Monday, August 25, 2008

The Olympics are over....time to start posting again.

Was there anyone else out there that was as sleep deprived as I was for the past 16 days? As much as I dislike having NFL football, golf, and NASCAR take over the airwaves again, it gives me time to get caught back up on my sleep. I made a comment on Greyhound's blog that I was a little peeved that Triathlon got no airtime, no mention of the sport by Bob (I have a bad haircut/hairpiece) Costas, and all they cared to show in prime time was a lot of track and field events in their entirety from the wee hours of the night before, and more and more gymnastics encores. I was so thankful to get to watch some of the men's water polo because I played WP in school and it is a kick-ass hard sport. It was exciting to watch men's volleyball because one of the guys on the team went to the high school that I graduated from and taught school at for 4 1/2 years. He had picked up the game in college.

Well, my training has been going well. I have been doing just enough swimming and biking to keep from getting stale, but it has been my weight training and running that I have really been focusing on. Since I have been doing a bunch of my run workouts in the 90+ degree heat all summer long, when I go out for my long runs on Saturday mornings, I am able to keep my HR pretty darn low and and keep my pace under 9:45. And these are not short runs either. These are 8 to 15 mile run workouts. I am feeling really good about how it is all coming together. I may just have a 4:15 marathon in me.

My allergy shots are going rough. I have been having lots of hives on my arms and it looks like it is not all shot related but food related. I have been doing good on going Gluten-free and avoiding the corn but now I have to get rid of the oats and rice for three weeks and see if that settles things down. It is all Paleo again. I like the Paleo diet, but when you are used to eating yummy Chocolate Heaven Bare Naked Granola it hurts to give that stuff up. I have done some acupuncture treatments because the meridians that run up the arms are linked to the lungs and they are very irritated. Hmm, allergies and congestion??? Hives on the arms??? Well, I have another treatment on Wednesday and we will see how it goes, but right now I am still itching.

My kid started 5th grade today. Yahoo! I have time during the day to get some training in. O.k., is that bad of me? I have realized after this weekend that he is starting to make that transition into the Tween years. We stopped at the mall last Thursday so I could treat him to some Gelato and he asked me as we were walking around and eating our cups-o-yumminess if there was a Hollister store in the mall. I told him that I though so and we kept walking. I don't go the mall often so I was surprised to see some new stores in there. Well, we found the Hollister store and the kid wanted to go in and look. I have never been in a Hollister store. I did not think that I was hip enough. Well, needless to say, I felt as blind as a bat in there. I could not see a dang thing except for the few spotlighted tables of shirts and thong undies. I bumped into way too many people and I wondered if they thought I was trying to grope them. Well, my kid was looking for a t-shirt that said Hollister across the front with the seagull logo underneath of it. There were t-shirts that said Hollister but had no seagull, there were shirts that had the seagull but only said HCO. on them. There were shirts that had lots of seagulls and no Hollister or HCO on them. ARGH!!! Some sweet little high school girl helped us for a good 15 minutes or more looking through stacks and stack of shirts on the tables and in the back room for an X-Small version of what my kid was clamoring for. When he finally settled on something that would suffice, I looked at the price tag and knew it was better to just give in rather than make a scene like some "crazed parent" over the asking price for the shirt. Well, he wore the shirt for the first day of school and I guess he fit in because I heard no complaints out of him.

I have the Austin Triathlon (Olympic) this weekend and I am going to go and spend some time up on Canyon Lake with my dad and my step mom this weekend. I am really looking forward to it. El Esposo is back in Venezuela again so it will just be me and the kid heading out for the weekend. I am looking forward to the Austin Tri since it will be my first race since Switzerland 70.3 and I want to see if I can match or better last year's time of 2:48 and 16th in my age group out of 46 gals. Last year was the first year for the race so I am assuming that the competition will be stiffer this year since it was a very well run event last year. It is no where near what my times used to be when all I did was race sprint and Olympic distance races. Training for longer 70.3 and IM races has slowed me down, lol. I have to shave 18 minutes off to get back to a my PR race but again, this is just prep for the Longhorn 70.3 in October. Gads! That race is only a month away!!!

Alright, off to bed so I can be up at 4:30 am to go teach my indoor cycling class,

Later Gators!

Liz

14 comments:

Jeff said...

No kidding on the sleeping front, and you've got an hour on me. The first week was brutal with all of the swimming at 11 ET. Guess they can't show it all, though. Still, a great showing for the Americans.

Eric said...

I love it when it cools off and the HR starts behaving :-)

TNTcoach Ken said...

Ha, 'sleep deprived crazed parent' that is not hip! I love it.... Where does the time go?

Rainmaker said...

Yes, the Olympics were not at all good for the sleep count. But at least they were good for a taper!

Viv said...

Yes, we can all sleep now...maybe. Am I the only one stayin gup to watch speeches on the DNC?!

Good luck this weekend Babe!! Wish I could give ya some cowbell. You will do great!!

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