Monday, July 12, 2010
It was my 25th anniversary today. I know a lot of people give up before 25 years...trust me I understand. Marriage is more work for me than anything else.
Tried new wetsuit today...doesn't fit, it is too big so I have to send it back tomorrow and see if I can get a new one in time.
Got hubby a sterling silver chain and a star shaped earing with diamonds. He gave me a diamond pendant.
I was cranky at the pool today and I am tired. I have four sore spots from the tri....right inner knee, left outer thigh and both shins. Found my dream bike yesterday and as soon as I win the lottery.............
Hope you all had a great day and have another tomorrow!
Sunday, July 11, 2010
The weather was perfect for the event. Ft. Huachuca is in the southwest desert of Arizona and it is usually pretty warm. It was warm but overcast, which means I lucked out and did not have to endure scorching temperatures. We started swimming at 6am.
The clouds started to burn off towards the end of the run and I did work up a good sweat.
Tina, my swim coach was supposed to compete but she has a sinus infection and is "dizzy" so we figured it was not a good idea. She was a tremendous cheering section and she did come out and jog the last 1/2 mile with me.
This tent was right past the finish line. It was lined with fans in the front and underneath there was iced water bottles and all kinds of the usually snacks: cookies, bananas, apples, watermelon, oranges, and very polite people. This was the first triathlon I have ever done on a military base and a few things were very different.
First, you have to check in to get on base, all the people are very clean and well-shaven, short hair, hair tied back, etc. While competing, I am used to people saying...keep it up, almost done, good job, etc. Now add ma'am after all of the comments or sir if male and you will hear what I heard all day. Pleasant for a change!
This is me about 10 minutes after finishing.
My time was 1:38:35, not spectacular but an improvement of 48 minutes over the Milkman Triathlon! Can't quite compare the two straight across. Milkman was open water and 500m swim, this was 825m in a pool and cold! Bike was 12.5 and both had hills although the pavement at this one was much nicer, also much hillier but the hills were not steep, just long and drawn out. 5K run with both...mostly flat.
The trip home was interesting as the scenery is beautiful (in its own way) and it was stormy. Hope you enjoy the following pictures:
Thursday, July 08, 2010
Ordinarily, I am a person that keeps their nervousness reasonable hidden under my "tough" demeanor. As I get older, I find I am more apt to snap at someone or go to great lengths to stay away from people when I am nervous. I often use exercise to deal with nervousness but when I taper, I can't really exercise.
I wanted to be far, far away from kids today so of course that was not possible. In fact there was a grandmother at the pool with 8 grandchildren, ranging in age from 2 to 15. Grandma is a principal so I would have thought she could handle the children better than she did. In ten minutes...I was ready to strangle the 15 year old with her cute little bikini and sassy mouth, drown the 8 year old and all of her screaming, superglue the 4 year olds feet to the deck so she could not run and slap the grandmother for pointing her finger and giving orders but not doing anything to help! Yoga and sunsalutations kept my body and hands occupied or I might have.....not really!
So I have packed and I am trying to get everything ready for tomorrows' little road trip. I think my swim coach is going to drive. She was going to do the tri as well but she has a sinus infection and can't swim without getting dizzy and trying to barf...which is frowned on by pool owners/operators. I have a really good friend that has done many tri's in his life. He has a problem with his health and he has been forced to retire. He is 72 and adorable! He gave me his new transition bag. I am so excited that I have packed it three times trying to decide where I should put things. Ten more times and I will probably have it figured out. My list includes: Helmet, bike shoes, running shoes, tri-suit, and a swimsuit and shorts should I change my mind, goggles, nose clip, transition bag, number belt, glide, pump, flat kit, bike, ID, USAT Card, Registration confirmation for event and motel, money, medicine, cytomax and water bottles, personal toiletries, towel, hat, shades and me. Only going for the one night so I guess I can leave the tent and the kitchen sink...lol.
You all have a wonderful Friday and say a little prayer that the heat does not slay me this Saturday!
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
If you have ever visited my page, you have seen my little fur balls. Spanky, the Yorkie alarm clock, great protector, Mr. Personality....Weena the little black and tan dachsund...cuddler, blanket sleeper underer, fierce friend of Spanky. We had Weena "fixed" yesterday. She was pregnant and the vet was terribly concerned about her health carrying puppies because she has a digestive problem.
While Weena was in heat we did everything we could to keep her and Spanky from doing certain things and Weena wore a special doggie diaper and to make a long story short....things happened and Weena was pregnant and Spanky has been so protective of her. Weena came home today from the vet and Spanky was extremely happy to great her. He was supposedly unable to be a sire because of his heart problem. I guess love or mother nature or instinct...whatever allows both humans and dogs to overcome and do the "impossible".
Spanky and Weena have been sitting together looking out the door, head to head for about an hour. They are not playing, noisy, boisterous like normal. I truly believe they know what has happened. They are true companions and although they will not be parents, it is apparent that they are still madly in love with each other. Tomorrow will be another day in their friendship. I hope it will be a very long-lasting friendship and not just because I adore them!
True friends are hard to find. I am blessed because I have found many true friends here at Spark People. Hope everyone has a wonderful Thursday.
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