Saturday, December 29, 2007
So it's definitely winter here in Boulder and I'm LOVIN' it! However, the other athletes in the area are not so much...they're actually all flocking to San Diego over the next couple days because they're going absolutely insane!!! Whatever. I love seasons and I love doing every winter sport there is so I'm totally fine. On that note, I have decided to stay on my same training plan (do what I want, when I want) for the month of January and then get back into it in February. My first race isn't until April 26 and it's a shorter off road race so I should be fine! The thought of doing intervals right now is just depressing :) Well, off to jump on the trainer and hit the pool with Jen Jen before I get my hair cut and beautifully styled for the first time in over a year and a half! Yeah, I'm gross, but I never wear it down and I just wait until it's long enough to donate and then get it all chopped off...Hopefully our good Russian friend Alex Fomenko will give me a killer new do :)
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
They opened the backcountry terrain for the first time of the year that morning for fresh tracks almost every run :) How about that for a Christmas present?!?! IT WAS AWESOME!
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Now I'm going to spend the rest of the day cleaning and getting errands done before the family arrives from Michigan tomorrow evening! WHOOOAAAA, it's holiday time :)
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Since my brother no longer lives at home and I have been gone for almost 6 years, I still think the 'empty nest' syndrome is heavily felt over there :( Well that, and the fact that my dad always has to be doing or cleaning up after something...On that note, I got a phone call a week ago informing me that he had purchased 2 parakeets! BIRDS?!?!? I've been replaced by a bird?!? Hmmm....
I think my father's true intentions are to teach them to speak and say dirty things...especially to my mom when she's home by herself during the day! HAHAHA. Just kidding. I think it's absolutely hilarious. Take a look at these pooping machines. Apparently I'm supposed to help name them...any thoughts?!?
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
We're definitely getting the first big snowfall of the year and it is AWESOME!!! You know what else is awesome...good times with good people :)
Friday, December 07, 2007
Well at any rate, I'm off to jump on the trainer with the new roommie and then get things together for all the fun things going on over the next few weeks...holiday and birthday parties, visitors from out of town, friends moving this way, etc...We're expected to get a huge snowstorm so lots of skiing is planned to be done as well!!! WHOOOAAAA....
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Haven't been doing too much training and still won't be able to get in the pool until next week at the earliest, but I have been sitting on the trainer here and there and going out for a jog or two. Jen and I have starting doing a little lifting and I'm hoping to get in a few yoga/core/strength classes a week as well!
It was over 70* here in Boulder yesterday with insane winds, but the mountains are getting blasted with snow which is awesome! I can't wait to get up there and actually see some significant snow this year...soon enough!
Sunday, December 02, 2007
I can see enough to write a small message to those who do read this silly thing and let you all know that the last couple of days have been absolute hell, but today I woke up pain-free with enough vision to make my own coffee, get on the computer and walk around in the dark without sunglasses! I have honestly not taken off my sunglasses since the procedure (even in the dark)! So I'm thinking that things will only get better from here but I do know that I will not regain full vision for another 2-3 weeks which I'll just have to live with. As long as I can function and see enough to go outside and walk around or at least spin on the trainer, life will be just fine!
I also moved into my new place on Friday, (which was an absolute disaster), but with a lot of help, everything worked out. I'll post some pics once Jon and I get things organized and actually get some furniture in here :)
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
The boys doing Jager Bombs at the bar in Canada...
Go Evan go!!!
It was definitely nice to see everyone and with a midday flight home Friday, the trip went by super fast. I have to admit that it always feels good to get home after a long trip, especially when you have a lot of work hanging over your head, but it sure was great to venture from the 'Boulder Bubble' for a bit! Now it's back to the grindstone and lots of craziness. I have my lasik surgery on Wednesday and then move into my new place on Friday. I have been packing like crazy, but every time I close another box, I feel like I haven't gotten anywhere. Where in the world do I accumulate so much crap from?!?!
I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend and has lots of wonderful things to look forward to as Winter/Christmas season turns the corner!
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Jerry and I kicked some serious butt together in beer pong!I know I've talked about the infamous beer pong table, but here it is in full use!!!
This is the 'Black Widow'...an 8 person beer bong!
I had nothing to do with it...I swear!
Oh being in college...how I don't really miss any of it!
Drink up boys!
