Tuesday, July 31, 2007
I have some GREAT news to share with you! Richmond Magazine’s August issue is featuring Richmond’s Best and Worst and readers voted Comfort Zone Camp #2 in the category of "Charities You Love" (on newsstands now). This is very exciting considering how many charities there are in Richmond and how CZC is still one of the newer nonprofits on the block! We will also be featured in a special featuring all the “best of” winners on August 7th at 7:00 p.m. on Channel 8.
Comfort Zone Camp would not exist without all our wonderful volunteers and supporters (and of course our campers too!). We will be announcing a party to celebrate this exciting honor soon. Details to follow!
Thank you for all YOU do to make Comfort Zone Camp possible. We could not do it without each and every one of you!!!
The foot made it through both classes, too. Although it is still very tender - it actually looks better after swimming!
Although my current theme song is Hurts So Good, it is so nice to be back in training. After Ed's Shenanigan's yesterday morning, my quads and gluts hurt so good. Should make for an interesting ride and run brick tonight...but I am basking in it. I can't wait to see everyone zipping around west creek tonight.
Monday, July 30, 2007
No more negative thoughts. There's power to positive thinking, right? Well, I think so. And I am thinking positive - I not only made weight class this morning, but I WILL be able to swim tonight!!!
Let's keep those (unbroken) fingers and toes crossed and hopefully the next time I see you it will be through the lenses of my goggles!
PS - BIG CONGRATS to my girls yesterday! You're awesome!
Friday, July 27, 2007
Yesterday morning I packed up my bags determined to make it out for my 24 mile ride. busted foot and everything. My room mate looked at the wound for me to get close and check it out. It needs to be closed for me to do anything. Bad news. She said it was still open an dlooked like it was about to bleed. Aw nuts! I really wanted to ride so I called the BIG brother for advice. He told me I knew the right decision was for me not to risk it and he wasn't going to tell me otherwise. Aw nuts.
A few hours later, my brother emailed. After getting off the phone with me he continued his morning routine getting ready for work. then...bam...broke his toe! My bad luck vibes must have transferred through the phone. Sorry brother!
So...I hope no one else gets injured...
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
I just returned from my visit with Dr. Teresa Stadler. I have been looking forward to this day. Stitches out and I can get back in action after being out for 11 days!!! Finally!!! Bring on Charlottesville Olympic distance! Unfortunately, things did not work out as planned. I waited longer than the suggested 7-10 days for removal...I waited 11! But noooo. After taking out the sutures, Teresa saw that the would is still wide open. She put on two layers of steri-strips in hopes to close it back up.
So what does this mean?
maybe no charlottesville :'(
Monday, July 23, 2007
Packet stuffing went smooth.
the packet pick up, too.
Race day couldn't have been better,
from the people to the weather!
(haha i jsut made that up without trying to rhyme haha)
I saw so many of my friends and team members make amazing PR's and Renae finished her first triathlete - all her hard work and dedication brought tears.
Of course, in TG style, we had to have a post race party. a backyard pool, grillmaster Brian, wine, margaritas and beer galore. Oh and the meatballs and nachos hit the spot! Thanks to Cathy for her house. I love us.
I have accomplished bieng nicknamed "Jackie O" and "Pearly". Classic.
Photo courtesy of JRoRo
Friday, July 20, 2007
Last night I went for my first ride with the stitches. A short 10 miler at a pace which will not be disclosed. and it wasn't too terribly painful! besides the constant clipping out (which is done with the bad foot) and the bumpy road vibrations it was a success...the stitches are still in tact. i could tell a difference - i got tired early on, but hey - at least i was able to get out there.
Glad to be back...to at least riding. Here's hoping Saturday morning's 28-30 miler goes even better!
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
i miss swimming.
i miss running.
i miss being able to train!!!
this morning i headed back to ed's shenangian's for an alternative workout - lots of arms and abs. i was excited thinking of being active and with my girls. unfortuantely, this did irritate the foot. but i'm tough, right?!
i get home and get my day going. then i don't what i was doing while drying my hair, but i tweaked my foot somehow and great scott i thought the world was coming to an end. it felt like i ripped the stitches out. ya know the pain when your stomach jsut pits and you are a little nauseated. yeah. no fun.
i have been hoping to get a normal shoe on (although it's been nice wearing flip flops to work everyday). i really am hoping to get a ride in tomorrow afternoon. let's cross our fingers and toes that i can move closer to getting back in the swing of things.
