Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Camp Update

I love camp. I want to come again next year. Oh wait, it's at my house. So next year you are all invited. I will cook for you, Jen will talk, Beth will ice everyone with frozen peas and Ness will watch all of our dogs.

Ness was up early. The dog whisperer she is scoring big points for taking Boss to do his morning business. A bit of coffee. Ok, a lot of coffee and then Jen arrives. Oatmeal, walnuts, raspberries. Oatmeal got the works today.

Then, the track. In true Illinois style it was over 80 degrees, piping hot, humid and windy. Ah, a typical day at the track for me. Want to complete break down mentally? Go to the track on a hot day and suffer through your workout. You won't PR, you might pee yourself and you will walk away thinking why was I so slow. Just where you need to be, eh? Conditions today were perfect for my steady time trial. Jen and Beth did the same workout and Ness had her own workout.

Sweat was flying, legs were turning over fast and teeth were gritting. Beth is a machine. Legs like piston, a mahine moving along the track. Jen chased with fury. Ness put herself in a hurt box and shipped herself 3.5 miles later to the white line in lane 1. My time trial was right about what I wanted and it felt good today. I kept thinking to myself to be smooth, fluid, move like water across glass. I love using imagery on the track. It distracts me and gives me a center to focus on when the legs feel they will fall apart.

Jen tried to convince us she was not a control freak. Then she told us who she would do, draft, drop. Then we were sworn to secrecy. Beth's watch keeps beeping. We are not sure why. I think it means something - near explosion? Time for Diet Pepsi? You thought I was bad with coffee? This girl was drinking Diet Pepsi at 9:30 pm CST. She's from the east coast!

And now we will have coffee (again). A trip to the dog park. And if the storms hold off - an open water swim in the lake.

Camp is fun, good and no one has poison ivy yet. I'm thinking I should have camp here more often. I don't have to do anything but clean my house once a month in exchange to host cool triathletes that push me and keep training fun.

Who's in?

17 comments:

Jen said...

Every day I drop my kids off at camp, I secretly wish that there was camp for grown-ups. Glad you guys are having so much fun!

Alili said...

Me, me, me! I want to go to camp next year. I may not be able to keep pace, but I can bake:)

Jessi said...

I'm in! I also propose Camp Seattle: you can say hi to the fam AND ride some real hills - what a deal!

Flatman said...

I'm in...80 degrees sounds down right delicious.

(of course with chihuahua and yorkie in tow...)

TriGirl Kate O said...

I'm not sure I could push you...but I do make good coffee!

Cat said...

i'm in ... but i call beth's room cuz at this rate folks are gonna be pitching tents in your backyard ... and we'll have one pissed off chihuahua when boss launches his crazy laps.
^..^

Danni said...

I am in for camp!
Save me a spot :)

CAMI said...

Me too! I'm taking swim lessons just so I can join you without drowning! And I can cook...and keep you in cake all week!

Anonymous said...

Ohhh...I'd be in. Or if you ever have the desire to train in Albuquerque NM....there is an open place (we serve coffee). And yes, I really am into tris and training, even though I don't blog about them (yet).

Vanessa

BreeWee said...

I'm in... can you buy Rachel's and I's flight though or find us a sponsor??? We are jealous out here, can we host the next camp!

You guys are having so much fun... LOVE it, please post photos though, I am like a 6 year old, my brain needs a picture to go with the words in the story! I just see Pepsi cans and coffee, is that it?

BreeWee said...

Oh, and a really big mouth with lips that keep moving, is that Jen?

Wes said...

I would definitely be interested in a Camp STFU :-) I have four Lhasas (3 of them females) to spice up Boss' life. I too, would not be able to keep pace, so I'll volunteer to walk the dogs!!

Alicia Parr said...

Pictures?

Colleen S said...

I'm ALL in.. can't cook but I can bake :P I'm up for camp Seattle too. Cheers.

Stef said...

How about Camp Las Vegas! The Silverman course is right in my backyard. Just sayin'.

I'm also sayin' I couldn't keep up but I would work hard to try!

Jessi said...

Colleen - VERY random question, but are you by any chance meeting with Angela (Annie) Armstrong anytime soon?

Bob Mitera said...

I leave my current job 7/11 and have a week off the next week. Let me talk to coach.

I'm up for a beating.