This week has really brought on full taper mode. That in and of itself has resulted in me having a ton of spare time. However – add to that the fact that I’m now working from home I’ve been able to get all sorts of little tiny things done with. To be clear, I still work all day long – but it’s time gained back from things like going to lunch, driving to/from work, etc.. that all add up. And I do get to make myself lunch every day – which is kinda nice as I can eat healthier more easily. The downside is it’s also fairly easy to over eat during the course of the day. So I’ve been converting all my snackable food to fruits (bananas, grapes, blueberries, melon, etc…).
As a result of this newfound time I’ve finished all sorts of little mini to-do’s over the past few days. Stuff that I’ve been putting off for a few days..err..weeks…err..ok…months…maybe a lot of months.
- Put together a bike rack to more easily organize a slightly growing collection of bikes. I knew this was a PITA because when I bought both of them two months ago, the first one sucked. So I deferred the second one for a while.
- Replaced a few light switches that didn’t respond to pushing buttons anymore.
- Finished doing all of the work associated with my earlier ‘recap’ of computers in my house.
- Been playing a ton with the new SPOT device, mostly on the programming and data retention side to see what I can do.
- Watching the Olympics! That’s the other good part – I have it on virtually 24×7 in the background in my home office.
- Hanging out with friends that I haven’t been able to for a while due to my busyness
- I emptied out my Rubber
Duckie…err…Elephant (whenever I go to Hong Kong or Bangkok the hotel I stay at has them in the bathrooms). He had got water inside of him about 2 years ago. I tried quite hard, but I couldn’t get it out of him…it was a sad moment. But now with my newfound time, I found a way to get the water out. Now he’s happy again.
- If ya didn’t know – MSNBC published the full 4x100M Men’s Freestyle Relay’s underwater camera view here. It’s the whole races as seen just by the underwater camera. Incredibly useful for watching stroke technique – and in fairly high res when you expand it.
Less you think I was completely slacking this week, I present evidence of only partial slackage:
Sunday: 64 mile bike ride + 5K run
Monday: 3,500 yard swim
Tuesday: 51 minute indoor trainer fun
Wednesday: 3,000 yard swim
Thursday: 1hr easy 9 mile tempo run and a 30 min bike.
Friday (tomorrow): Godforsaken Indoor Trainer #2 workout as usual
IMC also just posted the race numbers – #186. Yet oddly, the fact that Ironman Canada is now “next weekend” still hasn’t hit me quite yet. I tend to be a ‘deal with it when it happens’ sorta person. So I’m not really fretting over it. That doesn’t mean I don’t think about it. Heck, I think about it all day every day. But I just don’t worry about it. I spend the time instead going through each and every section of the course and knowing where I need to be at which stages to meet my goals. I’ve worked through more numbers in my head that I can possibly conceive. I have plans. But I also have breakpoints where I know something isn’t working and need to change plans. The one thing that all of these long mountainous rides has taught me is to recognize when my body isn’t reacting the way it should.
And with that…next.