Today is my 1st Mothers Day! Wooo. Hubs gave me an awesome gift card to our local spa for Mothers Day! He rocks!!
Now that my little guy is sleeping, I can say that I was pretty successful at breastfeeding today. What a great feeling. I need to remember this day when I get bummed out and frustrated with nursing in the future. I tend to get really anxious and worried around 8 or 9 every night. (Fatigue related I’m sure) Breast feeding has not been easy for me, but my baby is just over 6 weeks now, and hopefully we are syncing up with this finally.
ago I had a baby. He is amazing I really need to write up my birth story soon. I feel great about my labor and getting used to mom life. babies are funny little things, great healers and all that good stuff. more to come on the mom front
You know his hand is behind some of the funniest SNL moments of the last 4 years. Despite this, he is rarely seen or mentioned on the show itself, especially recently, when it would be most appreciated.
His name slides by a couple times during the credits, but we don’t watch those because we’re…
I originally signed up for the Olympic race back in the fall of 2010 and had starting my training plan in March. By Mid May, about 12 weeks into the plan (out of 16 total weeks) I had lost steam. I was skipping about 1/2 of long workouts on the weekends and my hubs and I were in the middle of a total kitchen remodel… so I switched to the sprint race. whew, less stress.
This was my 3rd attempt to try to swim in the Schuylkill River for a triathlon! The 2009 SheRox sprint swim was canceled due to bad weather and the Philly Oly swim in 2010 was canceled due to a drowning death in the sprint race the day before. I was dreading the thought of getting stuck doing an oly du (which happened last year) because storms were supposed to come though Friday night into Saturday but thankfully the bad weather held off!
The swim (800 meters, in water start) - The river temp was perfect and about half a degree from being wetsuit illegal. (I don’t have one, nor did I rent one) My swim was mixed. The bad - I lined up out in front and went out way too fast. I was quickly loosing steam and about 4 mins in I got kicked in the chest. It’s wasn’t a huge deal, but I started breathing on every stroke to keep it together and am slowing down at this point. I did regain my composure and eventually went back to my normal stroke. I was having a hard time sighting the bouys with the water glare so that was also annoying. There was another woman who was about the same pace as me that was in my way the whole time, I really wanted to push her away from me but I played nice.
The good - I finally got the swim in! I’m a strong swimmer and the swim leg is about half the reason for doing tris in the 1st place. Since it took years for it to finally happen, I built up a lot of pressure on myself to do really well, but I know there is room for improvment. Next time I will pace better and wear my dark tint goggles for glare issues.
T1 - smooth and fast. I tied a yellow balloon to my transition station, which I have never done before - it was helpful to see my spot from far away. I put my bike shoes and helmet on, shove my gloves down my suit, grab the bike and go. Hubs spotted me calls my name, I turn and see his “Shut up, legs” sign he made while I was in swimming. It surprized me and made me laugh. It was great to get a huge smile on my face at the start of the bike.
Bike (25 K) - the other half of why I do tris! The course two 8 mile loops in a mix of flats and hills in a gorgeous section of Fairmount park. I ride a road bike for my tri’s. I would love to get a tri bike but I can’t justify the price-tag, although I am considering getting clip on aerobars. I put my gloves on while riding. It seems that most people skip gloves, but I prefer wearing them. I tried a few rides without them in training and don’t like it. There were some riders out there not taking a good lines or semi blocking, but overall it wasn’t too bad. Hubs sees me on my 1st loop, calls my name, I give him the “el pistelaro” finger salute. (*if he ever lets me, i need to take a video of his Contador impression - it’s hilarious). I think lap two was faster - I was taking more aggressive lines and my corning was smoother, I also felt more ready to climb.
T2 - okay. My bike slipped out of my hands right after the trans mat. Like a fool, I totally forgot about my ballon, and ran right past my transition spot by like 3 rows! I also had to mess my with gloves - i waited till it was too late to get them off on the bike leg. Hubs runs along with me for the 1st part of the run, cheering me on.
the run (5K) - my least favorite part. I am a slow runner, but thankfully the course is a simple out and back along the river. It’s pretty sunny but they give out icy towels, which is nice. Overall not a bad run, although I could have skipped my walk break!
Stuff to fix for next time -
try to eat breakfast before and not rely on just gels and sports drinks f
warm up before the race - I tend to skip this, bad I know!
Dark tint goggles
try to get more open water swims in.
built into speed - don’t go out too fast!
learn how to set my garmin for race mode
get new cleats for my tri bike shoes. I switched peddles on my road bike and never got around to getting the compatible cleats for my tri shoes.
My bike shoes were not on tight enough
My bike number was crooked, making it rub against my leg.
Don’t wait to take off bike gloves until it’s too late
Don’t forgot about the balloon
*we are not Alberto Contador fans - but hubs does a pretty funny imitation.
I am trying to decide my roster. Andy Schleck will be my GC and Jakob Fuglsang also from Leopard Trek as well (I am assuming he will make the squad based on his performance at Tour de Swiss)…. who else should be on my team?
Vampiros are probably the best drink to pair with fish tacos, my favorite meal, so naturally this drink is now becoming my favorite cocktail. I discovered Vampiros at brunch at El Ray not that long ago, and it’s like a Mexican bloody Mary, sweet and savory. I am not a huge mix drink girl (I stick to wine or beer usually), but these are really that good, great for summer bbq’s.
Vamprio resposada tequila sangrita lime juice
mix in the same proportions as a martini (equal parts tequila to the sangrita and lime juice mix). mix and enjoy.
Sangrita 1 oz. fresh squeezed orange juice ¾ oz to 1 oz lime juice (depends on the sweetness of the oranges) ½ oz pomegranate grenadine (I used pomegranate liqueur) 3 dashes hot sauce pinch of salt Possible additions include a splash of tomato juice and Worcestershire to sangrita. (I would think this makes it a more savory cocktail)\