The last race that almost didn’t happen!

My triathon season for 2017 is over. It’s been a long one (since April 2 and through Oct 8). Yesterday I did the Ramblin Rose in Chapel Hill…that’s where this whole journey started back in 2009. I’ve been talking about this particular race with some friends since the beginning of the year, literally since January. I had signed up for several events and just ASSumed that I had also signed up for this one since I was planning on being there. This pic shows that I finished, but this is how it started…

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Well, come 3:30pm on Saturday I go to check my bib # and it’s not there. All my friends have a bib #. But not me. So I start checking my emails to confirm my registration and there are none. Nothing. The time of 3:30 pm is important because packet pickup ends at 4pm and it’s in Chapel Hill, about 45 minutes away from me if I had left that second. They had said that you could still sign up at packet pickup. There was literally NO way for me to get there and sign up in person. There was also literally NO emergency contact info (name, email, phone, etc) to find anywhere. On Saturday afternoon, a few hours before the morning of the race, I did not know if I was going to be able to participate in my last race – and one of my favorites – of the season.

I was freaking out!! The only thing I could do was to send a message via social media on their FB page. I did. And I waited. I kept trying to formulate a Plan B in my head. IF I can’t race tomorrow, I’ll cheer for my friends. I’ll take pics. I’ll be the best cheerleader ever! But I’m super F pissed at myself. How could I NOT sign up for something I’ve talked about since January!? Just how crazy AM I!?

Somewhere later the people at Ramblin Rose message me that yes, I can sign up at 6:30am onsite. (No cost mention, just that I can.) So for the bargain price of $100, I’m back in the game! My friends meet me at 6am, we drive over, I sign up paying nearly double what I thought I was going to, all is good.

Swim? good. Bike? good.

WAIT – it was good until half way through and I get a flat. Thump thump thump thump thump thump thump thump. Damn. I have no tools, no tube, no nothing. Shit. It’s over. I just paid $100 to swim 5 laps today. Awesome. My first DNF.

I tell a rider passing me while I’m on the side of the road to let the next volunteer know that I have a flat. Maybe someone can help or at least give me a ride back so I don’t have to walk it 4-5 miles back. Then an athlete named Shelley stops & says she can help me fix it! …really?? Well, she could have – but the tube was totally gone. Neither of us had a tube even though she did have tools. She tried putting in air with the co2 cartridge, but it wouldn’t hold air. So, after some time, I thanked her profusely and told her to finish her race! Don’t waste any more time here, it’s over for me but go!! I call Jason from the side and, still cheering for others passing me, I tell him it’s over. I’m totally flat, no extra tube, no tools, no help. Lots of cussing. I’m so pissed. IMG_2274

And then, someone from the sag/helping crew shows up. Her name is Sophie & she has tools AND A TUBE. She was like an angel mechanic. While she’s working on it I call J back and tell him that I might be back in the game…if he doesn’t hear from me again then I’m back in! She magically fixes it like the badass that she is, and soon I’m on my way. I thank her as I’m riding away. The kindness of strangers at this event was really amazing. Such support and genuine concern for everyone on the course. I ride away. Come into the transition & see J with the boys! This is the first race they have been to so it was exciting and also very emotional given the way things have gone with this event.

rose 2I’m off on the run. About half way in, someone calls my name – it was Shelley, the one who helped me first on the bike. She recognized my TriMafia gear/shirt. She runs up to me & high-5s me, saying she was so glad to see me and that I made it back, got help, etc. Then, as I’m coming back I see Cathy starting the run. And then as I’m rounding the finish I see Parker and he wants to run me in through the finish line. I told him I needed his help & he was ready! So for the first time, I ran the finish chute with my youngest.

 

I know ONE thing I’m doing during the off season. I’m learning how to change a tire! For real this time. No messing around.

But here are some pics of my first 2009 Ramblin Rose. I printed everything out, making sure I knew everything and was prepared. I found this folder when I was looking for something else this summer and it made me smile. This is also my first little one, Ethan, at 11 months. This is how it all began!

 

 

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Camping with kids: another endurance sport

Camping: an endurance sport, for sure

Apparently ONE endurance event this week juuuuuuust wasn’t enough. Right after getting back from OBX race we were unpacking and re-packing to go on a 3 day camping adventure. We’ve tried before to make it 3 days with the kids, but have failed. Until this week we had only done 2 days (one overnight at a time) with them. Previous times have involved a tiny Elmo potty & some tiny tot toys. But this time was different!

We did it! 2 nights, 3 days with the kids. We had 2 bikes. We had 2 scooters. We had a kayak. We had tons of food. We had fishing. We had a hammock. We had lake swimming (which was the most perfect temp ever!). We had charades. We had fun games I made up. It was fun but we were all really, really ready to come back. The weather was amazing. The location was only 20 minutes away and perfect for when we forgot important things that Jason needed to go back for.

Glad we did it! Next time, maybe not right after a really big triathlon…. just an idea.

Meal Prep Train

I’m getting on the meal prep train!

It’s been a few years since I’ve worked full-time with kids, and that’s about to change soon. I’m super excited about it and one of the things I want and need to do is learn more about being proactive with meal prep – either for breakfast, adult lunches, or family dinners. Any, all. I really think most of it is my mindset – I love to be creative and I love to plan, so I’m thinking about how those two characteristics can blend together here very well.

So I did a little research & got some of these divided trays that are good for fridge, freezer, microwave, & dishwasher. And I also tried making some egg & cheese breakfast muffins as practice – some had veggie sausage, some did not.

Then I started looking at various ideas on Pinterest – it is FULL of info, too much really! But in one of my FB groups I found this recipe highly recommended by many people – so I tried it and man, they are right! Very easy to do and will be great for snacks at the office or for the kids. Next time I’ll double the recipe as I’m sure these will not last very long.

I started experimenting with things for my husband’s lunch. Not sure he’s totally on board, but I’ll give him some time to see the magnificence that’s coming his way. It’s way too easy to eat crap at work, and I really want to focus on nutrition & strength training during the off season, which is right around the corner. Less than a month away!

If anyone has ideas or suggestions, please do comment & reach out especially if you have experience. I don’t eat red meat but I’m open to anything else.