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A Day in the Life

19 Aug

I always find it interesting to see what other people’s days look like (shoutout to SUAR!) so here’s one of mine (though not every day involves so much dog drama, clothes changing, and bean throwing. 🙂)

2:45 am — Get up to pee and decide to let the dogs out while I’m up. Charlie does not go. Go back to bed.

4:30 — Hear dogs moving around. Get up and feed them so I can leave them in the laundry room. Go back to bed.

4:45 — Hear dogs whining. Get up and let them out of the laundry room. Go back to bed.

4:50 — Realize that Charlie might have to pee now so get up to take her outside. She doesn’t go.

4:55 — Come back inside to see that Charlie didn’t go outside because she had already gone inside, right after getting out of the laundry room. Clean pee up and go back to bed.

6:00 — Alarm goes off for the first time.

7:00 — Finally get up after many, many hits to the snooze button, and eat breakfast.

“Do I look like a trouble maker?”

“Not to me.”

7:15 — Evaluate my hair in the mirror and decide to wash it. Hop in the shower.

7:25 — Do my hair and makeup.

7:40 — Get dressed in Outfit #1.

7:50 — Set up iron and ironing board for wrinkly shirt. Make lunch and snacks while waiting for iron to heat up.

From left to right: banana; Laughing Cow Sun-dried Tomato & Basil cheese; Triscuits; Colorado peach; 2 clementines; leftover Baked Mac & Cheese; spinach salad with craisins, feta, almonds and poppyseed dressing; and bing cherries. (For the record, I didn’t eat the clementines or peach and I ate the banana right before our swim.)

8:00 — Iron shirt and promptly decide to change out of the skirt.

8:03 — Get dressed in Outfit #2.

Eh. Not feelin’ it.

8:07 — Get dressed in Outfit #3. Winner. (Or I just no longer care.)

8:10 — Sit down for a short time in the Word.

8:25 — Make iced coffee while talking to the husband.

8:33 — Leave for work.

9:05 — Arrive at work. Our campus is comprised of four buildings like this one:

The desk where I will spend the next 8 mind-numbing hours being extremely bored:

At least the campus is pretty:

3:00 pm — Actually have work to do! Last 2 hours fly by.

5:05 — Time to go home! Traffic is bad but there are pretty views.

I can see Denver from my car!

5:35 — Arrive home. Let pooches out to pee while I check on our zucchini jungle garden.

Mmm… sweet cherry tomatoes.

Yes, our winter squash grew through the fence.

5:45 — Feed pooches. Travis gets home.

6:00 — Decide to do an open water swim so we change and leave.

6:35 — Get to Big Soda swimming beach.

The water’s actually not that bad once you get used to it. Decide that the water is too choppy for an extended swim (hello, water up the nose!) so do roughly 750 yards and get out.

7:10 — Drive home and take a shower to rid me of algae and stank. Eat Stacy’s Pita Chips while writing grocery store list.

7:40 — Travis takes dogs for a ride to the auto parts store and I go to the grocery and liquor stores to buy some dinner necessities.

8:15 — Get home and start making dinner (Spicy Crab Salad) while Travis grills some corn on the cob and waters the lawn.

8:20 — Crack open a glorious Mike’s Hard Black Cherry Lemonade. Hits the spot.

8:35 — Finally sit down to dinner. Delicious!

8:55 — Leave the dinner table in a huff after an intense debate on whether healthy eating involves carbs (one of those conversations where Travis and I probably agree but just can’t seem to communicate in a way that we both understand).

9:00 — Make Travis not do the dishes because he faked throwing my black beans in the garbage. (Hey – I was angry and nonsensical and didn’t want any innocent food to meet an unfortunate end.)

9:10 — Dishes done. Watch Downsized for a bit, feeling pretty good about our financial choices.

9:45 — Decide I need to go to bed so brush my teeth, make the bed (I can’t stand getting in a messy bed!), and soon after, Travis follows.

10:30 — Finally asleep, after laying awake thinking about what we’re going to do with the dogs on our upcoming trips, what my Warrior Dash outfit is going to look like, and how nervous I am to freeze my butt off during the Oly Tri in just a little over a week.


Weekly Recap: 8/08 – 8/14

15 Aug

Somehow, even with the impressive workout shuffling I did last week, I managed to log 5 hours and 45 minutes of training, burning 2,825 calories. Not too shabby.

Obstacles to Sleep #1 and #2

Monday: 19.8 mile bike (1:12:24)

Tuesday: 3.91 mile run (47:45), abs + upper body

I took the dogs on a 1.5 mile run, then went to the Rec and did a treadmill workout for the rest, which involved alternating a fast walk (4.5 mph) on an incline (4.5) with a run (6.0) on less of an incline (2.0). It’s a good workout! I ended with a 1-minute sprint at 7.5 mph – an 8:00 min mile pace! Fast for me! AND I finished it all off with 30 man push-ups (3 sets of 10). I was a good sore the next day.

Wednesday: 2 mile walk with pooches

Thursday: 13.5 mile bike (58:20)

This was my bike home from work and I finally didn’t take any wrong turns! I did, however, have a close encounter with the bike police. (Eep.) This was also my fastest pace on my bike to/from work route: 13.9 mph. Hey, there’s a LOT of hills. I think my getting up to 40 mph down Simms helped my overall speed a bit.

Friday: 14.4 mile bike (1:15:13)

This was more on par with my normal speed (11.5) going to/from work – distance was longer because I missed my turn (again!) and speed was slower because of those blasted hills! But the hills are precisely why this route is good preparation for the Steamboat Springs Oly Tri. I fear the bike course is going to be all downhill on the way out and all uphill on the way back.

