Friday, April 17, 2009

Mish Mash of Hodge Podge


Which is really all that this blog is. I've had several running blog topics or 'ideas' running through my brain, but somehow haven't committed to any single one yet. Blame it on the IM training, because that's what I'm doing. And while I'm at it, I need to thank Mary Bradbury for the 'Hodge Podge' idea in the first place.

Without further ado...

1) I haven't killed any plants yet. But the tomato is looking a little less-than-stellar. Note to self: watering daily is important...

2) I was hit HARD by a case of the grumps Wednesday morning. Don't ask why or how - I can't explain. Only while driving to the pool, when I made myself list a few positives, did they go away. I have a home, a roof over my head, a family that loves me, enough food on the table... Yeah, that will put things into perspective quick!

3) It only took 45 minutes to swap out the race wheels and re-hook-up the power meter. My biggest obstacle? I couldn't get the stupid zip ties to work in order to secure the bike computer mount to the stem. Instead of the 2 that are required to do the trick, I've got 4. Don't ask.

4) But I rode my Scott for the FIRST TIME yesterday since Oceanside. It was everything that I had hoped it would be and more. The cross winds weren't too horrible, the hill repeats didn't seem too hard, and I loved the feeling of not-having-trashed-legs-so-I-can-still-feel-strong-while-doing-the-workout. Good feeling will be gone in a few days, I imagine. I am, after all, still in the first week of IM build.

5). OhMyGosh! I'm at the FIRST WEEK of IM build! And there are (something like) 65 days left before Coeur d'Alene. Not that I'm counting...

6) I refuse to be bullied into leading the lane. I'll do the pull set - not a problem. I don't mind sharing. Heck, I'll even take turns for the mainset. But when I can barely make the interval for a killer 18 X 100 and there are faster people there who are just cruising in the back, I am MORE than willing to take my paddles and shove them, well... you get my point.

7) I will be spending as much time physically riding my bike and running on Saturday, as I slept last night. I'm riding 6+ hours (or until I hit 100 miles... the real kicker? I MUST stay on my bike a MINIMUM of 6 hours, and I must ride a MINIMUM of 100 miles. If I get the miles before the six hours are up, I have to remain on the bike...), and then running 40. Wow. I think post-ride sushi will be appropriate.

8) I don't like driving in the car for 100 miles. It seems so...long. And takes for-ev-er. Thankfully, I'll be on a bike!

9) I am in Peanut Butter Egg withdrawal. Yesterday when I had a chocolate gel, I wondered where they had hidden the peanut butter before I realized it was just a gel. small sigh.

10) Susan Boyle on "Britain's Got Talent". Simply amazing and the clip made me tear up. If you've got a few moments, its worth checking out.

11) After watching 3 past episodes of "The Office" on the web last night, Nathaniel and I are caught up. Wow - a lot has happened... For our viewing pleasure, I made a really good lentil dish and Nate cracked open a bottle of wine. Its nice when he's at home and not flying night flights!

12) There's a construction sight right next to the pool, as the high school is putting in a new stadium complex. Or something of the sort. Now I don't have a problem with that...the chocking diesel fumes from all the machinery that have been blowing into the pool, on the other hand... Nothing says 'Excellent' like coming up with a lung full of diesel fumes when you're trying desperately to make the 18 X 100 on x:xx pace.

13) Even though the hot tub isn't the best thing for me post-workout, man it feels good. After Saturday's session though, it'll be the ice bath - I'm sure. Nathaniel even volunteered to have it ready by the time I return from my run...

14) New swimming suits make me feel 1)fast 2)happy to swim 3)not naked - as my old ones were a little, errr, threadbare...

15)The House Monster and Mini Monster have decided to co-exist. Nope, they're not friends. But I think they accept each others presence. And Tabbitha growls while Anabelle chases her around the room. In case you're wondering, this extra dose of exercise has not prompted the Fat Grey Cat to loose a few pounds. The only time that they're close? When Tabbitha is asleep and Anabelle curls up as close as she can without touching Tabbitha.

16 comments:

Marni said...

