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  • 1h 00m
  • 2734.03 yards
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I made it to swimming on time! But not without putting my suit on inside out. Yes. I honestly believe only I could do something that stupid. And then just swim like that. I didn't have time to go back and change.

300 swim
3 x 100 drill/swim combo
4 x 75 some sort of combo of something
300 pull with paddles
400 for time (7:00 flat)
4 x 100 easy
400 for time (7:00 again)
100 easy
2500 M

400 for time...lackluster. My arms were cashed from that Ronsky workout the other day. My whole body still aches and is sore.

  • Stair Running
  • 04m

2 x to 6

9:20 AM: I had dream last night that I had to cancel on Ronsky today because my arms and core and BODY hurt. Turns out my dream came true, as he canceled on me, because his wife isn't feeling well. (She's pregnant and fairly high maintenance it seems... he has to cancel and re-arrange and switch things up all the time because of her...) Anyway, that's OK. I am very sore. VERY VERY sore today and I have to swim tonight. Core hurts to laugh or sneeze or breathe. Shoulders hurt to type and steer the car. Knees ache due to the "tuck jumps" we did yesterday (like plyometrics) so... it's probably best that I give it a rest for today, and just swim.

Check out the photo flipper:

Me and Agnes from Friday's Happy Hour. Cheers!


  • Trainer Ronsky
  • 1h 00m

Holy Mother of God. More planks today than... ever. More planks with weird weights and cables and side stars and... name it. Also ropes and TRX with (you guessed it) a plank superset. Probably one of the hardest workouts I've ever done.

He pushed until I literally collapsed. Onto one of those gross gym mats. Arms = fatigued. Core = useless. I am done. Done. Done. Done and done. I sweat like a bull's ass.

Then I wiped off my armpits with a towel and went back to work. No time for a shower. No one gets that close to me in the office, anyway.


Here we have the first day of Kindergarten, September, 1975. R-L Peter, Me, and Jimmy. We were neighborhood pals and we were all signed up for the morning Kindergarten session. I remember it like it was yesterday. I hated that outfit, which was a hand-me-down from someplace... (perhaps the circus?) Hideous.

  • 03m 35s
  • 0.25 miles
  • 14m 20s /Mi

Quickie warm up while Chrissy went pee.

  • 45m

Legs/core/core/legs with Chrissy @ XSport.

. Deadlifts
. Leg extensions
. Glute kick backs
. Calf raises
. Plank
. Swiss ball pikes
. Side stars
. Plank weight slides

My core is getting so much stronger. It's encouraging!

  • Stair Running
  • 04m

2 x to 6



This would be me, and our very own LazyMarathoner, in a pub in London, right after IMWI, November of 2011. We went to London to visit 2 of our other BT faves, Tony and Monica Goggs. Kiss 

We had a rather hilarious routine prior to taking photos... We fluffed our hair and blotted our faces and [[[whammo!]]] we were ready for the camera... worked like a charm. We exhibited full hair and flawless complexions in most of our photos from England.  Except for this one, of course, where we were caught in the act. 

Chris sits silently off to the left. Probably shaking his head. Can't tell from this angle. 

  • 3h 09m 24s
  • 47.45 miles
  • 15.03 Mi/hr

Got Spartacus off the wall in the garage and noticed he had a strange noise coming from the back wheel. Rode it around the block and found that the back wheel was out of true, and the noise I heard was the spoke nipple flopping around inside of the wheel. This is the second spoke I've broken on these race wheels. I'm thinking I should save them exclusively for races and stop riding them as daily wheels because they just aren't made for that. (Hence the name... RACE WHEELS... vs. TRAINING WHEELS) (!) Who knew?

Anyway, A quick change and I again had 2 mismatched wheels (not sure if I am able to ride with wheels that actually go together) and we were off. I had my other race wheel in front and a random wheel in the back.

The first 10 miles were pretty much stop and go through town, trying to get W of Randall Road... and trying not to get killed by traffic. The middle 25 miles or so were fast and flat and way out in the far western suburbs... rural areas... then the last 10 miles were directly into the wind. Kind of a bummer, but I don't really care. I am training for a 12 mile sprint bike course. Hahaha. So today I did 4x the distance because I wanted to, and just because I can.

Afterwards we went out to lunch.

Gorgeous day. 72 and sunny. If it just weren't for the wind... but, I suppose the good weather has to blow in from someplace, doesn't it? It certainly does not permanently reside in Chicago.

