The Peak Week That Wasn’t…

I had originally planned on writing about both peak weeks together, but the events of week one took over my life and it felt good to just vent/write about it here and share.

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Peak training weeks are my favorite. You put in so many hours of swimming, biking and running all while making sure you are fueling and recovering properly. I love them because it finally feels like everything comes together and you get that extra boost of confidence and the feeling of “I can do this” before race day.

Well, last did not go like that.

Instead, the first of two peaks went like this:

Swim, work, vet appointment, emergency dog ultrasound appointment, dog admitted for kidney failure, trainer ride, worry, worry, run, worry, dog discharged with a ton of meds, rain, rain, rain, flooded basement. THREE INCHES OF FUCKING WATER IN MY BASEMENT (ended up with a total of 9.5 inches of flood water). Needless to say, I skipped a lot workouts, not ideal for a peak week but shit happens.

On Tuesday 5/15, I took our beagle to the vet for his follow-up appointment and got some bad news about my other dog’s labwork she had done the previous week. Delilah’s kidneys were failing and after an ultrasound showing she only has one working kidney and an inflamed liver, she was admitted. She has had some weight loss over the past six months, but I didn’t really think anything of it because she was still her happy self. The thing that made me take her in initially is that she stopped eating for two days and had some pus in her urine. While waiting for her labs to come back, she started eating again, urine looked okay and was playing/wanting to go for walks like her normal self. The vet was surprised she was acting so normal, because she is a pretty sick pup. Luckily, after fluids, antibiotics and a two night hospital stay, Delilah’s labs improved and was able to come home on some medications and some new food.

not a happy girl.

Onto the flooding. When I went to work on Thursday, the basement was dry but by the time I got home there was so much water down there, about three inches and rising at the time. Obviously the main goal was to get it out of there, so once again, workouts got pushed to the side. I went to the Home Depot to buy a pump to get the water out. I asked the guy there for help because I wanted to make sure I was getting the right thing, when he proceeded to tell me, well you really should have taken care of this before the rain started. To which I replied “I get that, sir, but since I’m in this situation NOW, I don’t need you to mansplain to me what I should have done, I just need you to tell me what I need.” He replied, “I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to come off that way, it’s been a stressful day with all of this flooding going on.” I told him I understood, but I really just want to get what I need and go home and get to work. Unfortunately the rain didn’t stop until Saturday afternoon and the water came in way too fast for the little pump to handle. By the time Saturday evening rolled around there was 9.5 inches of water in the basement. I had been calling around since Friday morning to see if there was any way a professional could come remove the water but everyone was booked. Incredibly frustrating. Someone is scheduled to come today to get the water out/start the repair process, although my sister’s boyfriend was able to get the sump pump working again and as of late Sunday night we were down to 5 inches of water. Thank goodness we don’t have a finished basement.

there should NOT be a reflection on the floor

My husband was traveling for work and the day Delilah was admitted he found some cute dog cycling socks, took it as a good sign and got them for me. I also drank my coffee out of my Cattle Dog Coffee mug because my gal is part cattle dog/part lab. Yes, I’m a bit superstitious.

What I felt good about: My dog is doing much better.
What could improve: um, how about getting those workouts in? And eating? How about something healthy? I could also work on remembering I have a strong base from all the training this spring.
What I’m looking forward to: A less stressful peak week two + taper?? Please?? Also, my husband is coming home this week!!

My one really good workout of the week happened on Monday before all the shit happened. I felt strong and enjoyed my time in the water that day.

With all the rain, I was on the trainer for the two rides I did get in this week. It was boring, uneventful and I even cried on the one trainer ride after my dog was admitted.

I ran three times, all outside, all in the rain. It felt good to turn up the tunes and zone out a bit while running.

Favorites…..because I want to add something a bit lighter to this post.

Roasted sweet potatoes seasoned with Trader Joe’s Everything Bagel Seasoning.

Watching The Barefoot Contessa reruns while on the trainer.

The season finale of Grey’s Anatomy ending on a very happy note. Yes, I still watch that show and I love it.

My sweet doggo, Delilah coming home. She loves a good car ride, but hates the camera.



Onward to peak week two…may it be filled with healthy dogs, dry basements and a ton of swim//bike//run fun!







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