Well hello from crazy-ville! I think it has almost a week since I last posted because things have been super busy around here.
As I mentioned last week, I was in IL for the 4th and final week of a 4 week training class for work. And I graduated! I am now running far away from week long death-by-powerpoint training sessions for a while!
Immediately after graduation, I hit the road for a nearly 5 hour drive down to Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. Brad’s family has a house there and we all met down there for the weekend.
It was a great weekend, but only as relaxing as it can be with 8 adults, 5 kids (ages 6 to 3 months) and 3 dogs (not mine, unfortunately)!
The weather was perfect with lows in the 60’s and high’s in the 80’s and I took advantage of the cool morning and got a great long run Saturday. I ran 11 HILLY miles with an 8:24 min/mile average. I felt great on the run, but my right hip was a little sore after so I came up with a make-shift foam roller to give the ITB a little love.
I also took advantage of being on the lake to get an open water swim in on Sunday morning. Brad was sweet enough to be my kayak support and wear the Garmin for a mile swim around the big cove adjacent to ours.
We also did some go-karting…
Unfortunately J-Man and I got smoked by the M&M’s car. Here you can see the pass taking place and me getting a lecture about my speedy driving skills (or lack thereof).
We also did some damage at the outlets on a rainy Monday and I managed to get some work done and squeeze in a few conference calls.
After Monday’s no-sweat + eat-way-too-much fest, I got a killer hill workout done yesterday morning! I did 10 x 1 min on a big hill, with a jog down the hill for recovery, followed by 5 x 30 sec on the bottom half of the same hill. I have been trying to keep up with the same workouts that Coach Alisen is giving at the track and that is what was on tap this week. It was one of the most leg-burning, out-of-breath workouts I have had in a LONG time and I LOVED it!
We drove back from the lake yesterday and spent last night helping Brad’s sister and brother-in-law get moved out of their house and into his parents’ house until their brand new home is finished with a complete re-build. Moving is hard work and absolutely exhausting, and we only helped for about 3 hours!
We have plans to celebrate birthdays this afternoon before heading up to Chicago tomorrow for a long weekend full of meetings for the family business. Brad’s birthday is tomorrow (Flag Day!) and his Dad’s is Saturday. I have Brad completely convinced that I got him absolutely nothing for his birthday, so I am excited to give him his gift 🙂
It doesn’t end there! Unfortunately, Sunday when we leave Chicago, Brad and I are going opposite directions. He heads down to Texas to go fishing with my dad for a week while I head back to Peoria then finally to Greenville Monday morning. We get to spend a WHOLE day together when he gets back the following Saturday before I head off to a last minute trip to Germany for the following week! Life isn’t slowing down a bit…
Whew! Is anyone else as tired as I am?!
Side note: Tri training is tough in weeks like these, but I can at least PLAN to train! I am just finalizing my training plans for B2B and will share them soon!