Friday, January 30, 2015

Yay, Skratch Loves Us Too!

So the official word came down over the wire this week for both of us ... We are also official Skratch Labs Taste Agents!

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If this came down the line, I had the cheesiest idea for this post ... and since I don't have Photoshop on the lappy (... not like I remember how to use it from that one week or so on it in cs101 in college ...) ... you see my mad MS Paint skillz.

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Anchorman, I didn't like you all *that* much, but sometimes, your quotes come in handy ...

Even happier is that Skratch came out with COOKIE MIX and our friend Nic (who, weirdly enough, works there now) is bringing me some! COOKIES! 




(blog post so titled because I mentioned Skratch in a "things I love" post last year.)


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

On Priorities

Last year 'round these here parts, I set a goal to blog about twice a week which ended up being Mondays and Wednesdays.

It was good for the most part; it got me back to writing on here and sharing the things that were going on. Blogging naturally fell by the wayside when traveling, but I do think the plan helped me stay on top of race reports (which was AWESOME) and helped me get a bit creative sometimes (resorting to poetry ...).

But ...

What about those weeks when really, I had nothing to say? Sometimes, the grind is just that - a grind. Right now, in these cold winter months, a lot of my training is indoors. I don't run with my phone and I really don't want to fill this blog with just run selfies.

So ... I've been thinking. 

Right now, I'm just too pudgy and slow. I hate the way I look right now, I hate the way I feel the extra weight when I run, I hate the stomach my knees hit when I ride ... I hate things not changing.

As a result, I'm going to make that a priority. Training, helping myself to become healthy again, helping myself get to a point where I can start to unlock the potential I know is within myself (or, conversely, learning that I am as good as I'm going to get) ... that needs to be my priority.

If blogging falls by the wayside ... so be it. I'll still get on here for race reports, for training days that inspire me, for thoughts that pop in the process, for exciting news. But I don't want to have me sitting, staring at my laptop, thinking of things to say, forcing myself to sit down and blog about something, anything, be more of a priority.

Here's to change, here's to being awesome, and here's to figuring out our priorities.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Unable to run

For those of you who know me well, you know my relationship with running.  For those of you who are new to my life, I'll give you a brief synopsis.

Running and I have a very love-hate relationship.  During a season, I will generally go through 3 to 4 swings of loving running and hating it.  There are times during the year I love getting my shoes on and pounding out some miles, and other times where that front door might as well be the Berlin Wall.  You get the idea.

Right now, whether or not I want to run, I can't.  I'm sidelined with a case of plantar fasciitis. It started a couple weeks ago, when I attempted to run on the treadmill in Billings, and while the pain has lessened a lot over the past week, I still feel a very slight pressure in my heel. It's like a pebble is embedded in my heel.  And needless to say, it sucks.

This year so far has been pretty good.  Aside from this and a bike crash last week, it's gone pretty well.  Work has been acceptable and this last week off has been great for recharging my batteries.  And the thing is, I know I'll bounce back from this.  I'm looking into some PT options and deciding if that's the route I'll need to go.  

Friday, January 23, 2015

Newsflash: Ice Is Slippery

A lesser goal I have this year is to be able to get outside on my bike every month this year. In Colorado, this is very doable. It gets a little hairy a few months (mainly, January and February), but this past Sunday, we were able to get out for a nice ride.

As nice as it was, there was still some ice out on the trails ... and poor Brandon took a spill about halfway through our ride.

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See that ice patch behind him? No way to avoid it.

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Someone is now a bit muddy ...

We didn't let it discourage us (much) - it just slowed us down on the ride home since he was banged up a bit (but not broken!).

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Hanging out on a bench.

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Tri dino Gustave tagged along in a plastic bag so he wouldn't get gross.

The current forecast is to be nice again this weekend, so hopefully I'll have more pictures to share next week.


Monday, January 19, 2015

TBD is Also Team TriSports!

Okay, so Brandon officially broke the news last week, but whatever. Clearly you need to read my comments on this too ...

If you've been a loyal follower of Team Baby Dino for a while, you know we love TriSports. 

In which we get wetsuits - April 2010
In which we buy new bikes - April 2013
In which we visit them pre-IMAZ - November 2013

(We also volunteered at their run aid station in November 2012, but that blog post was stupid.)

Although we love being a part of Team MaccaX, our global tri team, we decided to take the plunge and apply to a few other teams as well. One, for a local tri shop, we didn't get. We were kind of expecting that one, but it still hurts - you put yourself out there and rejection can feel personal.

Another one is for a brand ambassadorship that we're 99% sure we have, but no news here until that's 100% official.

