I'll try some bullet points on for size this go round.
- I have been sick once a week for the last 4 weeks. The latest has been the 'worst', lasting the longest, although at least I didn't have a fever this time. Symptoms: fever, body ache/fatigue, sniffles, stuffy nose, sore throat. Now mix and match for anywhere from 36-72 hours a week for four weeks. Yeah, super fun. Yes, I *have* been to the doctor. No, *of course*, he didn't have a solution. I did have blood work drawn, but my follow up appointment is not for a couple weeks. Spec.tac.ular.
- Due to above, most likely, I feel like training has been...well....less than stellar. There have been some good moments, but there have been more than my fair share of crappy moments.
- And as training has felt less than stellar, and energy levels have been somewhat lower than usual, and mood has been somewhat blue, I've had some long thoughts along the lines of "what's the point of all this training anyway?!?!". Wherein I was reminded by dear husband that our lives are about experiences and for me the training and participating in events make up a large part of my experiences right now. Something along the lines of going to the grave completely out of gas, but having had a spectacular joy ride.
- The bike clinic last week was fun, but could have been condensed down into about 2 hours instead of 4. The two best things I learned.....emergency stops and riding with no hands. I'm still not about to try and drink or eat while riding with no hands, but I can at least go in a straight line for quite a while. Or a mostly straight line. It's a start, but damn, it was about 1000 times easier when I was a kid.
- 5k this weekend, but coming at the end of a 3 week training build, not to mention (again) the cluster of illnesses, I'm not sure what to expect from my legs. Run like hell and hope for the best is my plan.
- Last, but certainly not least, a huge congrats to my family who finished the Illinois 1/2 marathon this weekend! My aunt ran (her first half!), my sister-in-law walked (first half too!), my brother and cousin both ran, and even my nieces ran the kids race. Nicely done to one and all.