Saint Charles,IL 
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  • 45m
  • 2296.59 yards
  • 01m 58s /100 yards

Lunchtime swimmy. Actually a little later than lunch.

300 warm up, every 4th backstroke
3 x 50 drills
150 think about perfecting the catch
200 kick
300 pull
3 x 150 med/fast/med
5 x 100 descending. These did not descend they ascended.
150 cool down

Today's plan is to swim in the AM, and then if the weather is nice, kick off work around 5 and ride bike from 5:30-6:30. 

The way this is shaping up, I should be able to do second lifting round on WEDNESDAY and not blow my rest day for some lame-o retirement party. We'll see. 

9:11 AM: I don't know why I bother tap tap tapping out the plan for the day when it just doesn't happen. Slept this AM until 7:24! Working from home, so I rolled out of the pod, put on my stylish (pre-owned)  eBay Lulu loungewear, and got started. Chris has conference calls til 1, so we're gonna swim after his calls are over. Don't know about riding outside tonight... will be easier and less time consuming to just get on the God Forsaken trainer. Then shower and get ready to face the office tomorrow! That means hair and make up and an outfit! EEEEEEKKKKK! haha. It would be so easy to become an unshowered Lululemon clad hermit. So so so so easy!

And I think my face appreciates the break from makeup.

5:27 PM: Well I swam. That's good. Will lift at lunchtime tomorrow. And then short run Thursday at lunch and maybe bike after work. Then taking FRIDAY as rest day. Going to get a mani/pedi and an eyebrow wax at lunch. I need to feel cute again. Not feeling cute.

  • Bike 1:00
  • Swim
  • Lift again
  • Long Run (1:45)
  • Short Run (2.5 miles) 
  • Long Bike 2 hours (Please not on the trainer)
  • Longer swim ( I have conjured up a workout)
  • Friday rest. I am not going to turtle races.

  • 52m 57s
  • 3.60 miles
  • 14m 42s /Mi

To CVS and back. Got a call that my new supply of blood thinners was ready. Yay.

Chris got all wrapped up in a project at work, so we decided against gong to the pool to swim. I got all changed in a split second and figured I'd knock something else off the list instead, rather than let the decent weather go to waste. So I killed 2 birds with one stone and got this in and also picked up my drugs. Whoopppiee.

(PETA DISCLAIMER: No birds were killed in the execution of this workout)

  • 45m

All the lifting. Went with Chris this time. We do different routines.
Hamstring curls
Quad Extensions
Ab crunches with machine
Hip adductors and Hip abductors.
Lunges with the bosu ball and 3 lb weights
Stand up squat on the Free motion machine
Upright row with the 30 lb kettlebell
Military press
Goblet squats with 30 lb kettlebell

25 weeks til IMWI. I don't know if it's too soon to start a plan or not. One goal for this week will be to ride the damn bike outside. Even if it's just for an hour, or an hour and a half... I would like to get on the CX bike and get outside. Riding doesn't even matter until it's on a real bike outside. To that end. I need to get outside. (Weather permitting)

The forecast looks... dull, to say the least.


Swim and Lift. Typical Monday. I have a phone conference at 9:30, so I will be looking to escape sometime around 11 or noon to lift. Then Masters tonight. I am literally counting the days until the outdoor pool opens up. COUNTING. THE. DAYS.

The rest of the week:

  • Bike 1:00 (outside?!?)
  • Lift
  • Swim
  • Lift again
  • Med Run
  • Long Run
  • Long Bike (Please not on the trainer)
  • Longer swim ( I have conjured up a workout )
  • Retirement party on Wednesday. (Who has a retirement party on a Wednesday?) Wed. will be rest day.
  • Possible turtle races on Friday. (I may bail out of this bc it sort of wrecks my whole weekend... I get home late on Friday, then I sleep late on Saturday... I run out of time to do my Saturday workouts... I fall into a guilt spiral. Nothing else gets accomplished and I mope. This is no good.)

Brunch ^^^

  • 30m 29s
  • 1.93 miles
  • 15m 47s /Mi

Walked to the post office only to discover you can no longer drop parcels off in the self service area on Sundays. Schlepped them all the way home.

Brunch today and then I'm stopping by my Mom's house to say hello. Doing my post office run now. 4 eBay items to mail off. Not the planned workout, but again, better than nothing and a wrap to this recovery week. 

