Iron Christmas 70.3 update

So Luke just added a minute penalty for every cookie, piece of pie, etc, consumed...and I just whipped up a batch of chocolate chip cookies. Sigh. On the other hand, I have no chance of winning anyway, so I can probably handle a few cookie penalties.

Cookie penalty or not, though, he is my hero. All summer I toyed with the idea of starting to train for a tri, but the whole swimming thing got in the way. The most I ever swam was 100 yards. Well, today I swam 1,250!! =) Turns out all I needed was a challenge I'm completely not up to (and one less day to complete it since I wasn't in til yesterday afternoon) to motivate me. So far, I've run 6 miles, swum .77 miles, and ridden 20. It's entirely possible that I won't have my first DNF after all.

What's left to accomplish before midnight Friday?

*run 7.1 miles
*swim 862 yards (approx. 17.5 laps)
*bike 36 miles

Out of everything, the bike is looking like the hardest to complete. I'm hoping to knock out the remaining swim (if i can lift my arms) plus run 4 miles tomorrow morning/early afternoon and tack on some miles on the (exercise) bike in the morning. Unfortunately, my familiy expects to be paid attention to and fed, and for some reason my husband is annoyed to be doing all the gift wrapping. We did, however, enjoy the second half of The Nativity Story "together" as I pedalled away.


  1. You are crazy but I love it! Merry Christmas to you and you family - I too am glad we "Blog" Now I am off for Marathon house cleaning-getting ready. I'll try to be nice too! The hubby is SO glad he is working!

  2. The way I see it, chocolate chip cookies are the perfect workout food! They have:

    Short chain carbs (sugar)
    Long chain carbs (flour)
    Protein (egg)
    Antioxidants (chocolate)

    That's what all the energy bars brag about having. So, I say eat up!

  3. I like your line of thinking, Jonathan!

  4. Nice job on the swim! By the the end of the challenge, you'll be looking for an Ironman to sign up for. Louisville usually doesn't fill up too fast :-).

  5. Wow! you are going where I cannot. I cannot swim. Well, I can, but I am really awful at it. The thought of being with a hundred or thousand people in the same drink all flapping about accidentally bumping and grabbing in the water - scares the freaking poop out of me.

    I am in awe of all the training needed for it. Thanks for all your nice comments on my blog this past year! Have a very Merry Christmas!!!

  6. Re: your comment: ding ding ding! He almost certainly does have Aspergers. With the advent of the DSM-V, the term will be replaced with "high functioning aspergers". I'm finding at least once a week I get a tiny Vulcan with horrible tantrums and anxiety, who can't read faces. Nobody knows until I tell them. Gratifying to be of some assistance some someone, some time. Oh, and my oldest has it too. Meanwhile, we have a unit for MR and autism, but not for high functioning stuff.

  7. Wow! Congrats on that swim!!!! Merry Christmas : )


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