Race Schedule and Results

Friday, January 28, 2011

You are great

I just have to say, you are all great. I loved the comments about my need for a vacation, as well as the good thoughts during our ski/casino trip. Here's an update for you - the vacation idea kind of came and went. We booked a cruise and then proceeded to cancel it less than 24 hours later when my voice of reason kicked in. Damn it sucks being responsible! Honestly, it would have been heaven to sit in the sun with an umbrella drink and read trashy educational magazines, but the cruise lines get ya, hook line and sinker. I booked this great 3 day cruise for an unbelievably low price (like too good to be true low price). Then it happens - you find out that it's going to cost $170 to get from the airport to the boat, $200 to get my passport renewed and to me in less than 4 weeks, $60+ dollars in tips, who knows how much $ for beer and soda, $ for a dog sitter, $ to park out car at the airport while we are gone, etc. I guess I was having an airhead moment when I booked and thought that I was actually getting off that easy. So being a grown up, I realized that wasn't a smart choice and canceled. We're traveling to some great locations for races this year - Knoxville, Portland, Chicago and Sandusky (what, you mean the beach and water at Lake Erie aren't like that of the Bahamas?) so I need to just suck it up buttercup and realize that if I want to spoil myself in the sun, I can move out of Ohio. :)

As for the casino and ski trip - great time! BUT... we didn't ski (which was good because that means I didn't have a chance to break my face, and yes, you can totally break your face). My poor momma has been in PT for some hamstring problems for quite a while now and she was really scared to risk hurting herself some more (not to mention she has a bum back). It would have been hard for all of us to enjoy the day, knowing that she was trying to be a tough girl for us, or worse, sitting in the "lodge" while we were having fun. We opted to stay in the casino and blow through some more money. Honestly, I didn't lose much (although I didn't win much either... penny slots are not big payers). There was a lady at a machine down from us that was all nonchalant when the bells started ringing above her machine. She won $82000 on a quarter machine. $82000! She just sat there and smiled. Hello - Tom and I said that we would have been doing carpet angels and running around like we just struck gold. Hell, I almost did that when I won $50 on the Zeus penny slot game. I was big time people...

Okay, so that's that. I have other exciting news and needed to wait to tell you because I needed to break it to my mom first (no, I'm not pregnant).

I've decided to do another 140.6. I know. I know. What happened to the "I'll never do that again" statement? If you know me, you know that it's total BS and to never listen to me. I said that after my first marathon (and I've since done another 6) and my first three Ironman races. I'm super excited though. I've decided to race the full at Cedar Point for a couple of reasons:
  • It's a REV3 race and we know that it'll be top notch (and they won't run out of water on a 96 degree day)
  • My teammates will be there and many of them will be racing - and I'm sure the smart others who raced the half will make it a party, cheering all of the long distance course people.
  • Three words - BLOGGER MEET UP (I mean, hello so many of us will be there - Sunday night could get crazy!)
  • It's in Ohio. A 140.6 in Ohio!
  • I totally feel like I got robbed at IMLOU. That's all I need to say about it.
  • I honestly enjoy training for an Ironman in the summer. Yes, I bitch about it. I'm not going to lie because there are days when it sucks. But in general, I love knowing that my body can do what it does and training for an Ironman distance race tests your body to the fullest.
  • I have some goals. Some time goals. I want to see some results of my hard work!

And speaking of Team Trakkers, they introduced the pro team the other day.

Team Trakkers/REV3 2011 from REVOLUTION3 Triathlon on Vimeo.

A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! The full professional team includes:
Hillary Biscay: 2008 Ironman Wisconsin Champion; 15-time top-three Ironman finisher
Courtenay Brown: Danskin Tri & Silverman Half winner; Inside Tri columnist
Kathleen Calkins: 2010 REV3 Cedar Point 3rd place; Top Amateur Kona 2009
Richie Cunningham: 2x 70.3 Champion; 4x Top-Five 70.3 World Championships
Brian Fleischmann: 1st World Team Champs; 2x 2nd place USAT National Champs
Jacqui Gordon: Multiple Ironman and 70.3 Top-Ten finisher
Amanda Lovato: 2010 Pucón 70.3 Champion; Multiple Half Ironman Champion; Multiple Top-Five Ironman finisher
Michael Lovato: 2x Ironman Champion; 3x Top-Ten Kona; 3x National Champion
Chris McDonald: 3x Ironman Champion
Jessica Meyers: 2010 Augusta 70.3 Champ; US National Team; Armed Services Champion
Matt Sheeks: 2010 Duathlon Pro National Champion; 2009 Duathlon AG World Champion

I know that I've said it already and I'll say it again and again - it's still kind of unreal that I'm racing for a team like Trakkers. Our sponsors are amazing (REV3, Kestrel Bikes, Avia, Canari, TYR, All3Sports, First Endurance, SBRSports).

It's going to be a good year... a very good year!


Lori said...

Yay for 140.6 in Ohio! Maybe Stevi and I can roadtrip it up to Cedar Point to cheer you on :D Can't wait for tomorrow!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

I cant live vicaruiously through you on a warm vacation!!!

Rev3 is going to be a party, I am taking suggestions on what everyone would like to do for a meetup. I think almost everyone will hang around for the the full people and then we should all regroup and party up to midnight at the finishline.

tri like mary said...

Congrats on choosing to do another 140.6. You so have unfinished business to take care of. A friend of mine did the 70.3 at Cedar Point last year and LOVED it.

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

Very cool you are doing the Rev3 Full. I will keep a few cold beers for you at the finish (-: (70.3 for me).

Good call on skipping the cruise, probably would have got food poisoning!

