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Anchors and Adjustments

May 20, Day 97

Yesterdays Workout:

  • 1750m swim, CANCELLED due to pool closed/unsafe weather
  • 40 min run, Z1

Today’s Workouts:

  • 73 min bike, 5 minutes Z1, 10 minutes Z2, 6 x (1 minute Z5 uphill or simulated/2 minutes Z1), 40 minutes Z2, 5 minutes Z1

Lots and lot of things to juggle the past several days and the next several.  It can be challenging to fit workouts in, but luckily everyone is very understanding of what I am trying to do.  It still requires some creative planning to get everything worked in.

Tomorrow, for example, is both my fathers birthday and my eldest son’s graduation.  Dad is having a birthday breakfast at 9, and we have the afternoon at the graduation ceremony and “unspecified” activities for afterwards.  Of course, I have 2 workouts to get in and no pool. So, the plan is to get up early and get my hour-long run in before breakfast, go to breakfast and let it settle, then head out to the lake around 10:30-11, get the swim done (hopefully with no fishhooks) and then head home and clean-up in time for graduation.

My son, the graduate:

If it sounds like I need the workweek to recover from my weekends, you aren’t far off.  It’s only going to get more interesting too, as some of the Sundays on this plan require 8 hours of workouts.  I must really, really want this:


Actually, yeah.  Yeah I do.

Yesterday I tried to take Scully, my mini-aussie, with me for a run.  I don’t know what it is, she runs with the wife just fine, but with me she wants to follow, not run alongside.  This means Im constantly holding the leash to keep it from tangling in my feet.  Which is fine, I can deal with that, but whats hard is when she becomes a bit of an anchor while I’m trudging uphill.  As a result, my Z1 run felt like I was working harder than I should be, while going slower than I needed too.  Sigh.  Sometimes she’s stubborn like that.  I guess she didn’t WANT to get up early and run.

Actually, maybe she’s smarter than I am.  Hmmm.

Also, she has one annoying habit I need to figure out how to train her out of: she wants to chase the squirrels.  While I’m on the other end of the leash.  So sometimes suddenly my hips get yanked sideways as she takes off towards a tree with a squirrel under it.


This is so my dog.

What was really surreal though was as we were running under an overpass, there was a HUGE raccoon just sitting there on the sidewalk.  We went around it and the raccoon could not care less we were there.  Interestingly, Scully never moved an inch towards it.  Smart girl.  That would have been interesting.

Today’s bike was good.  I had planned to do it outdoors, but slick streets coupled with bad allergies convinced us otherwise.  I was able to really focus on the 6 Z5 intervals though, so that was good.  Here’s hoping I have enough legs to get through tomorrow.

Probably won’t post tomorrow with everything else happening, but I should be back Monday.  Cheers!

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