Thursday, May 17, 2012

three things thursday

1. We talked a few months ago about switching up our crazy house and sleeping in the basement.  Last night, we moved most of the furniture to try it out.  I slept like a rock in the cool dark basement but the puppies are real confused about what is happening and Graham spent half the night running up and down the stairs trying to figure it out.  They love having me "work" upstairs now though.
Today (at some point) I'm going to move the rest of our crap and we're going to try it for the summer.  


2.  I'm less than six weeks out from CdA and feeling....sort of fine about it.  I did a 4 hour brick earlier this week to test out my newly revamped nutrition, and I only had to sneak down one gel instead of the 800 extra calories that I kinda thought I might need.  I'm several days into my last big build and none of it seems scary or overwhelming.  It just seems like a lot of work, and I'm going to get it all done, and taper, and then fly across the country with my bicycle and have a really long day of training with a medal when it's over.  And beer.  There will be a LOT of beer.


3. I'm also starting to finally get thoughts in my head about what I want to do with all the months that come after CdA in the triathlon season.  I'm still not planning anything except beer drinking and non-lap-swimming for the month of July, but I know the itch to get moving again is going to come around pretty quickly, especially when the swamp-like summer conditions start to depart DC in early September.  I'm still not sure what it will look like - maybe a few swim meets, maybe I break down and try to PR my stupid 5K after all, maybe I try not to kill myself on a trail run - but I am glad that I haven't planned anything immediately following just yet.  I think that what I'd like to do is jump in things at the last minute that I feel like doing, instead of being stuck in a giant block of training for ironman.  Quite a few people have asked me if I'll do another IM after CdA - and the answer is, probably.  I've loved the training, there is very little of it that I have flat-out not enjoyed doing.  If I have an awesome day in June - which is the plan - I'm sure I'll want to do another one.  If I have a crappy day, I'll probably want to do another one even sooner.  I've thought a little about where and when but don't have any strong ideas yet because I want to see what my body does after this one.  But the plan is to keep moving for another 60 or 70 years, at the very least, which gives me plenty of time to work my way through all the crazy ideas in my head.  


Happy Thursday, all!  Do you hate living in DC in the summer like I do?

26 comments:

  1. IMKY is showing no signs of filling up. Just saying...

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  2. I love the feeling of nothing after June, I am in the same boat, albeit not a full, but half, and am going to jump into things very last minute, it's a nice feeling when someone asks are you signing up for x, y, z and I say "maybe... we'll see." Take care of yourself in these next couple weeks, you are going to do great!

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  3. DC in the summer is rough. It's not even summer and I felt like I couldn't breath through some of the humidity on my runs this week. :(
    I love the photos of the puppies next to photos of themselves.

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  4. An idea for post IMCDA. Come spectate @ IMLP or IMMT. Both are beautiful areas, and NO pressure on signing up for the following year. At least they are in the same time zone as DC!

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  5. Ummm I'm totally hoping that part of your post-IM recovery can include drinking beers at Rehoboth Beach with me and Allison!

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  6. Love the puppy picture :)

    Trying to plan what to do after IM is hard. I have to keep telling myself not to register for anything until after IMKY to see how I feel.

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  7. How about we finally run together? Maybe just a few miles.

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  8. You may hate DC in the summer. But honestly I just love DC and miss it and would put up with the summers to live there again. The grass is ALWAYS greener though!

    Tell more about the new nutrition plan! Enquiring minds want to know!

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  9. will it get cold down there after the summer? i live in florida and have no idea how basements work.

    excited that you are enjoying the training at this point. that's a great sign.

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    1. bahahaha. basements get cold in the winter, yes.

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  10. Bailey was completely confused when we moved his kennel from my office to the spare bedroom because we rarely have to put him in it. I can't imagine changing an entire room on him.

    I like your post race plans. I think mine will be similar for IMMT.

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  11. TRAIL RUN! TRAIL RUN! TRAIL RUN! with KateKirk. I'll take you on the best most fun shady trails.

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  12. I am very pro-not planning things these days, unless the thing being planned is beer drinking. So, hooray for freedom post-June!

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  13. DC summers can suck it. I hate them!!!!!!!!

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  14. CdA is a great race!! Good Luck!

    We hate DC summers so much we're moving 8 days after summer...to a cycling, open water swimming, and tri mecca... ahhh.... Fresh mountain air... beautiful swimming areas... 70.3s surrounding us... cycling races and tris every weekend... amazing canyons to hike...

    How many more days? Oh right... 46! :-)

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  15. 1. You will rock CdA.
    2. You should do Texas. Guaranteed to PR after CdD :)
    3. Try Houston in the summer.
    4. On second thought, don't try Houston in the summer.

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  16. Let's put it this way - I like DC summers way more than I like New England winters.
    And I love how all of your dogs have their own piece of furniture. I'm not going to show my dog that photo because he will be jealous. And take your time and enjoy the post race beer/euphoria-fest. Races will always be around and there will always be room for last-minute signups.

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  17. First, plan on taking an entire month off after CdA. Seriously, I only took 2 weeks off with no workouts at all, and it was the worst decision I ever made. Take at least a month. Plan for it.

    And B, make next year's Beach 2 Battleship your next full iron race. It's in NC, driving distance from you, cheaper than a branded ironman, and I'm going to be there doing the full as well and breaking 12 hours. Plan for it.

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  19. Can we please meet up in CdA for a beer? :) I agree, there should be a lot of it! We will be there Thurs-Wed - hopefully we can do a blogger meet up or something!

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  20. PS Funny that you wrote about life after Ironman since I just wrote a blog post on that today before I read this!

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  21. Those dogs look way too comfy. Nice pic!

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