Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Dreams, trips and more dreams...

I dreamed last night that I got to an Ironman Race and forgot my wetsuit, bike shoes and other important gear. They told me I could go home and get it and start the race whenever I wanted. So went home, could not find anything so decided to go and watch. Then wanted to swim anyway so went with a friend, who's wave went off at 10:30 AM and we missed it. I saw a bunch of people swimming in a river, some were walking. I was so bummed not to be able to race!

Meaning of the dream: Nothing except I am Ironman Western Australia dreamin'! Everyday H tells me some new part of the trip he has planned. Should we rent a car in Perth or take a shuttle? Tough questions I know..then I remembered the whole driving on the wrong side of the road deal and the 24 airplane trip and thought maybe the shuttle may be the way to go! H is in charge of all travel arrangements. It reminds me of the trip to Eastern Australia we took 19 years ago, where H planned that one too and we had a FABULOUS time diving the Great Barrier Reef. It was such a great trip..we had only been dating about a year so was like a honeymoon to us. I still remember my first dive (first open water dive in the ocean) in the GBR, where the little Australian guy took me down and at about 20 feet I wanted to go up. So we did..he was pissed at the Stupid Americans who come over here and think they can go diving and have no idea what they are doing! Yea-that would be me..not recommended for first diving experience. I did finally get over my fear, after about 50 dives..I managed to enjoy some of the diving there and LOVED the Aussies. We ate alot, drank alot (my drinking days back then) and stayed in some fabulous places on the East Coast. This trip we will see the Western part of Australia. The whole country is as big as the US. Here is a picture of Perth, where we will be landing:

Can't wait!

Weather report: Oh my gosh it is so hot here the past week. I had forgotten the hot summers of ABQ in the past. The last time I think it was this hot for so long, was 1994. The temp stayed over 100 for days and days..We finally got an air conditioner then.. I see clouds and start calling Come to Mama..please..just a little rain! We finally got some last night I think..

Mother in law still in Healthcare Facility, hoping to transition back to her apartment soon. Has been a very stressful 2 weeks here in H&D land...Aging parents is something I have never really dealt with. Both of mine died in their 60s so is all new territory for all of us..

We still manage to keep training..Official IM training started last week. I totalled 119 miles on the bike, 9000 yards in the pool and some walking. Say what? My leg is still bothering me although 2 ART treatments later, I have hope. Also trying a new bike saddle since my old one was bent-no wonder I had inner thigh pain! I have never been injured enough to be told No running so this is all new to me. Talked to Coach Eric last night and he seems to think Water running would be helpful although when I watch people in the pool doing this, it looks like torture. We shall see. I have been speed walking, well my own version of it and it is HARD! You use different muscles walking so I have some form of shin splints after doing this a couple of times..

Oh and I am lusting after this so bad:

My 305 is officially busted so I really NEED this. Feel nekid without a GPS!


Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

Your trip will be so much fun!

I hear you on the freaking hotness that is our weather lately. UGGGGGG. I am sooo done with summer.

Also, dealing with the aging parents thing too. Not fun.

21stCenturyMom said...

Yes - you NEED that Garmin 310xt or whatever it is called. Need it! How else will you track your progress during your IM?!

Embrace that heat and train in it when you can train. Of course you know why I'm saying that!

I love those crazy dreams that tell us we have a little anxiety but we really want to do it. And do it you will. I hope your leg is better soon!

Vickie said...

Sounds like it will be a great trip! Do the race and then relax sightseeing after. Hope your leg gets better. Nothing harder than walking!

Vickie said...

Oh, and P.S. We are having an opposite summer here. Coldest on record. Ridiculous. Sorry, but no global warming here!

Athena Misty, aka "GeekGirl" said...

Oh! Gear lust. Gear lust. Gear lust....

I have never scuba'd. I've always wanted to.

IronLa said...

Decision made--You SO need the new Garmin. It's dreamy and fits the lady-hand so much nicer than the older versions. I'm loving mine.
IMWA is creeping up!!! Happy training.

LBTEPA said...

You DO need that! Really.
Sending 'get better soon' vibes to your pesky leg!

WADDLER26.2 said...

I am lusting after that same Garmin even though I have the 305 and 405. Newer is always better?