After Michigan lost on Saturday to Ohio State, I had the rents come get me early. It was a damn good thing because the boys went back out that night to party like rockstars and I just wasn't having any of it. I've been spending some quality time with the rents which is always nice and seeing some of the family. Stay tuned for more ridiculousness :)
Monday, November 19, 2007
4:48.15– 32:47 Swim, 2:33 Bike, 1:37 Run
4th 20-24 Age Group
WARNING…All components of this race including the final weeks of preparation leading into it fall under the ‘Big Learning Experience’ category! And boy what a learning experience it was…
As a very new athlete in the sport with only 3 years under my belt, I had not actually completed an uninterrupted season of hard training and consistent racing until this year. My first year was pretty much a joke. I had never swam, bike or ran EVER in my life and pretty much just went with the flow and eventually found my true passion in life. My second year I went out a little too hard without much base and developed a giant stress fracture in my hip forcing me spend almost the entire race season aqua jogging in the pool! This year I had 2 main goals – the most important was to complete a full schedule and have an injury-free season and the second to finish top 3 in my age group at the 70.3 World Champs. Although goal one was a success, placing 4th at Worlds was where the learning came into play.
What happened on race day? Unfortunately it was a combination of mental and physical burn out a few weeks prior to the big day. I began training quite hard in December and January and raced/trained straight through until October when I began feeling incredibly unmotivated, fatigued and uninterested in going hard. Since I had never gone that long before with consistent training, I hadn’t found my body’s limits and sadly hit the wall about 3 weeks before I was due to depart to Clearwater. Bummer. I knew the instant I was more excited to go skiing then go out for my favorite workouts in beautiful fall weather that something was up. I tried to push through the mental toughness but I kept finding myself breaking down and getting really upset for not knowing why I was feeling this way a few weeks before my biggest race of the season. I had a good chat with the coach and we agreed that beginning my taper a few weeks early would be a good idea and hopefully I would be really rested and pumped up to race. Although it sounded like a great idea, I still had a hard time getting those workouts in too and flew into Worlds very flat and highly unprepared. Lesson learned: NEED MID-SEASON BREAK!!!
When I toed the line the morning of the race, I was more relaxed than I had ever been before which is never a good sign for my super-agro-type A personality. It was a crappy feeling, but I knew right away that my heart just wasn’t into the race and that I was going to be out there just to enjoy the day. As the gun went off, I was so relaxed that I immediately fell into a great rhythm and joined the first swim pack. As we made the turn straight into the sun, I sighted the buoys on the opposite side and ended up swimming into the middle of the ‘rectangle’ and into a kayak who redirected me back on course. Oops. Coming out of the water I was a little irritated that I hadn’t put together one solid swim the entire year but knew I had improved greatly on the bike so it was time to go out and fly. Well, that’s what I thought at first until I realized my legs weren’t quite functioning the way they normally do. I just couldn’t turn over the pedal and was getting passed left and right. It was definitely tough to take, but instead of getting upset, I just kept chugging away knowing that it wasn’t my day. Getting off the bike was a great delight and I was very excited to head out for the run which is always my favorite event. Since I knew there wasn’t much hope to catch that place I was after, I just decided to cruise the half marathon and enjoy every minute of it. I crossed the finish line with emotions of frustration, irritation, disappointment, and joy. The race was finally over and it was the end of the year and I accomplished the number one goal of staying healthy without any injuries. Although I didn’t really ‘race’ what I had picked to be my ‘A’ race at the beginning of the year, it was okay. Nothing disastrous happened and I was able to spend some quality time with the Timex family and enjoy the rest of my trip with my mom who has been a huge supporter throughout my entire triathlon journey.
Thank you to everyone for all the encouragement and support during the 2007 season, I couldn’t have done it without you!
Friday, November 16, 2007
I won't go into detail about the race because I'll post a race report soon, but lets just say I'm none too happy with it and quite irritated with my performance, blah, blah, blah...However, the post race party with the Timex squad was an absolute blast with some seriously good times. I spent an additional day down in Florida with my mom which was relaxing but was also another reason I feel like I have no idea where the past couple days have run off to! Once I arrived back in Boulder, it was time to catch up with everything at work, sign my lease for our new place, unpack,try to work ahead as much as possible, repack, and jump on a plane to head out to Michigan this afternoon! Yeah...talk about insane. Anyway, I really don't have time to sit on here and babble. I promise to keep more posts flowing over the next couple weeks while I'm home and getting ready for the big move and Lasik surgery the week after Thanksgiving!
Friday, November 09, 2007
I had a pretty hectic week before I took off for Florida catching up with work, finding a place to live when I get back and packing of course, but everything panned out quite well. After arriving in Clearwater on Thursday, I met up with Ben, my mom and the couple who hosted me at their home in Mexico at the welcome dinner down at the beach. Great food and good to see everyone.
Today was fairly chill. Went for a little run with Benny in the morning, registered for the race, got everything taken care of with my bike - thanks Doug, you're the BEST mechanic EVER!!! - ate lots of powerbars from the truck, checked in all the gear at transition, had a pasta dinner and now just relaxing and getting ready for the big day. Check out the link below for a live athlete tracker and of course, stay tuned for a race report within the next couple days!!!! WHOOOOAAAAA