Friday, August 23, 2013

I've been busy living life and neglecting the blog!

I realized the other day that life is what is happening while I'm not writing.  Well, I haven't been writing much so here is a bit of what I have been doing.

I have been picking tomatoes so I can eat this!
Tomatoes, Mozzarella, basil, and balsamic vinegar!
 And removing my toe polish so I can examine the nails that are going to fall off.
This is what happens while training for half marathons
And covering them with blue polish so nobody can see the nasty nails!
Much better!
And running with these folks ...
XC Team ready for a trail run

So I can hang out with these guys..

And do this!

Yup, that's me!

It's a tough life!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Burley Spudman 2013 – A little older and a little faster!

Awesome Friend Paulee
I’ve told you about my awesome friend, Paulee.  She talked me in to joining her for a team effort in the Burley Spudman Triathlon last year.  It is a beast!  Paulee did the first two legs, swimming a mile in the Snake River and then biking 25 miles! She is also a beast!  I ran the last six miles.  We thought we were pretty cool last year when we won our age group – until we broke our trophies!  Read about it here.

Another year.  Another Spudman. Did I mention we are in the oldest team age group?  Sometimes you can get more competitive as you age because you move into an older group.  Ya, we don’t have that luxury to look forward to.  Fortunately, you don’t have to win to get a trophy. You just have to finish in the top three.  (We really wanted another trophy since both of ours are broken.) We knew the competition was going to be tough and kept telling each other that we were doing it for fun, to keep in shape for snow and water skiing, and we just needed to finish.
Some of our fans
Experience is invaluable.  Last year I was nervous for nearly two hours before it was necessary.  This year I knew I had more time to get prepared for the run and I stayed much more calm waiting for Paulee to return on the bike.  My tummy was happy about that.  Paulee’s swim was FAST and she really cut time on her swim to bike transition – opting to forgo socks and gloves this time.  The weather was cool.  It even rained a bit during the run.  I was equipped with my new light Pearl Izumi runners and I was able to manage my mid-run fuel better.  I ran my fastest 10K thus far!
Three must be our lucky number this year.  We cut three minutes off our time from last year and we placed 3rd in our age group – good enough to get another coveted Spudman Trophy!
Unbroken Trophies
The best part?  That would be doing something I love with a friend I love.  That, and all the obnoxious bragging we do to our hubbies!

Obnoxious post-race selfie