Monday, June 30, 2008
This spring and now summer hasn't gone exactly the way I planned it in my head. I know I have written in the past about struggling with my workout program. Last winter I thought for sure I would cruising on my bike. Taking all the rides that I did last year and using them as a base, so this summer I would enjoy keeping up with the fast guys.
Life never goes as planned.
Just getting out of bed or getting out of an excuse to go and workout is difficult for me. Although I must say I am enjoying running again. And after Scott called me Friday night and said he was working Saturday morning, I was truly disappointed that I would miss the group swim/run. Thankfully Riley saved the day and came to my rescue by watching my kids. I was able to enjoy (well after 2 calls to Riley) my workout. The swim helped get rid of most of my separation anxiety and by the end of the run I was good.
Saturday night the hubby and I enjoyed a great dinner together. We talked and ate and ate and talked. I even had a Margaretta. We then watched No Country for Old Men. Violent is the best way to describe it. Oddly enough I liked it. Scott hated it. Wanted the bad guy to get it in the end.
Woke up Sunday. Got ready to ride with the group. Pumped my tires. Got my water cup on my bike, bottle in the holder. Wasn't looking forward to riding with the fast guys. Pedaled down my drive way and then the rains came. Turned around, rode back up my drive way and called Dennis. "Sorry, not coming, not riding in the rain." Went back in the house and back to bed. Woke up feeling depressed and really mad at myself for not going.
Caroline and I ended up riding 40 miles around 1:30 p.m. The sky was threatening and sure enough the rains came after about 20 miles of riding. I called Dennis and asked him if he was doing the rain dance so he could make a point that we wouldn't melt while riding out there. He just laughed. He told me how the group rode fast, really fast earlier that day. Part of me felt like I made the right decision but part of me felt like a real wus (is that how you spell wus?) for not trying. Last year I didn't care if the pack broke away from me, so why should I care this year?
Riding has turned into my waves on lake Michigan. I'm on the beach watching. Slowly making my way in.
I gotta stop the excuses and just go.
Monday, June 23, 2008
10. It's only 4 miles from my house.
9. The race caps out at 500 people.
8. Plenty of Port a Potties - not a long wait :)
7. Cool Shirt
6. Entry fee is only $30
5. Can always find room in the transition area.
4. Flat, shaded run.
3. Only 2 small hills on the bike
2. All proceeds go to a great cause. Together We Cope
1. The people :)
The MetLife Duathlon took place yesterday. http://www.metlifeduathlon.com/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1 This was the third year I had the privilege of volunteering for the race.
MetLife is pretty grassroots. It relies on donations for food and other things that the athletes need. Why? Because what ever money isn't spent on the race is donated to Together We Cope. Check out there website. http://www.togetherwecope.org/ This year we had a lot of great organizations help us out. Running for Kicks in Palos http://www.runningforkicks.com/, Kohl's not only donated money but also volunteers who completely rocked the packet pick up tent/food tent, Lamdgrebe Chiropractors of Tinley Park ,http://www.landgrebechiro.com/ Cardinal Fitness, Body Tech Fitness in Mokenahttp://www.bodytechtotalfitness.com/, Vitamin Water, Walgreens, My Bike of Tinley Park http://mybiketinley.com/. There were countless food donations by local grocery stores in the area. It was a great day and a great race.
Thanks to Val and Gil and their entire family. See you guys next year.
Monday, June 16, 2008
On our way home from the lakefront swim/run SI was telling us how he needed marshmallow's but didn't have any. No problem, he just made them ....
1/2 cup cold water
3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
2/3 cups corn syrup
2 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups powdered sugar
Get a 9×9 inch pan and line it with plastic wrap
Pour some oil on the plastic wrap and spread it all over the wrap with your hands so that the entire piece of plastic is oiled (this is going to keep your mixture from sticking to the plastic).
Get an electric mixer out and put 1/2 cup cold water into the bowl.
Pour the 3 envelopes of gelatin over the water and let it soak for about 10 minutes.
When the mixture has been soaking for about 5 minutes, get a sauce pan out and start combining your 2 cups of granulated sugar, 1/4 cup water and 2/3 cups corn syrup in the sauce pan.
