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Monday, November 24, 2008

Oh Dear...SECRETS...

So my new favorite website is called postsecrets.com. It is a blog kept by this guy where people decorate postcards and write their secrets on them and send them in anonymously. He publishes them on his blog and in his books. People even make "secret postcards" and take them to the bookstore and hide them in his books. I have to say the thought of it is pretty cathartic. But I am not that artistic...so, on his blog on myspace people post their phone numbers to receive texts...and I just texted a secret to someone random. It was cathartic. I have inserted an interesting one from the website here. They have lots, some are naughty, some are confessions to crimes and some are just silly...I will post one here...my friends and I do exercise videos at work and booby trap the room so no one can get in and catch us belly dancing or hula-ing =) Or I could say that I took a pole dancing/exotic dance class and may take some more...but I have already told everyone both of these secrets. I just think I am not a very secretive person. I can keep yours, but somehow I don't keep my own. Whenever someone compliments me on my new Dolce & Gabbana purse, I should just smile and accept the compliment...no, I say, "Thanks, I bought it for $25 bucks in NYC. IT'S A FAKE!! =) Oh well...

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The last CRAZY, Nutty straw!!!

It is definite...I have lost my mind and I may never get it back...GULP...I officially signed up yesterday for the the Augusta 2009 Half-Ironman event. It is an innaugural event and has a really cute logo which may or may not end up tattooed somewhere on my body because this is the closest I will probably ever come to an Ironman. I have decided I will tell people that i have signed up for an Ironman series race...then I just sound like a BAD A...

(A bit of self-relection) I think I am just in a place with my life that I am, well, scared to freaking death about some of the BIG decisions I am making and aiming toward and this is a HUGE one! So, I just have to strap on my Devil may Care attitude and get on with it!! This is the equivalent of skydiving for me or a 42 year old man buying a Ferrari...***CRISIS TIME***

Anyway, in the future...just a warning...I will be soliciting funds from all of my friends and family and all of the wonderful followers of my blog because the training program is through Team in Training (TNT) with the Leukemia Lymphoma Society to raise money for education and research to cure cancer...so you have no excuses...you have all been warned...start saving now too...I have to raise $3000.00. I have started sweating already...

The TNT coach sent this video out, which to any normal person would have served as a warning to stay far away from triathlons as physically possible...but for us that are already infected it really kind of just makes you feel a little inspired and a little tempted to join in the fun...I mean crawl...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRB1p89k7_I
****I also would like to add...If I am dragged into this by one Holly McFeely, et al then I would like to repay the kindness!! I dragged Ms. Dee Shackford into it with me! Sucker! She signed up last night after I wined and dined her over a candlelight dinner...well, maybe she wined and dined me and it was only in candlelight b/c the power was out...well, anyway...we are gonna have a great little training team!! Woo-HOO!!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Small Town Gal in the BIG CITY!!

HAHA! One thing I know for sure about myself is that deep, deep down...Yankees are just plain mean =)...now don't get me wrong, some of y'all are wonderful, caring people...but sometimes y'all approach innocent people on the subway and harass them about their dissatisfaction with your nose...which to be honest that said innocent southerner had not even noticed in the first place! Also, just b/c I am carrying a pen and a piece of paper does not mean I am an employee of the establishment in which I am located...generally speaking I am just a person carrying a pen and a piece of paper...but DON'T make fun of my accent when despite your assumption, I try to help you...ungrateful wretches...on a happier note...

I REALLY ENJOYED NEW YORK CITY!! I love musicals...enjoyed GYPSY starring Patty Lupone very much (if you don't know who she is she was Corky's mom in Life Goes On) and I also saw Daniel Radcliffe of Harry Potter fame exiting from a theater in which he performs...and umm...he is very, very short. Also...one of the coolest places in Christendom (although it is arguable whether or not NYC is included in Christendom...) but its called Ellen's Stardust Diner in the Theater District. The waitstaff consists of aspiring Broadway stars and they perform while serving your milkshakes and french fries! I AM SUCH A BROADWAY NERD AND I DON'T CARE!

