Monday, June 30, 2008
There is a lot I want to post about, but I'll end on a positive.
Tonight I gave each of my dogs a sock that I had worn during the Urban Assault. The bottoms of each sock were black, even after undergoing a hard core wash cycle. There was no saving them, so I offered one each to Olive and Violet, who both quickly became completely territorial yet completely amused. I have never seen 2 happier dogs in my life. Olive laid on her back, her 2 front paws outstretched, and threw the sock from paw to paw, pausing only to catch it in her mouth and shake it all around. It's the little things... in this case, a dirty sock. :)
Shutting down in 3...2...1... Goodnight!
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
This is nothing like Dionn's "Drunk Psychobabble" which usually makes sense. (Or at least has a strange persuasiveness about it.)
Nope, it's just nonsense. So... please feel free to call me out now. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
-the meaning of life,
-things dating back to your childhood,
-the past versus the future, and
-anything in which i use the words "extraordinary! possibilities!"
Consider yourself warned.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Here is the first wave at the start. The second secret clue, which led us the Austin Nature Center. REI: BMX Jousting. Somehow we were pros at this.
This bike was just a bit small!
Here is what the finish looks like... It felt awesome!
Free Keen Shoes - about $100. Bragging rights - priceless!! The Kong Concepts Street Team rocked it! Go Grease Monkey Wipes!!!
Monday, June 23, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
But today.... I can say that WE DID IT. Kerry, Tim & I started a new company called Kong Concepts, and our first product is here. Not only are they here, but they are in a retail store. They are being sold online. And they are being promoted all over the country!
I AM SO EXCITED TO INTRODUCE GREASE MONKEY WIPES!!!!!!!!!!! These are individually packaged degreasing hand wipes that are perfect for cleaning up when you get dirty from a ride.
I am too excited to type everything up right now... so I'll let the links do the work.
TODAY, WE MADE IT ON VELONEWS!!!!!! THE FRONT PAGE OF VELONEWS!!!!!!!!
WE ARE SELLING IN JACK & ADAMS!!!!!! Check out our BLOG!!!!!
AND YOU CAN BUY OUR PRODUCTS ONLINE!!!! http://www.kongconcepts.com/!!!
I will be posting much more soon... and asking for help, too... but now you know my big news!! :)
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
About a month ago, I decided to make a change. Guys who read my blog - feel free to stop reading now. :) A month ago, I decided to permanently straighten my hair. No more curls anymore!!! I hated my curly hair. There was maybe one day a month when I could make it look okay, but otherwise it was just a nuisance. The fact that I had to schedule workouts around how much time it would take to brush the tangles out of my hair was pretty absurd. Considering I often shower twice a day, my hair really does become an issue.
I also felt really self-conscious about it. I like things that are neat and orderly, and as anyone with curly hair knows - having an uncontrollable mane on top of your head does not make one feel very neat and orderly!
So... I took the plunge and killed the curls. I am happy to say that I could not be more thrilled. I no longer have to blowdry my hair! And if I do, it hardly takes any time at all. Second to Lasik, this was the best thing I have ever done to change something about myself. It was scary, but I am so glad I did it.
See.... straight hair!! YAY!!!!!
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
As much as I hate these pictures, I certainly can tell a lot about my race. Here I am looking at my watch after the swim. I can feel my disappointment at my time oozing from this picture. Seriously, why didn't it occur to me that the swim was long?!
Oh wait, I'm on my bike. I'm happy again. Of course. ;)
Oh no, I have to run now. At least I'm not walking like the lady behind me! In typical Erin fashion, my arms are flailing all over the place here. (The more I'm photographed and videotaped, the more I realize that I have very little control over my arms. I'm serious, watch me swim. It's very entertaining. As long as you're not me.)
I tried to smile, honestly. But again, it just wasn't happening for me. I usually attempt some type of goofy gesture during a race... and this was my lame attempt. Hook 'Em! ;)
And finally, I've come a long way in the past 3 years. When I took this picture at the finishline of my first tri, I had no idea what was in store for me. I'm glad to say that it has been a blast. And it's only just beginning.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
"There’s nothing ½ about the Longhorn Half Iron.
Swimming 1.2 miles, then Biking 56 miles, and put some frosting on the cake with a little Run for 13.1 miles.
I bet you won’t be just ½ tired afterwards.
You have 115 days to go! : ) "
Monday, June 09, 2008
So, about this reframing. I just want to get it in writing before I go to sleep. (Which I need to do quick, it's almost 1:00am!)
Today's race was actually pretty good. I swam fine and biked great. I had poor nutrition and a poor mental running attitude, but I can work on that stuff. This time last year, I mentally gave up on training and started a very long off season. This year, I'm just getting started. That's pretty cool!
