AND I'M OUT...
it's friday. no shoots today.
got my morning swim in? - check
car is washed? - check
bike is washed? - check
AC recharged? - check
bills are paid? - um, they can wait 'til monday.
FOOD IS PREPPED - CHECK
just need to stop off at my LBS on my way outta town to have them adjust my new chain. i think when they put it on in a hurry mid-ride saturday, they didn't shorten it enough to compensate for my compact crank. it's been slipping often when i downshift to the small ring in front.
i've been running outta real estate for these long rides and getting really bored with the same old routes, so i'm headed northeast an hour and a half to my friends, Marina and Dave's, spot in the high desert, Yucca Valley. gonna stay overnight and ride my 100 miles through The Valley, Pioneer Town, and Joshua Tree National Park. it'll also be a good opportunity to get some heat acclamation in. there's not much time between now and race day that it will get really warm enough here in the City of Angels to prepare for Brasil, although it'll be fall in Brasil in May, but still warmer than here. gonna ride solo which kinda scares me after the chain incident last saturday, but i'll have my cell phone and my friends will be hangin' out all weekend at their place, so i call call them if i get into any trouble. wish i had time to stop off for a Sound Bath at the Integratron. now that would be the ultimate rejuvenation!!! but alas, i'll head straight homme early tomorrow night to get ready for the hour long ocean swim immediately followed by a 16 mile run that's on the schedule for Easter Sunday. speaking of Easter, my neighbors didn't put any St. Paddy's decorations up, nor is there an inflatable bunny up for sunday. nothin'. i should probably go check on them and make sure they're alive before i leave...
lastly, an update on my nutrition or lack thereof: I'M GOIN' PALEO. inspired by Bolder and some other athletes out there including COACH who's done it and felt results, i ordered the book, and it should arrive monday. not doing it to lose weight per se, just feeling the need to eat cleaner these last two months and hopefully feel the results in my efforts and in my ability to recover quickly. i just can't keep asking my body to do this day in and day out and sometimes twice a day and then recover in less than 24 hours without feeding it the cleanest fuel. i don't put anything lower than 89 octane in my '95 Volvo mom wagon, so why would i feed anything less to my own 36 year old body??? i'm a little concerned about the "lag time" before i feel the results. i've read that Joe Friel himself felt like shit on a stick for about the first two weeks when he made the switch, but then really reaped the benefits. i'll be patient, and hopefully it pays off. anyone wanna impart their own experiences???