Saturday: 7 hours of moving, 2 mile walk with pooches

We helped our friends, James and Cathy, move from their 3rd floor apartment to a house. I was exhausted by the end of the day (and sweating like a man-beast) and ran out of time for any workout because I went to church for a ladies’ night of Bunko!

Sunday: 1,750 yd open water swim (47:52), 4 mile run (45:33)

I was very sore from moving on Saturday – specifically my quads (from making 40 trips up and down those stairs!) and my biceps (from all that man-handling). I had pushed this open water swim from Thursday to Friday to Saturday to Sunday. And I still debated skipping it. But I’m glad I went.

I discovered the real reason why I don’t like doing the breaststroke in a full-body wetsuit: it’s hard to bend my knees. As the knees are crucial in forward propulsion, it’s no wonder why I always felt like I was flailing like I did in the Boulder Sunrise. Even though I still don’t like swimming the breaststroke in a wetsuit, I think it’s a better option than braving water with temperatures in the upper 60s sans-wetsuit. (I am hoping to get up to Steamboat in time to do a test run on Saturday without a wetsuit, to see if I can handle it. Then I’ll make a game time.)

The 4 mile run afterward was done at a comfortable pace. I think my goal pace for the Oly run will be 11:00 min/mile (though really, I’ll be shooting for 10:00s).

Weekly Total:

Swim: 1,750 yards

Bike: 49.7 miles (woot!)

Run: 7.91 miles

Walk: 4 miles


My decision to train at night and get in the Word in the morning has, so far, worked out very well for me. I keep telling myself, Only 2 more weeks! Then I can drop down to 3-4 workouts a week. Even though I have been training since the end of March, it wasn’t until the week before I went to Minnesota (4 weeks ago now!) that I started feeling very drained emotionally/mentally. I am actually impressed that I made it this long without feeling burnt out. But now, I just want some time to relax already!

Anyway, I’ve been doing good about spending time with God during the week and yesterday, I was looking forward to getting in the Word and reading a lot. Twenty minutes in, though, I knew it was useless and took a nap instead. That is going to be one of my main focuses (foci? 🙂 ) for this week and especially next week (taper time!): SLEEP. I’m hoping to go to bed at 8 and get up at 6. Mmmm… sleep. I’m going to need to do something about our dogs – they like to wake up at 4 am to pee and then again at 5:30  to eat everyday. Maybe I should tranquilize them? (Just kidding.) But seriously, I will have no qualms about locking them in the laundry room so that I can sleep more next week. It’s just for a week. And they’re really annoying.

But oh, so adorable.

Minnesota: Nevis, Grand Rapids and Voyageur’s

9 Aug

The long-anticipated Minnesota pictures! (You were just sitting on the edge of your seat, weren’t you?) Since I took so many pictures, I’m going to break our vacation up into a couple of posts. Prepare to be shocked and awed by my awesome photography skills.

We started out for Minnesota around 4:00 pm on Friday afternoon, since we had to stop at Cabela’s in Sidney, NE, for a new gun (for Travis’ dad). While Travis shopped…

…I walked the pooches around this nice lake…

…I subjected Katy to taking photos with me – you can tell she’s thrilled…

…and we all rolled around in the grass for a while. I was incredibly itchy afterward. Note to self.

After grabbing some greasy deliciousness from Arby’s, we hit the road for the horrendous 16-hour drive to Nevis, MN, where Travis’ parents have a house (they live in Grand Rapids right now and rent their Nevis house out, but plan to move back to Nevis eventually).

About an hour into the drive from Sidney, I was wondering WTH made me think that I could handle the deadhead to Minnesota, overnight, after work? I hate to say it, but I’m getting too old for this.

I’ll spare you the gruesome details but we finally arrived at the Nevis household. After chatting with Al and Beth a bit, and giving Al his birthday present, I took a 2-hour nap (which in no way compensated for missing an entire night of sleep). True to form, Travis headed out to ride the ATV, shoot guns, and do all sorts of “fun” stuff…

 …like grate the driveway with an antique tractor.

The next day, I tried going on a run at 6 am (after being woken up by the pooches, as usual) but the deer flies were so bad (and those buggers hurt!), I turned around after a mile. It was a nice try. Then Beth, Carolyn (Trav’s sister), and I went to a place near Park Rapids called Summerhill Farm. It’s an old farm that has been turned into shops. There were a lot of things I wanted to buy but I confined myself to these finds:

The jam was made locally in Park Rapids but the salsa was made in Texas. No matter – it’s delicious and has a nice kick. I mostly bought it for Travis, who loves salsa. And the journal was just too darn cute to pass up (some of the trees are actually shimmery gold).

I spent some more time reading and doing crosswords until we packed up and headed for Grand Rapids on Sunday night. Their house in Grand Rapids is on a lake, which is great, but it’s also near a busy highway and other neighbors, which meant I had to watch the pooches instead of just letting them run wherever they wanted. Thus, my many, many mosquito bites. I definitely got bit up while I was there more than anywhere else.

The next day (Monday), we headed up to Voyageur’s National Park, where Travis’ extended family all co-own land that their great-grandmother bought in the 30s (I mis-typed before when I guessed the 40s or 50s). Like I said before, it is absolutely beautiful up there.

It was pretty windy on Monday, which made for a jolt-y boat ride and water too rough for floating. So we relaxed and picked some blueberries.

Tuesday was the perfect day though. Just the right temperature, calm water, nice breeze. Perfect.

Travis and his parents went fishing at sunrise. They brought back quite the haul.

While Travis filleted the fish,

I took my pictures of my feet.

