The following equipment is nearing replacement:
  • 11m 36s
  • 1.01 miles
  • 11m 29s /Mi

Can’t figure out why my left shoe is rubbing so hard on my heel all of the sudden. Started bleeding on this quick mile!

Sport #1
  • Walking
  • 10m

Ellie Mae

Sport #2
  • Yoga
  • 18m

Had interview #3 this morning, a panel of sorts with my boss and our department boss. It was again, fairly casual, with "when you get in this role" language, big smiles, etc. I have interview #4 scheduled for a week from today with two leaders in the area I would be supporting. That one won't be as casual, but I'm confident I can do well. 

Alsoooooo just a minor detail, I registered for Ironman Wisconsin 2020 this afternoon - EEEEEEK! Linda and I hatched a plan at IMCHOO last year for 2020 to be the year we get back to Madison, commemorating 10 years of Ironman right where it all started for both of us - bringing it full circle. For me, it will likely be putting a bow on 140.6 as my last full distance race for awhile. For giggles, I present Linda and I at the finish line in 2010.

  • 2h 15m 25s
  • 10.54 miles
  • 12m 51s /Mi

Determined to get double digits in today. Scrambled to find a solution for my new iPhone - it's the 8 Plus, so much larger than my other one. It doesn't fit in my handheld water bottle pocket. Dug out my Nathan vest, but the bladder had black mold growing in the tube and no way to remove it to clean it, so had to toss that and go forward with the handheld bottle (which also meant staying close to the water fountain on the River Walk). Remembered I had a Spibelt that's stretchy, so I shoved the phone in there and it barely fit. It bounced around more than I'd like, but it worked in the end.

First half I was feeling pretty good. Started fading and had to take breaks in the 2nd half. It got hotter and sunnier, which contributed. Had a hot spot/blister form on my left Achilles. Sweat 3-4 pounds off while drinking FIVE bottles of water. FIIIIIIVE. Did a gel around mile 8. Took two salt licks every two miles. Did that help? No idea. Walked extra in the last two miles. But I did it.

  • Walking
  • 11m

Ellie Mae

  • 4h 10m 50s
  • 63.16 miles
  • 15.11 Mi/hr

Tri club ride solo - again. At least when I ride at the same time as other people I know i can get help if I need it. A team mate crashed super early on the ride so everyone was stopped for her. Decided I cannot help with 20 others hovering so I went on. Did the 48 mile loop first, then stopped at the tent in the parking lot to refill water. Tired but headed back out for the 14 mile loop. My hot foot flared significantly on the last loop. I had to stop for multiple minutes to get blood flowing again. It was extra painful today.

Chicken processing season must be coming to an end... only had to mouth breathe a few times. 2 dropped chains. At the gas station my bike was parked next to an identical bike, and I asked the owner if she had shifting/chain issues - nope. She looked at my components and recommended upgrading. Hmmm.

  • 11m 39s
  • 1.02 miles
  • 11m 25s /Mi

Brick run. Probably would have done 2 miles if I wasn’t trying to be on time for the swim. Temps a teeeeeny but cooler today.

  • 44m 29s
  • 2010.14 yards
  • 02m 13s /100 yards

Tri club swim at Red Top Mountain State Park 10 miles down the road from the bike ride. Swam the long route out to “the rocks” and back. Did some breast stroking and meandering trying to sight, a bit slower than I would have liked. Wore my Roka swim skin to test for Augusta. It’s great.

  • 1h 00m 02s
  • 5.14 miles
  • 11m 41s /Mi

Treadmill after work. This was one I missed earlier in the week. Shifting my normal Friday night swim to OWS tomorrow after my long ride.

  • Walking
  • 08m

Ellie Mae

Had my first in-person interview with the hiring manager this morning. It was just as expected - fairly short and very comfortable. I have my second interview with our department leaders (my current bosses) Monday, then she mentioned there would be a third with two of the directors in the organizations I'd support. Then potentially a fourth with the executives - but that one would be when they had narrowed candidates down to one, and more like a "meet and greet" rather than an interview. So with the phone screening, that would be five interviews for a lateral move they asked me to consider - when for other people on our team they simply announce they are "sliding" them into a new role. Kind of blows my mind.

  • 12m 29s
  • 1.00 miles
  • 12m 29s /Mi

Had an enormous wave of fatigue hit me around 4 p.m. today. Just too much "being on" at work for the last day and a half - including five meals with this committee - tons of tough discussions and decisions. My brain was fried. Too much people-ing. Left work around 4:30, got home and took care of Ellie Mae by 5:15, then I fell asleep HARD on the couch. Woke up at 6:30 and forced myself to eat and suit up. Did not feel great.

  • 2h 00m
  • 31.20 miles
  • 15.60 Mi/hr

Pepped up slightly so I got on the trainer. Thought I might bow out early on this, but there was enough entertaining content on TV between the Democratic debate and Big Brother to keep me pedaling.

  • 12m 47s
  • 1.01 miles
  • 12m 39s /Mi

Late run after the work dinner. With Ellie Mae.

  • Walking
  • 20m

Home treadmill, exhausted but committed to 30 minutes of movement daily. This was after a marathon of a day including early breakfast, all day working session, team dinner, etc. Wanted an adult drink with dinner but still experimenting with the whole not drinking thing.

  • 50m 02s
  • 4.26 miles
  • 11m 44s /Mi

Lunch treadmill. During this run, a recruiter from talent acquisition called and left a message wanting to do a phone screen. For the interview I already have set up for Friday. This is getting comical.

  • 1h 00m
  • 15.81 miles
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Late trainer ride.

Busy rest of the week on tap with work stuff, and this is supposed to be my peak week of Augusta 70.3 training. I have a work happy hour tonight that gosh I don't want to go to, but feel like I should show up. Going to grab a seltzer water, make an appearance and head home for a 2nd workout. Tomorrow (all day) and half of Thursday will be eaten up by a work event (good news is that I get to see my former boss from Oklahoma) - this includes a dinner tomorrow night. Makes for such a long day.

Then the most interesting news is that I have an interview scheduled for the lateral move Friday morning with the hiring manager, and now a SECOND interview with two other leaders scheduled for Monday morning. Interesting because apparently they told the other gal on our team who applied that they wouldn't be interviewing until after an October conference that the execs this person would be supporting is over (week of Oct. 21 at the earliest). So they told her that timeline, then scheduled an interview with me on Friday. I have no idea why they do things like this - it really pisses people off, confuses them and creates this culture of mistrust. Could they just be honest with the other gal and not waste her time if they know they're going to give the role to someone else (me)? If I were the boss, I would either be more vague about the timeline without saying "after Oct. 21" (because otherwise you're just lying) or be completely transparent and tell her there's a stronger candidate, but be patient because as a result of that move, another role will be opening up and we want you to consider that (they want her in my role). Why is that so hard for leaders?

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    9/12/2021 Madison, Wisconsin
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