Thursday, February 21, 2008

Aaaahhh... Back in the Saddle

Right now, the windows are thrown open, the temperature in our bedroom is a steamy 81, and the rain is making the most beautiful "shushing" and "tapping" pattern on the sides of our windows. The perfect time to write a long blog about the beauty of yesterday's Lunar eclipse. I have given it a lot of though, have a few interesting things to say - but alas, don't have enough time to devote to the post to make it to MY liking.

You see...

Bree called me out, and commented in my last post: NO MORE LATE NIGHT BLOGGING!

And she's right.

I'm nocturnal, by nature. I "Burn the Midnight Oil," as my Dad likes to say. Staying up late, reading, writing, studying, watching mindless TV - are things I've always done.

But no more.

I am on strict, self-imposed orders to have the computer off by 10 pm, the lights out no later than 10:30 on non-Master's nights, and (gulp) lights out by 9:00 pm the night before Master's swim practice.


Because - as of now - I think I have averted major disaster. After Coach's orders to take the entire day off yesterday, and wallowing in my own misery, I decided that my trainig, recovery, and racing were too important to gamble with... And all for what? Watching "The Girls Next Door" or other reality show tv? Reading an extra chapter from my latest read? Writing a little longer?


So NO Lunar Blog tonight - that'll have to wait...

Today was much better, and even though I was a little more fatigued than usual, I managed to have a great 45 min run outside (IN the thunder, thank you very much! HA - only heard 3 thunderclaps, and managed to NOT wet myself. An impressive feat, given my track record) and did a sweaty 3 hour bike ride on the trainer.

I don't know what's worse: living in the freezing North, or living in the warm South but being forced to ride the trainer because of thunderstorms.

(If you haven't gotten the memo, I'm not a big fan of thunder!)

No - I take that back. Thunder is okay. The thought of getting zapped by lightning keeps me indoors. Yeah. If you've seen what I've seen, YOU would be of the same opinion.


3 hours on the trainer, and I still feel okay. Even better, I still love my coach. That, my friends, speaks volumes.

And now, I've got exactly 13 minutes to brush my teeth, take out the contacts, stack the dishes in the washer, and make sure everything in the house is locked down.

It's been a great day, and (fingers crossed, knock on wood), I think I'm over my hump. With that I'm off. You'll just have to stay tuned to my Lunar blog.

So much to do... so little time.

Then again, stacked dishes are overrated. I think I'll rebel a bit tonight and leave them out. Enjoy the rain, enjoy my book, and then settle myself to sleep.

Yep, the dishes will have to wait.


Beth said...

Glad you are feeling better Marit!! You do pose a very good question though...what's in the north where it's cold/ice/snow and you know you have to ride inside OR living in the south THINKING you are going to get to go outside and enjoy the sun only to be forced inside due to storms anyway? That is a close call!! :) Hope you have a great day!

Pedergraham said...

Hi Marit:
Hope your new sleeping regimen works. I am not nocturnal, but I think I can understand people who enjoying having that time of the night to themselves, to unwind slowly and relax.

Lunar eclipse (or the Iguana Eclipse, as Lelia calls it) was a big hit with Andrew and Lelia. Can't wait to hear your report--delivered at a new time, of course.

Hope you have sun and shine without the clouds and thunder today.

Anonymous said...

This is MARIT - by the way. Stupid computer! :)

Hi you two! Danielle - you hit it right on the head... curling up on the couch to think/write/read while the world silently slumbers. Sometimes I'll listen to the BBC or Jazz on NPR - love those times. But, with the really early Masters practice, I think my health is going to be more important. So now, staying up late will be a special treat - like the chocolate truffles... (of which I had one yesterday - part of recovery, of course! ;)

Beth - YES - you got it! You would be surprised at how much time I spend on the trainer. Traffic near our place is awful - and I don't want to risk life, limb, and bike to get in an hour spin. It takes about 30-40 min to get to the good biking spots. If I've got only and hour or so, I'll whip out the trainer... most of the time. The weather is what really adds to the mix. Yesterday AND today, the forecast calls for "strong scattered thunderstorms" ALL day. These storms can litterally pop up anywhere and anytime - and I have been caught in one once. Awful. I can ride in the rain, that's not a problem - its just the thunder and severe weather that has me terrified. So yesterday I did my 3 hour ride on the trainer. Good times.

Anonymous said...

Seriously, I'm not even joking here. I read your post last night at 10:45 and I promptly turned off the computer and went to sleep! Thanks to you I got about an extra hour last night!

Anonymous said...

good call on the sleeping - it's SOO crucial to your recovery and fitness! I am so sleep dependent, it's ridiculous - if I get less than 8 hrs during a period of heavy training, I feel it.
Fortunately, since our bedroom is a cave, we can stay up to very late hour of almost 11, and sleep until 8:30 (like last night/this morning!).
And you know my feelings about waking up at 4:45 in the morning - forget about it!!! I would be in bed at 8 IF I had to get up that early!

BreeWee said...

I knew it! I just knew you were a late night blogger because you are 5 or 6 hours time difference than me and when I sit down at night my time your blog gets updated while I am awake! ha ha!!
SLEEP well sleepy head!

Kellye Mills said...

That is SOOO good of you!! 10pm is my goal, but it doesn't always happen. I find that if I PLAN on 9:30pm then 10 has a much better chance of happening!

Keep up the great work!

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