Working from home

I’m working from home today.I dropped into a coffee shop to have breakfast, pulled out my laptop, and probably got more done in an hour than I get done in a whole day sometimes. It’s amazing what you can do without any interruptions, the velocity you can attain when racing a battery about to die. I also felt some kind of pressure to just work. Like my neighbors would judge me if they saw gmail up on my screen instead of Outlook.

You know that feeling when you would leave school mid day for a dentist appointment? It always felt so weird for me to be out in the world in the middle of the day. It still feels like I’m going to get caught.

What I did with my labor day weekend (besides dog sitting)

Went to happy hour at Ignite and snickered over the separation of all the girls at one end of the table and all the boys at the other. I was starving and inhaled some goat cheese dip. I have ended up here three times in the past month or so and everything I’ve eaten here has been delicious.

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I drove all the way to the mall (on a Saturday) to try on this dress I saw on anntaylor.com. It was gorgeous and on sale something crazy like $118 marked down to $19. I didn’t buy it because it was kind of clingy on the butt (and sizing up, pictured below, made the top too big and didn’t solve the butt thing) BUT I just wanted to say that this dress is awesome (and they had a ton left in all sizes) so someone else with less bottom should buy it.

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I also got my eyebrows “done” (a pre-race tradition, it has to make me at least a little more aerodynamic, right?) and same with my toes. I always get a pedicure before a triathlon. Because you’re barefoot before the swim and because it just makes me feel lucky.

Let’s see. I also went for the hottest run ever (with shot blocks in my sports bra because where else do you keep your snacks?). It was so hot out. I am not built to withstand these elements. I will take 15° over 90° any day. I started to go for a second loop around Cheesman and I just couldn’t do it, turned around and came home.

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And I went to the very last day of open water swimming at Bowles Reservoir. Since it was the last day of the season I thought there might be a bit of hoopla. Or at least that it would be busy? But it was more like the last day in the dorms at the end of the semester. Most people are already gone, it’s just sad and empty. There were maybe 10 swimmers around while I was there?

The water was cold. Not unbearable, but colder than it’s been all season (the water was warm all summer thanks to neverending heat waves). The water line has receded significantly, and the overall lower water level puts you more in the weeds. On top of that they were already taking buoys down. I spent a good ten minutes thinking I was swimming really crooked before I realized the buoy I was sighting was being dragged away by a kayak. Once they had all the buoys down I cut my workout short because it’s really hard to just swim aimlessly, and it was only open another 20 minutes or so anyways.

So long, Bowles! See you next summer. Awkward last-swim-of-the-summer photo below. I feel dumb taking pictures there because no one else ever is. The other people near me were all clearly serious and accomplished triathletes, chatting about plans for half and full IronMans (IronMen?) around the country and which race gave you the best chance to qualify for Kona. So I felt kind of dumb in my baggy swimsuit taking self-photos.

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I’m realizing this is a lot of photos of myself. Quick, look at these cute dogs!

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I read more than half of this book, Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman. It’s a quick read but not a light read since it’s in part about child abuse. It’s been a long time since I ready a non-clicky book, but the library didn’t have this for kindle. (Okay, it’s actually been like two months since I read any book at all. I miss it, and it’s one of a billion things I’m looking forward to in a post-triathlon training life.)

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I also went grocery shopping, helped a friend unpack in her new house, did some work, and suffered through some very boring (and hot) hours at the gym. Same thing I do every weekend, Pinky.

Weekend Update

I feel like such a lame-o lately on Mondays.  Because everybody’s all like, “What did you do this weekend?”  And I’m all like, Think of something cool, think of something awesome you did. But pretty much every Monday I say, “I swam. And biked.  And ran.  What about you?”

I have been in training mode since January.  Because I had a lot of ground to cover to get from occasional workout DVD-er to triathlete.  So while I have enjoyed long rides on the Platte and swam miles in beautiful Bowles Reservoir, I’m also kind of just ready to be done.  The end is in sight!

  • Next weekend: bridal shower in Seattle.
  • The next weekend: Boulder Sunset! My first Olympic.  Ack.
  • The weekend after that: wedding in Minnesota
  • Then one weekend “off,” and finally the sprint in Longmont the next weekend, 9/25.

One more month until my “season” is over.  It started back in April, so I feel like I have put in my time.  I am ready to hibernate.

Oh, right.  I started to write down what I did this weekend.  I actually ran farther than I have ever run, 7 miles, on Saturday.  That was cool.  Then yesterday we swam a mile in the reservoir, biked 10 miles on the Platte, and ran for 30 minutes, also on the Platte.  Less than half the distances for the next race for the bike and run, and I was hot and tired.  Not encouraging.  (Though perhaps I ought not have enjoyed so many free cocktails at Eden Saturday night.)

My favorite part of the weekend was going on a meandering walk in the neighborhood last night.  We rolled around with Harper in the new grass by the old hospital.  Do all dogs love grass this much?  We don’t really have any (we have plants and trees and brick in the yard) and H-Dog goes nuts for it.

Also I made Harper try on glasses.  Because it’s hilarious.