Saint Charles,IL 
  • 1h 48m 37s
  • 29.82 miles
  • 16.47 Mi/hr

Kelly and I had a **VERY** leisurely ride on the flat route I usually take during the week. We rode and chatted and chatted and rode.

VERY humid outside. HOT! STICKY! GROSS!

  • 35m
  • 1859.14 yards
  • 01m 53s /100 yards

Swimmy. After the bike ride. We ate lunch first.

300 easy swim
(there was supposed to be back and breast stroke, but my knees don't like breast stroke much)
4 x 100 IM (:30)
3 x 300 on 5:13
100 cool down

Was supposed to be 4 x 300 and a longer cool down, but I was fairly tired and I've been swimming a lot lately... pulled the plug a bit early.

Kelly is coming! We are going to ride our bikes and go for a swimmy. I also have some corework to do from yesterday.


So I finally found time to do this:

Yup. Groovy.

  • Health data: Hours slept: 10
  • 1h 04m 23s
  • 3300.00 yards
  • 01m 57s /100 yards

500 warm up
200 closed fist + pb
50 OK/50 INDEX
50 PINKY/50 OK
3 x 100 bands
1) 1:53
2) 1:52
3) 1:54
4 x 300 easy free (5:13)
1) 5:04
2) 5:05
3) 5:03
4) 5:05
4 x 200 Hard (3:15)
1) 2:26 (ran into someone in my lane, and then thought I was done, but I wasn't)
2) 3:14
3) 3:16
4) 3:12
150 stroke

7:08 AM: I have 2 (count 'em) arbitration hearings today, @ the courthouse that's closest to home. I do, however, have to drive into the office, discuss some stuff with my supervisor, and then drive all the way back to McHenry County to present myself for these hearings. Once again, I will need to clone myself, since I will need to testify in two different court rooms at 1:30PM. How is that going to work? Really?

Hopefully, it will be quick so I can get out a bit early and go swim. 3300 swimmy on the docket for today! I want to do it outside! Laughing

3:48 PM: Home! Turns out the attorneys stipulated to my testimony and I didn't have to utter a single syllable. In either case. Of course none of that happened until I showed up at the courthouse, and was sworn in. Ah well, at least I got out of there early and was able to run a couple of errands. Now I'm home and getting my swimming stuff together. I should be able to swim in the outdoor pool! Yay!

It's our good friend BRENDA'S (aka Zilla's) birthday today:

Stop by, wish her well, and offer to tease her hair...

Click on the delightfully wholesome yearbook photo:

  • 1h 10m
  • 6.00 miles
  • 11m 40s /Mi

This felt rough-ish today. Might have been faster, but I was very pre-occupied with work. Didn't leave the office until 6:15 tonight... got to the forest preserve and started running. Luckily, I avoided the rain.

HR seems high. Knees were creaky. Muscled through it, and got it done. :)

That really big spike and slow down was when I stopped to pet a miniature dachshund. The cutest, tiniest, little tail wagger you've ever seen!

Running tonight. 1:10.

No photo today. The photo in the flipper is nothing exciting. I'm so busy at work I have a headache and I don't know what to do first... So I sit and stare at my computer with analysis paralysis. Frown

On an unrelated note, I have no food in my refrigerator, and will probably wind up having an onion with a side of orange juice and some parmesan cheese for dinner. There may be ketchup involved, as well. Time will tell. Depends on how adventuresome I feel.

I went to Jewel after my run and got some foodstuffs to get me through the night. And some wine. Good God. Oh! And I also have a cute photo to post. Actually a couple of from Jana's going away party and the other from our last OWS...Jana just got these up on Facebook...

Here's me and Chris and Jana:

And here's the OWS group:

It was too warm to wear a wetsuit that day... but that's the only action my new suit has seen all year! A wetsuit and Crocs. Please. Promise not to call WNTW!

  • Health data: Hours slept: 8.5
  • 1h 15m 02s
  • 23.55 miles
  • 18.83 Mi/hr

Garmin had a hell of a time finding satellites tonight. Didn't pick up until over 2 miles into my ride.

Couldn't help myself. Felt fast tonight and pushed it with the new wheel and the new cassette. I'm much faster with this stuff. Who knew? I have done some serious work on the engine, methinks. With a lighter bike and TWO lighter race wheels, I just might be unstoppable!

  • 15m

Misc Corework

Was supposed to do this last night. AARRGGGHHHHH.

