Saint Charles,IL 
  • 44m 59s
  • 3.80 miles
  • 11m 50s /Mi

Lap 1: 09m 40s, 0.87 miles, 11m 08s /mile, Max HR 149, Avg HR 135
Lap 2: 00m 31s, 0.03 miles, 20m 37s /mile, Max HR 149, Avg HR 140
Lap 3: 00m 31s, 0.08 miles, 06m 43s /mile, Max HR 151, Avg HR 138
Lap 4: 01m 01s, 0.05 miles, 19m 53s /mile, Max HR 155, Avg HR 143
Lap 5: 00m 32s, 0.08 miles, 06m 27s /mile, Max HR 155, Avg HR 138
Lap 6: 01m 06s, 0.06 miles, 18m 29s /mile, Max HR 159, Avg HR 144
Lap 7: 00m 31s, 0.08 miles, 06m 38s /mile, Max HR 154, Avg HR 138
Lap 8: 01m 01s, 0.05 miles, 21m 31s /mile, Max HR 158, Avg HR 144
Lap 9: 00m 30s, 0.08 miles, 06m 34s /mile, Max HR 156, Avg HR 140
Lap 10: 02m 01s, 0.10 miles, 19m 57s /mile, Max HR 159, Avg HR 130
Lap 11: 02m 08s, 0.25 miles, 08m 33s /mile, Max HR 163, Avg HR 150
Lap 12: 02m 01s, 0.11 miles, 18m 43s /mile, Max HR 163, Avg HR 133
Lap 13: 02m 14s, 0.25 miles, 08m 47s /mile, Max HR 165, Avg HR 152
Lap 14: 02m 01s, 0.10 miles, 19m 37s /mile, Max HR 165, Avg HR 134
Lap 15: 02m 13s, 0.25 miles, 08m 48s /mile, Max HR 165, Avg HR 150
Lap 16: 02m 01s, 0.10 miles, 19m 13s /mile, Max HR 165, Avg HR 133
Lap 17: 02m 11s, 0.25 miles, 08m 46s /mile, Max HR 166, Avg HR 150
Lap 18: 02m 01s, 0.11 miles, 18m 43s /mile, Max HR 166, Avg HR 133
Lap 19: 02m 05s, 0.25 miles, 08m 22s /mile, Max HR 166, Avg HR 153
Lap 20: 02m 02s, 0.09 miles, 22m 44s /mile, Max HR 166, Avg HR 135
Lap 21: 06m 38s, 0.57 miles, 11m 43s /mile, Max HR 152, Avg HR 146

Holy Cats. This was the hardest thing I've ever had to do, running wise. I couldn't decide if I was going to involuntarily vomit or poop. Wow.

Am proud to say I hit each interval, though. (8:48) I still don't know how it happened.

Check out the link above! If you haven't already, please take a moment to donate whatever you can afford... Chris has the honor of wearing #179 @ CdA on 6/22/08! Let's make Blazeman proud! WaaaaaaHooooey!

Rain! Rain! Rain! Rain! Blah! I have another run + corework on the sked today. (Wednesday night intervals... which always remind me of FRIDAY NIGHT VIDEOS ...for those of you who may remember the pre M-Tv era...)

One good thing... I checked out all the apples I bought the other day, and they are ALL Cameos! I swear I was in the Gala section. Perhaps I was hallucinating. (again). These apples make me happy. I can't wait to eat another one. EEEEEK! My life is devolving into trying to outrun the weather and eating apples. I suppose there are worse things. Like trying to outrun the police and smoking crack. Wink
Now here's a treat:

Remember, before I was a triathlete, I was a cheerleader for many years. This was the beginning of it all. Can you find me? The year was 1983 and I used to sleep with a thick headband around my hair to flatten it at night. I also had braces. 7th grade awkwardness. The little one perched on top is my BFF Rachael.

And no, the "W" does not stand for WHIZZZZZZZZZZZZZ... Wink

  • 1h 00m
  • 3100.00 yards
  • 01m 56s /100 yards

Wooooo Hooooo!
I felt fast today. It's amazing how variable things can be.

500 swim
200 kick (no fins)
100 pull (no paddles)
8 x 150 odd pull w/paddles/even swim
8 x 25 sprint
8 x 100 odd swim/even 6 kick catch up.
100 easy

  • 50m 59s
  • 4.43 miles
  • 11m 31s /Mi

Lap 1: 10m 14s, 0.93 miles, 11m 03s /mile, Max HR 151, Avg HR 140
Lap 2: 24m 47s, 2.23 miles, 11m 07s /mile, Max HR 161, Avg HR 156
Lap 3: 00m 40s, 0.02 miles, 38m 51s /mile, Max HR 156, Avg HR 150
Lap 4: 00m 30s, 0.07 miles, 07m 07s /mile, Max HR 153, Avg HR 145
Lap 5: 01m 01s, 0.05 miles, 22m 17s /mile, Max HR 157, Avg HR 148
Lap 6: 00m 31s, 0.07 miles, 07m 18s /mile, Max HR 154, Avg HR 142
Lap 7: 01m 01s, 0.05 miles, 20m 28s /mile, Max HR 158, Avg HR 149
Lap 8: 00m 31s, 0.07 miles, 07m 34s /mile, Max HR 155, Avg HR 142
Lap 9: 01m 01s, 0.05 miles, 21m 05s /mile, Max HR 160, Avg HR 150
Lap 10: 00m 32s, 0.07 miles, 07m 19s /mile, Max HR 155, Avg HR 144
Lap 11: 01m 04s, 0.05 miles, 22m 50s /mile, Max HR 160, Avg HR 147
Lap 12: 09m 07s, 0.79 miles, 11m 37s /mile, Max HR 158, Avg HR 151

