The mini vacation is over and we are back to the grind over here. I don’t mind it so much except that, okay, I do, I mind it. I mind it a lot. I hate being behind on anything but especially work because let’s face it, work generally sucks anyway regardless of whether you’re ahead or behind but behind is worse because then it just takes forever to get through the day.
Thankfully I’m not too far behind because we were only away for four days. We left Wednesday evening after my appointment with the cardiologist, which, by the way, went okay. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that he was an ironman but not thrilled when he told me that endurance running was not really good for the heart according to recent studies.
I told him that I had read many recent studies that contradicted some of those theories and we agreed to disagree and then I told him about my favorite trail in Venice and suggested he try it out sometime. He told me endurance running is not good for the heart and that he should really listen to his own advice because neither are triathlons but he said he understood the endorphin high.
Then he scheduled an echocardiogram for a later date and we parted ways.
On Thursday I had a blast taking my Mom and my Mother in law shopping at University Town Center. It was my mother in law’s birthday and mom and I wanted to take her out all day and shop til we couldn’t shop anymore and that’s exactly what we did. I may have even gotten a few new things from lululemon because, LULULEMON!
On Friday we had some friends down from Vermont and we all went out to celebrate at the Casey Key fish house.
After dinner, we showed our friends how the better half lives and drove down Casey Key. The wind was blowing really hard and the waves were crashing over the road but I got some great pictures.
Mom went to Fort Meyer’s to visit with a cousin on Saturday and MacGyver and I took our friends down the Shakett Creek canal. It was cold as shit and I froze my ass off for most of it but the pictures were totally worth it. Take a look at a few of them.
On Sunday we went over to the in-laws and MacGyver took us out on the boat. It was chilly but there were a lot of people out on the water, more that I expected.
We drove down towards Venice since the wind was still pretty bad but instead of heading the way we typically do we went in to an alcove and headed toward a beach area. It looked like this,
We got out of the boat and and walked up the beach and there were trails everywhere.
So we decided to follow them. I took pictures of course, for scientific reasons, you know, to share with you on the blog. And also in case we got lost at sea and someone found the phone they could possibly locate us.
It seemed to go on forever but it got more and more interesting.
And then it opened up to this scene.
Paradise! Who knew?
It was waiting there all this time and we had no idea! It was breathtaking. Apparently it’s a well-kept secret but people do know about it because there were people with tents camping all over the island and lots of people with lounge chairs hanging out. It was stunning though.
And just in case you’re wondering, I did run quite a bit this weekend as well. I ran a total of 26 miles on the legacy trail. As always, it was wonderful but my long run on Saturday was epic. I was plugging along around mile 3 or 4 when a bicyclist came rolling up and I looked over and saw an ironman logo on the shorts and at first I thought it was a friend of mine whom I always see when I’m running there and I got ready to say hi but even though the face was familiar it wasn’t my friend.
It took a minute to sink in but then it hit me. It was my cardiologist!
I sped up to get right beside him and then I said, ‘I’m glad to see that one of us listen to the others advice!’ He laughed and said that it was an awesome trail.
That it is, and running is good for you too!
On more thing that happened this weekend. Mom and I had bought lottery tickets on the way to Nokomis and I totally forgot about them because I almost never play. On Sunday morning I checked them and of course they were losers, except for one. I picked the powerball number. Did you know that you win money when you pick the powerball number? You do! I won 4 bucks! I’m a winner! Winner winner, chicken dinner.
How was your weekend?