Thursday, May 29, 2008
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Tuesday, May 27, 2008
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Saturday, May 24, 2008
That is my mantra for the next 7 days!!
As my last post described, I've been a little run-down lately. I mean we all know that that's kind of the goal with that final build up to race.
And though I've made some serious changes in my life to help take the edge off, it technically won't go into effect until this next Tuesday.
So I guess you could say that my life started catching up with me this week! :)
Jen and I had to switch my schedule around for the week a bit since my bike left me yesterday. So I ended up getting up early on Thursday and heading out for my "long" workout for the week. I mean it was only a little over 2 hours, but I generally do that stuff on the weekends. Then with this being the last week of school, we've had party, after party, after party. I've been trying to finish up things at the restaurant and as usual running around like crazy! :)
I decided to take the kids to the pool on Thursday afternoon. It opened this week for the season, and I've been promising to take them. We didn't have anything else going on... so off we went! This year is actually going to be not so bad as the kids are a lot more independent. But I still have to be right there and wasn't really sure how it would go, so I followed them around the entire time. And we have a really awesome neighborhood pool. It's got 2 of those big slides and it's something over 2 acres or something, so it's not as if I just parked myself on a lounge chair and chilled out the whole time! :)
Well the kids haven't been sleeping well this week. Which of course means that I haven't either. Up and Down all night long. Gracie needs more juice.... She wet the bed one night which of course required a full bed change and a change of clothes for her... Cooper and her climb in bed with me and then I can't sleep so I have to move them back. If you're a parent, you probably know EXACTLY what I mean or have some secret that the rest of us don't know about! :) So I think after several nights of not sleeping well it just finally caught up with me in the form of exhaustion. And when I get exhausted, I get nauseous. I know it's kind of weird, but it's just what happens.
So finally Thursday night after being up already 4 times before 2am, I got to feeling super nauseated and was up for the rest of the night wishing I would throw up again! Of course this meant yesterday I felt soooo super tired and kind of weak and UGH... So I had to call Jen and she told me to take the day off. I tried to get as much rest as possible but with it being the last day of school we had 1 party, and 2 separate graduation ceremonies to go to. Plus you know I won't skip my physical therapy anymore! But I did manage to get in a nap, and slept late this morning, so I'm feeling better.
So despite that this is Memorial Day weekend and we have 2 different parties to go to.... my house is seriously a disaster and needs to be cleaned.... I have no kidding like 10 loads of laundry to deal with and pack my stuff plus everything my kids need to go stay with Grandma Peggy for the week.... I have a birthday party today and a few workouts to take care of.... I MUST RELAX AND RECOVER!!
And in keeping with my total lack of mind theme from yesterday... I shipped my bike off yesterday without putting any sort of identification on it. Ha ha ha!! I had to email Bike Works yesterday and tell them that the unmarked box with the 48 cm cervelo in it is mine and please don't send it away or sell it!! :)
So if you're a neighbor of mine and don't know why I'm once again leaving the party early or you come to my house to discover that there are toys everywhere and dishes in the sink and dust bunnies on my floor.... I'm sorry... I MUST RECOVER!!
What's funny is I can probably guarantee you that in a month from now when I don't have any of this stuff going on, I'll be writing about how bored I am... :)
Let's hope not!
Happy Memorial Day Weekend everyone! Be safe and travel well!!
Posted by Kellye Mills at 8:42 AM
Thursday, May 22, 2008
So I may have mentioned this before, but I have this really bad habit of "turning my brain off" when I'm either focused or working really hard!
We first noticed it back in college. During really stressful times I couldn't do the most basic of tasks. Simple math, concentrating in conversations, you name it, I was just out of it!
It would happen right at the peak of these events and then heaven forbid when the break finally came.... I was just useless! My brain seriously went on vacation. It was pathetic!
Pregnancy... I could barely do carpool duty when I was teaching because somehow I decided that it made more sense to walk IN FRONT of the car where they could see me??? I'm surprised I'm still here!!
Well training has the SAME effect on me! It's usually at it's worse either during or immediately after workouts. My friends and I would laugh at me after those long 6 hour rides about how I would manage to even get home!
As you can imagine... I've been kind of focused lately. I mean if you think about it, it makes sense. It's my brain conserving it's energy on what MUST get done like triathlons, kids, etc and dismissing those non-important things like current location! :)
Well today I had one of those "moments." I got up early to go do a brick for several reasons. Number one... Carbon Electra leaves for her big trip tomorrow, so I had to get in ONE last ride before she heads out! Plus... Cooper had this other party thing today at school that I HAD to go to. I've been to seriously EVERYTHING BUT one thing. You'd think I missed all the parties this year! So I made sure that I got my brick in early enough to even shower before heading to the party so that I wouldn't be "that" mom! :)
I got my ride in and everything is going ok for the most part except that I'm unexpectedly freezing! I was not expecting it, so I didn't have any gloves, socks, or anything. But still... everything "functioning" on all cylinders from the brain perspective at this point!
