Monday, May 19, 2008

Ramblings

After a pretty eventful weekend, Monday started out with a BANG.....

Do you know what it feels like to go from like 88-90 for a high to 106 in just a few days? Well, let me tell you. It's not so fun. Ask my dogs. I think I nearly killed them this am.

As per usual, I got up at 5am. I actually woke up on my own at 4:30 and SHOULD have just gotten out of bed, but I didn't. My tummy was a little upset (more on that in a bit), so I was very slow to moving, and once again did not leave for my run until almost 6am. I grabbed Bax & Abby and headed out. I planned on taking them for a just under 8mile run... It's one of their favorite loops... Rolling hills up, then a nice down and flat to home.

At the beginning of this training session that loop took me 1:20 - I had to go really slow to bring my HR to the low HR zone (up to 154) on the hills. It now takes me about 1:15.

When I stepped out my door it didn't' feel to bad. Of course that was in the shade, under my patio. Just a few steps into the run though I knew we were in trouble. It was HOT. HR was low, but I felt like I was in a sauna. We got stopped at a light at about 7mins so I gave the dogs some water there (usually wait until the next like around 12mins) - they were already panting and we were slow to start.

Hit the next light as well, and I gave them more water. .... Next planned stop for water was at ~25mins. I stopped a couple mins early... again at :35mins where I realized I was down to half the water I brought (fuel belt about 32 or so oz) so I figured I'd take a little short cut that would save us about 5mins to drop them off earlier.... Unfortunately I couldn't just turn around because we were just as far away from home going out and back vs finishing the loop.

I felt so bad for the little buggers... They were troopers tho. Even Abby who doesn't do well in the heat at all. I crossed the streets back & forth wherever I could find shade for them.. and I even stopped drinking the water so I could give it to them... I would take one little sip before giving it to them, and also took some and rubbed on their heads to cool them down a little.

At about 7 miles Abby had had enough. She just full on STOPPED! I walked for a minute or two with her until she picked it up a bit & I could see she wanted to run again (I think she realized we were almost home).. Thankfully, Shane was home so I was able to cut to my front street saving a little extra time and get them in the cool house.... I refilled my water and drank some gatorade, then headed back out for another :25mins..

The dogs are STILL lying around. Hasn't been much movement out of them, besides following me (sometimes) to the kitchen and restroom...

I decided if it's this hot on Wed when I do my long run, I'll have to leave them behind. I can't get behind on my water, and it's just not good for them.

THEN, a few hrs later I headed to masters. Much to my surprise the workout was exactly the distance I needed... 5000yards. Unfortunately it was my LEAST favorite type of workout... 500 warmup - 4300 STRAIGHT, and 200 CD.

The 4300 to be broken into 4 parts. First 1100 - VERY easy. 2nd & 3rd 1100 nice cruise pace. 4th 1000... build to strong pace. I was a bit intimidated, as I NEVER swim that long straight. I loose my mind going back and forth.. In fact the only other time I have swum that far straight was at IM last year...

I started off REALLY slow.... almost like falling asleep slow. I was afraid to burn out. I must have done it right, because sure enough my last 1000 was a nice strong pace, about 1:40/100yards. My end total time right on 1:15. I was actually expecting around 1:12ish when i started, but based on how slow my first 2200 were, I can see why. Plus I felt really strong at the end and that seemed to be the point!

Now, back to the weekend. My old college buddy Shelby was in town for the weekend with a couple of her girlfriends. Shelb was also in town about this time last year for a Bachelorette party. Poor thing.. She's always seeing me when I'm not so much fun/peak training!!
Here's a pic of us last year at the bachelorette party...
I didn't get to see her friday night... we were in bed by 9, of course... So, Saturday I said I would meet up with them - probably wouldn't last long but I had to see her! After a slow start to their day, they made dinner reservations for 8:30. PM that is people. That is IM bedtime!! Thankfully, I actually felt fantastic after the bike ride... several weeks coming, and I'm glad it was this weekend...
I took it easy for the afternoon, then showered, got ready (actually put makeup on... go figure!) and met Shane for dinner at 6. (come on, you didn't actually think I could wait until 8:30 did you?).... I figured after dinner I would just go walk around the mall for a little bit before meeting them. I can't tell you the last time I stepped into the mall. In fact, I had no idea that an entire parking structure was GONE it's been so long...
Not in the mood to shop, I went looking for some cute brown sandals. Of course I found what I was looking for right away and still had an hour! I'm not a "shopper" so I had no idea what to do with myself! I checked out all the new nike stuff.... looked at more shoes.... and got a call from my friends that they were heading down a little early, so I was relieved.
After finding parking, it didn't' actually end up being any earlier, so we really didn't even sit down until after 8:30.... Some good conversations, glass of wine (I tried having two, but couldn't finish it. I'm loosing my touch) they were ready to 'go out.' I said my goodbyes and was on my way home... crawling into bed around 11pm. 4:30am-11:pm PLUS 112.5mile ride. Not so shabby...
Unfortunately there was no sleeping in for me Sunday. Shane had a 3hr run planned so the alarm was off at 5. I stayed in bed until 6, when MY alarm went off and I had to get up and go to STUPID defensive driving school.

Remember how I mentioned I was sorta in a cloud the last few weeks... Well, it kinda got me into trouble when I missed the THREE big signs that said NO TURN ON RED, and was instantly pulled over by a mean lady cop who sited me. Fortunately in AZ, you are able to take a 4.5hr defensive driving course to get most minor traffic violations dropped from you record once every 2 years. I had a speeding ticket 5 hears ago and had to take an 8 hr class...
So, I spent my Sunday morning learning all about DUI's (did you know in AZ you can get a DUI for driving while on COLD medicine. No joke.), Seat belts, round a bouts and school buses. 4.5 hours of this people...
Which might explain why I spent the rest of the afternoon with my friends by the pool, which included a couple of jello-shots (college friends remember - don't judge me!) and some beers... followed by more beer and yummy pizza and pizza cookie!
Once again, we were in bed by 8:30... Are you seeing a pattern here?
Well, I think that's about all the ramblings (as if it weren't enough) I have for you now!

6 comments:

Bigun said...

you're workouts are awesomely insane. I'm jealous of your fitness. CdA is scared of YOU!

Supalinds said...

I agree with what Bigun said!

Um, couldn't make it through your second glass of wine...I am so on the same page as you...crazy!!!

Your poor doggie on that run, I felt thirsty for them, and you of course.

Dude, Jello shots????? LOL!!!

Pizza cookie - i'm coming to stay, train and eat with you!!

brendaj said...

I'm so glad our heatwave here is over too...we don't have AC and we were all struggling, pooch included.

JohnnyTri said...

you definetly got that swim in the bag!! nice time...
I'll be about 30 mins or so behind out of the water.. pending the WWE event in the water with the other 2500 atheletes!! lol..

rockon`

My Life & Running said...

You and your dogs... total hardcore beasts you all are! ;) && I cannot get over this heat. I missed the two 115* days Yuma had, but it was 108* in Vegas and never dropped below 102* the whole ride home last night. All I know is that I'm terrified of summer training....

Glad to hear you're still doing well, healthy and managing to fit in bits of fun (& no worries for judegement on those jello-shots! ;) ). You're going to be amazing at cda!!

Judi said...

The dogs - if you think they are really hot, the best place to get them wet with water is on their private parts - seriously. And feet. I never run mine in the heat but AZ and OH have very different kinds of heat.

Your IM training is insane. I am doing a half this year but look forward to IMKY 09.

Stay strong, you are awesome.

Judi