Thursday, October 28, 2010
Not totin' the ol' 44, but definitely feeling sore. I'm trying hard to jump back into "training" mode. Checking off at least 5 workouts per week (which is better than where I was, belive you me!) It seems that two if not three of these are early early mornings where the alarm goes off around 5:30. Combine that with a full workday of up on my feet all day, moving furniture, and by the time I get home in the evening, I am TOAST. Need to catch a 10 min nap in order to stay awake long enough to eat dinner kind of toast. This work stuff is for the birds! I don't know how my friends who have full time jobs AND families figure out how to stay up late enough to ensure that kids are 1) fed 2) homeworked and dishes/laundry/house stuff is done still train for anything longer than a sprint. Poor Joe takes it as a given that I'll be in bed, lights out, and asleep before at least one of the kids.
Tried the TRX thing this week with Bethany. And just for the record, let's say that what happens in Bethany's basement, stays in Bethany's basement. She and I are contemplating a TRX class in the spring, which at least gives me more time to work up to a "lets not make a fool of ourselves" level of proficiency. I suck so bad, I cannot lift my arms, hug my children, or wash my hair. (Thank goodness for swimming! Of course I kid.) At least we know I still remember how to ride a bike, but don't take me out for more than 35 miles.
This week is also a week where I need to contemplate my 2011 goals. For those of you who are coached by Jen, you know what this means. Essay questions. (Screw IMCdA...maybe my one goal for next year should be to actually do one whole pull up unassisted. Given my current lack of upper body strength, it probably would take most of the year to build up to that.) Last year my goal sheet ended with Vineman and had a whole lotta nothing after that, other than a contemplated fall marathon. For various reasons, I don't know how far past CdA I can plan for this year coming up. It's scary to think so short term, however, given what happened this year training wise after Vineman, rather dangerous insofar as keeping in a modicum of shape post CdA. There are, of course, extenuating circumstances. Like where will we be?! But I think I owe it to myself to plan long term and then if the situation changes, roll with it and see where it takes me.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Several fine folks had left little messages on Facebook asking when I was going to update my blog, but that was over 2 months ago! Do you really care about a few missing race reports, beach trip happenings, job to do-ings? At this point, there is just too much to catch up on and the thought of bringing the world up to speed on life chez moi is overwhelming. Let's instead just summarize, shall we?
- Trip to California this summer was awesome. 3 weeks spent in wine country, doing some training, visiting some wineries, and hanging out with the inlaws is rough, I know. Vineman, however, was no cakewalk. A gorgeous race, a shame the swim was so darn shallow. After the turn around, my hands were scraping bottom for most of the way back to transition. Bumpy, technical bike course. I need to get over my chickensh*t fear of descending. You pass winery after winery, thinking "if only I could stop and taste..." It got pretty darn hot. I stopped half way up Chalk Hill to give some spare salt tabs to a guy whose quads were totally cramping up in a horrible way (he repassed me on the bike, only for me to pass him on the run with his legs locked up again). The run was HOT and HILLY. No personal best, but so glad it was done. Hung out with fun friends post race! Molly = best Vineman sherpa ever.
- Beach time! Only one week this year, and interrupted with showhouse to-doings and threatened hurricanes. Ate, drank, lounged, didn't train much but got my butt handed to me on a Fat Frog ride. I have totally fallen off the workout wagon this fall, averaging a whopping 3 workouts a week (if that...) Can you say LAZY ASS?! It has been nice though, to just run when I want, eat what I want, drink what I want and decompress. Job stress is at an all time high in our house, and I needed the break away from that aspect of my life to make room for other concerns.
- Richmond Symphony Designer Showhouse. I loved my room, and felt that everything that went in it was absolutely perfect. There was some nail biting at getting the wallpaper in on time, but it all worked itself out. Here are some pics: