Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wednesday's Westerly Winds

I started today off with another bout of stomach flu, which I am starting to think may not be stomach flu - awesome.

But then I found this next to my office:


Fresh, hot, amazing breakfast burritos.  Their spelling was terrible, but their food was fabulous!!!

After a long day of work, being sick, and bailing on the running club time trials - I came home to rest.

Instead I found a gift from FedEx on my doorstep - my new aerobars had arrived from Nashbar!  This place has dang near everything on clearance and if you buy their brand, it is even cheaper - this girl loves a good sale!!!

So I spent some time installing my new bars, grabbed my tunes, slathered on some sunscreen - and headed out.

I am LOVING the new bolero

All I wanted to do was about 10 miles - instead I did 22.5 miles!

SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!

And I can still feel my hoo-ha and behind.  

I will say this - I thought I was all bad-ass on the way out to the Pass.  Bopping along, jamming out, testing the aerobars - awesome!

However, I made the turn to come home and BAM

wall of wind.

If you look at the Garmin upload - you can see me drop from about 17-18 mph to 12-13 mph on the way home.

Ugh!

And yet I still looked like this when I got home:


The Boy and I signed up for a 40 mile bike ride next month - I have no idea how we are going to make 40 miles!  But I think today starts my training for that!

Go team go - swoosh


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A-B-C's of Me!

Sooo - this has been going around the blog-sphere for a while, so I thought I would jump on the band wagon!

A. Age: 35
B. Bed size:  Full - shared with a 95# lab, a 53# catahoula, and a 10# siamese cat - very snug!!!
C. Chore you dislike: dusting - I don't
D. Dogs: two retarded dogs - my pride and joy!



E. Essential start to your day: snooze button!
F. Favorite color: blue, or maybe pink 
G. Gold or silver: silver
H. Height: 5’3" - but I claim 5'4"
I. Instruments you play(ed): 
piccolo, 
flute, oboe, English horn, violin 
J. Job title: Chief Scientist of the Artificial Reef Program
K. Kids: high hopes, but who knows
L. Live: Texas
M. Mom’s name: Peggy
N. Nicknames: Tru Shenanigans, Idiot (family nickname - no joke)
O. Overnight hospital stays: A couple, most recent for pins in my ankle
P. Pet peeves: how the toilet paper hangs
Q. Quote from a movie:  I've got a touch of hangover, bureaucrat. Don't push me. -McLintock
R. Righty or lefty: Right dominant, but both a lot of times
S. Siblings: Older brother, he met the Queen



T. Time you wake up: sometime between 0500 and 0600
U. Underwear: valuable thing to have
V. Vegetables you don’t like: carrots - ugh!
W. What makes you run late: everything!  I am the queen of running late!
X. X-rays you’ve had: left wrist, head, back, both legs, left ankle, right hip, right wrist - too many to count I guess!
Y. Yummy food you make: homemade chicken cordon bleu - Mom taught me the recipe
Z. Zoo animal favorites: penguins

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Stress-free Sunday

I woke up this morning sore, but feeling pretty decent.

I cut the yard - scalping the front - oppsy!

And then I decided to go for a bike ride.

What!!!!!!

I pulled on my Sugoui bike shorts - grabbed my helmet and hopped on Lil Beast.

My booty was screaming.


But I stuck it out - headed to the mailboxes, grabbed up my mail, hit the Redbox, and then went out for a few more miles.

By the of it I had gone 4 miles.

Not bad for the day after a duathlon!


Go team go - saddle sore!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Eco-Duathlon

I have done it!!!

Another monumental first for me this year!

So far I have completed the Disney Princess Half, Warrior Dash, and now a duathlon!

I got up early, grabbed my gear, popped an Ammodium AD and 2 Aleve, threw Lil Beast in the truck, and headed out.


It was insanely windy and I am new at this - so I looked like a dear in headlights - eep!

I went straight for the transition area and had to ask about how this whole thing worked.  I found out I could either hang my bike on the racks by the seat or handlebars.

I chose the seat.


That's right - I look like a professional.

Well - I did have to ask where that bike tag went and what it was for.  I also learned that there was a sticker to affix to the front of my helmet - eep!

I thought I was really doing awesome - until I noticed this:


It was like I was riding a mini bike.  My "down wheel" didn't touch.  I felt like a little kid trying to play with the big kids.  Opps!!!

While waiting for the 5K to start I ate 1/4 bagel and 3/4 of a banana.  That was all I had before this epic race.  I think it is more epic in that I ate a banana - I hate those damn things.


