This is the weirdest winter I can remember. Friday’s high was in the single digits, it snowed all day Saturday, and SundayÂ temps climbed into the 40s,Â which felt like spring after the frigid weather of the past week. But let’s start at the beginning of the week. About 2 inches of snow fell overnight on Monday, so the weatherpeople’s prediction of 5-8 inches was pretty darn close, given their abysmal track record. Of course with *that* much snow our countyÂ had to close school on Tuesday. Because this is Virginia, and when there’s white stuff on the ground, we don’t have school. Also, we don’t have school when it’s cold or there’s cold rain or it just looks icky out. We stay home. Because, after all, we raided the grocery stores when we were told it was going to snow, so now we have to stay home and drink all that milk and use all that toilet paper.
I did use some milk (and eggs) to make these (see pic), since Tuesday was pancake day. Took me a few tries to remember how to make English pancakes (like crepes) as I’m used to making American ones now! True story – my first week in the USA, way back in 1994, an English friend and I ventured to Toddle House Cafe and ordered pancakes. Didn’t quite get what we were expecting…spent some time looking around for the lemon juice and sugar before I came to the realization that wasn’t happening…and so began the adventure of foods that bearÂ the same name butÂ taste completely different.
School was also closed on Wednesday. Because, this is Virginia. On Thursday we had a two hour delay because otherwise there would be anarchy. The kids were disappointed. Whaddya mean, we have to go to school? We were planning to go sledding! Oh, sorry to interrupt your plans. On Friday school was closed again. Actually, Friday was the ONLY day it made sense to close school, because it was so cold even I drove from my garage at home to my office garage, and ran on the dreadmill at work. It was 1 degree, and that was without factoring in the windchill.
On Wednesday I was on a conference call with a colleague in Cleveland, whose kids were at school. He said they go sledding at recess. That would never be allowed here. My son called home one day because he was wearing shorts and school told himÂ it was too cold to go outside for recess without pants. Again, Virginia. Kids aren’t even allowed to ride a bike to school here.
Anyway, despite the weather and lack of school, I didn’t miss a workout. On Monday, I discovered someone had deleted the latest installment of Downton Abbey so had to watch a couple of episodes of Chopped instead…but then I discovered I could stream D.A. so got caughtÂ up on Wednesday’s ride. Tuesday was my first running speedwork since returning from injury – the only thing hampering my efforts was the odd patch of ice. And I swam twice for the second week in a row. Almost didn’t happen as the pool didn’t open until 1pm Sunday and then I had to share a lane with a breaststroker, but I got it done. Here’sÂ how the week looked:
Monday – 50 min ride + 2 mile run
Tuesday – 5.7 mile fartlek run
Wednesday – 60 min ride + 2600m swim
Thursday – strength
Friday – 4.3 mile dreadmill run
Saturday – 90 min ride
Sunday – 6.3 mile run + 2000m swim
Ride: 51.5 miles (3 hr 20 min)
Run: 18.3 miles Â (2 hr 40 min) (not as far as I wanted to go this week)
Swim 4600mÂ (2 hrs)
Last week I talked about the swim, this week it’s the run that’s on my mind. I didn’t have as much running as I thought I would (I think with Tuesday’s fartlek session my coach is being super-cautious to check nothing flares up – so far so good) but my runs were all great. On Tuesday, even though we had snow and school was closed, I was able to run outside with my partner-in-crime Bora.
We’ve been running together on-and-off for several years (more off than on, as she was sidelined with an injury for quite some time, and then when she came back I was injured) but it’s only in the last few months that we’ve been running together regularly.It was great to have someone to run the surgesÂ with and keep meÂ honest. Once again I realized I am more of a stamina than a speed queen, as I was dragging in the first few intervals while Bora surged ahead, but then I started feeling betterÂ while Bora started feeling the effects in the second half. It also helped that my toes had defrosted…27 degrees out but the ground was so darn cold cold my toes were frozen for the first 2 miles.
Sunday, with temps above freezing for the first time in a while, I pulled out the Yaktrax for 6 glorious miles of snow and ice. With very little traffic out at 7am, I was able to run in the road for most of the time. It was nice to get out and not face the dreadmill.
So here’s hoping for slightly better weather next week as I really need to increase the mileage. Mind you, could be much worse – I could be marathon training!!! Ha ha ha.