Race Schedule and Results

Saturday, January 23, 2010

THAT guy

Tom's out of town for the weekend so I decided that my 2:15 minute bike and 30 minute run would be better suited (and probably more productive) at the gym. On Saturdays, they have a spin class from 9:15 - 10 and then another at 10:30 - 11:15. You have to sign up for a bike before each class, but the girls were nice enough to let me sign up for both classes at once. I'm sure I'm the only one that's even done a double spin class there **GASP**

I did my run before because I had extra time. I went to the spin room around 9 and got situated. It was pretty crowded already and I plopped myself right in the front and started spinning. I'm not shy. There's a guy two bikes down from me getting his stuff together. He's THAT guy.

Form this picture in your head for me...

Big guy (like chubby big, not juiced big). He's in Notre Dame stuff head to toe. Even his bag in front of the spin bike is ND. He has military dog tags on, which are outside of his cotton shirt with the sleeves cut off. He has on big tube socks. Two 32 ounce bottles of Gatorade are on his bike. And I see a trash bag peaking out of the arm holes of the shirt.

Is he really wearing a trash bag with a hole for his head and arms under his shirt??

Ummmmm... yeeeeaaaahhhh....

He keeps lifting up his shirt (which is NOT a pretty sight) to adjust his new heart rate monitor which he's told the whole class, um I mean instructor, all about (and yeah, it was really the whole class). I try to keep from smiling.

The lights dim and we begin our workout. It's a good one. Intervals. I'm happy.

All of a sudden, about 5 minutes into it, THAT guy yells "HOORAH". I think to myself, that's a bit odd, but keep pedaling. About 5 minutes later he does it again. Turrets maybe? About 15 minutes into our class, he gets off his bike (mid interval) and announces that his heart rate monitor isn't working. The instructor tells him that it's probably interfering with the lady next to him.

Another HOORAH!

Really? At this point, I'm starting to giggle, although I'm able to contain it. He gets back on and about 5 minutes later, gets off, moves to the next bike which happens to be empty. Adjusts everything, announces that he's switching bikes and hops back on.

One last HOORAH for good times sake.

I'm so happy that the class is almost done because I probably would have laughed one of those "you aren't supposed to be laughing" laughs if he HOORAH-ed again.

I think he was on the bike about 25 minutes of our 45 minute class. He hugged the instructor as he walked out when it was over and thanked her for the good workout. I held back thanking him for making me smile on this dreary Saturday morning and giving him a HOORAH for old times sake.

Like I suspected, I was the only one who did a double. The next class was much quieter. The instructor was a wee-bit chipper for me, but whatever. I got a good workout in.

I hope HOORAH guy comes back. He was funny. :)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Anyone else feeling this way? Maybe it's the January blues. Or maybe it's the fact that it's barely above freezing, the snow is melting so it's a brown slushy mess, the sun hasn't been out in days and they are calling for rain the whole week. Oh, and I can't feel my toes. Don't I sounds like a bundle of joy? :) I don't really feel like doing much other than curling up in bed and watching a movie! Too bad that's not happening!

My birthday is quickly approaching... 30 isn't scaring me nearly as bad as I thought! I haven't really thought much about it to be honest! That's a good thing right? But with my birthday brings a trip to Gatlinburg with one of my favorite couples and my wonderful hubby and I can't wait! The countdown is on (for the trip that is!)

Finally, I don't ask for many favors, but if you can all keep my dear friend Danica in your thoughts tomorrow and the next few weeks I'd surely appreciate it. She's having a fairly big surgery and although we all know that it'll go fine, she's still got a long recovery ahead of her! Love ya girl!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A new way of thinking

I don't know what it is about Ironman Louisville, but I'm so excited for it. Maybe it's the challenge. God knows it's not the distance or the heat or swimming in the Ohio River. Actually I should be questioning my sanity for signing up for a hilly 140.6 in August in Kentucky, but whatever. In any event, I'm really excited and can't stop thinking about it. Training officially started on Monday and kicking my own arse never felt so good. Maybe this was just what I needed to light that spark again. Ask me again in about 4 months how I feel and my answer will inevitably be different.

I biked last night on my mother-in-law's spin bike. I've never been a huge fan of her spin bike, but I'm learning to love it. I get a really good workout in on it. I sweat a lot. :) I rode for 1:10 yesterday and then proceeded to run a 25:34 5k. I really want to break the 8 minute per mile mark in a tri this year. I know I have some work to do, but it's only January.

And Tom bought me a new tri uni for Christmas. It's pink and gray. Orca. I'm in love. Now if only I could find some place to paint my bike the way I want it. I know my bike's pretty, but it would be PERFECT if it were pink and black. Just sayin'...

I'm such a girlie girl some times!

Oh, and big news - my husband is off his rocker too (which makes for a good marriage) and decided to ride with Team Type 1 again this year in the Race Across America. Another 3000+ miles on the bike for the team, with a huge record to break. Although he'll miss the first outdoor tri of the season and one that's near and dear to our hearts, I'm excited for him and will be there in Annapolis again this year to watch them come in. Let's hope it's earlier than 3am! :)

Thursday, January 7, 2010


It's freaking cold outside. And it's cold inside. I have the heat up, the portable heaters on, but to no avail, it's still only 61 degrees in my lovely home. While I love that it's old (105 years) and has character (the walls aren't even and the floors slope down), I could definitely live in a new house with good heating and be just as happy.

And for me... cold weather means I'm a total wuss when it comes to working out outside. I look at it this way...

If I can work out inside until April, then I'm be super amped to get out there in late spring and early summer and the long Ironman workouts won't seem like a drag.

How could biking in a tank top and swimming without a wetsuit comfortably be a drag though??? :)

Maybe a warm house isn't all that would make me happy... for some reason Arizona, Florida, California, etc. all have a nice ring to them...

Off to PA to visit the grandparents and my favorite PA families! Hoping the snow holds off...

Monday, January 4, 2010

"You need to get your head checked"

Always a good thing when this is the first thing your mom says to you after you answer the phone and say "Hello". I know it's purely out of love though, right mom?

So what's wrong with my head?

I signed up for another Ironman - Ironman Louisville 2010. It wasn't sold out yet so why not right?

Yeah, maybe there is something wrong with my head!

No, in all actuality, I've been thinking about it for a while. Last year just wasn't the year I had hoped. I trained for a marathon in May which totally kicked my butt and then zapped my motivation. My husband did the Race Across America in June and didn't want anything to do with training. The summer kind of came and went... training lacked a little because of our burn out. And then training for Ironman Florida was supposed to pick up. But we weren't ready. We had a cool fall which is great, but not for swim training and long bikes. Tom traveled a ton and to train alone in the cold dreary days just wasn't my thing. Come IMFL in November, I so just wanted to be done. Then I had a ho-hum race at best. Sure I finished, but I felt horrible the whole day, I wasn't thrilled with the performance and I swore off anything longer than about 5 minutes of exercise the minute I crossed the finish line. In true Irondiva fashion though, that didn't last long. I started setting goals for 2010 and it just didn't feel right to not pay back the distance that challenged me so much in 2009.

So Louisville it is - because it's close and in August, but also it's the only one still open in the US! BUT, there are a lot of upsides and I'll be honest~

I'm super excited! Like more excited than I was last year. I don't know if it's because I'm ready to make it my own, if I'm ready for the challenge or if the cold has killed some brain cells, but I think it's going to be a good year!