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Ironman Louisville; the Non Participant, Volunteeer and Cheerleader Report!

Wow, wow, wow.  Where to start?  It was an amazing weekend at Ironman Louisville!

First thing's first though, Mel finished in 13:55.  We're all sooooo glad her Achilles held out and she finished.  She executed a very smart race and even though her bike was slower than she wanted (she sacrificed speed for heart rate), it made for a more comfortable run and of course the finish.

Up until this past weekend the largest event I'd been to was the Lonestar 70.3. The transition area looked huge for that event, but that was because the bike racks used for the Sprint and Olympic distance the day before.  On Sunday morning we got to transition at 5am and I just couldn't believe how big it was.

Mel was in great spirits; a little nervous, but totally excited.  It was almost a  1.5 mile walk to the Swim start from the transition area, and I couldn't help but think, here we are walking 1.5 miles... I pray Mel doesn't need this 1.5 miles later.  Truthfully, in my gut, I knew sh…

Friday Fill-ins

1. You do your thing; I do mine and sometimes we'll do the same, but always be supportive.  

2. Mel finishing her unfinished business is what's been on my mind on and off all day.

3. Remember when things were super-duper tough and then count your blessings.  

4. Triathlon, Bejeweled Blitz and the search for Athena apparel are three of my favorite obsessions :-)

5. During the last year I've been very busy.

6. My Duaghter's whole-hearted laugh puts a smile on my face.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to washing the gray outta my hair, tomorrow my plans include a solo bike ride and flight to Louisville and Sunday, I want to watch Mel cross the finish!

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Thursday 13

13 Blogs I enjoy...

1)  The Athena Diaries:  Tales from the Back of the Pack.  I really enjoy Misty and her frank, realistic attitude about triathlon and running.  And even though I've gleaned a ton of info from her blog about training, products and general attitude, one of my most memorable entries was her rant on Pearl Piddle Izumi's "We are not joggers" Campaign. 

2) Fat Cyclist.  And no, not just cause he was fat, but because of how he leads his life.  I've been following him for a few years and watched him lose his wife, Susan, to Cancer last year, maybe more than a year; time flies.  Anyway, this guy is an amazing fundraiser for Livestrong and his obvious passion for biking AND cause makes him unstoppable.  He's also dabbled in triathlon some this year.  He's been fun to watch/read.

3) The Ballerina Project.  Awesome photos of ballerinas in public venues.

4)  Tri My Will.  He's a gastric bypass post-op turned Ironman and Ultra Runner.  He'…

Like a Hair Dryer!

Get on the treadmill and run while someone points a hair dryer directly to your face on high heat.  Then maybe you'll get a clear understanding of just what it feels like to train in this heat and humidity.  You can't breathe deep; in fact, you're lucky to be ab;e breathe at all.  And you pretty much feel like you're going to collapse once the sun comes out or you lose cloud cover.

Okay, maybe a little dramatic, but it really does feel like the whole hair dryer thing.

This weekend was a long run on Saturday; 3 hours.  I haven't gone the half-marathon distance since last year's half marathon, so I asked the coaches if I could push long to get 13.1.  Nice (Good Cop) Coach thought maybe I shouldn't because my quad was really fatigued earlier during the week, but Mean (Bad Cop) Coach thought, "Sure, go for it."  So I did.  I even did 14.2 miles at a staggering 15:23 pace.  I know.  I know.. I know... hold your applause.  LOL

The point is I got through…

I Love the Tri Folk

I love my fellow athletes. It's no secret I had a bad week last week and when I headed out for track, I was not in the best mindset. I regained perspective after talking everything out with one of my club peeps there, but there was another who expressed concern from a distance... only because he was not sure of  what to do/say for me. He reached out to the person I was talking to, and they let me know he asked about me.I wrote him back to say thanks! I can only hope to pay it forward to someone else!

"I was concerned about you, but I know you are a competitor and will do your best. Walk/Run is a solution that might get you through like the lunch break on the bike that I took in my one and only IM. I did it to get through, not to go fast.

Our sport should be a joy and not a burden. Unexpected challenges like Thyroid and Anemia for you and a heart attack for me, can just be a bump in the road in the long run if we put them in their place.

