Saturday, August 25, 2012

Update

I've been pretty busy, I guess. Rory is in swimming lessons, which is only two days a week, but I also try to get him in the water a little more than that, too.  I also read somewhere that kids need to be outside 2 hours a day, so I've been trying to make that happen.  Rory is making good progress with his swimming lessons, although he isn't quite swimming yet.  He enjoys the water a lot, which makes me really happy.

I've been swimming more, trying to get in the water 3 days a week, which is challenging, because our local pool has been closed in the evenings for most of the last month.  I've snuck out at naptime for a swim a couple times, and drove down to Flip Flop for a swim in the evenings a couple times, too.  I've also been trying to do strength training that I used to do.  I hope it helps!

I've raced a couple times.  I wrote a couple race reports that I haven't published.  Not sure why.  My favorite race was the GnaR-S-R, which was a few weeks ago.  It is a race that goes from the Flip Flop Wharf to the Capitola Wharf, combining 5 miles of beach running with 1 mile of ocean swimming, starting at dawn. You run, then swim, then run, then swim, then run, then swim, then finally run.  Running on the beach early on the morning is something I've never done!    It is awesome.  It is not, like it says in The Runner's Rulebook by Mark Remy, overrated.  I think one of my favorite things about this race is how primal it seems.  Running barefoot.  Swimming through kelp, using it to pull you along in the water.  Making your wear through breakers to enter the water.  Landing on a rocky shore, and getting tangled in seaweed.  No roads, no shoes, and in my case, no wetsuit.  It was also fun seeing some people from T.S., hitching a ride with them back to the start, and feeling a little like I was part of the team again.  I went home and took Rory to a park playdate, where he did his own adventuring by walking along a 4 foot wall before Mommy got a chance to get him down...  I think next time I tire myself that way, we'll stay within the safe confines of home, or a playground that doesn't enable so much daredevilry.

I also did a Splash and Dash on Sunday.  I did a 1 mile swim and 3 mile run.  I got 3rd in the Women's Open (18-39) Division.  I won a mug and a water bottle.  The mug says "Podium Finisher."  I almost couldn't believe I won.  I walked up to get my prize, and had to tell them who I was so they would give it to me.  I'm sure there was some other reason for confusion, but it almost felt like they were as incredulous that little ol' me could place as I was.  Third out of 23.  That's about as high as I've ever placed in anything, percentile wise.  I also was 30 seconds faster on the swim than last time, and  1 minute faster in the run.  Anyhow, enough with the bragging.  Sorry.  Ok, I'm not really sorry.

I had a nice birthday the day before the race thanks to my lovely friends and family.  Thank you to those of you who either called, emailed, sent gifts, or celebrated with me.

What's next?  I don't know.  I am starting an online accounting class, trying to think ahead for a time when Rory is keeping me less busy.  I kind of want to do the Flip Flop Triathlon, but we'll see if I have time to train, since I'm taking on the class.  I'm afraid adding in cycling (which I've already been doing on the trainer a little a couple times a week) as well as school will throw my life out of balance.  The class starts next week, so I'll see how the workload feels, and then make a decision about whether or not do take on a tri.

I kind of feel like doing the GnaR-S-R has awoken something in me again that makes me want to do more fun adventurous things like that.  I feel like I've been telling myself that I am not the type of person who is brave or athletic.  It was fun doing the kind of thing that I had to be talked into doing, rather than just something I knew for sure I could do.  I wish there were more events like that..  Adventerous, but not requiring a life bogged down by stress or overtraining.