Monday, May 26, 2014

Thankful for Three Days

Happy Memorial Day to everyone and a special thanks to all of the men and women who have fought for our country and earned today's celebration!  After a few very busy weeks and weekend call, I was beyond ready for three days sans work.  

One of my co-residents and his fiancĂ© were married this weekend, so the first half of the weekend was filled with wedding festivities.  Friday after work I went straight to the pool and knocked out 3000 meters.  Then it was a mad dash home to shower and then back into Uptown for the rehearsal dinner at Cowbell Burger and Whisky Bar.  The Jett Burger was an excellent vegetarian choice - black bean, quinoa, and walnut patty, wheat bun, goat cheese, arugula, roasted garlic aioli, and roasted shiitake mushrooms.

Saturday I met a group of friends in Huntersville for a 60 mile bike and 4 mile run.  I was grateful for the company, because after a late dinner + cake + sleep deprivation, I probably would not have gotten myself out the door otherwise.  Fortunately, we had a beautiful morning for our brick and knocked out a long workout by noon.

Matt and Kat's wedding that night was spectacular!  Kat looked gorgeous in a very elegant cream lace gown, and Matt was beaming watching his bride walk down the aisle.  So happy for these two!  Following the ceremony at First Presbyterian Church in Uptown, we all gathered at the Myers Park Country Club for the reception.   

Dinner was served buffet style and included a fantastic spread that included a carving station, roasted vegetables, asiago potatoes, okra, cornbread, fresh fruit, barbecue, slaw, and shrimp with grits.  Wine and cocktails were flowing and our ortho crew enjoyed every moment of the celebration.   

We danced, and danced, and danced, until we were eventually ushered outside to greet the newlyweds with a sparkler exit.  Congrats Matt and Kat!

After all of that excitement, the second half of my weekend was about rest and relaxation.  Sunday included a lazy morning, a tempo run, lounging by the pool, an easy swim, and working on a research project.  Similarly, Monday started with sleeping in, a cup of tea, the all important annual car inspection, paying bills, a swim workout, and an afternoon bike.  Now I need to find the motivation to write an essay about empathy - ugh!

Here's a look at some eats over the past couple of weeks:

Tempeh + Sweet Potato + Brussel Sprouts + Cabbage
Everything diced, seasoned, and roasted
Thai Red Curry Tamale over Spinach and Mole
The tamale was from "The Masa Casa" food stand at Veg Fest and I'm definitely hoping they become a regular vendor at the local markets.
Salmon Burger + Kale Chips
Lazy Sunday Breakfast
Scrambled Eggs with Kale + Toast with Pumpkin Butter and Pear Jam + Strawberries
Last, but not least, a recap from the last two weeks of Ironman Chattanooga training.

Week 18: Workouts were shorter and fewer this week due to long work hours Mon-Fri and then being on call over the weekend.  

Swim - 6100 yards 
Bike - 4 hours, 7 minutes (all on the trainer with power goals)
Run - 17.1 miles
Totals - 8 hours, 15 minutes

Week 19:  In an effort to maximize training in the early part of the day prior to being exhausted, I started getting up at 3am a couple times per week to knock out a workout prior to being at work at 5am.  Surprisingly, I had no trouble getting up and found myself with a much better attitude about the rest of the day.

Swim - 8300 yards (including an easy 2300 on Sunday when the outdoor lap pool opened for the summer!)
Bike - 6 hours, 30 minutes (2 trainer workouts + a 60 mile road ride)
Run - 19.1 miles (descending base run + brick + tempo)
Strength - 45 minutes (trying to be more consistent about including some maintenance work)
Totals - 12 hours, 18 minutes

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