After breakfast, Travis climbed a tree and cut the top off with a chainsaw. Seriously.

The top of the tree was dead, which is why they wanted to cut it off.

At first, the tree fell in the right direction but unexpectedly, got hung up on another tree. Then when Travis cut the trunk more and it actually did fall, it didn’t fall where expected. Luckily, no one got hurt.

After that excitement was over, I headed down to the beach and laid on a free-standing hammock. Katy was hilarious – whenever I was on the hammock, she would come lay underneath it – it was a pretty good deal for her. She got to be by me and in the shade. But there wasn’t a ton of room under there so I got jiggled around whenever she was switching positions.

A little while later, Travis suggested that we swim out to Fish Island and back. Since we’re at different levels swim-wise (the one and only thing I’m better at than Travis, he [jokingly] told me this past weekend), Travis swam out to the island and I swam back, while Beth, Matthew and Drew followed along on the paddleboat. We estimated the distance was 500 yards. Score 1 for an open water swim practice!

Then we went boating and the pooches came along.

I think Charlie actually enjoyed the boat rides.

She sat on the side of the boat a lot – maybe it gave her better balance?

She made a new friend with Drew, Travis’ nephew.

Matthew waterskied for the first time! Travis and I also waterskied a bit.

That night, we sat around the campfire and ate s’mores. Katy also took her first ride on a swing.

The next day (Wednesday) was rainy and overcast.

Travis and his parents waited to go fishing until after breakfast, when it had stopped raining.

Matthew, Carolyn, Drew and I stayed at the cabin and played the quintessential cabin game – Rummy. Carolyn won. (I lost, as usual. Those Kluthes are Rummy-playing fools!)

While we were playing Rummy, Katy and Charlie were vying for a spot on the only dog-friendly chair.


Luckily, the rainy weather did not affect the fishes’ appetites.

They caught mostly walleye but a few small-mouth bass as well (I think – I only know so much about fishing).

After a lunch of delicious fish, Carolyn and I took the paddleboat out to Fish Island to pick some blueberries. Of course, we had to take the dogs with us (Carolyn has two dogs adopted from humane societies as well – one a golden retriever, the other a Rottweiler mix).

After a nap, Travis and I took the canoe out.

In vain, we tried to leave the dogs behind. They weren’t having it.

They chased us down the shoreline, whining and baying, “Come back! Don’t leave us!”I crumble immediately when Charlie bays so we pulled around to the dock in the bay and let them get into the boat with us.

Hence, dogs in a canoe. They actually did really well.

The sunset was gorgeous that night.

The next morning, it was time to leave already. Vacations fly by way too fast!

Stay tuned for tales from Pine City and Minneapolis.

Weekly Recap: 8/01 – 8/07

8 Aug

Between returning from Minnesota, going camping this past weekend at Twin Lakes near Buena Vista and being ridiculously tired and worn out, both physically and mentally, my training last week wasn’t the greatest. But at least I did something, right?

Monday: Rest

I did laundry, dishes and grocery shopping instead of training.

Tuesday: 7.5 mile bike (22:00), 1 mile run (12:46), abs + pushups

I had hoped this would be a 7.5 mile bike + 3 mile run x 2 but we got to the Rec late and I ended up getting acid reflux from the spaghetti I ate for dinner. 😦 So I ran/walked a mile before deciding to do abs and pushups instead. (I did the bike ride on a Spinning bike, hence the 20 mph pace.) My arms and core were sore the next day so at least there’s that!

Wednesday: 7 mile run (1:23:22, 11:36/mile)

This is the only workout from last week that I am proud of. I was a little nervous trying for 7 miles after taking an entire week off from running. It was also 75 degrees and humid (for CO) that day, which I definitely felt during this run. My legs were very tired and sore by the end but I continued to push it, partly out of fear that I will have to run 6 miles during the race after biking 25 and swimming 1!

Thursday: Rest

I was just so wiped after work and knew that I would have to pack for camping too, that I decided to watch 2 episodes of Drop Dead Diva instead of doing a bike ride. Though I felt kind of guilty, this was the first workout that I intentionally blew off since I started training back in March. Not too shabby, if I say so myself.

Friday: 1,750 yd swim

I timed myself on 825 yards (750 meters) during this swim, to get an idea of what my goal should be during the race. The 825 yards took me 21:20 so I think my stretch goal for the swim will be 43 minutes, realistic goal 45 minutes (the Oly swim distance is 1500 m).

Saturday: Rest

I went on a hike stroll with friends from church and then went swimming in the lake.

Sunday: Rest

We went on another easy hike on Sunday, but I didn’t get out of breath or break a sweat at all so to me, that is more of a stroll in beautiful scenery than a hike. But it was still enjoyable! (Photos to come soon!)


I have decided to ditch my idea of getting up at 4:30 to get in the Word and train before work. Instead, I am going to spend time with God in the morning and train at night. And if the weather doesn’t cooperate or the pool is overrun by the swim team? Suck it up cupcake. I am really enjoying the more leisurely mornings. And because we are approaching fall, sunrise isn’t until 6 am now, which would make my outdoor workouts start later than they’d really need to for me to make it to work on time. So evening workouts it is.

With that, I’ll leave you with this creative representation of my day at work:

Happy Monday readers!

Needed: A Swift Kick in the Pants

5 Aug

My alarm was set for 5 am this morning, because I was planning to go swimming. I took the night off last night – instead of doing the 25 mile bike ride and upper body weights I had on the schedule, I laid on the couch and watched 2 glorious episodes of my favorite summer show, Drop Dead Diva. Then I walked the pooches to Dairy Queen where I got a cone with crunch topping. This was a sanity call – I have not spent time a weeknight on the couch in something like 4 months – and my next free weekend isn’t until the 2nd weekend of September. I couldn’t wait that long to relax.