Bring the mixture in the sauce pan to a boil and let it boil for about 1 minute.
Then pour the boiling mixture into the gelatin mixture and start mixing it at high speed. While mixing, add 1/4 teaspoon salt and beat for 10 - 12 minutes.
Add 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract and mix it into the mixture lightly.
You are now going to scrape the mixture into the 9×9 inch pan lined with oiled plastic. Before you scrape, make sure to oil whatever you are using to scrape it out with. If you decide to use your hands, oil your hands.
Scrape the mixture into your 9×9 inch pan and spread evenly. Cover with another piece of plastic and press the mixture into the pan.
Let the mixture sit for a few hours.
Remove the big piece of mixture from the pan and cover entirely with powdered sugar.
Take some kitchen scissors and cut into squares and cover the pieces with powdered sugar.
Training for IMOO was easier than this. I think I'm going to just buy them.
I was supposed to do HHH 100K this week-end. After a couple of sleepless nights thinking about it I decided to back out. It was painful to call Rick and tell him. He was very understanding. For as unready as I was for the ride, he was that much more prepared. When we signed on for the ride we did agree he would break away if I was holding him back but I know Rick. (He would deny this) But I know he would stick with me. So anyway. Then he slammed with with the question - "Girl, what happened on that swim up in Rockford last week?" I did my best to explain but he wasn't buying it. "Do I need to get out there and build up that confidence?" See, I told ya I got some great, GREAT tribuddies.
One more thing, Happy Belated Father's day. So I'm talking to my father, who lives in Texas. The conversation was pleasant and short. And just like all father's do, mine gives me advise that it's time to stop doing tri's and stop running. "Ya know you're moving on age wise, you've done what you need to do and proven what you need to prove .... " Scott thinks this is the spark I needed to get me moving again. :)
Thursday, June 12, 2008
He brought us to His beautiful forest where we could be at peace; where we could camp near His beautiful lake.
He blessed us with a sprinkling during the night; sleep well my brothers and sisters but let this shower be a prelude of what’s in store for the day ahead.
He was with us as we awoke; He nourished our bodies and filled us with excitement.
We felt Him as we swam; His water was refreshing, His seaweed was His way of providing an additional challenge.
He was with us as we biked; His 60+ mph tailwinds gave us strength as we sped across His land.
Once again, He blessed us…He showered us to keep us cool and to keep us on our toes.
He showed His Rockman strength when He flashed a bolt of lightening across the sky as His way to say; ride swifter my son.
He was with us as we arrived back at transition, when we emptied our running shoes of His waters.
He again showed His Rockman strength when he toppled His large trees onto His running path as if to say; it’s simply another challenge, my sons…keep running.
He was with us at the finish; He greeted us with His cheers, He helped us smile, He helped us cross the line, He proclaimed, well done my children…
for you are now Mightier, Stronger, and Magnificent!
Wow, I wish I could get my mind to put words together like this. Thanks Gil for letting me share it. :)
Monday, June 9, 2008
Thankfully Ed brought bagels, peanut butter and banana's for everyone. Good thing, I packed for a week but forgot breakfast. The rain started up again. I brought the rain ponchos from our trip to Disney. Just Tom's luck - he picks one sized for kids. He wore it.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
"Not So Happiest Place on Earth"
I have to give double kudos to the Disney employees. It was obvious to me these are a group of people that actually enjoy going to work everyday. From the moment we got on the bus from the airport everyone was genuinely nice to us. You don't see that very often.
We went to Monsters Inc. Laugh Factory and Gracie was picked out of the audience and identified at the character "Boo". It was really, really funny to us because Scott was holding her on his lap. She thought is was going to be a scary ride and when she saw herself on the screen she made the cutest face, the audience oooo'd and then laughed.
On the Energy ride over at Epcot, we were worried the kids might get scared of the dinosaurs. Instead Zak stands up and starts shouting at them, "I love you dinosaurs. I love you T-Rex. Really, I do." The man sitting behind us couldn't stop laughing.