Well maybe a pot hole……but just don’t …

Recovery Smoothie

Cherry and Blackberry Smoothie (for after training sessions)

This complete meal in a blender provides carbohydrate, antioxidants and protein. The cherries and cherry juice have anti-inflammatory effects that have been shown to reduce muscle soreness following exercise.

1 1/3 cup frozen sweet dark cherries
2/3 cup frozen blackberries
1 cup tart cherry juice
1 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds    <--nix these; bad for thyroid funciton

Combine all ingredients in a blender container and puree until smooth.

Nutrition Data:
445 calories, 75 grams carbohydrate, 16 grams fiber, 25 grams protein, 9 grams fat and 75 mg sodium.

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen really good memories... I won't have time to go into detail on each of them, but you'll get the gist.

1) Meeting my Husband and our first non-date, "date."
2) The birth of my Daughter, Cassandra Rose (aka  Cassie, Cass-a-frass or Cassinator)
3) Baking with my G'ma and cake decorating contests!
4) Sunday Dinners when our family was really a family
5) My first singing solo ever!  8th grade
6) Beach days and 4th of Julys at Asbury Park, riding my bike to Sea Bright beach w/friends
7) Working 3rd shift at DnD with Patrick; good times... a long, long time ago.
8) The first real conversation with my Dad after being estranged for many years.
9)  Picking up and moving to Texas to "start over"
10) Every one of my races and my friends I've shared them with... especially Courtney, Alana, Elysha
11) Learning to ride the Honda 70!
12) The pool in Hicory Acres, racing to the black recliner, Easter Egg Hunts and baby bunnies
13) Seeing my Sister get mar…

A New Day

What a day yesterday.  The pre-race roller coaster is quite a ride; sometimes it's great fun, other times you wonder why you got into this triathlon stuff at all.

You know, up until that crazy-@ss brick on Sunday, I was feeling pretty darned good; in fact I never once questioned whether or not I'd make 8 hours; in fact I was shooting for 7:30!  I have one not-so-good and challenging workout, and I let myself fall apart?  

OC always says triathlon is 90% mental and on Sunday the mental won and that is precisely why we push ourselves to do these crazy kinds of challenges in our training.  These challenges are supposed to make you nervous and get you to focus on your weaknesses for the remainder of the time.

I suppose anyone can train to swim/bike/run physically, but it's the mental strength and tenacity that gets you to the finish, and we all know the pride outlasts the pain. :)

So I'm not going to worry about things I can't control.  The more I do that, the lesser …

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Wait for it... wait for it...

And it's officially here.  The freak-out stage.  Just like with the half marathon last year.

The brick did what it should; made me plenty nervous about Redman.  My only goal is to finish, but that infers finishing under 8 hours.  I started thinking about how challenging Sunday was and wondered if I would even beat 8 hours.  I know they don't close the course because the full is going on, but still, on principle I need to finish under 8.

I started thinking about the few workout sessions I missed; that if I added all of them up would I be in a different place right now?  Would they have made a real difference?

So after a few emails between MCs (My Coaches) and I, I know I just have to relax and stop worrying about time.  But how do you not worry about time?  I mean if it was just a matter of going faster because I know I could make the cut-off, that's different.  This is now questioning whether I'll make the cut-off.  All this training, all the sacrifice my family made f…


Love After Love 
by Derek Walcott

The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other's welcome,
and say, sit here. Eat.

You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.

Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

I'm not a major poetry buff, but I heard this yesterday and it just resonated with me.

Long Brick on Sunday

This was my last long training session before Redman.  It was originally scheduled to be a 1 hour run, 3:30 bike ride and 1:15 run.  Earlier last week Mel changed it to a 1 hour run, 2 hour bike and 1 hour run.

I inquired as to why the change, and it was because of the heat.  Which I can understand since its hotter than Hades here right now.

That said, if it doesn't cool off before Redman, I'm going to be in a world of hurt.  I'm in one of the last waves anyway and it's not like I'm super fast... I need to be ready to be in the sun.

So I asked if we could do the original plan, "...because what if it's sweltering hot on race day?"  I'm told "OC" gave they typical "WTF?"  when anyone asks to change their schedule, but agreed with my reasoning.

We started a run at 5am.  I managed a 13:20 pace for my first run!  I felt sooo good and walked very little.  I'm not sure where it came from because my nutrition and sleep from the day…

So Bummed

Before you say it...

