It has been well over a week since my last post, and there is no other way to describe my absence except for blog laziness. On top of working and training, life has been keeping me busy. I’ve had plenty of good ideas for blog topics, just no time. Most of my ideas come to me while I am biking, running or in the pool – none of which are good times to multi-task.
So, here is what you have been missing out on. (Please excuse the bouncing from topic to topic.)
I started out with an insane peak week of training with 163 miles of training in 13 hours, 12 minutes that included 7800 yards in the pool, 133 miles on the bike and 26 miles on the run.
Jennie was sick for most of the week, which put a damper on things. She managed to hold off the cold long enough to host the wedding shower she had been planning for weeks, but by the time shower ended, the sickness got the best of her. She ended up be confined to the couch for 3 days. I know 3 days on the couch may sound like a good time, but I don’t think she really enjoyed it. Thankfully, after some rest, she is back to 100%.
My contribution to the wedding shower was building this cupcake
stand inspired by a larger version I found online.
While Jennie was off showering (wedding showering that is), I had the weekend to myself. On top of getting in a 60 mile bike ride, I got a ton of work done around the house. I followed that up by indulging in a delicious meat, potatoes and beer dinner.
My 60 mile bike ride was interrupted by a high school regatta at Riverside Park. My curiosity was piqued when I saw a pontoon plane land on the river. Upon checking it out, I found dozens of schools lining the river. It was quite the spectacle. I sort of wish my high school had a crew team – it looked like a lot of fun.
Later in the week, I tackled some nice hills on the bike. I started off with a decent hilly ride on Monday, and then on Wednesday in an effort to
torture challenge myself, I did the same hills plus some more hills.
Also, on the cycling front, I finally scheduled a bike fit at Grand Rapids Bicycle Co. This has been on my to do list for way too long. I know it is getting awfully close to my first race of the season and this may not be the best time to make changes, but I really want to get this done. The impetus to getting my butt in gear happened on a bike ride when a car pulled up to me at a stop light and asked if I had ever had a bike fit done. When I said “No”, he went on to give me a few pointers on how to improve my position on the bike and recommended a specific bike fitter. We’ll see how the bike fit goes, but it could turn out to be the best 30 second stop light conversation I have had.
Today, I had a time trial scheduled for the pool. I ended up finishing the 1.2 miles (2150 yards) in roughly 37:30. However, it was far from an accurate time trial because we were interrupted by a fire drill halfway through. While the midway rest stop was nice at the time, it really screwed up my rhythm and I couldn’t quite find a groove when I got back in the pool. The time was nevertheless encouraging. My only comparison is my swim split at Steelhead last year (39:25), so I should improve upon that. And maybe if I follow Krista’s swim “secret”, I can shave off even more time!
On top of training, I have been busy with projects around the house. Now that the weather has been consistently nice, the responsibilities of home ownership have been calling.
I worked on refinishing both the back deck and front porch. The back deck was more work and involved flipping the deck boards, washing, and staining.
Stay tuned! I’m going to do my best to keep on top of my posts so that they aren’t always as long.