Well it's Thursday night and can I just say I'm exhausted? You'd think Thursdays would be my easy day now that Moana goes to day care once a week and I'm kid-free for a full 7 hours, but that is just NOT the case. Turns out, Thursdays are now my busiest days. Maybe because my mindset all week for everything is, "I'll get that done on Thursday..."
Anyway, I dropped M off this morning around 9ish... I guess I could take her earlier- that would give me a little more time, but we move kinda slow around here in the mornings. Probably because Scott doesn't leave for work until like 8:30 so if I'm not out training (wasn't today) we all just putz around and somehow manage to waste the first few hours of the day just playing. I guess that's not wasting? ;) Moana got another stellar report from Kirsten about how she handled being there today- I could tell that Moana was happy to be back at Kirsten's house because as soon as we arrived she squirmed out of my arms and just integrated herself playing games with the other kids. It is so helpful for me to see her so happy because it alleviates any mommy guilt I might otherwise feel about not spending the day with her.
So I zipped home and got to work right away... spent the rest of the morning writing schedules for my athletes... made good progress! If you're reading this and have not yet received your schedule for next week, don't worry, they are all mostly done and I'll finish them tomorrow during Moana's nap. :)
I couldn't stop watching the clock though because I was meeting Nalani for a lunchtime swim and can I just say how QUICKLY time passes on Thursdays? All of a sudden it was time to go. We had another crazy long hard swim today and I was just sinking in the water. Felt like a ton of bricks landed on my back and I was dragging them through descending 400M repeats, only, um, I wasn't descending. That is a red flag to me that I'm at my limit with training load- when I lose my ability to descend in the pool... I know I've been pushing my limits the last 10 days or so, and I think I need to do that right now, but I also need to listen when my body is screaming out for a break. So I still went for my planned bike ride, but I skipped the intervals and just rode aerobically. Figured I'd save myself for Saturday, which I know is going to be a complete sufferfest on the bike.
So I was asked about how I ended up handling the swim workout poacher guy I wrote about last week... I'm embarrassed to admit what a non-confrontational person I can be... because I haven't said a thing... GAH! But I'll cut myself a break because I actually haven't been at the pool any mornings this week. It's been lunchtime swims because of my schedule this week (I'm not actually avoiding mornings on purpose to avoid swim workout poacher guy- it's just turned out that way this week)... and tomorrow morning we'll be in the ocean so again no morning pool swim... so the short answer is, I haven't handled it. In all honesty, the workouts we're doing right now are NOT workouts that you could just jump into without having done the training we've been doing for the last several months. We're following a progression with our swim training (similar to what you would do with run training) and the sets now are long and race-like with very little rest and completely inappropriate for most triathletes. Shoot, the set today was pretty much inappropriate for me! Lol. Of course Nalani nailed it though. That girl is a machine. The lunchtime lifeguards haven't seen her swim in a while but today they were like, "So, we heard you're really fast now, Nalani!" I asked where they heard that and they just replied, "Oh, people talk..." That's Hawaii for you.
Anyway, I didn't finish riding until after 3:00 and that left me just enough time to shower, stuff my face with some food, and go pick up Moana. I didn't even got to sit down and relax for 5 minutes today. I better start scheduling that into my Thursdays. :) But where would I fit it in? I did not have time to do laundry today. I did not have time to clean AT ALL (didn't even vacuum, gasp!). I did not stretch. I did not use my Trigger Point or foam roller. I did not take an ice bath. (But I DID comment on some of your blogs- see how important you are? LOL) Man, I could use another "free" day. Maybe next week.