I managed to stay up until the start of Cadel’s time trial, Shaun of the Dead was on channel 10. I have seen it heaps of times but it always makes me smile, next thing I knew it was half over and Cadel was about ready to start his ride. Unfortunately he wasn’t able to gain enough time on Sastre and finished the trial in second place, he must have been absolutely stuffed after 3 very long weeks, often slogging it out on his own. I reckon his Tour record is pretty amazing but it must be heart breaking for him to have finished second for the second year running.
Not long after I trotted off to bed this morning, just as I was drifting off to sleep I was jolted awake by an all mighty racket. At first I thought it was just the cats carrying on (I have 3, please don’t brand me a crazy cat lady, they just came into my life somehow, mostly me being a soft touch), if I have been up late they have a tendency to go a bit crazy. I shut my eyes again and then there was a strange thudding noise so I figured I had better investigate. In the lounge room there were two started cats staring at the fireplace, the third one was acting pretty casual and barely moved from the end of my bed. Further down in the back room I noticed black stuff every where and a big bushy tail coming over the edge of a book case and a rather startled Bush Tailed Possum blinking back at me, he must have fallen down my chimney. The thudding noise was the poor little fella trying to get out though the glass sliding door in the back room.
So the cats were shut up in another room and the back door opened, Poss was enticed down with some bread (they love banana’s but I didn’t have any) and after a chaotic spin around the kitchen quickly found the open door and was on his way. This happened once before, a couple of years ago, back then I meant to get up on the roof and put some mesh over the top of the chimney, I suppose I should have
There wasn’t any damage, just some freaked out cats and some sooty paw prints on the tiles and floor boards and one freaked out possum. No big deal really, we have knocked their houses down to put ours up, if they decide to visit once in a while I am not bothered, besides, I happen to think they are pretty cute.
After a late night and a spot of animal wrangling I still managed to get myself up and fed and at the pool by 8am so I could get my 90 minute session out of the way. Unfortunately when I got to the pool I was told they had a swimming carnival on (on a Sunday?!), only 2 lanes were open and I couldn’t use them for deep water running I contemplated heading out to the Ringwood pool but I couldn’t be stuffed, I prefer to be in my comfort zone. Instead I went straight back home and dragged out the bike and the wind trainer, after mucking about for 30 minutes, pumping up the front tyre, fitting it to the trainer, getting on the bike and realising that I had fitted it wrong, getting off the bike and refitting it I was good to go.
I only have a mountain bike so it isn’t that comfortable to use with a WT but it is better than nothing, I managed a 45 minute session where I had an average heart rate of 76%, 45 minutes is about my limit because it just isn’t that comfortable. I was wary of putting too much load on my lower legs so I opted to keep the gear low and the cadence high. Despite having a sore bum it did feel good to finish a workout sweating, I really felt like I had done something, it was also a novelty to have my running gear on again
I did want a 90 minute workout today so again at about 4pm I jumped back on the bike and cranked out another 45 minutes, also maintaining an average heart rate of 76%. Sure, ideally to replicate the long run I’d do 90 minutes in one block but 2 45 minute rides beats doing nothing.
I have left the bike set up, I think I’ll supplement the pool with the bike until I am running at full strength again, maybe 20 minute on the bike in the morning and the pool in the afternoon, then I can cut back to pool or bike on alternate days when I am running again.
I’ll maintain my fitness if it’s the last thing I do.
Now, my house smells rather enticingly of roast pumpkin so I better go cook the rice for the roast pumpkin and pea risotto I am making for dinner, yum.