Monday, February 18, 2008


I just got through with the single worst week of my life as a student. Brutal doesn't begin to describe it. It wasn't the 86 hours of work, but the fact that I felt like an idiot every second of my Sunday- Thurs 14 hour night shifts and got hardly any sleep on top of it. But I made it and then had a very pleasant 24-hour call on Saturday to finish out the week. I started the call by catching a baby for the very first time. Slippery little buggers! Then the wonderful residents let us get 5 hours of sleep. It was glorious!

Despite the hideous hours and the fact that I was near tears for most of the week I managed to get in 5 workouts- my 2 hours of death trainer ride (4 x 20 min big gear), my 7 miles of death treadmill run (20 min @ 8mph), 1 swim, 1 very awesome 10-mile run, and 1 45 min tempo ride on the trainer. All things considered I am happy with that. This week should be much better because I'm on the ambulatory (outpatient) service. If it wasn't for my 25 hour Fri-Sat call and 10 hours of work on Sunday it would be a wonderful training week!


This just in- I added 3 races to the schedule for next year:

April 19, 2008: Kinetic Half Ironman Lake Anna, Virginia. Confirmed entry. I can't say I wasn't a little bit disgusted seeing my age as 30. Damn USAT!!!! But it should be a ton of fun. De Soto TTT partner Tony and probably one other looney triathlete are going out to do the sprint, so I'll have a cheering section on Sat for the half, and they'll have a cheering section on Sunday for the sprint. The water temp will likely be <60F BRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!

July 13, 2008
Musselman Half Ironman. I'm not registered yet, but it's in the plan

December 7, 2008
Las Vegas Marathon
Stepping it up this year and trying to qualify for Boston. I need something fun to do in early 2009 before I start residency!

In 3 weeks and 12 hours I will be on a plane approaching my destination: Las Cruces, NM. 2 weeks of intense training camp there, then off to Ft. Myers to play in the sun with my roadie friends. To say I am looking forward to it is the understatement of the year. Don't be scared- there will be tons of pictures, videos and blogging happening. I'm looking forward to seeing all my friends, including Jonathan who I've been counseling through a depression lately:

We're all hoping that Coach Paulo will make it back in time from Portugal to coach the camp. Some slight visa problems are happening right now, but he is sending Sergio over ahead of him to keep things in place. God knows what happens when Jonny gets to run the show. And things would really get caffeinated if Khai got ahold of the reins:

Ok, it's WAY past my bedtime... Hope everyone is having a wonderful week!


Wes said...

Guess I shouldn't complain too much about doing an International distance on April 26 in sunny South Carolina. Brrrrr! :-)

You are going to qualify for Boston?!!

Wow! You've really been working hard! Sounds like you will definitely benefit from relaxing tri-training and a trip to sunny Florida :-)

Matt said...

I'm really jealous about your training camp time in Vegas, but I guess that's your reward to working as hard as you do. Enjoy it!

Chad in the Arizona Desert said...

Bless you and every other med student for going through all that...I'm not old, but I am past the point of being able to put in days like that anymore. Too many tax seasons burning the candle at both ends. Enjoy the camp. You have certainly earned some time to yourself.

triguyjt said...

enjoy the tri training weeks and the florida get away...they should seem like heaven after the rough weeks you put in juggling the med-tri-life in general stuff

Rachel said...

That's a crazy schedule. And a full race season to boot!

Charlie said...

I look forward to seeing how you fair in a stand alone. I am sure with all the toughness ever present in you.

Jen_runs said...

Wow! I'm tired just reading your post. There would be few as mentally tough as you!

DaisyDuc said...

Looks like a great schedule!!! The videos are awesome. Thank goodness Dr. Jodi could help Jonathen!!! SO FUNNY!!!

MM said...

Enjoy Musselman! Last year the lake was a bit shallow ~ as in, scraping my knuckles on the bottom in the middle of the swim shallow!

Be sure to check out the ITU race the day before, fun stuff.