This past week was a great week. I got in my trainer ride on Monday like planned, and didn't have to work on Friday, so I also planned to swim. I nailed my track workout on Tuesday, and then after that, I checked my email and saw that there was a group from Oldham County Multisport doing an indoor spin on Wednesday night at the Buckner Y. It wasn't an official spin class. Wednesday night, indoors, at the Y...I could do that! Usually I can't ever go to their activities because they are outside on Wed (Ryan's night to ride) or Thursdays (Keira's ballet). And, to make it even more exciting, I volunteered myself to lead the class. WHAT? This is a new group of people and I'm not cycle class certified, but I am group exercise certified (and I disclosed that). So, I taught my first indoor cycle class. I was super paranoid about my music selections, because I thought they were great, but since this is a new group for me, what would they think? I kept it mostly to adult alternative, because that is what we have, and kept it very clean since its the Y. Some of the classes I have been to have not depending on their audience at other facilities. Also, since I knew this was a bunch of triathletes and not "spinners" I knew that we would want to do intervals and climbs, none of the goofy "jumps" that while may give you variety and build some strength, don't really have any place in road riding. I definitely asked everyone's opinions of what they wanted to do and tried to incorporate them, so it wasn't as structured as a real spin class, but it was fun to be up front!
I also was able to finally run outside for a long run on Thursday! Yay! It was still below freezing, but it was a step back week for me and I had to run 13 miles. It would be tight, because it was the day of the mother/son father/daughter dance at Soren's school, and I needed to be there by 12. I had 3 hours total to drop off Soren and pass out his valentines, come home, run 13 miles (at 8:04min/mi pace) cool down, shower, and get back to school by 12. It was crazy, but I had everything ready to go before I left to take him to school, water, clothes, shoes, garmin, food, ect for running plus my whole outfit for the dance because I had to be dressed up for it. I finished my run just 26 seconds over my goal, and I had an average of 8:06 min/mi. I was very pleased with that because last year, I had a tough time with this run. I really needed the step back, and with all my indoor running, I haven't dealt with wind or hills really. It was a beautiful day for it too. I took this at mile 4, not quite a third of the way in:
Hopefully I'll be back outside this week. Here's Soren and I at our dance:
I did my swim on Friday like I was supposed to, and then I was really dreading my Saturday workout. The schools got out early because we had a snowstorm. Ryan and I had reservations for a valentine dinner in Germantown, and thankfully the snow did not stop that from happening. Since we did get so much snow, we opted to drive to Indiana to go skiing at the local "hill" in Paoli. Its mostly to get the kids on skis again. It is a small place and there were only a few easy runs that the kids could do. Also, it meant that all the people who had no clue were also there skiing those same runs. Towards the end, I was getting really stressed out for the kids because some of these newbies were so inconsiderate and out of control that I was afraid one of my kids was going to get mowed down. I had someone snowboard over my skis and push off my body on one run, and I went nuts. I screamed that they had better stay far away from me and my kids. Really, when I ski, I am more afraid of dumb people causing me to crash than anything else. I didn't fall because I am not a complete disaster on skis, but I know it would have sent my kids tumbling downwards in a second! I think it was by God's grace that Keira wasn't knocked down on another run. I told Ryan that it wasn't my day to beat someone over the head with one of my skis for hitting my kid. Also, I got my poles "borrowed". Ugh. Skiing in Indiana!!!! I went to the rental area at the end of our day to ask if anyone had turned in a set of non rental poles because mine had been stolen. The attitude of the guy in rental return was just as infuriating to me. He was just like "someone didn't steal them, they just borrowed them" and figured they would eventually turn up, and I could come back tomorrow. Um, no thank you. It was just annoying the lack of respect for others that everyone had here! The worst part was that my poles were hanging with my skis and we had put a pin through the end of the hanger, so the person had to actually open up the door on it and make an effort to take mine over theirs. Or someone else was equally disrespectful and took theirs first. Soren finished up skiing before Keira, and we spent the final minutes waiting on them looking for my poles. Amazingly, I found them in a pile of other gear in the locker room area where you weren't even really supposed to have gear anyway. I was shocked they turned up, and part of me wanted to wait there to see if someone came back, but there were two other people there and they had said that the gear pile had been there at least 2 hours and they hadn't seen the people that left it. I did ask them if it was their stuff before taking my poles, but they were clearly mine. They are 12 years old and have a scratch down the entire side of one that I did at Snowbird on Little Cloud. I showed the one guy a picture of me and my poles from Crystal Mountain and he agreed they were mine too. Here is a picture of us (me with rental poles).
I know it sounds like I am complaining a lot about the skiing, but it was great for the kids, despite the fact that I was a nervous wreck that they were going to get hit. They did great jobs and made a lot of improvements. Soren really improved, and Keira had ended at Crystal with a huge crash, so it was important that she didn't have to wait another full year to ski to go out on a good note. There is another resort not too much further from us in Ohio that we will probably go to next year. Soren was free at this one due to his age this year, but next year, the other resort will be about the same price, maybe a tad cheaper even, and its better.
Up this week, maintaining my swimming! I also have another 20 miler, and I think it will be outside. Yay! We also need to get the kids healthy. Keira was really sick after we finished skiing, I was ill yesterday, and I didn't take any chances with Soren today after an odd burp, and kept him home from work today.