Saint Charles,IL 
  • 1h 13m
  • 6.13 miles
  • 11m 55s /Mi

**NASTY** headwind all the way out. That made for a decent tailwind, however I didn't feel it as much as I felt the headwind. Yipes.

10' Z1 AHR136/SP11:26
4 x :30 strides
1) 9:34 WIIIIIIIND!!!
2) 8:02
3) 6:59 (turned around)
4) 7:04 (also turned around)
50' Z2 AHR 151/11:55
7' Z1 AHR 145/13:13 (wind)

Now must go take a shower and celebrate Mother's Day!

  • 15m

Did a couple of sit ups, some of those hip lifts off the edge of the stairs, and balance plate stuff.

Very half hearted, but better than a sharp stick in the eye.

12:01 PM: Exceptionally craptacular weather has me thinking I'm going to be doing this one on the treadmill today... Hmmmmpf. Would rather not. Temp 50 ish and winds are about 21 mph with gusts to 33 mph. Rain looks like it's gone for the moment being... (This map updates, so as you can see, the rain is completely gone now!)

What would BT do? Run outside? Treadmill? Curl back into a ball and snuggle under the covers?

I think I'm gonna give it a go outside. We shall see. No such thing as bad running weather... just bad running clothes. At least that's what I've heard. Surprised

  • 3h 08m 30s
  • 44.73 miles
  • 14.24 Mi/hr

Hills. Hills. Hills. Hills.

Climbing = 3668 feet.

Rode the same route as last week except for one wayward wrong turn and several more hill repeats. And did the loop twice.

Cherry Valley Hill (4)
The Wall (2)
Ridge Road (2)

And then whatever hills there were just in the course of normal riding.

My legs, arms and neck are sore. Didn't sleep that well last night and did a bunch of pulling with paddles in my swim last night... so I think that's why I'm feeling it today.

And I can't get this Garmin thing to upload to BT. BAH!

I'm crabby.

4:30 PM Not quite as crabby anymore, but I am in desperate need of a nap. Going to take one right now. Dropped Lucy off at Wheel Werks for a tune up and a general inspection. She's making some scary clunking noise. Probably not good. Will need a new chain for sure, probably some new brakes, she'll get a good cleaning and lubing and all will be well with the world.

  • Health data: Hours slept: 5
  • 1h 09m
  • 3280.84 yards
  • 02m 06s /100 yards

I felt sloooooooow today. This water was thicker than it should have been. Really.

250 Easy

2x150 (75IM/75Free, Free)
3x100 IM, Free, IM
4x75 75IM, Free, 75IM, Free
4x25 alt back/easy

2x150 Free (50 steady,50 mod hard, 50 steady)
3x100 Free steady, mod hard, steady
4x75 alt stead/mod hard @25
4x25 alt back/easy

2x150 Pull w/paddles
3x100 Pull w/paddles
4x25 alt back/easy
50 easy

Swimdate! :)

Jana (Master's Coach) is in Florida for her HIM this weekend... so Chris and I made the executive decision to have another Friday night swim date using a modified Gordo swim. I've requested no more than 3300 meters. I don't want to over do it, and he's in a recovery week, so I see no reason for us to rip our arms off. If there is a reason, I don't see it.

Enlighten me. Laughing


It's been a longish week.


My ex-dog Mocha. Seeing her makes me a bit sad. She's the only thing I miss about my marriage. She was quite the hellion, though. Chewed through shoes, clothes and furniture. She peed incessantly.

In case you're wondering, I don't miss that plaid couch cover. I developed an aversion to all things plaid after I got divorced. Especially green plaid. And patchwork plaid. Ugh. Yell


  • Health data: Hours slept: 8
  • 1h 45m 20s
  • 30.33 miles
  • 17.28 Mi/hr

15' Z1
45' Z2
30' Z3
15' Z1

This was roughly that.
Felt nice and strong the whole time.