7:12 AM: Yesterday was certainly a nutritional nadir if there ever was one. After having my onion laden chili-dog for lunch, I proceeded to feed the machine a sloppy Harry (basically a sloppy Joe at a place called Harry's) and some coleslaw. And 3 glasses of Pinot Noir. The mayonnaise mixed cabbage is the closest thing to a vegetable I had all day. This is depressing to even me. And I'm pretty liberal when it comes to fuel for the engine. Today ((will have to be)) better. I'm not sure how it could be worse.

Rachael and I did take one cute photo, though, amidst the heartburn, calories and alcohol.  Compare it to our Sweet 16 picture from last Friday. I think we look better now! 22 years later. Fierce!

12:32 PM: Back from lunch with my employee Mentor! We went to California Pizza Kitchen and I had a grilled vegetable salad to satisfy my craving for nutrients. Avocado, eggplant, sun dried tomatoes, asparagus, corn, spinach etc etc...

  • 40m
  • 2200.00 yards
  • 01m 49s /100 yards

200 easy free
100 backstroke
200 closed fist and buoy
50 OK/50 Index/50 Pinky/50 scull
4 X 100 IM, (:30)
6 X 150 light pace free, (:10)
200 backstroke

No stopwatch today. I loaned it to dumpster for the race this weekend and I can't find my other one... I didn't look that hard, actually...

6:13 AM: Up up up early for a little swimmy. Then work all day. Then out to dinner with Rachael for us to exchange birthday gifities and celebrate our 8/1/08 and 8/15/08 birthdays. You see, the whole month of August becomes one big birthday celebration for us. Kiss
1:01 PM: Work is excruciatingly busy. I just jammed a chili-dog with onions down my throat and I ripped into a bag of Lay's chips. Can I label this "stress eating?" I've never stress-eaten before. It's messy.

  • Health data: Hours slept: 8

I guess I'm really taking this NO ELECTRONICS thing seriously... I didn't even set my alarm last night. Whoops. I do have to work this morning, so I'd best get my ass in the shower and get going! Surprised

BTW, race report is up! It's short. Promise.
The VISOR strikes again! Noooooooo!

Here, let me fix that for you:

And Chris shows us his ((other)) good side:

  • Health data: Hours slept: 8
  • 36m 20s
  • 12.43 miles
  • 20.53 Mi/hr
  • 33m 37s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 10m 49s /Mi
  • 15m 15s
  • 820.21 yards
  • 01m 52s /100 yards

So, the objective for today's race was to have fun. No pressure. No expectations, just have fun. I think sometimes I succeed mostly in sucking the enjoyment straight out of racing.

No watches. No HRM. No speedometer. No Garmin. Nothing. No wetsuit either. The water was 74 degrees! 

Swim went fairly well, I think... I didn't lose track of any of the buoys while sighting, so that was good. I was trying to channel my inner Phelps, so I kicked a bit, and focused on having a long strong stroke. (I don't usually kick at all...) 

Bike felt fast. Or, let me say it felt EASIER. I am utterly convinced there is something wrong with my rear hub and whatever bearings are in that thing. I don't know much about bikes but I do know this regular Easton wheel was WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY smoother and seemingly faster than anything I've ever ridden. I suspect my wheels are cheap and crappy. They look cool, though. Who knew? 

Run was alright. Since I was concentrating on having FUN, I didn't push myself too hard... My knees were weary from the week's activities already. I ran, I finished, and there you go. I have no idea what my final time was. I've checked online, but results are not posted yet. I'll update once I know for sure... right now I need a shower and a nap.

Missed seeing Laura (StartingToTri)... and I also missed jschmitchicago. Frown I did manage to meet up with Jessica (jniekrasz) Dave (Davewithzerosand1s), Crowny, Goggs, Maggyruth, Amyjo, and jowisc... as well as some others. A nice race. A nice short race. 

You know me, always with the photos... I only had my phone today:
Here's Taetum, upclose and personal.

Chris, always with the bike adjustments:

Chris, looking cute:

Me and Jessica (jniekrasz)

OK here are the results:

I believe this to be a sprint PR for me. (And the swim was longer than in Naperville, where I had my prior PR) mostly because of the bike. And mostly because of that awesome mismatched Easton wheel.

#3 bike split in my AG


#9 swim split in my AG

I'd rather not discuss my run ranking. Wink

 234  1236 Laura Waringo  241058  38 F3539 F  167   15:15   77    1:45   64   36:20  216    1:59  516   33:37  5:25 1:28:54 1:28:54   
Finish Rank = 19/73 in AG & 234/640 overall, including guys. Not too terrible. My run was a blistering 33:37. Bah. I walked too much.

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