This has been a very eventful week, to say the very least. I have been excited to write this blog post since Monday because the weather this week has been out of the ordinary and my training has been flipped all around. It should first be noted that I only missed ONE workout, and it was in my strongest sport so it wasn’t really a big deal. I missed a bike workout on Tuesday but again, it’s my strongest discipline, so it’s not really a problem.
I had the day off on Monday (Thank you US Presidents/Optional Teacher Workday!) so I took advantage of having the day off and I went to the gym first thing in the morning. The weather prediction for this week is that we will have ice for the next couple days, so I prepared myself by doing tomorrow’s swim TODAY, so that I didn’t miss this key workout. The workout went really well and I was happy to not have anyone swimming in inappropriate public pool attire (No thong man today!) My workout was followed by going out to lunch with Tyler and one of his personal training clients. We went to the Olive Garden and you better believe I ate an entire bowl of salad by myself… True story! I also had a couple bowls of soup which was GREAT on such a cold day. The sky was getting cloudy and I had my mind on the fact that I still needed to do a speed workout that evening. My hope was to get started before any winter precipitation started. I ended up starting my workout around 6pm (I love to run in the dark) and as soon as I walked out the door I was met with little tiny ice pellets hitting my face. No big deal, just had to put on my big girl pants and deal with it. It took longer to warm up since it was so cold! I ended up running out to the track at EB Aycock so I could get in quality intervals. The sleet was really coming down at this point but my workout was important, plus I felt like I earned more points from my peers by being out there regardless of the weather. I felt really good about this run and felt even better when I got out of the sleet. It was coming down hard at the end of the run but I felt like I could run forever! Soon after, the call came in that school was canceled on Tuesday. Gotta love the South… I don’t know when we will get back to school at this point. Salt brine works great at a pre-treatment, but salt pellets are needed as the sleet is coming down. Otherwise, the pre-treatment was a waste of time. But then again, that’s the government hard at work with our tax dollars. Sometimes I feel like I’m hitting my head against a wall when I try to explain that the “let it melt” mentality is ridiculous. But anyway…
On Tuesday morning the ground looked beautiful. Everything was covered in about a quarter inch of ice. Everything sparkled. Everything was still. (Thank God or else trees would be coming down!) The dogs were NOT impressed with the weather. I could tell that the ice hurt their feet. The birds were going crazy because their food was not accessible. We used to feed the birds until they pooped on everything on our back porch. I love feeding wild animals and birds, but I felt unappreciated as I would refill the feeder and wipe down the furniture with a rag. Gross… That night Tyler and I watched a documentary called Fed Up. It’s about how sugar is terrible for you and how it destroys your ability to lose weight and how it controls addiction. I’ve seen it once before and it really gets you to think about what you put into your body every day.
Wednesday was yet ANOTHER canceled day of school. I can’t say that I am really surprised. The roads were supposedly salted yesterday, but I think the sun is more to credit for the melting. Putting salt on a dry road is not exactly productive. No wonder we “run out of salt” each year. What we have, we waste! Our road was not salted but fortunately it gets a good bit of sun during the day. I was able to make it to the pool in the morning for a swim before it got too busy. I got to the pool at 11:45 and shared a lane with a guy who had been swimming since 10am. I wanted to ask what he was training for, but decided not to. I was glad to swim with him rather than the mean lady who was in the next lane over. Some people have a certain reputation at the pool. I guess it’s like that wherever you go. A few months ago, I asked this particular lady if I could share a lane since the pool was busy and everyone else was doubled up. She rolled her eyes at me and SORT OF moved over. When I asked her what side she wanted, she responded, “Ugh, I don’t care.” Most people say “Sure!” and move over to what side they want. I don’t remember much of the rest of that swim, except that I kind of wanted to grab her by the neck and say, “LISTEN! We ALL pay the SAME amount to be here! If YOU have an attitude, YOU can go home and swim in your OWN pool. Oh, you don’t have a pool? Then GET ALONG!” But, you know I would never say that so instead I just did my workout and might or might not have kicked my feet a little harder when I passed her. I’m just saying… So this time when I saw her I wasn’t about to ask her to share her lane. I was pretty sure that if I saw that stink face again I would accidentally tell her what I thought the last time, and that just wouldn’t have gone over well. I would have gotten in trouble for “being rude” and “trying to drown a swimmer” and…. it was just wasn’t worth the effort. I did laugh when about an hour later a young guy asked her to share the lane with her. I wanted to tell him it was a bad idea and that she would probably have an attitude. I was glad that despite whatever she told him, he got right in and I’m not going to lie… It looked like he might have been kicking HIS feet a little harder as he passed her too. I do feel bad for people who are that unhappy that they feel it necessary to be rude to others. I heard once that it takes just as much effort to be mad as it does to be happy. So why waste the energy on being mad? Anywho… that evening I had a run workout that would consist of a run followed by striders. This was a tough workout, no doubt! I am excited to see that my times are dropping considerably though, so it’s motivation to stick to the plan!
