Friday, March 27, 2009

Brick, German, Ice, Fun!

My day started like this...

And (thankfully) ended like that...

In between, I did a little of this...

And afterwards, put on these...


I rarely, if every, cry "UNCLE!", but yesterday with 10 minutes left on my T-run, I was done. Toasted. Game over, man! Jen's workout had done the trick, and my legs were feeling the accumulation of tough effort over the past few days.

And before my northern counterparts made disparaging remarks about my bike being on the trainer, in my defense the bike part of my workout called for me to hit specific wattage. And while biking in Southern California traffic WILL get my heart rate up, it doesn't do much for the watts. Stop and go, go and stop. And wait. For. Lights.

So, the trainer it was!

The T-run was just funny. Really. At least I found hilarity in the situation, if anything else. 10 minutes to go, and I was thinking evil thoughts about my coach. She had done it: I was done. Yes, I'll happily bike up Mt. Palomar, hang on to Spencer Smith with all my might, do track work to my heart's desire, and swim with freakishly fast German ITU people - but run for 10 more minutes?

No way.

Done.

My swim was pretty much on the same page. I took it as easy as I could, coasting in the draft of people who shouldn't swim so fast on a recovery day, doing everything I could to keep up. Fins, paddles - all the swim toys you could think of became my new friend. Who cares if all the Germans gave my bad looks when I grabbed the zoomers for our kick set? I couldn't understand what they were saying anyway.

And then they (without said zoomers) dropped my sorry ass.

Oh yeah, well (and this is taken from Fawlty Towers, so please don't be offended) - we still won the war.

But the effort was well worth it! As my last HARD or LONG day before my official Oceanside taper begins, I gave it my all. And then I was done. Seriously.

A quick trip to the store, and I emerged with 40 pounds of ice for the ever-so-important-but-chilly ice bath. The clerk who joked about 'all the beer that ice would hold' had no idea. I didn't even bother explaining it was for me to sit in. Yeah, better to let people think I'm doing if for something normal.

I did have a few friends with me...(Not the most flattering shot of Tabbitha, I agree. But my big girl was being careful to avoid slipping into the tub).

(And of course, Anabelle just had to 'pop' up to see what was going on.)

The best part though? Enjoying dinner, dessert, and wine with friends! Super Sassy Shannon and her One-of-a-kind Sidekick Stephen came over for Tofu Pad Thai. Even Nathaniel enjoyed the tofu (what a good boy!) I was more than happy to cook the meal, so long as they provided dessert. Yum!

So all it took was a little perseverance, a sense of humor, the will to survive, high tolerance for cold water, and the promise of yummy food and beverages with friends. If only every day could be so fun!

Now, off to Lunch time Masers. Today is Friday, therefore "sprint" day. Does anyone else find this funny? Sprinting, me?? Ha ha ha ha ha. I think I'll try to just hold on for dear life - it can't be tougher than anything else right?

13 comments:

D said...

I'm all about the trainer too. The only rides I'll do outside are the long ones (I actually make the effort to get out of town for them) or specific hill workouts. The rest are trainer land. Traffic, drivers and stop lights are too much.

I like to tell people exactly what I'm doing with the ice and then leave without explaining why. I get much amusement out of people thinking I'm crazy. :D

Kim said...

SO fun! Way to toast yourself and have fun doing it! Dinner looks awesome too. Way to ice, I need to start doing that again!

runningyankee said...

love the kitties around the ice bath. my girls tend to jump in with me then realize - holy crap - its wet and its not warm! .... you made the pad thai? tell me how so i can tell bobby how :)

cheers to the taper!!

TriGirl Kate O said...

Do I see cupcakes?!

Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach said...

Aaahhhh - close, Kate, close. They were actually fruit and key lime and lemmon tarts. DELICIOUS - but not the same as your wonderful cupcakes!

Kari - I actually "cheat" for the Pad Thai... I stir fry my own veggies and/or protein of choice, then add in (drumroll....) "Thai Kitchen" ingredients. Last night was toasted sesammee, but they've also got pad thai and peanut pad thai. It's really good, and not too bad for you!

GoBigGreen said...

What no salted nut rolls? I hope Mom packsup a few Pearson specialties for her visit! The pad thai looks delightful and when you get back here or your mom wants to venture to selby and dale, tell her to check out MANGO THAI. My new favorite spot!
Have fun!

Beth said...

I agree Marit - best to let the clerk at the store think all that ice is for beer... :) Great training now enjoy your taper! :)

Maijaleena said...

I bet you are a better sprinter in the pool than me!

Ice baths...I mean to start doing them...as soon as I am no longer hypothermic. Just looking at that picture makes me cold!

Laura said...

Ice baths - brrrrr! Love your compression sox. Which ones are they again? I need to get some that actually compress and don't make me look like Grandma...

Jennifer Cunnane said...

I love the trainer too when Jen throws those watts sets at you. Good job making it to tape week, you are going to do great at Oceanside!

Missy said...

Hey, I'll never give anyone a hard time if they're working out at all - trainer or not! The ice bath - sat in it with a hat and coat on once. Very hawt look.

ADC said...

I am also happy to cook when other people bring dessert. Enjoy the taper.

Ben said...

Did you get a chance to ride with Bob and Dean? Best of luck at Oceanside!