Since we’re going camping tonight with our care group from church, I really needed to go swimming this morning. Believe me, I laid in bed trying to figure out if there was any way I could do my workout some other time. During lunch? No. Too much traffic for biking. Too far away for swimming. Already ran enough this week. After work? No. Leaving early to get on the road up to Leadville. Dangit. I have to go now.

My dogs woke up at 4:50, wanting to go outside. Since Charlie is still potty training and will pee inside if not let out immediately, I rolled out of bed, depressed that my alarm was set for only 10 minutes later. (I actually turned it off when I got up so that it didn’t go off without me there, if for some reason I was detained longer than 10 minutes – doing what, I have no clue.) The well-rested me would have just stayed up, since I believe it’s harder to get out of bed than to stay out. But the sleep-deprived me went back to bed and set the alarm for 5:15 instead, remembering that 5:30 am is the prime time for swimming at our gym because all of the old geezers have finished their workouts but the young whipper-snappers haven’t gotten up yet.

5:15. Alarm going off. I can’t get up yet. Snooze.

5:18. Alarm going off again. (Yes, it’s only a 3-minute snooze. Pretty impressive pathetic that I have snoozed my alarm for an hour sometimes, isn’t it?) Just one more. Snooze.

5:21. Ok, seriously this is the last one. Snooze.

5:24. I really do not want to go swimming. [Insert brainstorming ways to do workout later.] Remember what you keep saying about triathlon training – that it’s mostly discipline? So get out of bed and go. It doesn’t matter that you don’t want to. Suck it up cupcake. Turn alarm off and get up.

I went to the gym and swam 1,750 yards. And I can honestly say that I am glad I went, but I am also sad that I couldn’t go back to bed afterward. Unemployment, I miss you!

I’m sure that there isn’t an athlete out there who hasn’t had some kind of inner monologue like this with themselves in the morning. Or before a workout. But especially in the morning.

I am happy to report that this catchy little saying works. So much so, that I would like to get a shirt like this one.

Now if only that would motivate myself to post about my Minnesota vacation too… but alas, it’ll have to happen on Sunday or next week. Guess it’s not a failsafe.

{Side note: This week, I have had a horrible case of adhesive-mattress-itis, which is making me seriously reconsider my idea to get up at 4-freaking-30 to get in the Word and train. I’m a thinking it isn’t going to happen… on to Plan F.}

How do you motivate yourself to train when you don’t want to?

Weekly Recap: 7/18 – 7/31

3 Aug

The Jungle That Was Our Lawn

With everything unpacked; laundry washed, folded and put away; our garden harvested (lots of spinach, sage, snap peas and a 16-inch zucchini!); and the dishes done, I feel like have a handle on getting back into the swing of things. I even did a brick last night but it was cut short by acid reflux from eating pasta with spaghetti sauce (a notorious offender).

I don’t know how I manage to do it but I always come back exhausted from vacation (this time, I think the culprit was the short night after a wedding followed by 14 hour car ride.) So catching up on sleep is going to take a little bit longer, since I am staying up later than I would normally to get all the aforementioned tasks accomplished after work.

With that, here is my training recap for the past two weeks:

Monday 7/18: 15.35 mile bike (59:52), 3 mile run (28:38)

I did this brick with Travis at the Rec in the evening and totally rocked the run again! (It’s so much easier to run inside on a flat surface!)

Tuesday: Lower body weights, 2000 yd swim

Another evening workout. Did 2 x 15 of squats, lunges and calf raises, then went to the pool. Did 1 x 200 (fs), 1 x 400 (fs), 1 x 800 (bs), 1 x 400 (fs), 1 x 200 (bs). Right foot started cramping up during 2nd 400.

Wednesday: 6.05 mile run (1:10:29 in 85 degree heat!)

I took my Camelbak and went easy because of the heat. It was cloudy for the first half of the run and rained a bit, which helped a lot. This run was actually mostly pleasant, despite the heat.

Thursday: 14.25 mile bike (1:05:40)

Bike home from work – even though it’s slightly easier than the way there, there are still plenty of hills on the way home. My average heart rate was 152.

Friday: 14.6 mile bike (1:14:42)

Bike back to work – because the afternoon weather has been iffy in Colorado for the past several weeks due to monsoon season but the morning weather is almost 100% nice and sunny, I decided that it was safer to bike home one day and then bike back the next morning, instead of trying to do both in one day. That way, if there was an afternoon storm, I could just drive home instead of biking or having Travis come pick me up.  My average heart rate during this ride was 147. The mileage is a little longer than the ride home because I took a wrong turn. Whoops.

Saturday: Rest day

Sunday: 2.19 mile run (23:14)

I did this run on the county roads near Nevis, MN. While my legs felt great and I was optimistic for something more like 5-6 miles, the deer and horse flies were horrible. I turned around after a mile to see if they would get better the other way but they didn’t, so I called it quits. Boo.

Monday 7/25: Rest day

Tuesday: 10 minutes of waterskiing (arms and upper back!), 500-600 yd swim

My upper back was so sore from waterskiing. Waterskiing has to be one of the best workouts around because it saps your energy in about 15 minutes.

Wednesday: Paddle boating (legs), Canoeing (arms and core)

I noticed that I had more strength for these activities than I have had in the past, so that was exciting.

Yes, that is 4 dogs on a paddle boat…

…and 2 dogs in a canoe. They are seriously attached to us. (More on that in another post.)

Thursday: 15-20 minutes of tubing (arms!)