  • 56m 40s
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Completely uninspired. I am filing this under "I tried"

Slightly better than laying on the couch eating fried chicken. Only slightly. 

Dinner last night @ Italian Village... I had a glass of 21 year old Barolo. It was amazing. Then, HAMILTON! Also amazing. Highly recommended. If you like musicals, or if you like history, or if you like rap music and/or dancing, this is for YOU. Funny, sad, dancy, singy, and just plain great. It lived up to all of the hype. I was worried I was going to be disappointed. I was not. I wanted to jump on stage and join them! Ah, if only I could sing. Or dance. Or get to the stage from the Mezzanine level. Ha.

Wayne Brady as Aaron Burr... OFF THE HOOK. 

It has inspired me to read more about Alexander Hamilton. 

If you're on the fence, GO. There are transfer tickets available on Ticketmaster! We paid face value ( transfer tix from my friend @ work ) and our tickets were supposedly partial visibility or obstructed view. They were fine. No problems at all. 

Got home late. Like LATE LATE. Like 1:00 AM late. Or perhaps I mean early. I don't even know anymore. 


  • Bike 2 (1:30)
  • Run 2 (1:30)
  • Run 3 shorter (maybe to post office)
  • Swim 2 (if I can wedge it in)


  • 41m 16s
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2 episodes of Frasier!

I have an eBay item to drop off at the post office, so I will cross off little "run 3".  Meetings and phone calls all day. I need to make showering a priority. Haha.

Had many crazy action packed and stressful dreams last night. It literally boggles my mind that I am able to rest at all while I'm sleeping.

Early dinner @ The Italian Village and Hamilton tonight!

  • Bike 2 (1:30)
  • Run 2 (1:30)
  • Run 3 shorter (maybe to post office)
  • Swim 2 (if I can wedge it in)
  • Bike 1 (2 episodes)

  • 45m
  • 2.79 miles
  • 16m 07s /Mi

Well will you take a look at that? I actually managed to do something on the list.

  • 18m

Quickie legs. All machines, all in a fury of speed. I am crossing Lift 2 off the list.

9:05 AM: Yesterday did not go that way at all. I got sucked into a maelstrom at work and toiled away until it was time for me to leave to meet Kathy. I am learning so much. It's mindbending. Mind boggling. So I need to add those workouts back to my list. This week has been very meager so far.

Tonight I'm hitting the treadmill @ the office gym. Hope to be home on the 5:34 train. We'll see. Lunch with Julie. Pretty soon I'm going to need to shut down the social life. All this party party does not allow me to leverage my work from home days in the best way possible for IM training.

Me and Kathy...

  • Bike 2 (1:30)
  • Run 1 (45 min) (After work on treadmill!!!)
  • Run 2 (1:30)
  • Run 3 shorter (maybe to post office)
  • Swim 2 (if I can wedge it in)
  • Lift 2
  • Bike 1 (2 episodes of Frasier)

So, here's how this is going to go today:

Bike 1 in the AM before work.
Lift 2 at lunchtime.

Happy Hour/Dinner with my friend Kathy @ 5:30 PM.

7:54 AM: And it's already gone wrong. Didn't get up in time to ride the bike. Will do that at lunch.

The student interviews last night were really pretty awesome. On TV it looks like there's no promise in the future generations... but these kids give me a glimmer of hope.  We interviewed 3 prospective Chicago Scholars... and we had to rank them. 1's would definitely be admitted to the program. 2's were cuspy, and 3's not at all. Essentially I helped give a kid a scholarship + access to mentoring and career placement after graduation. 3 smart kids, but two really stood out and one had that je ne sais quois.

12:16 PM: It's so freaking cold in the basement.

While this will be appreciated in the summertime, in the very early spring (read: winter) it's not appreciated. Not at all appreciated. Fleece. Hood. I have 2 Snuggies on stand by.

  • Lift 2
  • Bike 1 (1 episode of... something; or maybe 2 Frasiers) 
  • Bike 2 (1:30)
  • Run 1 (45 min)
  • Run 2 (1:30)
  • Run 3 shorter (maybe to post office)
  • Swim 2 (if I can wedge it in)

  • Health data: Hours slept: 8

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