First, I have to give a HUGE shout out to our dear friends Jim and Tracy Aust. Tom and I met Jim and Tracy a few years ago. Tracy is friends with my mother-in-law and over the years, we've gotten to know Jim and Tracy and become great friends with them. They are truly amazing people and Tracy has become almost like a mom to me. They are by far the most caring, sincere, humble and fun people I think I've ever met. Oh, and did I mention that they are absolute rock stars in the tri and du world? I'm talking A-MAZING! Just to give you a little run down of how much in awe of them I am, here are some stats about the Aust:
- At the Elite Endeavors Triathlon in Sylvania, Ohio the Austs all made the top 10 overall with Jim at 6th, Zach (their son who just started racing this summer on a whim) at 7th (and only his 3rd tri) and Tracy at 10th (1st overall woman).
- Tracy has had 7 1st Overall Female race finishes ... this year.
- She repeatedly qualifies for Nationals and this year was the 1st in her Age Group by 10 minutes and 4th Overall Female (missed third by a mere 3 seconds)
- She's a USA Triathlon 2009 All-American and ranked #13 in her age group
- Jim's a freaking stud too - always in the top 10 at any race we do, one hell of a biker (and swimmer and runner) and has competed a multiple times in Nationals and Worlds. Oh... and he only took up the sport a few years ago.
Anyhoo, so this past weekend they head to Budapest to represent the USA at Sprint Worlds and they both kicked some major butt! Jim was smokin' fast in a super tough AG and came in 13th, and Tracy freaking WON her AG. She's the World Champion. The. World. Champion.
And we know them. I wish I could be fast just by association or that some of their awesomeness would rub off on me. I'm determined to find out their secret (besides an amazing amount of hard work). Heck... maybe I should hire them to coach me.
In any event, I'm so super proud of them and just think that the world should know how much Tom and I admire them, look up to them, want to be like them and love them!
My second thing is TOTALLY off the subject of awesomeness.
So right after the Ironman, Tom and I went to a friend's pool and hung out with my sister and brother-in-law and their kiddos. My brother-in-law used to be a swimmer so as we were splashing around, Tom asked Richard to check out my stroke and tell me what I can do to improve. I swam once across the pool, popped up and looked at him for wisdom and his response was "do you always kick that much because I couldn't concentrate on anything but your kicking?". Lovely. I guess I do. I don't know.
He had me put a kick board (because that's all we could find) between my legs to prevent the kick. I swam some more. We talked some more and it was determined that I need to kick less. His suggestion "swim with a pool boy between your legs".
I don't think I've ever laughed so hard in my life.
Richard is originally from England and still has a very thick accent. He repeated himself, probably because at this point everyone was cracking up. The jokes started...my husband was definitely not in favor of me getting faster if it it meant I had to put a pool boy between my legs.
In any event, I finally stopped laughing, told him it's a pull buoy and promised that I'd buy one of those and work with it. Went out, got one, and tried it out today.
Hot damn that thing killed my inner thighs. Am I doing something wrong? Not only were my shoulders on fire from pulling without a kick, but I seriously must be squeezing the thing way hard. It's definitely like the thigh-master.
Everyone always said that swimming works every part of your body... I can barely walk tonight.
hehehe - all because of Richard suggesting I get a pool boy. :)