Wednesday, November 23, 2011

IMAZ

NO, I didn't race it......although I kinda wished I had!!  I was there though and I have to say, it was fantastic spectating.

One of my athletes, Peter, was doing his first Ironman and I just couldn't stay away (or mini-vacation....whatever).  I wanted to see him succeed in his first IM and to experience the day from a spectator point of view.  Some people don't like spectating......I happen to love it.  It is such a great experience for me to watch IM from the outside, to be the supporter, to take the pictures, to stress out over Ironmanlive.com (OMG it sucks), and to watch the action from the outside.  And knowing what it's like being on the inside of the "athlete's only" side of the fence makes spectating that much more emotional for me.  It reinforces why I love this sport, why I spend oodles of time training, why I compete.  Yes, it makes me just a little bit more hungry for 2012.

Not only did I spectate but I was able to catch up with Punky for a bit the day before the race.  He gave Peter some spectacular advice like consuming an entire pie in transition (apparently they are in the same age group) and drafting is totally OK.  Fortunately, Peter doesn't listen that well:)
Yet another picture proving how vertically challenged  I am
And, after lunch, I was invited to participate in a photo shoot for 3/GO magazine!!  It's for their "Real Profile" series and what can I say.....how much fun is it to have your picture taken by renowned photographer Larry Rosa!!  I hope I didn't have any boogers hanging out my nose (yes, I've had a cold) or any salad left in my teeth.  Assuming that's all good I'm hoping these pictures turn out OK!!!

Spectating is as hard as it ever was but the day was perfect!!  My athlete executed a spectacularly perfect race and had an amazing experience.  As a coach, there is nothing more that you can ask for!!  

And just so you know, his number was 2289 and his time was NOT 22:89!!!

The 2012 race schedule is being finalized and I am excited.  Details will come shortly!! IMAZ 2012 is NOT in the schedule but I really wanted to put my hat in. In the meantime, I am still excelling at the "off-season".  I finally dusted off my bike and have taken it out for a few spins.  And I have jumped in the pool a few times.  It's all good:)!!  But I am getting a bit antsy to get back at it.  Time off is good.  Time off is good!!!

It's almost December so it must be time for another blog makeover.  I've decided to get rid of the 80's day-glo pink:)!!

OK, time for a completely random thought.....the new Twilight movie sucks.  There, I said it.  I've been looking forward to this movie since Breaking Dawn was my favorite book.  The movie though is awful.  Or maybe I'm over it.  Still firmly on Team Edward. My, my Jacob is a moody wolf:)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Hello November!

Would you look at that?  It has been quite some time since my last post!!  And it's not like I've been busy working out or training or anything like that.  Last week consisted of a couple of yoga classes, a couple of swims, a couple of runs.  Hot yoga was the longest session at 1:30.  Oh, and my dog is a very happy walking dog.
Halloween....my little witch!
Yep, there are a gaggle of girls on my col-de-sac.  It is going to be really scary for us parents in a few years.
My hippy:)

I'm doing my best to follow what my body is asking for.  It really hasn't been much and clearly riding my bike has not been at the front of my mind.  But can you blame me?  It's cold.  And snowy.  And cold.  And I cannot find any good reason for me to be on my trainer right now (unless, of course, PIC calls for some trainer company).  It is off-season and time to unplug.  Some athletes only take a few days off after an Ironman, some a few weeks.  But this is time to refresh and recharge and not be married to the numbers on the Garmin taskmaster.  I am slowly but surely getting back into training but plan on keeping a fairly casual approach for the next little while.

More cute kiddo pictures:
First snow day of the 2011-2012 school year.  


My little helpers made shoveling a lot more fun!

In the meantime, I have been cooking.  (yes, the family is cheering in the background)  And reading.  Trying to organize my life.  There have been a couple of additions to my stables (new athletes) to keep me busy and a couple of athletes are finishing up their seasons.  I have room for 1-2 more athletes.....if interested drop me a line!!

Saturday was an awesome day.  In addition to being my birthday, athlete Cody was participating in his first Ironman and I was giddy with excitement!!  I woke up far too early but then realized I could watch the start on the live Ironman feed.....so I snuck out of bed and watched!!  It was great!  Then I went back to bed and slept for another hour.  As soon as I woke up, I checked Cody's swim status - woot woot - awesome swim!!

Time for a bit of hot yoga and then more time in front of the computer.  does anyone else have a love/hate relationship with Ironmanlive.com?  I wasn't getting any bike splits and it was driving me nuts.  But after the kids went off to see Lion King with my parents, Michael and I snuck off to a mid-day movie.  I would be lying if I said I wasn't checking my phone trying to get updates during the movie.......
Look who's wearing a dress!!!!  
I'm not gonna lie....I really wanted to see this!

After the movie we went and tracked down beer and wifi so that I could hopefully see Cody cross the finish line.  That's right, I brought my laptop into the bar and had Ironmanlive on the video feed.  We were both watching intently.....I knew it would be any minute he would be an Ironman.  And then boom, lost the darn video feed.  Are you kidding me?  I got it going again but he had already crossed the finish line.  Needless to say, I was one proud coach:)!!  A bit weird though, his number was 1058....his finish time?  10:58....

The day finished up with a great sushi dinner and froyo with my family!  Thank you to everyone who left me such wonderful birthday wishes on Facebook - WOW!  It was really heart-warming and I was absolutely tickled by all the messages:)