Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Tri Tri again..8.6.08

Finally a day that I feel I can stop and breathe.It has been this last month in particular. Honestly, that is how I like it but quickly approaching are the new goals I have set forth. More triathlons!Yay!

Last weekend brought me a new experience in the triathlon world. I was a volunteer at an event in the Broadlands, part of the Infinitive Championship Series. It was super exciting to be behind the scenes...which is where I would rather spend my time any day. Besides the 4:45am wake up call that it required, the event was a blast. I can't get enough of the production behind events like this. And when I do get bored I choose to be an athlete participating in the event instead!

I have to say the "thanks" recieved from most athletes in attendance felt good. I was there to help with anything they needed, unless it was really important and then I would just send them to Kathleen, the "in charge" lady who recruited me from behind the counters of my day job.

I got to see first hand how a pool swim was conducted in the first leg of the race. In fact I was the person sending the swimmers in the pool every 10 seconds. Apparently 10 seconds apart is a lifetime! I thought that was rather quick but I guess passing people IS an option in the pool. Who knew? I've read about how to be passed, perhaps I should read further to learn how to be the person passing people! In due time I am sure.

Did I mention when I woke up for the event the early morning sky was a blaze with lightning? It was also the kind of wet weather that puts a damper on things but isn't enough of a nuisance to keep you from doing what you need to do. Well that weather waxed and wained all day, kind of made the race a little more interesting. Luckily it stopped in time to keep the swim leg in the race, had it not stopped lightning the race would have been turned into a duathlon. Ewww, it's bad enough that I find myself involved in events that ask you to run more than oh say... from first base to third base. (Which is much more my speed.) However if any race I enter turns into a duathlon..count me OUT! NO thank you.Running twice?Absolutely not in my world.

Well, maybe if I keep at it and find a way to actually start getting some oxygen into my lungs.Maybe then I will enjoy a run or two. Until then I won't even think about it.

One event I plan to do in September, my super cheerleader aunt is doing the duathlon. God love her.I think she is crazy and she looks at me thinking I am off my rocker too! The beauty of being a triathlete? Even seasoned runners or swimmers or cyclists think we are crazy for attempting all three in one event.

So let me jump back to the days event for a bit...After the pool and some minor duties I was in charge of post race set up and up keep.Meaning all the supplies for the athletes were to be found under my tent. I set out the spread and tried to congratulate as many athletes as I could. Part of me wished I was among them, part of me was thrilled that I had a tent to stand under as the rain came instead.

Either way I think I am starting to fall in love with triathlons. I love the sound of "triathlete", i love the sights of running, cycling and swimming past previous stopping points in my journey. I love the feel of a fit body that belongs to me! I love the community of fellow triathletes. I love the search for new gear.I love the quest to become better and I love the GIMOUNDUS goal at the end of the quest being a freaking IRONMAN. I say I don't want to do one now but I know if I get to Olympic Distance that I will have it in me. I just know it.

There is so much to do still. I have a road bike to find. I have distances to conquer. I have little nuances to learn. Luckily I have an unquenchable thirst for more! SO stay tuned as I learn the ropes of triathloning and all there is to come with it!

**Update** I wrote this post last week and was unable to find the time to edit it so I left it as a draft. Briefly before and since then I have been continuing to push myself and I have been running over 3 miles 3-5 times a week! How awesome is that? I am still convinced I have exercised enduced asthma but as I progress on the bike and in the pool as well, I think I can overcome some of my breathing issues on my own. We shall see!
Stay Tuned!

Friday, August 1, 2008

To blog or not to blog?! 8.11.2008

I debated and debated over blogging about the recent life experiences ( insert a scarring living arrnagement and/or moving out story here) that I felt have made me grow in some way. However while a lesson was learned I have never been the type of person who likes to rehash old wounds. While this only happened a little over two weeks ago I am already over what happened. I was able to push past what happened and am no longer in contact with the people responsible for the problems caused. I was super angry at first, I then became bitter and as quickly as it all happened I just forgot about it. Well, that'sa lie I didn't forget about it because if I started thinking about it, it still makes my blood boil a little. But in the end if it isn't happening right now, did I miss the moment to sit and blog about it? Aren't I then just complaining? Does anybody really want to hear me bitch about roommates that I have already moved on from?
This is a road block i feel to being a successful blogger. Do I sit down and share my daily wisdom as it bestowed upon me? Or do I make a conscious effort to put forth a well thought out blog that more describes the way I like to present myself. I have a very stream of conciousness style of blogging in me. But I also like to put forth a more streamlined, put together, finished product. There in lies the problem and I have yet to figure out if my blog entries should be more of an honest journal for others to read or more like the life lessons that I can sum up through my experiences while passing on some level of intellect and not just babbling to see if people read what I have to say about ME.
I do think my blog will evolve on its own but in order to really represent me I think I may have to make one blog about my triathlon and athletic interests. One about my life and even one more about my artistic journeys with my poems and such. Can one person really require three blogs?
Stay tuned!