I will not go into the plentiful and stressful pitfalls surrounding the place we were intending to stay, needless to say it did not work out and we ended up staying at the Hilton...Hello, Paris! As if I want to add to her income at all...(I have also determined the real source of their fortune...the kit-kat bar I so desperately needed after a stressful day was $5.00 in the mini bar...utter insanity) But the hotel was beautiful...and it was only one of the fantastic experiences I had in New York. We dined at the Bull and Bear Club at the Waldorf Astoria and the Tavern on the Green in Central Park. We had the hugest sandwiches ever at the Carnegie Deli with Dan G (who is the coolest New Yorker because he didn't make fun of me and my statue of liberty picture) and took a Carriage Ride in Central Park in the evening. Colin and I did the Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp, which was pretty daggone tough...and Brooklyn is really far away from Uptown...especially at 5:30 am...Kelly needed to catch up on her beauty sleep...we also ran a few miles in Central Park despite the fact that it was 12 degrees outside and I even found some grits for breakfast...see, there is true culture north of the Mason Dixon Line...very small pockets of culture...

I cannot even describe the very beautiful, and very FAKE, Dolce and Gabbana bag I bought...LOVE IT!! And the many harrowing cab rides and subway experiences..."Hey guys, are we going the right way?" But the whole weekend was summed up by the luxurious LIMO ride to the airport...even though we didn't touch anything cuz we didn't know if the sodas were included and we didn't want to pay extra...=)

And Finally...I would just like to share with everyone the realization I had when passing by the Dakota Building on a double decker bus (the apartment building on Central Park in front of which John Lennon was assassinated on December 8th, 1980 by David Mark Chapman) that John and I were alive on the Earth together for 8 days...I do not think it is a coincidence that the Beatles had a fantastic song "Eight Days a Week" I now understand that in a premonitory vision John and Paul wrote it about the special connection I have with John Lennon.

Oh, one last thing...I have also decided how unfair it is that life cannot be a musical. Why does society have to judge people who break into song and dance when the moment simply calls for it...and by "the moment" I, of course, mean "any and EVERY moment!" Eight days a week, I looooooove you, eight days a week, is not enough to show I care!...(insert frantic jazz hands here!!)

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Time to be an Adult

Ewwwww...it sounds so creepy! But I think it is time for me to officially be a grown-up. I don't want to (I whine) but I have really come to the decision that no one is going to swoop down and give me millions of dollars to live the carefree life I have chosen for myself...so...

Now, this is not an invitation for "my readers" (all two of you) to correct me when you see me being irresponsible...

Thursday, September 18, 2008

I am a Swingset Wooser!!

Okay, the title has a story behind it but it should suffice to say its a family joke. It basically is just saying I'm a Loser w/out saying it so openly that Dee will berate me for self-destructive talk. =) But this is a good type of being loosery, I hope. I have signed up for a super cool website called www.CalorieKing.com. It's brilliant! I have never been a calorie counter before and actually generally abhor the practice (that is until I get sucked in my this spectacular website)! You use it to track all calories going in (eating) minus all calories going out (exercising) and hope that the outcome of which is your daily target +/- 100 Calories. It's tough!! But encouraging.

I actually used this website to encourage me to get out of the bed this morning to go to Seal Team. Picture this: The alarm goes off at 4:30am, I get up to relieve myself, decide I am cold and tired and climb back into the bed after disabling my second alarm. I laid there trying to go back to sleep and all the while all I can think of is the fact that I am supposed to get delicious Thai food this evening with my good friend, Vanessa...and that extra 780 calories (earned by running for an hour) would sure make that experience soooo much more enjoyable. So...I got out of bed and ran! It was tough but this is the first time at a Seal Team Run Option that I almost got to 6 miles in 55 min. All I needed was 0.3 miles faster! Next time!!!

I also have discovered that no matter what I do, I will never burn in Hell b/c it actually has frozen over! I know, Crazy! Someone tell the Pope! How do I come to have this insider information? Well, I came home Tuesday evening, from a long, hard day at work. I was minding my own business when I was asked by my father to assist him in a grand endeavor. He wanted me to proof read a couple of things he said. He was building HIS OWN WEBSITE!!! This is the man who doesn't know how to check his e-mail or that he even has e-mail! I was so proud of him!

Well, That's all I have for today folks...

