I haven’t been blogging too much about my Friday Funday’s because this has been a crazy month. For the first time in my life, since I was 16, I have a summer of Friday Fundays that do not include working. Initially when I bargained this into my schedule, the plan was to use the early Friday mornings for my long bike miles, then have over half the day to spend with the kiddos taking them on “field trips” a couple times a month, just hanging by the pool or heading to the lake early on Fridays. As we know, life doesn’t always deliver per our written request. Yes, I’ve had my June Friday’s off work but I have spent an inordinate part of each Friday training, working on rehab, doc appointments or running errands. Planning fail. We went on one field trip during June and that was with Michael’s school. Goal of two field trips per month fail.
Since the indoor pools are on summer vacation schedule, getting in swim time has also been quite a challenge. So my Friday Fundays have been starting with a swim after dropping Michael at school. As I have mentioned, swimming has not been fun since the pools are so overcrowded, I have to share a lane and I drink so much TRI Smart water while swimming. I would rather be swimming in the afternoons after work, before heading home but the pools don’t reopen during the day until 5pm. So I either wait for the pools to open, when I could already have Michael and be home on the weeknights, or I swim on Friday mornings. Therefore, I have been using the Friday Funday for swimming but plan to change that up this week to hopefully avoid the crowds and further free up future Friday Fundays. Here is a pic from Friday’s pool session as I was leaving. The place was packed. I mean, really packed.
After a swim, I head to the chiro for whatever amount of
pain and torture rehab I can endure for the week. Of course, I should be rehabbing 3x per week but my schedule doesn’t allow for that. So the 1x per week rehab date is not a pleasant one.
After rehab, I head home for a
torture session long bike ride. The goal is always 50 to 60 miles but I have only hit the 50 mile long ride 2x this month. I will participate in the Ironman Muncie 70.3 next weekend on July 7th where I will have to DNF after the swim & bike and the lack of long bike rides will show. I know its gonna hurt. I knew when I registered that on a “normal” schedule the 56 mile bike portion was going to hurt this early in my season considering my family, work & commute responsibilities, and well, June 2012 has not panned out the way that I planned. So many Friday’s this month, I’ve spent spinning miles on my trainer like this:
This last Friday was no different, as evidenced by the above photo. I headed out the door for my 50-60 mile ride and as soon as I turned North I noticed the black thunder clouds. I managed 20 miles outdoors, came home and rode on the trainer for another 18, then once the rains blew past, I went back out for an additional 13. I logged 51 miles total, which is still not equivalent to the miles I will need to ride in Muncie next week. Not cool.
So after all this, each Friday, I finish my workouts and rehab about 2pm. Shower off, then head to pick up Michael. Still better than a “real” Friday in my life but not really what I consider a Friday Funday. Next month will be better, right?
What do you do when life throws you a curve ball or two? Let it ruin your mood or just roll with the punches? I try to roll with whatever but would occasionally like things to work out smoothly. 🙂
** Wishing you a Friday Funday or Two! ** Amanda – TooTallFritz **
I’m so proud of you for doing Muncie even with knowning it’s a DNF! It’s so inspirational!
Awe, thanks! I wrote a bit more about it today. Seems strange to go knowing I can’t finish but I feel like its the right thing to do.
Wow…that pic of pool in New Lenox…is that an olympic size pool or 100 m or what? Looks huge!
Regarding your Friday Fun Days….well, when things don’t go the way I intended or planned them I just try to “go-with-the-flow” and find something that works or gets something accomplished without swimming upstream.
Regarding your tri coming up….don’t worry about the DNF. If you just go and do the swim and bike and have to forgo the run part because of the injury, then its not really not finishing in the DNF cause you couldn’t sustain the effort, but simply not finishing cause of the injury. You win in the sense you are competing and gaining experience and maybe enhancing performance in the swim and biking events of the tri. That’s a win…and a finish…in my humble opinion.
Hope you are seeing it that way. Your doing Muncie and working with what you can and doing the best under the circumstances. That’s a big win and yes…an inspiration to all of us followers that we need to make the best of whatever we are dealt with. Keep up with that kind of spirit!
The pool is 25 yards. It takes 88 laps to make the 1.2 miles that I cover in the half iron event.
Muncie is certainly weighing on my mind. I wrote more about it today. I feel like its the right thing for me to do, to go even though I can’t finish. I agree, we have to make the best of each situation. Nothing will ever be ideal.