That bed looks SOOO Comfy! Can I join your kitties?
-marn

Molly said...

Funny, because I was just about to write a blog post full of randomness :)

Holy crap, that's a lot of workout this weekend. You will rock it, I know. It's all about that time in the saddle, right? I'll be there in a few more months. And ack, only 65 days, that means there are only 50-something till my first 70.3 of the year. eeek!!!!!

Keep up the good work!

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Mama Simmons said...

You're gonna need more than sushi after that workout on Saturday!! Ahhh... Ironman Training...

ADC said...

There are 65 days left until IM CDA???? Oh dear, oh dear - scary. On the other hand i'll get to meet you - yay. Yes, I've also seen Susan Boyle today - amazing. And I've just had sushi - :))))) Have a great training weekend. Lovely to have Nate around.

Laura said...

You're running 40 minutes, not miles right?!? That would just be INSANELY CRUEL of Mrs Harrison!

I heart Peanut Butter Eggs. :) Happy Weekend - and IM build.

Jen said...

Post workout sushi = Happiness :)

I feel you pain with the PB Egg withdrawal. My 10 yr old ate the last one on Wednesday. NEVER have I been so close to putting a kid up for adoption.

Beth said...

Have a great brick tomorrow! I'm sure you will rock it. And enjoy that post race ice bath...I mean sushi. ;)

GoBigGreen said...

Ok:
1st I HAVE THAT EXACT QUILT COVER AND MATCHING PILLOW CASES. that is cool and likely everyone else commenting is like Wahoo, who cares?

2nd Jen told me too that a ride of 4 hours doesnt mean "coffee stop at 2 hours and ride home." Hmm. Cyclists have it right...poop stop yes, then again i wont go there:)

3rd I need to reread your entry bc i got obsessed w the comforter and the cats, but YES I think that Sushi roll I had in Tucson ( what was it?) fueled me better than anything. Or perhaps it was the cupcake.

Have a great weeekend training!

Missy said...

You get the super protein rolls after that workout (that's what we ask for and get all this fish and avocado goodness!). Wow, what day. Guessing that you won't have problems sleeping this weekend...more like pass out!

Totally with you on the pool sets - hey guys, we're going to rotate this like you do on a bike, get it, pace line so we ALL get a break!?! That's my fav - YOU get to lead and THEN I'll crawl up your ass. You can punch them in the throat, it's OK in the pool;)

Damie said...

Hey! I have so much to tell you bike wise- I can't even fit it into a comment. Those 6 hours/100 miles will go by pretty quickly. I think you will love IM training, honestly. :) Will be thinking of you and will send a message soon with everything that has been going on. xxxxxoooooo

Bob Mitera said...

Like the picture!

Our club jerseys here will say, "IF you can read this you are DRAFTING you wheel sucking pig."

You're gonna rock the house! Keep it up kiddo!

Jen said...

I don't like grumps...I get them out of the blue myself! Can't stand it.

TriGirl Kate O said...

I thought 100 days was close... 65 to CdA?! Wow!!! You're already most of the way there. If you ever need a "be thankful" reminder, give me a call. I'm good at giving great examples of why we should be HAPPY! I would so totally be snuggling w/ those kitties.

Elizabeth A. Rich said...

OH the Hodge Podge idea is a good one!!! I keep starting blog post only too... yah, writing right now is not my strong point. Maybe its the sudden kick in the ass IM training, that I am LOVING so much, but can't think straight :-) HEE HEE! And just like you I have had to remind myself that I shouldn't be grouchy because life really is rather peachy compared to others! PLUS we get to race and train for such a great sport! And, yes I have some super cool workouts coming up next week that I will have to write about once completed. Congrats on finishing 100+ miles today!!!

dreaming over the ocean said...

i believe that butt is a friend of mine's. ha ha! i definitely was *not* expecting on seeing that today (or any day, infact. i am not sure that i like seeing that butt on the internet!!!). but, alas. it made me laugh.


I like reading you, Marit! I have heard so much about you! Congrats on your 70.3 earlier this month...way to rock it.