So then we meet Thursday. (Phone rings) “Good evening parents. Pitt County Schools will operate on a 2 hour delay on Thursday, February 19th” Me: “Yes, I get to sleep in until 8!” Today’s workout would only be a 75 minute ride on the bike. I’m dying to get out and ride my bike, but when the high for the day is in the teens, I’m not doing ANYTHING outside besides driving my car and taking the dogs outside! Before the indoor ride, I went to the animal shelter to spend some time with the shelter dogs. They really haven’t had any human interaction for the last couple days since the shelter has been closed because of the weather. For the most part, I sat in kennels and just pet the dogs and talked to them. A few I took outside because some are housebroken and won’t use the bathroom in their kennel. It’s heartbreaking to see. After the shelter I went home and did my workout and soon went to bed. Yes… Another delay tomorrow for school. Ice doesn’t melt when it’s only in the teens. When will we learn?
Friday… (Phone rings) “Good evening parents. Pitt County Schools will operate on a 2 hour delay on Friday, February 20th” Oh how I enjoy a short week at work AND I get to sleep in! Today I got up at 7:30am in order to call the vet to make an emergency appointment for Justus. A couple days ago he was chewing on a bone that we got from PetSmart. On Thursday night, I noticed that the side of Justus’ cheek was swollen. After shining a light in his mouth, we discovered that Justus fractured his tooth (probably while chewing on the bone) and the fractured piece was still barely hanging on. The tooth was jammed into his cheek, making a hole in his cheek. I felt awful that I didn’t notice it until late at night. I woke up Friday morning and got him an appointment for the afternoon. I was able to leave school early (shortest day ever!!) and got Justus to his appointment on time. The doctor was able to remove the fractured piece but suggested that we get the tooth pulled as soon as possible. The estimate for the procedure is somewhere between $325-$415 So that is the last time we get a chewy bone like that. Oh, Justus, how I love you! When I got home from the appointment it was onto the stationary bike for part one of a BRICK workout. I rode 40 minutes on the bike before jumping off, putting on more clothes to stay warm, and out the door I went for part two. BRICK workouts are great because they teach your muscles to adapt to changing disciplines. It takes a lot of these types of workouts to get your body used to the transition. I can tell that my body is starting to learn to make the switch. I ran 9:45 pace which for me is fast, considering I was just on the bike! I ran just over 2 miles at this pace. Only one part of my route was iced over so I got to play in traffic in order to run on the non-ice side of the road. I made it home and I was proud of what I had just done.
On Saturday I just didn’t want to get up. The bed was so warm and I knew it was in the teens outside. Bud was curled up next to me and under a fuzzy blanket that I got for Christmas. We all fight for that blanket at night because it’s so fuzzy. Tonight, Bud won the fight. Lucky dog… I knew that the workout was going to be short, but still a hard workout because it was a time trial of 1000 yards. I checked my log from past workouts and saw my goal: I had to beat 23:52. Considering the training over the last 6 weeks, this was doable but would take tremendous focus. I decided to wear my USA Triathlon suit since it makes me feel like a badass. Something about wearing “USA” on your chest makes you work a little harder! I finished the time trial in 22:58. I dropped almost a whole minute off my time. Over the course of 1000 yards that is considerable time! I left the pool feeling good and ready for just one more workout this week: An easy 35 minute run.
This week has been crazy when it comes to weather. I continue to stick to the plan and adjust as needed with the winter weather. I heard next week has the potential of being just as bad, if not worse. Gotta love it…
My name is Jamie and I am an Ironman athlete! I completed my first super sprint triathlon in 2008. I am proud to be a member of the Fleet Feet Sports Greenville Running Club!
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What Made Me IRON
51.2129 Miles - 21:19:03
50K - 6:54:59
Half Marathon 2:10:58
10 Miler - 1:45:42
10K - 1:00:24
8K - 47:21
5 Miler - 52:41
5K - 27:27
1 mile - 8:33
103.48 miles - 6:42:11
2.42 miles - 1:47
Half Iron 8:17:12
Full Iron* 13:19:27
Note: some distances have only been raced once! I know I could crush a couple of these now!