I told my dad that he had to treat me like a 5-year-old because I didn’t want to get flung off the tube going 25 mph. (You may say that’s part of the fun but after taking a really bad spill a few years ago, I’m so over them.) We found a happy medium going somewhat fast around the turns, but then slowing down for the waves. It’s the combination of going fast and going over waves that’s the doozy (and has the most potential for making you fly off).

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: Rest day

Sunday: Rest day


While I enjoyed my week-long break from training, I am excited to get back into it. Last night, I was actually looking forward to a bike ride but then we got ready later than we should have, and the sky was really dark. So we ended up going to the Rec (after I threw a frustration party for 1). I just feel better when I am active.

Something that I’ve been thinking about for several weeks now and has come to a head with returning from vacation is that my time with God has really been taking back seat to training. I’ve thought about switching to night workouts but the weather here is so unreliable and warm at night (whereas it’s pretty dependable and cool in the morning) and the swim team takes up almost the entire pool at night. Plus, I really just enjoy morning workouts more.

But it’s the same thing with time with God — I’ve tried to do it during lunch but can’t concentrate sufficiently. I’ve thought about doing it at night before I go to bed but I have very little motivation and would rather just read an entertaining book instead of think deep thoughts.

These are the options I have:

1)      Get in the Word in the morning and train at night. (lunch doesn’t work because of the heat)

2)      Train in the morning and get in the Word during lunch or at night.

3)      Get in the Word in the morning and break training up into 2-a-days, morning and night.

4)      Get up early to get in the Word and train in the morning before leaving at 8:30 for work.

I am leaning toward getting up earlier to do both in the morning. My wakeup call would be at 4:30. Even as I type this, though, I’m debating. It’s so hard to stick to a bedtime like 8:30 when you have a husband and church activities during the week.

What I would really like is a 5th option: Get in the Word and train in the morning, go into work at 10:30. 🙂

How do you fit your training in among your other priorities?

Which option would you choose, if you were me?

Weekly Recap: 7/11 – 7/17

18 Jul

I had an awesome birthday weekend. I left work early on Friday to go get a pedicure. The owner of Arvada Nail Shoppe stayed late just to squeeze me in and it was seriously the best pedicure I’ve ever had. She was so attentive and friendly and didn’t cut corners on anything. That pedicure made my day. After that, we went out to eat at Rock Bottom Brewery, then bowling, then finished off with some ice cream from Coldstone (I got the Birthday Cake Remix with yellow cake added in. SO delicious but also SO rich).

Saturday, Travis and I drove up to Frisco and biked to Breckenridge and back. I’ll post pictures and more details later but the ride was mostly flat and very enjoyable, minus the hoards of people. We biked the 20 miles in 1 hour 22 minutes (including stops for photo ops). Then we went to a friend’s barbeque for a couple of hours, and then to the Rockies game (game 3 of 4 against the Brewers). It was the most intense baseball game I’ve ever been to. The umpire made a bad call (Travis watched the replay later which proved it) and the Rockies catcher and manager argued with the call so much that the ump ejected them. The manager even kicked dirt on home plate, which I understand is like spitting in his face. I thought it was hilarious because the manager had such pronounced body language that it looked like he was Charlie Chaplin in a silent movie. And of course, all of the Rockies fans booed the ump for the rest of the game. This was also pretty much the first Rockies game I’ve ever seen the end of. Usually we leave in the 7th inning stretch.

Sunday, we went to Panera, church and then out to eat at a Mexican restaurant called Tacos Junior with some friends. I had a Gringa Torta that was ham and some other kind of meat like pepperoni with cheese, pineapple, and avocado. It was pretty good. After some housekeeping (laundry, vacuuming up the massive clumps of dog hair), I took a 2-hour nap. Travis and I took the dogs to the dog park since they had been cooped up all day Saturday during our festivities and we visited our friends D and Doug on our way home. All in all, it was an awesome weekend.

On to the training recap…

Monday: BRICK: 10 mile bike in 37:37, 2 mile run in 17:49, upper body weights + abs

I did this brick with Travis at the Rec, since this was the Week of Rain in Denver. I totally rocked the run, doing the first mile in 9:00 and the second mile in 8:50. That is my first sub-9:00 mile since 2009. It is quite possibly the third sub-9:00 mile I’ve done ever. I was pretty pumped. I’ve noticed that I run faster after a bike ride. Maybe that should be my new racing strategy…

Tuesday: 1500 yd swim, 1.97 mile run in 22:00

I went swimming at night and to my chagrin, the swim team was there and only two lanes were open for lap swimming. Ugh. I had to circle swim with several other people for about 3/4 of my workout. So while I swam harder than I would have normally, I didn’t have the mind to keep track of my pace like usual. So who knows if that extra effort translated into any extra speed. I did the 2 mile run with the pooches, who annoyed me as always.

Wednesday: 20 mile bike in 1:18:47

I did the first 12 miles of this ride on the trainer, doing a pyramid interval (.5 mile at easy pace, .5 mile at increasingly harder pace until halfway then working back down). The last 8 miles I did on the road with Travis. We had to adjust our ride due to the massive puddles from the exorbitant amount of rain we’ve gotten in the past week but I got the miles in (rainy weather be damned!) and that’s all that matters.

Thursday: 2000 yd swim, lower body weights

In an effort to do more breaststroke, I did 4 x 100, 200 drills, 2 x 600 (1 fs, 1 bs), 2 x 100. 600 times were 17:15 (fs) and 15:?? (bs). For LBW, I did 2 x 10 reverse lunges, 2 x 10 one-legged squats, 2 x 15 calf raises, 2 x 10 front leg pulls, inner/outer thigh pulls with resistance band. I tried to not overdo it like last week (which I succeeded at because I wasn’t sore the next day).