The 5K runners started out after a fellow runner was pulled out of the crowd to sing the National Anthem.  She was amazing.  For reals.

We finally headed out around 9:45 and started down the beach for our first 2 mile run.  It was kinda tough, but I was able to run it all the way to the first water stop (0.6 miles) and then I had to walk at the water stop.  I picked my running back up and finished with an overall 13:45/mile pace.

I made it to the transition are, found my bike - it was easy - there were only a dozen left, and headed out.

Now here is where it gets interesting.

The original plan was an 8 mile ride - it turns out it was a 10.5 mile ride.

Ugh!!!

But the good news was that I had picked up about 12 people while riding.  I was moving!

By the time I got back to the transition area after 50 minutes and I realized two things - I could no longer feel my hoo-ha and behind.

And that awesome feeling I felt when I started the first two miles - no way - it was gone.

I couldn't feel my legs.

I started out walking and tried to run a bit here and there.  But everything hurt - damn.

But I made the last turn at the final water stop, headed back to the finish line.

It did feel pretty good crossing it.

I finished the final two miles at 15:47/mile pace - much slower than the first go 'round - but I did get the job done!

And then I chugged some Honey Milk - not bad by the way - grabbed my gear and headed home.



Only to cuss my way all the way home because it is now tourist season on the island.

I stopped only to grab food.

I would have taken a picture of it, but the burger didn't last long enough for me to photo.

But lemme tell you - it was the best burger I have ever had.

And now - nap time!


Go team go - duathlete!!!!

Sand, Wind, and Bikes

It's early.

I am still sick.

And yet I am participating in a duathlon this morning.

2 mile run - 8 mile ride - 2 mile run

Awesome.

Recap after I come back from the dead!!!

Go team go - do it!




Thursday, March 24, 2011

Unclean

I have reached a new low -

I am sick and therefore have not made it out of my PJs for longer than I would like to admit.

And then today I watched Grey Gardens - the documentary from 1975.

Nothing screams hopeless like laying around in smelly pajamas with a cat on your chest while watching two semi-crazed, shut in women surrounded by cats.



God help me!

At least I am not currently wearing a turban . . .

But Saturday - my very first duathlon - sweeetttt


Go team go - straight to the shower

Monday, March 21, 2011

She's a Brick House - Mighty Mighty

Today is a monumental day - I accomplished my first BRICK!!!


This weekend I have decided to do something a little out of character - instead of signing up for a 5K - I signed up for a duathlon.

2 mile run - 8 mile bike - 2 mile run

Why I have chosen to do this - I have no idea.  Maybe 2011 is the year of oddball races for me.

In order to achieve my new goal and finish this race - I needed a new chariot to ride into battle.

I own a very nice blue, Trek women's mountain bike.  But as this is a road race - I chose to look into a road bike.  I thought that if I could find one at a pawn shop or on clearance, it might be worth not having to listen to nubby tires on pavement.

See - somewhere in the back of my head is an idea.

An idea to complete a Triathlon.

I never said it was a good idea, but just an idea.

I could swim before I could walk - or damn close to it.

I have proven that I can run (well - walk and run over 13 miles).

I used to bike all the time with my family, but not much lately.

So why not all together?????

To that end - the Galveston duathlon and my first brick.


I went out on the little beast and while the wind was blowing fairly hard - I pushed toward the beach and then headed west onto the main road.  I made it out of town, past the gas station, and made my turn near at the first light after leaving town.

I felt pretty ok then entire time.  My butt was a little sore, and my new Skirt Sport bike skirt is FREAKIN AWESOME!!!  It has just enough padding to protect my tooshie and yet I could still run in it.

I was hoping for 8 miles, but made 7.68 miles in about 34 minutes.

I came home, dropped my helmet, took a swig of water, and headed back out into the sun.

I wanted 2 miles, and I could only make 1.92 miles.  It took me a little over 27 minutes - so very slow.  But I did a bit of walking during the miles.

My legs were stiff from Warrior Dash, and now hot and wobbly from the bike ride.

But I made it home, chugged some water, and sat down with a smile.

I did it!




Go team go - Whaaaatttt!!!!!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Warrior Dash Recap!

Saturday morning - it was early.

I woke up grumpy after the little disagreement The Boy and I had the night before.  

We packed up my clean clothes, a garbage bag for the dirty ones, and jumped in the truck to head out to the boonies.  


