Sunday, February 26, 2017

Guess Who's Training for an Ironman?

This girl!

It is most definitely not me.

So, Erika came to visit as my first house guest and we went out to explore some of the finer things in LA.

The day she arrived we went straight to Hollywood Boulevard to see the famous people.

The real reason we went though, was to go to a taping of Jimmy Kimmel Live! We got there just as they were starting the line and wound up with front row seats, which gave us a perfect view of Jimmy and his guests, right between the cameras.

A woman asked to be seated in the empty spots next to us, and we're pretty sure she was blocked by the cameras the whole time. She made up for it by cheering reeeeaaallllyyyy loudly the whole time.

Despite her ear piercing shrieks ebullient enthusiasm, we thoroughly enjoyed the show.

But we definitely felt old when we had never heard of the musical guest, who was up for 6 Grammys. 

The next day was the start of Erika's Official Ironman Training so we went for a run. In the rain.

After our workout the rain stopped so we went down to the beach, where it was foggy and empty.

We still had fun exploring and got some delicious ice cream.

Oh, and we had been in such a hurry to get out the door that we failed to notice we were dressed exactly the same.

The cool people who work in the Venice shops found that very amusing.

When we got home, one of my former coworkers, Jess, came over because she was in town. It was fun to catch up while Erika pretended she did not need a nap.

Jess was one of my amazing cheerleaders at the Oly tri.

The next day was finally sunny, so Erika, TriGuy and I headed back down to the beach. Erika and I ran 6 miles on the boardwalk and when we were done we passed a table set up with finish line food. After our not-so-subtle looks and questions to each other about it, the guys manning it offered us some water. We rehydrated and chatted about Erika's Ironmans...Ironmen??

They were really nice guys from the L.A. Leggers, a training program for the LA Marathon.

On Erika's last day here we went for her run, watched the Super Bowl (what a game!!) and then, sadly, it was time for her to go home.

It was such a great weekend and I can't wait to see her again in Chicago for the marathon!

1. Do you have any "don't miss" tips for easy sightseeing in Chicago? It will be my first time there, aside from airport layovers.

2. Will you be in Chicago in October?

3. Were you thrilled or extremely upset with the Super Bowl? Did you make/lose money? I wasn't rooting for either team but it was fun to watch.



  1. Who was the musical guest? I'm old too so I probably don't know either, but just wondering! 😂

  2. Well, the Bean is a fun thing to see in Chicago. I'm usually there for business trips and get out to run along Lakeshore Drive, but you'll be doing plenty of that! There are great museums if you have time for that.

    1. Thanks for the suggestions, Coco! If the Bean is close by I definitely want to check it out because it just looks cool. You're right that I don't need any running routes!

  3. 1) Never been to Chicago (but want to). 2) Not sure what the future holds. 3) Didn't really care, but made $50, so that's cool.
    I loved this post because you mentioned Catalina. That tiny island is the first vacation my spouse and I went on together and where my family would go as a cheap vacation. I love Catalina so much.
    Good luck to Erika on her Iron-person.

    1. Fair answers to the questions. I have heard good things about Catalina--we should get out there!

  4. I've got absolutely no tri-tips or tricks… But have to say good Lord I adore you

  5. I LOVE THIS MORE THAN I CAN TELL YOU!!!!! Thank you for doing this :)
    I can't wait for our adventures in Chicago! Since I was just there with the girls, I got some good insight on places to go and things to do - and without the kids will be even more fun!
    LOVE YOU, my BFF!

    1. I'm so excited for Chicago!! Well not excited for the race yet, but for our trip together!

  6. I find it hysterical when you wind up randomly wearing or at least color coordinating with a friend or sig other, without even knowing it - hahaha! That actually happened on the day my husband and I did our engagement photos! I had white pants and a blue top and he wore blue pants and a white top and when we started taking photos, the photog commented on it and I was like WHAOOAAAAA wait a hot second! LOL!

    PS: Erika is nuts - an Iron Man. Yeahhhhh no. LOL!

    1. TriGuy and I do it too, and one of us will change if we catch it before heading out the door. Yup Erika is way more ambitious than me!!

  7. Sounds like you had a great visit with your friend. :-)

  8. Don't take a shuttle from the airport to town-pay for a limo service instead. Totally worth it. You should run some of the races (marathon/half mary) our on Catalina. It's beautiful! What IM is your friend training for?

    1. Thanks for that info! I will look into the Catalina races at some point for sure. Erika is doing Tremblant :)

  9. What Ironman are you training for? I have Wisconsin 140.6 this year. I will be at Chicago this year also.


    1. Oh, I'm not training for an IM, but Erika is doing Tremblant. Cool that you'll be at Chicago-maybe we'll run into each other!

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