My friend, that just recently moved back home to Australia, sent me a podium picture from the Tour of the Gila Citizens Race. I am the short, heavy one on the right.
Mary, the winner in the middle is a totally awesome biker. I will miss her!
So, I start a new job after the Ft. Bayard Wilderness Run this morning. I will be lifeguarding at the Hurley pool. It is a rough place with a lot of gang activity. We really push getting the kids active in the pool, so they don't terrorize the rest of the villa.
As adults we have to be very alert. We supply lots of toys to the swimmers...
and we have lots of food and snacks available. I have found that the easiest way to a "tough" kids heart is through the stomach.
So I'll use sunscreen and sunglasses and I'll have new pictures concerning the run and pool tomorrow.
It started as normal with Spanky waking me at 4:20 this morning. He let me sleep in for 20 minutes. Gotta love him!
I went to the gym and I rode the stationary bike for 30 minutes and just over 10 miles and then I jumped on the ARC machine and ran for an hour. I did not swim this morning because I am "banned" from the pool. Long story I'll relate some day.
At school the kids were all ready for their final tests.
I could not believe how well they did on their tests.
Yup, they were certainly wide awake and ready to go.
The weather today was wonderful and really hot.
Sunscreen helped a little but only if I kept re-applying it. I am well toasted, to say the least from lifeguarding...a lot of the kids are really burnt.
The kids all really had a blast. The pool party was for 5th grade graduation.
There were clowns, good swimmers, bad swimmers and everything in between.
The food in the park that the parents cooked was great! I ate too much for the heat, but I survived the pool. Currently I am sitting in front of the fan chilling and I don't plan to do much else this evening.
I am sure we have all felt that "fluttery" feeling in our bellies that comes from anticipation. When I was younger, I could take a deep breath and the feeling would subside. As I have aged, the feeling hasn't really changed but it seems it is harder to get rid of it. A simple deep breath does not cut it!
I find myself praying a little more and I find myself doubting my physical prowess more. You learn a lot throughout life...and you know as you get older that your body often times has a mind of its own.
I will get my newly rebuilt bike this afternoon. same bike as seen in this picture but with all new and improved components. I still have a fluttery feeling about my next Tri.
I have a new swim suit or I might decide to wear my tri-suit. Regardless, I still have a fluttery feeling.
I have new running shoes that were professionally fitted. Lord knows that took some time as well as a little change. My knees are thanking me but I still have a fluttery feeling.
I am so looking forward to this triathlon (Milkman Triathlon), and I reckon my fluttery feeling will be my constant companion until I begin the swim. It really isen't too bad. The feeling keeps me on my toes. I have to concentrate so my mind doesn't wander and that's a good thing. After the triathlon my coach and I are taking a little side trip. She has a couple of job interviews in Texas...I will have my bike. All is good!
The "beasties" or dogs when they are on my "happy" list got me up 25 minutes early this morning. 25 minutes my not sound like much...but to me it means less than 7 hours of sleep.
I dressed, packed a lunch and headed out the door to the gym. The gym DID NOT open this morning. Yes, that's right...someone else got to sleep in and it was not me!
Ordinarily I would have been furious...but I took five for a breathing period and decided to go to my gym at school and workout before I went swimming.
After my workout I was in a slightly better mood. I dried off and proceeded to drive across town to the pool. I was patting myself on the back...I improvised, changed plans, accomplished goals and all was back on track!
But NO! With a locker room full of patrons, the lifeguard DID NOT show up! Lightening can strike twice, but rarely does it have such a maddening effect. I was fit to be tied and more than a little annoyed. I just paid for a swimming pass yesterday and today.........
I showered dressed and came to school. I left three very angry patrons at the pool. They were waiting to talk to the pool manager and I know they will get the point across.
So, I have had breakfast and my cup of coffee. I have to go get my newly rebuilt bike and I have a school safety meeting later this afternoon. Won't get to ride my bike until possibly tomorrow...but the wind is supposed to be bad. Living in a smaller town is just not always great!
but at least I packed a tasty lunch!
Here's hoping you have a better Tuesday than me!