That was Monday for me. I managed a swim just under one mile in the pond that afternoon though, so I figured it was all good. I called it a recovery day. Basically any day I kind of screw off and don't really work out much is a recovery day. (Not to say swimming a mile is nothing, but I did not hit it hard in any sense of the word. I think I even floated on my back a few times, making animal shapes out of the clouds. La De Da.)
I know we need recovery days, but I am a little scared of them. One can easily lead to another, which leads to just one more, and all of a sudden August is a big recovery day. It is a little too easy around here where folks seem to be in constant recovery day mode - on vacation, floating down the river, or hanging out at one of the local bars.
So honestly, driving back to the house my mind was really on Monday night's Burger and a Beer night at the Marshall, not waking up at 4:30 am the next day, riding 30 miles, and losing 5 more pounds.
Mmmmm burger...mmmmm beer...mmmm fries...mmmmm....snooze button...
I came back home from that swim to have a message on my machine from my friend Mike.
"What is the plan tomorrow? Bike? Run? Swim? I'll go with you."
Thank you motivation gods, I needed that.
Mike is a triathlete and lives in Caratunk sometimes, it is always awesome when he is around because then I get someone to train with.
I called him back.
"30 miles, leaving at 5am?"
"I'll be there."
The best part of this? He shows up, rides hard, and pushes me to ride harder.
We have had a great week of training so far, this morning was a 2 mile swim from his house to the Caratunk Boat Launch. That pretty much kicked my butt, but was a great workout and I feel much better about the 1.2 mile swim for Timberman in 1 MONTH FROM TODAY! Holy crap.
Other (very important!) stuff:
- Best of luck to all who are racing this weekend!
- If you are doing Ironman Lake Placid (IMLP), I will (maybe?) see you there. I am the short one with the goofy smile and the loud laugh. I will be shouting out a few names and looking for a few faces that I know are going to be rocking out. I am very psyched about volunteering there this weekend and meeting some fellow bloggers...and MAYBE sign up for IMLP 2011. I am kind of freaked out about that possibility. Jon has no choice, I am going to make him sign up! :)
- I will post some pictures and fun stuff that happened at IMLP on Monday.
- Bailey tested negative for the neuro muscular disease they thought he had. So that is good and bad. Good, he doesn't have a disease, bad, we still don't know what is up. He is on the steroids for now and eating and walking OK. Just mopey. I am getting a second opinion next week.