I just had a long weekend without my kids. I kept myself happily humming along with writing projects, house projects, training, finishing up the school year, and easing into summer.
Yesterday completed week 7 out of 18 of my training for Pumpkinman Half Ironman, and though I could certainly stand to get more miles in, I'm feeling good so far.
Here is last week. Two each swims, bikes and runs. The training plan, by the way, calls for three each, but I do what I can do.
Later I got in my first open water swim of the season with my friend Susan paddle boarding beside me. Then we switched in the middle of the lake and she swam back while I paddled. I stayed in my bathing suit for a few hours after on a warm and windy day and held onto that relaxed-from-the-inside-out feeling that comes from a good day of exercise.
When I am training for a big race, I always have a day when all of sudden my legs feel different, like the muscles kick in. I felt it yesterday. It felt so very... muscly. Muscly legs might be the main reason I'm doing all of this training.
On the Summer Solstice, I got to spend an uninterrupted day with my girl Marjorie from Brooklyn. Nothing like a girlfriend who's been through it all with me, serves as a touchstone, and makes me laugh. I loved spending the longest day of the year with her.
Speaking of sunshines, here are my three:
I have to say I am so productive when I don't have the kids, and can train hard, write, hang with friends, and focus on other parts of myself.
But when I get them back,
and I get these faces,
Sunday night I got everyone back around one dinner table, on the deck, and there were ice cream cones for dessert.
The first Monday of summer means Reed goes to ART CAMP and Skyler and I, along with a crew of favorite friends, are going to jump in a lake. Enjoy the sun, everyone.