it's a good thing last week got off to a good start becuase it sort of piddled and puddled with a little burst of light at one point. monday through thursday were solid training and i was able to get over 10,000 yds in the pool by thursday which is big for me. i felt like crap in the pool last week, which was a bummer becuase things had been going well and i even thought i had moved into the 1:30 lane, like for good. until last week. both tuesday and wednesday i swam in the 1:35 or 1:40. i just couldn't hang. i was tired. i'm hoping next week is better.
thursday we got in the workouts early and hopped on the plane. we got to palm beach late late thursday night and friday was filled with brunches, rehersals, and all, so i just squeezed in a quick (but it was slow) 30 minute jog to keep things moving. nothing fancy.
here we are after the rehersal dinner..the bride, me, and remick...friends for over 20 years!
saturday was the big wedding day! i jogged a few miles (from west palm beach to palm beach proper) to have breakfast with the bride and then james met up with me for 12 miles together for a total of 15 flat WINDY miles in 1:52 around the island. my plan was to keep up with james for a few miles and then drop off, but after a bit (well after i nearly puked up the granola and yogurt i had just eaten way too much of), i got in a zone and just hung on a few yards behind james for the whole "ride". he was wearing his nike lunar trainers that have huge flourescent yellow soles so i literally stared at them, hypnotized, for over an hour while we clipped off 7-minute (and a couple at sub 7) miles. that was some serious focus- harder to focus on maintaining the pace than to actually physically maintain it.
it was funny- after the run, my friends were asking how it was and commented that we had been gone a long time to be running, etc. but the most interesting thing was that i'm used to running behind james- letting him do his thing and surprising him every 10 minutes when he turns around (hey! look at me! still here! 10 yds behind you! you can't get rid of me!). but after describing the scene to my friends, i guess it is a little odd that we don't run "together" and passersby must think that's weird for him to run ahead of me, while i'm barely hanging on by a thread. in all honestly, its how i prefer it. i like using him to sight, pace, or wind-block when i am close enough. i also like to not have to talk to him! keeping up with james is not super comfortable for me, so the ipod is a much better choice than shoulder-to-shoulder silence with an occcasional comment. we live together so its not like we have lots of catching up to do when we run together like when i'm with the girls. i guess my friends just thought it was odd. i guess it kind of is.
after the run, it was pretty much time to get going for the wedding. it was an amazing wedding and the band was UNREAL. the dance party was in full effect. unfortunately, we had to wake up for a 6 am flight- we actually had the same cab driver as he was still on duty from the few hours ago when he dropped us off at the hotel after the soiree. YUCK!
when we got home sunday afternoon, i spent the rest of the day finishing my graduate school portfolio (which is like this competency deal-io for my EdS ( non-phD but beyond a masters no man's land degree i am getting)...so life took over. this might be the first sunday i didn't exercise in over a year! the weirdest thing is not showering! i usuallly shower 2x/day directly after workouts. yesterdayi realized that if i don't workout- no shower!!! lucky james, huh?
oh, and i did something crazy and signed up for ironman st. george in utah- May 2010- for anyone who might read this far that's not into triathlon (unlikely)- that's 2.4miles swimming, 112miles biking and a full marathon (26.2 miles). i don't want to be lame and say i did it becuase all my friends were doing it, but its a little true. the thing is, all my friends did sign up. and i realized i would be doing all the long rides with them anyway (becuase who else would i ride with? and my friends are FUN!!!) so might as well? no, i really want to do an ironman at some point and this is the one for me. it's in St. George Utah, which is one of the favorite places i have ever visited- and actually was one of my first blog posts ever in 2007.. so funny to reread it for me- looks like the course will go on some of the same roads i rode. that post reminds me of how little i knew. i was a total dumbass on that trip and rented a mountain bike (with clip ins) having NEVER ridden a mountain bike. i went on some crazy unmarked trails for hours alone with NO cell phone and no map and probably no food. so dumb. hopefully i'll be more prepared for ironman. but sometimes, ignorance is bliss.