Friday, May 22, 2009

The ball is rolling

So I'm headed to the gym to see Dave and I expect a really great workout followed by a road trip to Vegas to help Rick with the Mad Mud Run. I'm hearing that the turnout will be fantastic with 3 live News crews showing up! eeks.

I have a BIG announcement to make too! B-I-G!!! Are you ready??? I'm going back to school to finish my Bachelors Degree and applying to Nursing school! WOW!!! Classes start June 2nd so I'm pretty excited about that. I'm fortunate enough to have a lot of these classes already done so I hope it won't take me very guess is 2 more years. The nursing program is 16 months.

Gotta run...I'll write more when I get back - my routine will be back to something that resembles normal by then.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Who doesn't love a vacation!

Here we go!

I am LOVING my vacation. We packed up and left town on Wed headed towards Bishop CA for an event Rick was timing. This was his first official timing job so we were both pretty excited. Me, I was excited to get out of town, Rick was excited to see if his system could handle 19 hours of timing straight...both of us are satisfied.I did manage to get some work done while away. Vacations don't stop IM training so though this week has been an easy pace, here is the scoop on my work...

Day 1 - 5.25 mile run
Day 2 - 20 mile bike
Day 3 - 10 - 12 mile run
Day 4 - Drive home
Day 5 - Recover from 10 hour drive
Day 7 - Mtn bike

So, you can see that it's been pretty easy going. It was really HOT in Bishop and extremely dry. We were fortune enough to be in a nice grassy area where I just couldn't resist a nap. The grass was so cool and the shade had a nice breeze so I think I was napping for about a hour or more... best nap ever on a vacation!

If you haven't been to Bishop then I suggest you pass on through and head towards Mammoth Lakes. It was beautiful and snow packed. What a sight for eyes that see nothing but desert. While checking out the sites we came across a beautiful water fall down the middle of a snow packed mountain..we had fun hiking through some snowy patches to get the best photo we could.
I only have a couple more fun days until I get back to business with Dave. We meet on Friday and I don't expect things to get any easier, especially with the heat. I'm going to join a gym so I can get my run workouts done inside. I have a tendency to go down hill fast in the heat, unfortunately, but I'm feeling pretty good about my running lately and can't let it slip.

Here are more random photos from our trip. Rick has been giving me surprises for the past two days as his way of saying "thanks for all you do" and WOW, they are great surprises!!! Day one, pedicure and manicure...days 2 (today) an hour massage and tomorrow is a facial!!! Can you believe it. What a great guy...I love you babe.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


FINALLY!!! We are leaving for vacation today so I'm not sure how my posts will go. Watch for photos to come when I return next Wed.

Monday, May 11, 2009

This just added

I just posted but forgot something else super important....

Today was my gym workout. This will be the last time I see Dave until May 22nd so I'm happy and sad for the break. These past couple weeks I've been slacking. I mean, I haven't skipped a lot of workouts but I certainly have not put my best effort into them either. I'm just getting over the burnout and Dave reminded me today that when I return we are back to 100%.

Speaking of Dave...have I mentioned lately how fortunate I am to have him on my side? Dave has never given me negative feedback...he's never told me I won't finish something or that I can't do this or that. He's NEVER given me anything negative to dwell on. Oh believe me, we've had our laughs about my "train wreck" workouts, but he's never told me flat out that I can't do something. He seems very aware of what he says, like, "you could, but that's not a natural progression." I feel so fortunate to have such a positive energy on my side.

Did you know, Rick fills me with laughter before events...he almost always has something funny to say to lighten my mood. For my weekend race he kept saying over and over, "you're going to kick those b*tches asses so hard today" it was hilarious... I felt like a boxer getting ready to hit the ring. I never had much laughter in my life, or in my heart until I met Rick... The smile lines that are growing around my mouth are from him! He's making me wrinkly... :)

Danskin Women's Tri

Well, it turns out that I DID participate in the Tri this weekend and yes, I'm glad I did. Going into this event I didn't have expectations. I had no idea how I was going to perform and honestly, I just wanted to participate without feeling like I had goals to try and overcome.