Monday, September 15, 2008

10 Year Reunion!!

This is the year for 10 year reunions, is't it? I am supposed to have my High School reunion for good old Atlee High School class of 1998, but we haven't heard anything about it except maybe meeting at a bar downtown. How lame is that? What do you think we elected our class president for except this? This is the culmination of 11 years of supporting our class presidency and THIS is ALL we get? Blah!! Lame-O!!!

Second reunion- 10 years of Seal Team PT...well, its only my 2 year reunion, but they have been around for 10. We had a super fun, 2 hour workout at Belle Isle Saturday...I thought I would die after the first hour but was able to maintain...it was great!!! Then we had a super fun bash at the posh Westwood Club in Richmond, Va...we are moving up in the world...=)

Okay, so I put a contract on a house last week. I really liked it, but the counter-offered and I freaked out and walked away. I think being grown up and making a bad decision and having to live with it scares me. Luckily, my slaes manager gave me some great advice about this house in particular and the deal we offered that made me question my decision. I am still looking but my commitment issues might actually cripple me in this circumstance. I also need to make more money...any suggestions?

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Upcoming Challenges...Utter Insanity

So, despite the melange of injuries plaguing my poor self, I have a Half Marathon to run this weekend in Virginia Beach. It's Rock'N'Roll time again and I am just so glad that they changed the course to make it a little more reasonable. Last year the last 3 miles were on the blazing hot boardwalk with no shade and with the finish line visible but you would never, ever get to it...It was a mirage! So, this year, they changed it around a little bit so it is only about a mile on the actual boardwalk...Yeah! Thank goodness for small miracles.

Now the big trouble is finding a restaurant to hold the 17+ group that needs to Carbo Load the night before! Pasta!! YUMMY!!!

I survived my first jumping lesson in like 14 years!! I didn't fall off and I didn't totally suck either...I also got a little lovin' from Cruise, the horse that Colin rode. I am riding Smartie, Ellen Miles' Horse. And I am super grateful for her impromptu lesson! See pictures above!

I also would like to put in writing the fact that I have made a commitment to my friend Lacy (sorry Dee, I totally am failing our Oct 14th deadline) but I need to be a minimum of 1 dress size lower by Christmas party dress time this year...I am hoping for 2...but we'll see!! I am still 50 lbs off from my dream, perfect, wonderful goal weight...so...I will have to take it a week at a time. I am weighing in at Weight Watchers on Fridays at noon. I am requiring myself to Log-in here and blog the results. Maybe if the whole world can see when I can't put the fork down then I will learn some self control. I have actually done really well this week! I am very proud of me!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Dating Websites and other nonsense

So, referring back to the last post where I was dumped, haha...I thought I would use a riding reference here and say that I am determined to get back on the horse...figuratively speaking, of course, b/c I guess I never was really on it in the first place. Anyway, I have found the torture that is worse than an ice bath, which is signing up for dating websites. Oh gracious, why do we do this to ourselves? I am quite certain, somehow, that I will notmeet Mr. Right online. That is not to say it is not possible, I know some very happy couples who have met and married from online introductory sites, but for some reason I just don't think it will be that way for me. So, because I feel as though I have nothing to lose I have decided to try and get some practice...I will keep you filled in on how this whole online dating catastrophe progresses...=)

For the record, Miss Dee...pom poms is appropriate when referring to the cheerleading props...see website for details...http://getpoms.com/

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Icebaths and Insanity!!

This week has been quite the interesting one for me...

Last Friday I was dumped...for the first time ever...I know, I know...I am a grown up, how is that possible? Well, I will just say that it is.

Last Saturday I won my age group at the race I was in, The Hometown Waterboy! I took almost 9 minutes off of last year's time, which for such a small race, is great!! I owe it all to SpeeDee and her pink pompoms!! (and most certainly not to my poor pre-race preparations, ie: sleepless night thinking about Friday's fun!)

Then to add insult to injury then to victory then another insult...my phone crapped out while I was deleting some texts...ummm, see above description of Friday night...and I lost all of my data...phone numbers, pictures and even the video of my co-worker sleeping at his desk, SNORING! There are some things in this world that can't be replaced.

I also officially started horseback riding AGAIN (for the first time in about 10 years!) and I thought I was in shape. There are clearly muscles that do not get used in at least 3 of the sports I do because I have recently found them. And I found them because they were in pain. A lot of pain. Last weeks horse assignment, Gabe, dragged me around the ring and I could hardly stop him. This week's assignment was Sadie, and I could hardly make her move! I have a GIANT bruise on my calf and took my very first icebath as a result...which leads me to the next subject...icebaths...

