Saint Charles,IL 
  • 3h 41m 09s
  • 55.89 miles
  • 15.16 Mi/hr

Windy! Windy! Windy!

Like pushing hard and going 12 MPH against the wind while headed west. Once I turned around, I was going 22 in zone 1, with practically no effort extended. I let the wind blow me home.

Not my greatest bike ride. I had a motivational problem in the morning, so it was rough getting started, and my seat felt uncomfortable the whole way.

This whole thing gets a great big "Meh".
I have a Garmin file, but I mistakenly recorded this as a multisport workout, and I can't upload it here. Poop.

  • Dancing
  • 1h 00m

The Electric slide! Slow dancing! Fast dancing! Medium dancing! The cabbage patch, the white man's overbite and even a little break dancing. Sure. Why not?

I've forgotten how to balance triathlon training and any sort of social life. We had a wedding to go to... so I needed to get my workout in EARLY.

Forgot my camera... so no cute wedding photos. You are all going to have to mentally visualize dumpster cutting a rug. Heh. 

  • 1h 12m 16s
  • 6.01 miles
  • 12m 01s /Mi

Track workout.

15' z1
5 x 400 @ 2:02
1)1:50:90 A159
2)1:59:89 A163
3)1:59:88 A163
4)1:58:96 A164
5)2:03:49 A162 getting tired.
3' easy run (uhm... v slow jog)
4 x 400 @ 2:08
1)2:10:83 A154 pacing mistake... slowed too much.
2)2:05:40 A156
3)2:08:38 A157
4)2:05:54 A156
3' walk
10' cool down

I hit every interval except one. two. I am able to hit the short intervals. 200, 400, 800, 1000... I have a harder time with mile repeats.

This was a VERY tough workout... but a great confidence booster. I didn't think I'd realistically be able to hit those intervals repeatedly.

OK, this is cute... we didn't make a move all week without a visor. My brain felt like it was being squeezed from my skull by Monday morning.

And look at Dumpster's handsome profile. Kiss

Here is a video from the start, courtesy of Drewb8.

  • 54m 51s
  • 2800.00 yards
  • 01m 58s /100 yards

And so I swam...

250 easy free
50 breast
100 back
200 closed fist and pullbuoy
50 OK + 50 Pinky + 50 Index 150 (50 one arm stroke + 50 2 strokes RA/ 2 strokes LA + 50 catchup)
100 back
4 X 400 light pace free, finish on 7:00, go on 7:10

1) 6:41
2) 6:42
3) 6:51 swim cap issue... this would have been faster
4) 6:44

( I apparently am incapable of going slower than 6:51. I tried. I really did. )

200 backstroke

6:53 AM: Back to the land of the employed. I don't wanna gooooooooooooooooo! And a smallish 2800 swimmy tonight on the docket. Will try to do this outside, but I think it's supposed to storm. We'll see. Checked the sked and tomorrow I have a hideous track workout. Hooray! Can't wait! Wink
1:00 PM: Yeowza! Meetings all day!! Nothing is going to get done with the actual work, you know?

Because I know you all can't live without it... here's the photo flipper photo for today:

The date was January 18, 1992 and I was wearing a ribbed fitted J. Crew sweater. It was quite risque for the time, as it was very form fitting. Wouldn't turn a single head these days, but back in the early 1990's... it was fashion forward. Laughing

  • Health data: Hours slept: 8.5
  • 1h 02m 08s
  • 5.31 miles
  • 11m 42s /Mi

That was miserable. Am going to chalk it up to being out of sync lately and on vacation. Also it was REALLY HOT outside.

15' Z1 11:26 pace AHR 139 (Yay!)
3 x 1 mile @ 9:20 + 2' easy
1) 9:35 AHR 160
2) 10:50 AHR 158
3) 11:21 AHR 159
I almost made the first one... but after that I was TOASTED.
10' Z1 13:02 AHR 150

  • 20m

Core Work

3 x 25 fitness ball situps
3 x 15 vertical leg situps w/weights
3 x 15 hip lifts off edge of steps
3 x 20 balance plate around the world

Phew. My legs are tired. Still. From Sunday, I think. (!!!)

Back to semi-reality.

At least I don't have to go to work today. That sort of reality doesn't start again til tomorrow. Today, I have a 1 hour run on the sked featuring 3 x 1 mile repeats @ a 9:20 pace. Hmmmmmm. I suspect I will not be looking at the Garmin, and perhaps running this on the track. I also have some core work.

