Saturday, June 19, 2010

Jack's Fourth Birthday!

My little guy turned four today! It's been a super fun day for all of us. I'll tell the story primarily through pictures.

6:30 AM- Gift opening time.
Shayna gave him a singing card, that started the day off with all of us laughing.
Mack gave him a baseball bat and glove.

11 AM- Taking part in the 9th annual Hospice Community Walk.
12 PM- The Refrigerators were on stage entertaining the walkers. The kids were thrilled to see Daddy play.
4PM- friends were over for birthday cake and ice cream.

It's been a great day. Jack was asleep by 6:30 tonight. Tomorrow we have part two of the celebrations planned. We're heading up to the lake for the day. Stay tuned for more photos.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Week in Review, and New Goals

I met almost all of last weeks goals! I missed the third bike ride due to weather and the need for new brakes on my van.

So, here's the break down of how my week went:

Sunday: Bike 25 minutes-Done
Monday: Swim 17 minutes. Pool run 15 minutes- Done-did a 17 min swim/20 min pool run/ 30 min walk
Tuesday: walk/run 20 minutes-done. 22 min walk
Wednesday: Bike- Krumkill rd (hills)- rained all day. SO I did 30 minutes on the trainer.
Thursday: Swim 20 minutes-Made Thursday a rest day. On friday I did 15 min swim and a 20 min pool run.
Saturday: Bike Long ride. Missed.. Rain and car issues prevented this ride.

Over all, I'm pretty happy with the effort of last week. I have no way of gauging if I'm made much progress. Every time I want to slow down, I think of the first hill on the NC bike course. That usually keeps me going.

Looking ahead, here's the plan for this coming week:

3 Rides: 1 trainer, 1 hills, 1 long
2 pool runs
2 swims

I'm not quite sure how I'll fit it all in,because Kevin is gigging on 3 nights this week. But I'll try my best.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Registration Complete!

I took a few minutes this morning and signed up for the Northern Columbia Tri

There's no going back now!

Monday, June 7, 2010

A Tri Goal

I've been on the fence about my tri goals for this year. I've been hesitant to sign up for anything, because of the foot issues. Usually, by this time of the year, I've signed up for at least one race, and have been actively following a training plan. Well, it's June 7th, and not a single race organization has got a dime out of me.
Fleet Feet of Albany hasn't made any profit off me in months. No new shoes. No new tri shorts, no Chocolate GU's....nothing.

It's time for me to do my part and help our economy along.

I was out for a walk this morning. Yes, I've become one of those early morning walker women.been reduced to morning walks. I miss my morning runs. But, I digress.

I was walking this morning. Thinking about the races I've been considering. Thinking about what I really want my goal to be. And, I realized, I don't want to sit on the bench this season. I want to be on the course. Specifically, I want to be on the course for the Northern Columbia Tri. How do I make that happen? The answer is amazingly simple.

I focus on the bike leg. It's so simple, I don't know why I didn't think of it before. I've been so focused on getting the clearance to run, that I neglected the biking option. Focusing on the bike leg is a beautiful thing! So, starting this week I'll be biking 3 times a week. My training week will be built around the 3 bikes: 1 long, 1 Hill workout, and 1 random with no focus but to build time in the saddle.

As of yesterday, there are 8 weeks until the race.
Here is this weeks plan:
Sunday: Bike 25 minutes
Monday: Swim 17 minutes. Pool run 15 minutes
Tuesday: walk/run 20 minutes
Wednesday: Bike- Krumkill rd (hills)
Thursday: Swim 20 minutes
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Bike Long ride

Get ready for some Tri focused posts!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Life has Been Busy

So, what has kept me away from the blog?
Hmmm. First, there is end of the school year chaos to be contended with. Shayna came home from New Paltz a couple of weeks ago. We love that she is home, but the transition always requires some time and attention. Mack has had field trips and concerts, and still has homework. Jack is lovable Jack, rolling along with everything that comes his way.
Then, there is the weather! We've had gorgeous weather here! The pool has been open since the first week of May, and we've been using it. The kids have been in almost daily for the past 2 weeks!
Third, Kevin's schedule and the affects that has on the rest of the family. His school year hasn't ended yet. SO, he continues to have teaching responsibilities. On top of that, he's been gigging extensively. Sometimes 3 or 4 gigs a week. That's a lot of time to be out of the house. And, a huge amount of tasks thrown on to my list, in addition to all the things I do in a normal week.
Finally, my foot. Geeze Louise, will this ever get resolved! I had an MRI done 2 weeks ago, and met with Doc H. this past Friday. The stress fracture has healed. However, the MRI found a second issue that neither of us were expecting. I have bruising of the Talus bone, with significant swelling.

I didn't associate the pain as radiating from that point, but once Doc H. saw the report, he indicated it makes sense that the nerve pain is stemming from that swelling.
So, I was instructed to go buy new shoes for work- most of mine have a strap across the top of the foot that is probably irritating everything. And, again I was told no running (except in the pool) for 2 weeks. Frustrating, to say the least.

But hey....I still have AQUA JOGGING! I try to say it with enthusiasm... sort of the AA philosophy of "fake it til you make it." I'll let you know if it works.