First week of training (sort of) is in the books. Bella, my daughter had her third birthday last week, it was my one year anniversary, and Christmas, very busy week to start something such as training for an Ironman. For Bella's birthday, we were going to have a sledding party until we noticed that the high was 24 degrees, we then decided it would be better to just have people at our house. Anyone with kids can tell you what happens when you have a bunch of toddlers in a closed environment in December. I woke up that afternoon from a nap with a sore throat. I decided to ignore it and Monday woke up to training day one.
I was getting very good at waking up at 5 am and biking in the garage. Last time I had ridden my bike trainer in the garage was in the summer and it felt like a sweat lodge. I have to admit that it is kind of nice to ride when it is in the low 20's. In the afternoon, after drinking many cups of coffee, I would do another workout, whether it be swimming or running. Needless to say I had a pretty good routine going. I was beginning to figure out my eating, sleeping and training, getting a good balance. All this time I had that cold lingering.
There was one morning when I was running that I actually wondered to myself if this was how people get pneumonia. Friday I had planned to wake up and bike to start the day, but my tonsils hurt so bad I could barely swallow. I was officially sick, too sick to train. I took Friday, Saturday, and Sunday off. Even though I was not feeling well, it was still a blessing in disguise to be able to spend the weekend with my family, without any other obligations. In the four days of stubborn training I was able to log a total of 39.9 miles which puts me at a grand total of 198.85 miles.
We had our first promotion start in the last couple weeks also. We have been selling Rowdy Bars on the Race for Olivia Website. They are a protein bar company that a friend started. All of the money has been going toward the foundation. There are only six boxes left so order yours today from the website. We had ordered a box and they are already gone. They are not your normal protein bar. They do not have that chalky flavor. They remind me of my favorite candy, Reese's Pieces. With Rowdy Protein Bars on board, we have raised a total of $883.31. We are way ahead of our goal but any amount of money is not enough. Children everywhere need our help so let's keep it going.