Could there be another form of torture so complete as the icebath? It is so wrong in so many ways...and we do it to ourselves!! Yuck! There is actually a procedure to this madness. Here are the necessary steps to doing it right.
1. Get a 10 lb bag of ice and disrobe (already things are all wrong)
2. Start running a bath, cold water now...
3. Get in and let it fill up to your waist or until desired body part is covered.
4. Turn off water.
5. Open 10 lb bag of ice.
6. Look at it with dread.
7. Yes, you will need to dump it eventually.
8. Look at it again.
9. Close your eyes and dump.
10. Stick your fairly warm dry hands into ice cold water and swish ice all around.
11. Set clock for 10 minutes.
12. umm...relax?
13. Look at clock...2 minutes down...
14. You get the drift.
15. 10 Minutes passes...biggest rule...MOVE SLOWLY...not that you have any choice, your limbs and appendages are frozen. Literally.
16. Drift off into a peaceful dream...you are warm, you are cozy, no wait, you have fallen alseep in the ice cold bath and are dying of hypothermia.
17. Rinse and repeat...kidding.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Training is fun, training is fun, training is fun, training is fun...

I just have to keep telling myself that...
Maybe it will be true! Ouch! This week has kicked my Behind!! Saturday brought a trip to Busch Gardens (my first time ever!) where water was like $3.00 a bottle so I was slightly dehydrated, not to mention nauseous from the heat and the roller coasters...did I mention I am afraid of heights? Sunday brought a 10 miler, 10.2 to be exact, in the heat w/little water (b/c I don't yet own a fuel belt...that will soon be remedied). Monday brought a new training session with Endorphin Fitness...supposed to be a bike and a brick run...but idiot here forgot her running shoes...THEN got even more wiped out by the heat! I looked at houses in the ghetto on Tuesday, I am casually shopping...and Seal Team today and I am starting riding lessons...YEAH, I WIN!!! I am so very excited. Dan happens to think that the reputation of the horse is one of the biggest publicity campaigns for which humans fall. They are portrayed as majestic and elegant, when he says they really are just stinky, sweaty beasts...he is right, but boy, is it fun to ride. It will NOT be fun to be using muscles I haven't used in years though and race on Saturday...
Which brings us to...THE HOMETOWN WATERBOY!!! This might actually be the only race on the face of the Earth that I may actually place in my division...b/c there are like 12 competitors in the whole thing, but thats alright with me. i will take what I can get...and I want to win...we will see if that is all bluster on Saturday! That's also if I can manage to drink enough so I do not DIE!!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Racing and other Goals...

Okay, so I am sure you have all had the race where nothing clicked right, where you felt it all falling apart...that's how I felt at I love the Tavern...and thats what happened at the Shady Grove YMCA Sprint. I got to the YMCA Tri (7/20/08) and registered THE DAY OF the race...will never do again!!! I got thrown in on the end of the race numbers, which in a group start wouldn't be a big deal at all. But, NO, this was a pool swim so we had to start one at a time...ONE AT A TIME!!!...and I am number 496!! I sat for 2 hours after the race actually began and waited for my turn as the day got hotter and hotter. I was literally the second to last person in the water! But...it really all ended well b/c I came in 5th in my division. First would have een better, but we take what we can get, right!

My next race is the Hometown Waterboy. I did it last year and was 3rd in my age group...out of three...this year, things will be a little different. I am going to come in first in my age group, I have to because this will actually be the only race ever, due to small participation, that I will EVER be able to come in first in my age group! So...it's on! Last year I finished in under 52 minutes...I think I have a goal of 45 min this year...we'll see!