Friday: 4 mile run in 46:05, foam roller

My legs were noticeably tired from the very outset of this run. (Reason #1 why I’m super excited to get these compression pants for my birthday. They should be coming soon!) I did the first 1.5 miles with the pooches and the last 2.5 by myself. It’s amazing how much work it is to run with the dogs.

Saturday: 20 mile bike in 1:22

This was our bike ride from Frisco to Breckenridge and back. The elevation gain is only 646 feet, so while we could tell that we were going uphill on the way out (averaging 13 mph – my legs were still tired) and downhill on the way back (averaging 20 mph), there was only 1 bad hill that left me panting. This ride also encouraged me that biking shouldn’t be that bad at 7,000 ft, since this ride was at 9,100-9,500 ft. Next ride to tackle: Frisco to Vail Pass. Significantly harder.

Sunday: Rest day

Yesterday, I figured my time would be better spent resting than forcing myself to do a 6 mile run on tired legs. I figured the same thing this morning. 🙂 But I’m going to do something tonight – depends on my schedule and the weather but it’ll either be the 6 mile run I forewent this morning or a 20 mile bike ride.

Weekly Totals:

Swim: 3500 yds

Bike: 50 miles (Yay!)

Run: 7.97 miles

I feel pretty good about my workouts this week. I got way more biking miles in, did my strength training workouts, and some solid runs. The weekly summary on my heart rate monitor said I had spent 7 hours and 22 minutes working out, burning 2600 calories (though I’m pretty sure it was more because the battery on my sensor needs to be replaced). That’s a lot of working out!

We leave for our week-long vacation to Minnesota this Friday afternoon and I’ve been trying to brainstorm how to get some workouts in while we’re gone. Swimming and running shouldn’t be a problem, since we’ll be on the lake and country roads a lot. Travis’ hometown, Nevis, also has a really nice bike trail but we’re wondering if it’s worth it bring our bikes 1,000 miles one way for 1 or 2 rides. What do you think – is it worth bringing our bikes to MN? Or should we just concentrate on swimming and running for the week?

Weekly Recap: 7/04 – 7/10

11 Jul

This past weekend was fantastic. Even though I stayed up until 11 pm on Friday night cleaning my house for the BBQ on Saturday (not my first choice of Friday night festivities), I got to sleep in until 9 am on Saturday morning after which Travis and I drove up to Evergreen (about 30 minutes from our house) to do a run at 7,000 feet (the same elevation as Steamboat Springs, where my Oly tri is). More about that in a bit… After getting home and showering, we went grocery shopping, finished preparations for our party, and then from 4 to 8, had about 25 of our friends from church over. While our yard is more than big enough to accommodate everyone, things got a little cozy when it started to rain and we all moved inside. Luckily, it only lasted about 45 minutes and then we dispersed to a more comfortable amount of personal space.

Sunday was glorious. After church (during which Travis and I served for our first time as part of the projection/lights team), we ate lunch and then I proceeded to take a 2-hour nap. (I had decided to take a rest day and push my brick workout to today.) After that, I went grocery shopping and made butternut squash and sage lasagna (using sage from our own garden!) to bake tonight for dinner, and then Travis and I checked out a new Mexican restaurant near our house called Las Salsas. Travis had a burrito/enchilada/chile relleno combo plate and I had fish tacos. The food was very tasty but the prices were a little high for Mexican. Since we were the only patrons there until we were leaving, the service was very prompt. We watched Batman Begins on TV and then went to bed at 9:45. I slept in this morning until 7:15. Guess I was pretty worn out from my workouts this past week:

Monday: 5.5 miles backpacking in holy heat

While the way back was easier cardio-wise than the way there, my legs still ended up exhausted, my feet hurt and I was totally ready to be done. But getting Dairy Queen in Silverthorne made it all worth it. Mmmm… {Pics are coming soon, I promise!}

Tuesday: Rest day

Wednesday: 2000 yd swim + lower body strength

Because of the following reasons,

  • my IT band has been acting up some during my runs (causing soreness in my outer knees)
  • I’m increasing the distance of my long runs to 7-8 miles in the next few weeks
  • I’m toying with the idea of doing the Denver Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon in October
  • I am trying to add in 1 day of lower body strength

I decided to do the leg strengthening exercises I learned in physical therapy last year (when being treated for my IT band): reverse lunges off a platform and one-legged squats on an exercise disc. I also added in calf raises. So I did 3 sets of 15 reverse lunges on each leg + 3 x 15 calf raises + 2 x 10 one-legged squats. My legs felt fatigued by the end (considering I haven’t done any sort of lower body strength since January).

Thursday: 13.8 mile bike to work (1:13:25) + abs

I’ve already told you about how difficult this ride was for me. Since I had woken up that morning very sore from my lunges and squats the day before, then went on the most challenging bike ride I’ve ever been on, I could barely walk at work. I seriously had to use my arms to push myself out of my chair. Note to self: don’t bring heels to wear to work after you’ve biked in. Even harder to walk.

This ride was supposed to be 27.6 miles (with the bike home from work) but a stupid thunderstorm decided to thwart me. Boo!

Friday: 2000 yd swim

I was so tired this morning that I tried to figure out any possible way to push my workout to a different time/day so that I could go back to bed. But unfortunately, there was no other time so I bucked up and went to the pool. I did 100 yds freestyle and 100 breaststroke to warmup and 300 yds of freestyle drills (pull buoy, one arm). For my core workout, I did 300 yds freestyle, 400 breaststroke, 500 freestyle. For a cooldown, I did 150 freestyle, 150 breaststroke.

