* Can someone please teach me how not to be stupid? After running nice and easy (and little) last week to recover my running legs, I put myself back on a plan of 5 (instead of 6) runs/week (to have more time for swims and bike rides). Yesterday it was speed day, 10 miles easy with 8X30 seconds @ 3K-10K pace. I went to the track. The track is dangerous. The track pushes my buttons and makes me run fast. It is really the track's fault that I ended up running 8X 200 meters @ 4:30-4:50, with 200 m easy running in between. They felt great! My cadence was very high and I used my arms for a change (I never use them). But, today reality hit. MY a$$ is on fire and my legs are sore! I ran 12 miles easy this evening but even an 8:56 average pace did not seem slow enough for my tired legs. Live and learn.
* I am not picking my son up early anymore. We end up waiting around for 20 min for his best friend's mom to arrive so that they can leave together. I also must learn to eat a big snack before picking him up as we end up staying at the playground with his little friends way over dinner time and I get cranky when I am hungry.
* I biked for 10 hours last week. Not much for most, but a lot for me. 95% of it was on the trainer, though:)
* I biked for 2.5 hours on Sunday, ran 5 miles (in shorts, and froze) and then Chris and I went outside to bike for a bit. This was my second attempt to riding my tri bike outside. It was windy and I really felt the push from the wind. I almost made it in the aero bars - half way - and managed to shift. I call this progress. I was mad, however, and told Chris to try the bike and see how unstable it is. He got on my 51 cm bike, all 6'1'' of him, and proceeded to ride in aero laughing his face off. I love him, but I hated him then. Here is the thing, as a kid, I ran everywhere - after the bus, away from my brother, etc and raced the boys on the street for fun. I was fast. I did not bike (or swim) so I don't have that comfort on the bike that someone like Chris, who grew up biking and has been bike commuting all his life has. But, I will get there! I learned to swim and am quite comfortable in the water now. I can certainly get comfortable on my tri bike. This is my new challenge!
* Chris and I will take advantage of the 3 day weekend coming up in April and drive to New Hampshire to ride the bike course of Mooseman. I am so excited! This means that I will track all you Boston contenders on my phone, so you better post your numbers when you have them. I'll most likely run Boston next year again.
* I am starting to fantasize about spending some long hours on trails this summer in between my half ironman and the beginning of marathon training. I always want to run trails but somehow that fails to happen.This year I'll make it happen and also build endurance and build a nice base for my fall marathon.
Building a clock
7 months ago