Monday, April 22, 2013
In retrospect, this is probably what he saw (at first): a woman in dress pants and a blazer, nicely coiffed hair (believe it or not it usually looks decent at work), probably with her kid's favorite Pokemon on her key ring, buying cat food. Then I had to go open my mouth and say something surprisingly different than what he expected. And you know what? He was paying attention. And I only kinda was.
Pay attention. This world is worth it. That goes for me, and everyone else. But I'm still not giving up my Pokemon keychains, even if it means people will notice them.
Saturday, March 16, 2013
So my last post, I left you hanging!
The duathlon last Saturday went as well as one can expect of someone who rarely runs, and who spends most of her weekday rides indoors. :)
In short, I got severely trounced by the ladies who train for this stuff, and held my own against the weekend warriors such as myself, winning my age group (after they took the top 3 out of my age group for the overall, of course!). If I counted right (and I might not have, usually I need a calculator), I was 7th overall. My mountain bike split was even exactly the same as my buddy d-dubb's, no small feat!
It was super fun to do something different, plus the weather was sublime, allowing the cobwebs to clear my brain and reinvigorate my desire to achieve certain mini-milestones so I can be fast in a few months.
The next day, I joined some fellow members of the Asheville Bicycle Racing Club for a windy, sun filled, lovely 2.5 hr road ride around Buncombe county. I was sore and a bit tired, but I was surrounded by good people and loving the smooth speed of my BMC bike.
Monday, I woke up and wondered how I never noticed a truck running over me on the weekend. I was so sore! My legs hurt from race-running 6 miles, and my shoulders hurt from manhandling my mountain bike in my first cross-country effort in untold years. But, all in all, it was a kick ass weekend.
Now, I'm lying in wait for Andy, who is 'running' the inaugural Georgia Death Race, a 60+/- mile trail run race that includes ~30,000 feet of climbing. Holy. Caraapp. !!!!
Kinda makes last weekend seem pretty tame!
Friday, March 8, 2013
I've been riding my bike just about every day since the beginning of the year. But in the last month or so, I've only ridden outside a handful of times. And even then, it's been cold or wet or generally not very inspiring.
All this stationary trainer time allows for much tv watching (or, in my case, streamed video watching, 'cause we don't have tv). Yesterday i plucked from my watchlist a video entitled 'happy', about the study of happiness. Good times. Funny that i pick that when my motivation to ride seemed at its lowest, and it took every ounce of energy just to slide onto the saddle.
Anyhoo, the video was all well and good, telling us about what makes people happy. Most of the findings should already be blatantly obvious but are pretty much lost in a sea of digital communication and pressure and everyday hustle and bustle. Key to many people's happiness, as mentioned in the film, is EXERCISE. And while I've been exercising daily, the cold weather, my poor circulation which causes me to wear gloves even when inside, and a general lack of vitamin d have combined together into one big wham-o punch of simmering disquiet.
Cue today: the weather warmed up 20+ degrees, and I snuck out of work early to head to Georgia with Andy. We've foolishly signed up for an off road duathlon tomorrow (first ever in my life!), and arrived with just enough time to pre-ride the 10 mile mtb course.
Ever see the 1939 movie version of the Wizard of Oz, where the film starts out in black and white, but turns to Technicolor when the house lands in Oz? That was today's ride. I don't even care how badly i embarrass myself tomorrow (i said I've been riding; didn't say anything about running!) Tonight's ride on sickly sweet Georgia trails, finishing up a few minutes past dusk my favorite time to ride, should last me a solid few days, come what may.
Happiness is what you do; it's up to you to do it!
