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Jan 11

So This Is What a 9-5 Job Is Like

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.

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  1. Jessica

    When we do the relay you and Tim should talk. He is just getting into Duathelons this year. We are going out to get a bike this spring. So he is researching his Hiney off right now! Cant wait to meet up! This should be fun!

    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      I can’t wait! The race is going to be a blast.

      I’m happy to help Tim as much as I can. Just tell him that if I get overly excited and start to bore/overwhelm him that he is welcome to tell me to shut up. :)

      1. Jessica

        I highly doubt it! He is like a sponge right now, trying to absorb everything he can. Much like myself as a newbie runner! I keep telling Miss Redhead PLEASE PLEASE tell me to leave you alone if I start to annoy you, lol! Im always e-mail or texting her what about this… and what about that… will you look at my training schedule?… lol Excitement is good and it is infectious! And come on we live in MI we need to infect as many people as we can with a healthy lifestyle!

  2. Jeff

    Dude – sitting in all day meetings is the most awful thing in the world. I do this maybe 5 times a year and can barely stand it – then again I have never worked in an actual office environment so maybe that is why stuff like that is hard for me. You seem to have the right attitude — get up and join us for our early morning swims!!! 4am on Tues and Thurs here!

    Cannot wait to see the new P2 – I stopped at the LBS in the Woodlands the other day to see if they had any of the black 2011 P2′s in and a big negative. He told me they have a bunch on order just waiting. I think I might be more excitd than you about the bike?? I have issues huh?

    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      I’ve really never worked in an actual office environment either. I’ve been totally spoiled.

      I did my swim this morning. 5:15AM came way too early for my liking. There were a couple of things I liked about it though. There were definitely more triathletes at the morning swim verses the recreational swimmers at lunch. Also, it was really nice to have my swim done and out of the way at 6:30. I may actually opt for the early swim time when summer rolls away. But getting up in the dark and cold (the real cold) isn’t fun at all.

  3. Krista

    My new Cannondale isn’t coming until early Feb either. The bike shop informed me, quite literally, it is on a “slow boat from Taiwan.” I’m trying to stay positive and tell myself it gives me more time to save :)

    Good luck with all your meetings! I’m actually working from home today because of snow in NYC. It’s a nice change of pace :) I’m thinking I will try to go for a run on my lunch break (too snowy this morning).

    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      Oh man! I thought the Cannondale’s were all Made in the USA. I just found an article from 2009 though that they started outsourcing some of the work. Hopefully that boat speeds up and your bike gets here quickly.

  4. lindsay

    oh sure. don’t invite me. rude.

    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      Ummm… you were gone. :) That’s my excuse and I am sticking to it.

      1. lindsay

        i am supposed to believe you planned it this past friday/saturday? riiiiight.

        still waiting on that package to arrive… you are the slowest shipper ever.

  5. Lisa

    i’ve been trapped in meetings this week too. it sucks

  6. Scott

    What!?!?! What about me? I cant relay? I am freaking fast, like flash gordon fast!!!!!! Zooooooooommmmmmmmmmmmmm fast, your loss

  7. Nitmos

    A marathon in January in Michigan has much potential to be BRUTAL! Relay? Maybe not so bad. Good luck!

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