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Things That Used to Matter

So my friend, fellow blogger and 1/2 of Team Awesome suggested that I let you all (you know, both of you) in on my final thoughts from training for my first tri. I've decided to do this as sort of a series, primarily because I'm sleepy right now and don't feel like writing a whole big long blog like the last two. So I'll start with what I like to call "things that used to matter."When you take on a big undertaking or make a significant change in your life things tend to, well, change. Before I started training, working out was a priority for me but not to the degree it became. Here are some examples of things that took a back seat.Television - The thing about tv is that mine is attached to a dvr. Even with the dvr it used to be important to me to wake up in the morning and spend some alone time catching up on all of last night's drama. Throughout the summer I was literally deleting things that I just couldn't keep up with because that morning downtime…

Go Girl Sprint Triathlon Recap!

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am now officially a triathlete! I'm so excited to have completed my very first triathlon! Not only did I complete it but it was also pretty much completely without incident. No severe panic attacks, no road rash, no injured limbs. So, without further ado...Ready to hit the road!Someone made a terrible mistake and seeded me 180th out of about 500Me and my skinny sister before the startWe got to transition around 6:15 or 6:30 really after the half mile trek from the car to transition. Why they park volunteer athletes so far away from where they need to be I'll never understand. Anyhow, I set up transition just how I practiced and the woman next to me was very nice and wished me luck. It was her third tri and she was seeded appropriately so she was actually fast. My sister and I listened to the pre-race instructions together and before we knew it, we were heading to the swim start. I was definitely a little worried about my sister since she'd never don…

Ohio River Open Water Panic Attack...I mean Swim Recap

Last Saturday I signed up for an Ohio River Open Water Swim. I decided that I really didn't want race day to be my first time swimming in open water and I'm SO GLAD I didn't wait! Essentially, I took just over an hour to swim only a half mile because of a full on 100% panic attack. So let's recap...Things started off well enough. Lovely morning, calm waters and just an all around beautiful day for a swim. As I was checking in I was already beginning to panic but was able to keep it together and fake excitement for most of the volunteers. As Tyler and I took pictures and checked out the course a volunteer approached me and flat out said, "You look terrified." I had to agree. He continued with, "You should be excited!" I told him I was...until I got there. He showed me the course and did his best to console me. I pretended he did the trick because there was no way I could tell the poor guy that not only was I going to drown but my corpse would be ripp…

15 Things You'll Never Hear Me Say

This is a fun copy of a post from a good Daily Trainings blog I follow. I don't agree with all of his 15 but just for fun, here are some for me.I wish we had a little more humidity today.Everybody should eat meat.Will someone turn on some Rihanna?I'd love to babysit!I can't wait for the next congressional elections!Let's go fishing!I'm thinking about buying a Chrysler Pacifica.Why don't they talk more and play less music on morning radio?Do you have these jeans in a size 0?No thanks, I don't want a raise.I could really go for some yogurt right now.I never want to watch another youtube video of cute baby animals.I'm watching some NBA basketball.Just pick up some produce at the grocery store.Could I have bacon with that?

"Gotta Grind Gotta Get Mine"

It's August 1st! Oh. em. gee! My race is in 24 days! So unbelievable! Even more so because I have yet to do a proper workout this week. Ok, so we did a mini-tri on Monday just to see what it was like. We (me and Alexis) swam the full race length (500m) then biked 6.1 miles (was supposed to be 5 but there were...issues. race distance is 10mi) then I ran 1.5 miles and Alexis ran 2. My swim wasn't great, not sure why but on my bike I flew (I use that word loosely) along like normal. I can't wait until race day when it's just "ride without worrying about traffic lights and cars" time. Wonder how fast I can go... Anyway, then came the run. Seriously, I was another person. I ran an 11:55 mile! I haven't done that since before the hiatus. Back in the day (a Wednesday) I used to run right around a 10 minute mile. Sometimes slower, sometimes faster but usually about 10. When I came back after my 2 years off I was completing miles in about 15 minutes. Notice I didn…