I know there are other races...

I know something else will come along...

I just want to be disappointed about this for a minute.

How is it 90% of marathoners got in and I'm in that 10% that didn't make it?

That mean's I'm just 1 of 1,100 people.  Maybe I should enter the real lottery!

Admittedly, this morning, I did contemplate raising $350 to get a "Hero" spot.  If I would have done that to begin with it would be a more sincere gesture -- seems selfish to do it now just because I didn't get in by lottery.

And there are other races, but they're not the Houston Marathon.  It's like saying Six Flags is an okay substitute, if you can't make it to Disney.

There is one in Kingwood, which I wait listed for this morning.  There's also one in Sugarland mid-January, so I have some options. 

I just wanted my first full to be Houston.  Ugh.

It sucks not to get what you want.  :P

Not Selected

So 90% of marathoners who entered got selected... I was one of the "lucky" 10%.  I can't even win a chance to run 26.2 miles.  Bummer.

Time Just Moves so Fast!

Seems like the last few weeks have just flown by.  I can't believe Cassie starts "real" school in just 10 days.  Never mind the last few weeks, but where did the almost 6 years go?!?

This weekend will be a weekend of catch-up on all things domestic.  One of Cassie's day camp friends has a b'day party at that pizza and game joint which has a ginormous mouse as their mascot.  In the past we've come up with other reasons to avoid b'day parties there because each time Cass would get really, really sick.  Here's hoping she doesn't this time.

Just 6 weeks until Redman; I can hardly believe it and it will be here in no time.  I'm praying that Fall comes a little early and cools things off in OKC. I can't believe it could be as humid there as it is here on the Gulf Coast, right?  It will be what it will be, and I will finish!  :)

This weekend I have my last crazy brick before Redman.  It's a 1 hour run, 2 hour bike, and 1 hour run.  It was ori…

Friday Fill♥Ins

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1. Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals theheart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul.

2. Quiet-time and coffee is what I like first thing in the morning.

3. The first thing I said this morning was: "Good morning."

4. Leftovers; it's what's for dinner tonight.

5. It's all been a learning experience.

6. Being productive and running personal errands is what I feel like doing right now.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to relaxing, tomorrow my plans include domestic goddessing and a birthday party and Sunday, I want to kick-ass on my crazy-brick!

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Thursday Thirteen

Let's do 13 things I'd love to do around the house...

1)  Get the playroom moved back upstairs to the gameroom and reclaim the office space.  Paint and take a stab at putting new flooring in.

2)  Finish the border in Cass' room!

3)  Paint the guest room and Guest Bath

4)  Closet organization in the Master Closet.

5)  Paint the entire downstairs area some dramatic color... still living with the same cream color we moved in with.

6)  One day, finish the window treatments in the Master Bedroom

7)  Plant some trees in the back yard and trim the patio with something.

8)  Replace flooring in entire downstairs foyer, living room and kitchen.

9)  Re-mulch the front yard landscaping; find some nicer greenery.

10)  Plant something along the sides of house... it's so empty.

11) Help Hubs find some kind of organizational help for the garage

12)  Get a shed; this will help with #11

13)  Would love to have someone come in and help me pick-up wall color!  Maybe I could convince Dav…

Brick Training

Wow!  Last night's brick training was great.  Quite honestly when I got in the car at 5pm and it still read 100 on my car's thermometer, I was less than happy to go.  When I got there I just couldn't bring myself to do the same small loop 5 or 6 times, so I did two bigger loops around NASA.  That was much better.

The first loop I took at a decent pace, but then two faster riders from my club caught me at the beginning of the 2nd loop.  So I decided I would try to keep up with them.  I managed to stay within 30 to 40 yards of them the entire way.  It's not like I was right on top of them, but at least I didn't see them taking off into the sunset!

My run was good too!  I was supposed to do a negative split run by 2 minutes.  I've done it once, but generally missing by 15 to 30 seconds.  Last night I did my run with a 2:22 negative split -- and felt really good, walking very little.

Have to celebrate the little victories!  :)

Oh!  And my "Kinder Ninja" …

Food Journal

Carbs were a little high, but not worrying much about it since I have an hour bike and :30 run tonight.

Sodium a little high too; need to find a lower sodium alternative to Laughing Cow Light for my Ezekiel muffin.

