Thursday, August 30, 2007
Yeah, that's all I've got! Sorry.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
At any rate, Boulder has become a completely different place over the past week with the students from all over the country driving their big ass vehicles and parading around in their short little skirts and ridiculous over sized sunglasses. I once thought I was 'hot shit' when I was in school too, but geez...I'll stop there for obvious reasons.
Other than chillin', trainin', workin' and lovin' life, not much else is new at this time. Almost 4 weeks until I leave for Cancun and I'm definitely getting excited...even after Simon decides to tell me this morning that it is the hottest race he's ever done and how almost all the pros had to drop out...yea, yea, yeah...After all this mountain biking I've been doing, I'm going to be so strong on the bike that I'll be out there for half the time I usually am...haha, yeah in my dreams. Below are some pics from this past weekend's riding adventures. Shep put the picture of him that I wanted to throw on here on his blog (after 3 weeks of laziness) so check out his latest post for a pretty funny picture taken at Walker prior to riding. Enjoy!
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Today was a bit more exciting. Woke up early and did the infamous JZ triple brick (bike/run/bike/run/bike/run - all HARD) and found myself hitting wattages much higher than the previous session which is always a plus. Then, had a meeting with a potential client who has a small research business that receives governmental grants and requires a whole different kind of reporting. Lots of research to do on it, but I think it may just end up working out. Then headed to the pool for a leisure recovery swim and to the restaurant and the law firm. Busy day! Not sure what's on tap for this evening, but relaxing is definitely a must :)
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Mom is feeling good with is a positive sign. She has been completely pampered by the whole neighborhood and the abundance of relatives nearby. Thanks everyone, you are so kind!
Sunday, August 19, 2007
So on that note, Shep and I headed down to the BMW Motorcycle dealership in Denver. He needed to get a new battery for his bike and I wanted to see first hand the new lineup of beauties! Let's just say that thanks to our little trip, the picture below is now Shep's permanent computer desktop screen! HAHA...what a gorgeous bike!
In other news, my mother sounds like she's doing absolutely amazing after her surgery. The anesthetic didn't sound so great, but I think she's going to be thrilled with the way her knee will feel once she's all heeled up. I'm so proud of you for getting this done Mom...keep on hanging in there for the next few days!
Friday, August 17, 2007
As for the family, a lot is going on. Dad is leaving for China for a week tomorrow, Jerry is getting ready to leave for school, and today my mom is having knee surgery! Good luck Momma, I love you!
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Sunday, August 12, 2007
In other news, I'm finally done with my mid-season rest week and ready to get back to my usual routine of training and working. Cancun is less than 6 weeks away and after the last race, I'm pretty hungry for that 'perfect' race! With some serious motivation and an amazing support group, I've got all the most important elements covered, now it's just time to put in the work and execute on race day :)
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
Thursday, August 09, 2007
Today wasn't much better either. I have been working like a dog since early this morning and haven't had any motivation to do much of anything. I'm still feeling awful - stuffy, congested, nauseous, huge headache, etc. On that note, no more complaining...going to bed and tomorrow is going to be a GREAT day, I can feel it!!!
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Okay, big lie. Yes, it is bad. And the thought of running in it just doesn't sound appealing whatsoever, hence the reason I haven't gotten my butt out the door yet. Well that and the fact that my running partner (my little bro) is still sound asleep. Once I'm done getting a little more work done, I'll have to go jump on his bed and wake him up so the poor guy can 'suffer', as Ben would say, for a little run with his big sis!
Had another good day yesterday. Great lunch with Katie and mom, an enjoyable trip to the dentist as always - the clan over at Doolin & Haddad, DDS are truly the coolest people on earth - a fun trip to the mall with my momma, then a good night of Euchre with the fam!
The trip home has been a great time. I've been super busy, but it's definitely been a good amount of time to be back. Not too short, not too long. I can't remember the last time I had a layover, but in order to use my American Airline voucher I had to make a pit stop in Chicago on my way back to Denver...grrrr. Oh well. I'll leave Detroit at 5pm and get back into Denver around 7:45pm which isn't terrible.
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Just got back from the gym - a little shakeout run and swim. Now my mom and I are going to meet the coolest neighbor in the world for a nice lunch. Yes Katie, YOU are the coolest! To the dentist afterwards followed by a little shopping...oh boy, oh boy :)
Monday, August 06, 2007
Sunday, August 05, 2007
1st 20-24 AG, 9th Overall Female
4:52.13– 33:47 Swim, 2:34 Bike, 1:39 Run
Where to begin! Besides almost missing the 4am bus out of Boulder to the airport, the travels to Chicago where fairly smooth. Once I arrived, my grandparents picked me up and we headed to the race site to get Ben (yes, our crazy manager) on our way back to the house so he didn’t have to spend the nights in the ‘Black Falcon’. We couldn’t have been more spoiled – endless amounts of delicious food, company and great laughs. We played a little ‘Euchre’ (a great mid-west card game that gets a little too competitive sometimes) and my grandma and I totally kicked Ben and my mom’s butt, it was AWESOME!
The day before race day was also a great day. Early morning shake out run on the farm roads, fun times selling watches, building bike and hanging out at the Timex truck, and a little bike and swim to loosen up the muscles for next day.
Race Day – Since we were staying about an hour away from the site at my grandparent’s place, I had to get up at 4am and make sure to be on the road by 4:45am in order to get there about an hour and 15 minutes before the race start. I know that’s cutting it pretty close, but the bikes were already racked and I don’t usually need much time setting up in transition. Unfortunately when we arrived at the site, the 2600 other participants were all trying to get there around the same time and traffic was completely backed up to the parking lot which wasn’t even on site. Luckily, my mom had decided to come early with Ben and I and dropped us off on the side of the road so we could walk over to the site so I wasn’t late. If we had left a minute later, I would have for sure missed my swim start because we actually had a walk the 1.2miles down the beach in order to get to the swim start. We ended up running and I made it with about 45 seconds to spare! Talk about luck!
Swim – The waters in Lake Michigan were unusually high (75*) so I decided to try out the new Blue Seventy Pointzero3 skinsuit. Stellar choice as I would have completely overheated in a full wetsuit and this thing is super comfortable and fast as all can be, however, I didn’t have that great of a day in the water. I had a cold explode that morning and battled a little panic attack about half way through that was super frustrating.
Bike – Solid day on the roads and the Trek Equinox treated me quite well – especially after Ben gave it a good bath the day prior! The only complaint was the ridiculous amount of drafting going on in front of me that got me a little riled up and irritated and probably wasted a lot of unnecessary energy.
Run – Hang on baby, just hang on! Those were the words running through my head the entire 13.1 miles. After not eating or drinking hardly anything all day because my stomach was churning like crazy, I was literally running on fumes for the final leg of the race. I sucked it up and stomached two gels and that along with Ben biking along side of me gave me the strength and motivation to make it to the finish. Not the time I was aiming for, but definitely a good effort for what I had left to give.
Overall – It definitely was not the perfect race, however, I was pretty pleased and very happy with many of the aspects of it. It was awesome to have the family there to cheer me on as well as the support from Ben and Timex. It would never have been as much fun as it was had Ben not locked his keys inside the truck having to saw off the lock and watching all the happy fans as we ran down the finish shoot tossing free hats out to the crowd! A weekend to remember!
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Well off to finish packing and get everything ready to go to Chicago and have the grandparents pick me up and get Ben from the race site. Can't wait to see everyone!!!