Monday, July 27, 2009
Last week, I spend 2 days in Phoenix. HOT!!! As a nice wife, I came to Phoenix with JR, because he had some work to do. We left Flagstaff early in the morning and it got up to 100 degrees in no time. There was no time to drop me off first, because Phoenix is huge, and it would have taken 1 hr to drive me where we stayed from where we were at the moment. So I was in and around the car for about 5 hrs - in around 100 degrees!!!
After JR brought me to the place we were staying at we found out that the AC was broken and only worked superslow...it went down 1 degree per hour...and the next morning it went up 1 degree per hour again...
WOW-HOT!!! I was grumpy.
All I could think off was: I am never coming to Phoenix again unless it is for racing.
1 week later:
I am back :-) JR had to do some more work and I decided to come with him again. This time, we left at night, so I would be at the house when JR goes to work. I have enjoyed every second of it and spend all morning at the OUTDOOR 50 m pool...some aquajogging, then swimming. Back to the apartment, lunch, nap. Now back to the pool. IT IS GREAT!!! The water feels so good when it is 107 degrees outside.
So maybe Phoenix isn't that bad after all. You just have to make it work. Feels kind of like a beach vacation now, with the beach and the water being the pool and the deck.
Monday, July 20, 2009
The 800 m were fun as well. It is probably like track: I like the 800 and the 3000, but not the 1500. In swimming I like everything under the 400, NOT the 400 and I like everything over 400 :-)
Here I am going off the blocks, which was so fun (A little scary at first to jump into 4 ft shallow water- we had to prove that we are able of doing that to an official before the race!!!).
After the meet I went to the lake to swim 1500m. Swim day was so much fun. I got a little sore the next day but not too bad. But it made my entire body super tired!!! All I wanted to do (and maybe did :-) was sleep.
On a gardening note:
I discovered some ripe tomatoes in my garden last week. As you can see in the picture, they are huge.
On Thursday JR and I packed the car and drove 8 hrs to a place called Torrey, Utah for the Capitol Reef Stage Race. On the way there we went from the forest of Flagstaff into the painted desert, over the Navajo Reservation to Lake Powell. Quick stop there, but the 110 degrees made us want to keep on going.
Then we keept driving through the farmlands of Utah-so pretty, everyone seems to have a ranch or a farm with horses. BUT...everything closes at 8pm (restaurants, gas stations and grocery stores). When we got to Torrey we built our tent and slept until the next day at 6:30 am. Sleep at night 1: not too good.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
No, off course there is more. I love this sport, or actually all 3.
Today was a morning swim and a bike. I am getting better at doing the back to back swims (evening and morning), which hopefully means that I am imroving. I think my swimming econonomy is slowly getting better and I can do more kilometers faster, without more pain.
I actually managed to take a 2 hr nap before 11 AM today :-) Then I went out for a bike ride, refreshed and refueled. Biking has been great too. I have taken Mr. Cherry out a lot lately.
I am planning on doing some cycling races, in Utah and Colorado. They are great practice for triathlon and make you so much stronger.
Tomorrow is another morning swim and then an open water swim, and after that an evening aqua jogging session - yes, I will be in the water for about 4 hrs tomorrow...poor skin...
On Sunday it might happen: I might enter my first swim meet!!! Starting off the blocks, sprinting,...all inclusive. I am excited, even though I will get my butt kicked. This will only make me want IT more.
I looked in the garden this morning, watching my plants and here is what I found: my eggplant is blooming. I had no clue they have such pretty flowers!!! Can't wait to get fruit on there :-)
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Thanks to my friend Pam, I ended up doing 2 open water swims in Lake Mary :-) She really helps me to get more compfortable to swim in open water in a non-race environment (in races I can turn off my fear :-). Friday I made first contact with a PIKE!!!
Like this one:
Or this one:
OK OK OK...mine might have been a baby...maybe 15 lbs...but still a PIKE!!! A fishermen close to shore caught one and was swearing...I asked Pam if we could swim there to look at the fish while he/she was still in the fishermen's hands. She is brave and led the way. When we got to the boat the fish looked way bigger...the fishermen was swearing because the Pike bit him in the finger and he was bleeding...that was pretty much it for me. I asked the men:" Mister, could you hold on to the fish until we are back on shore and then let him go? PLEASE?" I was sooo scared...pike licked blood...might want more... He...let...the...pike...GO!!! And I was still there!!! I think I swam my fastest 100m ever, without my goggles on and screaming!!! What an A$$!!! He just let it go even though this was supposed to make me feel safe...thanks a lot for that Mister-by-the-way-I-saw-your-butt-your-pants-were-so-low!!!
Oh well. The pike disappeared.
Saturday was the group ride. It was fast and small. I made it up our local KOM in 5th in the mens :-) I liked that. Quick transition run and done.
Saturday evening I was invited for dinner: grilled shrimp, perfectly made with some homemade sauces, rice and veggies. And a movie. Grant Tourino!!! Great movie!!! Thank you so much Shannon and Pam. I slept at their house -JR is in Boston :-(
Today was a 6 am rise and shine day. I got on my bike and met my open water swim teacher at 8 am. Lake Mary had NO waves...like a mirror:
We swam across for the first time, back at an angle. Then another bike ride. Then a run. And then another bike ride. I made it home after 1 pm and wasn't even that pooped :-)
I spend the afternoon cleaning out our garage, so that JR can walk in there again when he is working on bikes. I will pick him up tomorrow again which is great. Being alone is no fun. I get really homesick :-(
Oh, here is a picture of our baby birds who grew so quickly. This was taken right before they dove off into the world:
We watched them go from naked to grown ups :-) They already started building a new nest. I had no idea that they keep breeding all summer. I thought they would only do that in the spring...mhhh...oh, I learned today that a dragonfly only lives 24 HOURS (when they are in the stage where they fly). INCREDIBLE!!!
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Also I have been riding my bike a lot. Monsoon season is starting so I have to go out in the morning and then I can spent the afternoon watching movies and napping-MY FAVOURITE!!!
The Boulder Peak Triathlon is still a questionmark, but I probably won't go. I love to race, but I don't like to race when I can't give 100 %, and with taking some time off of running I believe the smarter thing to do is to stay at home.
Startin to plan the rest of the season this week and also planning the 2010 season. So far I am planning on competing in more ITU races (Pan American Cup races), and pick 2 or 3 70.3 races to compete in. My goal is to increase my speed over the shorter distance, because from my experience as a runner for many years I know that you always end up doing longer stuff when you get older. Therefore getting fast comes first :-)
Bed time. The alarm will go off for morning swim practice sooner then I would like. Hahaha - I love sleeping :-)