Sometimes when I ride my bike I don't feel like I'm on a bike at all... I feel like I've grown wheels. This was one of those times. :D I might not have the best or most expensive bike, but I tell you, I love it. Always have. :)

Bicycle! Bicycle! I want to ride my bicycle! I want to ride my biiiiiiiiike. I want to ride my bicycle! I want to ride it where I liiiiiiiike!

I will have that chance tonight. Weather permitting. There's a 1:45 bike ride staring at me from the sked. No more rain today. Please.

Rain + cold = Unhappy (freezing and wet) Whizzzzzz
Cold - rain = OK
Rain + warm = OK

I want to ride my bike. Outside. Smile

10:36 AM: CHAOS! We got upgraded computers last night. Only some of my settings were saved. My monitor is making my eyes hurt. Everything looks wrong. BLAH. Took a good half hour to figure out how to get into our workflows. Our poor IT people are sure getting their exercise today. Running back and forth between confused employees. Heh.

In the photo flipper:

That's me and Whitney again. She's been popping up alot lately! I might need to reshuffle these photos... Anyway, this was June of 1996. Her bachelorette party. We went to the Cadillac Ranch for a little line dancing and hat wearing. I'm so hammered in that photo I can barely keep my eyes open. I dropped my camera shortly after this picture was taken and then passed out in the back of our limo. Nice, huh? We had fun. I think. The photos look fun at least. Surprised
12:21 PM: "Buffalo Stance" is on the radio. How random is that? Neneh Cherry.

Who's looking good today?
Who's looking good in every way?
No style rookie
You better watch don't mess with me!

WTF is a buffalo stance?

Now you know. My work here is finished.

  • Health data: Hours slept: 7.5
  • 42m 52s
  • 3.68 miles
  • 11m 39s /Mi

10' Z1
4 x 30' stride + 1' recovery
5 x (.25 @ 9:14 + 2' recovery)
10' Z1
46 min.

This WAS:
10' Z1 PACE 11:09/AHR138
4 x :30 stride + 1' recovery
1) 7:02/139
2) 6:55/139
3) 7:07/139
4) 6:35/142
5 x(.25 @ 9:14 + 2' recovery)
1) 8:40/155 (first one always too fast)
2) 9:20/153 Tried to slow it down a bit
3) 9:10/153 Closer
4) 9:01/154 Too fast again
5) 8:40/156 Also too fast.
I've never had a problem with going too fast before. This is weird. I don't think I could hold those paces for much longer. I don't know, though, I've been surprising myself.
4:43' Z1

Ran at the forest preserve near work. Figured I could squeeze this in and maybe only get rained on for the last little bit... WRONG!!! It started to sprinkle during the strides, and by the time I started my first interval it was downright POURING. I was saturated from stem to stern. I felt quite... elemental. Or something. It was wet and squishy and rainy and there were worms and birds and mud and puddles and the smells of spring and blooming trees.

Quite a sensory experience! And that doesn't even include the exquisite feeling of mushy wet socks.

  • 25m


4 x 30 fitness ball situps
2 x 20 hip lifts off edge of step
2 x 15 "marching" exercises on FB from ART
2 x 10 band exercises for knee from ART
3 x 20 straight leg situps against wall w/6lbs of weight.

All while watching WHEN HARRY MET SALLY. I love that movie. I love the Sally Albright character. I am a bit creeped out that I have unwittingly taken parts of her dialog (over the years) and embedded them into my life. I *quote* that movie unknowingly. Several times already in the first 39 minutes. Heh. I love it.

Wednesday evening intervals! Hooooooray! If it is raining, I'll do them on the treadmill. Boooo. If it is not, I will do them at the forest preserve near work. We shall see. I will need to pack clothes for both possibilities. I hate packing and dragging all my stuff with me where-ever I go, but unless I want to do these intervals nude or in my work attire, it's a necessary evil. Surprised

(I just had a vision of myself running naked on a treadmill...EEEEEEEEEK!!! Yeow! Then I had a vision of dumpster running naked on a treadmill... that's better, but still a bit... floppy. Hmmmmm....Then I had a vision of... eh, you don't want to know)

Happy RIOW!

