Raleigh Rocks

There is something about paint and nature that speaks to me. A while ago I bumped into this Facebook page, “Raleigh Rocks” where the idea is to paint & hide rocks around town and share clues to where they are. —brilliant!—  What an easy way to be creative, make connections, and celebrate Raleigh all at once. =)

So we did! We have a greenway trail by our house through our neighborhood so we painted some, planted some, and after about a week most have already been found or re-hid by other kids. “Keep or hide you decide” – such a fun and easy activity. Well, “easy” is a relative word I suppose. It does involve some time and patience to let the paint dry…and then you have to go hide them. But it’s exercise, nature, and a way to use the trails and greenways at our house to get the kids involved.

And every time I’m on this trail I just want to run! It was about 100 degrees this day, very lush and smokin’ hot like a rainforest. I couldn’t help but run. It’s such a pretty area, very lucky to have this as a training area. Too bad my next triathlon isn’t part trail run….now there’s a great idea!

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I see a new bike in my future…

I think it’s time. My old bike (Norman…..aaaaw, sweet Norman) is probably going to have to retire soon. It’s 12 years old. A 12 year old beginner level Giant road bike with numerous crashes will not carry me too much further. Norman the bike

Today on a 20 mile ride it felt…. I don’t know, weird. Have you ever driven a car that “pulls” to one side? Like the alignment is not quite right? That’s how it felt today. I’ve got close to 3000 miles on it, so it’s probably time. It also started making this rubbing noise – like the brakes or something was rubbing the tire. Kinda’ like a car. My car is 17 years old! I really do keep things for a long time and it’s an investment to buy something big. And road bikes are NO joke with the cost! They are so fancy shmancy now.

Things don’t last forever. God forbid my iPhone lasts more than a couple of more months….I mean it *HAS* been about 2 years, wouldn’t want it to work beyond 2 years. That’s just crazy talk. : /  {huge sarcasm there}

I guess bikes don’t last forever either! My husband just decided to break apart his college bike (think Cannondale, 1993 or so) and keep the frame for “art” on the wall. Great idea, but man, it took forever to let that go! Bless his heart.

Anyway….one day, new bike, coming my way.

 

 

 

 

Be Brave Today!

I recently watched Losing Sight of Shore on Netflix. Sooo good, great documentary. Anything that makes me think is something I want to see/hear more of. There was also a podcast from SwimBikeMom speaking to one of the six team members, so I listened to that today and got some inspiration as I was driving to a practice lake swim this morning. They literally crossed the Pacific, but one of the things that came out of it is the idea that everyone has a Pacific to cross… and you should find it! Whatever that means for you.

Here is the link for the podcast – it’s also on iTunes & other places…

http://thesame24hours.podbean.com/e/27-natalia-cohen-losing-sight-of-shore/

That documentary wasn’t a fast pace, lots of created drama for ratings type of thing. It was just a beautiful experience documented by 4 women (6 total) who rowed a long boat across the entire Pacific Ocean. From California to Hawaii was their first leg of three on the trip. Flying from CA to HI takes a while, so can you imagine rowing a boat with no motor the same distance? It’s hard to grasp the vast and open amount of space between those two land masses. They rowed in pairs…2 hours on, 2 hours off. For 9 months. I watched it last week, and heard the podcast this morning. It made me think about a lot of things. I don’t know what “my Pacific” is, but I knew one small thing I could do that would be scary, make me a little uncomfortable, but also make me grow…

The lake swim was choppy – more so than I had seen out there. I was also with a friend and it was her first time intentionally swimming in a lake for distance & practice. I had decided earlier today that I was not going to wear my swimsuit that I wear for laps. Instead I was going to be brave and wear my tri shorts and…….just a sports bra. (GASP!) Out in public. With other people around. With my stretch marks that surround my belly ring I got way before kids and somehow has stayed in place all these years.

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…You know what? Nobody cared. Really. And neither did I! It was pretty great to be out in the water without feeling the need to be covered up completely in a conservative one piece suit for laps. The women who rowed did so totally naked sometimes. It helped prevent chafing and was just easy, and liberating. And just better. So I figured just having a sports bra & my triathlon shorts was totally doable. Thin, skinny people don’t really understand how cumbersome it can be to have boobs or curves. I know that people of all sizes can have body image challenges. I definitely don’t hate my body or get on the crazy train about it. But being half naked with your belly in sight isn’t something that comes easy or naturally for me. So that was a big deal…to do something that was intentionally uncomfortable and not easy.

I guess today that sports bra swim was “my Pacific to cross”. I hope to keep this mindset for as long as I can. I want to keep growing, challenging what I see as normal, and doing epic things – even as small as being brave enough to not wear a bathing suit at Jordan Lake.  =)

Oh, and if the women who did this expedition do something else that’s epic, fun, and crazy – I soooooooo want to join them!