Saint Charles,IL 
  • 1h 14m 13s
  • 22.48 miles
  • 18.17 Mi/hr

Thought this would be a bit faster... but there was a pretty nasty crosswind out there for most of the ride. Most of this route is E-W... Wind blowing steady from the south.

Liking the new (old) wheels.

Faster by over a minute on the way back.

  • Health data: Hours slept: 10
  • 50m 45s
  • 4.00 miles
  • 12m 41s /Mi

Started out well enough... wheels flew off around the 33 minute mark. I was literally MELTING with NO SHADE anywhere... Ran @ Lippold Park because of the limestone path. Didn't realize there wouldn't be a single shrub/tree/bush anywhere to provide shade! I've only run there once or twice before.

Cut this short. Going to take a nap and try the rest of it later.

HR was high, hands were shaky, my neck and back ached,
had a dull headache and I just felt miserable. I wonder if I'm on the verge of getting sick?


Haven't been sleeping all that well lately. And worried about Taetum, who had at least one seizure today already, possibly 2. Poor baby.

Taetum is staying overnight at the Emergency Vet.  She had a couple more seizures today, including one in the car on the way to the Emergency Vet. Frown Poor baby. Poor Daddy. He's sick with worry.



Longish Run today!!! 1:30. I am in a roll back week, I think. Kiss

I also owe myself some corework. 

Need to get to Bob's to pick up my wheel. There's a problem with the nipple. (Heh. I said nipple.) He's called the manufacturer of the wheel (Gieppieme) and the bike company (Cannondale)... but no one knows where to get parts or how to fix it. I might just need to get new wheels for this bike all together. Bob says I have the heaviest, least aero wheels he's ever seen. Poop. Even a cheap set of wheels would be better than what I've got going now... No wonder HHH was such a chore. (!) 

  • 28m
  • 2.41 miles
  • 11m 37s /Mi

Forest Preserve after work. Out and back, rather than being an overachiever and going all the way around. :)

Forgot my HRM strap, but I do have other Garmin numbers which I will upload when I get home.

Running tonight. A short one. Was going to do it this morning, but I had really weird dreams all last night and didn't sleep particularly well. Can do a short run @ the forest preserve after work. No biggie.

Up on the watershed
Standing at the fork in the road
You can stand there and agonize
Till your agony's your heaviest load
You'll never fly as the crow flies
Get used to a country mile
When you're learning to face
The path at your pace
Every choice is worth your while...


  • 38m
  • 2200.00 yards
  • 01m 44s /100 yards

200 easy free (3:16)
100 back
200 fist + PB
50 pinky/ 50 index
50 OK
100 catch up
4 x 100 IM (took 'em easy, and my breast stroke kick sucks rocks)
1) 1:50
2) 1:49
3) 1:49
4) 1:50
4 x 150 Hard Pace (aim for 2:27, :10)
1) 2:18 Whoops?
2) 2:18 ??
3) 2:19 (Tried to slow down)
4) 2:18 ??
Any slower than this and I didn't think it qualified as "HARD PACE"
150 cool down

Chatted in the pool again? Why is it the moment I decide I'm going to be more social, opportunities arise? Strange.

Discussed bikes and wheels with Dan-the-bike-man for a while. Bikes & wheels, wheels & bikes. Me likey.

9:51 AM: Been feeling sorta melancholy lately. Well, maybe not melancholy... more like just generally "off". I'm a bit sad because at some point along the way I lost the "joy" and "fun" of training and racing. I think it happened gradually, because I can't look back and say... "That's when this all stopped being fun..."

Here's an example: During my file survey the other day... Monday... One of my peers came into the office that day after doing the Chicago Triathlon. The sprint. Her time was 1:40 ish. Everyone in the room congratulated her on a job well done and told her how great she had done, and I did as well, but in the back of my mind I was thinking... "I wonder what her bike split was... I know she's a strong swimmer... where'd she lose time?...I wonder how fast she is per mile on the run..." It was at that point that I realized the fun had been vacuumed straight out of me. I have become results oriented, and when you've got a skill set like I do, (decent swimmer, decent cyclist, downright lousy runner) that's a dangerous place to be. I have no right to comment on anyone's performance, anymore than anyone has a right to comment on mine. At some point, just being involved in this lifestyle became NOT ENOUGH. Not only for myself... but for others, too! I was judgemental!

I was already thinking about it on my long run the other day... that's why I stopped to pet dogs and save turtles and look around a bit. I need to regain some of the wonder of just DOING it. Not doing it at a certain heart rate, at a certain speed, within the parameters of a certain race plan, or in order to beat a certain person. I need to make like NIKE and JUST DO IT.