Oh, and I have set another goal as well...Having recently been (and may still be) the Short, Fat Triathlete...I want to look like the attached picture...mind you, minus the topless cavorting on an Italian beach with a married man...but, I give you all permission to remind me whenever I need reminding that people who do run around topless on an Italian Beach with a married man do not eat whatever it is I am about to eat...=)

PS...Another goal I had set is down!!! John McGuire, of SealTeamPT fame (http://www.sealteampt.com/) has spoken my name twice. It only took 22 months...but he knows my name!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Wow, I need to be much more clever with my titles

I thought I would actually write something not just about training, although that will fo sho come into it. I am going to the RIVAH tomorrow, you did not misunderstand...here in the BIG VA the "Rivah" is a summer staple, not to be confused with the River...The funny thing is the actual body of water is not a river at all, but the Chesapeake Bay...the Rivah is a state of mind and I am supah dupah excited!! Wow, a real vacation, even if it is only for the weekend. So, how big a loser am I that I have every intention of getting a pedicure and a fake tan after work tonight so I will be extra hot (ummm...yeah, right) for the beach. What that really means is that I am going to try to tone down the whiteness of my thighs so someone doesn't think Moby Dick has been beached...the White Whale!
Also, I am going to bring my new bike (the ever fabulous "Petunia" a purple and white Fuji Finets 2.0 w/flowers!!) and my running shoes and get some fun in while I am down there. I have mapped out a bike course for Dan and I while we're down there, then everyone will hit the beach (Colin, Kelly, Vanessa, Dan and me!) and we will make some dinner and play some board games...sounds so thrilling, right? But to me it actually does...yeah! Then everyone is going home and I get some rest and relaxation for myself on Sunday while all those crazy kids are doing their marathon training! SUCKERS! (Unfortunately, I will be doing some running, I am not sure I will get in the whole 10 miles by myself, though...WILLPOWER!)
I would just like to say, life is pretty daggone good right now. The rest of my summer is going to be fun-filled and very busy but I get 4 more races, 3 more trips, a fancy day at the races w/a gorgeous hat for the birthday of a very cute boy...=) oh yeah, and lots and lots of training...=(

Monday, June 30, 2008

I Love the Tavern, I have never been there, but I love it!

So, yesterday I completed the second ever "I Love the Tavern Tri." It was at Robious Landing Park and consisted of a 750m swim in the tepid James River, an 18.8 mile bike with a killer hill at the turnaround and a 5k trail run all in 95 degree heat. Boy, was it fun...well, maybe not, but I lived to tell the tale. I finished 236th overall...out of how many? Not sure, but I was definitely not in the top 50th percentile. I haven't seen age group results yet...but I have decided that full triathlon body markers are cool as souveniers for the next day but not so handy during the race. It was agony each time someone in my agegroup scampered past me on the forest trail that was the run portion of the race to finish before me. I had been ahead the entire time and just when I am wearing out they fleetly pass me, and to add insult to injury, the flaunt the fact that they have just taken out one of their competition. Maybe they don't flaunt it, but I know they are thinking it b/c I would be. Jerks! Anyway, it was a good time to be had by all...even though I was not ready to enjoy BBQ at 9 am after completing a triathlon...blah!
I also saw a strange movie last night..."In Bruges" with Colin Farrell, Voldemort and Mad Eye Moody. The box cover said that it was uproariously funny...it had its moment, fo sho, but it also had A LOT of not so funny moments and a lot of moments with gratuitous violence and gore...ie: didn't need to see Mad Eye plummet off of a medieval bell tower to hit the concrete below and literally SPLAT at the bottom in true "Let the Bodies Hit the Floor" Fashion...yummy!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Wohoo! Now I am surely someone important!

I officially am the coolest person ever...I have my own blog. I wonder what took so long. My sister has one and even my really awesome running group has one...www.4girlsrunning.com...we are so freaking awesome.
Anyway, I entitled my blog page the reluctant triathlete b/c that is what I am. I completed my first triathlon on June 1st, 2008 and I am hooked but very, very frightened. And I feel very strange claiming the title "Triathlete" like all of those crazies out there with there Ironman Tattoos will hunt me down for deigning to refer to myself as a triathlete with a mere sprint race under my belt...but so be it. I dare you...do your worst!!
I trained for the Breezy Point Tri at Norfolk Naval Base with Team in Training...Saving Lives by collecting donations for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Now I am mentoring for the fall tri season and will be competing in my first Olympic Distance Tri in the fall...scary!
For now I will continue all of my crazy training (Seal Team PT, 4girslrunning.com coaching for half-marathon...b/c I have someone...I mean a goal to beat, and TNT tri training w/my awesome group!)