Tuesday, May 12, 2009

An Equation

Leana + Caffeine > 7:30 pm
yields
a Leana that cannot fall asleep

Last night I met up with one of the ladies from my swimming class at Starbucks. I had a London Fog, which is Earl Gray tea, steamed milk and vanilla. I needed to be up early this morning but I just wasn't sleepy. I guess I just am that susceptible to caffeine! I think I probably fell asleep sometime around midnight... Which meant that this morning's 4:30 am wake up was brutal!

I was planning on skipping swimming today because I had to give a big presentation at work this afternoon. I still wanted to get into work early, hence the 4:30 am wake up. As soon as the alarm went off I jumped out of bed and had one thought... Coffee!!

I never make coffee at home. In fact I very rarely drink regular coffee. But I do have a coffee maker and some beans for when my parents come to visit. I went downstairs and looked in the freezer. Thank goodness - I had coffee beans, but no ground coffee to speak of. Hmm. I took out my coffee grinder. I've used it once...
I brewed four cups and had a taste. In case you can't tell, it was horrendously weak. Yuk!
I thought it may be because of how I ground the beans so I ground a bit more (a little bit finer), added a bit more coffee and brewed again. Stronger this time, but still yuck!!
Oh well, it did the trick I guess.

As for our team hill repeat ride today? Canceled again. Stupid rain. Angie sent a trainer workout to do, but I'll be honest. I'm beat. I've also been sucked in by the Biggest Loser finale. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for some better weather tomorrow. If so I'll go ride outside on my own, otherwise I'll do Angie's workout inside tomorrow.

So what does that mean? I haven't worked out since Sunday. I have a date at the pool at 9 pm with my friend DGB as well, so hopefully I'll get a little something in today! And then I'm planning on going home, falling into bed...and waking up slightly later than 4:30 am tomorrow...

Have a good night all!

16 comments:

Marci said...

This is so going to be me tonight, I had a coffee at 7:30 too!

Sonia said...

oh oh so whose DGB?!!! =)

I don't even have coffee in the afternoon unless I'm super sleepy LOL

Group ride cancelled because of the rain?!!! What's going with you hardcore half IM in training LOL

rocketpants said...

i can't have caffeine past 4pm or i won't go to sleep...sad but true. :-(

Melanie Tait (Mel Tries to Run) said...

What a hilarious post! Love the pics. I understand caffeine sensitivity too!

Last year, I had some work training in Melbourne and it was cold and I was overweight and really tired. I thought the only way to get through the training alert would be to drink coffee (I pretty much never drink anything but water). By 10am when my boss arrived I had already had two coffees and felt so amped, it was as if I was drunk in front of my parents (something else I never do! But you know when try as you may to look normal, you just can't conceal you're on something!!).

Have a great day - good luck with the presentation! :)

joyRuN said...

Ha! That coffee did look incredibly light :)

Fortunately, I'm one of those who can drink a cup of coffee with dinner & still pass out at bedtime.

Keith said...

Most times I don't dare have coffee in the afternoon or evening. I'll be lying there, awake, cursing at the HAWKS helicopter as it flutters over, and over, and over.

Just a coffee making technical note here. The photo says the coffee is Espresso blend. Put that in a regular coffee maker and yes, it will taste horrible. No matter how you grind it. It's designed to be ground to dust, and have pressurized really hot water blasted through it. In really small doses.

teacherwoman said...

I have to add creamer to black coffee. You should have seen what my coffee looked like and tasted like the first time I used my coffee maker... so black! LOL!

k said...

I try to quit the caffeine by about 5pm...so I know where you're coming from.

I hope you get an outdoor workout SOON!

Marlene said...

4 hours of sleep! Ugh. I don't even drink coffee but I think I would need one. Hope you had a better sleep last night!

Lily on the Road said...

You're so fit that missing a couple of days won't hurt and might actually help.....

The only time I have coffee is firt thing in the morning...and what about this swim "dat", spill the (coffee) beans!!

Runner Leana said...

DGB - that's my coworker Debbie! Nothing to get excited over..!!

Missy said...

OMG that coffee looks like piss water! hahahaha, yeah, not going to help you wake up in any kind of way.

Lauren said...

I can't believe you were able to photo document your morning. Even if I could muster the enthusiasm and had more than 2 minutes to get ready for work, eat, and pack lunch, I don't think anyone would want to see those pictures. I certainly wouldn't be making cute faces.

Ali said...

noon is my caffeine cut off. I love it, wish I could drink it all day

Run For Life said...

Mmm, London Fog's!!!

I laughed at the ridiculously weak coffee, nice "disappointed face" hehe.

lindsay said...

i so can't have coffee like after 3pm either. hope the weather cooperated for your make-up ride - can't imagine what the disappointment face looks like for that :)