I will say this - Red Frog events are amazingly well organized.


I got us lost on the way to the parking lot.  I used the Mapquest map instead of using the ones the event provided.  

We parked, hiked over to the shuttle, and rode it to the event site.

There were tons of Port O'Pots - but thankfully I was without stomach flu!!!  Yippee!!

I checked in, picked up my shirt, and prepared for the race.


Jennie showed up and Her Boy, The Boy, and the two of us walked over and watched some of the finishers before us jump into the mud pit.


Finally, it was time for us to head out.

We started out clean.  We started out running.

We made it roughly 0.5 miles when the heat and humidity and dirt path hit me.  I had to take a walk rest.  Jennie was nice enough to stay with me.


We started back running, and then hit the first obstacle: TORNADO ALLEY

It was an airboat sitting on a trailer with the motor fan running full speed - it was like running into a wall.

We then run/walked up and down hill after hill and right into a crowd of people at the second obstacle: MUD SLIDE.

Instead of going head first, we went down on our butts, and damn near ran smack into a big ole dude at the bottom.  Jennie and I had to turn sideways to avoid kicking him in the back.

But finally - we were cooled off - well - at least our butts were.

We jogged some more and made it to the only water stop on the course.

It was also the only shade.  

But we chugged down some water, and walked away slightly refreshed.

Right into the obstacle a wall of: BARBED WIRE.

Seriously.  

There were waist high walls to leap over, and then a fence of barbed wire to climb over.  Some went under it, some went through it (Jennie), I went over it.  

Then there was another set of those - ugh!!!

But we made it through with our pants intact!

Next up, was something we decided to call: THE SWEAT LODGE

It was a huge tent, roughly 1 foot off the ground, made of black plastic.  

We crawled through on our hands and knees - it was miserable.

But the up side is that Jennie and I helped some slightly claustrophobic ladies through the sweat lodge by singing Queen's "We are the Champions."

Next up was the: SPIDER WEB

Basically, it looked like someone had let some kids go with some old Chinese jump ropes and told them to run around the trees - a lot!  Jennie and I felt like Catherine Zeta-Jones in that movie - except muddier.

We came out of one mesh-y mess - into another one.

CARGO NETS

The first set was horizontal to the ground.  We climbed up on top of the grid and monkey-d our way across.  Sadly, there was a mime on the net with us - screaming!

Really - it wasn't that bad!  Poor thing!

But the next cargo net was the worst!  It was roughly 20 feet tall.  

The only "medic" was about 50 feet away sitting in the shade.

I guess it was a good thing we didn't fall.

We were in the zone man!  We could see the tents, and hear the music.  I felt pumped back up.

We rounded a corner right into a: PYRAMID OF HAY BALES.  

We grunted our way to the top, and jumped our way down.  

Everything was fine - until  - OOFFFF

I rolled my left ankle.  Damn!

But we made it through the next obstacles: TIRES

Jennie was jumping through them.  I stepped through - slowly.

And then we wound up in the swamp with the: LOGS.

These logs were chained in place so that they would not roll too far, but be able to roll, dip below the surface, and leap back up to catch you in the butt as you swam over.

But the upside was that we were finally not hot anymore!!

But - we did have to jump over the WARRIOR ROAST.

We were soaking wet, exhausted, hungry, hot, and we now had to jump over fire.  

Amazeballz!!!

And I will say that I was happy to have shaved - because if I hadn't - I might have lost some leg hair!

I was super excited - the last obstacle was ahead - MUD PIT!!


Someone had told me to dive in, so I stepped into the mud pit, and then dove.

And immediately regretted it!  OOFFF!

I couldn't breathe. 

No joke.

I was worried that someone was going to have to come in and fetch me out.

But there I was barely moving, in a mud pit, under barbed wire; and the DJ tells the warriors to "dig in."  So I started moving again.  

People passed me, lots of people.  

But I finished.

And then realized that I couldn't see - and the reason was because my entire front side was coated in mud.

The water hand-out girl offered to pour some water on my face so that I could see.  



I was given a medal, The Boy found me, and took our pictures.  

Then it was time to clean up - in a muddy lake.  

Que????

We washed most of the filth off, walked into a Port O'Pot, and changed into clean clothes.



Then it was time to celebrate!!!

So here it is March.  And I have accomplished two major running events - Disney Princess Half and Warrior Dash.  

I am sorry that Jennie had to walk most of the race with me.  It was a shame that the day was so incredibly hot.  But I know that next time - we will kill it!

