Saint Charles,IL 
Recovery Day! I will probably wind up working late and going to the grocery store. Wasn't in the office much last week, and I've got nothing in the way of vegetables to eat at home again. How does that keep happening? Laughing
In the photo flipper today:

Rachael and me at my bachelorette party. 4/9/2002. I had reddish hair and I was about 15 lbs heavier than I am now. Rachael = cute as ever. That girl has been with me through some ups and downs, that's for sure. Jeez. I bought her a picture frame one year in High School for her birthday that said: "We have been friends together in sunshine and in shade..." And we hadn't even lived through the bulk of the crap yet. (!!!)  I feel quite fortunate, actually. I've had the very same best friend since I was 6. Laughing

  • Health data: Hours slept: 8
  • 31m 30s
  • 2.67 miles
  • 11m 48s /Mi

So, instead of melting myself, I decided I'd get out early this morning and get this run over with.

And I did. It's still pretty hot out there... I don't know why I find this so surprising. Maybe because the nights are really chilly lately.

So, now, I'm all showered up and I've got the rest of the day to lounge around. I think I'll drag dumpster to the pool for one last chance at some sun bathing and recreational pool dipping. No goggles, no swimcaps. :)
AAARRRGGHHHHH!! I haven't had anything but a 2.5/1 run for the last month or so... and today, my run was supposed to be something else. Dangit. I did a 2.5/1 combo. I also have some core work to do. Maybe I'll do that now while I'm thinking about it.

  • 20m

Fitness ball sit ups and obliques
Hip lifts off side of stairs
Around the world on balance plate
Sit ups with legs up against the wall.

I like this poem:

Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you
Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,
I have made this place around you.
If you leave it, you may come back again, saying Here.
No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.
If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows
Where you are. You must let it find you.

---David Wagoner.

2:04 PM: I got my car washed and the interior vacuumed and cleaned. Then I came home and cleaned out all my personal crap. HOW do I accumulate so many pairs of sunglasses in the car? And WHY can't I find them when I actually need them? I also used the touch up paint for the first time and touched up all of the rock chips on the hood, and a couple of door dings on the side. I also have a smallish scrape which looks like someone started to key the car but didn't finish! WTF??? Luckily, nothing too terrible and I was able to fix it all up with some of my matching touch up paint and my teeny tiny brush. Kiss Rita Gaspar looks good as new.

Then... since I was feeling so organizational and such, I decided I'd reorganize my bike corner in the garage, and get rid of some extra crap... I have a FULL SET OF MAINTENANCE MANUALS for a 2005 Toyota Camry. These cost me over $400, and were purchased at the demand of my ex, who was a mechanic. I only had the car for a little over a year... and these books have never been opened. I'd like to put them up on eBay... but first... does anyone know anyone that would want them? I will sell them for $200...shipping included. I still have the original receipt.

Anyway.... then I got all of my bike cleaning stuff together and cleaned my bike. The chain, the derailleurs, the frame. everything. I lubed her all up and rode her around the block just to see how everything felt. Awesome! I did find a small dent in the main downtube, though. I have no idea how or when that would have happened. It's an aluminum bike... does this pose a problem?

I am covered in bike schmutz from top to bottom. Going to take ANOTHER shower and do a couple of loads of laundry.... looks as though I'm not going to make it to the outdoor pool after all... I'm being quite productive!

  • 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

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