Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Bugs in the house? It must be spring.



I'm finding cans filled with grass, topped with ventilated saran wrap around the house-it must be spring. Each can holds some dilapidated moth Soapinator is trying to resuscitate. Thank goodness she hasn't found any baby rodents etc. My friends dog had a tasty dinner of something the other day. Most likely baby racoons that were brought up out of the sewer during the recent deluge. This week has been going by quickly but I'm managing to continue on The Plan. Sunday was a long run.

I didn't want to run but my coach kicked me out the door-into the freezing rain. Freezing rain is not a euphemysm here-it was raining and the temp read 36. Ok, not exactly freezing but read on. I didn't want to run until Bono told me "I want to run" as the first song to pop up on the ipod. I was up the hill before "I want to hide" so no chance going back and burrowing under the down comforter like I wanted to do. The rain was more like foggy spitting when I began, but by mile 4 it was pouring. My tights were clinging to my legs at first, but body heat lost out to windchill, my tights froze and I won't be shaving for a week. If for no other reason than coach deserves some prickle. By the time "I fell into a burning ring of fire" came up I was ready to take the song literally. I clicked off 8 or 9 miles in what was scheduled as a 1:20 run. I really need a Garmin (hint hint-bday/mom day-I know you read this Trihubby and Hyphen girl)

Yesterday was the first outdoor bike ride of the season-glorious. At first I felt like a one year old learning to walk, but by mile 6 it was all coming back to me. I need to gain confidence in my balancing ability-"Training for Ironman" suggests setting up cans and weaving around them. I ride a black top trail that is lined, so I could weave for miles and miles. (The Who missed it on that song-who cares about seeing when you can weave) I stuck with The Plan and only rode one loop which took an hour. This is a good training path because it seems to always be windy.

Swam 1700 yards today and got into the swimming groove-booyah! I think I hit on a good stroke entry technique that didn't include my bicep slapping the water. I don't think slapping is good. Don't ask me why, I've started my last two swims by diving into the pool. I've never done that before, but for some reason it felt good. As if I knew what I was doing. Ended the workout with a 3.5 mile run which reminded me why stretching is good and that I need to remember it.

I couldn't touch my toes this morning and groaned when I got out of bed. Strethching is good.

So, life is good, The Tribe is well and this post is entirely too long.

8 comments:

Comm's said...

My brother once came home with a handful of baby garden snakes clutched in his fist, asking mom if we could keep them. That didn't go over too well...

Keryn said...

My kid spent 15 minutes crying at the top of the slide because there were bugs on it and he wouldn't come down. I'm not sure I'd prefer him tending wounded moths, but the fear of innocent bugs in a 4 year old boy is somewhat frustrating.

I need to work on my balance on the bike too. But I grew up on mountain bikes, so the skinny tire thing is a bit of a shift in and of itself.

Great training! Biking on the windy course is a great way to get ready for Florida! :)

Spence said...

Nice training, Trimama! I can relate to the sleet/freezing rain scenario...they tell me it'll be over soon...what doesn't kill us makes us stronger, right? Try explaining that to the skin that was rubbed of your legs... !!!!

Susan said...

Freezing tights - that sounds miserable - the no shaving sounds ok though.

Fe-lady said...

Your posts can never be too long! Always entertaining! The kids at school have been sneaking lady bugs into their classrooms. I try to save as many as I can before they are killed with kindness...
Wonder if you got my e-mail for my order??? I haven't heard back-so maybe I was too late...? Let me know! Thanks!

Flatman said...

"...coach deserves some prickle..."

Funny. :)

mipper said...

it all sounds awesome and i agree with fe-lady... never too long when it is coming from you. :)

walchka said...

It sounds like the training is going well. Keep up all the great work! I definitely stayed out of the rain over the weekend. You are a braver soul then I.