So, my dog's kind of an asshole. I mean, sure, he's cute, who come on, who wakes up at 6:30am? We certainly don't. But, the dog does.
Today was my day to deal with the dog, and let my husband sleep in. Ug.
The upside was, after half an hour of being awake, my body was finally ready to pound some pavement.
We went out for a one mile walk to stretch out. My legs are still majorly sore from the slip and slide. So are my abs. It hurts to cough! I'm pretty sure that's 50% hurling myself at the ground for half the night, and 50% laughing so hard I choked on my drink repeatedly. I have very hilarious friends. One of the EMTs kept belly flopping into the kiddy wading pool. WHILE I WAS IN THE POOL.
Anyway, we started our one mile warm up when we ran into Marnie, a woman who lives down the street. We talked and let our dogs play, then walked for a while, chatting about the neighbors, about rescuing dogs. The downside (for an introvert) of having a dog is it encourages people to talk to you. The upside is, you always have a topic of conversation: dogs. Plus, Marnie is easy to talk to. I did not want to bolt and hide. Very nice woman.
We ended up walking a little over a mile together.
After we parted ways, I got a slow but solid two mile jog in with Cooper. It was getting pretty hot by the end, and we were both tired and panting. That didn't stop him from trying to lick all the sweat off my legs. Dogs are weird.
My husband was awake by the time I got back, so I enlisted him in picture taking.
I still had to take the pit picture myself. No pit stains, but I was still pretty sweaty for two miles.
I also managed to capture the slip and slide elbow bruising on camera finally.
This might have been a turning point for me in the morning exercise. Outside of races, I normally can't handle running in the morning. All the exhaust and harsh morning smells kick in my gag reflex.
But, the husband is planning on starting to get up earlier. And, there's no point in me getting to work earlier, since I still have to stay until 5pm. So, I might start getting all of my non-training workouts out of the way in the am. This might get me working out more in general. I've been pretty slackerly as of late. Need to fix that. Mostly, I need to hone in on a goal.
I have three things I'd like to do:
1. Mt. Whitney in a year. I'm putting together a team of awesome (well, trying to). It means lots of Mt. Baldy practice hikes, and applying for proper permits. I have some Air Force guys who want me to tag along on a 15 day John Muir Trail hike in 2013, and I need to hit Whitney before then as proof that I'm capable. This is only abstract now. It will certainly get more defined as time goes on. But, it's hard to figure out what I can do immediately for it, though.
2. 100 mile bike ride. Maybe. I mean, I have bike shorts now. And a fucking badass bike. And I need a *reason* to ride it. Maybe. The longest I have ever ridden on a bike was 26 or something miles, whatever the biking distance of the Nathan Tempe Tri was. And it was pretty awful. But, I didn't train as much on a bike as I should have, and it was a shitty bike. So, there's that. I'm trying to con the EMTs into teaching me how to function on a bike. I'm trying to plan a long ride with them, and the conversation is usually me: What should I bring? Them: We'll take care of everything. Such good guys.
3. I think it would be nice to finish a triathlon without hating it. I've started three, and finished two. I got pulled from a tri in Napa after the swim because I was one of the only people retarded enough to not wear a wet suit, and they thought I had hypothermia. Awesome. The other two, well, one was a sprint I did on a mountain bike, without knowing how to use the gears, and the other was the Olympic tri in Tempe, which was awful and heart breaking and the only time I've actually injured myself while exercising. So, it would be nice to have a good triathlon memory. My mom is coming to town next month, and she wants to do some swimming and biking as exercise, to go easy on her joints. I'm trying to con my local friends into picking a tri, so I have a reason to do these things.
Clearly, I am not a self directed learning.
Are you a morning person?
What are your current fitness goals?