Monday, August 9, 2010

Weekend slacker

Progress is being made: I can bike again pain-free. Still no green light to run yet... patience. Last week I logged in a couple short "test" trainer sessions, then an extra special Saturday ride. I had a little escape to san diego planned so of course the bike was coming. Early Sat we got in a mellow coastal spin of about 35-40 miles (La Jolla to Carlsbad and back, including Torrey). Most the ride was spent chatting it up and the knee felt close to normal; however, the sad thing--my RPE was pretty high but mph were pathetically low. Sigh. My endurance bites right now. Just will take a lot of work to build it back up!

After the bike I did something I haven't done in ages... laid out at a pool with margaritas. Nice to relax and indulge with sugary sin.
The margarita-maker said the drinks weren't strong. I think he was BSing. But I am a total lightweight, and he, on the other hand, can knock 'em back then go set a PR or do some crazy physical feat (seriously, alcohol seems to enhance his performance). Thankfully a good dinner followed that included a little of this...
I never get sick of salmon. And this was caught by the host himself in Alaska. Doesn't get any better! Yum.

Sunday followed with a much-needed beach day and a day off from "real" exercise. After beach/surf fun I took a two-hour nap. Then I went shopping and for the first time in probably two years, I bought non-exercise-related clothing. I hate shopping. But I also hate raggedy clothes. I need a personal shopper.

The reason I even blog about a weekend like this is because they're rare in my world....

1) I'm NOT the lounge-around-at-the-pool-with-a-drink type. That would get BORING fast! But I have to keep reminding myself this is my offseason and I can afford the rest instead of more miles on the bike and a t-run.

2) Normally my weekends end by Sunday afternoon at which point I head to the computer for work. I have multiple Monday deadlines for newspapers and coaching, and for several reasons I often can't get it all done by Friday so weekend it is! Really, I don't mind because on the other hand I make my own schedule so that includes a lot of weekday exercise/activity anytime between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. when most others are in an office. One of my favs: Monday mid-morning yoga then noon masters in the sunshine.

Good news is I get to be a slacker later this week/weekend too, as long as I get my ish done now... more to come soon.


  1. I need a personal shopper too. If it's not online, sporting goods or Costco, I rarely venture in. Fortunately I live in Hawaii so I can get away with clothes shopping at Costco. Hope you get to start running soon.

  2. That lounging looks way too natural on you.
    The salmon looks really tasty and that beach...well...I can see that I need to get out to the coast.
    I'll be available for lounging, eating, beaching and shopping sometime in October, if I'm lucky.
    I'll send a resume in case you're still hiring.

    Good job sticking with the rehab program. You'll get your endurance back just fine.


  3. that looks nice. all of it.

    it's that i'm working at the bike shop and doing some of the merchandise ordering, i see you every day in the zoot catalog.

  4. I would love to have a personal shopper because I love new clothes but hate the work behind it!

    You looked great lounging by the pools so you have some talent for it! :)

    Have a great week and continue to heal!

  5. I'm not a lounge around all day type of person either, but sitting by the pool with a margarita and relaxing by the beach sound like heaven right now!

  6. i am envious of your exercise-while-others-are-stuck-in-the-office routine!! glad you had a nice weekend! :)