4.15.2011

Tired...

And with good reason! Yesterday I was on my feet for 10.5 hours without a single sit break (unless sitting on the toilet counts, heh). Long day. I was at the arena in Grand Rapids working in concessions during a full day of motivational speakers. All of the stands are staffed by local charity groups. Our JDRF chapter is able to earn 10% of stand sales for our fundraising accounts. I believe it averages out to ~$10/hour during these gigs. I'm up to about 18 hours since I signed-on to raise money for this great charity.

I'm also selling Spring flowers. 50% of sales at Flower Power Fundraising come back to my ride account for another 14 days. The company is HQd in Vermont, but their greenhouse is here in MI, which is pretty nifty. I just ordered some items for our own yard. Some nice shade-loving, deer resistant (we'll believe that when we see it. We have found precious few things that deer won't eat. Our deer are certainly NOT picky eaters) windflowers, begonias, and astilbes. For every 4 items ordered one also receives a mixture of 10 free gladiolus. I hope we can find a spot with enough sun for these.

Last week was the rugrat's Spring Break and we had enough nice weather days that we were able to get out on our bikes a lot. So much that Dane had his first week of 100+ miles. Yes, you read that right...our 10 year old pedaled >100 miles in a week--6 days, actually. Our tandem is such a great thing!

At the beach during Dane's longest ride, yet
-- almost 33 miles!
One of those days we even had a freaky day of Summer weather in the mid-80s. It was also quite windy. And my hubby experienced a major bonk on the front of the tandem (he has a goal to lose 40#s by 40. Unfortunately it's a tricky balance to hit a calorie deficit that doesn't leave one with just enough calories in the system to still maintain energy to work out). Dane really pushed his skinny little legs hard to keep the bike moving forward in the heat and into the wind while his dad struggled on the front.

I had planned to do a sort of dress-rehearsal duathlon tomorrow (not a true duathlon, as this one lacked a 2nd run leg), but the weather forecast looks like crap and the race is 2 hours away...we already have a crazy weekend coming up. So I'm skipping it. I hadn't registered, yet, figuring bad weather could be an option. I already did 1 duathlon in rain and 40º temps. I feel no great urge to reproduce that.

My "real" duathlon is in 9 days. I think I'm ready. I should be able to PR, especially if the weather is less monsoon-like than last year. I have thousands more miles of bike experience under my belt (that race was my first time ever riding in the rain, which made me especially cautious and slow on my bike) and my running speed workouts have been going well, too. Last year I was 5/9 in my AG. I would be thrilled to move up to 4th. I'm not going to hold my breath, though. Odds are that a lot of competitors bailed during last year's crummy weather. If more fast people show up I'll be lucky to finish in the top half, heh.

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