Then I move onto the run. I always run with my handy-dandy Garmin. I've had it for oh over a year now, and apparently the lap memory is Full!! It's been warning me about this for God knows how long now. Well... it thinks it's Warning me when it's really be driving me freakin' batty!! So I thought if I just synced it with my computer that would solve things, but apparently not. I've continued to let it "warn" me for weeks now. Well today it finally reached that point of capacity! As soon as I started running it started beeping at me and wouldn't stop. I even stopped running and started pushing any and every button to make it stop but NOTHING. Finally I decided that I would just have to endure this through my run, which was only 25 min, so I let that darn thing beep away.
So I'm running along and after 10 min I'm supposed to do 10 min of 1 min HARD/1 min EASY. I go for my first HARD min and I'm pretty much sprinting. I look down at my watch thinking, holy crap when is this min ever going to end. I then glance at my pace to see how I'm chugging along and read 8:30. Immediately I'm like, "What the F$$$!" I mean 8:30 isn't a bad pace but I'm feeling like I'm going all out almost, so that can't be good! Ok... well the min ends, and I move onto my min. of recovery. 2nd try... 8:31/8:32 pace. Again... I start thinking... ok... I guess I'm a whole lot more tired than I realize.
Then I start rationalizing it... I'm running on the trails and I tend to be slower on the trails!
My Feet are still numb from that FREEZING ride!
Maybe it's too early in the morning!
I proceed with my 3rd... 4th... and by the time I finish my 4th and move onto my 5th I've decided that it MUST be my watch. It's broken that sorry piece of "crap!"
Finally I'm done with my short little intervals and start to cool down when I realize that this whole time I thought I was looking at my pace, I was reading the Time of Day!! :)
Oh... it was one of those moments where I felt so retarded I couldn't even feel better about my pace! :)
So as Honu get's closer and then even ultimately comes to an end... this blog may actually become incomprehensible! Bree, Brooke, and other's that meet me are going to wonder what the heck is wrong with me!
So bare with me please!! :)
Posted by Kellye Mills at 9:49 PM
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
That's what May is all about! Well for me it seems anyways!
Ballet is over... Baseball wrapped this weekend... I taught one of my last "official" spin classes for the summer this evening. (I'll head back after the summer as I'm sure I'll be missing it by then :).... This is our last week of school.... This is my last week at the restaurant.... AND I'm supposed to be tapering! Although I haven't really felt the taper benefits just yet!
Yesterday was a relatively lighter swim, but today was my usual spin class workout with instructions to "WORK HARD" followed by a 25 min T run on the treadmill. The first 5 min was run "HARD" and then 20 min at 10k pace. Well I feel like I had a little "rite of passage" moment tonight as I actually threw-up a little bit and swallowed it after that first 5 min on the treadmill! For you non-athlete people you're probably thinking, "Ew.. GROSS!!" But I've never done that before! I mean I've been nauseous, and I'm also one of those people that it takes A LOT for me to get to that throw-up point. I am that person that will feel so bad I WISH I could just throw-up, but it's a rare thing for me. Cooper on the other hand throws up at the drop of a hat. He got hot at his game this weekend, came home threw-up 3 times, and then was fine! So the fact that I actually kind of did tonight, meant a lot!!
But it's all good! Hard core speed stuff this week, less intensity this weekend, and then next week... I'M OFF!!
I can't wait for SUMMER!!
I've been reading, "Eat, Pray, Love" and it's so good! The best thing is that I'm actually reading again! I haven't read a book in a long time. I've been too tired and too short on time to devote myself to a whole book. I tend to just flip through magazines for the past, gosh... 2 years or so, and I LOVE to read. I've grown up as one of those people that tends to always be in the middle of a book. I just go from one to another. So, I'm determined to stick with it! I haven't even read the final Harry Potter Book!! That's kind of a big deal that I haven't read that book. I've started, but just can't get through the longer chapters before totally crashing at night, and my kids will NOT let me read when they're around. Mommy not paying attention to them... That will not do :) So don't tell me what happens, because that's next!!
My new favorite treat.... The original Bear Naked Granola mixed with Dark Chocolate M & M's and Cranraisins!! Ah... It is like the BEST!! It's good for you! It's very sweet, so you don't want/need a lot to get your "fix!" Deelicious!!
I think that's all my happenings for the past couple of days!
Thanks for reading!
Posted by Kellye Mills at 8:35 PM
Sunday, May 18, 2008
1) The meaning of words!!
Friday night I was at the Physical Therapy office getting some PT. I'm not usually there on a Friday evening, but I've been sticking to my physical therapy plan!! Well apparently a lot of the young high schoolers are currently visiting the clinic on Friday evenings as well. The adults find it rather humorous as they go about their little stories of life's dramas! Well as I was getting ready to leave, Laura and I were discussing when I should come back. She suggested Monday, and I said I'd try to push it to Tuesday since the kids will be in school then. However, I had a SUPER huge weekend and said that I very well may need to come in on Monday because I'd probably be "TRASHED."