I talk a lot of smack....Lisa also participated in the race and I'll say this, it was nice knowing that she was going to be out there somewhere too. Before we started of course I told her that on the bike I was going to hunt for her...ooohhhh scary! ha-ha Will I ever learn to keep my mouth shut?

My swim was okay. My time was so much better then I had expected. I didn't put much effort into getting it done, or effort into my technique. In fact, I was telling Rick that I kept my head above water for what seemed like most of the time...

On the bike things started to breakdown for me. It was getting hot by this time and I had a difficult time catching my breath out of the TA. The bike was two loops so I shoved some food into my mouth, tried to catch my breath and just relaxed on my bars.

I saw all kinds of bikes...old looking road bikes, mtn bikes...tricked out Tri bikes as well as crazy looking people. Hard core athletes and those who looked like maybe they had just been talked into doing it.

My run SUCKED. It took me 44 minutes to basically WALK 3.1 miles! By far my worst performance to date on the run. I can usually pull off a shuffle, but not this day. I was so thirsty after the bike that I gulped down anything I could find and now my stomach was sloshing around and cramped...forget it. I was hot and tired so screw it I said and walked pretty much all of it until I reached the Marina. I started my shuffle and made my way over the Mill Ave bridge where I saw Lisa coming back for me. Now, after I talked all that smack about coming for her on the bike I wasn't sure what I was going to get...maybe she could see my suffering...or she probably knew I was suffering by how long it was taking me so she just talked me through the last 1/2 mile or so, held my water and told me to finish strong and so I did...the last little effort I had was for the last 100 yards. She saved my spirit and touched my heart....I trust Lisa....I do...

Friday, May 8, 2009


I'm starting to feel better physically. My stomach has finally calmed itself and I've been back on food for 2 days...LOVE IT. I was feeling pretty groovy so I came home from work and went for a run...not far, maybe 3 or 4 miles. After all I have just been through my body feels detoxed and good.

I'm scheduled to do SheRox tomorrow but think I'll pass...or maybe I'll go...I'm not sure yet. Do you think I should do it?

Thursday, May 7, 2009

How's your week

This hasn't been my best week. I've really been struggling with my stomach since Saturday and think it might be something more then just food poison. I keep hoping it goes away but if it's not better today, I think I'll call the Dr. ugh

Training wise, this week has been pretty weak. I missed a workout with Dave because I was not feeling great, and my motivation has dropped to just a tiny flicker of a flame now. I'm leaving for vacation next Wed and Dave's advice, just relax, do a little of this and a little of that and when I return, maybe I'll get my excitement back. I hope he's right. My horrible attitude has got me pretty fed up with everyone about everything and I'm not happy...Rick would say I've lost my smile - but he's in Omaha so he can't.

In an effort to find sometime positive about this week, I did a workout with Buddy yesterday that was fun. We scootered and he ran. I love Buddy and always feel goofy and fun when I see him.

Monday, May 4, 2009


I've been sick since Saturday afternoon...not much to post. I pretty much have the blahs...nothing excites me..nothing motivates me. I did make it to the gym today but had to walk my bike part way home because I felt dizzy and nausea. I'm really in a slump and the light at the end of my tunnel is tiny at the moment... It's late afternoon and I still don't feel well.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Game ON

I've had my two days off and I'm feeling SO much better! Game on now.. I've got my goals mapped out and I think that I can still get all of it done before my deadline, starting with my 12 mile run tomorrow morning. Since Rick's event is about 12 miles away, I'll be leaving EARLY to get there by 7:00am. I've planned for 3 hours, though my 1/2 marathon time is only I'll have time to stop for traffic, water and whatever other issues I might encounter.

It's crunch time so I have to put my head down and really stay focused. SheROX is also next weekend so that will help get some mile done...looking forward to a pretty intense week here.

Wish me luck!