Here are 10 good tips on how to LOOK like you're working out at the gym without actually exercising:
p.s. I've haven't mentioned anything about this here, but I'm in a exhibition that's opening tomorrow night. The show was the idea of CVA Action, a non-profit (that I'm the vice president of) that is working to keep the community of artists together from the recently closed College of Visual Arts. It's a juried show, so I wasn't just let in because I'm the vice president. We'll be hosting an opening reception tomorrow along with an after party at a wine bar right next door. If you're a local and want to stop into downtown Minneapolis near Sex World tomorrow night, then check out some details on my Photo Blog. I'd love to see you there!
"This is what it says on the blueprints."
"That makes no sense."
"Not our job."
>> Thursday, February 26, 2015
Competitor.com recently showed an exercise that I need to start doing. It's called a "Bird Dog," and it's for stabilizing the muscles around the hips and lower back, "thus reducing the risk of injury to those areas" as it says on their site.
Check out this short video to help your hips and lower back:
Direct link: http://youtu.be/FdS53tl6loI
>> Wednesday, February 25, 2015
I submitted a photo to a Triathlete Mag contest a number of weeks ago and forgot about it. Then I got an email yesterday saying I was in the "top 50." (Probably out of about 52 entries.) Now the public needs to vote me into the top 10 to get into the next round!
Here's the link to the top 50 "Coolest Bikes in Triathlon" contest. In the 52 pages of bikes, I'm way back on page 47. But you don't even have to scroll through to find me - you can just vote for "Steve S" at the bottom of this link. Here's what page 47 looks like:
Here's a bigger pic for your ocular enjoyment:
Top: 2014 Trinona TT and 2014 Lake Marion Tri.
Bottom: Waseca Triathlon (2012 or 2013?) and 2013 Lake Marion Tri.
>> Monday, February 23, 2015
I recently called out a friend to race. You might remember seeing this blurry photo of Lisa at the 24 Hour Relay for Aaron:
She's been doing the YWCA Indoor Triathlon "series" this winter, and she's been winning all of them. In fact, she was 3rd overall and 2nd overall in her first 2 this winter. She cranks out the 600 yard swim in sub-8:00 (which I could NEVER do), puts down a speedy split on a spin bike, and then runs a 5K on the track between 20 and 21 minutes. Beast.
So, I figured I'd politely challenge her to the next race on March 8:
But then when I got out of class, I saw these 2 text message from BFF Devon just 11 minutes apart:
Then other people started weighing in, and someone mentioned a wager (not seen in these comments):
I suppose the "smack talk" started yesterday when I saw Lisa's sister swim at a Masters meet. I Instagrammed this photo:
"Took the boys down the street to creep on @hlendway at the
Masters meet at St Thomas. Henry didn't want to leave."
I'll be polite. But there might be smack talk. Might.
Stop by the Midtown YWCA of Minneapolis on March 8th to see the race. Better yet, click here to register as a volunteer as you watch the race unfold. High stakes, people. High stakes.
>> Sunday, February 22, 2015
The Tokyo Marathon was earlier today. And luckily, this was invented in time:
"A Japanese food manufacturer has invented a wearable tomato dispenser for runners at the 2015 Tokyo marathon. The device allows runners to consume up to seven tomatoes on the go, all at the click of a button. Designers from Kagome, a tomato-based food manufacturer, says they wanted to find a way to incorporate tomatoes into running."
It's about time.
>> Saturday, February 21, 2015
This weekend is the Masters swim meet at St. Thomas - it's the meet that I've swam in the last 2 years. (My ONLY 2 swim meets.) It's where you all got to see my first dive start:
Much grace. Such wow. Many speed.
I did NOT sign up for the meet this year for 2 main reasons:
First of all, knowing I had a meet coming up in years past was the push I needed to get in the pool and swim more. But that hasn't been an issue lately. I've been putting in solid months of swimming since the end of October (as I showed in this recent post).
Secondly, my diving is horrendous, and I'm pretty embarrassed by it. I don't get embarrassed too easily (see also: the clothes I race in), but my diving "skill" bugs me. In that GIF above (from 2 years ago), I didn't do TOO bad (yes, that's considered not TOO bad) because a swim coach friend gave me a half-hour diving lesson a few days before that swim meet. Before that, I'd never learned how to dive. Like never. I quit swimming lessons as a kid right before the level where I'd learn how to dive. Then last year, my diving was horrible because I hadn't done it in a year - if you remember, it kept knocking my goggles off. Here are 2 photos from before last year's swim meet:
After those horrible practice dives, my chest looked like this:About 90 minutes later as I was getting ready to race, it looked like this:
This is not altered in any way. Unfortunately.
Some bruising starting to the middle-left and the lower-left.
I've considered asking the lifeguard to let me do some practice dives off the blocks at Hamline University (where I've swam a few times this semester between my classes), but I'm even a little embarrassed to try that. AND the dive team has been practicing in the same pool where a few of us are swimming laps, so that'd be EXTRA embarrassing!
BUT I STILL HAVE AN EVENT ON THE HORIZON!! You've maybe seen the banter on Facebook… yes, there's a "throw down" in the works. The race is 2 weeks away. Check back for all the details on Monday.
>> Friday, February 20, 2015
• Guys are idiots at the gym.
• [GIF] Awesome martial arts kick.
• When a runner is in denial about an injury.
• A sassy twitter account about doing more pushups than you.
• I run...
• WE CAN ALL RELATE TO THIS!!!
• It's so cold outside...
• [GIF] Gym goals.
• Awesome cyclist.
• [GIF] A "hard body of the day:" some awesome 1-handed pushups.
• Kids and sports.
• The daily struggle.
• A life lesson from your dog.
• A Harry Potter Valentines.
• [GIF] A good introduction for Leonardo Dicaprio.
• My kind of food pyramid.
• My life.
• [GIFs] Men vs Women in commercials.
• Life in Minnesota right now.
• [VIDEO] Related to that last "funny," turn up the volume and enjoy this 6 second vine.
• Life Hack: this is a great, great, great idea.
• Awesome waitress from back in the day (like in the 80s or something).
• Bob Ross pregnancy announcement.
• This would offend me if it weren't so true.
• NASA is awesome.
• [GIFs] Buster Keaton was a badass.
• Gross (from The Simpsons).
• [GIF] Awesome/horrible pick-up line.
• Dirty (but to-the-point) Valentine's Day card.
And as always, stop by steveinaspeedo.tumblr.com for funnies all week long. Happy weekend!!
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