Friday, July 18, 2008

3 Week Fire-iversary

Three weeks ago at this exact moment I was pouring myself a glass of wine and absorbing the fact that I just got laid off. Today I'm enjoying my glorious unemployment by spending the morning in my robe, drinking coffee, and blogging/watching The Price Is Right.

Actually I have already been pretty productive this morning, I got up and cleaned the kitchen, went for a run, and then showered. Yes, showered! I had a really fun week that included lots of training, dinner with Maritza, dinner in SF with some friends, and this afternoon I'm going down to hang out with my sister in law (also not working due to he r recent back surgery).

Tomorrow I'm doing the Tri For Fun, which is a non-timed (untimed?) sprint distance tri at Shadow Cliffs Park in Pleasanton. I did it last year with Zach as our first ever triathlon. I'm just doing it, you know, "For Fun," but also as a dress rehearsal/training run-through for my big race in two weeks (holyshit). It will be good to practice my open water swim start, transitions, and ass-kicking. Zach's not participating so he'll probably get tons of photos. Then Sunday I'm doing a final long bike ride to conclude my last big week. Then it's taper time, which I am really ready for. Although tapering really just means doing one workout a day instead of two, with a couple of days completely off. I'm just kind of winging it, as I have been this entire time, but I'll make sure I'm rested. Kind of familiar with the whole concept from my bazillion marathons.

Here's some stuff:

Thursday noon: swim
2700 yards/1:09:27

Thursday pm: bike
30.0 miles/2:00:11/14.9 MPH
Iron Horse Trail because I wasn't feeling very motivated and that's a nice compromise. It was pretty windy as usual.

Friday am: run
6.0 miles/55:08/9:12 average pace
Easy morning run. I downloaded a new audiobook: John Hodgman's The Areas of my Expertise which is hilarious. He's done a couple pieces on This American Life which is where I learned he is so much more than the adorable "PC" guy on those Mac commercials. Check it out.

Well gotta go catch the Showcase Showdown. Back in a couple of days with a little race report from the Tri For Fun and a weekly wrap up. :)


Gotta Run said...

Glad to see you are showering again. That is a great thing!!

An un-timed event. How nice is that!

Have a great weekend.

Mir said...

Wow, just two weeks? Holyshit is right. :) But heck, what am I talking about. That would be my reaction as well, but YOU will do AWESOME.

*aron* said...

have fun this weekend!!! awesome job on the last big week! it will be here so soon!

Bob Gentile said...

Great Pics Below... and glad ur enjoying ur summer off ... Almost TRI Time!!! Have a good Fun run tomorrow !

ncrunner12 said...

Good luck on the un-timed event, that's pretty sweet you can do something like that to help you know where you are two weeks out. Good luck!

Donald said...

Wait - The Price is Right is still on? I need to spend more mornings at home.

Sounds like the job layoff came at the perfect time, training-wise. Not such a good thing in the big picture, but at least it's something.

Have a great weekend.

Ewen said...

That's great. You can practise your arms-in-the-air finish pose for Zach. Find your own space and make sure there are no ugly dudes near you!

KellyH said...

Good luck with the tri. I'm sure it'll be great. And tapering down to just one workout a day?! You're a rockstar

Petraruns said...

Delighted to hear you're all fresh and ready - hope the tri for fun (some people would not agree) works out well - good idea to get some practise in. You're nearly there - crossing fingers and toes for the big one!