Friday, December 5, 2008

What's Mer up to??

I'll admit, going from training 20 plus hours a week to absolutely nothing is hard...and especially because by this time every year, I have my schedule planned out for the next year. But, 2009 won't be much of a racing year for me, as Dave and I are hoping to start a family.....but, I also know these things can take as quickly or "forever and a day,", i'm not 100% keen on stopping cold turkey with my training, but I also don't want to sign up for a major event and be disappointed if I can't race.

So....i'm already up swimming and biking..and power walking. GRRR. I hate walking, to me, i'd rather run slowly than walk, I don't know why. I'm a slow walker, so I guess i'd rather just run slow or sit =0. I started earlier this week on my swimming. I've swum twice, power walked most days and I rode on Wed. for 30 minutes and then yesterday I rode for two hours. I know, i'm supposed to be easing back into it, but I feel good. My legs aren't even sore from my two hour ride yesterday, and man, it felt GREAT to be out there!

I'm trying to find a balance between "absolutely nothing and all out". So..if I had my way, i'd like to run maybe every day, swim twice a week, and bike one time short during the week and then try to keep up a weekend somewhat long ride.

I'm also...newly unemployed. Very long and irritating story, coupled with a boss who is somewhat manipulative and unable to manage effectively. However, i'm collecting unemployment, so we have some dough coming in off the dole =0, and when I find a new job, i'll go from, you can imagine me: no training and no job......yikes. I crave structure so i'm going to do the best I can in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned.

Here's what i've been up to: (I think you can click on the pictures to make them bigger)

Hanging with my parents in La Jolla after Thanksgiving
Chillin with my little nephew Finn.....isn't he the cutest little guy ever??
Doing my part in consuming calories lost during Ironman...with my dad, Dave, mom, Jeff (bro in law), and Dawn and the little kiddos....
Watching double trouble---my nieces Skyler and Mia fully absorb the their clothes..brrrr...they loved it!
Proof!! Lucky for their dad, he got to go in too! =0
This is the extent of my running....25 yards...Thanksgiving Day.....just because I wanted to see if I could still run.
Oh, yeah, I chased Skyler too......
My sister Dawn and I...getting suckered in at 9:00 p.m. the night before Thanksgiving to help my mom make a pie and stuffing.....gotta love having a mom who is type A. I swear her favorite saying "It's SO easy you can make it the night before." Seriously mom, you could have your own show.
I wish I could have days like this every day.....days with Dave in La Jolla cove......mixed in with all members of my family. Ironman and Thanksgiving were SO awesome for us-----I saw my whole family in a short amount of time.......very cool!

Now about that Christmas tree we've had for a week with lights....and the ornaments that are still sitting there...better get on that!!! Rock on!


Angie said...

Cute Pictures! I'm glad you are resting up. I know how you feel about not training. I'm about to go nuts not having Amanda!!! We start back in Jan. YES! The only bad thing is, having to ride in 28-30 degree weather.!

Trigirlpink said...

geeze.. all your nieces and nephews have the coolest names! Awesome pix! Oh man.. you are lucky to be in nice temps. Here in New England, it's dark at 4:15 now and today it's a balmy 32. Ugh... Love the cliffs in La Jolla pictures. Neat-o.
Enjoy your free time! Alphabetize the spice cabinet? :-)

Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach said...

I know exactly what you mean about going from a LOT of training to nothing. :) Not very easy, eh? And good for you for power walking... it has its, er, "benefits" (in the fact that you feel like you're kind of doing something...). LOVE the Cove! I went there wit my folks the day after Thanksgiving as well! The tide was SO LOW - and the sea lions were great! Wonderful pictures, and I agree with TGP - your nieces and nephews have the neatest names! Looking forward to our ride on Sunday!

GoBigGreen said...

Oh such nice pics of the family holiday AND the race pics in AZ! Say hi to LJ for me. We grew up vacationing there at the LJBTC and i love the view from the cove.
Glad your leg is better!

Eileen Swanson said...

love the pics ;-) and so glad you can still 'run.' you're silly ;-) can't wait to run with you in less than 3 weeks. yay!! what's the word on the fro yo? haha