Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Good times

Arbour Lake Tri- a mental training day like no other...

Weekend Wrap Up

The end of October is quickly approaching, which means many things to me.
First thing is that this month has been a blur. I have been so busy and I am about done with the crazy pace. Thanks to my body for sending the message I need to slow down- I have heard and am listening. This week I made more time for myself, spent more time with D and had some great training sessions. Not goal specific training yet, more my way of staying balanced and connected. The end of the month also means D has transitioned into his new role, and as of this morning is off in the woods of Ontario being inducted into the world of investment specialists.
10 days without my man is going to be tough, nothing is the same without him. But I am sure the time will fly by as it does and before we know it we'll be back together.
I had a good weekend, another weekend tri- swim Friday, bike Saturday and today after dropping D off at the airport I came home and went out for a long therapeutic run.
I also sold my purple Trek this weekend. Thanks to JR for setting that up- I felt good knowing it was going to someone who will take good care of it and enjoy riding it.
Got a solid dose of good love and energy tonight at Clinton's PB2 grad. Congrats my friend, thanks for sharing the celebration with me.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Time Flies

Wow, this month is going by quickly! Time flies and all that jazz... it has certainly been a busy month, if not fun...but of course there has been some of that too.
Lots of good stuff happening in the past couple of weeks though, for one I finally got my new ride- the self propelled kind anyway. While I can't say I love it MORE than my bike, I love it a lot- just different. My bike will get the benefit of being able to travel inside on long road trips- I always hated having it on the roof of the car.
My Jeep kicks ass, it is a 2003, but is in amazing shape. D has been giving me a hard time about the VIP treatment I have been giving it- but that is what happens when you get your first nice vehicle at 30! The best part? Hands down, heated seats, . This winter will be a little more tolerable with a warm butt.

Have been racing the last couple of weekends. Two weekends ago was the Gorilla run- a relay that I ran on a team sponsored by Choose Energy Inc. with Jim and Clinton. Thanks primarily to the stellar lead Jim achieved as the lead runner, we were the first place team overall and scored some nice hoodies for our efforts.
This last weekend we were running the second cross country race of the season. It was another relay, but D and I ran solo, which was 3 laps and 12km total. Overall, it was a good run. I ran with the only other soloist , Alan and although my legs were sluggish from the bike ride we did Saturday, we finished in just under 55mins which is acceptable. D ran it in a scorching 40 mins. All Alan and I were hoping was not to be lapped by him ;-)
Training is beginning to become more regular again. We had our traditional tri weekend with a long swim Friday, a bike ride Saturday and a run Sunday.
I am trying to stay casual with training- just in terms of scheduling,. measuring etc. I have not been setting out a weekly plan or recording my workouts- mostly as a mental break from the regimented schedule. But I am about ready to get back to it, and will begin in November with a basic weekly base building/off season maintenance program. Having things written down keeps me on track and I do find comfort in that routine lifestyle.

I have been doing a lot of thinking about the past year and the year upcoming. I am getting really clear on my goals for the year and have begun scheduling races and setting my intentions.
More to come on that. ;-)

Monday, October 8, 2007

Delinquent Poster...guilty as charged

Yeah it has been a while since I've posted, and frankly it is not for lack of post-worthy news! More, a lack of time. Now that I know my grandma is reading these, I will return to my more regular updates.
So to catch up... in no particular order, this is how I have been occupying my time...
- working like a crazy lady- super busy with a big project that has a tight time line, I've been making up for my short work day summer with a very long work day fall...
- teaching the Survivor Bootcamp 5 nights a week. This is a blast, the group is fantastic and they have endured some brutal training conditions. Rain, snow, wind...and nary a complaint. I love it.
- shopping for a new-to-me vehicle. I finally found a winner last weekend and by early next week I should be at the wheel of my super lux 2003 Jeep Liberty Limited staying warm in the heated leather seats...mmm can't wait. After a winter with a car sans heater- I have earned it.
- Planning the change of my life- D has landed his dream job as an Investment Specialist with CIBC, and after a few months filling a temporary position in Calgary, we will be heading to Grande Prairie where D will be permanent and we will be beginning the next chapter in our lives. He has committed to a 2 year term, but if things go well and we are happy there it is unlimited. We will be there by early March and have been scoping out neighborhoods, training facilities and clubs, and getting ready to move North!
I am happy and excited, especially after spending the weekend there and being with my bro and his family, who live there as well. I had so much fun hangin' and playing with my nieces who are the cutest, smartest and most amazing kids that have ever lived. Seriously. I can't wait to be in the same city with then so I can see them any time I want.
- Training- well that has gotten just slightly more time than blogging... I have been running almost every day- to and from my bootcamp class, have done some strength workouts and the odd bike and swim, but I have been working 12-14 hr days and until the bootcamp is done, I think my training will be very light. Had my first trainer ride of the season tonight...ugh.
Looking forward to the TCR classes that start next week though..all aboard the pain train- woot woot!
We did run in the first x-c race of the season last weekend, and while it was tough, I felt pretty good considering it was the longest run I've done since IMC ....I managed a 3rd place finish in my AG behind some really strong girls, so I was happy.
That about sums up life! D has been an amazing support the last couple of weeks, cooking delicious and nutritious dinners every night, so when I get home at 7:30 at night starving to death, I am not stuck with cereal. I am so blessed to have such an amazing partner in life.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!