10' zone 1
25' @ 10:42/mile pace
4 X (30'' stride + 1' walk)
10' zone 1 (by RPE)

Z1 = HR 140 (into wind)11:04
25' @ 10:42 =156/11:06 Bah. Half of that was into nasty headwind, though. Closer than last time.
1) 7:13/145
2) 7:23/142
3) 7:38/142
4) 7:15/144
Not very impressive.
Z1 11:37/151

BLAH. Ran outside. Am getting better at feeling my pace but I'm still not very reliable.

5:11 AM: Up for a little swimmy. No Dumpster, no Katie and probably no Pete. Oh well. Will swim and get the hell out of there early so I can get into work early, and leave early in order to p/u Taetum and bring her to the PetHotel for this evening.... and then run for 51 minutes... all before it gets dark.

I slept like the dead. Fresh air, and outdoor noises coupled with warm kitties... no turning back. O-U-T. I don't remember my dreams, though...

9:38 AM: Oliver the fish died last night. Finally. I didn't have the heart to flush him prematurely, but it was hard to watch him suffer. So I was a little relieved to find him lifeless on the bottom of the tank this morning. Poor baby. He was old, though, and lived a very nice fish-life.

11:18 AM: I am eating the best apple I've ever eaten. Wow. I thought I was buying Gala apples but apparently this Cameo snuck in. It's pretty *#)&%#()*%^@ good. Wow. (This will be the last mundane detail I log today. Sorry...) Kiss Check out the CAMEO APPLE! Interesting! An apple pageant. Who knew?

6:48 PM: It was gorgeous all day... birds chirping, sun shining...but now I have go to run and it looks like Kansas before the tornado hit in the Wizard of Oz. Weird green/grey sky...


That would be my Mom and Katie Rose-the-dog. Last week was lots of Whitney, this week lots of Katie Rose. Woof. That photo was taken in 1987 or 1988. Katie Rose was such a little fluffball!

  • Health data: Hours slept: 7.5
  • Stretching
  • 20m

I'm counting ART as stretching today. It was awesome for my poor old sore hamstrings. Dr. Fager stretched me out and worked on my knee all at the same time. I feel much better.

Recovery Day!!!

7:22 AM. WOW. I slept right through my alarm and just woke up now. I think I set my alarm... ? Awesome night's sleep. Glad I didn't sleep through work....

Just went to check. I set my alarm for 6:25 PM. That didn't help.


That would be me and my feather haired sister, Christina, and our dog Katie Rose. I was at college @ the University of Illinois and they came down for a visit. This was Septemberish of 1990...That sweater I'm wearing... is Whitney's. It was one of those sweaters from the early 90's that only came down half way. Nice.

I'm Yours --- Jason Mraz.

Well you done done me and you bet I felt it
I tried to be chill but you're so hot that I melted
I fell right through the cracks
and now I'm trying to get back
Before the cool done run out
I'll be giving it my bestest
Nothing's going to stop me but divine intervention
I reckon it's again my turn to win some or learn some

I won't hesitate no more, no more
It cannot wait, I'm yours

Well open up your mind and see like me
Open up your plans and damn you're free
Look into your heart and you'll find love love love love
Listen to the music of the moment people dance and sing
We're just one big family
And It's our God-forsaken right to be loved love loved love loved

So I won't hesitate no more, no more
It cannot wait I'm sure
There's no need to complicate
Our time is short
This is our fate, I'm yours

Scooch closer dear
and i will nibble your ear

I've been spending way too long checking my tongue in the mirror
And bending over backwards just to try to see it clearer
My breath fogged up the glass
And so I drew a new face and laughed
I guess what i be saying is there ain't no better reason
To rid yourself of vanity and just go with the seasons
It's what we aim to do
Our name is our virtue

I won't hesitate no more, no more
It cannot wait I'm sure
There's no need to complicate
Our time is short
this is our fate, I'm yours

Well no no, well open up your mind and see like me
Open up your plans and damn you're free
Look into your heart and you'll find the sky is yours
Listen to the music of the moment come and dance with me
A lá one big family (2nd time: A lá happy family; 3rd time: A lá peaceful melody)
It's your God-forsaken right to be loved love love love

I won't hesitate no more, no more
It cannot wait, I'm sure
There's no need to complicate
Our time is short
This is our fate, I'm yours

No please, don't complicate
Our time is short
This is our fate, I'm yours

No please, don't hesitate
no more, no more
It cannot wait
The sky is yours!

  • Health data: Hours slept: 9
  • 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

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