Thursday, April 17, 2008

Rumblin, Stumblin, Bumblin

The BT Half Iron plan is really taking it easy on me this week. I'm kinda enjoying it, too. I've been able to do some things with my workouts that I can't normally do. For instance, Sunday was an easy 45 minute spin. I felt like Briar could handle 45 minutes out on the bike, so we took an easy ride out into the country and back that lasted about 40 minutes. Then I got Bo outside and rode up and down our street with him for a while. Perhaps this was taking "easy" to the extreme, but it sure it was fun to "train with the kids."

Monday was 31 minutes of speedwork and a 3250 yd swim. I was totally a zombie and turned the alarm off and missed the opportunity to get this done in the a.m., so I had to do it after work. I did the speedwork on the treadmill and then went down to the pool for the swim. The poor guy working at the rec center came by 2 times during my 31 minutes on the treadmill and cleaned the floor where I sweating. I sweat something awful, it doesn't matter if I'm running 2 miles or 20 miles. I went down to swim and realized I was running out of time quickly, and I only got in 2350 yds.

Tuesday was an easy 45 min, and I took the opportunity to go to my first ever spin class at 5:45 a.m. We just recently added these classes at our rec center. I took my mtb shoes with me, hoping that my Crank Bros cleats would work on the pedals (they are spds), but they didn't of course. The class was pretty neat, I guess. I definitely worked up a nice sweat. I'll go back...but if given the opportunity, I'd rather ride outside. It should be getting daylight early enough to get in some good outside rides before work, pretty soon.

Yesterday called for a 30 minute easy run, and I met up with Heather, Holly, Tim and Lee for the first segment of their run. It was still very dark outside, and as we were running towards town on Hwy 41, something just jumped up out of the road and tripped me! Not really...actually I didn't look back to see what it was, but I think it was a rough patch of concrete or something. It was enough to send me rumblin, stumblin, bumblin and sliding on my hands and on my right side. Thankfully, I had gloves on (because it was a crazy 33 degrees), and i also had tights the damage was just a cut on the palm of my hand and a strawberry on my right thigh. Just like I had slid into home, under the tag, and scored the winning run. Put me in, Coach, I'm ready to play! That is the first time I have taken a spill while running in quite some time. I'm thankful the damage was minimal. I peeled off from the group around 4.2 miles or so, and went to Cindy's toning class. The BT plan says to stop all the strength work now that we're 4 weeks out from Gulf Coast.

WHAT!?! Stop the strength work?! BT, we have a problem. It's called swimsuit season. It's called PCB. You know, the venue of the GCT. I can't stop the strength work now! Granted, I never was extremely diligent with it in the first place...but we gots to have it, now. So I went on toning class. It wasn't extremely intense, so I think I'm okay.

Speaking of swimsuit season, I had to make a late night trip the grocery store last night. I picked up some bananas, grapes, some salad ingredients, some cereal and milk for the kids...and then...I meandered over to the frozen food section. And this is what I see:
You gotta be kidding me. And not only was Mayfield was half off, but so was Purity and Blue Bunny. I LOVE some Blue Bunny. I love it all, actually. And I love a discount, too. So now I am standing here in the frozen food section of Manchester's one and only grocery store (I don't count Wal-Mart as a grocery store), and they two of my favorite things combined - Ice Cream, and a discount. Thus, the angel appears on my right and the little red devil on my left, and the conversation ensues...

Little Devil: Yippeee! Check it out, can get Purity, Blue Bunny, or Mayfield. You can get vanilla...think brownies with ice cream, homemade milkshakes, or just a big bowl of it all to yourself. Or you can go with Neapolitan - Bo likes chocolate, Briar likes Vanilla, and you like 'em all. There's Butter Pecan too. Take your pick!

Little Angel: Oh dear...honey, you're 4 weeks out. 4 weeks from GCT. 4 weeks from PCB. 4 weeks from donning the can't do this. Pass it up,

Little Devil: Hey, if you don't want to eat it, then fine. But it's 'Buy 1 Get 1 Free'. You can't pass that up. Just go ahead and get it, and you can have some after your long ride this weekend for recovery. You don't have to eat some of it every day. But you can't pass it up.