The other one was for the TriSports.com Champions Team. I don't know why we never applied in the past. A lot of it is probably because we never thought we were good enough. This year, we decided to take the risk and, happily, it paid off. Sometimes, you take the leap of faith and the universe catches you.


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Yep, thank you Seton and Debbie (and everyone else at TriSports)! This year, Brandon and I will be a part of Team TriSports. I already fulfill one of the main qualifications - I usually do the run portion of tris in my TriSports visor anyway - but I'm excited to see what else the year will bring.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Exciting News

Aside from MaccaX, both T and I haven't raced on a team or with a team.  Until this year, I had never even considered applying for a team. I figured you had to be a really good athlete, which in our sport means contending for Kona.  Let's face it; that ain't me.

This year, seeing a lot of my tri friends on teams, I decided to take the plunge and apply to a few.  I'm not the fastest athlete out there, but I am passionate about the sport and attempt to be the best ambassador of it that I can.  Triathlon needs to be fun as well as competitive.

Today, both T and I got the email from our favorite tri shop, TriSports.com, welcoming us to their team.  This store is special to us and has been for a number of years.  When we went down there in 2010 to buy wetsuits, as newbies, we were pleasantly surprised at how welcoming they were and the supreme customer service we received.  We've trekked to the desert many times since, always making a stop at our favorite shop.  

TriSports always does a run-aid station at IMAZ, and both T and I volunteered for it in 2012. During my Ironman in 2013, I got a huge hug from Seton, one of the co-founders of TriSports, which more or less propelled me the rest of the race.  It's little things like this that make me proud to wear their brand and represent them in the sport.

Stay tuned for this exciting partnership!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Awesome is Exhausting

I had planned on writing a different post today. In my brain-dead state yesterday in which I could barely function at work and somehow made it through a training session with Richard, I spent more time than I have lately sitting in front of my laptop reading random stuff. I mostly read a blog that I stumble my way toward every now and then (and should really put on the blogroll) - Run This Amazing Day. Katie's posted some stuff on there that really got me thinking about this year, and my goals, and I really wanted to talk about that. But there's time for that. There's more going on with me today, and I should focus on today, first.

If there's one thing I've learned so far in this young year, it's that being awesome is exhausting.

To elaborate on that point, I've learned that one's body settles into a routine relatively quickly. Early bed times? Better food? Give me that ALL of the time. Get out of it for a night? You're screwed, baby.

I've been making daily to-do lists in the notes function of my phone this year. I work so much better with to-do lists and have been trying to go paperless with them ... partially because on my phone means I will always have said list with me to focus on. Monday's to-do list was fairly simple:
- work
- cottage cheese and pears snack
- publish tbd blog (i wrote monday's post sunday)
- trainer
- stock show!

We had tickets to the National Western Stock Show and, more specifically, for the Pro Bull Riding event that night. Work was early - 4:15am, as usual - and then I ended up having a very late night. We got back to the car about ... 9:30ish - well past my bedtime. I probably actually crawled in bed around 10 and didn't fall asleep until probably after 10:30pm ... at least a good hour and a half after I've been falling asleep lately (or more! Been trying to be in bed prior to 9).

As a result, I was an utter disaster on Tuesday. I woke up maybe 13 minutes before I had to be at work (4:15 again), giving me enough time to get dressed, give my teeth the crappiest brush job ever, snag my lunch out of the fridge and get to work on time.

At work, I was fumbling everything. I dropped a whole container of mocha on the ground, getting it all over the floor, all over the ceiling, all over the walls, partially over some of my coworkers and all over me - in my hair, in my ears, in my eyes, up my nose, all over my legs. I had a caramel bottle explode on me, getting all over the counter and dripping down my mocha-covered leg. Counting money was a disaster. I about broke down and cried on the floor, it was that bad.

I got home, curled up next to Brandon for about an hour, ate a snack and somehow got through our training session. We got home and all I wanted was to do nothing. I made breakfast for dinner - pancakes! ... which tasted like crap, played on the internet, and went to bed. I skipped my planned trainer ride partially because I was in the process of cleaning all my bike shorts that fit right now and partially because I was just too damn tired.

I fell asleep around 8:30 and proceeded to sleep in until about 8 this morning. I've already been on the trainer - moved yesterday's session to today - and my legs felt like shit. I still feel like crap - the less-than-ideal and extremely carb-heavy dinner last night I'm sure is a part of the why.

I also haven't taken a day off yet this year and I feel that in my muscles. I feel it in the way I'm rambling right now. I feel it in the way that I can't get enough water and I can't get enough sleep.

Being awesome? Is terribly exhausting. But I believe it's worth it, so I'm going to keep at it.