four things friday

1. I had a little bit of hard running to do on Tuesday morning at the end of my long run and it seems to have woken up my pissed-off-posterior-chain.  My left hamstring has been sympathetic tight the last few days.  It calmed down yesterday after some nice easy swimming while the pool closet was on fire, but I took ten steps out the front door this morning and it woke right up again.  So I shut it down.  Taken directly from my not-panicked-at-all-email to Sonja: I'm not that worried about it, but I'd rather skip a short run now than be annoyed by it over the next two weeks.  I've been doing light stretching and foam rolling, but mostly I'm just trying to let it chill out.  

2. I was thinking, in my head the way I do, about starting to put together my race plan for CdA.  Just like I've said a hundred billion times, I don't plan on creating goals for the race based on time.  I did this for Knoxville and I think it served me well, mentally, when I started puking my brains out.  However, I'll put together a plan for the day, and I think the overwhelming theme needs to be "perceived effort rules all things."  Or maybe even, "if it feels too hard, it probably is."  I know that there are probably a lot of ways this day could go down.  There's the "magic unicorns are magical" plan, which means I constantly flirt with the line called "too hard" and slip through the finish line in the fastest time possible with my current fitness without blowing up.  There's the "good lord what were you thinking you idiot" plan, which means I constantly flirt with the line called "too hard" and it runs me over like a squirrel (I hate squirrels) and leaves me to die on the side of the road.  And there are a million plans in between these two, but if I had to pick, I'd pick that one that leaves me drinking beer with a medal around my neck thinking, "Wow, I had more to give.  Can't wait for the next one!"  I don't want to get off the bike thinking "WOW AMAZEBALLS BIKE SPLIT YO!"  I want to get off the bike thinking, "Okay, yes, I can run now.  For a long time."  I'm sure all the experts on the internet that spend all day every day giving advice about things they know basically nothing about will agree, and probably even have some extra tips for me.  I've got a great place you can store those tips.

3. That said, I don't actually feel like I'm tapering quite yet, I just feel like I'm not in peak training any longer.  I still have hard workouts showing up on my schedule, but they are starting to get a little bit shorter and there is more recovery time.  So maybe that is tapering, I don't know.  Either way, I've been able to cook dinner four nights in a row and I'm about to do some laundry without being completely out of sports bras so it seems like things are calming back down a bit.  I've also finally been able to spend a tiny bit of time with the poet this week, although I think going to a baseball game was a presumptuous idea so early in the taper because I spent most of it falling asleep with my eyes open except for when I was being jarred awake by his extremely loud cursing yelling encouragement of the Mets.

4. One of the many things I've been doing in my downtime, other than rewriting my cover letter 268 times a day to fill it with buzzwords of a job listing so no one can call me back, is learning to use the nice camera my mom so generously lent us two years ago.  So far, all we've done is put that sucker on automatic and take millions of pictures of my ass, but I feel like all those buttons and settings are probably not just decorative.  Yesterday I watched the first thirty minutes of the "this is what that crap is for" video that came with the camera and then spent time in the backyard stalking my favorite subjects.  I took over 400 pictures and got about six good ones, which I think is how it works.

You can click on them to make them bigger, which makes them much nicer to view PLUS it means you love me because everyone knows page views equal love.  I'm going to go swim and eat my hamstring feelings for a while, you bitches all have a lovely weekend.  Anyone racing I should be stalking or have we all finally decided that it's too effing hot for that crap? 


  1. Again, thanks for the sympathy but that's enough. Your hammy will be fine. Give it that rest and don't stress. Listen to your coach. She sounds very reasonable.

    Also the pics looks AMAZING.

    Uh, go Mets? (I don't follow the baseball but I figured I'd give the Poet's team some love.)

    1. what you actually mean is, go Phillies.

  2. Great pics, and that is exactly how those cameras work, which is why you need those huge memory cards.

    I'm participating in my first mini tri on Sunday, but yes, it is too effing hot for this.

  3. All I know about Ironman race plans is that the ones that end with beer drinking must be good.

  4. Love the photos. I'm sure your mom appreciates that you are using the camera for pics of her granddogs.

    Hope the posterior chain shapes up and calms down, stat.

  5. You're posts CRACK ME UP! Wise grasshopper in resting the hamstring, it'll come around. They always do.

  6. POOCH PICS! Love 'em. They are just gorgeous.

    it must be kind of surreal to see the end in sight. Talking about race plans and taper and finish lines! Home stretch, girl!

    Good luck with the job hunt.

  7. Yay for more free time! Hope all your cranky parts calm down soon.

  8. It's not too hot here! Come to SF. :)

  9. Beautiful puppy pics. I need to dust off my camera to take a million Delilah meets new puppy pics on Monday. So much excitement over here. No racing... too effing hot!
    Your race plan sounds awesome already.

  10. Even though I don't think I'm officially in the bitches club, I can say that thankfully it hasn't been too hot here in Canuck land and I don't have any races to report before my first Oly triathlon in 43 days from now (gulp!). Been racing a lot since the beginning of the year, so a month without race butterflies and anxious stomach sounds pretty good right now. The volume is increasing though and coach said that if I keep up like this, he may even throw a half-iron at me before the end of the year.

    In the meantime, I am watching your progress. My coach is from Coeur d'Alene, so I think I may have to do that IM CdA sometime. ;-) Good luck with the taper and yep, don't sweat the hamstring too much literally.

  11. Sounds like a good taper. The worst kind of taper is when it just drops off and you do nothing for two weeks. I hate that and always feel like dirt when that is prescribed. Hope that hammy heals up fast!

  12. You and the poet are just so stinkin' cute. Hope your hamstring responds well - and quickly - to a little extra love.

  13. I'm not quite sure what to comment on here because we know that tips will just leave me with a hurt you know what and obsessing over the pups is so last year. So instead, I'll just say HI.

  14. Those pics are awesome and I'm doing the same thing with my camera!!! :)

  15. Wait....The Poet is a Mets fan? I love it. Tell him Congrats from me on the Santana no-hitter. Yes it is a few weeks old but it is something we need to hang onto.

    As for my expertise (I do have 1 IM under my belt you know.......) race your race and don't listen to the rest of us assholes. We don't know sh*t about what you are dealing with and can't tell you how to race.

    My only bit of advice and I say this because it worked for me: write down your heart rate targets on your hands, right where the thumb and wrist meet. You will be able to see it while aero and also while you are running. If you are above then back off.....if you are below you know you can go harder but also trust RPE.


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