Saint Charles,IL 

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  • 2h 46m 21s
  • 54.00 miles
  • 19.48 Mi/hr

Consciously held back. Could have gone harder. Was being very conservative. Any time my HR felt high, I backed way off.

Concentrated on getting all my nutrition in, and making sure my damned visor didn't get in the way of my handlebars. Yep, I started the bike with my running visor on under my helmet. Took it off around mile 2 of the bike, and held it around my handlebars for the remaining 50+ miles.

I can't wait to see the photos.

Run #1
  • 2h 59m 42s
  • 13.10 miles
  • 13m 43s /Mi

Run walked great til mile 8.

Then started to falter.

Then decided I didn't care and walked miles 12 and 13.

Trixie was a laugh and a half. :)

"Sir? Why are you pulling down that sign?"

Run #2
  • 22m 01s
  • 2.00 miles
  • 11m 01s /Mi

First Godforsaken run. Should have been a swim!

Uhm, yeah. Run. Bike (shortened slightly) Run.

Not my idea of a geat time, actually. Take the event I'm best at, and remove it. Now, shorten the event I'm second best at, and add an extra two miles to the event I hate the most. I did not sign up for that. No way. 

But I did it. First run = not too bad. Bike = windy, but OK, held back so I could still run afterwards. Run = Meh. I was OK til around mile 8. (That's progress) Thanks to Trixie for running with me. I only cried twice and hyperventilated once. (All after mile 8) I don't know why I do that.  *sigh* Race report will follow. We've got a boat load of photos from the house, too. Kiss

Congratulations to Jazzy and Birkie on their Clearwater spots. Damn runner-types. Wink

  • RACE DAY: Whirlpool Steelhead 70.3 Triathlon
7:19 AM: Up, going to finish the last packing, and get on the road around 9. Don't want to go much earlier than that because I'll just wind up sitting around in traffic. There's really no good way to get from the NW suburbs of Chicago to Michigan... I'm going to have to go around the lake and through Indiana, on higways that are riddled with construction. Hooooray! See all you Steelheads soon! Laughing

7:21 AM: Got up early today in order to pack up for Steelhead. Had my nervous freak out yesterday, so I'm feeling much better today. Just had to get it out of the system, I think. There really isn't that much stuff to bring with me... just need to remember my cycling shoes and my running shoes!!! And my bike. Must remember to bring my bike. Surprised

In other news: Chris is bringing Taetum to the University of Wisconsin's Vet Med school in order to see if they have any sort of treatment to help control or eliminate her seizures. Keep your fingers crossed.



In the photo flipper today:

Homecoming Westmont High School, Fall 1988. These are my high school pals. The boys in our "group" and, of course, the core girls. There's me, Suzi, Rachael, Michelle and Robin... all right there jammed together in this pile. Can you find me?

This is timely because we are working on our 20 year reunion...

I was supposed to swim, but I didn't. Got all wound up with stuff at work and didn't end up getting out of there til 7. Got home almost at 8. Chris was at my house making dinner, and I was a stress case. Had dinner, went to bed. No swimmy. Bah.
  • 52m 20s
  • 15.04 miles
  • 17.24 Mi/hr

This was supposed to be intervally, and for once I actually did it. Tough sometimes with traffic and intersections and stuff, and I forgot to hit the LAP button for the first 10' interval. So the first set of numbers includes warm up + 10' Z3.

1) 25:01 AHR 126/ASPD 16.4
2) 2:00 AHR 124/ASPD 14.1
3) 10:00 AHR 133/ASPD 19.2
4) 2:00 AHR 125/ASPD 15.8
5) 10:00 AHR 127/ASPD 19.4
6) 3:05 AHR 113/ASPD 13.6
Now! Run!

  • 21m 35s
  • 1.73 miles
  • 12m 29s /Mi

1) 10:11 AHR 131
2) 16:23 AHR 129
3) 09:54 AHR 145
4) 19:12 AHR 131
5) 09:52 AHR 145
6) 19:27 AHR 134
7) 10:18 AHR 147
8) 18:03 AHR 140
9) 10:03 AHR 147
10) 19:51 AHR 140
11) WALKING 18:36ish

This average includes the last walking... for 5+ minutes until I got back home. So I'm not really THAT slow.
Can't upload this stuff like normal because it's considered a MULTISPORT workout. :P

In the photo flipper today:

This is one of my favorite photos of me and my sister, despite the fact we were sitting on a parking curb. The date was 8/19/2000.  Almost 8 years ago! Wow! None of those clothes fit me anymore. All too big and long gone, but I do still have the shoes, which I still think are adorable, if not ridiculously uncomfortable. Anyway, we were at an outdoor event @ Hooters, featuring Kevin Matthews, a local Chicago ((hilarious)) DJ. 
7:10 AM: WOW. I've been sleeping like there's no tomorrow. Knocked out cold, dreams all night long, comatose sleeping. Last night I had a dream Schmeeeeeeze came to my office and demanded I put BT on a CD for him so he could take it with him someplace... I was like... "It's the internet, you can take it where-ever you go if you have a computer..." I was very irritated because he didn't make sense and he was in a hurry, and I had work to do. Told him to go find Chris. (Who apparently worked with me...) THEN I had a dream I was on tour with Motley Crue. [I've been reading the Heroin Diaries (Nikki Sixx,) so at least we know where that came from....]

  • 29m 47s
  • 2.50 miles
  • 11m 55s /Mi

The Garmin didn't register until I was waaaaaay at the end of my street. So I added .25 onto my total. Had a really hard time locating satellites today. Probably the thick layer of insulating WATER we have hanging over us.

Holy Humidity. And about 95 degrees. The breeze was hot and moist. Awful running conditions. EEEEEEW.

HR a little on the high side because of the humidity, I bet.

7:27 AM: Potentially VERY busy day in store for me today. I am on call for 2 trials in the city. At the same time. If they both go, I will need to figure out how to clone myself, so I can attend them simultaneously. Wish me luck. Then I have a very short run on the sked. Maybe I will have the clone do it. Heh. There's an idea.
10:31 AM: Both of my trials have been continued!! I can call off the cloning research. But what should I do with this sheep?

  • Health data: Hours slept: 8.25
  • 27m 27s
  • 1400.00 yards
  • 01m 58s /100 yards

The shortest swim I've done in a year. (!!) Maybe longer!

200 easy free
250 closed fist + pull buoy
4 x 200 descending
1) 3:20
2) 3:19
3) 3:16
4) 3:14
150 cool down

Taaaaaa Daaaaa! And I'm home before 7:15 pm!

8:04 AM: Short short swimmy on the docket for tonight. 1400. That's usually just the warm up! Laughing

In the photo flipper today:

Whitney, me and Amy. 4/20/2002. A photo from my defunct wedding, which lead to my defunct marriage. If wedding photos were in the photo flipper, I kept them there, as long as the groom wasn't in them. The wedding. It happened. The marriage, it happened too. Not much I can say about it that hasn't already been said. Do I wish I wouldn't have done it? Hmmmmmmmm, no. It was a bad relationship and an even worse marriage but I am happy with the person I've become as a result of all of it. Or perhaps in spite of all of it. So. Thereyougo.
12:10 PM: "Hold On Loosely" is on the radio. 38 Special. Nice. Reminds me of the annual Pow Wow Days Carnival held in downtown Westmont when I was in Jr. High and High School. We used to ride the FLYING BOBS. How come I can remember things like that, almost down to the last specific detail, but I misplace my keys, put the milk in the cabinet, and the cereal in the fridge? Clearly, I'm losing my mind.

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