I guess you could say I get ‘off schedule’ with blogging once the racing slows down/stops. In all honesty, since Clearwater, I feel like this is the first weekend I have ‘truly’ slowed down! What has been going on since November 8?
The weekend before Thanksgiving, Derick, myself, Adam Mills and Joseph LaFico (representing Source Endurance) all headed to Shreveport, Louisiana for a ‘triathlon clinic weekend’ with the Sunrise Triathlon Club. We took off on Friday, arrived back on Sunday night. It was a good weekend, as we did a 3-hr bike skills clinic on Saturday morning with about 20 of them (in 34-degree weather…they were troopers, and we had to act like it wasn’t cold!) followed by a brief transition clinic later that afternoon. The evening consisted of mexican food and a presentation by Derick on ‘Specificity of Training’. He is so good at this stuff…it seemed people were just hanging onto his every word. We got out of there at about 10:00, so it made for a long day, but we got to put in a 2.5-hr ride on Sunday morning before heading back, and had a great turnout, probably close to 30 people. I think that people had a good time, learned a bit and came away a bit more excited about their ’09 seasons.
The next ‘big event’ was our Thanksgiving trip to the south to see Derick’s family. We took off Wednesday (2 days after Shreveport) and flew into Greenville, SC. If you have not been there, it is a very cool town to check out…almost reminds me of Portland, Maine. But we didn’t stop there! We got into the car and drove right to Roanoke, Virginia to see his grandparents, aunts and uncles. So Wednesday was ALL travel! But we stuck there for a few days, to come back on Friday and spend a long weekend with Derick’s twin sister Kristin, her husband and Derick’s parents. Our plans to come back on Monday night were thrown off, as there were plane delays…so we got back on Tuesday 10:00 AM, which was alright but Derick had 2 exams that week and I took the GRE on Thursday!
On to the GRE. That is the stupidest, most ridiculous exam ever invented. I do not recommend this test to anyone. If at all you can get into graduate school without it, do it. I studied for hours on end just to familiarize myself with what to expect…that is about all the good it did. I knew the ‘kinds’ of questions to expect but it still throws you for a big loop, no matter how prepared you are. Unless you are like our friend Scott Dwyer, who breezed through it with 2 days notice. I hate people like Scott. (Sorry, Scott)… 🙂 In any case, I did good enough and my scores are now with Texas State San Marcos, and I am looking into other various Health Psychology programs across the country. All in ‘desirable cities’, of course (some being Burlington, VT – Ft. Collins, CO – Missoula, MT – Boone, NC – Durham, NC – …we miss the mountains!)
Other than that, life is life as usual. This morning was the Decker Half Marathon. I debated up until yesterday doing it, just ‘for fun’ (but can I really DO that?!) but after a 2-hour very hilly and very tiring bike ride, decided I was not really in the shape to do it and would just hit up a long hilly run this morning. I have not had the itch to race much lately, but I think that it is good to listen to your instinct sometimes…13.1 hilly hard miles did not sound fun to me, but the Jingle Bell 5k next Sunday kind of does…maybe I’ll do that one instead?
I hope ya’ll are having a nice holiday season and enjoying it, December comes and goes in a blink each year and it really is a nice time to try to take a deep breath and think back on all you are thankful for from the previous year…so slow down and relax! (and I’ll finally try to do the same)