Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Can't get enough

I've decided that I'm addicted to training. I never quite feel like I've done enough. TV doesn't interest me anymore, the internet bores me. It's a sickness, people. How many people in your lives think that you are totally nuts for doing this to yourself? They just don't understand ;)

So here's my training this week so far:

On Monday I skipped the Master's swim because I didn't sleep very well on Sunday night. That was probably a good call. I went in to work to hammer through a manuscript that we are in the middle of revising. During one of my many breaks I checked the CTC forum and saw a post for an open water swim. Perfect! It gets me out of work and I get to try out my awesome new wetsuit. (yeah, yeah, I just like it because it makes me look like a superhero). I met Mark at Columbia park for my very first open water swim. It was quite an experience. Awesome and a little scary all at the same time. I found that I had to breath a lot more than usual. I don't know if it was the tight neck on the wetsuit, the temperature, or the mild panic of being in the waves. Either way, is was a great experience to get out there, and I met another great CTC member (I think that they are all just awesome people). After the swim, I didn't go very long for my first time out- just about 1000 meters, I went for a short run to test out the legs and the knees. It was intensely hot and humid, and the 2.2 miles felt like 5. But nothing hurt, so that was a major bonus.

Tuesday I biked to work. Again, very hot and I was a little bit gross when I got there. The round trip is 10 miles- with a good amount of hills on the way home. Then at home, after inhaling a mountain of pasta, I did my Cindy Crawford Next Challenge workout. Guaranteed to make you want to cry for days (you really must try it. The toning is unmatched). That took me an hour and I went to sleep early for swim practice.

Wednesday- I went to a new master's swim practice. It is much closer to my house than the CSU team, and I can go swimming, and then go back to my house to get ready which is a big bonus. It was fun and kicked my butt. I think we did about 3000 meters. I am so slow compared to when I was 18 (when did that happen?).

Then at night I went down to meet Jen for the Newbies run downtown. It was my first weekly training session that I've made it to so far. It was a challenge to find parking (and it cost me $3.25), but it was totally worth it. It was a nice run and I met more really wonderful people. I think I'll try to make it to that run every week. It is the only regular training session that I can make it to and still get home in time to take care of my four legged furry friend.

Speaking of the Mad dog (short for Maddie, short for Madison, the best town in the world), I think I'll probably take her on a run around Shaker Lakes tomorrow morning. She loves that run because I let her go swimming in the middle. I'd put a picture of her up, but blogland isn't cooperating tonight. Maybe tomorrow...


TriSaraTops said...

Wow--you braved the open water! I'm impressed! :) I'm heading there the 6th and 13th--that beach is very close to my place--next time you go I'll meet ya there!

qcmier said...

I miss running around the Shaker Lakes.

Glad to hear the legs are okay.

DaisyDuc said...

Wow, 3000 meters! How fortunate you are to have a swim background!

rob reddy said...

lot's of swimming at Columbia with the club - sara has some newbie events and pretty much we will swim every tuesday evening (I need someone to run the swims on june 27) until october

on occassion we even go out to eat after the tues swim - see ya there

Anonymous said...

Very best site. Keep working. Will return in the near future.

Anonymous said...

I'm impressed with your site, very nice graphics!

Anonymous said...

I find some information here.