Nothing exciting in the photo flipper today. A picture of me and 2 friends from 2005. We all look pretty normal. What fun is that? Tongue out
11:28 AM: OK, after this, I will stop giving you incessant boring hourly updates on the minutiae that is my life. BUT, allow me to say this... walking down the hall in the office, got stopped by a guy in our maintenance department... he does the work for all of our offices, including the office I spoke at last Thursday. He said he missed my talk, but he has heard nothing but awesome reviews and people are STILL buzzing about it! *MY* part! And he was just there yesterday. TUESDAY. Wow. That's cool.

  • Health data: Hours slept: 7
  • 58m
  • 2900.00 yards
  • 02m /100 yards

300 warm up
4 x 75 slow/med/fast
200 side kick
5 x 100 odds sprint, evens recover
20 minute continuous swim @ race pace...(1200)
100 easy
4 x 50 sprint kick
100 easy
2900 (??) Thought this would be longer?

This took less than an hour. Did the medium set so I would have a little something left in the tank to run.

  • 36m
  • 3.02 miles
  • 11m 55s /Mi


10' Z1
10' @ 10:42 pace (on the treadmill, couldn't get 10:45)
4 x :30 stride + 1' recover
10' Z1

Not so bad. HR info is in the car, buried in my bag, buried in the trunk. Will post it tonight.

9:49 AM: Yay! Swim and run are in the bag! Slept like a rock last night. It was awesome... until 1:18 AM when someone rang my door bell. I have no idea who, as I didn't get up and answer. I didn't hear anyone outside, and my bedroom window is pretty close to my door. If anyone would have driven up, I would have heard them. So I was a little freaked out, but a bit too tired to care. I was having a dream about a blue Cannondale bike.... and I went right back to sleep. Figured the cats would protect me.... isn't that why they have claws? Guard cats?

All I could think about was opening the door, and having some masked man push me inside and strangling me with electrical wire. And then at the crime scene they'd say.... "There was no forced entry...." And then I went right back to sleep. See? Too tired to care. Surprised


The date was 4/11/1999. The place: Dolphin Research Center in Grassy Key Florida.
I was so sunburned in this photo I could barely walk. Wore expired sunscreen and actually had to go to the Emergency Room because my legs swelled up and my whole body blistered. It was horrible. But I wasn't going to miss out on my chance to swim with the dolphins. So I put a WETSUIT on over my sunburned mess of a body and swam. My dolphin's name was Santini. That was the absolute highlight of the trip. We drove to Key West. Me and my ex-husband... (before we were married). Those of you who know stories can imagine how that went. I often called that trip my vacation to KEY WORST. Tongue out
9:43 PM: Doing the closet switchover... hello summertime fashions! I just found $13.00 in the pocket of a pair of pants I haven't worn since last September! Hooray! How 'bout that?

10:40 PM: I still have not unpacked my gym bag from this morning. Can I get a collective EEEEEWWW? No HR data until sometime tomorrow. That's more for my coach than for anyone else. No one else cares about my HR... do you? (Please. Tell me you don't.)

  • Massage
  • 30m

Rest Day!

I was a little worried I wouldn't get my customary MONDAY OFF since I just had a rest day on Thursday... but that was part of a recovery week... so I guess it didn't count. Or something. Either way, I'm GLAD I've got nothing on the docket today, except ART for the old knee and a complimentary 1/2 hour massage! Yay! Will vacuum and do the other miscellaneous house hold chores tonight, too... Smile

9:36 AM: My fish, Oliver, is not doing so well. He's pretty old and he stopped eating last week. I've had the old boy for over a year. Almost 2 years, I'd bet. I don't expect him to make it thru the day. I actually didn't expect him to make it through the weekend. Poor baby.

In the photo flipper today...

That's me and my college room mate Whitney on a visit to Houston in 1999. June 17, 1999 to be exact. I was exceptionally sunburned.
12:27 PM: I'm going to register for the Spirit of Racine HIM Aquabike. Because I don't want the pressure of running. I want to hammer w/o consequence. ON YOUR LEFT!!!!!


  • Health data: Hours slept: 8

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