Despite all that, there is often truth from the mouth of a child (young man), and what it really comes down to is getting Matthew what he wants, more time with me, and what I want, to be a good husband and friend, a good father, a good triathlete and Ironman, and a most excellent computer nerd guy. It makes me wonder if my oldest son felt the same way, and whether or not I squandered my opportunities with him. I certainly hope not. All of my children make me so proud. I have my work cut out for me in the new year.
Yesterday, I had to meet a company representative to fill out the paper work on a new contract I am starting Monday(!). I am on a quest this year to find a permanent job AND improve myself in my career choice. As such, I was running late when I got home yesterday, after having to stop off at the grocery store. I threw the hot dogs on the counter (yup, we were eating good last night) and told the boys to feed themselves while I ran to the gym (5 minutes away) to do my 25 minute strength routine. When I got back, I ate then sat down at the kitchen table with Matthew and read my new book while I digested my food. Matthew was delighted to have me comment on his game play between the pages.
At about 8:30 PM, I decided I better get my buttocks on the trainer and knock out my ride. What better to spend more quality "Matthew time" then to haul the trainer into the kitchen and pedal away. My critique of Matthew's Xbox skillz were much much sharper on the trainer. Be careful what you ask for! I rode for forty-five minutes, fifteen warm up, then 5x1 minute 90+ RPMs, 2 minutes easy, then a fifteen minute cool down. It started to snow a little heavier outside. After my bike workout, I retired to the couch to read the rest of my book and drink lotsa water.
I woke up at 5:30 in the morning and waited for Dee Dee to come home. I knew the roads would be slick, and I was worried about her. About 6:40, she pulled into the driveway, and I was happy. She was about twenty minutes later than normal, but given the road conditions, I'll take it. Both Matthew and Jimmy were out of school for the day. The entire city shuts down with two inches of icy snow. I got to sleep in! Then, I headed to the gym to get in some quality workouts. I didn't have to be at my old job until after lunch today.
This is considered a recovery week. I hopped on the treadmill for an easy 5 minute walk, then proceeded to run/walk at a 10/1 interval, always keeping my heart rate before AeT. Near the end of my run, some peppy music came on over the loudspeaker, and I picked up my pace, but not my speed. I counted my right foot strikes and was surprised to see my cadence at 90, right where it should be. That made me smile, even if my HR drifted up into the 150s :-) A nice relaxing 1600 yard swim in the pool wrapped up my gym session, and then it was off to work.
I don't usually listen to music when I run, but I enjoyed stepping out (and up) to the beat on what should be an exciting new year for all us.