I am limping around a bit, but overall - not injured.

Next up - a possible duathon or 5K!!!



Go team go - WARRIOR!!!!!!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Teaser Picture

The after shot!

Warrior Dash recap comes after I clean the mud outta me hair!!





WARRIOR DASH!!!



This has been another monumental week!

I worked Monday through Wednesday at the DecomWorld conference in the Big City.

Tuesday night I saw KISS at the rodeo


The Boy and I had our first "disagreement" - not fight - disagreement. Basically - he was a bonehead, but it was work related and there was no way around it. He apologized - a lot. So of course I forgive him. How could I not!!!

But today is WARRIOR DASH!!!

Eyes open for my next post with the recap of the mud and blood!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Rodeo and the Carnival!

Monday ended with me performing contortions on my Grid roller.

Tuesday was a whirlwind of activity.

We are prepping for our first big conference with our new marketing promo equipment: videos on 32" TVs, hard-mounted posters, huge back boards with lighted slogans - eep!

After I was able to square away some of the final work related projects from the conference in St. Pete's last week and took the media over to Kinko's for them to work on - I headed to the Big City!

Last night was RODEO night with The Boy!!!

We had tickets to go see Keith Urban.  I loved every second of it!

But the poor man had to deal with me - a crazy lady.

Yesterday was my first day "visiting a communist country" - if you catch my drift.

So I was bloated, cranky, crampy, tired, achy, and just felt ugly!

But for some reason he put up with me the whole night!!!!

We each had a MONSTER hot dog and a beer, then took a romantic turn on the ferris wheel.


Huge freakin' carvinal!!!

From there we decided to beat each other up on the bumper cars.  After kicking each others butts for a few minutes in those wee cars - we went inside for the rodeo.



Bronco riding, barrel racing, mutton bustin', calf scramble, bull riding - too much fun!!!!!


Keith Urban!!!!

I finally crawled into bed around midnight only to get up insanely early to commute down to work.

A fabulous day - I feel like Charlie Sheen!


Go team go - WINNING!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Monday Monday

Today was a recovery day for me!

This weekend was the final weekend of Mardi Gras celebration here on the island.

We didn't go.

We were officially the boring old couple that didn't want to brave the wind, rain, and cold to catch beads no one wants.

We did get the bikes out for a tune-up and then Sunday we went for a short 4 mile ride.  I was soo happy!

I was nervous about being able to keep up with The Boy as his main sport is cycling, but I did alright.  We stayed together for most of the ride - only dropping to single file for cars coming.  We even scooted over to the beach for a wee bit.

But the best part of the weekend was this:


We are officially a Newton Shoe couple!!!!  

The downside to going shoe shopping was the the running store owners / my coaches told me my running form is beyond pathetic.  

Well - not in those words, but pretty close.

I am not lifting with my hip and thigh muscles and placing the foot.

I am a shuffler.

Meh - I'm just happy I am in motion.  But I will work on it!

A perfect weekend in every way - The Boy even took over the cooking duties last night and made the chili!  


But today - I am still nursing my left foot and ankle.

So just a little of this today:


Go team go - Grid!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Final Day of Vacation

16 months ago Laura and I set out to complete the Disney Princess Half Marathon, which apparently was my idea - Laura enjoyed reminding me of this when I would complain about it.

She PR'd and I was just happy to have finished.

But the next morning we felt decent enough to squeeze one last drop of vacation into our trip before flying out.

EPCOT!

I am a 35 year old who had never been to Epcot.

We had run through it two days in a row, but now we were actually going to tour it!

Color me super excited!

Our first stop - the Space Ball


I LOVE our future - Laura and I on the right!!!!

Next stop - Finding Nemo

Fish are friends - Not food! 

Opps - looks like I got eaten!

From there we roamed around until the World opened and walked through each country.

Beauty and the Beast topiary in France

Photo Opp outside of Japan

Germany!!!  My May-cation 

Blond haired viking helmet, me, and a troll in Norway

Me with Mulan in China

And thus ends my EPIC vacation to Disney World.

I ran/walked a 5K, walked/ran 13.1 miles, saw Hogwarts and Hogsmeade, toured the world via Epcot, went into space and my future, and hung out with a fabulous friend!

Time to go back to work!!!


In the end - I earned a medal for the half marathon in November, one for the 5K, and one for the Disney Princess Half.  I am proud of my accomplishments and know that my running will only get better from here!


Go team go - I FREAKIN' DID IT!