Saint Charles,IL 
  • 2h 02m 50s
  • 9.98 miles
  • 12m 19s /Mi

Nearly died of sweatiness, if that's possible. Ran @ MHSP and there were, as always, several large INSECTS circling my sweaty head for most of this run. It's distracting and gross. BLAH!

Really slowed down toward the end. Started with a bang, but ended with a whimper.

I'm tired.

  • Race Volunteering
  • 2h 30m
Presented myself at 4:45 AM for volunteer duty @ the LITH Triathlon. Weather was rainy and stormy, but the race went on anyway! Reminded me a bit of Pleasant Prairie last year. Now, I must change clothes, make my bottles, fill up my Fuel Belt and head off to Moraine for a 2 hour run. YaaaHooo.

  • 33m 09s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 10m 40s /Mi

BT Run for Rusher.

I have a Garmin file. I will upload it when I have a free moment. Like in October.


Today in the photo flipper:

August 29, 1996. My friend Sharon gave birth to her daughter MaryKate. She was about 4-5 hours old in this photo. I'd never held such a new baby before. The circle of life.

So apparently I've misread my training for the week. In the beginning of every week, I read the whole week, and then I get updates daily. So, when I read the week on Monday I saw a recovery day on Monday AND a recovery day on Friday (Hoooray!). My update today says Master's Swim. (and I've already slept through that.) GRRRRRR.

I'm not used to venturing outside of my plan... I feel a little guilty... and I don't want to tick off my coach...but I'm going to run the 5K tonight. VERY VERY easily. Some things are bigger and more important than my training plan.  I will not be breaking the 30 minute barrier though. And if running 3x in a row incapacitates me and is detrimental to my long term plan, maybe I don't belong in this sport to begin with.

Onto tomorrow! I will rise before the asscrack to volunteer at the LITH sprint, bodymarking @ 4:45 AM, and directing an intersection until about 7:30ish. Then, I will run for 2 hours, shower, gather myself and my stuff together, drive to Racine, check my bike, locate the expo, locate MissKelly et al, eat dinner at the Chancery with the BT gang, and promptly collapse into bed. I will awaken on Sunday and perform an Aquabike. And only after that, will I rest.  I feel the need for a nap after just writing about this weekend's activities.

  • RACE DAY: Hit the Trails XC Classic
  • 1h 06m 30s
  • 5.81 miles
  • 11m 27s /Mi

Oh! Misery.

I just don't like running. I'm not very good at it and it doesn't bring me joy. I don't know why I insist on slogging around day after day. I don't get it.

Edited to add: (splits aren't as bad as I thought they'd be... hmmmm, perhaps I'm bad at running, but not superbad at it. I suppose there's hope. It felt a lot slower and a lot worse)

Welcome to Thursday.

Work has been an endurance event all week. An exercise in mental and physical stamina. Am happy this week is almost over. It's been a long one. Onto the weekend! Tomorrow, that is.

Goodbye Christine.  And Godspeed.....

  • Health data: Hours slept: 8.3
  • 1h 54m 23s
  • 35.04 miles
  • 18.38 Mi/hr

Now that's what I'm talking about. Windy again, but I decided that instead of feeling all sorry for myself for being stuck out on my bike in the wind, (again!!) I was going to muscle through and see how fast I could make myself go. Still had plenty of gas in the tank by the end, and the capacity to have gone harder, so this seems like good news for Sunday's Aquabike.

You can see in the LAP data where I turned into the wind. I lost 1 mph.

Nutrition = 3 Oreos before I left the house + 1.75 bottles of Infinit Whizzer. Heh. That makes me laugh.
It rained on me, but it ultimately stopped and I was treated to a very nice rainbow.

Thanks Christine!

7:29 AM. I slept through my bike ride. On purpose. *sigh*. Alarm went off at 4:40 AM and I said... Idonthinkso. Will have to ride 1:55 in Z3 tonight after work. In the heat. Oh well. The sleep felt great. It was worth it.

In the photo flipper today...

This was a year or so after I started working, circa 1994, and the dress code was still suits/dresses and nylons for the girls and jackets and ties for the guys. Mark, that clown behind me, was new to our office. He'd just moved back to Illinois from a short stint in Minnesota. Funny thing about Mark that we found out entirely by accident... he went to college with my bff Rachael and he kissed her on her sorority house steps after a dance. She ran inside and never came back out. Awesome. Nice rabbit ears.