stitches = no fun
(yes i am cranky about this)
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Friday evening the festivities kicked off - the rehearsal and dinner. This was nice - great location and yummy eats. Afterwards about 50 people headed to the hotel courtyard, bride and parents included for continued socializing. Then...the weekend took a turn. I became the victim of what I have termed a "Run-By Beering. Another wedding guest was tossing her empty beer bottle into the trashcan and missed. It came crashing to the ground and shattered all around the courtyard/pool deck. When all of a sudden we realized, there was a pool of blood around my foot! A shard of glass flew far enough to graze the side o fmy foot. But how bad can it be, right?! My fight or flight instincts kicked in as I made Joette (the bride) go away because she was getting upset by all the blood, I had people get me paper towels (no tissues) and we elevated it to try to stop the bleeding. Unfortunately I was creating a pool under my foot with paper towels on my foot and another guest who happened to be a doctor said the words...you need stitches. People got my things together and carried me to the car and off I went.the cut stitches
Pete and Craig
I chatted with another guy in there that was also the victim of a Run-By Beering - his accident involved a pint glass. There was also a self inflicted accidental gun shot would of which they did not believe and the doctors were filing a report...all kinds of craziness going on! (makes my 4 stitches seem so minor) But of course the doctors, Pete and Craig, loved me! So glad I could make their night. Natalia (another bridesmaid) was kind enough to take pictures of the event...it's like a slideshow "how-to" for stitches. classic.
But I made it down the aisle and even triaed to hobble around the dance floor - which more involved standing in place with my friends dancing around me.
The moral of the story - never ask me to be a bridesmaid. I fractured an elbow after a rehearsal dinner a few years ago (but didn't go to the ER until AFTER I walked down the aisle) and now I ended up with stitches after another rehearsal dinner. I am a maid of honor in october nadhave already warned the bride that I will be going straight to bed after the dinner...but will i roll out of bed and break my nose and end up with two black eyes?!
Now for the really bad news...no swimming or running for 10 days :( WHAT?!?!?! Yes, I let the doctors know this was not an option for me and they beter tell me otherwise but they refused to change their minds on the decision. I can weight train and in a few days try to ride a short ride (yes i tried to tell them i cold do more of this too). Sigh. But - I can propbably still do Charlottesville, and this defintiely will not impact Patriot's!
See you girls soon.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
After much talk and many failed attempts, I did it. With MS and SL by my side, I headed off for our first Masters swim class at the Y. As everyone jumps in the pool we let the coach know we are new to the class and are clearly guppies in the water. It wasn't so bad. A few "dumb" questions, but I always have those! We finished off the class with 2000 meters total. not bad. (after the 2500+ yds 24 hrs earlier, this was more than plenty). We all decided our arms were the consistency of jello and would be back on Wednesday for more torture! That class to be followed with celebratory adult beverages in honor of our first week as Masters!
Monday, July 9, 2007
28 mile ride
10 mile run
Holy shit! I haven't run 10 miles in a year!
Plan of attack:
meet JR and MS at 8:00am - do two laps of the Shady Grove course and add a little for the additional 4 miles. then run 10 miles all by myself :( from pre-determined route.
sounds good, right?
meet JR at 8:00. MS joins us at 8:30 and we are off. feeling good. taking it nice and easy per the schedule averaging around a 14mph pace. then tragedy strikes. MS ends up with a bloody knee. luckily next to a gas station so we can buy some water to clean it off and to refill the now empty water bottle. ok back on track. JR and I continue for lap two. pace of about 19mph. then take the last 4 miels real easy just toodling through the neighborhoods.
this is still sounding good, right?
Then time to start running. Well, that predetermined route didn't get made. So I figure if i average 10min miles then i will jsut run for 1hr. 40 mins and it shoudl be close enough. but wait...no watch. d'oh! it's in my pool bag still. o ki will jsut run and check the time when i get back to my car. i'm going. this isn't so bad. keep going. dude where's the shade aorund here? keep going. hmmm i wish i had a fuel belt right about now. ok this sucks. turn around. i get back to the car and my face is the color of a maraschino cherry. not quite the look i am going for these days. good thing i stopped! that 90+degree heat and no hydration. big mistake. i drive my route to see how "far" i made it. let me re-phrase, how "short" i went. yes less than 4 miles. not quite 10. stinker! we live and learn.
notes to self:
1. run with soemone. running distance alone is plain boring. you can only do so much soul searching before you start overanalyzing life.
2. have predetermined route and use it.
3. wear watch
4. get fuel belt!!!!!
Thursday, July 5, 2007
Sunday, July 1, 2007
I run down the path to the transition and after geting my land legs I swithc the shoes and take off on the bike. as i am exiting the transition area my bike wobbles some - that could have been bad haha. hang on to that thing, favreau! (estimated 2:00, actual 2:20 6th plc)