I took last week off from work. I needed a break and I was going to be off 3 days anyway, so why not take the extra two, right? Tuesday I took the kids back to their summer care and came home and got on the trainer for an hour and 15 minutes. I then took a shower and headed downtown. I had scheduled myself for an hour long massage to help with some muscle tightness I've been having. The massage felt really good. Tuesday night I headed for yoga for even more stretching.
Wednesday, after dropping the kids off, I got on the trainer for an hour and 15 minutes again and then got on the treadmill for a 3 mile run. After that I showered and then got ready to leave.
Beginning Wednesday night and lasting until Saturday night, I worked a youth retreat (the female version of the one my husband was in charge of several weeks ago). These are 3 day events where the girls hear 15 talks on various aspects of life - priorities, study, prayer, Christian action, marriage, single life, etc. As a worker, you are up before the girls in the morning and you stay up after they go to bed in the evening. You don't get much sleep, much less any free time, so needless to say Thursday - Saturday there was no formal exercise. I say no formal exercise because I did walk a lot, but I don't count that. I was so tired Sunday still (I only got 4 1/2 hours of sleep Friday night) that I had to take a nap.
So, today it was back to the grindstone. A 2,000 meter swim and a 5 mile run with 5 hill repeats thrown in. It felt good. It always feels good for me to get back in the swing of things. There are two more months before my half ironman, so I still have some increases in training to do. I'm not freaking out yet. In my mind I know I can finish. It may just be a lot slower than I want. I don't have any time goals, but I don't want an 8 hour finish either. The weather has been better here lately, although now we are getting our true summer with temperatures in the high 90s. I'm waiting for that first 100 degree day. Wednesday should be good for an outdoor bike ride before track practice.
Our Team in Training recommittment is this Wednesday. That is the day that people have to officially decide if they will continue with the fundraising and training or not. Right now we think about 20-30 people will recommitt and make the trip to San Francisco. With each person raising $4,200 - well, you do the math.
And I'm also very excited because I've been asked to be an assistant coach for the fall season. I always participate in the fall season anyway, so this is great. We'll be training for the Disney World Marathon, the PF Chang's Rock & Roll Marathon, or the AT&T Austin Marathon. The past two years I've done both Disney and AT&T and plan to do the same again this year. We are recruiting for these now.