Appearing on the miscellaneous list of things to do...

  • Upload photos and create a giant photo album from CdA
  • Buy printer cartridge so I can print out a photo or two for the photo flipper...(update! update!)
  • Buy some non rotten produce...and some general foodstuffs. All my fruit is mushy and gross after a week, and the only other things to eat around here are cottage cheese and Kashi cereal... (sans milk, of course)
  • Sleep in!
  • Laundry! Unpack!
  • Nap? This did not occur.

In other news: I'm proud of Chris and his IM CdA accomplishment this weekend. I've known him for so long thru this site (long before we ever started dating....) and it's been such a cool thing to see him really "blossom" as an athlete. I realize this is cheesy, but it's been great to watch. So a special sorta belated CONGRATULATIONS to my dumpster... and to all the BT people that raced CdA this past Sunday. Awesome. Just Awesome.

Some photos from the week... (more to come):

The gang: Q, me, Ovetta, Cathy, Drew, Jess, Chris and Shannon with Luis in front.

Goofing around on the deck.

That hat was MADE for Shannon. Adorable!

The faux-hawk. Nice.

Girls will be girls!

This one is my favorite, I think.

3:29 PM: I'm horrified to admit I've spent the bulk of my day today uploading photos into a BT CdA album. There has GOT to be a better way for us to do this. Ron? Marma? Any help? PLEASE peruse the fruits of my labor here . Now I'm finally going to drag my ass to the track. Back in about an hour.

Travel Day!

Left our pretty little rental house in CdA at around 8:30 this AM.... dropped Dan and Luis off at the airport... then made our way to Seattle, caught our flight back to Chicago, and finally arrived home around 11:50 PM. Lost 2 hours in the process, going from Pacific time to Central time... right now it's 12:56 AM (on Wednesday) and I just got my computer to work... It kept shutting down. I had to do another system restore. AAARRRGGGHHHH.

I've lifted Jess' photos off Facebook... I'm going to compile them with my photos and make a giant album. Anyone else got photos they want me to add? I'm off work tomorrow to do laundry and catch up on miscellaneous tasks... Kiss

The kitties are happy to see me. They were a bit pissed at first, but I suspect they've forgiven me by now.  

One word to describe my CdA experience... Fun. I know that's a ridiculously overused adjective, but I can't think of anything else that would really work in a way that would be as all encompassing as good old F-U-N.

We had fun. Yes we did.  

OMG. I'm tired. Yesterday was supposedly a recovery day. Notsomuch. 20 + hours of walking, screaming, jumping, laughing, crying, not eating or drinking (enough).... and then getting slimed by finishers for 3 hours.... I'm exhausted.

Shannon says she still likes me, though... so that's good. After spending every waking moment with me for almost an entire 24 hour period... We laughed so hard we cried. We cried so hard we laughed. We imitated Paula Newby Frasier. (Actually, we imitated Jeff imitating Paula Newby Frasier)... We pimped Jess out in the kissing booth. (Desiree Ficker looked like she was going to be a taker there for a minute...) We ate wraps, screamed lines from the POWER THIRST commercial, and drank enough coffee to energize an elephant. We were UNCOMFORTABLY ENERGETIC!!!

At the finish line I got to see Jeff (Q), Chris, Bonnie (Leopard), Cathy (COgirl), Dan (Crazypop), and my friend Scotty. What a cool experience.  

The house seems empty now since Jess and Drew are gone. Crazypop is packing up, and Shannon leaves later today. Will just wind up being me and Chris and Luis and Jeff... then we all depart for home tomorrow.

Training for this week won't normalize til Wednesday. Sorry Brett. Then I'm back on the wagon. Promise. Tongue out

Sport #1
  • Cheerleading
  • 11h 24m

Yes. I'm logging cheerleading for the entire time Chris was out on the course.
Also logging 3 hours of FINISH LINE volunteering. Sweaty people draped all over us, crying, puking and excreting other "juices". Interesting. Exhausting. The late shift. 9-12.

Sport #2
  • Race Volunteering
  • 3h 00m

Yes. I'm logging cheerleading for the entire time Chris was out on the course.
Also logging 3 hours of FINISH LINE volunteering. Sweaty people draped all over us, crying, puking and excreting other "juices". Interesting. Exhausting. The late shift. 9-12.


5:22 AM Up and at 'em for a little race day action.

We will try to keep you updated.

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