Tuesday, July 30, 2013


After suffering through winter in Seattle, I'm trying my hardest to enjoy the summer.

So far, it has been AWESOME!  I think the kids are at a perfect age for summer fun.  They are old enough to do stuff, but not so old that they don't want to be with me.  My goal for summer was to have the kids doing enough stuff so they weren't bored, but not so much that we were rushing around all day.  I can't say I got it right.  There are a couple days each week that are crazy busy.  We have camp, Tball, gymnastics, and swimming.   It's a lot for me.  The kids don't seem to have any problems with it.

I'm already getting sad about summer ending.  I know we still have a lot of time left.  It just seems to be moving so fast.  Maybe it's because we have already done so much.  I don't know.  I'm going to try to stop looking ahead and just enjoy today.

We have 5 weeks of summer vacation left.  That is a lot of time to get in some more summer memories.  I have a trip to Whistler, a new puppy, and one more race.

Speaking of that race....Since June 8th, I have been on my bike maybe twice, ran a handful of times and swam once.  The race is August 18th.  I'm telling myself not to expect much. But I know I'll be pissed if I don't beat my time from last year.  Funny how much I expect when I have put NOTHING in.

All in all, I have enjoyed having a summer off from training.  I'm hoping not to repeat it next year, but I've liked having the whole summer for family things.  Not trying to fit family things around my training.  I didn't realize how much I needed a break.

That said, I'm going to get my races on the schedule for next season.  A break is nice, but I'm ready to get back at it.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Lost: Motivation

Has anyone seen my motivation?  I'm thinking about putting her picture on a milk carton.  She's been missing for about a month.  Maybe she went on vacation and forgot to let me know.

Some good news...I went to physical therapy today, and it went well.  My PT said I could bike and run.  I have some stretches and exercises to do, and have to go back twice a week for a few weeks. But all in all, not bad.  Turns out my hip is really tight and weak.  Shocker.

In an attempt to get my motivation back, I registered for Irongirl this morning.  It's a month away. I'm really excited for the race, but I'm still not really excited to train for it. I know once I start, I'll feel better.  It's just the starting.

Erika suggested I use my Boise training plan, just shortening the training sessions.  Sounds like a good idea.  I pulled up my first month's plan and it looks like today is a rest day :)  Can't just jump right into this stuff.
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Friday, July 12, 2013


I tried to pretend it wasn't happening.  I tried to ignore it.  I thought if I didn't talk about it, it would go away.  Apparently that's not how it works.  For months and months I've been having hip/lower back pain.  I finally broke down and saw a doctor yesterday.  Turns out it's tendinitis. She threw out lots of words like piriformis and iliacus and sartorious.  Of all the things I was worried about, tendinitis isn't so bad.  A few weeks of PT and I should be ok.

What is annoying is this keeps happening.  Not this specific injury, but an injury.  Normally on my right side, below my waist.  Something is going on from my hip to my ankle.  I'm doing something wrong and it is so frustrating.  I keep thinking I need to build up strength and stretch more. But it's hard to train for a triathlon AND do strength training.  I felt great when I was doing yoga, but I just can't fit it in my schedule right now.

I am still planning on doing Irongirl next month.  Even if I can't really train, it's a fun race and I want to do it.  It's the only thing on my schedule.  I'm going to try to spend the next 5 months getting ready for next season's training.  As annoying as it is, that's what I have to do.

I'm not going to mope around feeling sorry for myself (at least not too much).  I have big plans in the next couple of years.  I need to get my body ready. If that doesn't work, Erika might be able to get me a new hip at a discount :)