Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Friday was a beautiful cove swim. “Raced” back from the ½ mile buoy in 11 min. I think someone was holding back. :) Friday night was poker…and I WON! Holla! Hot tub and pool time led to a late night and a lazy morning. Finally convinced Toly to get off his butt and out for a ride. We did possibly the slowest 20 miles ever…and yeah I tortured him the whole time. Someone was a little hungover. :) My bottom bracket was making a very strange rubbing noise and had a lot of drag. He got a flat as well. LOL great times. Saturday evening was even lazier than the morning. Pool time again.
Sunday was more productive…in perspective. Considering the very unproductive weekend I had. I coached Lou...someone is getting better! :) and Steve in Coronado in the morning and brought my bike to the shop. Hung out and watched Cory take the crank off 3x. Seriously, what is up? Sunday afternoon was cleaning and laundry…ahh I can breathe. A bunch of us met at Damien’s rooftop for a pool party Sunday evening. Sweet views of downtown and the bay. Actually made it to bed at a decent hour. Someone was smart. :) I woke up on Monday for a Great Western Loop ride. Was feeling great…got a flat at mile 7. No one waited. Tire was shredded. I have 650cc wheels and only had 1 co2 and 1 tube. I just figured I’d change it and head back rather than risk another. Four miles back I realized I left my sunglasses where I was changing the flat. Lovely. Rode back, found them, then rode home. Oh did I mention the bracket was rubbing again. Dropped it off at the shop. Again. Hey, I got a good 23 miles in. No climbing. No GWL. Somehow, someone ended up making me breakfast, lunch and dinner on Monday. :) Sweet! An evening La Jolla Shores swim capped off a pretty fun weekend. Work today has been eventful. I asked to transfer back to my Point Loma office. Not enjoying this horrible commute, as well as other issues. I start back down there, 1.0 miles from my house, tomorrow. Adventures ahead.
Short week this week and next (MN wedding). Stephen A is living it up in Italy…watched Cav win the Florence stage. Oh so jealous. He’s back Monday and I leave early on Thursday the 4th which is his birthday. Someone’s catching up to me and turning 25! :)
Friday, May 22, 2009
Anyway, this blog has been a nice organization of pictures, and thoughts. With scrapbooking, I usually don't write a lot about the actual event, and let the pictures do the talking. Here, I have the freedom to express my thoughts and report on my activities. Although I write in 1st person, this blog was started for me, not really caring about the intended audience. I like going back and reading my old posts, learning from my mistakes, reliving the adventures.
Where am I going with this? I just dropped $27 on that picture above. Ridiculous right? Not really. I got a quality picture of me on my bike in my first half ironman. Leading the race. Killing it, yet happy as can be. My biggest worry right there? "Stick to your nutrition plan... drink more... you are on what lap? you should have 1 bottle down by now... keep pushing."
My biggest worry now? "When are you going to be like that again? Pushing without being scared. Pushing without pain." Uh, there is always pain, as there was in that race, but now it's different. and I know only rest will cure it. I'm impatient. I want to run. I want to be better.
That picture is my desktop background. It's motivation to get back to it. It's to knowing that I can and will be back. This season isn't even close to over. A little over 2 weeks till my next race...hopefully I'll be racing. A little over 2 weeks till the Pink Lady reunion back in MN. Looking forward to two short weeks in a row! Yes! SDIT at the end of June, thinking about Solana Beach tri in July, Pendelton in August and SOMA half to end my season and kick off my Ironman training in October. Club races, cove swims, long rides with Stephen A as he prepares for IMAZ in November. Ah, this summer's outlook is great...and I don't foresee much time for scrapbooking. :)
There's something you can't do on paper. Ben Folds concert last night at the House of Blues downtown was awesome. The split audience participation on "Not the Same" rocked my socks off. He played some old, played some new. Hammering on that piano all evening. Neatest sound? He placed Altoid tins on the piano strings for a techno/nintendo-esk sound. So cool.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
I live in San Diego.
I get to swim long course in an outdoor pool at night. The moon is beautiful through goggles.
I get to ride my bike in the morning. Foggy or sunny, the Cabrillo National Monument rocks my Tues/Thurs mornings.
I have to run. But at least it’s along a trail by the bay, in the sun. No snow involved.
I have a job? yuck. bad topic.
My family loves me. Even though I don't see them often enough.
I'm active. In a city that only fosters an active lifestyle.
Toly and I chillin in the shade (stolen from facebook from john's ipone)
This past weekend I went to LA for an underwater hockey potluck tournament (without Stephen A, who introduced me to the sport last October). It was a hot day but the pool temp was nice. The bottom was not so nice (read: slow). My team finished third and received trophies. This was my first tournament being on a "winning" team. Hmm...maybe I'm getting better. I headed back late Saturday night and woke early for the Encinitas Triathlon. I volunteered to be a swim buddy and ended up swimming with 3 racers and 1 swimmer who was doing the 1 mile ocean swim. Probably ended up swimming over 4,000 yards...very slowly! Nah, it's all in good fun and I'm glad all my swimmers finished this year. The surf wasn't as crazy, so that helped calm the nerves. Sunday afternoon I also swam at the Coronado pool, coaching my new lesson takers. Made some cabobs with Stephen B for dinner and I was off to bed for an early night after a long weekend. Stephen A is in Italy for 2 weeks...and he gets to see the Giro! Unfair, yes.
Sadly I haven't ran in over 3 weeks. I lost my fitness as seen by my huffing and puffing up tide pools this morning. Hey, at least I'm back on the bike. I'm going to Minnesota in a little over two weeks for Kayley and Nick's wedding as well as the Buffalo Triathlon. I switched my entry from Olympic to Sprint distance because again, nervous about the run. This of course means I will be actually racing my brother. Hmm...game on!
SDIT is in 6 weeks. Signed up for the Olympic distance as well. If I'm not ready for that, then I'll switch my entry to relay and have Bethany bike and Katrina run...that will be a kick a** team.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
Chris and Katrina after the race.
Saturday night the tri club had an amazing meal prepared as we all hung out by the fire. A pretty relaxed night actually. Sunday we awoke and started with the cheering squad on Lynch hill. Wow, really glad I didn't sign up for the olympic race. This hill was almost tidepool-esk. Yes, we saw some walkers. Flo and Jesse made this day so much fun. Sunday night we headed back to San Diego.
Flo opening my bottle with his teeth...no joke.
Flo and Jesse crashed the course, crossing the finish line
All in all a pretty sweet weekend. Thanks to Nikee and James for letting me stay in the tiki palace. :) Next year I'd love to do it all over again...but I'll hopefully be an Ironman in St. George, Utah.