Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Run across America....

who would do such a silly thing?!

My teammates. That explains it right? :) But seriously check out the backdrop they are running with. That is real mother nature my friends.

Keep up with there adventure as they blog it here! You can imagine some funny stuff is going to start showing up.

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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Spring riding!

Be careful out there! When the weather gets warm we climb ourselves out of the basement and onto the roads.
But so do the crazies!

I got the chance to get about a 2.5 hour in on a week day in some gorgeous weather with some good company. In order to do this I had to do some quick riding to get to my friend's house in decent time to make it out for a good loop. This reminded of how much I love riding, commuting, and urban riding. Not that anything in Michigan is considered urban, but unlike most I love riding in with the cars. Weaving through traffic while obeying the laws and off course no salmoning here! Not this kind of salmoning, but this kind (about as big of a no-no as wiping back to front in my mind)!

Then I past a middle aged fit dude. Like blew by him. I apologize to the wife who had to deal with her husband coming home with his head between his legs, but hey, at least someone got to feel good about oneself for a quick minute.

Fast forward to picking up my friend and off we went. Five minutes later as we are pushing along while trying to maintain a conversation were we rudely interrupted. Not like an interruption of someone who forgot to say excuse me, but more like a laying on their horn as they ride up about 6 inches from our back wheel and just sit there…still on their horn. Surprisingly we both stayed calm and continued to ride just ignoring the fat white guy, but he continued to stay there for a good 30 seconds and then sped off around to the left less than a foot from my shoulder.  We were riding side by side on a road with limited shoulder, but said road is in the middle of nowhere and had no traffic coming in either direction. This car could have gone around us just like everyone else had previously done and continued to do after he was out of sight. Either way, I didn't let it ruin my ride we didn’t let it bother us to much and went on our marry way. 

But I can't stop pondering this dude's problem. To me, this is one of my biggest questions about the world. Why? Why do people compelled to do things like this. We weren’t in this guy’s way and we hadn’t antagonized him. How does someone have the energy to go out of their way to harm others? I'm sure it was something from his childhood or maybe shriveling man parts. But this is why I say I hate people sometimes.

I challenge you to try to be your best every day. Not in your training, but how you treat others.

On a happier note I brought home this beautiful piece of art.
And a piece of art it will be until I get my components and build it up in the next couple of weeks. It is my first full carbon bike and it is my first triathlon bike. I am moving on up.

Friday, March 23, 2012

So grateful...

for my sponsors! 

The last month has been crazy as work has picked up in a good way. I am glad it happened now and not in the next few months when I am focusing even more on training. It was rough but I really enjoy the people I work with and the work we do (it was a proposal so we hope to do).

Trying to juggle a heavy workload and training is stressful. So adding being stressed to the list makes it even that much more stressful. I have been able to keep my head on straight so far. Being a part of Rev3 has been such a blessing. I am so excited to be on track and focused for the upcoming season with some wonderful athletes and even more wonderful sponsors backing us up.

Rev3 is partnering with...

I have been a lover of the original Power Bar ever since I was hitting up swim meets at the age of 6. And since I have recently been informed by my USAT card expiring, that has been awhile. I am recently been consuming a lot of their Harvest Energy bar line which is oh so good! Oatmeal Raisin and Toffee Chocolate Chip are my favorite, but I am going to have to try Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip ASAP. I am especially pumped to get into their recovery products as I am finding it more vital on a day to day basis to put the good stuff into my body.

I am stoked about this one. I love Pearl Izumi's gear. They make their women's tops not belly shirts! I have been rocking the pro level tri clothing for the last couple of seasons, but this year I will be decked out in an awesome Rev3 kit.

I sometimes go day in and day out with the daily training drain and don’t focus on the details. Definitely is a fault of mine in training and out of training. But when I take the time I realize I don’t smell like chlorine! SBR has an awesome line of products including making me look like a babe getting out of the pool. Seriously this stuff works wonders.
I have tried a few compression socks in my day and pumped to be trying out Swiftwick. They are doing some things no one else is doing. I have only used the knees high for post workouts, so I am excited to try out their whole line.

Two sponsors I am not familiar with are NormaTec and Blue Seventy. I have heard awesome things about both and am so excited to try their products. I am in desperate need of a new wetsuit and will do a full post on how Blue Seventy is going to get me under an hour for 2.4! And hopefully actually getting in the pool might help. Also, get excited for lots of pictures in NormaTec Pneumatic Compression Device (PCD) also known as really big sexy boots. This is going to be clutch post marathon and gearing back up for IMAZ.

Things are going in the right direction and am overflowing with excitement. The only thing that is slowing this excitement is the massive amount of yard work that needs to be done this weekend. :) It is all about balance.