He and I still work for the Company... everyone else has moved on.

  • Health data: Hours slept: 9.5
  • 45m 21s
  • 2700.00 yards
  • 01m 41s /100 yards

OWS in Crystal Lake. The water today left quite a stench on my suit and hair. Not sure what's in the water, but it's positively smelly.

No wetsuit. If I can avoid it, I do.

Swam all around the lake, here and there... Mostly off course... nothing to sight off of, and I was ahead of everyone else. The sun was in my eyes on the way back, so I wove hither and yon thru the water.

  • 31m 30s
  • 2.65 miles
  • 11m 53s /Mi


Used the Infinit "Whizzer" mix tonight. Orange flavored. Pretty good. More appealing than Heed. And much more appealing than Perpeteum.

Did the whole run/walk thing again tonight. This is how we build volume without hurting the Whizzzzzzzz. I'm fragile, you know. Knees...notsogood. Need to keep them intact thru IMWI 2009.

No small task.

What a day yesterday was. My heart breaks for Christine's family. Her boys. Her husband. I'm speechless. I'm saddened. How the world just goes on turning when all this stuff is happening is beyond me. I just don't get it. There's a plan in place, I believe that. But I don't get how we all play into it and why it has to seem so random. And how losing someone I've never met can hurt like it does.

In other news: Taetum is alright for the present moment. Her seizure cluster has been broken and she's pretty much back to herself. She's a little sedated, but that's to be expected... she's on a big dose of some heavy narcotics.


T home from the hospital, and dumpster.

Me and T. She still had her little vet bandage on... from where they gave her the IV Phenobarbital.

So happy she's home. Hope for no more seizures.

  • Health data: Hours slept: 6.75

Recovery Day!

Taetum stress, training stress, work stress. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK. I need a day to turn it all off. Unfortunately, I only get to turn off the workouts today. Frown

Taetum jumped up the 3 vertical feet to my bed, and waited for me while I was in the shower. I am amazed that she got up there on her own, as **I** sometimes have a problem getting into my own bed. And I'm not a geriatric dog. Well. Not in the literal sense, anyway. Surprised

This is Christine (our very own Lucy). She and her family really need your good vibes and love right now. She was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor or hemangioma, and things are not looking good at the present moment. Updates will be available HERE. Please check in.

  • Health data: Hours slept: 8.5
  • 3h 27m 38s
  • 57.42 miles
  • 16.59 Mi/hr

Windy! Again!

Am disappointed in the average speed. I felt surprisingly strong after yesterday's run, and thought my average speed would have been faster. Was able to ride the cross wind waves from time to time... but generally was just trying not to get blown into traffic.

I suppose one good (weather wise) ride is all I get per season, huh? The Udder Century was pretty close to ideal conditions. Everything else this year has been a windy, hilly, horrifying torture fest.

Garmin says 2,862.1 ft elevation gain.

*Sigh*... Poor sweet Taetum. 2 more seizures last night, and another one this morning after I left. It's so hard on her little body. I hope the meds kick in soon. Vet increased her dose of Phenobarbital... we're just waiting for it to work. 


12:21 PM: If you have a chance, hop on over to Lucy's blog and leave her some love. She's had emergency neuro-surgery this morning... I believe the outcome was OK, but I don't know much. Check with SOCKS for updates, as she's local to Lucy's area... Let's help Lucy feel the love. ♥♥♥

10:18 PM: Taetum had several more seizures today. For a whopping total of like 8-9 in the past 24 hours. Not good. We took her to the Emergency Vet and they are keeping her overnight in order to pump her full of Valium and Phenobarbital to break this seizure cycle. The hard fact of the matter is that she probably has a brain tumor, (common in older dogs) and it's just a matter of time until it "wins". All the extra-cranial seizure sources have been ruled out, and we are left with the intra-cranial ones, which are are no fun at all. Of course, Taetum is Chris' girl, but I've grown awfully attached to her myself. *sigh*. We'll see what they say in the morning. Poo.

  • Health data: Hours slept: 7.5

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