The week before the big week.

The week before the big race is one of tapering – mileage, nerves and sanity. It can be the worst week and for me, in some ways, it was. I came down with a cold sinus infection, was unable to do my “practice” triathlon and had some issues with the kids and childcare. But, I’m not letting this deter my mental game and I’m trying hard to stay focused on the big picture, and all the training I have already done, to get to this week. Plus, I’m sure this extra “rest” will be helpful, right?

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WEEK OF JUNE 29, 2015

RUNNING: Despite the infection, nasal sprays and antibiotics, I was able to get some decent mileage in this week. My favorite was waking up at my usual 5am but, instead of working my mind behind the computer, I worked my legs and lungs on a run! I cannot tell you how much I miss those early morning runs. Someday, when my kids sleep past 6am, I will be able to return to them. For now, I’ll take the few that I can get!

Sweaty, happy and done with my run by 6am. Good morning!

Sweaty, happy and done with my run by 6am. Good morning!

During the run, I saw two deer. One of them was just poised in someone’s yard and I thought it was one of those plastic ones…until it moved it’s head! #HeartAttack

Total mileage: 18 mostly outside

And, you know you’re in trouble when you’re looking up stuff like this:

I looked almost exactly like this when I woke up last Wednesday. Yes, I realize that's a man.

I looked almost exactly like this when I woke up last Wednesday. Yes, I realize that’s a man.

In case you’re interested, the advice was anything above the neck (like a head cold!) is ok but muscle/body aches or anything horrible in your chest is a no-no.

It’s a testament as to just how crazy runners are that there was no shortage of articles on this topic. I mean, in what other capacity would you ever see this? Should You Go To Work When You’re Sick? Oh hell no!

BIKING: I was only able to do one outdoor ride this past week since I was counting on the practice triathlon to get in additional miles. Oh well. The time I spent on the bike, both inside and out, felt great and this week I was just happy to be moving!

Total mileage: 45 miles

SWIMMING: Luckily I got in most of my swim miles done before the cold settled into my head. I’m upset I wasn’t able to do another open water swim before the race but I also know I’ll be ok without it. And yes, I keep repeating that to myself like a mad woman.

I was also able to test out my new waterproof iPhone case because that is something everyone needs, right? I wouldn’t want you to miss out on my pool workouts!

RACING: I am officially three days out from “the big one” which really isn’t a big one at all, at least in terms of distance. This is, after all, a sprint triathlon (1/2 mile swim, 10.5 mile bike, 3.1 mile run) but I’m hoping to place in the top 10 women. I know the splits I need to hit and the time I need to beat. I’m going to ride and run the course probably as you read this on Monday, and will be raring to go on Wednesday!

We also got this little tidbit in an email:

“Water temp low 70’s, race will be wetsuit legal for sure.” Super.

FUEL: I found this new-to-me Kashi cereal and I’m loving it! With only 9 grams of sugar and 6 grams of protein, it keeps me full though my morning workout…plus a banana and two whole wheat fig bars.

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And why are there so many waters now? Coconut, Maple, Artichoke, Cactus, Aloe…is this really necessary? I consulted an RD and wrote an article about it for Fitbie, but I would like to do a more “candid” one here, if you know what I mean. #SnarkAlert

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For now, I’m sticking with good old fashioned H2O with some NUUN.

THINGS I LOVE: Packages arriving from Oiselle!

This time around I received the Flowy Tank in Opal and the Flyte Short in Punch! I love both.

I know some people don’t like the Flyte short for many reasons, one of which is lack of pockets. Because of that, I can only wear these for some training runs, but I love the way they feel, fit and wash!

The Flowy Tank is amazing in every way – breathable, light, non-chafing and washes well!

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THINGS I DON’T LOVE AS MUCH: Bad grammar. It’s especially horrible when it’s the Physician’s Assistant who you have waited for over an hour to see on the fourth of July because you have now realized you do indeed have a sinus infection. #TrueStory

This “professional” tried to argue with me about actually having a sinus infection because she didn’t want to give me a z-pack. Last time I checked antibiotics had zero street value. She was trying to tell me to use a nasal spray and netty pot when I stopped her to say:

“I have two kids, a big race on Wednesday, I’m leaving for vacation in a week and I just paid $100 to sit and wait for over an hour on a holiday.  I don’t have time to see if your nasal flushing will or will not work when I’ve have thick green mucus coming out of my nose non-stop for the past two days.”

She replied:

“Irregardless of the antibiotic, you will still need to do the other things.”

Seriously? REGARDLESS of how bad your grammar is, I still have a sinus infection.

I got the script without getting arrested. #MiraclesDoHappen

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READING: I’ve had a lot of great reads lately! I was finally able to finish Still Alice which I’m sure most of you have read already. It’s an amazingly heartbreaking story of a cognitive professor at Harvard who is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s in her 50s.  Some of it was hard to read. My favorite part? She’s a runner! In Boston! They’ve also made a movie out of it, and I always like to read the book first because it’s usually infinitely better.

My other favorite of the week was shared by Christine at Love, Life, Surf: This Is  40 written by USA Women’s World Cup soccer player and three time Olympic gold medalist, Christie Rampone. I love when professional athletes laugh at 40 and then kick a goal straight up it’s ass. Ok, she’s a defender but you get the idea.

“Yes, I’m 39 going on 40. Yes, I’m the mother of two kids. Yes, I’ve torn my ACL and come back from it. I’ve also won three gold medals and now been to five World Cups.”

TV:  First of all HOLY USA WIN!!!!!!!! Those women were on fire and I loved every minute.

USA midfielder Carli Lloyd (10) celebrates her goal with teammates during the final football match between USA and Japan during their 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup at the BC Place Stadium in Vancouver on July 5, 2015.  AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images

USA midfielder Carli Lloyd (10) celebrates her goal with teammates during the final football match between USA and Japan during their 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup at the BC Place Stadium in Vancouver on July 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images

Second, Have you started watching the new True Detective series with Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn and Rachel McAdams? You should. Farrell’s character is a true psycho that you can’t stop watching, McAdams is a washed out version of herself that works on so many levels and Vaughn, well, he’s Vince Vaughn.

And I couldn’t be more excited to start watching Ray Donovan starting Sunday, July 12.

Don’t you dare have even one expression on your face Mr. Donovan.

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RANDOM QUOTE OF THE WEEK: My sweet little Vaughn pulled me close and whispered into my ear:

You know the best way to wake someone up? Pinch him in the privates!

What an angel. I’m sure Miles is thrilled.

How was your week?

Do you workout when you have a cold?

What are you watching this summer?

Do you have a favorite water alternative?

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