Saturday: 4.95 mile trail run in Evergreen (1:07:38, 561 ft elevation gain)

Since the Oly tri I’m doing is at 7,000 feet and Wheat Ridge is only at 5,200 (roughly), I wanted to see if the elevation would affect me. It was a little hard to tell, since trail runs are harder than road runs (steeper grades) but on the flat parts of the trail run, I determined that the difference in elevation won’t be much of a factor. The hills will though! My legs were still tired from my lunges + bike ride so I had to walk up some of the steeper grades (6%) and the last mile was shot to heck when it felt like I was running through quicksand. Considering my half marathon pace last year was 12:30, I’m not feeling too bad about a 13:40 pace on a run like this.

Sunday: rest day

I had no motivation – mental or physical – to do anything except be a bum yesterday. (I went grocery shopping because I can’t survive without healthy food.) I’m glad I made the choice to switch my brick workout to today because I’ll get to do it with Travis and I have much more energy today.

Weekly Totals:

Swim: 4000 yds

Bike: 13.8 miles (wah.wah.)

Run: 4.95 miles

Hike: 5.5 miles

I also decided against doing the sprint triathlon in Leadville that is taking place this coming Saturday. There were a couple of reasons for that decision: 1) I wasn’t sure I had it in me to do a full sprint at 10,200 ft (that kind of elevation difference does matter) 2) It would take up pretty much our entire weekend and 3) Travis isn’t ready for a triathlon yet, specifically with the swim leg, so he’d just be a spectator again. I hate to make him give up yet another whole weekend to devote to my hobby (since I don’t go hunting or fishing with him, it’s not really even).

So that means I can just focus on preparing for the Warrior Dash on August 21st and the Steamboat Springs Olympic Tri on August 28th. My goals for the next few weeks are:

  • Get 3 strength training workouts (1 upper, 1 lower, 1 core) in per week.
  • Get at least one 30-mile bike ride in per week.
  • Increase the amount of breaststroke in my swim workouts (this is the stroke I plan on doing in the race – read why here).
  • Keep rockin’ the runs.
Tomorrow, it’s been a month since the Greeley Triathlon – which means I’m a month into training for this Olympic tri. When I first looked at the training plan I came up with, I was a little skeptical if I could handle the training load. But even though I was really tired this past week (must.get.more.sleep!), I have maintained a good level of energy for non-training things (I still cook, clean, grocery shop and do laundry every week). Granted, I don’t think I’ve done a full week of training exactly as it was on paper (bike rides must stop being thwarted!), but I’m still putting in 5-6 hours of training a week. So I am going to keep on keepin’ on toward my goal (our Minnesota vacation on the horizon is helping too).
Spiritual update:
I just realized that I didn’t include this in the past couple of recaps I’ve done. Whoops. But I have been spending time reading the Bible almost every day! I’d still like to increase that time (right now, it’s about 20-25 minutes in the morning) but I haven’t been as much of a Nazi about my bedtime as I need to be to make that happen. Regardless, I feel close to God, am being challenged to grow, and have been thinking about/praying for others. (I hesitate to say I’m “doing well” because I tend to fall into a legalistic mindset where I feel more deserving of God’s grace if I’m on top of things and vice versa. So instead I’ll just say that I feel very encouraged by my relationship with God lately.)
How was your weekend?

Weekly Recap: 6/27 – 7/03

5 Jul

Happy Tuesday readers! Did you all survive the first day back to work after the long weekend? I was actually very productive today at work – and productive doing work things. (Shocking, I know.) And I was productive today after work: I went to the bank and grocery store, made dinner, am now blogging, and will be folding the last load of laundry shortly. Then it’s probably off to bed for a little reading and lots of sleep. This weekend’s backpacking adventures were exhausting – I’ll post pictures tomorrow.

Life caused many edits to the training plan last week. Here’s what I ended up doing:

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: AM – Ran 5.65 miles in 1:04:23

PM – Biked 3.14 miles to/from Rec; Swam 1800 yards

The focus of my run this day was just distance so my pace was my normal 11:23 range. My knees and IT band were acting up. I’ve noticed that when I run slower, my legs hurt more. I think it’s because when I run faster, I engage more muscles so it stabilizes my leg more. Must run faster more often.

For my swim, I did a pyramid again – 2 x 100, 2 x 200, 2 x 300, 2 x 200, 2 x 100; alternating between the front crawl and breaststroke.

Wednesday: Biked 31.62 miles

My longest bike ride EVER! And man, did my back say so loud and clear. I biked with a friend who is a leisurely biker and while it was great to have the company, the ride took me longer than expected – 3:06:39 to be exact (that is 10 mph). No wonder why my shoulders and palms were crying out in pain – I increased my time spent on the bike from 1:07 to 3:07! The biggest lesson I learned from this ride is that I need to get in some longer rides. I don’t know if my back would have tolerated a 10K run after that.

Thursday: (Unplanned) Rest

Due to getting home at 10 PM after Wednesday’s bike ride, I didn’t swim in the morning like I was supposed to. And after work, I was so pooped that I did. not. want. to. swim. So instead, I got in the pool. Yes, you read that right. I used that evening just to coach Travis in the pool on his technique. I did get in a couple hundred yards but I’m not counting it as a workout.

Friday: BRICK – 6 mile bike on the trainer; 1 mile run

I was worried that doing too much on Friday would make me too tired for our backpacking trip on Saturday so while I averaged 20 mph on the bike and then ran the mile in 9:50, I wasn’t hammering it like I had planned to do my bricks. But my legs were still tired on Saturday. Oh bother.