Fiber... a little low.  That's the last thing I need!

Seeing Red

I haven't been blogging much of anything the last few days, as my family was here from NJ visiting.  We celebrated my Daughter's 6th birthday (a month early) with a water-park party and it was a ton of fun. Family visits are much too short and few and far between, so I'm grateful for the time we do get spend together.  So much so, I didn't do one second of training over the weekend.  No training = no green boxes in my training log :(  Seeing lots of red!

I've been trying to get my nutrition in line for my training and race day, and had my RMR test redone.  The results were completely different than the initial test done back in December and definitely more in line with what I would expect.  My RMR is about 1,461 calories; this is what I burn doing nothing but existing.

So we have a plan now.  I get about 1,300 calories a day, which is completely doable, but the challenge has been meeting very specific goals.  They took 4 days of my food journals and averaged it out…

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Laurie's First Super-Fantastic Giveaway

Laurie (aka Gastric Girl) just posted her very first giveaway!  Please visit and help make it a SUPER DUPER Fantastic Giveaway... so she can have more!


Image we go!

1. Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets.  So love the people who treat you right, forgive about the ones who don't and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it.  If it changes your life, let it.  Nobody said that it'd be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.  

2. Go and keep going.

3. My last text message (or IM) ended in these three words: "...pool around 5:30"

4. Tuna Tacos is what I'm thinking about for dinner sometime soon.

5. On the 1st day of August I had great fun at River Cities Triathlon.

6. My favorite running music should be lively and energetic.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to my family coming in from NJ!  Tomorrow my plans include a long run, making/decorating a pink pirate birthday cake and Cassie's 6th birthday party and Sunday, I want to get in at least 3 hours on the bike then off to Schlitterbahn!

Overheard: Thursday Thirteen

Just 13 things I've heard listening to what's going on around the office this morning:

1)  "Oooooh, la, la" (I have no idea what they were referring to, but it spawned the idea of my TT and they were very happy

2)  "Stupid Machine!"  (referring to the postage meter)

3)  "I'll be back... maybe.  *snicker*

4) "You're not kidding, are you?  What part of my message did they not understand?"

5)  "Is the Internet boken?"  Because FB wasn't loading on their PC

6)  Sirens.  Not uncommon in this *lovely* area of Houston

7)  "I tried my wedding dress on yesterday.  It doesn't fit."

8)  My mind telling me, "Go home and get stuff done."

9)  "They are a cash-only customer now."

10)  The clickitty-click of the keyboard.

11)  The sound of receiving text messages on my Blackberry

12)  Squeaky Doors

13)  Toilets flushing (thank goodness, anyway.)

The …

Woah! Flashback!!

Everyone hates pictures of themselves, and no matter how proud I am of accomplishments I just hate pictures -- as do mot people I suspect.  They don't lie; especially if you constantly find yourself in lycra/spandex.  It doesn't hide. a. thing.

I used to keep a online journal in another location.  It's still there and once in a while someone hits my current blog from it.  I started going back through old entries and stopped when I saw this one.

It hurt, but it is a good reminder of where I was.  Especially when I'm sitting here tearing myself up in my most recent triathlon pictures.

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River Cities Pics!

Fellow BAMmers Kathleen, Hombre (Training Buddy) and Me

Front:  John, Kathleen, Me and Sandy Back:  A lurking Hombre and Scott

"You keep your paws off my Dave Scott"

"Training Buddy Powers; Activate!" 

River Cities Triathlon - Race Report

First, I have to say that this race may not been my fastest times ever, but it was a day of challenges and in spite of them I didn't let it phase me and just overcame and remained positive. That was huge. :)

First, my aerobar pad was loose; almost lost it. On Saturday after packet pickup I got some industrial strength velcro to fix it. Unfortunately by the time I actually made it to the race it had come off during the drive! Thanks to Scooter's Bike Shop, they actually had pads for my bars!!! $20 and a friendly one-on-one chit-chat with Dave Scott as he was having his pedals changed, and I was on my way. Can I just say he is so cool and very down-to-earth! I told him how never having swam before, that I learned to swim from his You Tube videos. He thought that was awesome!!! (Of course I didn't tell this 6 time Ironman Lengend-in-his-own-Time that at that time I didn't know who he was.) *wink*

My wave start time was 8:33 and I was supposed to eat my b'f…