Sunday, July 15, 2012

2012 Triathlon

I did it! ...and I beat my time from 2008 by 17 minutes!

Final results:

Overall: 1 hour 43 minutes
Swim .25 mile: 9 minutes 43 seconds
Transition 1: 4 minutes 5 seconds
Bike 15 miles: 53 minutes 47 seconds
Transition 2: 1 minute 38 seconds
Run 3 miles: 34 minutes 17 seconds

Overall: 2 hours 0 minutes
Swim .25 mile: 17 minutes 16 seconds
Transition 1: 4 minutes 59 seconds
Bike 15 miles: 1 hour 2 minutes
Transition 2: 2 minutes 57 seconds
Run 3 miles: 32 minutes 36 seconds

Click here to read about 2008.

I'm not sure how she thought she was going to swim in that, but...

They write your age on the back of your leg.

I have to say, seeing people's ages on the backs of their legs is kind of a blessing and a curse. As you pass them, or they pass you...all you can do is look at their age and either congratulate yourself or beat yourself up. If somebody who was older than me passed me I was like, "aw HAIL no". But if a younger person passed me, I was OK with it.

This is what you get when you ask Summer to take photos for you:

Thank goodness I beat the 10-year-old.

...and the best part?

A big thanks to my best bud Summer of HoboSiren for getting up super early, taking photos and cheering. It was great to see your face along the course, Ma.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

"Toughen Up"

Last night I went on my first training ride with my MS150 team. (Accepting donations for MS research here.) We biked 25 miles! I met a new friend named Laura and we rode together and got to talking about how expensive it can be to get into biking and running. Suddenly you need all this gear. Take, for example, padded butt biking shorts. I'm one of the few that has the good sense to cover up that shame with my famous pajama pants, but I wear the padded butt shorts underneath. Anyway, mine are actually "tri shorts", which means I bought them for a triathlon I did a few years back and they aren't as maxi padded as bike shorts, to make drying easier. Think mini pad. I was telling her all of this, and how I refuse to pony up the $50+ it's going to take to get the extra maxi padded butt shorts.

At that EXACT moment in time, we crossed paths with a man who had no legs, and was laying down on one of those cool bikes that is powered by a hand crank. I guess I was staring at him in sheer awe and pride as I told her all about my butt padding, and at the moment of contact as we rode by this man, and I was looking right at him, I concluded my story by saying, and I quote: 

"So, I guess now it's 'toughen up, old friend'", referring of course to my crotch.

I cringed when I realized what had just happened and how all this poor brave awesome athletic disabled man probably heard me say as we whizzed by each other was, 

"Toughen up, Old Friend."

"Not you, Sir! My crotch! I was telling my CROTCH to toughen up!"

Friday, July 29, 2011

Another day, another 3 miles

I had to walk a little bit today on my 3-mile run, but that's OK with me.  I'm running along Rocky Point Road, which has absolutely no shade and no points of interest and it's asphalt and sometimes it's just plain boring. 

At least my iPod was up and running.  But for the first half-mile, the setting for 'shake to shuffle' was on, meaning you can just shake the thing and it puts on a new song.  WELL, when you're running, that's about the dad-gummest most annoying thing in the whole world.  Every three paces a new song.  And then me, trying to keep the iPod as still as possible, while running.  $%^&*^! 

Finally I decided to fix the problem.  Usually I just live with things as they are and suffer.  But I went into the iPod menu, found the settings, found the place where it says 'shake to shuffle' OFF, and VOILA!  I could listen to PJ Harvey's new album in peace. 

Except it's not really for running, and as much as I love her, I had to let her go in favor of the playlist that I made when I hiked Machu Picchu. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


I ran three miles today, and I hated every minute of it.  My iPod wasn't charged, and so I took to counting light poles to pass the time.

In four languages.  Because that's all I could think of.  English, Spanish, German and French.

ein, one, un, uno
two, dos, svei, deux
trois, three tres, drei

Sometimes you can make a sentence.  For example...Four.  Four fier cuatro quatre (cat).  "Cat fear for cuatro."  Or Eight.  Ocho eight ocht huit.  "Oct Ocho ate wheat". 
Or sometimes they are all almost the same:  Like...six.  Six, sex, seis, six.


But, three miles!  Just 10.1 more to go in 6 weeks.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

2.5 Miles. Just for Show

In a town where you need to go and get the mail to "see and be seen", going out to the Highway for a run is kind of a social event. 

But not really.  I was originally just going to run one mile, but saw not one car on the highway, so I kept running, hoping to see Justin Timberlake drive by, but it didn't happen.
In the end, I ran 2.5 miles.  Alone.  Somebody honked.  Turns out it was the cook at work.  I'll call that a limited success.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

It's Time for Another Hexum Half-Marathon

Unfortunately there aren't any half-marathons in these parts.  So I'm just going to create one, naturally.

I clocked it in my car the other day and I found a great little course, basically from just past my house up to my job.  Why so ambitious?

Because I ran one mile yesterday and I'm obviously insane.  I haven't run since New Zealand.  Literally.  That was March 2010.  So yah, this is going to be fun.  I talked to my boss and she's on I have less than two months to train and also completely organize this thing.  Now, to scare up some runners and some volunteers and some prizes and the ambulance crew and some water stops.  This'll be easy, right?

Monday, December 21, 2009

The Intern

On Friday, I ran/walked 3 miles in 35 minutes, and the Intern seemed impressed. Then we did another Ab Set. But I was toast after running and so I just stretched while he did hundreds and hundreds of crunches.