Saturday, July 28, 2007

Artsy

This week accomplished it's purpose - I'm ready to get back to training again. There's something about the way I'm built - I need some time off every now and then - like, REALLY off. Sit around and do nothing off. Training wise, that was my last week. I'll still go on a little, low-intensity ride Sunday, and probably run off it, but that will be it.

I haven't been doing ABSOLUTELY nothing either. My lawn business has me hopping, in this heat, and trying to beat the daily rain and lightning, I'm sure I get my HR up for the 5 hrs or so I've been cutting every weekday. I'm certainly getting acclimated to the heat and humidity better - so this business is helping in that regard.

The Bigun's are now with their new bed! After one night, nothing special to report, other than a sound night of sleep and no back ache in the morning. Awesome. In a moment of weakness, The Bigun himself decided to take on an "Artsy" project - recover the headboard. This entailed taking apart the headboard to "release" the padded piece. Then line up the fabric - staple it (that was kinda manly, working the power staple gun - anytime you can work a gun-like object, it's cool) and then reassemble. Came out looking great, and I only had a little help from my designer wife. Of course, we have a matching bedspread, pillows, etc, etc - but for the purposes of the Bigun's project - the gold fabric addition - well, you get the picture. I'll leave all the fancy pictures and design shots for Di's blog.

End of August - The Chicago Tri's a "B" race - I'm excited about it, and I'll taper a week for it - but I won't get all bent out of shape if I don't do as great as I'd like. I'm using the time to get a bit of intensity into my swim, bike and run - some intensity that has been lacking at the expense of LSD - Long, Slow Distance. 100m swim intervals. Speed and hill work on the bike. Fartleks on the run. Bring it. This will be a great time regardless of performance. Roman will be there. Mike and J-Wimm will be there. We'll be staying with good friends who live outside of the Windy City. Wings will be eaten, and beer will be guzzled. All will be well.

This season's coming down to just 3 more training cycles. Wow! Time flys. I get this speed block, then Race, and that finishes out August. Sept - Oct brings about 2 distance training cycles, with break weeks, culminating in the Florida Challenge Half here in Clermont Florida. A "C" race; I've timed it so that I get to race that one at the end of a cycle break. One more MASSIVE week after the Half, and I'm in a 2 week taper for Woodlands 101. It's all coming fast and furious - just like it will for CdA. 10 hard training weeks left for this season. Lets make 'em count!

15 comments:

Tea said...

I like how you offset the artsy stuff with the staple gun. Nice touch.

Bill said...

Wings and beer? I'm so there. Too bad the end of August is packed already.

But I'll manage to work in some in on my own.

bigmike600 said...

Bigun
I sometimes feel the same way where I just need to put the feet up and go into that "coma like state" where mind and body become one and then J-Wim yells at me to go to bed and quit snoring on the couch. Look forward to meeting you and the Mrs. and watch the race. I will then know for sure how much farther I need to go before I can do a tri of this distance. Nice job on the headboard. Looks real good.

S. Baboo said...

Oooh, I would like to take a week off but am afraid to do so...it is always so hard to get running again, it's like my knees get deconditioned and they hurt until I build the mileage back up. I bet your job helps keep you in shape though.

blink140pnt6 said...

Between the Sweet Baboo name change, and you doing home decorating, Jay being a Diva, I'm getting a bit concerned with this whole group.

I may wait a few days before I shave my legs.

I'm glad you at least mentioned beer.

What color will said beer be? If you answer, Camomile or mellow sun.....You better order some more shammy butter.

Oh btw I spent the evening helping my girls redecorate thier rooms. :)

Dying Water Buffalo said...

I am like you, when I am off, i am OFF! Although, for someone who is enjoying their rest so much, you sure seem stoked about your upcoming race schedule! ;) heehee

JohnnyTri said...

u a jack of all trades Bigun..

hope that recovery week was good b/c its Go Time for ya!

rockon`

Fe-lady said...

Nice head board! I can't imagine training amidst the back-breaking work you already do! (I hope you count it as parts of your workout)

tri-mama said...

Congrats on how the business is growing and moving along- that is a great accomplishment! I have got to learn to break my training into cycles- I suppose I do it intuitively- but it would really help to have an annual plan

Green Eyed Lady (aka GEL) said...

Thanks for the glimpse of your blanky! ;)

Spokane Al said...

Nice headboard.

Get your rest, because with your upcoming schedule it sounds like you will be needing it.

excel man said...

Hey Dude - If that sitting around doing nothing thing helps you swim bike and run faster please let me know. I sounds a whole lot less painful and more time efficient than what I've been doing!

I'm kind of with blink on the decorating....unless there's going to be a quadrathon....you know.....swim...T1...bike....T2....run...T3....recover a headboard ;^)

Shammy butter LOL - I'm dying

BTW - I noticed on your tentative 2008 schedule you have the 3 mi bridge aquathon. You have the option of doing the aquathon (5k run, 5 k swim) or just the 5 k swim. I only intend to sign up for the swim. 5 k is far enough for me to swim without having to run 5 k first.

IronJenny said...

Great job on the headboard! Di must be so proud!!!
Jenny
p.s. - sittin'n'chillin' is the 4th discipline in triathlon, ya know...

Tri-Dummy said...

I agree with Blink.

Artsy in Nebraska means GAY.

Wrenching Winz said...

Hmmm, I take it the bed stood up to rigours horizontal caloric burning activities