However, the 2 coolest things that happened today regarding Danskin. First, I ran into a colleague of mine who was cheering for her sister. She introduced me to her mom as, "Erin - the one who inspired us to get into all of this." I love being an inspiration when possible.
And speaking of inspiration, I am so proud of my dad!!! Today he decided to honor & support me by doing the same bike and swim distances at the gym. He biked 12 miles then did a 5k on the treadmill. I'm so proud of him!!! I've mentioned before how my dad has turned into a gym rat/athlete, and I couldn't be prouder. He won't admit it yet, but someday we'll be doing a half marathon together. I feel it.
Anyway, reframing begins... now! Good morning, Monday!
Sunday, June 08, 2008
I had a few issues. First, the swim course was long so I was really discouraged by my time when I saw it. That was demotivating.
Two, I didn't actually get to inflate my tires, and I was nervous about the bike and the hills, so I didn't fully push it there either.
Three, I gave up once I came back to T2. I walked (a long way) to my rack, then sat down before I started to "run." Which is a loose term, as my pace was a phenomenal 9:50. Yes, that's right. A 9:50. And that includes all of the many times I walked, and reflects my frustration at all the people with "27" on their calves running past me after I had killed them on the bike. (2nd best in my AG) F%$&ers. I hate running. Ugh. (By the way, if Stephanie hadn't run with me up the hill, I would have walked the last 1/2 mile. Pathetic!! Thanks for pulling me, Steph.)
Fourth, I had a bad song in my head. "Friday I'm in Love." That is not a motivational fast song. I tried to get "Down Together" by Roger Clyne into my head, but it wasn't happening.
Finally, I didn't eat. Or drink. Oops. Apparently you need energy to get through one of these things. Doh.
Final results: 14/291 in my age group & 103/2592 overall. I missed being in the top 100 by seconds. UGH!!!! The good news... I have lots of room to grow. And I took 11 minutes off my first Danskin time.
I'm ridiculously tired now for having raced just a sprint tri. Yet, I'm leaving to go get new running shoes at Rogue. Running shoes. Go figure.
D & Me before the race. Look, I was practicing smiling!! :)
This summed up how I felt about the race. Rather than bike downhill to get my flipflops post race, I just left my bike in the middle of the road. D just laughed at me, saying that this scene perfectly reflected my mood.
Friday, June 06, 2008
"I don't wanna do Danskin. I am so tired and my heart isn't in it."
"That's okay, just focus on doing one thing really well. Kick butt at just one thing. Like the swim, or your transitions, or... smiling. Hahaha."
"Okay, thanks a lot. Your advice is to focus on smiling?!"
"Yeah! Or, you could focus on frowning. Just kick butt at it!"
Anyway, I repeated the conversation after a miserable swim in Barton Springs and an even more horrid 4 mile run. (Seriously, I think crawling might have been a faster means of getting around the lake than my running this morning.) I signed up for Danskin excited to see how I've progressed since 2005. This was my very first triathlon, and at the time - I was thrilled with my performance.
I've put too many hours, too much effort, too much money (!) and too much energy into training not to have improved significantly. But again, I'm just not feeling it. Other than today, I have skipped every bike and run workout this week. I'd much prefer to sleep. I have been so tired and unmotivated. I'm trying to change my attitude about racing, but it's not working.
By the way, I started Crossfit at Rogue this week. It's kicking my butt. Two mornings of endless squats, lunges, plyometrics, sprints, etc... - my body is NOT used to that whatsoever. Smart thing to do the week before a race, right?!
So, time to REFRAME!!! I am officially relieving myself of the pressure to kick ass on Sunday. I'm going to have fun out there. I'm going to enjoy how far I've come, relish the memory of my first triathlon and support the other women out there. For that, I am excited about Sunday. This is going to be fun.
Bring on the smiles!
HOW COOL IS THIS? I have spent so many hours studying this painting. I loved debating about the king and queen in the background, whether they are looking in a mirror, or reflected in the canvas... All of figures in this painting are fascinating to study (especially the dwarfs and the mastiff), and Velazquez himself was fascinating. Then there's the discussion about reality versus illusion, and then Velazquez showing the Order of Santiago... I could go on and on.
Anyway, I just wanted to share my excitement about this. Carry on!
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
It's been a hard week, I'm exhausted, and I don't really want to race. "A friend" with a lot of widsom told me just to focus on one thing. So I'm going to focus on....
Smiling. A lot. (Or frowning. If that's how the day looks.)
Yes, that's it. I hope to install the basket and ribbons on my bike later this afternoon. Wish me luck!
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
And, in case you ever wondered what I look like when I work at the office... here I am! I know, I look so excited!!! I usually have my body twisted in some strange contortion, and the space heater is always blasting at my feet.
(I know this blog post is lame. I have much more to write about, but I am really lazy. Sorry!)