Rode with Chris and Trudy and Scotty.

Me and Trudy at the Purple Store... the refueling stop on rides down by me now...

They sell Mexican Coke! The stuff with REAL sugar... not HFCS! 

Today we bought a ton of flowers and plants to spruce up the yard... and we planted and arranged them all in a decorative way. Then we went to a Kentucky Derby party. I drank a mint julep (not pictured here) and tried to keep from throwing up. What a vile combination of ingredients. I gag just thinking about it again.

I also wore a hat. Indeed I did. 

My horse lead for 3/4 of the race and then got tired and came in like last or something. Way to go Palace Malice! The entire field sat in, drafted off of him, and then pulled around and passed him with about a quarter mile to go. He was the domestique of the Kentucky Derby! Had the race been longer he probably would have brought feed bags to the other horses. Right. 

  • Health data: Hours slept: 8
  • 40m

Hamstring curls 4 x 12
Quad Extensions 4 x 12
Lunges with 30 lbs 4 x 12
Romanian Deadlifts 3 x 12 @ 60 lbs, 1 x 12 @ 70
Leg press 4 x 12 (80,120,140,160)

  • Stair Running
  • 02m

1 x to 6

8:57 AM: That's the lowest weight I've seen in quite some time... since maybe 2011. I've been eating really well, though, and exercising due diligence by reducing carbs and increasing protein. It has been sort of slowish, I guess, but all told, I'm 7.6 lbs down since I started logging my food on LOSE IT. I am a huge fan of this utility and I think it's proving to be worthwhile! 

Another beatdown by Sir Ronsky today at 1. My arms and core are a bit sore from yesterday. 

Tonight we have a going away party for Agnes' boyfriend Armando... he's leaving the Farm and heading off to greener pastures. So to speak. Glad I'm getting my workout in over lunchtime! 

10:38 AM: Ronsky canceled on me. I may still go lift on my own. Agnes has shamed me into it, and will even write me up a little workout. I shall comply. 

High School Photo Flipper:

The summer after Sophomore Year, so the summer of 1986. In my friend Jackie's backyard, at an impromptu bonfire. The girl in the stripes is Denise, (her claim to fame is that she wrote a longing letter to Boy George and he responded!) and the girl behind us is Jackie, (her claim to fame was her backyard. It was huge) I am wearing a white SWATCH and a pookah bead bracelet, as well as an EXPRESS sleeveless mock turtleneck. I remember that outfit (you can't see the stylish high-waisted white shorts) like it was yesterday, yet I forget my work badge at home a couple of times a week. Why does that happen? 

I was swimming a lot back then. My hair was shiny-fried from the chlorine. 

  • Trainer Ronsky
  • 1h 00m

I think Trainer Ronsky is going to be a winner!!!! :) Holy Crap! This was hard. It was lifting and corework and sweaty and in a circuit. Yay!

He took the time to explain each and every exercise and then also took the time to quiz me, to make sure I understood what he'd just told me. (Key, if you know me... hahaha) The whole point, says he, is that at some point I should be able to follow a workout he writes on my own. I should know where all the machines and equipment are, and I should be able to pick it all up, with good form and do it myself. The point is not to have him train me forever, but for him to launch me so I can train myself! At least most of the time.

We shall see. He's crazy and hyper and a little strange. I like him. He's growing out a Mohawk.

We took all of my measurements today too. I didn't ask to see what they were. I will be able to tell when and if I'm shrinking. Clothes don't lie.

9:38 AM: 11 AM trainer beat down. I'm excited to start with this new guy... his name is RON, but he has everyone call him Ronsky. He's very high energy. Like crazy high energy. I'm hoping he fries me... both physically and mentally for an hour... so I can return to work in a refreshed and renewed state. We'll see. Keep your fingers crossed. I really want to finish off my sessions with a good experience! I have 30 more sessions to go, and I want them to be good ones!
4:16 PM: The office makes me sneeze. So. Much. Dust!  


July, 2003. At a happy hour, right after my first sprint triathlon. GOD that was TEN years ago. Can you believe that? I still have the skirt I was wearing in that photo... you can't see it, but I know what it was. The people at work were calling me IRONWOMAN because I did a sprint. They were all super impressed. I find it sort of funny now... but, it's a good thing to remember. What we do might not be exceptional or particularly exciting in the world of TRIATHLETES (pro/elite/other) but in terms of what the public is doing on a regular basis, we're way ahead of the game, guys. Happy Thursday to you. 

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