Well I didn't see the looks on the young girls' faces, but I did see it on Laura's face as she started laughing at the young high school girls. See apparently the word "Trashed" means something entirely different to a teenager than it does to us tri-geeks. The were under the impression that I meant that by Monday I'd be trashed from drinking so much!! Ha ha!! It's been a LONG time since that's happened! :)
2) When you're on a REALLY long ride... you have a lot of time to think!! After seeing dozens of election signs, I realized that one of the signs I've seen over and over was for the coroners position.... Ok... I'm not downplaying this role, but WHY is this an elected position??? I mean are there people lining up for this job?? Just curious!
3)Hills have NOT been my friend this weekend! :)
4) I leave for Hawaii in less than 2 weeks!!
5) Congratulations to all the racers this weekend!! All I have to say is WOW!!
6) We wrapped up baseball this weekend. It was kind of sad. Watching my Cooper get his MUCH earned and MUCH desired trophy today was the highlight of it all!!
Posted by Kellye Mills at 9:22 PM
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Have you ever had one of those days where you just feel successful?
You know... it's a good day, but not necessarily because anything special or monumental happened. You just got a lot accomplished, and you had a few small little moments that made you appreciate your life and what you have!
That has been my day!
7:00 Get awakened with a "It's mourning time Mommy!" from Gracie!
7:30 Finally get my lazy self out of bed and spend the next hour picking up my house without too much effort, getting everyone dressed, lunches packed, the check for the teacher's gift in Gracie's bookbag finally and out the door!
8:40-9:00 Sing and Dance to "Yellow Submarine", Sing and Dance to "Help!", Repeat this pattern x 3! (Adam and I have been into a Beatles kick lately. We've both been listening to "One" in the car lately and Cooper's favorite song is "Help!". Gracie's... "Yellow Submarine" of course. You are REQUIRED to sing and dance along when you're in the car or else Gracie will NOT have it! :)
9:00 Drop off the kids and go through the McDonalds driveway for my usual morning Diet Coke only to be given a FREE chicken biscuit! I'm a southern girl... Chicken Biscuits are DEElicious!!
9:30 Come home and get myself physically and mentally ready for my Hill Repeats. 9 of them up a ferocious hill in my neighborhood. WHOA!!
10:30 Feel like I'm going to Puke/Die/Pass Out on side of the road when finishing my last set of hill repeats. An old Indian man stood out there on the side of the road and watched me for the final set. I couldn't decide if it was freaking me out, or inspiring me to look more like a bad ass in doing it! :) Good news I guess that my heart rate was so up there that I couldn't really think straight to care! :)
10:45 After a nice warm shower, I finally got to enjoy that DEElicious southern style FREE chicken buiscuit. And doesn't the fact that it's free make it that much more good!! :)
11:00-12:30 Finally sat down to do my work. Seriously got more accomplished in this hour and a half than I have in awhile!! All that little stuff that you brush off but builds up... RSVP's, balancing the checkbook, responding to lord knows how many emails where people probably thought I really HAD died, and restaurant stuff.
1:00 Pick up kids... Repeat 3 more times the "Help!"/ "Yellow Submarine" routine
1:30 Come Home and finish up a few things still left to do. I am such a wimp too!! I've spent the past 3 days backing down from 2 jobs! One would wonder why it would take this long, but it's because I don't do it abruptly. I twist it around to sound like I'm not really doing it because I'm such a WIMP!! I finally managed today though to confirm that I want to take the summer off from my Spin classes since I'm going to be travelling a lot this summer AND I stepped down from the restaurant after May. I find that stuff so hard. I don't want to put anyone out, hurt anyone's feelings, come across as the Big B word.... BUT... the good news is I did it so that hopefully life will be MUCH less complicated from this point forward! :) AND I have put together a proposal for the training job to jump start that part of my life with some tri- clinics and training classes and what not!
2:00 I actually remembered to put dinner in the crockpot... I can't believe it!
So even if the day ended here, I'd say it was a success. I'm pretty much done with all of my work stuff. I'm going to go veg out in front of the t.v. watching some "Sex and the City" reruns while folding clothes. Actually sounds nice!
Then I have a date with my trainer tonight for 1:30. Ohhh... And I'm looking forward to it as I've already prepped Adam for the fact that he will be on babysitter duty so that I can ride behind my bedroom door all by my lonesome!! Can't wait!
So I hope all of you are having a great day! I guess you could say this whole quitting thing is quite liberating!! Best to you all!
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Tuesday, May 13, 2008
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Sunday, May 11, 2008
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Thursday, May 8, 2008
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Monday, May 5, 2008
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Saturday, May 3, 2008
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