*Plan was to BRICK today, but I'm exhausted.  So the workout became a NAP.

Happy Birthday to me.  Big three eight.  Only twenty-four more months to the dreaded four zero.  Ditched my swim this morning with Ian.  Needed more sleep.  Wife's guinea pig bit the dust and the wife was a ball of tears, so once again I found myself digging a grave by flashlight.  Puppy is tiring me out, too.  And my kids have been fighting and driving me crazy, to boot.  All lovely bullshit excuses - sad but true.  I'm tired.  I sort of get a break as I leave tonight for Rhode Island and won't return till Saturday night.  If driving to Orient Point and then up to Providence to sit in information-packed presentations for two days, then driving back Saturday night is a 'break'?  Spending my birthday today at DMV renewing my license and getting new tires on the Camry.  Who's got it better than me? ;):)

  • Health data: Soreness: 4 Fatigue: 2
  • 42m 04s
  • 5.00 miles
  • 08m 25s /Mi

EZ Aerobic. 7:15 pace strides lastt half mile.

Yeah, so my wife's been bugging me to get a friend for our Labradoodle.  Because she's a saint and never says a peep about my training, and is actually uber-supportive of my triathlon lifestyle, I thought it only right and fair to agree to get another dog on trial basis.  His name is Roscoe.  He was rescued from a kill shelter. They said he's a labrador retriever/hound mix.  Funny thing is, I've grown up with labs and many of my friends have labs... and when we got him home and I took a really good look at him, he doesn't look like a typical lab.  His legs are really long, he's not broad, and his facial structure is different. I googled some dog breeds and did I get a shocker when I found pics that looked JUST LIKE HIM.  Guess what breed...  Great Dane.  Yeeeeah!  It is possible he's a Labradane (a new designer breed) but even still, that means he could still be 100 to 120 lbs full grown~!!  Right now he's a malnourished 50 lbs.  His waist is very skinny and his back is spiny.  I suspect he'll be up to around 60 lbs lickity-split now that he's being fed, and he's just around 6-months old.  I've never seen a dog eat like him, either.  He downs an entire bowl of food in under 10 seconds flat.  Always an adventure :)

  • Health data: Fatigue: 2
My wife went back to teaching today.  For whatever strange reason, my kid's school district doesn't start till tomorrow.  Bringing my daughter up to meet her 1st Grade teacher - so cute how nervous she is about the whole thing.  Thunderstorms this morning, which worked out well since I can't train anyway.  Shooting for a Recovery-effort Run this evening.

  • Health data: Soreness: 3 Fatigue: 2
  • 29m 55s
  • 1690.00 meters
  • 01m 46s /100 meters

Wildwood Lake. Great, great swim. Cool air is making it so easy to breathe. Lake was filled with a half dozen boats and people fishing. I don't think they were thrilled with us. Oh well! :)

  • 1h 01m 58s
  • 21.34 miles
  • 20.66 Mi/hr

Felt much better on the bike today. Manorville loop, 2X repeats of Court Climb.

SELF-COACHING ANALYSIS:  I know I've been hitting it HARD since IMLOU, but I've been focusing on my Rest; Recovery; Diet and Mental well being.  REST: I've been averaging 12 hours a day, with lots of down time.  RECOVERY: I've been diligently foam rolling and doing yoga everyday.  My hamstrings and glutes have never felt better and my hip flexibility is fantastic.  DIET: I've also been eating really well - lots of chicken, fish, veggies and fruits.  My weight is borderling 170 almost upper 160's, which really makes a difference.  And most importantly, MENTALLY my heads in the game.  I'm happy to be done with the 6-hour bike rides and I'm eager and hungry to take on the intensity, go short and hard.  I'm hungry for a PR at Poconos.  So long as all these principles and facets of my training keep going well, I will keep stuffing training into this body and building speed for Poconos,  with a 1-week taper.  And then I will rest after Poconos.  :)

  • 1h 29m 39s
  • 10.51 miles
  • 08m 32s /Mi

Tempo Hillwork w/ Bill. Didn't get up early enough and ate two bowls of cereal right before we satrted running and I ended up with a wicked stomach side-stitch. Got home, took a shower, and went back to bed for a lil 4-hour nap :-)

  • 31m 32s
  • 1690.00 meters
  • 01m 52s /100 meters

Wildwood Lake Swim. First wetsuit swim in a month. I hammered the first half with a 14:55. And then slowed it down for the second lap, hammering just the last bit. Ended up with a *touch* of heat exhaustion - feeling like I did at Lake Placid. It's definitely the full wetsuit. I need to get a sleeveless.

  • 1h 39m 28s
  • 34.21 miles
  • 20.64 Mi/hr

Rode with Wynn, Derrick and Rick out to East Quoge. Despite the route being flat, this was easily the most painful ride all year. I had to turn myself inside-out to stay within 50 yards of the guys. My address for all 30 miles was: P.O. Box Pain Cave, NY.

But once again, this is the beauty of training with others. NO WAY I could have pushed like this riding solo. And Wynn is only 2 weeks removed from Tremblant and 15 years older than me, so I had NO Excuse.

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