Milestones

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Five years ago today, I posted my first entry on this lovely blog. Who would have thought I’d still have stuff to ramble on about after all this time? (Shut up, everyone who knows me in real life. No one wants to hear it! :-P)

And even harder to believe, it was ten years ago, (this summer) that yours truly asked her husband if he thought she could do a triathlon. (He answered “Of course.” Like I’d asked if he thought I could change the channel on the television. I had to make him confirm he really thought non-sporty, book-reading yours truly could do something as crazy as the Danskin. How times have changed… ) And despite not having swum or ridden a bike since elementary school and never having run ever, I managed to survive that first race. (It helped that the swim was cancelled due to dangerous currents, so it was technically a duathlon, but I still count it.)

Here I am getting ready to toe the line (yellow outfit on the left-hand side):

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Ten years feels like a good time to celebrate with something epic, so I’m planning to do another Ironman this summer. I’ve set my sights on Vineman, an independent iron-distance race in northern California at the end of July. It’s not a branded “Ironman” but I don’t really care about that at all. It’s half the price and has a humane refund policy, so it works for me! I’m both excited and terrified by this goal. I really don’t want a repeat of the sufferfest that was Canada, so I’m hoping that will help motivate my training for this one. I learned a lot from that race, so I’m hoping it will be a more successful outing.

So, get ready for a whole lot of posts about training!

Smorgasbord

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I’m sorry I’ve been so lazy with the posting. Compared to last year and all of our marathon adventures, it’s been pretty quiet. But perhaps this completely random blog post will help! 😉

My running is going really well. A few weeks ago, something happened and I was able to run the whole time under my target heart rate. Then I got like a minute per mile faster all of the sudden. Now, I’m running pretty close to the pace I was running before, only it feels a lot easier. So, that experiment is going well. My first running race of the year is two weeks away, we’ll see how it goes!

We’ve continued with the paleo thing, not quite as strict, with a few off-plan dinners out. Notably Valentines Day. I scored 3 dollar tickets to a so-so production of the Music Man. We made it through the first act and had a great excuse to eat pizza:

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But otherwise, we’ve been trying to eat as clean as we can. It makes us feel good, and I’m proud to say that I’ve been Diet Coke free since December 31, 2012. (If you know me in real life, this is a HUGE deal.) I attribute the fact that my energy levels are way more stable now to my success. (That afternoon energy crash was my kryptonite.) Plus it’s pretty awesome to have your checkout at the grocery store look like this:

20130218-203806.jpgI wrapped up a challenging (cough cough) freelance assignment and decided to reward myself with fanciness. I scored a used power meter, which I’ve been wanting for a while, and these bad boys:

808sEver since I rented that pair for Rev3 Portland, I’ve daydreamed about owning a pair of my own. So, when I saw a good deal on a used pair I just couldn’t resist. So excited to race with them. I’m going to use both new toys as motivation to get that bike training going. Look forward to some super dorky biking posts!

Things have been less rosy for the boy. He’d been having hip pain, so he went to get an MRI. It turns out that the ball in his hip socket is misshapen, so he either needs a horrifying surgery where they grind that thing down to conventional shape or wait until it gets bad enough to warrant hip replacement. Neither option is very good. He’s got a final appointment with a surgeon to hear his options, but it’s looking like the ambitious marathon plans he had are out the window. I’m so sad for him, because he had such a great first marathon. I’m holding on to an irrational hope that the surgeon will have good news on that front, so please send T some positive running karma.

Again, sorry for the totally random blog post. I’ll try to cook up some blog-worthy adventures and write about them!

 

Big day for the boy

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As anyone who knows us in real life may know, T has been wanting a new TV. And like most guys, he wants a GIANT shiny new TV. I’d originally thought I might surprise him with one for Christmas, but it rapidly became clear to me that what he truly wanted surpassed my Christmas present budget. Luckily, between some freelance income and an unexpected tax return, we had a little extra money this month. So, I told the boy that he could buy himself a new TV and gave him a budget.

It took a bit longer to get my freelance check than expected, but that ended up working in his favor as Costco had some really good deals around the Super Bowl.  (It’s a little shocking how cheap TV’s have gotten even since I researched them around Black Friday/Christmas. This just means I can look forward to seeing this one at half the price this summer. Sigh.)

But the big day finally arrived and we headed up to Costco for the boy to claim his prize. Naturally, the Camry was far too small to hold such a giant TV so we had to tie it to the roof rack:

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TV-car1I had to laugh at the fact that every man who passed the car while T was tying it down had to comment on it. There’s something about boys and giant TV’s!

It was VERY nerve-wracking driving home with an expensive toy on top of the car. As we were leaving, we were waiting at a light behind a guy on a Vespa scooter. He turned around for some reason and laughed when he saw the giant TV on our car. Then he turned around again to show us the pineapple that he had at his feet on his motorscooter. T and I laughed and gave him a round of applause. #inappropriatecostcovehiclesunite.

But we made it home successfully and lugged the giant box into the house. I think T is a little excited about his new toy:

T-danceI made dinner while he got it all set up. It’s a little insane going from a TV that was a quarter of the size. A bit like having a movie theatre screen in our living room:

NewTVFor me personally, it’s a little overboard. But it makes T really happy and he deserves to get a big shiny new toy once in a while.