Sizzling summer (already?)

Although it technically isn’t summer (we’re still a week shy of that date), it has felt like summer since mid-May, and our yard would definitely agree with that sentiment!  It has already been a scorcher here in Colorado, and, yes, the fire season kicked off with a vengeance.  It is WAY too early for fire season to have started, but that is the reality of the world in which we are living. Continue reading “Sizzling summer (already?)”

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¡A San José! ¡Pura vida!

Or: The way to San José, Take 2

I’m embarrassed to say that I was NOT looking forward to returning home, unpacking, packing the same bag with an entirely separate set of clothes, and heading back to the airport for a pretty rough schedule – all within a week of my first trip in May.  But, such is life, and I really *did* try to roll with the punches, as they say.  However, my attitude as I headed to DIA at 9:00 pm Friday night (yes, 9:00 at NIGHT!) was less than ideal as my thoughts kept turning to the 22 students between the ages of 12-14 and the terrible travel (in terms of connections) ahead of us.   Continue reading “¡A San José! ¡Pura vida!”

Do you know the way to San José? (Take 1: California)

I usually like to keep the month of May somewhat low-key, sort of a protected, buffer zone as the school year amps up just to wind down.  May 2018, however, found me traveling to far-flung places.  Okay, not really, but I found myself traveling from California to Costa Rica within the span of a week.  While this wouldn’t have been ideal to me, and I was somewhat grumpy leading up to BOTH trips, I’m ending the month feeling slightly overwhelmed but really glad that I did that whole “embrace life/YOLO” shit.   Continue reading “Do you know the way to San José? (Take 1: California)”

(Not) The same as it ever was: Wildflower Triathlon

But still awesome and an amazing experience.  (Except for that soul-crushing run!)

In some ways, Wildflower Triathlon *was* very much the same – a great, fun, supportive experience with terrific energy – and definitely NOT an Ironman branded race.  And hard.  Did I mention that it was hard?  I will always have a place in my heart for this race as it introduced me to triathlon.   I’m going to sound like a broken record repeating “great” or “awesome” throughout this post, but those adjectives sum up the weekend and this particular race experience. Continue reading “(Not) The same as it ever was: Wildflower Triathlon”

Training: Two steps forward, a somersault back

That literally sums up my training this spring.  I’m not where I was in October, but to describe my winter and spring training as uneven would be a slight understatement.  My first “race” is coming up, and I feel woefully unprepared – or, well, woefully unfit for this particular distance and race.  I’ve certainly learned quite a bit from training through colder and darker months, and the main takeaway is that I will never, ever commit to a pretty big race (70.3) for the beginning of May.  The timing worked well when we lived in California and I was happy to train throughout the “winter” months, but it’s a different story here in Colorado! Even though it was a mild winter by anyone’s measurement, I found it hard to string together solid weeks of training.  Yes, a week here and there, some workouts that felt good, maybe a handful that I’d call “great”, but I lacked overall consistency in training.  And, I’ll say that as every weekend came around, I felt torn between skiing, which was what I wanted to do, and training, which is what I needed to do.   Continue reading “Training: Two steps forward, a somersault back”

How is it even possible?!

That we are in APRIL?  I mean, really?  What’s happening?!

I guess that’s what happens to your poor, neglected blog when you just aren’t feeling it.  Whatever “it” is.  I sort of feel that I should do a Monty Python “not dead yet” impersonation, that I really am still here, but I’ll leave that to funnier people.  And, in many ways, life is humming along here, with plenty of ups AND downs.  But a quick snapshot of what HAS been going on… Continue reading “How is it even possible?!”

You know you’re getting older when…

I feel that, as I look at that half-century point which seems to be closing in at a quicker pace every year, there are a multitude of ways that could finish this statement aptly.  The grey hairs, of course, springing up on my head (and sometimes elsewhere!); the wrinkles that have appeared, especially over the past two years; and, most significantly, the way that my body just doesn’t seem to “bounce back” these days.  This is probably the most notable to me, at least on a daily basis, and the most frustrating.  It is, however, the reality of being over 45 – that, at least, is what my trainer/rolfer guy told me this week. Continue reading “You know you’re getting older when…”