Let My Summer Begin. A little late.

It is my favorite season by far.  I like everything about it, yet this time, it really seemed to get away from me.  So much so that August is declared by me to be ULTRA Summer.  I will pack all the things I love into one month.  Swimming pools, vacation, water parks, hikes, bike rides, fruity drinks, family, friends, bbq…it’s all happening.  But really the great joy this week?  I don’t have to be at work until 10am.  It is so nice not to set an alarm (although you can bet I’ll be up by 6:15 out of habit…at least I can go workout first! and time to grab a fancy coffee drink!).

Summer camp has ended at work with a performance I was totally proud of.  In this line of work, the only thing that means anything is the progress I see in the kids themselves–not their talent…but their ability to open up, to engage, to make new friends, to share their ideas.  All of this happened, and I laughed hard almost every day (usually multiple times).  I was completely exhausted on Friday, sure, but the kind of exhaustion that can be eased with a great weekend.

Saturday morning started with another UCLA workout.  I’m loving working out with this group & coach–great people & just the right amount of structure/advice/challenge.  We did 1 1/2 hours at the track (warm up, drills, sets of 400s, cool down) & moved to the pool for another hour.  Even though these workouts are just once a week & will be over after September, they still motivate me in big ways.  I see that I can workout for a couple of  hours at a time & it’s not the end of the world.  My body can handle it pretty well.  I can go faster and longer than I thought possible.  It pretty much shatters the image of what I thought I was capable of.  And more practically, it gives me solid workouts to continue doing when I’m not with the group.  This, combined with my personal trainer, takes me to a new level.  I’m not sure how it will translate at race time, but I know on a week to week basis–it makes training way more exciting.  Shakes things up.

I’m about to head to Denver & then I’m not sure where (TX?).  Yes, I’m a little unsure of the next month or so, but more on that when I’m a little more sure.  In the meantime, I can’t wait for Denver (Saturday)!  Let the fun begin (and the workouts–I get to borrow John’s friend’s bike–hooray!  I get to ride through Boulder, CO!  I hope I can handle the altitude).  I’m always game to hang with my brother and his awesome family.

I had a great Sunday today–started with a bike ride…the clouds there in the morning and then clearing on my way back in…I love the way the ocean looks when everything is kind of gray.  It’s not as depressing as it sounds.  I had an awesome omelette (avocado! hooray!) & then pool time with trashy magazines.  I would like a dozen more of those days, all in the next few weeks.  Hooray for August!