Thursday, March 24, 2011

Where Have I Been?

Wow a week goes by quickly!  Things are busy as usual between training and work and volleyball two nights a week so the time to update hasn't come up.  I can't imagine how people with kids do it.  Well that's not true, I watch Sydney juggle all of the same things with two young girls.  It strikes me that this is HALF Ironman training.  Full would be craziness!

The last week has been pretty good training wise.  I had a big win in the pool last Saturday.  Those of you who are actually swimmers will probably laugh hysterically at this but humour me anyway.  I broke 1 minute for 50 metres!  I was really excited.  I've been averaging 1:12 and 1:13 for 50 m and had on Saturday had 2 x 50m hard near the end of the workout.  For shits and giggles I decided to time myself and I was shocked when I did the first one in 1:04.  After a 30 second rest I took off for the second and was really trying to meet that 1:04 again.  When I came up at 59 seconds I couldn't believe it!  I was really excited and got high fives from Sydney and Paul.

The weather since my last post has turned to resemble more winter than spring again.  Big boo on that.  In fact, I didn't get out for my run on Wednesday because it was freezing rain in the morning.  That in itself doesn't usually bother me but normally I run with Sydney and since she's been sick this week and wasn't running I wasn't sure it was safe to head out into the freezing rain by myself at 6 in the morning.  I couldn't get it done after work because of volleyball but luckily I was able to tweak the week's schedule a bit with Coach Mary and I'll get it done tomorrow morning.  Not sure what the weather's supposed to be like - I'm a little afraid to look - but it's tomorrow morning or bust.  With the half marathon coming up on April 17th I am loathe to miss a run so it will get done.

Volleyball is coming to an end soon - thank God.  Two nights a week plus the training is starting to wear on me.  I play Monday nights in a women's league and it's good volleyball (I love a women's height net) but it runs REALLY late every week.  I don't get home until almost 10 p.m. and since Tuesday is an early morning swim it's really tough.  Wednesday's I play with Sydney and Andy in a co-ed league and although I have alot of fun with my team it's just another night that I can't get other stuff done.  I'm also the setter on both teams (5' tall power hitters are rare) which means ALOT of hustling.  My legs don't get an opportunity to rest and some weeks the toll on them is really something.  They feel trashed almost ALL the time.  Anyway, I'm looking forward to the end of the season when I'll have two additional free nights - unless of course Coach just assigns more workouts!

That's my update.  I have a sleepover planned with my neice Friday night which is always alot of fun.  She has alot of stuff scheduled for Friday night and Saturday during the day so I'll be busy.  I plan to get up really early and get my long bike workout in before she's up so I don't have to worry about it.  I'm learning a little of what Sydney goes through! 

I hope you all have great weekends!


  1. Great job on the swimming! I think you're doing really well. I'm not much of a swimmer myself. Have fun at the sleepover.

  2. You have been doing amazingly well!
    Very excited about that 50 meters. :) yay!

  3. Fantastic efforts on your swim. I am very proud of you. Nothing to giggle about. You are trying your hardest and that is what matters most.

  4. Good for you on the swim! It's wonderful!

  5. Great job on the swim - no laughing from me! :) Hope your sleepover is fun tonight!

  6. I saw you stopped by my blog ( Thank you for stopping by. I see you are training for a HIM also. Is it your first? Also you can not be to far in the pack. Your race times look GREAT!