Thursday, July 14, 2011

Quick Tour de Family

Wow, I've really slacked on my blogging.  It's not that there's nothing going on - it's just that I'm either working, training, or watching the Tour de France (and what a TdF it has been!).  Here's a quick look at what everyone is up to ......

Last weekend Julian hit a swimming milestone by completing his first swim over a mile --- and in open water!  Coach Sean grabbed the kayak and took him out at the usual spot.  The original plan was for around an 800m swim which would be around the same distance he did the week prior.  The big change was that instead of doing multiple loops of a small triangle course, he would instead do a long out-and-back.  The idea?  To see the impact mentally of what appeared to be a longer swim (even though it wasn't).  Apparently, during the swim they decided to just keep going to the last buoy.  His swimming has come a long ways and he has decided to take on IronKids - Oklahoma City a month from now.
See that kayak way out there?  Julian's swimming next to it along the line of buoys.
After over a mile of open water swimming.Julian earns a Triple Threat Tough t-shirt.
Since the "Discom-BOB-ulated One" is no doubt going to leave another comment asking if I swam as well, I'll just answer it here - "Nope."  My swimming has been pool only and not nearly often enough.  However, my objectives for the rest of this year have shifted a bit and swimming is not a key component.  I will continue working on it and when we hit the cycling "off-season" I plan on upping my running and swimming.  Swimming WILL be necessary for next year's goals.  In the meantime, while Julian was setting a new distance mark on the lake, I was setting a new personal mark around my neighborhood.  I had a brick interval workout that went something like this:
Warm-up jog - 3.21mi
Threshold bike - 13.94mi
Threshold run - 2.22mi
Cooldown bike - 4.99mi

Now, I know the distances are nothing massive but with the heat (even in the morning) and the intensity level this was a tough little brick.  The significant number here is the 5.43mi running which is a mile further than I've ever done in a day before.  Yes, it wasn't continuous as the bike was in the middle but I wasn't exactly out for a casual spin.  This Sunday I have the Blazing Saddles Duathlon which should be no problem as it is a 2miR / 9.5miB / 2miR.

It's been a tough week for Angelia.  Headaches, allergies, heat, .... the challenges keep coming.  She is very motivated to train for not 1, but 2 half-marathons later this year!  Her first one will be the Women's Half Marathon in St.Petersburg.  Check out the sweet bling (yes, the small part is a detachable charm):

Since the family outing at the Tech Park (Past, Present, and Future at Tech Park), Connor hasn't gotten to do too much out of the ordinary so I'll just share 2 quick videos.  The first is of him climbing the hill at the Tech Park on his bike complete with a celebration of making it.  The second is his ...... well, his re-imagining of a Led Zeppelin classic.

In case you can't make it out, the new lyrics are "Come from the land of ice and snow, shake your booty three times ..... slow".  Yep, we're never lacking for entertainment at our house.


TRI714 said...

very cool. Great swim by the boy !!

B.o.B. said...

hahaha! you knew i was going ask!

i'll be at WHM in st. pete! blogger meet up please.

great job on the swim and good luck on that du. :)

Tri4Successmom said...

B.o.B. - I would love to meet you at the WHM! I am so excited to make that my first Half Marathon.

Mike said...

Wow! Great swim by Julian! Very nice brick in the heat. Loved the videos!

Miguel Vieira said...

Im telling you... thats Macca in the making for your boy! I'll be sure to get his autograph before he wins IMKona.

Keetp it up.

Anonymous said...

I really am always amazed by your family! Wow! BTW.. the wetsuit.. wasn't that constricting.. yes it felt a little different to breath but i think if I got a bigger one it wouldn't fit. I'm getting scared now!

Shannon (IronTexasMommy) said...

You are the busiest/ active family I know!! Love the videos! Big props for Julian and his monster swim! And, that is the coolest medal for the 1/2! Go Angelia!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Wow, way to stay busy with the family

Tri4Successmom said...

Shannon- I am so excited, I can't wait to run in cooler weather and in Florida!