Jon said...

Wow, no pressure now to join everyone @ CP. You are right, the after race party is gonna get OUTA HAND!!

So doing the 140.6 race is addicting I take it?

Aunt Nan said...

We had a great getaway with you and Tom. But, just to set the record straight, that slot machine winner didn't win $18,000...she won $82,000. Heck, I would have been happy with $82.00. Love ya!

Anonymous said...

sucks being responsible doesn't it?? You will be so busy at some fun races you won't miss the cruise-and heck-you can always stick an umbrella in a drink anywhere :)

Christi said...

My husband and I put on our adult responsible hats and cancelled our New Orleans vacation. I am devastated but we had to do the right thing. Sucks!

That is awesome that you are doing the full rev! I will be rooting for you from afar!

Aimee said...

I totally understand being the "adult" and canceling that trip. I think my husband and I would have done the same thing!

Yay for signing up for Rev3!! That is awesome! There are so many bloggers doing it, I'm sure it will be a great time!

Chris K said...

Sandusky sounds tropical. I can feel your excitement for that race. Very cool.

Beth said...

So excited for you about the 140.6, can't wait to follow your journey!

Kristin said...

YAY for you signing up for Cedar Point!! I heard that race was a good one!! Youa are so lucky to be sponsored!! Yay!

Anonymous said...

Lol..I died laughing about the carpet angels comment!

Kristen said...

I'm glad you got a little getaway with Mom and Dad.

I'm excited to have the chance to see you on September 11 run your 4th Ironman. If I can travel to Panama City Beach to see you, I can CERTAINLY go north two hours! And that's that's, young lady. x o x o

Ironman By Thirty said...

Congrats on deciding on a 140.6! Rev3 CP is going to be awesome! I almost wish I was doing it instead of IMWI :)

Good luck with your training!

Anne-Marie said...

AWESOME about the 140.6! I had been thinking of driving back to Pgh after the half, but now I'm thinking maybe I should stay another night!

Bummer about the cruise, but at least you'll have more $$ for your race travel and more tri gear :)

I'm the same way with the slot machine winnings... over Christmas break I won ~$80 on the penny machines and was grinning from ear to ear.

DRog said...

Congrats on the sign-up for the full! oh yea....and also for being responsible:)

I met a few blooger peeps in AZ for the marathon and even tho it was a short visit it was AWESOME!

that lady winning 82K - maybe she is still under water on her gambling debt?!


Anonymous said...

Damn straight on everything you've written!!!! I'm super excited we will be "racing" together. I say that because for me it will be a feet to finish...I actually hope I see some teamies on the route, even if they pass me ;-) THere is one area where you will double back and see folks going out while you are circling back around for your second 13.1 of the 26.2 (if it's the same route). My responsibility today was giving up my bike ride for finishing the bathroom, BOO. Will be doubling up tomorrow though.Yay for sunny sundays

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Velma said...

AWESOME!!!! I am excited for Cedar Point. You are going to rock it. It does suck to be responsible, but you are going to be happy in the long run!!

Jamie said...

Woohoo! Rev3 CP is going to rock. I could not possibly have had more fun there last year.

Oh, and it IS possible to break your face while skiing. I know from experience. It isn't pretty....

But that is a story for another day.

Alisa said...

OMG, I had this almost exact same thing happen. I wanted to take a trip I looked all over for somewhere sunny and warm. I just wanted to go for a weekend. Then, I realized to get there it'd cost over $300, hotels were another $300 (for TWO NIGHTS) plus money for stuff once I was there. Blah, I decided I could hold out for sunshine here, yes, in the PacNW when I probably won't see sun for another 7 months. =( Responsibility stinks sometimes doesn't it hehe.

Also, on the "I'll never statement" totally been there too. There are a couple of new 70.3's in portland this summer, I have to train in the summer since the weather isn't nice enough for biking most of the year. I'm still not sold on doing either race this year but I've been thinking about it. And thinking about (gasp) another marathon!

We really do need to meet up while you're out here this summer, sometimes I feel like I read your stuff and I go "dude, that is so me!"

Meredith said...


Mark said...

REV3 Cedar Point?! Like—hooray! See you there teamie.

As for the skiing? Yeah, good move. I went sledding with my kids today and I SERIOUSLY think I almost broke my tailbone.

Nothing like a broken tailbone to set back your training a day or two, eh?

Melissa C said...

Yay for your Full Rev in Ohio. I just might be one of those bloggers out there. It is up in the air. I will need some major peer pressure, funds, and babysiting to do the 70.3,

Anthony said...

Good for you, bring on Rev3 140.6! Never say never...

MissFancyPants said...

That's awesome - I can't wait to hear about your training!! The fact that it is in the same state is pretty cool.

Laura said...

ok.. so ho's in charge of the blogger meet up?I don't know why, but I would nominate BDD!!!

BDD I'll be the one in green.. or toward the end of the sea of green! :)

Emz said...

Inspirational. For. Sure.

Great year ahead for you. No. Doubt.

Lindsay and James Cotter said...

awesome! thats a good race! Maybe we'll be there.

The Hungry Runner Girl said...

140.6....you are my hero! Bummer about the cruise but they really are SO expensive!! I hate being responsible:)

Matty O said...

Not sure why I haven't been reading your posts... you are on my blogger roll... sorry! haha.

To be honest, I just went through and cut the fat of my blogs that I read. So, now I have time to read yours!

Rev 3 Cedar Point huh? My wife and I have drinken the kool aid as well and are going to sign up.

Good luck to you with your training this summer, I look forward to following along on your journey!

See you out there!