Sunday, December 30, 2007

Lap of the Gods

Great article that captures a lot of the joys and challenges of open water swimming:

Lap of the gods

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

The 7 Best Things About Having the Flu on Christmas Day

1. I won't gain the 5 pounds I usually gain over the holidays
2. I'm being forced to take a break from exercise, which is probably a good thing
3. I feel like crap, but being quarantined is quiet and peaceful. I'd be playing with my nieces all day otherwise.
4. Pedialyte: YUM! (Read sarcasm.)
5. Watching Audrey Hepburn movies in bed with Raybon's laptop.
6. Getting serenaded by my nieces, who stood in the hallway, while I stayed in my quarantined room.
7. Hanging out with Willow, my one companion in my quarantined room.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening

by Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Jelly Brain

I feel like my brain is turning to jelly. I'm sitting here in front my stupid computer at work on a freaking Saturday. Raybon is gone at a LAN party, playing shoot 'em up games with his friends all weekend, so I figure it was a good time to do that server upgrade so I don't sit at home by myself wondering if I have any friends. One thing good about being married is you almost always have someone to do something with, even if you have trouble figuring out what that thing should be.

This mail server upgrade is taking for freaking ever.

I've been massively anti-social lately. I've blown off party after party. Last night, last weekend, the weekend before that. Soon, I will have no friends whatsoever. I don't really feel like explaining why I'm doing this, but maybe blowing off parties is a bad idea. I feel like I'm regressing. Someone once told me that when you get into your late 20's-early 30's sometimes your idiosyncrasies become amplified. I hadn't found that to be true, but at the moment, I feel sort of like that. Maybe I'll go to the next party I get invited to, just to resist inertia.

I had an Oxy moment today... I was riding around on my bike after swim practice by myself. I had a route in mind, but took two wrong turns and did a completely different ride than the one I had planned. After turning around after a missed turn, I got back to the street I missed the turn on, and there was the Tri Team (which I just joined) coming back from their annual Donut Ride (bike ride followed by Donut eating contests), which I anti-socially blew off. I said Hi to Coach and then tagged along as we rode back to the pool and our cars.

This is the kind of thing that happens that Oxy loves to obsess over. What if I hadn't made a wrong turn? What if I chose a different route? What if I decided at a different moment to turn around from my wrong turn? What if I rode a little slower. What if I hadn't stopped and ate that Hammer Gel? What does this all mean? I have no idea. Probably nothing at all. Well, the one thing its already made me face up to the fact that I blew off yet another social event and that maybe the line should be drawn here. Aack!!! Not yet!!! There's a Triathlete of the Year party next Saturday. Can't I blow off just one more thing before I repent of my ways?

Truthfully, I woke up this morning kind of wanting to go on the Donut Ride, and hoping someone at the pool at swim practice would encourage me to come along, but I felt too shy to go of my own accord. I need to be less passive.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Hawaii 70.3

Umm... To all of you who don't talk to me regularly, this may come as a shock. I signed up for a Half Ironman in Kona, Hawaii. This was not included in my list of athletic goals for the next year.

I told M.A. this morning about it. She is Ms. Open Water at M.M., and I half expected her to feel betrayed. Kind of silly, huh? I feel like I'm cheating on swimming. I talked to Big L. a little bit about my identity crisis, and she seemed to think that was silly, because triathletes are swimmers. I probably am being silly.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Pining for the Water

A couple of nights ago I lay in bed and smiled as I thought about the open water. It's the first time I've pined since June.

Easy Yummy, Healthy, Chocolate Shake Recipe

Protein, chocolate, natural sugars, almonds!

1 bottle Chocolate Almond Amazake
Half a box of Mori-nu Soft Silken Tofu

Blend in blender.