Saturday, July 30, 2011


I never thought I was the type to run a marathon (4 hours of running just doesn't sound fun to me!), but a few years ago I thought a triathlon might be a physical challenge I could reach for. Last year I heard about the Annie Oakley Super Sprint Triathlon. It is a female only race. It is a 400 m lake swim, 11 mile road bike, and 2 mile trail run. I knew I could do all those things separately, maybe I could put them together in one race.

So in January I started swimming at school. My goal was once a week, but it probably was more like once a month. I was biking at least once a week and running when I could. In May and June I really picked it up, running 2-3 times a week, biking 2 times a week, and swimming when I could. I really thought I could do this!

After the 5K in July I started to question if I could really do this. I bought a road bike from a friend and that brought a new set of insecurities because it had clip in pedals and my first ride I fell twice.

The week before the race, I came to terms with a lot of things. First, this race was for me. I had to do it at my pace (which I didn't do in July's 5K) and I had to focus on MY goals. I was not racing Carrie (my good friend who was also running this, but is a faster biker and runner than I am) or anybody else. For this first tri, I was just racing me. This week I ran, biked and swam and felt really confident going into today.

My goals for the race:

1. Finish it. As long as I completed it, I told myself I was not going to walk away disappointed.

2. Not be last.

3. Finish in under 2 hours. I was estimating 30 minutes for the swim, an hour for the bike, and 30 minutes for the run. There was part of me that thought I could do it in an hour and a half (15 min/50 min/20-30 min), but I didn't want to be disappointed, so I stuck with 2 hours.

Saturday morning was nerve racking! Got to Herb Parsons Lake around 5:30 am and got ourselves ready. Glad to have lots of time to get everything set.

And finally, I dove in (second from the left)!

About 12 minutes later I got out and was ready to bike:

One hour and three minutes into it, I rolled falls, but couldn't unclip my second foot when I was done, so I just unstrapped it and ran in! The bike ride felt really good and was a little faster than my normal 11 mile time.

At this point, I thought, maybe I can do this in 1:30! Even though this leg was where the tired feeling set in my 2 mile trail run/walk was enough. I did run the last 1/4 mile which was back out of the woods where everyone could see. And I made it!!

Don't let that time fool you. It was a staggered start. Ryan points out my actual chip time below:

That's 1:29:31 if you can't read it! And he's covering my friend Carrie's time right below mine. She did it in 1:26! I am so happy with how the whole thing went! And I learned a lot in the process. Things I chose not to worry about this time could earn me some time next race. Buying a tri-suit so I don't have to add clothes and can have a quicker transition for example. I will also do more endurance training. The run was when I really got tired. Carrie and I did one bike/run, but I will do more of those before I do this again.

Thanks for reading this and thanks to everyone who supported me through this!!

Friday, July 29, 2011

First Lost Tooth!

Yesterday morning, the loose tooth was hanging on by just a bit, so when Scott came home from work, we tried again:

And had success!

And the tooth fairy did not disappoint!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Joys of Summer: Swimming Lessons

Ryan is taking swimming lessons this week and next at the Y:

They are teaching him real strokes which is what I think he really needs at this point. Breast Stroke:

And they get to jump in the deep end when they're finished:

Friday, July 22, 2011

The Joys of Summer: Summer Storms

We had a few storms pop up out of the blue today. Didn't do much to squelch the crazy heat and humidity, but made for some entertainment. The first storm drew Ryan and I outside while Jillian was napping because it was raining at one end of the street, but not at the other.

Leter, there was another storm and we're thankful that they were long enough to water everything today!

Dumping water in a bucket:

Dumping water on herself:

Today, they were cooperating!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Joys of Summer: Swimming!

It was over to the Paulo's pool today for swimming with friends! I finally found Ryan's old swim vest to see if it would work for Jillian. She's been using an inner tube all summer and doing well with that, but I thought I'd feel more confident with her in the deep end in something that didn't require her to hold on to it.

On Tuesday, she tried it out the first time. It kind of flipped her over and she had to get the hang of controlling herself in it, but soon she was pointing to the deep end and the diving board. The first dozen or so times, she held my hand jumping off it, but you can see that today, she's Miss Independent:

How about a video?


Ryan's gotten stronger this summer too, swimming greater distances and starting to work on some strokes.

I couldn't get them to get together and smile, so this will have to do:

Sunday, July 17, 2011

The Joys of Summer: Picking Peaches

You can pick peaches just about all summer at Jones Orchard.

The white ones that Scott likes best are ripe now and they taste like honey!

Friday, July 15, 2011

The Joys of Summer: The Summer Drive In

Ryan has been planning his birthday party since spring. It was getting pretty complicated and I was worried he was going to have such a grand plan, that he would be disappointed with the final real product.

Then he changed his mind and suggested a Cars 2 party at the Summer Drive In.

We got a group of his friends together at our house for pizza and cake.

Then loaded them all up and took them to the drive in:

It was hot, and the boys were full of energy (we filled them up with sugar AND it was a full moon!), but it went really well!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Joys of Summer: More Summer Birthdays!

Today someone's turning seven! And we're all excited to celebrate with him!

Nanny and Gramps are in town for it. We had pancakes for breakfast and blew out candles for the first time:

Ryan picked Stevi B's for dinner (of course) and we were excited that Matt and Barb, and Melissa and Mason could come and join us! Cars 2 cupcakes:


Ryan and Mason have been friends since Ryan was 3 weeks old and we're sad that he is moving to Florida in 2 days! Glad he could celebrate with us tonight!

Finally, it was off to get his birthday present, a new bigger bike!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Joys of Summer: Old Friends

We are so lucky that when we come to town our friends make an effort to meet up with us. After the beach, we headed to Mark and Shelby's and more friends came over Friday night to hang out.

Jillian and Emily in their cute nightgowns:

Ryan and Wesley being silly boys:

Wesley and Mr. Shane:

Saturday morning, we got in the lake behind their house:

And raced some RC boats around the lake:

And as we packed up to head home this morning, Jillian found a nice spot sitting in a cooler, "talking" on Miss Shelby's old phone: