1) Regarding the race this weekend. Because of issues with my back, it has been iffy all week as to whether or not I will actually be able to participate. My back was acting up on Saturday, messing up my plans for a long run. Sunday it was marginal, and I limited my activity to a short bike and short run. It seemed better by Monday, and we rode the bike course. Tuesday I had a great run at the track. Wednesday was rest day. Thursday, my back started acting up again! Ugg. Canceled my run plans and went to the chiropractor instead. Also was able to be seen by the PT on site. I have another chiro/PT appt later this afternoon as well. I really want to do this particular sprint tri, so you can bet I'll be at the race site ready to go as long as my body cooperates. Keep your fingers crossed for me!
2) Already modifying my plans for what's next. I had originally thought that I would target a 10K mid-Oct and go for a PR. However, I've really been enjoying my bike a lot recently. In fact, originally I had some apprehension about signing up for the Patriot due to the hilly bike route, but now I'm looking forward to the bike portion of the course more than anything else! And with this newly sparked re-interest in cycling, I'm leaning toward adding in a few charity rides instead of that 10K. That's one of the benefits of triathlon training, allows me to really mix things up however I want.
3) I took the Giant (road bike that I'm thinking of selling) into the shop for a tune up because it was out of adjustment. When I picked it up, the guy that helped me kept calling me "dear." I don't know about you, but for some reason I find that horribly condescending. It's one thing if someone I know calls me "dear," but something entirely different when a total stranger calls me that. Am I over-reacting??
4) Our garden is coming along nicely. Remember when the rabbits were eating my plants? Well, the reinforced gate kept them out and after that, the garden really flourished. Right now I'm eating some of my cantaloupe from the garden. I've never grown that before and it really turned out delish! I'm also excited to make eggplant parmesan this weekend from my first ever eggplants. My standby veggies (chilies, peppers, tomatoes, watermelon, beans, cucumbers) are doing well too, but these new additions are particularly exciting to try out. It's amazing what seeds, sun, and water (plus compost and some TLC) turn into.