow while thinking of nothing very much I managed to figure out something from work that's been bothering me for some time and I may even have come up with a potential solution.
Glad to be back on my bike.
Friday, January 15, 2010
The sun came out in the afternoon and made for a lovely end to the day.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
A photo essay on what is required for an ice bath.
Brew up a cup of something hot:
The first 90 minute swim of the year! It wasn't as painful as last year's first, I recall looking at the clock after 45 minutes and the dread sinking in as I realized we were only halfway through.
Today wasn't so bad largely because there was a fair bit of talking before hand (swim ettitquette, coach introductions, etc.) so we lost 15 minutes of swim time. The main set, however, was appropriately brutal. : 8 x 100m on 2min. After 45 minutes of warm up, including push ups, crunches, vertical kicking and 5 x 50m kick, this was a bit tough.
I tried taking some pre-swim shots but the lighting was poor and they didn't turn out. I'm sure Amy will be very happy about that. (Apparently there is a rule that I'm not allowed to take pictures of Amy. I'll review the official "365-2010" rulebook to see about that!).
So here are some shots from the end of the run. As I can everyone survived, which is always a bonus, and we all looked pretty satisfied with our workout. My shot of the day is final shot.
The post-run stretch.
Deb showing off her slick ner running style, Chris stretching and Clayton ... we won't ask.
A little blurry but I like the composition.
Saturday, January 09, 2010
Today was the first club ride of 2010. The folks in the lead had obviously eaten their Wheaties, Teresa and I got got dropped right away and at points along the way we found various others who had been spit out the back of the pack.
Friday, January 08, 2010
One of the ways to help notice when you complain (step 1) then stop complaining is to wear a bracelet and move it from one wrist to the other every time you complain. Last time I tried this I used a rubber band, not the classiest way to do things I'll admit. The official bracelets look like this.