Sleeping Beau-- HOLY COW! Look at those bags under your eyes!

If I hadn't already spoken with my neighbor about it, I would again. His television. His television is too loud. That's irritating when I am in my living room & trying to drown out the sound of his lifestyle. When he's watching in the bedroom at 2am? That's infuriating.

Two nights ago, I got very little sleep. Last night, I wore earplugs (until they were too annoying) & eventually drowned out the sound with my a/c unit.

Today, I am exhausted & trying to pretend that the combination of lack of sleep, the stress of my job, the triathlon training, the cleaning of my house, & the impending parental visit is not making me feel ill.

Repeat: I am not getting sick from this shit.

Regarding the neighbor: If this continues for a few more days, I'm going to talk with him about it. My last neighbors were super quiet & respectful.

Regarding the slowness with which I am moving today: I'm feeling better as the day wears on, which is making me happy. I'm going to bike today on the trail during lunch, but I'm going to skip out on swim tonight. If I don't pep up, I'm going to skip more workouts than one.

I didn't miss a single workout two weeks ago, & I postponed one swim until Sunday last week. The implication of missing workouts is impetus enough to get back to 100%. I don't want to break my stride.

12 weeks to Mooseman 1/2 IronMan.


Recovery week approaches.

This week, I completed all workouts. Let's recap:

Sunday: Long bike ride
Monday & Wednesday: hour of running; almost an hour of cardio
Tuesday & Thursday: hour of swimming; hour of biking
Saturday: Long run

Plus, I worked 54.5 hours from Sunday to Sunday.

I am tired, & I slept in today. Screw you, Spring forward!! I took an extra hour (or two) of resting. I needed it.

Thankfully, next week is recovery week - no strength & shorter workouts. Hurray for more rest time!


In other news, Manu confessed to me that she was my Secret Pal last year. She (the vixen!) had previously told me that she never found out who she was assigned to. It was true for a time, but she eventually did.

I never mentioned SP stuff to her because I didn't want to make her feel uncomfortable as she had wanted to be in the program but missed the deadline. She was always a little (I thought) melancholy when I mentioned the program. So, I avoided the discussion.

She was an *amazing* secret pal. & she's my good friend now too. How incredible & how much fun we've had this year together.


Post-workout pasta dish

When I finished my run tonight, I was craving pasta. PASTA PASTA PASTA. I don't eat a lot of Italian food - maybe once or twice a month. So, this craving is a pretty rare thing, but I needed some pasta with protein.

What protein could I add? In the fridge, I have:
1. Whole, raw chicken.
2. Whole, raw Cornish game hen
3. Nuts

Nuts! There's nothing I can add to my pasta.

Oh! - I have canned fish in the pantry. Sardines, kipper, & anchovies. So, I concocted a really great pasta recipe that I wanted to share here. It's based partially on a Food Network Sicilian-Style Sardine Pasta. But trust me - Mine is better. :)

Sardine Pasta
1 lb pasta, cooked
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
6 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cups flat-leaf parsley, chopped
Coarse salt and coarse black pepper
2 tins sardines, 4 ounces each, chopped
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons lemon juice (good quality)
4 tablespoons sundried tomatoes in oil

To a large skillet preheated over medium heat, add olive oil and chopped garlic. When the garlic sizzles, add bread crumbs. Stir bread crumbs until deeply golden in color. Add parsley and a liberal amount of salt and pepper, about 1 teaspoon of each. (RR recommended putting breadcrumb mixture aside.)

Add sardines and red pepper flakes to the pan and saute over medium heat 2 or 3 minutes. Add sundried tomatoes & lemon juice. Taste & adjust flavorings. Top pasta with sardine mixture. (Supposed to feed 4 people, but I used about half of this recipe & had leftovers for a smallish lunch.)

So good.


What a small cue sheet you have!

I nabbed the 17-miler cue sheet for the ride this morning. It was teeny-tiny - 3 inches! Really wanted to do the scheduled 40-50 miles today, but I didn't want to push my PT-allotment. Plus, I got a chance to talk to the newbies, which is always fun.

Since there weren't too many of us doing the 17-mile course, Coach asked me & the other 17-milers to upgrade to the 20-mile trek. Heck, what's 3 more miles without any more big hills?

On the first hill, I felt my glutes activating. On the last hill? I felt my quads - not so good. Overall, the cycling treated me pretty well. I stretched amply afterwards, & I plan on foam rolling tonight.

(Ohhh... foam roller, I love you.)


In other news, Mom & my little bro are coming for a visit in a few weeks. The training schedule says that I'm doing 60 miles that weekend. I told her that I might need to leave her & Steve to their own devices on Sunday, which they were both cool with. Mom says that my training comes first. (HURRAY!)


To cover the caloric cost of training, I borrowed Mastering the Art of French Cooking from the library. So far? Two souffles (one savory & one sweet), some carrots, & a sauce mornay on salmon. Everything has been really good so far & surprisingly much more light than expected.

It'll be fun to see what my weigh-in for the weight loss challenge is this week.