Monday the heatwave was due to start, anything over 70F is a heatwave to me so I spend most of June – August pretty miserable, less miserable if the humidity is lower, miserable none the less, sometimes a little heat rage rears its ugly head and I have to remind myself it’s not about me and move through it. Ro and I had plans to walk before she taught spin class. And when Ro and I walk it isn’t a casual lollygagging stroll, it’s a 14 minute pace, a power walk. Slowing things down can be good in the long run for endurance and I can’t talk and run so well and we have a lot to talk about so we power walk. I figured I could get my run in after and have a 10K at the end of the day.
I felt pretty warmed up (ha ha) by the time the run started. It actually went pretty well, I was shocked. I didn’t feel like cutting it short or walking. Hmmmmm
Gus went to the Vet and get some dental work done. Poor guy was born with a bad set of teeth and gums, so the last 4 may or may not have to come out. In the pre-sedation check, the Vet discovered an irregular heartbeat, a normal thing in Boxers. It’s not a surprise, it isn’t happy news, it is something we can manage through medication. She will do some further testing on him to see what is going on inside that big old boxer boy chest of his.
|This was our first outing to the beach, he looks so young!!|
I took him on a short walk in the heat, yeah, a dog with a ‘heart condition’ he wanted to go. This is what we do after dog dinner and people dinner; we go for a walk, so we did.
Tuesday is not a running day and it was hotter, I was glad to be in the icy gym for a circuit class, push-ups, weighted squats, burpees, shoulder press, mountain climbers, bicep curls, and triceps timed 3 minutes with a partner, 10 reps of each then your partner goes and you rest, when a minute left to go reduce to 5 reps of each. It was fun, I got in an extra 5 reps on each, my partner seemed to think that was pretty ok. I don’t know why it worked out that way, it just did. Planked, and got a somewhat healthy lunch…
Dave was gone when I got home from work so I went for a bike ride down by the ocean. That was nice and cool and there was surprisingly little traffic out. That added more joy into my ride!
A nice icy shower with all the ceiling and box fans going made everything much better until the Imaginary Husband came home and turned off all the fans, “they make me have a sore throat”. Um AC does that to me…. So I guess we sit and sweat. Wahhh wahhhh wahhhh. See, heat rage… it’s a thing. And yeah, I'm not an easy person to be around ALL the time.
|This is how it feels to me above 70....|
Wednesday, while a running day was also a NY day, I got on the train with plenty of time to be in NYC before the meeting I was guiding someone through and wouldn’t you know, 90-minute delay because of a suspicious bag hanging off the 138th Street Bridge in the Bronx. Good grief… Of course, we need to be careful and everything has to be inspected and properly disposed of. I was on one of the old train cars, no electrical outlets. Thankfully I had fully charged my work and my personal phones. Work was crazy with trying to figure out who was where and where our presenters in NYC or en-route… I was very thankful that everyone on the train remained calm, this really impressed me. For certain there was nothing anyone could do when the conductor announced we were stopped for an indefinite amount of time. People busied themselves with their devices and making other arrangements for whatever needed to be done first thing in the morning. Truly impressive, I was honestly concerned what could happen with a mass of people in a confined railroad car, I may have regained just a smidgen of hope for society.
Gus got a short walk, he is allowed those, after a discussion on what a short walk meant we decided a mile was short considering he usually does 3. He has a mass on his heart and went on Thursday for a series of tests to see what they can discover.
I know Thursday isn't a running day, but I didn't run or do much on Wednesday, I ran at lunch, the weather was perfect, I think even my heat and humidity loving friends would agree, no? Boy oh boy, that felt good, perfect temperature, breeze, humidity. I should have done a long run! Didn't have enough time, I was meeting with the current boss, the hopeful future boss, and future teammate, I needed to be timely!
Gus had quite the day, his abdominal ultrasound was 'unremarkable' this translates to if the mass on his heart is a hemangiosarcoma it has not metastasized into his abdominal cavity. Good news. He was fitted with a Holter monitor and I picked him up after work and he was glad to see one of his hoomans. Not so much for the car ride home, though... For 24 hours we note what he is up to and the techs that read the results from his 24-hour monitor can identify what is going on with his heart.
The leads disconnected and we reconnected the monitor wasn't one had to fix that. We will see what sort of data this gives the vet....
I had put on new tires on Ruby and was eager to test them out. We went on a quick 7-mile spin on Friday morning, and while I really wanted to get in a real ride (20 miles) there wasn't really time for that, I should have made the time, I did not.
I left for New Hampshire a little later than I wanted to, but it ended up being fine. I made it to the hotel to meet up with everyone on time. Got our bibs, went to dinner, and to sleep to be picked up at 6:30 a.m. It was nice to take Friday off, and not have to mess around with work. Nothing much has been going on lately.
Saturday was Mount Washington, I'm going to give that its own post. It was a watershed race for me, as I'm coming to realize.
Drove home on Sunday met by two lonely dogs, got Gus out for a short stroll and called the week.
It was a very low mileage week, between travel and the race I didn't get much time in the saddle or on my feet. I'm good with that.
I am loving "America's First Daughter" Martha 'Patsy' Jefferson Randolph was a force to be reckoned with! The book is about Thomas Jefferson in parts, Martha mostly, and of course Sally Hemmings. It is a romanticized version of history, I'm not fooled, however, I am really appreciating the writing and the narration of Patsy's life as the First Daughter. Jefferson may have written all men are created equal, he didn't live that sentiment. Like him or not, he was a founding father.
This is a long one so I'm not sure when I'll be done or what is up next. I'm thinking Ulysses. I've never been able to get through that one. Maybe now is the right time. I like Joyce's writing.
I wove in the ends on the sweater and haven't started anything or frogged anything. I need to have a think about this and perhaps finish up some UFOs (UnFinished Objects) sew buttons on baby sweaters, block scarves, that sort of thing...
Definitely, need to find homes for a backlog of baby sweaters.
Beth, a very impactful week, even with the light mileage!