Only 272 days until Ironman Lake Placid!! I carved a pumpkin to celebrate…
|Sorry it is a little blurry, but I had to shut the flash off to make it work…|
I hate to call it a pain cave…It sounds so…scary!!…SO this is my cave of fluffy bunnies, although I am hoping for a few more outdoor rides before I am stuck inside.
|Cave of fluffy bunnies…|
It is tough for me to bike outside in the am right now, first of all, it isn’t really light until 7am, when I have to leave for work, so I have been spending some time on the trainer. Besides it being dark, the past week or so there has been 1/4 inch of frost on my truck window when I went outside to check the temperature. SO if I can get out in the afternoon for a good ride, that will be awesome.
YES!! I finally went swimming.
So I decided to go to the University of Maine at Farmington pool for my swim workouts this year. It is the same distance away (75 minutes) as the pool at the Y in Waterville, but with better hours (um, the pool is open to lap swimming 6am-9pm M-F; 8am-9pm Sat/Sun. I had to create a detailed matrix to figure when I could hit the window that the pool was open for lap swims at the Y, and sometimes I still got it wrong). Plus, it is better pricing (as an alumni I get a GREAT deal), a better gym, and less crowds…
|9am Saturday morning after my swim…I love college kids who party on Friday nights.|
I went yesterday and swam 1350 yards. I was dreading getting there at 8am because I was sure that the place would be packed and I would be sharing a lane with 4 people or something. That is how it works at any pool I have been to that late on a weekend.
I forgot that this was a college pool and that UMF doesn’t have a swim team, and that 8am Saturday morning is pretty early for most college kids. I was the first one there, and I had the pool 100% to myself for the entire swim. That was pretty awesome, just me and a bored life guard playing with her iPod and glancing up once in a while. It stayed quiet my entire swim, as I was coming out of the water, two ladies came in to start their swim. Now, that is my kind of pool.
You Need a Ride?
I always find it funny when well-intentioned people think I am not out running by choice.
I ran after work on Friday. You could feel and smell the dampness of the coming rain in the air as I started my 40 minute run. It started sprinkling a bit at first, and then turned into an all out down pour. I must stop here to say that I love running in the rain, it is one of my favorite things to do. I see rain, I want to go running. It is kind of weird I guess, but that is just me.
So the harder it was raining, the better I was feeling. It is so nice to have good solid runs again. I run on dirt roads as much as I can, so I was getting all muddy and dirty, which is another thing I really like. So I was having fun out there. One of my neighbors drives by me, and I see him put on the breaks. He sticks his head out the window and shouts,
“You need a ride?”
I smiled and told him no thanks.
“You sure? It is raining, and it is really kind of raw out!”
“Yeah, I noticed. Ha. Thanks, I am good, honest.”
He shrugged and drove off. It was really nice of him to check on me, and I am sure he went home shaking his head and told his wife he saw that crazy girl from down in town who swam past their house all summer (they live on Pleasant Pond) who is always out running (or biking).
Bike – 50 miles
Run – 14 miles
Swam – 1350 yards
Time – 6hr 20 minutes