No swim this morning due to temperature.

According to, it is 29 degrees in Cedar Park, so my swim is canceled. I’m disappointed about that, though I suppose it means I could crawl back into bed for another hour or so. Even so, I’d rather be swimming.

Yesterday, I ran by myself on Lady Bird Lake. It had been a while since I’d done that, as I’ve been really lucky lately to find people to run with, but I enjoyed it. The 4 mile loop (which I think is really 4.2 miles) took me 46 minutes with one water stop at the turnaround bridge. It was cold out, so I ran in pants and my long sleeve shirt from the Decker Challenge a few weeks ago. It was a perfect way to finish out the weekend.

Also, Jamie sent me the December schedule for Texas Iron last night. I’m debating whether I should treat it more like a bible or a guide. For example, I’m debating continuing to run with Gilbert’s Gazelle’s on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but if I do that, I’m straying from his schedule quite a bit. And if I keep swimming three days a week, I’m straying further because the schedule I want to follow has a run intensive focus. I feel like I’m more likely to keep up with the schedule by following it closely, even if that means doing some workouts on my own. And since I really don’t want to back off the swimming, I think I should try to stick with his schedule as much as possible besides that. So I may not do Gilbert’s after all. I need to give that some thought.

The last big thing is that the Coeur d’Alene girls had brunch together yesterday. It was good to see everyone and hear how training is going for everyone. We’re all approaching this very differently. It sounds like Malinda and I are relying on a group’s structure, but everyone else is working out basically on their own. I wish I had that in me, but I know myself well enough to know that I need the accountability and guidance of a group. Even being involved with these girls is part of that need. I need the support and encouragement. Erin and Jeanie made up these fun “in training” t-shirts, and they’re planning some training rides and races for us in the spring. Hopefully that means we’ll all see more of one another next year.

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