Monday, March 29, 2010

The Weekend Report

Friday we went to a concert.  It was a fun evening, but I'm not sure I really needed to see the 2nd artist in person.  I had a nice time with Mr. Darcy though and that's really what matters.

Saturday up early and rearin' to go for the mini-tri at New Smyrna Beach.  I wasn't looking forward to the cold water (a balmy 60-61 degrees), but I was looking forward to the practice and to getting a tri-like experience since I missed Wildman.  I did the 1,000m swim in a little under 23 minutes (in my wetsuit of course), had a 2:56 transition time, and was tearing up the bike ride.  I was going 17-20mph depending on where I was in the line and feeling great.  We came to the A1A causeway and I was getting up it fine, even in the big chain ring and then I saw some broken glass... right as I ran it over and heard the lovely sound of gas escaping.  It was my back tire, which I've never had to change before.  I tried to get the wheel off and it was going nowhere (even after loosening the brake).  One of the other team members came back and even with her help, I couldn't get it off.  Then I called Coach and next thing I know Coach Geni's hubby N. is walking up the causeway.  He got my wheel off and we start trying to change the tire.  Somewhere in us both working on it (which may have been the problem - too many cooks in the kitchen) we flipped the tire inside out and couldn't get it back the right way.  So I ended up taking a ride with Coach for the rest of the bike.  Once we got back I set out with the last group for the run.  Within about 1mile, my leg was killing me and already giving me pain and that flopping foot situation as the last run I tried.  So I ended up walking for most of the 3 mile run, and then my leg eased up a little bit and I tried to finish the run while actually running despite major pain.  All in all, it was a really, really frustrating practice for me.  And it put me in a bit of a foul mood.  I feel like I should be doing better than I am so far this season.  Yes, my season this far has been a bit adverse with the whole endocrinologist and thyroid situation and my Aunt passing, but I feel like other than my leg issue that I could be tearing this stuff up... and yet I'm not.

Maybe I'm putting too much pressure on myself to do well.  Maybe I'm not cutting myself enough of a break for what has gone on with my season.  Maybe I expect too much from myself.  I really don't know, but I do know that I am frustrated because I want to do better.  I want to be better.  I know it's not likely that I will ever end up in the top 3 in my age group on a regular basis or win a spot to Kona or the world championships, but it's still like I want more. 

I'm hoping that my chiropractic appointment tomorrow will help with that.  Other than that, I just have to keep plugging away and do what I can.  I need to remember that as long as I do my best on every given day that is enough.  Sometimes a particular day is not going to be the greatest compared to others, but as long as I do my best on that given day in those given situations that's all I can ask of myself.  But I'm always that overachiever that wants to do better and do more than I did.  I need to work on that... but then that's the story of my life...

When I got back from New Smyrna Beach, I did the trigger point rollers and that definitely helped.  I plan to make that an every other day thing.  I know if I try to make myself do it everyday it won't happen, so every other day will be good.  And if I can work up to everyday that will be great.

I had a fun rest of the weekend with the family - once they got back from the park that is.  I have to say I was jealous that they had a picnic lunch and played at a new local park we hadn't been to before.  But at the same time, they can't sit around the house waiting for me all the time.  But we had a nice nap once they got home, played at home and cooked some dinner. 

Sunday the girls and I made french toast together and let Mr. Darcy (and Angelfish for a bit) sleep in.  Then we went to Costco and the grocery, took Mr. Darcy to his friend's house so they could go see the afternoon rounds of the Arnold Palmer Invitational (which unfortunately for them got rained out and they spent about 3 hours getting there, watching 2 or 4 no name players, and then trying to get home), and took the girls' shopping for their spring and summer clothes.  Angelfish and Ladybug had a great time at Kohl's picking out the clothes that they liked and looking for their size 4's.  We then weeded out a couple of things that we didn't really need to buy and Mr. Darcy met us at Kohl's to help pick out a new bedroom comforter set for the guest bedroom.  Then we hit blockbuster because it was raining alot... and Mr. Darcy ended up buying some pre-viewed videos - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (the 1st movie the girls ever saw in a theatre) and Night at the Museum 2 (which was really for me, but the girls' like it too).  Then we had dinner at home and watched our movie.  It was nice to be all together for a relaxing evening!

Tonight is swim practice, so that is good.  Not weight bearing at this point is a good thing for my leg and my back (it started to hurt a little this morning).  Chiro tomorrow and a bike trainer ride.  All will be well on the training front, and I'm looking forward to Easter (and the girls' getting Easter baskets, which includes the "Princess and the Frog") with the girls and a visit from the Senior Mr. Darcy's before they head out to my sister-in-law's parents' house (which is only about 40 minutes from us) for Easter Day.

I was saddened to see I've lost a "follower" but I can imagine, that I'm not for everyone!  Happy Training!!


  1. Thanks for the PSA to get re acquainted with changing tires.

    And your leg is been giving you problems since last year, has a doc looked at it recently?

  2. I think you should think of it a different way. Getting a flat in training is good practice for you to get a flat in a race. Now you know what to do, and what not to do with the tire, and you identified that you need practice changing the rear tire. That is good, since you dont want to have the first time you change it be during your A race. Cheers!

  3. oh snap! getting a flat on the back is
    my worst nightmare. that's on my learn to do list. the rear drop outs on the tri bikes are so much harder to work with versus roadbike ones. btw, I had thyroid issues for about 4 years that impacted my mood and my training but once the med was dialed in, all was good. hope your doc can get you feeling 100% soon.

  4. I've changed what seems like a thousand flats (as a TNT cycle coach) and realized that my new wheels have valve extenders that I need to figure out. Thanks for reminding me.