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I'm Not Dead. I'm Just...Moving

In case you’ve been wondering, I did not fall into a Robin Egg Induced coma. One and a half bags proved to be enough to fully kick the cravings. I’m sure that come Easter, the cravings will be back in full force, though :)

Work has been busy as usual. I’m back in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit for the next two months, and since my preceptor was out of town until today, I have been running the show. Quick public service announcement – people – WEAR YOUR HELMETS! We see so many bicyclists and motorcyclists who haven’t been helmeted, and the results are often devastating. Just like seatbelts, helmets don’t always protect people, but they’re the best we’ve got, so for goodness’ sake, wear them. OK. I’m off my soapbox now. It’s just getting to be that season, and it makes me so angry sometimes… My big residency project is still hanging over my head like a nasty black cloud. I’m secretly hoping it will do itself since I will not have time in the foreseeable future. ARRG!

The big reason I’ve gone MIA? Steve and I bought a house. It all happened so fast that our heads are still spinning. We won’t officially be moving for another 5 weeks or so, but there’s still a lot to do in the meantime. We got pre-approved for our mortgage on a Thursday, started looking on a Friday, and put in an offer that Monday. Yeah. I told you it was fast. The past 2 weeks have been spent on the phone and computer with mortgage people, realtors, phone company, electric company, insurance agents, etc, etc, etc. So if I’m a little behind on the blog side of things (which I very much am), I apologize. We love the new place though. It’s only a couple of miles from where we live now. We’ll have more space for Steve’s studio, us in general, and our bikes – yeah! Now Tony won’t have to sleep in our living room. He can live in our new basement with the rest of our bikes.

Training? Oh yeah. I sort of forgot about that. It’s starting to make me a little nervous. It seems that everyone else training for IMWI is way ahead of me. I know that I’m at about the same place that I was this time last year, but I had hoped to be a little further ahead of schedule this year. My half mary is 4 ½ weeks away. My first 1/2 Ironman is just 7 weeks away, and I’m just trying not to think about being in Ironman shape quite yet.

I got in two really fabulous workouts last week. Both of them were the direct result of having someone to share them with. My first was on Tuesday when my bud Maddy made the trip over so we could have a run together. We don’t get to much anymore since her job is actually by her house now. It was just like old times. We talked about our jobs, updated each other on what’s going on with our friends, and just reveled in the fact that we were out there together again. It poured rain. Cold Ironman Wisconsin 2006 bouts of rain. We had to wring out our clothes 4 miles later. Steve had to meet us at the door with towels to avoid drowning the house, but none of it mattered. The dread for workouts that I’ve been experiencing lately completely disappeared. That night, I went to bed absolutely happy.

On Thursday, Steph got home from work early, and even though she had been hacking up a lung with this nasty cold she caught, she decided to join me on my long run. She said she’d go about 3 with me and then I could drop her off and keep going. At the halfway point for 5, she decided to keep going. At the halfway point for 7, we stopped to get a drink and turn around. I figured I’d drop her off at home after 7, but we got there, and she decided to keep going. Nine miles together on one of those beautiful breezy evenings in the dark. It felt like 3, and her cold’s been disappearing ever since. I started to wonder if maybe I’m not as out of shape as I’ve been telling myself.

My times in the pool have also been improving. I think I’ve managed to cut off about 4-5 minutes per mile this winter, and that feels good. I’ve still got a LONG way to go, but I’m much better than I was this time last year. Now if I could just get in more time on my bike…

7 comments:

Chris

Congrats on the new place! Wow. That *is* a lot to wrap up all in a short weekend. Very exciting, though!

I just signed up for Liberty yesterday. *gulp* I'm not even close to being in 1/2 shape. If you can run nine miles already, I think you're well ahead of the game!

ironjenny

Congratulations on the new house!
Let me know if you are doing any interior painting. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to paint. Seriously. Did you see the makeover we did on TriNick's townhouse last month? It turned out great!
Where else can you spend $50, put in 4 hours of your time and completely change how you feel in a room?
We've been in our house for 16 months and I'm on my 4th color in the kitchen... It's sick, really. I know that!
Cool that Chris is doing Liberty - maybe I'll come out and cheer for that one.
Jenny

Tri-Dummy

Congrats...

Your wish has been granted, my lady.

Check out Steve's recent post and my submissions for his bike's new name. If I don't win, it's rigged!

RunBubbaRun

Congrats on the new house. More room for TRI gear storage.. Always a bonus.

Don't worry about feeling behind on your IM training. I feel the same wasy also..

Great job on the swimming and running.

Mallie

Congrats on the new place. We are glad to hear you are alive and kicking it out with some good workouts. The bike will be there when things slow down. It's nice that they don't get a 'tude when they've been ignored, eh?

Allez

Moving is stressful but very exciting! BTW, I tried putting alcohol in my ears to get the water out. It worked!!! No more sloshing as I walk! Thanks for the tip :-)

Triteacher

Congratulations on the house! That's huge! I remember bonding with our first house when I realized that I could vacuum at 10PM without worrying about waking the neighbors. *Sigh*

Gotta love the cold-rain-induced Ironman memories too. :) Just 4 more days to more Easter eggs; have a happy one!