Sunday, March 3, 2013
|This is us at the Snake in February, I think at the midway point. We were about to encounter snow and frozen rocks...|
|2013 Pepper Palace Women's team, as photographed by Paul Christopher of Christopher-graphics.com. The team's a little smaller this year (still contains megatons of awesomeness), and focused 99% on National Calendar crits. Ooh, I've always wanted to say I'm part of the 1%! hee hee hee.|
|Andy's still doing lots of endurance runs. Paul Christopher snapped this shot at the Tsali Frosty Foot 50k in January.|
|Just for giggles, I did the 8k trail run the day after Andy's 50k. I actually won my age group??!?! But the overall women's winner is my age, and literally beat me by a mile. Paul took this shot too. He takes awesome photos!|
Friday, December 21, 2012
Wow, it's been 6 weeks since my last update! My poor blog is dying a slow, painful death. And here I am, writing away, prolonging the agony.
Ah well. Andy is making me write, with my early bird christmas prezzie of a bluetooth keyboard. Which is quite sweet of him, really. I started a Special Project on the 1st day of December, which was supposed to last 30 days but lasted all of 4 because I realized I had a shit ton of crap i wanted to get out of the house, thought it might be worth some money, and the best way to do it was via ebay. Which suddenly became much more important to me than my Special Project., which I will take up again on January 1.
[Why the urgency of shit leaving the house? because my mom has spent more than 4 solid weeks of sorting and throwing out of random stuff at my dear grandpa's house - and that's with the help of dad, her brothers and sisters in laws! Observing that was a wake up call.]
$1,500 later (66 items), or maybe we should say $700 later since a certain someone decided to buy a guitar with all that hard earned ebay money, here I am just a few days before the holiday... no holiday card written, no cookies baked (or even eaten!), no prezzies wrapped, only a few purchased. Judging by the handful of holiday cards in our inbox, I know I'm not the only one experiencing this malaise.
We went to New Jersey for the Thanksgiving holiday. I convinced Andy it would be a good idea (hah!) to drive through Baltimore to see my BFF and her baby. It was awesome to see her but sorry sweetie, I don't want to ever live in Baltimore. We had to drive through some super sketch neighborhoods which are just around the corner from her lovely place.
Thanksgiving was not quite a month after Hurricane Sandy, and Bay Head was still under National Guard protection. It was a surreal experience, approaching the town while driving past highway exit after highway exit of normalcy, only to be escorted in through military checkpoint, and see the majority of homes with most of their furniture, fixtures, and everything else torn apart and exposed on the sidewalk in front of them. The town soccer field had been appropriated by public works as an impromptu dump, whose main feature was a two story tall high mountain of deconstruction debris. And the beach! Holy crap the beach. Or, should i say, lack of beach? The town was literally saved by the seawall, giant rocks built up to help keep the ocean waters out. Only, for this storm they didn't work as well as usual.
|This does not do a very good job of capturing the scale of the dump pile. Bonus points if you notice the solar panels on the house that peeks over the top, in the background. The next day there were giant diggers driving around on top of this.|
|The beach now runs through all these megamillionaires' backyards. Most looked pretty battered. Many were just gone.|
Needless to say it was a bittersweet Thanksgiving for Andy and his family, who were born and raised and remained in the town.
|You can very easily capture my heart by giving me a cornucopia of chocolate goodies.|
Not much else going on. I quit racing my bike in October (just for the season - I was totally burned out and couldn't get motivated to train), and my own personal adventures seem to be limited to Being Awesome at work, which I do with joy and gusto because it is a kick ass place to be. Andy has had a couple Ridiculous Running Adventures (50k and 50 mile races!), but I'll save mention of them for another day. If there is one. Judging by the timeliness of my posts, you just might have to wait till January... :-)
In case i don't post again, Happy Holidays everybody!
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Friday, October 26, 2012
|Pepe El Pepper meets the original GIRO TROPHY!|
|My superawesome team mechanic snapped this shot as I headed to the line. The calm before the storm. See something shiny on my arm and neck?|
|But here I am with the two dolla' billz I managed to not drop or miss. And the best bottle of water ever. It was over 90 degrees when the race started, at 8:20 at night!|