Saturday, November 26, 2011

Giving Thanks...For Blog Friends (and awards!!)

Let's just consider this my Thanksgiving post, shall we?  (On Thanksgiving I ate some wonderful food and posted a completely non-holiday story.)  I have thanking to do aside from my health, my family and my friends because in the past month I've been given two (2!) blogging awards!  The first is this baby:

It is from Pickleope, self-described as "the unholy cross-breed of a pickle and an antelope, and your guide to modern thinking".  All I know is, it all comes from an incredibly demented mind of genius and wit.  Thank you Pickleope!

The Sweet Blogger Award is to go to three more blogs.  The first thing that came to mind was the Fearsome Threesome, comprised of Megan (MegO), Erika and Megan.  Each of these wonderful women have athletic sites:

MegO at Watch Me Go Run writes about running, healthy eating, her boyfriend and her dog.  She includes lots of photos and is incredibly funny!

Erika at This Spartan Will! is a super-athlete who just signed up for an IRONMAN y'all!  I would say she is crazy but I've met her and she is incredibly sweet and funny...and in shape!

Megan at On the Road Again Megan is a long-time runner and a teacher who is expecting a baby, practically any day now!

The second  award I received is the Versatile Blogger:


Courtesy of Stacie at Skipping in Seattle.  She seems incredibly fun and happy, living life to the fullest!   If you want to see what I mean, check out her amazing Halloween costume!  Thank you Stacie!

This award asks that you share 7 facts about yourself.  It's always a bit tough to come up with these, but I dug deep and well, here's what I came up with.

1.  I can NOT stand anything made of wood in my mouth, or anyone else's mouth for that matter (think: popsicle sticks and tongue depressors).

2.  While I did have braces as a kid, my teeth shifted as I got older and I spent almost four years in them as an adult.

I hated every day of it, but it was totally worth it because I don't have daily jaw pain anymore. Always wear your retainers, kids!

3.  Beer makes me violently ill. I must be allergic to it.

Thankfully, wine and girly cocktails do not have the same effect :)

4.  Sometimes, I lean toward the dramatic.

But I really don't exaggerate about the athletics on this site. Sadly. And you're welcome.

5. TriGuy was (and is) my first love.

6.  We watch an unhealthy a fair amount of movies, and sometimes I think we have entire conversations in a dizzying array of movie lines.

7.  And finally:  meet the newest FitFluential Ambassador!  (You guys know I meant me, right?)

What does that mean?  Well, it means they think I'm influential about fitness, of course! (Shhh, don't tell them I don't know what I'm doing!) They'll connect me with products that cater to my type of lifestyle, as well as other like-minded bloggers.  So, I guess that means it'll be something like this:

The Versatile Blogger Award goes to five more blogs.  I chose:

Jennie at Well Shut the Front Door!  She's pretty funny and now, apparently, a little badass :)

Tonya at Where Have All the Hobos Gone?  She's snarky and she draws.  What more could you ask for?

Ali Mc at Running /w Spatulas.  She runs and she bakes and she blogs about both.  She has the cutest background on her site too!

Kristin at And she ran....  She has begun a journey to healthy living through diet and running.  Her progress to date is amazing!

Adrian at Happy Girls are the Prettiest Girls.  She's a runner and a hairdresser who does some modeling on the side and is a genuinely sweet person.  And she must  be incredibly happy because she is definitely pretty!

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Like a Turtle Riding a Donkey (i.e. I'm Not the Fastest Cyclist)

I stumbled out of the swim and TriGuy was there, camera in hand.  I asked him when Ann Marie had come through.

I set about getting myself  through T1 and since I was right next to the fence, TriGuy came around to take pictures.  I was so diligent shaky and dizzy that it took me 6 minutes to make it through.  TriGuy was helpful by documenting the adventure.  He was able to document a lot.

ran walked my bike up the hill and took a nice long drink out of my water bottle, since I didn't want to have to crash stop and drink on the way.

I hopped on the bike and traced the crescent moon.

I hopped off, repositioned to point the bike the right way (yes that happened)...and then, I was off!

I knew that my new bike would make me a bit slow so I expected some passing to take place.  But  I didn't really expect EVERY FLIPPIN' person to overtake me.  I was in an auditory bombardment of:

It. Was. Maddening.

And then, as if that wasn't bad enough, the 11 year old girl passed me...  And I never caught up. Buuuut, that's ok because she had a road bike and I was working harder than all those fancy road bike riders. Yep. That's m'story and I'm stickin' to it.

Honestly, that's about all I remember of the bike leg, except that I have a vague recollection of being passed by some dude on a really old bike.  Oh, and I'm pretty sure he was shirtless.

And hairy.

                      THE RUN LEG OF THE RACE


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