Thursday, July 31, 2008

Circus Peanuts

I ate 3 bags of circus peanuts last week. Yes, circus peanuts, those disgustingly sweet candies that stick to your teeth. Comfort food, that's what I've been told. Did I really think I was going to feel better trying to get my tri-shorts on Saturday morning?

Why do we do stuff like that. Eat thinking it's going to make us feel better. Quite honestly I wasn't eating them thinking I was going to feel better. Maybe subconsciously I was, who knows.

Why do we do the goofy things we do. I've been complaining about my right leg, getting stiff all over, the knee, the hip the foot. UGH! Sunday Bubba was talking about the doc he saw for his leg. "Yah, she's good. Well, sort of. You know she tells you what's wrong, then she tells you what to do about it, you pay $150 and then you ignore the advise." How true is that?

We eat stuff we shouldn't, we pay for advise we doen't use. The biggest question I have spinning in my head lately is why cancer? And if someone beats cancer once then why should they have to get it again? And then again?! Life just sucks sometimes.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

"Hey - Someone Stole My Music"

My sister shouted that to me as I ran by her during the 2005 Danskin Triathlon. I teased her mercifully for shouting it during a race. There was more to it than just shouting that - like as I ran from her I heard her say - "Hey are you ok?" and then ...."Hey, where are you going?" Come on you gotta admit that's pretty funny to hear while racing.

Well the teasing stopped in 2006 - I was doing the Evergreen Lake Tri when some stole my Rudy Project sunglasses. I was crushed. And after reaching for the glasses and not having them there I said out loud - "Hey who stole my sunglasses". My karma slapped me in the face. I was mad that someone took the glasses but wondered and still do would it have been different if I hadn't teased Patty for so long.

I did Evergreen Lake Triathlon yesterday. Here's how it went -

High Points -
No thunder / No lightening
Water temp - 77.8 WETSUIT LEGAL
34 min swim - woo hoo!!!
Passed one time on the bike - only one time!!!
Gave the race everything I had. Was feeling good until mile 5 1/2 on the run and then began to literally run out of gas. Was passed one time until mile 5 1/2 and then was passed 5 more times UGH!
Seeing Caroline smiling on the bike - she made it out of the water - double woo hoo!!!
High fiving Caroline as we passed each other on the run
The watermelon after the race - so gooooooood :)

Low Points -
Rain before the race started
Still raining for the swim
Raining in T1
Raining on the bike
Wind and more rain on the bike
Rain in T2
Remember why they don't recommend wetsuits in water over 78 degrees. I wanted to rip it off I was so warm after 200 yards in the water.

I had a blast and was happy to be out there.

Monday, July 14, 2008

The Fog is Lifting

This fog I have been feeling lately is slowly lifting. I'm starting to "want" to swim, bike and run again. Man, that was long break. I was wondering if my desire to train was ever coming back. I have Evergreen Lake this week-end and I'm looking forward to it. Yesterday I was even thinking about racing it and not just doing it.

The group ride was fast, as usual. I only planned on riding to the speedway. I hung with the big boys and one very fast Lauren for about 5 miles. Well, honestly 2 of the 5 were at my pace. I was amazed at how quickly you can fall off a pace line. I can't wait to try and hang with them for 10 miles next time. Or who knows maybe 20 miles :) Or maybe I should be realistic - maybe 6 :) :)

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

New Editions

There have been several new editions to my life this summer. Thought I would share them with you.

This is my new tribike. A Trek Equinox. The woman who owned this bike was moving to Europe and needed to find a good home for this baby. Friday I thought it was a really fast bike until I started riding east, home and realized I had the wind at my back the first 30 miles. :) Someday I'll be a fast rider on my fast bike.

These are our new bunnies. That's Lily on the left and Buttercup on the right. The kids absolutely adore them. I hate that word, adore, it can sound a little pompous but I think in this case it perfectly describes the way the kids feel about our family's new pets.

This is our new pool. I'm sure you are seeing these pop up in your neighborhood. It's the perfect size for Grace and Zak. Zak has a fear of pools and water that he is slowly overcoming. This pool is perfect because he can touch the bottom with his feet and still go under the water and play.

Finally, our church has a new pastor, Father Greg. I've heard his homily 3 times now. He's very good at mixing humor into his message. And his broken English keeps all of us listening intently. I think he's going to do just fine in his new role. Here's a link to the church's website

I rode by myself for a while on Friday. I started out with the group but ended up breaking away from them after 30+ miles. At first I was angry with myself for not being able to keep up. I wanted so bad to call Scott and tearfully tell him to come get me but thankfully I didn't. Caroline called me later that night and asked me if I was mad at her for not staying with me. No, I told her. Don't lose your lunch with what I'm about to say but I told her it was kind of liberating being out there on my own. Not knowing for sure where I was but staying calm and finding my way home.

On Monday SI sent out an email to the club asking that if you are riding alone be sure to let family know where you are riding or running and at least one club member. This way if something does happen it may be easier to find you. What a great idea. My tri-mates agreed. I guess it's another benefit to being part of a club. Really it's a blessing to knowing some great people.