- Had a blast last weekend with BDD, Kevin, and some of our other CTC friends at the REV3 training day. I have to laugh at the old days when I used to rip on Matt for blogging. I couldn't understand why he wanted to share his life with a bunch or random people, or why he insisted on staying up to date on what was going on in a stranger's life. That's what bloggers were to me, complete random strangers. I just didn't get it and quite honestly I would get jealous at times that it seemed like Matt was more interested in their lives than in the life that we shared together. Now, after meeting some of Matt's blogger friends, I completely understand. The people I have met in person through Matt's blogging: BDD, Kevin and Jennie, Colleen and Tom, and Training Payne (forgive me if I forgot to list you) are all class act and respectable people. These are people with an education, with a strong work ethic, with goals and desires other than coming home after work to sit on the couch and watch TV, with strong family values, and with priorities in life similar to ours. I have found that Matt and I have more in common with these people and share more similar lifestyles than we do with our "actual friends" (our non-blog friends). I also like the fact that these "friends" completely understand our lifestyle and aren't upset by the fact that we don't have time to "hang out" during the tri season. It's refreshing to have people in your life that understand you and know where you are coming from. So, my apologies to Matty for being such a blogger bitch in the beginning. I was wrong and you were right.
- I have had some excellent workouts lately (although I still question every day whether I am making the right decision in attempting a full Ironman distance event). My swim seems to be improving, my bike is getting stronger (not to confuse "faster" with "stronger"....I am not faster, but I can maintain a faster pace for a longer duration), and I am finally back into a running groove where I can go more than 2.5 miles without getting sick. I am feeling confident that we are at where we are supposed to be at with our training less than 50 days out from race day. We still have 3 upcoming century rides which are already on the calendar. These of course are mixed in with a bunch of other long distance rides. Our runs are getting much longer in duration and the swim is actually backing off a bit. Our plan seemed to be really swim heavy in the beginning, but I am glad to see that the run is getting more appropriate attention now.
- I am questioning making an appointment to go see my GP about possibly having asthma or anxiety attacks resembling asthma. I have always been a high anxiety/high stress person and along with that I frequently get shortness of breath and have trouble breathing to the point where it feels like there is a load of bricks sitting on my chest. I just can't get a deep enough breath. I get lightheaded and dizzy. For work I have had to get two spirometry exams (measuring the breath) at the medical center because we are required to wear respirators for some of the research that we do. During this exam we have to blow into a tube for as long as we can and as hard as we can. The tube is connected to a device which pretty much measures your lung function. My large airways have always been good, but each time the nurse has questioned my small airways. She said they are not functioning as well as they should and this is likely due to asthma or allergies. I have always just blown this off not giving it a second thought, but the more I think about it the more I realize I don't really have bad allergies. The only time I really notice any allergies is after swimming in the pool where I practically sneeze myself to death (can you be allergic to chlorine?). I have however noticed an increase in the frequency of shortness of breath episodes that I have and I am wondering if this is really caused by anxiety or if I am developing early signs of asthma. I have also noticed that during running, if I am going at a good clip, I will actually start wheezing. Anyways, it is getting to the point that it is really annoying now, and I am wondering if an inhaler will be able to make my breathing a little easier. I just hate going to the doctor with a self diagnosis and him telling me its just stress.
- Speaking of stress, I have been extremely irritated with fundraising for TNT (Leukemia and Lymphoma Society) and Pedal to the Point (MS Society), lately. I was supposed to have a fundraiser for Team in Training to help Matt meet his minimum goal. I sent out 50 invitations for a jewelry party that I was hosting at my house (30% of proceeds went to LLS). I offered free wine and hors d'oeuvres. The party was in the evening on a weekend. I asked people to please RSVP by a certain date. You know how many people actually RSVP'd? Three! Three out of fifty (6% of the people) had the courtesy to send me an email or give me a call saying hey I'll be there or hey I won't be there. Two of the three were my mom and my aunt, so those don't even really count (so make that 2%). I ended up cancelling the party, and as usual I take things personally, so Matt had to work his magic to get me out of a depressed and bad mood. Honestly, I didn't care that people couldn't come or didn't want to come. I cared that people didn't have the decency to write a three word email saying "I can't come". So, yeah I'm totally done with charity work for awhile. We have tapped our resources and have probably overstepped our bounds on asking people for donations. As a side note, my theory about fundraising is that if you donate to one of my charities or fundraisers, I will gladly donate to one of yours. If you don't donate then don't bother asking me for $. I get so irritated with people who ask for money but never give back....just seems wrong to me.
- After reading mymagicbean's blog post today I feel like venting about social media. I have also been extremely irritated with Facebook lately. It seems like every time I get on FB I end up getting irritated by someones stupid but seemingly innocent comment. So, I question why I even go on there in the first place. Honestly I have enough to worry about in my life than to worry about the fact that your kid just took a dump in the toilet. I get it and I understand that I post the exact same crap (no pun intended). So, why do I get so irritated when other people post random thoughts or daily happenings? Maybe I am just tired of the "same old same old" stuff that is on there every day. Regardless it's time for me to clean up my "friends" list. I don't even know who some of the people are that are on my friends list. I wonder what I used to do with all my free time back in the day when FB didn't exist?!??!
- And my final rant of the day is that I HATE HATE HATE HATE the "reply all" function in email. I have been getting blasted with TNT emails where people reply all to every single email whether it concerns the entire group or just a single person. If it doesn't concern me PLEASE don't include me! Stop abusing this feature!!!!!!!!
Lol, regardless if anyone reads this or not, I totally feel better now that I have gotten caught up on my training reviews and vented on my weekly pet peeves.
Happy training everyone and CONGRATS to everyone who completed their first Ironman at Lake Placid!!!