Friday, April 27, 2007

Chicago - prelude to another weekend double


So continuing on from last weekend...

After the 10K, I caught the 3:30 flight out of Cleveland and arrived in Chicago at 3:40. Gotta love that! With a taxi ride to Wrigleyville and a change of clothes my cousin and I headed out for a jog along the beach. We headed out to the Lakeshore which was slammed with people taking in the beautiful run and we took it slowly due in part to the stiff wind and in part to my cousin's hungover body from the prior days Cub game and subsequent bar hopping.


After the run we headed out for a nice dinner at Kooba and then had some drinks while a old college friend met up with us. I woke up early the next morning to take the L to my conference (1st experience with that...a little intimidating as I really did not want to get lost). After the conference, I headed out to my cocktail hour for wine, where my cousin met up with me. We left there and had some delicious Ahi Tuna and drinks at Carnival and then continued on with some more drinks. She did make sure to introduce me to all of Chicago's beers like 312, Gooseisland, and some others like Fat Tire which I dug. After some sleeping, we woke up Tuesday for a 6.5 mile run to her gym the Lakeshore Athletic Club. That place was 6 floors stacked with a huge climbing wall, sushi bar, regular bar, amazing lockerooms with everything a girl could want, saunas, hot tubs, and a million other totally amazing things!! We stayed at the gym about 20 minutes in which I did 6 of my scheduled (10) 400's (about to die). I guess we were both exhausted partially from the run and in large part to the lack of sleep and drinking. And after finally eating some more food, I was homeward bound. Spending some time in Chicago was definitely a blast due in large part to my friggin awesome cousin!!!


And then I came home...

The rest of this week has been somewhat low key as I was beat and wanted to spend some extra time just hanging with my husband. I figure that some low key time will serve me well as I have another double racing weekend on tap which will include a 10 mile race on Saturday and the postponed hilly Hinckley Du on Sunday (3M Run, 15 M Bike, 3M Run).


I am looking forward to some decent weekend weather in the forecast and seeing some friends and teammates, although not having real high expectations for Sundays race as I am sure I will feel less than fresh! That is fine, though!

6 comments:

JenC said...

I remember the good ol' days when I could drink and exercise and get little sleep...ah good times.

You continue to impress me with being a racing machine! See you tomorrow.

Jodi said...

Aren't cousins great? Glad you had a good time in Chi town. You're going to rock both races, I'm sure!

Jodi

E-Speed said...

You are still partying like a rock star and kickin ass on weekends like a pro! You gotta love that!

B Bop said...

you are hardcore with all of your training/racing/traveling and celebrating.
mmmmmm, fat tire.

Mallie said...

You just keep on keeping on, don't you? I don't know how you mix the celebrating with all the great workouts, but somehow you make it work!

Craig said...

Nice job balancing hardcore training, racing and partying! Fat Tire is my favorite beer. I have a case here in the fridge.