Saturday, February 23, 2008
One blissful week away from the snow and cold, and now I am back and raring to go!
It was a wonderful week spent in sunny Orlando, Florida with my wife, son and his fiance. Although I really need a rest now after a week of being on the go at high speed from morning until night. We crammed just about everything possible into one week and my body is feeling it now. It is nice to have the weekend to recover before starting back to work on Monday.
We left for Florida on Friday, February 15th. The trip from our hotel in Edmonton to the airport in the morning was phase one of a long day. The QE2 was littered with about 15 vehicles which failed to realize the black, shiny coating on the road was ice and decided to continue to drive at 140 km / hour. It was a mess to say the least! But knowing that time is your best friend on any journey we left for the airport 4 hours prior to our 12:45 departure so we took our time and arrived safely. Our flights took us from Edmonton, Alberta to Chicago, Charlotte, and Orlando. Planned arrival time in Orlando was 10:45 p.m., but our flight out of Charlotte was late and we never arrived until around 12:30 a.m. By the time we collected our bags and got to the rental car counter it was after 1:00 a.m. Everyone was still in good humour and thinking that we would pick up the car and be to our hotel in 30 minutes or so. Unfortunately that was not going to be the case! The car rental desk moved at the pace of a snail, and this was with everyone in the line having reserved cars on line. It was incredibly frustrating, but finally by 2:30 we had the car and were off to our hotel which was only 9 kms away. A very exhausting day but we were glad to finally be there.
So that was day one of the holiday. I will fill you in with a little bit more of the week in future posts.
On the workout front, not much to say other than I had a good rest. A few easy runs and played in the pool but nothing of any consequence. However, I was back at it today.
I did an easy run of 5.6 miles at a 7:20 pace and then I did 11.5 miles on the bike. Just easing back into it as I am still a little tired from the day of travel yesterday. But I will need to get back to my pre-vacation levels quickly as time is marching on to April 13th and a date with the Iron Man. I am very comfortable with where I am right now and in the end I know this rest will pay dividends.
Have a great day!