Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Slacker

Oh man it's been busy around here. Work is crazy busy with our yearly budget combined with usual duties and a part-time worker that is working double time to get it all done. Marty and I have done 2 swim clinics over the past 3 weeks, and the whole family went out to cheer athletes on at The Triangle Triathlon, where Logan had a perfectly timed blowout.

This weekend is the 3rd Annual Big Deuce and Little Uno open water swims (2mile and 1mile for the confused).  I'm pumped about the t-shirts this year. Last year a swimmer said to me, "Aw, come on! The Big Deuce? These shirts need to be brown!" Done. See, we take feedback seriously.

We also start our summer vacation this weekend in the Outerbanks. Or OBX as it is known in the Carolina's. This will be Logan's first time at the beach.

Speaking of the little man. He is almost crawling (and has the bruised knees to prove it). For a couple of weeks he has used his arms and can go in a circle or backwards, but he hadn't quite gotten the legs together. Over the past few days he's gotten into the crawl position and started rocking back and forth, which (I'm told) means he's very close.  I have mixed feelings about this as it's exciting for him to reach milestones, but I'm not looking forward to chasing him around. And our house is totally not baby proofed yet.

My sister was in town the other week and we all went to the Lonerider brewery. This kid is so freaking photogenic.


After a couple of beers for us and a giant bottle of milk for Logan, he looked like this:


Nothing was waking him up. We took a short video where Marty promised to show it to his college girlfriend and at his wedding. 

And I have to clear something up, dear friends. I like both UNC and NC State. It's just my sister is a HUGE UNC fan/alum and she is doing everything possible to make sure Logan is outfitted in all UNC gear. So. If any NC State fans want to give him some red and black, feel free :)  I am now going to duck and cover while Shana gets ready to ream me out. One thing we both agree - UF gear will NEVER be worn in our house!

Friday, July 13, 2012

7 month photo shoot

We've been taking pictures of Logan with Ramses (UNC mascot) each month to track his growth. Yesterday was his 7 month birthday and he was pretty excited to get his picture taken. When he gets excited, he flaps his arms around like a maniac while smiling/laughing.








This one was the clear winner!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Training

This was a solid week of training for me. Probably my best week so far as far as consistency goes, and since I'm in the mood to blah blah about myself, I'll tell you how I did it with baby/job/coaching. I work during the week Monday/Tuesday/Thursday and am at home on Wednesday/Friday.

Monday: day off (I raced yesterday)
Tuesday: Track workout with the Fast Coaching kids. They whip my butt and I'm in the back, but I'm slowly making up some ground. Marty came to the track with Logan in the BOB and they ran some laps while I did the workout.
Wednesday: Morning swim with the OSB crew at the Triangle Aquatics Center (50min - Marty puts Logan in the Baby Bjorn while I swim). I was also able to sneak away for a 1.5hr bike ride with Kari (ex-blogger) and Heather (mom of 3 extraordinaire)
Thursday: 6:30am interval run at Umstead with OSB. I go straight into work afterwards since it's on the way and we have a locker room where I can get ready. Swam at Jordan Lake with OSB that evening, probably 1.5miles (babysitter for the evening).
Friday: 45min trainer ride with 8x1min hard/1min easy
Saturday: 52min trail run near our house (Marty went for his run right after me). Marty then shooed me out the door to get in another swim for the week. I balked but ended up going (only swam 1500) but felt really good.
Sunday: Marty led the OSB brick this morning and I rode the trainer once he got home for an hour. Logan napped during this time, but Marty was 'on-call'

Total hours: ~8

I could certainly tolerate more, but at this point I don't want to. I could get up earlier and take Logan to the pool with me for Masters, but I hate having to wake him up if he's sleeping in the morning. So I get my swims in when I can. Marty offered to have me do the brick workout this morning, but he also could use a ride and I wasn't so enthusiastic about it. We are good about alternating and making sure we both get in some workouts. We also get a babysitter a lot. Now that he's 6 months, he can start going to one of those drop-off daycares, but we haven't done that yet.

8 hours is nothing to a lot of even semi-serious triathletes. When I was training hard, I was more around the 10-12hr range and only got up into the 15hr weeks a couple of times - so overall I've always been a very low mileage athlete.  I'm able to hold my own out on the race course because I've been doing it for so long and therefore have years of training behind me. If I count all the way back to when I did my first triathlon (1988), I've been racing/training (just triathlon) for 18 years!! I didn't do triathlons during high school or college (just ran and played basketball) - but even if you don't count my early years, I've been racing in triathlons for the past 12 years.

I have a couple of sprints left on the tentative race calendar, and the last aquathon this Wednesday morning. I also signed up for the Kiawah Half Marathon in early December, so once I'm done with triathlons (my last race will be late September), I'm going to pretty much just run. I'd like to try and get back into decent shape for that race. I've only 'raced' a half marathon once (Disney 2010) and doubt I can get close to that time based on where I am right now, but I'd like to get around 1:30 if possible.