How can you not laugh at that? Laughing
In the photo flipper:One of my favorite photos of all time... Me and Amy and our friend from our step aerobics class Julie at the lakefront fireworks on July 3, 1996:

  • 42m
  • 3.64 miles
  • 11m 32s /Mi

Ran around in a circle @ the forest preserve after work. :)

Very stiff getting started... but I loosened up well. Man, those first couple of minutes are rough, though.


Running tonight. Probably at the forest preserve near work. We don't have as much daylight as we used to have, so if I want to get this done before dark, I'm going to have to do it near the office. Laughing

Yesterday's inviting 6 AM pool... You can't really see the fog. It was cool.

Look at the sun just rising... I can't believe I'm going to have to go back to swimming inside in just one short WEEK!

  • Health data: Hours slept: 8
  • 50m
  • 2200.00 yards
  • 02m 16s /100 yards

Gorgeous morning to swim @ the outdoor pool. The air was a bit cooler than the water, so there was fog hovering over a perfectly calm pool. Very inviting. Had the whole place to myself for the first 10 minutes or so... before my pals Steve and Trudy showed up. And then the chatting began. Ultimately, I had to cut this a bit short to meet my "on the road" goal.

300 easy
100 backstroke
5 x 100 IM (took these easy also)
1) 1:50
2) 1:55
3) 1:54
4) 1:55
5) 2:00 (?)
2 x 500 light pace free
1) 8:43
2) 8:37
200 swim (3:31)
100 cool down

Started to run out of time because Trudy and I were chatting between 500's. :)

  • 20m


Of the miscellaneous variety

Fitness ball situps
Hip lifts off edge of step
Gluteal kick backs... etc etc

5:29 AM: Swimmy on the docket today. Was going to try to do it at the lake, but I need to be out of the water, dressed, and in the car driving by 7:30 this morning. The lake makes those logistics a bit unpredictable. Am going to go to the pool instead. Will try the outdoor pool, but I don't know if they are open this early anymore. Anyway, in the pool, if I start getting short on time I can just get out and get ready. Not swim all the way back to shore, wipe sand off my feet, walk back to the car, drive to HBFC, take a shower, etc etc....So here I go... 

And then a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG day at work. 

5:40 PM: I am still at work. Leaving soon. I was able to re-do yesterday's catastrophe ***and*** get a significant amount accomplished on today's survey files. My eyes are melting. Must go home.
In preparation for our 20 year High School reunion, I've been perusing and scanning lots of old images so they can be uploaded onto the reunion webpage. I'm quite obviously the perfect person to be the class archivist. (archvier?) Here are a couple of my favorites thus far:

Lunchtime antics. Love the tray. And I've got my mouth full.

Homecoming bonfire, 1987. Nice guy flipping everyone off in the background. (In reality, he is a nice guy. One of the nicest, actually... not sure why he had a sudden urge to gesture profanely?)

And below we have me and my friends April and Melody:

  • Health data: Hours slept: 7.25

6:31 AM: I am up early and must be the picture of efficiency as I need to be out the door and on the road by 7:30. You'd think an hour would be enough time for me to get ready, wouldn't you? But I like to dawdle. No one wastes time like I do. I have a longish commute today to another office for an all day (2 day actually, today and tomorrow) survey.

In other news: I have decided to stop wearing my SUPERFEET. I wore them for about 6 months, and while I originally thought they curbed my knee pain, I no longer believe that. The knees still ache. Plus my feet were starting to hurt in places they've never hurt before. I think they may have rolled my feet too far to the outside, causing some sort of weird-outside-of-the-foot foot strike. I wore my Brooks Adrenaline GTS 5's yesterday for my run and had my best long run experience yet, as far as comfy feet. No Superfeet, no Yanks. Nothing fancy. WHERE can I get another pair of these discontinued shoes? WHERE!?  Frown
6:41 PM: Here are some ((highly anticipated, I'm sure)) updates...
  • Brooks has answered my email regarding the availability of any GTS 5's. They are not available. They don't have any. They don't know where I might get any. They are, after all, about 3 years old. They encouraged me to try the new GTS 9. Poo. I do have to give them kudos for caring about my inquiry, though. The representative even signed the email... "Happy Running!" How delightful! 
  • The survey was a smashing success. I diligently persisted all day long, reviewing and evaluating the handiwork of others. I wrapped up my day's work and went to save my ((rather long and involved)) spreadsheet prior to leaving and... I managed to overwrite 8 hours worth of surveying with a BLANK document. Yes. You read that correctly. A BLANK document. As in, a document that's blank... devoid of my day-long diligence and persistence. Apparently I handled it well, according to the IT gal. *Sigh* So now I've got twice as much to do tomorrow. 
  • I'm having a glass of wine right now, getting ready to watch the latest installment of Intervention. I am going to have a nutritious and well rounded dinner. I am going to get a good night's sleep. I am going to do two days worth of work in one day tomorrow. Watch me.

  • Health data: Hours slept: 8

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