Thursday, July 16, 2009

With A Little Help From My Friends (And Neighbor!)

I'm excited about my swim tomorrow morning. Wanna know why? Well, for the first time in, well, a looong time, I get to do a whole swim workout with rushing to get home! YAY! It might sound like a little thing, but something that's been a challenge for me lately is the fact that a combination of factors (pool schedule, Scott's work schedule) has caused me to have a maximum time of about 50 minutes in the pool three times a week. That's fine if you're training for a half Ironman, but having a long swim of 2800M just doesn't cut it when you're training for an Ironman. It drives me nuts to get out in the middle of a long hard set and rush home, though that's what I've been doing for months.

I know the swim isn't my limiter in triathlons, but I still need to have at least one day a week where I can get at least an hour swim in to make sure I keep it that way.

Anyway, my neighbor is going to come over tomorrow morning at 8:00 so Scott can leave for work. It's actually a *perfect* plan that we came up with... Dana has a 3 year old daughter that she runs with just about every morning in the baby jogger. We usually see each other as I'm coming home from the pool and she's headed out for her run. Anyway, we all know that to really train for running you can't always be pushing a baby jogger, but Dana doesn't have anyone to watch Mercy so she can get a quality run in. SO, she's going to come over and watch Moana so I can finish up my swim workouts without rushing. Then when I get home, she'll leave Mercy here to play with Moana so she can go running on her own. Perfect, no?

I'm really excited about this trade-off and I hope it works out! Though I'll admit, I have no idea what to do with a 3 year old. Guess I'll figure that out tomorrow... If any of you have 3 years olds and can offer up some insight, by all means, help me out! ;)

Anyway, in other news, Moana and I and met Kelley and Sara at the beach today. I'm dying that neither of us had a video camera, because Moana and Sara were totally chatting it up with each other today! It was too cute. Their conversation went something like this:

Sara: "Ga ga ga ga ga ba ka!"

Moana: "Ahhh ah ah ma ma ba!!"

Sara: "Ba ba ba dah dah ah!!!"

Moana: "Ahh ba ba ba ah ah!!!!"

Who knows what they were saying? It did seem like they were actually carrying on a conversation though. Maybe they were talking about what cool moms Kelley and I are for bringing them to the beach to play. In fact, now that I think about it, I'm sure that's what they were saying.


N.D. said...

I need a plan like this- how perfect! did you think of the idea and approach her about it> have a great swim! sara and moana are going to be great company for each other! too cute

jessica said...

If my 3-year old is any indicator, kids that age want really badly to be big kids, but still lack some skills. So, playing with grown-up things that aren't typical toys goes over well (we're having a tea party with sturdy coffee mugs right now). Coloring and reading are a sure bet too.

Sounds like a great trade!

IronMatron said...

Rushing home is the worst.... Stopping in the middle of a set is even worse than that! Hope the arrangement works!

Renee said...

What a great compromise! That will work out so well for both of you and probably save some sanity as well!

DC Running Mama said...

That's the best! I love the days when I don't have to rush to get home in time to take care of Nathan. It makes me feel so stressed to just get home from a run and somehow feed myself, Nathan, take a shower, and get ready for work! Aren't neighbors the best!? Nathan started babbling (as in repeated consonants) a couple of weeks ago and it really does seem like he is trying to talk!

Angela and David Kidd said...

I am so jealous of all the baby watching swapping you are able to coordinate. Good luck with a 3 year old - I've got no advice.

Isn't it fun to watch them interact? I swear they speak their own little language. Zach travels with another little boy and girl at daycare (his peeps) and they are so funny to watch together. Maybe Sara and Moana were debating who Zach has a bigger crush on?

Mnowac said...

Congrats on the trade off, that sounds like it will work out really well!

Kate Parker said...

Sounds like my swims! Always running out of the pool to get home before Mike leaves for work (although he leaves at 7am...ugh.)

Glad the arrangement worked out well!

Sara said...

HA! I know that was so cute yesterday. It would be great if we could interpret what they were saying, but I think you're right that they were saying how awesome their moms' are! I'm glad you got your workout in today. But seriously, how do you have enough energy to function for the rest of the day :-)