Work has been crazy busy the last couple of days. I was actually in a meeting today all day and have two more full day meetings scheduled for this week. That means that I basically have to be in the same room from 9 to 5 without the ability to escape for a swim, bike or run. Generally, my schedule is super flexible and I can take a break from work whenever I need to. I’ve found this to be beneficial to both my sanity and efficiency at work. If I get stuck on a problem and am spinning my wheels, I can step back, go for a run, and take a fresh look at the problem when I get back. Nine times out of ten, the solution to the problem comes to me almost immediately after taking the break.
We’ll see how I adapt to the more rigid schedule as the week progresses. I’ll have to get somewhat used to it because with some of the changes we are making to our company’s software, the meetings are going to become monthly occurrences. Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining about the all day meetings. I know am extremely grateful to have a flexible schedule most of the time. It is more interesting to me to see how a full day schedule changes my training and whether or not I can discipline myself to get my training in.
Tomorrow is a swim day for me. I generally swim at lunch, but won’t be able to because of said meetings. Now, because it is the offseason, I could just say screw it and skip it. Instead, I am going to try and make myself get up extra early and make it to the early session at the pool: 5:30 – 7:00. If you know anything about me, you would know that I am not a morning person. At all. Jennie can vouch for this. Even getting up at 7:00 is a stretch for me. I am much better at staying up late than getting up early. Any ways, this is going to be an exercise in discipline more than in actual swimming. Wish me luck.
On to training.
The Redhead and I have organized a relay team for the Frostbite Marathon Relay in Holland at the end of the month. We have been wanting to do a blogger meet up now that she has moved to the Mitten, but missed out in getting together at The Grand Rapids Marathon. When the opportunity of the relay came up, we jumped at it. It took some scrambling, but we have put together an all-star 8 person team; myself, Jennie, The Redhead, Spike (The Redhead’s schmoopy), 3 of The Redhead’s friends and Rob, a buddy of mine. Spike and The Redhead came up with our fabulous moniker: Frosted Flakes. It is going to be a blast!
Also on the upcoming race schedule is a 5k Jennie and I are doing this weekend. I have done this race the past 3 years and it has been brutally cold each year. In fact, their website has the disclaimer: “Race will take place even if the weather is nice.” The current forecast is for 28*F/21*F which based on previous years would be a heat wave. It will be worth it for the homemade vegetarian chili at the finish. It is so freaking good!
Jennie has also picked out a February race, the Heart & Sole 5k. This will be a fun Valentine’s Day event because it has both a singles and couples event. For the couples event, you and your significant other’s times are combined to determine the winner. I think I am going to be running a record number of 5k this year now that Jennie is starting to
enjoy tolerate this whole running thing.
On the bike front, I am still waiting for my LBS to get my new Cervelo P2 in stock. I talked to them on Monday and they got a bunch of P1’s in but are still waiting on the order of P2’s. From the sounds of it, Cervelo can’t make them fast enough. It is looking like they will be in by early February. Fingers crossed it is sooner rather than later.
And finally, in case you are reading through Google Reader, I have added a Caratunk-Girl-Style Ironman Wisconsin countdown to my blog header. Time is ticking away.