Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Odd & Ends

Things of note since my last post:

1. For the first time ever, I'm actually following the Tour de France on Bicycling.com. Though I have no desire to get cable or satellite TV at home, I admit the 3 minute video clips of the race highlights are pretty fun to watch ... that is, now that I know what a peloton, paceline, yellow, green and polka dot jersey all mean. I can't believe they showed one cyclist "heeding the call of nature" on the side of the road, though (how embarassing!).

2. And how is my new Kona bike jersey working out? Well, glad you asked :-) I've worn it the past two Saturdays and both times Dave and I have managed to join up with some faster cyclists that roll past our subdivision around 8am. Last summer, I didn't even try to keep up with them ... Now I have to wear that jersey every Saturday.

3. But meanwhile, I have been dealing with a new pain in my right front shoulder :-( I got it after pressure washing my back patio and cleaning my pool for a few hours before the 4th of July. I was worried that it might put a big kink in my swim plans and so I took it easy swimming last week, even skipped mowing the lawn (*gasp*). But it's nothing compared to what my friend Cliff is going through. He recently separated his shoulder in a bike accident just 3 weeks before Ironman Lake Placid. He's still planning to do the race though -- GO CLIFF!!!

4. Also this week, I think I found a trick to staying awake after swimming in a 85-90 degree pool for an hour: DO NOT just sit around at a desk afterwards. Instead, go to the store, mow the lawn, do something active and productive ... and then take the nap ;-)

5. But sometimes one must do his/her duty and sit around for nothing ... I just received my 5th jury notice since I've been married (13 years), five compared to the single one that Dave has received. Too bad I'm not as lucky in the lottery (of course, entering would help).

6. I am lucky, however, to be going for a run now. So far, I've not found it hard at all to limit my runs to only 2-3 per week (it's just too darn hot!). Only 2-3 bike rides per week has been kind of tough, though. If I ride my bike to the pool, does it count as a workout?

11 comments:

Susan said...

WOW - jury duty - yikes!

Last Saturday, I was up, going strong all day long, even after an early morning run. Normally I need a nap mid-day on the weekends, regardless. So I agree with you; if we keep busy, we somehow skip the tiredness!

Maddy said...

My husband got a jury summons in the mail yesterday.

Do you think you strained a muscle in your shoulder? Try to take it easy.

It sounds like you are cruising right along!

Keep it up sister!

ShirleyPerly said...

Not sure what the shoulder pain is but I think it might be tendonitis. Fortunately, it's much better this week, but I'm still being a little cautious. I need that shoulder for swimming!

rueschmike said...

I take it the Kona jersey will be worn at the HHH? May I ask what is your estimated finish time? Trying to figure out where you will be staged!!

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ShirleyPerly said...

Mike, Yes. The jersey is sort of like the tuxedo in the movie Tuxedo so it needs to be worn at all major cycling events too, Saturday or not :-)

DH and I are actually just doing the 100K. It's our first time doing HHH and since my husband doesn't do well in HHH conditions, we're going to take it pretty easy. I think I put down around a 6-hour 100 mi pace.

Wendy said...

Shirley, I was dismissed from eligibility for a jury once. But it took a whole day ...

akshaye said...

hey.. great blog and thanks for the suggestion on the bike. i actually started looking around for a cheap used bike that i can 'fix up'.. spcly like the suggestion on the pedals. cant wait to try it!

watching the tour is a lot of fun. gives me respect for the guys who do this.

IrishBlue said...

You must be getting pretty good on the bike. As Lance would say though, "It's not about the bike. ;=)" It's about life, and it sounds like you're enjoying both. Awesome!

Good luck with your training.

Bigun said...

makes me appreciat the water cannons my pool uses to keep the temps down - a bit much some days, and it's really cool getting it, but nice as the workout wears on...

Cliff Tam said...

Shirley,

Definitely reduce the swim if it aggrevate your shoulder.

I am much better :). I am almost able to move my arm 360 without aches.

Should be able to hit the pool by next week.

The funny thing 'heeding the call of nature' on the bike. I never feel embarass. Not that I am showing it to the public. I just go b/c i need to go. There is even times when I want to just go in front of people's lawn. Then I remind myself that people might take it the wrong way.