Sunday, May 28, 2006

In a State of Mourning


Times are sad around here folks. I have done one of the most stupid things imaginable. Friday night, when it got too dark for Briar and I to practice baseball, he asked me to time him in 50 and 100 yd sprints. So I went inside to get my Garmin 301 and my brand new Timex Ironman watch. I measured off the distance with the Garmin, and then timed his sprints with the watch. We had a great time, and when he got tired we walked into the garage and I sat the Garmin and the watch on my rear vehicle bumper because we rode our bikes up and the down the street for a bit. And I left it there....and totally forgot about it when i got back out that night to go get milk. I thought about it the next day as I was on my way home from a bridal shower. As I approached my neighborhood, I saw the Garmin on the side of the highway, and I pulled over to get it. It was destroyed. I walked a few more feet down and found the watch destroyed as well.

I know it could be a lot worse, but I am really upset with myself for this. And I sooo miss my Garmin. I was almost emotionally attached to that thing....it was right there for every step of my marathon training. And the watch was brand new. I just picked it up on Mother's Day at REI. So this stuff really sucks. All my timing devices are gone.

As far as what I've been doing towards my training, Thursday I did nothing. I slept too late to get in my swim and Briar had a ball game that evening.

Friday, I ran 11 miles with Holly. We set out around 5:15, and had originally intended to run 12, but time only permitted me 11 (Holly was able to finish the 12, but I had to get kids ready for school). The run was great, 9:21 pace, and it would prove to be the last with my beloved Garmin.

Saturday Briar had a 3:00 ball game, and I did 4 mile run with no timing device whatsoever. I have an older sports watch I coulda used, but I opted to go with no clock, as I was so mad at myself for losing the Garmin.

Sunday was a fun workout. Leslie and I did a lake swim followed by biking the Mach Tenn bike course. I met her at 7 am and had a great swim in the lake...it was a beautiful morning, the water temp was comfortable, and I finally got to try out my wetsuit that I purchased back in the winter. After the swim, we biked the course in around 55 minutes. Ofcourse I had to finish it up by crashing as I got back to my car....I couldn't get my dang left foot out of the clip again! I went down pretty hard on my left knee(saw stars for a minute), and it hurt to bend it for about 24 hrs.

I didn't do the Cotton Row 10k after all. We missed the online registration cut off, and as it turned out I'm glad we did because my knee was still pretty stiff Saturday morning. I finally got out around 8:30 and ran 5 miles in the good ol' Tennessee humidity. I actually had a pretty good pace. Time: 5 miles in 44:45, 8:57/mile.

I am getting antsy about the Mach Tenn Tri coming up this weekend. I'm in that phase where I start thinking about it constantly. And it's hard to take it easy this week, even though I know I have to, because I haven't gotten all the the training in that I really wanted to by now (due to recovering from the marathon). But I am still very excited about it. My goal is to improve my times from last year in all three legs. Which I should do easily, considering this was my first tri ever last year. More specifically, I want to take atleast 4 minutes off the swim part. I was not ready for the swim last year, and I thought I would die before making it back to land. But I am ready for it this year, and that is a good feeling.

Congratulations to Michele and Scott who both placed at the GJCC Tri - great job guys!!

12 comments:

Michele said...

Oh how sad! But looking at the bright side, now you can upgrade!! ;-)

Man, you got some good workouts in this weekend, while I just sat on my butt.

I have got to do something soon now that I had that moment of insanity and signed up for Mach Tenn. What was I thinking????

Erik said...

Ouch! That hurts. But as Michele said, here is your opportunity to buy the new Garmin. I enjoyed visiting your site. I'll check back soon.

david said...

I know how it feels when the Garmin goes kaput. Mine died last fall while in North Carolina. I agree with Michele, now is your opportunity to get one of the new models.

Scott said...

Sorry about losing your Garmin. I have the Timex bodylink system and it's almost a part of me now. I'd be crushed if it were to get crushed...
Thanks for the kudos after the GJCC tri. Good luck this weekend at Mach Tenn!!!

Garou said...

Ouch. I don't have a Garmin (yet), but I would be crushed if I lost my watch, mp3 player, etc. It's an annoying disruption in the routine, but, on the bright side, you can upgrade without guilt!

rice said...

My condolences.

I never put anything on the vehicle, anymore… after countless coffees being left on the roof, one morning I left my brief case! Luckily someone that lived on my street picked it up down the road and found my number inside. But talk about hart wrenching.

Cheers.

Rice.

DaisyDuc said...

What a bummer! I was all bummed today because I had forgot my Ipod. You get so used to the things you train with all the time that you feel lost without them. I used to change out of my sports watch into my good one, but I have done given up on that, and just never even take it off. Well best of luck getting back on track....at least you have still managed to get in some decent workouts.

Rae said...

Oh no!! That's so terrible, esp to lose both of them. Of course this might be a great time to upgrade to the 205/305. (I got a new 205 recently and I can't tell much of a difference). The old Garmins are super cheap on ebay and other online stores now.

You're going to do GREAT in your tri!!

jkrunning--Just Keep Running said...

oh, I am so sorry. That sucks. I hope your hubby is understanding and allows you to slurge on a new one soon.

backofpack said...

That's a bummer. If it makes you feel any better, my husband ran over his laptop once...

Good luck this weekend!

Cliff said...

Sorry to hear about your watch..ouch. My HRM died on me a week ago and I have no idea my training level is at.

Thanks for the tip about the wetsuit. I like walking around with it. Swimming in it..hmm have to get use to it first :)

The Running Diva said...

RIP to your Garmin. That is the kind of thing that happens to me all the time. Last month I drove off from the gym with my house keys on top of my car. I found them in the middle of the street that runs in front of the gym.