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Thursday, April 03, 2014

We left the Tri-Cities last Thursday, headed for Lancaster, CA, to visit my son, his wife, and their adorable child. We got home around 1 a.m. Tuesday morning. It was a great road trip. We drove down Hwy 395 - much more interesting than driving down I-5. We went up I-5 on the way home to visit a friend who lives in Dublin, CA.

I'd hoped to get in a few workouts. I didn't. We were more pressed for time than I anticipated. I also averaged about six hours of sleep per night. We both kept waking up between 6 and 7 a.m., regardless of when I went to bed. I'm still a little sleep deprived, so I'm really looking forward to this weekend!

My diet was less-than-stellar, too. A couple of nights, dinner was beer & potato chips. I did okay with food; I didn't go overboard, didn't eat fries every time they were offered, ate lots of fruit. But without any exercise, I'm not surprised I gained three pounds over the trip. I'm a little relieved it was only three pounds!

I'm not commuting by bike this week. I'm still catching up. I swam this morning and went for a run at lunch. The run was short but good: I ran 2:30-3:00 minutes each time, and walked :45-1:00 between those run periods. It was a good run. I need to get back on track with training for Bloomsday: 12K, the first weekend in May. That's soon!

I bought a Polar HRM that will record my heart rate while swimming. I'm still working with the kickboard, mostly. I did a lap of freestyle, and my heart rate jumped 30 bpm. So it's not my imagination: my heart rate really does shoot up once I incorporate my arms. I'm concerned, but still confident I'll get this down before the triathlon in June. I don't care if I have to backstroke my way through the swim portion: I WILL CONQUER THIS!

There's a duathlon here in Pasco in May, the weekend after Bloomsday. I signed up. I figure it'll do me good to go into the tri with a "win" under my belt, and it'll give me a chance to practice transition while I'm not soaking wet. It sounds fun!
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DINKS97420 4/7/2014 4:56PM

    You sound very similar to me except I am quite a big bigger. I am also training for my first sprint triathlon at the end of July. I have a mountain bike race (ride for me ) on Memorial weekend in Sisters OR then I am doing a duathalon teamed with my hubby on June 7th. I will do the run leg and he will do the mt bike portion. I have a hard time scheduling my training into my busy schedule and the run will be my weakest link. I can hold my own in the swim and at lease finish :) the bike is better but the run.... my 250 lb body is beating up itself just to get the runs in...i am also a run/ walk person. You are very inspirational and give me courage to keep going emoticon emoticon

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