I realized after seeing all of your comments yesterday that I forgot to say we're looking for a bike in the $1000 range. The LBS has my same road bike in that range, but since Mr. Darcy is built differently from me I wanted to find him several bikes to try out. I'm a firm believer in a test ride, test ride, test ride approach to bike purchases. I know I had a Felt I really liked but that somewhere it didn't 100% feel right (although it felt a ton better than the others) and then I tried my Fuji and it was like I was one with the bike. Plus, since his keister will be on the bike for training and then the 100 miles itself, I figure the best bike fit with the best bike components we can afford is the way to go.
Gymnastics was great last night. The girls were well behaved and they did so great with all their tumbles, jumps, balance beams, etc. And they had a blast! Angelfish had to have her attention redirected a few times because she was watching the older kids do routines, but who could blame her? Afterwards, Ladybug asked if we could go to dinner at "a restaurant because I am STARVING!" I took them to our neighborhood Italian place and passed by the group that was going to ride in memory of cyclists hit by cars. I wish I could have ridden in it, but Mommy duties were on tap! Of course, they ate a lot of bread and only a few bites of their meals. Ladybug finally pushed her plate across the table and said "Can I eat my macanoni (that's how she says it) and cheese for breakfast?" So we boxed everything up. I, on the other hand, ate a salad, veggies, and chicken. Go me!
Mr. Darcy finished up our painting project last night while I straightened a bit. He thinks he wants to change the colors. He says the brown is too brown. I should have known not to go with a saturated color with him... this is the same man that sees a green shirt and tells me its "too green." We're leaving the color for the weekend, but I have a feeling that we will be back in Lowe's looking at paint samples again in the very near future. Mr. Darcy claims to "like the idea of brown" but whether that means brown in practice is out, remains to be seen. We have this problem often. We had a 2 story foyer in Atlanta that took 3 paintings to finally satisfy both of us. And the paint color was a mix of the 2 previous colors that we made up ourselves as a compromise. Painting houses with Mr. Darcy makes me a little crazy.
This morning the girls were in the same bed when I woke them up, which means one thing. They were up really late playing in their room. Ladybug kept her underpants dry thank goodness. The poor thing is definitely potty trained during the day, but when she's asleep all bets are off. We have to get her to go pee right before she goes to sleep or we end up doing a lot of laundry - it happens during naps and during the night. Once she is out, she has no clue about whether she has to go pee. I'm sure it will come with time, though. Anyway. Ladybug was WHINY all morning, which is never fun. I got her to laugh a few times by doing little imitations in a way that wasn't mean but funny. Angelfish told me that I was "super silly." Angelfish was in a wonderful mood and chatted about her ducky and how she loves muffins. Seriously, this child loves muffins. I've never seen anything like it. Yesterday she walked up to Mr. Darcy after just waking up, looked up at him with this serious little look and said, "MUFFINS, Daddy. Muffins." You can't help but laugh at our little carb queen (she gets it from her Daddy).
Finally the girls were in the car, had gotten their kisses and hugs (as did Ducky and Mr. Darcy), and were off. Poor Mr. Darcy though, Ladybug was screaming and crying and reaching out for me and yelling "Mommy! I want Mommy!" Always a fun morning. But then I went for my run and things seemed better. Lately I haven't felt like running, but today I just got out there and did it and I really enjoyed it. As Training Buddy once said to me, all you have to do is make it through the 1st 2 minutes. I opted for the run that was the harder of the two. 40 minutes. Doesn't sound like much, but I am not a sprinter. No siree. Never claimed to be one. BUT, I was today and it felt great. I warmed up for 10 minutes in Zone 2, doing 4/1s. Then I had a 20 minute run where I was to incorporate 4x1 minute sprints with a 2 minute recovery. I couldn't quite figure out how to make 20 minutes of that, so instead I ran 1 minute, sprinted 1 minute, and then did a 2 minute recovery (walking to bring my heart rate down again). I did it 5 times and it was perfect. By the 5th one, I was really, really tired. But, unlike the last time I tried something like this, I was able to run at least a little bit during my 10 minute cool down, which was supposed to be in Zones 1 and 2. Sure it was a 1.5/1... run 1.5 minutes and walk 1 minute, but I couldn't even do that last time... I had to run.
It was super hot out too... and it's still morning. So I was drenched in sweat (I'm a heavy sweater to start with) by the end of the 40 minutes. I moved my swim to tomorrow because I figured I needed to get a run in more than I did a swim. My plan is to get the girls up and to day care and then hit the pool before work. I'm still hot from the run so that pool sounds awesome right about now...