Thursday, November 27, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Here are a couple pictures at my sister Alice's place last night - it was her birthday yesterday and she had some of her friends over for drinks before heading out to Suede Lounge for a few cocktails. I copped out on going out to the lounge, and was home at midnight (I was tired and wanted to get up early for swimming this morning).
Hugo is back home and already back to his usual self, even with his 'lampshade' on:
These pictures were taken in order, and he seems to have gained more energy each time!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I have made a small goal for myself for this week - some form of a workout every day this week. It is all about stepping stones. Monday was full body weights and abs, yesterday was a 2300m swim (my plan to run did not pan out), and today will either be a run or the extreme fitness class (or I might be a little crazy and do both).
Poor Hugo is going in tomorrow for neutering. He is not going to be happy with us. Geoff is taking him to the dog park today in order to burn off some of his energy. We took him to the park on Sunday and he ran non-stop, at full speed, the entire time we were there. He was quite tired that evening!
Something random and funny that I realized at the end of my race season this year - I didn't get any flat tires this year, in training or in racing. I hope that doesn't mean that I am soon due for one!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Geoff helped me (thanks to you babe!) and we found out that Greyhound had a bus leaving at 11:45pm that night to High Level, which is where my plane was landing. The lady on the phone said that we had to be there before 8pm in order to ship the case. It was 7:15pm and the station was on the south side of Edmonton (about a 30min trip). We scrambled and left immediately. Geoff was speeding like crazy and we ended up in luck, arriving just before 7:45pm). I paid for 'Priority' in order to have the bag shipped out on the next bus and then had to remove 20 lbs from the case as it was much too heavy. Done. The extra 20 lbs of equipment would go in my suitcase.
I was so relieved it had all worked out and that I wouldn't have to attempt to manage that monster of a bag on my own at the airport the next morning, along with my suitcase, my laptop, and the other smaller bag of equipment. The flight this morning was easy, and it turns out there were only 11 people out of 18 seats, so maybe the bag would have got on after all. My relief was short-lived, however. I arrived at the Greyhound station in High Level in my rental at 11:45am. The lady there said the bus wasn't in yet but that I should come back at 12:15pm. I came back at that time and guess what - the bag wasn't on the bus! They said that it 'probably' would be on the next bus, which wasn't arriving for 24 hours. The equipment would be useless to me at that time as my flight home leaves tomorrow at 5:15pm. I nearly freaked out but decided to just drive to La Crete and complete the initial portion of the assessment, and wait for a call from Greyhound.
Luckily, it turns out to not be a HUGE worry as I figured out during the hour or so drive to La Crete that I can make do with what I have in the smaller case - which contains sufficient tools for me to do an accurate assessment. Disaster narrowly averted.
I am looking forward to going home tomorrow as it is a lot warmer than it is here! Last time I checked it was -9C with windchill and there is a whole lot of snow here. I am thinking that I should just bring that damn bag to the airport and see if it will get on the plane, if not, then maybe I'll just bury it in the snow somewhere here and claim it was stolen?
Sunday, November 9, 2008
I am soon going to be upgrading to a new and improved machine (Cervelo P3). It will be nice to finally upgrade to a carbon frame! This good old aluminum frame has certainly done the job but I am excited to see how the carbon frame will ride. Tom at Way Past Fast was kind enough to add on a few nice upgrades to my new bike. I'm not a huge gear geek so I'll be happy as long as it looks nice! Also, I have never ridden a time trial bike so that will be interesting as well. I will be keeping my old road bike as a back up for training and the occasional race, depending on the course. I'll probably get the new bike in the next month or so... pictures to follow at that time!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Geoff is away this weekend in Calgary attending Part 2 of the triathlon coaching course and it has certainly been quiet without him here, although Hugo has been keeping me entertained! He loves the weekends when there is someone home to play with him non-stop.
I have not done even a scrap of exercise since the race last Sunday. I was definitely thinking about going for a run yesterday, but the thought did not actually become an action. Today I really should get off my A$$ and do something, if for no reason other than I have been eating WAY too many mini chocolate bars and they are being stored on my hips. That's the one thing that sucks about the off-season - losing your fitness and gaining a couple of pounds! I plan to get back in the pool this week, swimming about twice a week. Running will be my main focus over the next few months, in hopes that I will magically transform into a runner! Unfortunately I will no longer be able to run on the trails near my office after work as all my runs will now be in the dark - damn time change! The bike will remain in its new spot for a little while longer - in pieces in the garage.