TIRED. Must be training again

Altitude Multisport Club's Sunday swims began a couple of weeks ago, and I have been running a couple of times a week. This week I did the Sunday swim, then a run on Wednesday, a 1:45 (ish) ride with Coach Charo yesterday and another run today - and I'm TIRED.

My brain is tired.

Have discovered a dramatic improvement in my sleep quality (using Sleep Cycle app on my phone) when I go to bed before 10:15 or so. Huge difference; it's amazing. Really useful information.

Mom's creole beans

BEANS: 1 CUP EACH OF BLACK BEANS, WHITE NORTHERN BEANS, RED BEANS AND PINTO BEANS
3 TBS VEGETABLE OIL
3 CUPS CHOPPED ONIONS
6 GARLIC CLOVES, MINCED OR PRESSED
3 MEDIUM CELERY STALKS, DICED
1 CUP DICED CARROTS
2-3 CHOPPED GREEN PEPPERS
2 CUPS TOMATO PASTE
1 CUP RED WINE
6 TBS APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
6 TSP BROWN SUGAR
2 TSP DIJON MUSTARD
2 1/2 TSP SALT
2 TSP DRIED OREGANO
1/2 TSP CAYENNE PEPPER
1 TSP GROUND ALLSPICE
WATER, TO ACHIEVE DESIRED CONSISTENCY (APPROXIMATELY 32 OZ.)

Not your average m-dot tattoo

IMMOO tattoo - not your average m-dot tattoo

I have a cow tattoo.

Went in to get my commemorative m-dot tattoo yesterday - but since my race was Ironman Wisconsin, I felt that just putting the m-dot itself on my body wouldn't capture it correctly.

I knew I had to have a cow in the design as well.

So here it is: my Ironman tattoo.

A recovery haiku

Here's a haiku that came to me on Saturday on my first Hess / Happy Canyon / Bayou Gulch loop since my race:

funny how the trees
give no indication that
I have a headwind

Finished!

Jordan Graham finishing Ironman Wisconsin 2013

"Jordan Graham, from Parker, Colorado - YOU ARE AN IRONMAN!"

What an incredible day. I woke up at 4:30 yesterday morning and ate a sandwich I made the night before; my friend Kathryn drove me down to the Monona Terrace and dropped me off. I had all the time I needed to put my water bottles on my bike, pump my tires, put on my wetsuit and head down to the water.

Five days, 18 hours. . .

That javascript countdown timer used to worry me. I remember feeling as though I had all the time in the world last fall after signing up for Wisconsin, then some seasoned coaches told me to take my off season as a off season, so I did. Started training in February? March? in earnest, and I remember thinking that as long as there were no leaves on the trees, summer was still pretty far away and I had tons of time to train.

But when the countdown timer said that I had less than 200 days to go, I got worried. Didn't even see it the day that it went to 99 days left.

I think I may be ready for this

Hard to imagine, but I think I'm ready to do an Ironman.

Over the weekend I rode just over 100 miles (two laps of the Alpe d'Hess / Happy Canyon / Pradera / Bayou Gulch loop, with a total of 4900+ feet of altitude gain) with a little 3 mile brick and the next day went for 15.5 miles, nice and easy. That's 118 miles out of the 140.6 they have scheduled for me in Madison, and most of that difference will come on the bike.

I think I can do it.

Hernia

Yes, I have a hernia.

About three weeks ago I noticed something different. Doesn't hurt - it's not even uncomfortable at all. But today I saw my primary care physician and he confirmed that that's what it is. Treatment is surgery. I have an appointment on Monday morning at 9:00 with a surgeon.

However, my deductible is $5000 so I'm going to have it done in Mexico. Will certainly cost me less *and* I get some time in Mexico.

Shoulder still not right

But here's a haiku:

strong tailwind taught me
what it's like to be like Joe Long
and ride really fast

Went to the reservoir this morning to see the Tuesday morning crew - Rebecca, Eric, Denise, Dee and Keira, who was there mostly to coach. At Keira's request we met at the swim beach rather than by the scuba area which is my preference - but fine, the swim beach was better for coaching.

OK, that was a workout

After staying up late last night watching the Tour (the stage on which they climbed the Alpe d'Huez - who can turn THAT off and go to bed? when there's a growler of Kolsch from Elk Mountain in the fridge and one has a belly full of Thai food) I got up later than I should have, cleaned my kitchen, made a good breakfast, Facebooked, updated Altitude Multisport Club's coaches page and finally got around to suiting up for my ride.

Was quarter to ten when I finally got started.

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