Saturday: Backpacking – 5.7 miles; 1,800 ft elevation gain

Holy crap. This was a hard hike. There was sweat pouring down my face, dripping off my chin, and soaking my shirt. My pack weighed about 25 lbs, which I’m sure added to the difficulty, but this trail would’ve kicked my butt regardless. About 4 miles in, I was cursing and questioning what crazy idea ever made me think backpacking was fun. Obviously I survived. But I’ll leave the rest of the details for tomorrow.

Sunday: 1.5 mile walk/hike

This day was just spent reading and watching Travis and our friends, Ahren and Lauren, fish. More details to come…

But here’s a sneak peek at pictures:



Swim: 1,800 yards

Bike: 40.76 miles

Run: 6.65 miles

Hike: 7.2 miles

Today was a much-needed rest day (although I’m not as sore I expected to be). Tomorrow it’s back on schedule!

Weekly Recap: 6/20 – 6/26

27 Jun

Last week’s training was characterized by a lot of rearranged and piecemeal sessions. (Like my intelligent word of the day week? If you don’t know the word, here’s the definition.) But I’m still sore and tired today and my watch shows that I trained for a total of 5:27:34 and burned 2,139 calories. It was mostly my run workouts that kicked my butt.

Monday: Off

Tuesday: AM – Swam 1,300 yds

   PM – Ran 2.6 miles in 29:12; upper body weights

For my swim workout, I did a nice little pyramid: 2 x 100, 2 x 200, 2 x 300, 2 x 50. (I was supposed to swim 1,500 yds and just realized that I had calculated this wrong. Whoops!)

My run was intervals: 2 minute walk, 2 minute run, 1 minute sprint. Definitely harder to sprint for a minute than 30 seconds!

Wednesday: Bike to Work Day FAIL = 6 mile bike and mopey face.

If you’re looking at the photo and wondering where the rest of my thumb is, you now know that I have freakishly short thumbs. My brother used to say that I had alien thumbs and I have been asked if it’s hard to use the controller when playing video games. For the record, I don’t and it’s not. Tell me there’s not something weird about your body.

Thursday: AM – Ran 3.5 miles in 35:36; abs

   PM – Swam 1,250 yds (workout rearranged for Travis’ beauty rest)

My run this day was great. I won’t bore you with the details again. But I rocked it!

For my swim, I followed a plan from swimplan.com. I want to start incorporating more drills into my swimming routine and this is a no-brainer way to do that (because it tells you what to do.) It told me to do 8 x 50 of bilateral breathing freestyle. Since I don’t know how to do that, I did 4 x 50 of single arm stroke to the left, then 2 x 50 of freestyle breathing to the left, then 2 x 50 of bilateral breathing. It’ll take some getting used to but I’m excited that I can *almost* do it (I lift my head too much to breathe, which reminds me of how it felt to learn freestyle. Ahhh… the days.)

Friday: AM – Biked 8 miles

PM – Ran 1.15 miles with pooches; Biked 6.7 miles with the hubs

My bike rides this day were to make up for Wednesday. Travis went out for happy hour after work – 3 heavy beers + hot sun = 2 hour nap & poor bike ride. Travis’ back tire ended up going flat (the air got let out through the nozzle) so I had to bike home and come back with the car to pick him up. Charlie snuck out of the car and almost got run over. I man-slapped her. (Not really.)

Saturday: Ran 3.2 miles in 48:46 in Red Rocks Park with friend Carrie

This was my first trail run ever and I think it went pretty well. There are a couple of significant climbs (MapMyRun rates them a 3 and 4 on a scale of 1-5, with 1 being the hardest) totaling 656 feet of elevation gain and since I suck at hills and Carrie just started running a couple months ago, we had to hike those parts – hence our slow time. I was also slower than Carrie coming down, due to my fear of twisting an ankle or falling on my face.

Sunday: Biked 9.2 miles with the hubs

The first 3/4 of this ride was on Ralston Creek Trail, which goes through Arvada. There are a lot of turns, bridges, and people to avoid so our average speed was only 13.5, even though Travis pushed it to 21 mph on his mountain bike at some later points (where the trail is straight and not through neighborhoods). I had a hard time keeping up! I told him that he was leading from now on because I had been underestimating his abilities.


Swim: 2,550 yards

Bike: 29.9 miles

Run: 10.45 miles

Overall, the week wasn’t bad training-wise, though I skipped lower body weights, my 25-mile ride on Sunday (did 9 instead), and my 3rd (and longest) swim workout. I’m finding that having two swim workouts back to back is not appealing to me whatsoever. I just do not want to go to the pool twice in a row. So I think I’m going to cut out a swim workout. It would take a lot of work for me to get faster at the swim (since it’s so much about technique) and it’s the shortest part of the race so I feel okay doing only 2 swim workouts a week. Plus, I need the time to motivate myself to do longer bike rides. My longest ride so far has been 20 miles (and I wasn’t pushing myself on it either).

I spent time with God every day except Wednesday, when I putzed around with my broken bike too long in the morning. I’ve been going through 2 Corinthians, which has been very good and continued to remind me to stay focused on eternity and what God is accomplishing in my life right now, even when I can’t see it clearly. (More thoughts to come on that.) Even though I only spend 20-30 minutes reading and journaling, that time gives my life the balance it needs to stay on course.

I was very productive this weekend – I went grocery shopping, did laundry, vacuumed, bathed the dogs, and deadheaded some perennials to encourage reblooming so tonight, I am just going to take it easy by watching some TV, continuing to slog my way through David Copperfield (though it’s a good book, it’s taking me forever to read it), and stretching/foam-rolling. Back to training tomorrow!