Aug200712

No no no, I am not getting married. But this weekend was a wedding filled event. I went to Pensacola, FL for my good friend Laura Reid’s wedding. It was a fun weekend, though I was ready to get back and into the swing o’ things. I really ‘girled’ it up…we had pedicures and manicures on Thursday upon my arrival (which I have to say…I really like my nails, which usually I cannot stand to paint. My toes are ALWAYS painted but never my hands…feel like it suffocates them..?!) and Friday we went out on a mini-sail boat. It had a name, something like a Hobe? It was great! Very cool. Then it was the rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, drinks of course, and Saturday was just filled from start to finish. We even went to an Aveda salon and got our hair done (as I was in the wedding). The wedding was at 5:00, went off without a hitch in one of the most beautiful churches I have ever seen, I believe it is one of the oldest churches in the country? I will post a pic if I get one from someone…and the reception was just a fun time. I am not into going out to bars to dance, but I sure love to at weddings! This morning I returned at 6:30 AM, which meant my wake up call was 4:30. So…needless to say, I am pretty tired and managed to ride for 1.5 hours this afternoon but in the 99-degree Austin heat it was a struggle. But, a very fun weekend! A refreshing change of pace, for sure.

Also…I decided to ‘go for it’ and sign up for Chicago Triathlon! This was on my schedule, but I was feeling ‘raced out’ a bit. However, I have some great college friends who will be competing as well and I will stay with them. And I have been finding myself very excited to race this year, which is a change from past years. I have NEVER ‘disliked’ racing but usually I am happy saying “I’ll skip it…” and just keeping my races limited. But you know, I do not wake up at the crack of dawn to train most days only to hit up a second workout mid-day for nothing! The races are the reward…even if they don’t go as I want them to, I rarely walk away without learning something and/or just enjoying myself!

So this week will be a big bike week! I just re-wrote my schedule based on doing pretty little all weekend, and I am anxious to stick to it. The weather in Austin is at its hottest of the year, predicted to be upper 90’s all week, which means I have to try my best to either ride in the later morning or do a ‘key ride’ on my trainer. It is a STRUGGLE to say the least in this heat. Well it is time for dinner and some relax-time now. I hope you all are well…and thanks for reading. 🙂

Aug200705

Why was I dragging my feet on this one? Well, I was not ‘dragging my feet’ but I guess I was thinking about how much more enticing it would be to sleep in and eat pancakes on Sunday morning. NEVER! (well, yes, sometimes…) but this was one FUN RACE to wake up early for. Well we almost didn’t make it as I forgot my helmet and about 15 min into our 40 minute drive we had to come back home, but it all turned out just fine. This was Jack and Adams ‘Jack’s Generic‘ Sprint triathlon. It was out at the Texas Ski Ranch about 40 minutes south of Austin, just a sprint (500 yd swim/15 mile bike/3 mile run). To me, this is hard. So short you have no time to ‘get into a rhythm’ but you have to GO. From the GUN. Which = Hurt. But the good side is, it is over with quickly. The pain is temporary.

The swim was warm and short. Just one little ‘loop’ of the Texas Ski Ranch lake. They do all of these cool skiing events there, like we saw people being pulled by some pulley’s water skiing afterwards. Looked like FUN. Anyhoo…back to the race…came out just on the heels of Amy Marsh, a great local triathlete and swimmer. And cyclist, bad for me. 🙂 She got on the bike and she was gone. Whoosh. But that was ok, I put my head down on my new Orbea Ora TT bike (I felt so fancy on it) and powered away to the best of my ability. I came off the bike feeling ok…tired and ready to dismount. Off on the run, a short 3 miles out and back. My legs were tired but they were still there, and MUCH to my surprise I clipped off a very solid run of about 17:36, woa…I think that was 5:52/mile pace? Honestly, I have no idea how b/c it felt TOUGH and not that fast. But, I’ll take it!

It was an awesome event! I wish I had been able to partake in the previous Texas Tri Series races (Couples Tri for example) but the travels have not allowed to do it all…in any case, the next local one will be The Austin Triathlon, September 3. But this one was just a very cool event. Tons going on afterwards, games, beer, food, and tons of friendly people. Jack and Adams team and many other local Austin-ites did great and it was a fun time. Thanks Jack and Adams ‘crew’, you all work your tails off and it came together nicely. And thanks to AJ Zelinski and ATX Rehab for being at the race and giving treatments, ya’ll keep us healthy and it is so much appreciated. Thanks as well to Zoot for my awesome race gear, especially the new blue ride (Orbea)!

I feel lucky to be able to go out and have such an enjoyable Sunday morning…blessed that my body can do these amazing things, sometimes we get so wrapped up in the daily ‘grind’ of what we do we forget to stop and realize how appreciative we should be to use the gifts we are given. Also, to note, the 3 Stories Moon Pie track meet (‘The only one on the planet. We hope.’) Friday night was a huge success. It was a lot of fun to watch some very tough runners out there, enduring the hot Austin evening, running into the dark. Inspiring to watch! Thanks so much for reading.

Aug200702

…or just drink a beer instead of worrying about it?

I have enjoyed the week of getting back to my routine, which despite being quite busy this week, it is good. There are a lot of little ‘opportunities’ that have come up which are exciting. I can get stressed easily, yet I probably get bored even easier…so this is a good thing. I finally got on my new Orbea Ora TT bike! It feels awesome. Odd, definitely; That whole shifting thing is totally new to me. I even got my SRM on it this week, so I can start to see if I am a power machine on this bike. 🙂 One could only hope…

I really jumped back into training, only one week off and I was rearing to go. Maybe a bit too much, as I have been pretty tired. Which is OK, but I think when you ‘go’ as much as I (and many of us) do, you really need to monitor those fatigue levels well. I decided to sign up for the Redman 1/2 Ironman which is September 22, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. I have a lot of family there (aunt, uncle, cousin, etc) and my parents will come down as well, so to me it will be a great time to visit and get in a good training effort as well. It is a smaller, low-key race which is nice for a change. My debate is Chicago Triathlon, as I am in limbo. One minute I think I want to race it 100%, the next minute I feel like I have been going non-stop for a few months and maybe I need some more time at ‘home base’. I’ll need to decide soon, as it is on August 26th, just 4 weeks away. We shall see…in the meantime, I will get ready for the 3 Stories Racing MOONPIE TRACK MEET tomorrow night (I’ll help out, as I am running in the AM) and JACK’S GENERIC sprint triathlon on Sunday…”Where you’re more than a number, you’re a barcode.” What an awesome slogan?!

That is it for me right now. Rather than mulling this over, I am going to enjoy my STONE IPA (Yes, Stone Brewing in San Diego, CA…I LOVE YOUR BEER, you can sponser me if you want…just product will do) and make an omlette for dinner. Happy Thursday. 🙂

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