Tuesday, October 6, 2009

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Progress Report

I almost wrote TPS Report.

So.....yeah. This week has not turned out the way I'd hoped. The simple fact is that I have been e.x.h.a.u.s.t.e.d. Normally I am humming with energy, even on tired days, and always look forward to a good workout. This week I have barely been able to get through the day *without* exercise. Attempting exercise just deepens the hole of fatigue.

As a result, I have taken a great deal of rest this week in the hopes that, by doing so now, I would be raring to go on race day (next weekend). I'm still hoping that will be the case.

I feel like I'm back in school and dreading taking a test I haven't prepared for. I'm just trying to have faith that the training I've done up to this point will get me through the distance and that speed will happen via race day adrenaline and pure gritty will (An elite amateur triathlete whose blog I like to follow said you have to be sort of gritty to cross the finish line of a triathlon.).

We'll see.

In the meantime, here's how this week has shaped up:

Tuesday - I didn't go to swim practice either. Nope, no exercise. It was a busy day and by the time I got home it was all I could do to collapse on the couch. D was lucky to get dinner.

Wednesday - 30 min. weights, 2 mile slow run. I got through the weights pretty well, although a bit more slowly than usual. The run was pretty torturous in that I simply didn't have the drive to put one foot in front of the other for two whole miles. I did eventually get through them.

Thursday - No exercise. Very long, very busy day after which I again just wanted to collapse.

Friday - Finally woke up feeling more like my normally upbeat self. Got through the day well enough. Planned to try out my new trainer tonight so I skipped weights to give my joints a break. However, it's late and I'm worn to the bone. Grant is set up; I'll try to take him for a spin tomorrow morning before the wedding. At least my legs don't ache anymore - that is the one good thing about all of this rest!

Saturday - Tomorrow is another wedding. It's the last one of the year so let's take it out with a bang (in the form of sparklers)!

Sunday - JDRF's Walk To Cure Diabetes. This is my second year working behind the scenes and I love it.

Ladies & Gentlemen...

The trainer has arrived. After several failed attempts on Craigslist and an almost-fail on this one (fortunately at the last minute she found the missing parts!), my trainer has been picked up by a coworker, driven 1.5 hours to my office, and delivered to me. Oh, sweet, sweet victory. And sweet coworker. I offered him lunch for his troubles; he accepted a latte.

Without further ado, meet Grant Grant, after the meat-hungry alien slug monster in the classic 2006 documentary, Slither, with Nathan Fillion as Bill Pardy:

His name comes from the fact that the mat I bought to put him on is called a MonsterMat. You have to have a monster to put on a monster mat, right?

Grant is a 2007 Kurt Kinetic Rock 'n Roll trainer. He also came with his own riser ring and Spinervals DVD. Thank you, Craigslist, and thank you, woman who moved into an apartment and no longer had room to ride her trainer and decided to sell it for a very, very reasonable price. Yeah, it's only a week out from my race, but what can ya do.

Today after work I will clear out my dining room table and give Grant an opportunity to show me what he's made of. Okay, not really. He will probably kick my ass in like 10 minutes. And turn me into a zombie.