Little Angel: Oh, honey, you know how that goes!?! Run! Fast! Get out of here! If you buy it, you will eat it! You won't just eat it for will want some every day. Think about the swimsuit season...think about your triathlon suit...think about lying on the beach. Think long term. You can't do ice cream, remember? It's like crack!!!

Little Devil: Of all things. Well, then at least get the frozen yogurt. It's just 100 calories for a 1/2 cup serving. No, it's not as good...but you have to get something.

~I slowly open the freezer and pull out the Strawberry frozen yogurt. It looks as good as ice cream. I guess it will do, even though it's not on sale. I put in my buggy.~

Little Angel: NNNOOOOOOOOO!!!! The calories don't matter! Remember - you NEVER eat a 1/2 cup. A 1/2 cup is just enough to piss you off. Put it back, dear. Just put it back, and you will be glad you did. It's not even on sale.

~I agree with the angel...I'm not buying it if its not on sale. I put the frozen yogurt back. But I can't walk away. I want some of the ice cream in a bad way. So I call my Dad.

"Hey Daddy! What kind of ice cream would you like? It's all on sale...I will buy you some and bring it to you!"

But he doesn't want any, either. ~

Little Devil: Just get the ice cream. As much as you train, it's not going to hurt you.

~I open the freezer door again.~

Little Angel: Shut. The. Door. And slowly. Back. Away.

I shut that freezer door and walked straight to the check out. I loaded the groceries into my car still wanting that ice cream. I went to bed still wanting that ice cream. If I am still wanting it this afternoon when I home, I am going to try on all my swimsuits. That should seal the deal, once and for all...or at least until I am in the grocery store again.


jkrunning said...

You are my HERO! My little devil would've tackled that angel and sent it packing as I grabbed the ice-cream and ran for it.

Dan Seifring said...

Great will power. The devil would have made me do it.

kmholt7 said...

Good thing I wasn't in the grocery store that night. I would have been buying some and trying to talk you into it so I didn't feel so guilty!

Lisa said...

As with everything.....moderation. I live for my ice cream!
Try the 100 calorie little ice cream sandwiches the next time you get the craving.

"the devil who eats ice cream"

greyhound said...


Will of Iron.

There is a bikini (and a googly-eyed husband) with your name on it. Poor guy doesn't stand a chance.

Anonymous said...

Way to stick it out. I wish I had half of the will power you do! You will have to treat yourself to a nice bowl after the GCT.

Anonymous said...

Well...I should've read this first. I went for the sale. Just before Joe said, "What's making you slower? ICE CREAM!"

To my answer, "yeah, and I just went and bought some MORE." So don't worry...I'm keeping those fat cells in check and full.

You are ONE tough future IM!!!


Holly Jane said...

Well.......... ?? You didn't call me and ask about ice cream! :-) Good call.

jahowie said...

Too funny. My little angel left many years ago. I never listened to him! :-)

Bethany said...

Wow, talk about strength! Ice Cream is my weakness, so I just steer clear of that part of the grocery. Out of sight, out of mind! But I will ask Jeramy to stop and get me ONE ice cream sandwich every now and then :) Sometimes you just gotta feed those cravings! Sounds to me like you need a Sonic Blast reward very soon...

IronTriTim said...

Ouch, lucky with the gloves. Your little angle obviously is a little IM angel, and knows what is to come.

Jumper 2.0 said...

Will your little angel please have a talk with my little angel?

Marathoner in Training said...

The guy in me is requesting pictures of you in the bathingsuits. My wife would expect nothing less out of my mouth. Great job resisting the icecream. One solution is Baskin Robin, then you only get one serving.

triguyjt said...

greatest saying in the english language...

buy, one,get one free...wheeeeeheeeee.

what will power !!!!

TJ said...

I'm with Lisa...everything in moderation. Have a double helping after GCT!

Rae said...

MY little devil would've picked out the half fat, eaten it a time or two and let the rest of it turn to ice in the freezer. I do that EVERY time!