Adjusted Reality

“Reality can be beaten with enough imagination.” – Mark Twain

Month: March 2012

Zliten wants to start posting too!

I am not very good at this sort of thing, but I kind of want to post to you people too. So I am going to start with a guilt post for yesterday. Because everyone wants to get to know me by a guilt post.


Yesterday was a day of being sore and taking a day off from the gym. But by doing so I over did it in the food department. I try to burn about 3000 to 3500 calories a day and take in about 2400 calories on average. You know to keep with the weight loss but keep fueled. Yesterday though, it was backwards. 3200+ intake and only 2600 burn. Oops… Oh well I will just have to make it up the rest of the week.

So really, stop trying to give me cake, cupcakes, ice cream, candy, or beer. For a few days at least 😛


Now that that is out of the way, lets talk about how excited I am for the up-coming Tri Season. Its almost here. Only like 5 and a half more weeks until Rookie! Can you believe it? Last year Rookie was my first Tri, and probably one of the most fun I have ever had in a race. I was so nervous and really didn’t do all that great, but it was amazing. This year it will be my 4th overall Tri, and my second one this year, if you count the Indoor Tri. (Not sure I really count that one but for this I will)

Compared to last year, My swimming has improved drastically along with my biking, and I am a whole different person now when it comes to running, I think I was doing about 13 minute miles for a 5k back then, this year I am about 10 minute miles, so its going to be amazing.

My training plan for the week in case anyone cares.



I use Training Peaks as the place where I track all my workouts, races and other stuff. I used to use it for food and exercise, but it was getting out of hand tracking my food in 3 different places.

I have been a Spark People tracker for years now, sometimes on sometimes off the wagon so to speak. It always drives me crazy when I start tracking but once I get a few weeks in it gets better, then I just love seeing the data I have. (Yes I am a data junkie, the more data points I can have the more I like something) Just like this here is my weight chart that starts Jan 1 2008.

I also have a Bodybugg but will go into that on another day. It gives me great stats too.



Finished my 17th book in 17 weeks last night, it was pretty darn good, it was Ashes of the Realm: Juliette’s Dream, Book 1 of the new series from Andrew Saxon. I have to say I tore through the Annihilation series 8 books in 7 weeks. It was a fun romp around the galaxy with a group psychics. Just my kind of pulp science fiction.

Once I finish book 2 of the Ashes series, I will be reading The Expendable Few its the new one from Randolph Lalonde, My buddy Zorak got it for me for my birthday. It’s going to be a fun read I hope. I think its an offshoot of the main Spinward Fringe series, but if you think of all the spinward fringe books its like book 11 of something. Gotta love how prolific these writers are now that they can self publish on the kindle with only a touch of a button. (Sure sometimes there are some errors an experienced editor and publisher would find and fix, but they are mostly ignorable)



The Road Less Cycled

Two roads diverged in the Austin ‘side
And sorry we could not cycle both ways
And being one pair of cyclists, pondered deep and wide
And thought about a 40+ mile day
That it would still be an grand foray

But we took the 60 miler, as just as fair
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it beconed to us wanting wear
(And said you’re a badass for going there)
And our asses ride would never be the same

And that morning we didn’t follow where safety lay
Road open, no “on your left”, no need for care
Oh, we risked our asses (literally) that day
Yet knowing regret is in what’s not done, they say,
I doubted the demon would follow us there

And though this morning I sigh
With back and legs sore, a petty grievance
Two roads diverged into Austin, and Zliten and I,
We cycled the one less traveled by,
And that made all the difference.

Nod/tipothehat/apologies to Robert Frost.

Yes, we did a metric century ride yesterday.

Yes, we are dumb.  We did the equivalent of training badly for a half marathon and just deciding race day to do the full (longest ride last year = 35 miles, longest ride this year = 14 miles).  Don’t be us.

Yes, we are very, very sore today.  More later!

March Madness

March madness.  That’s my excuse.  Not the basketball thing, but the crazy busy month.

Here’s been my life since last post.

Video Game Salt Mines

Work, while it has settled down hours-wise, have been very full 8 hour days.  Occasionally I’ll be able to take brain breaks and collect my thoughts for a few, but not right now (the way I work bestis generally OMG MANIACAL PRODUCTIVITY for 2 hours and then “whew, catch my breath” for 15 mins, rinse and repeat, it’s just all OMG for 8 hours lately).  I’m actually trying to do that less and/or look at more work-related but maybe not company specific stuff, but that means other internetting is falling behind.  Good times, good things, and I’ll take being busy over the alternative, but still… I’m waiting for the little bit of “ebb” in ebb and flow and I don’t see it coming.

My Crazy Life

So far this month: 3/3 practice du (2.5 mile run, 10 mile bike, 2.5 mile run) + birthday crab dinner + birthday bar fun + birthday after party at the house (this was the most mellow weekend because we had a full day of recovery on 3/4); 3/10-11 birthday lunch with the ‘rents + packet pickup + gear shopping + Blue Norther Du in Seguin TX in the rain;3/14 birthday celebrations for Zliten (lunch, presents, drinks, staying up way too late on a schoolnight) 3/17-18 midnight spin party on the trainer + 10 mile run + renaissance festival + birthday camping/drinking/fire show + birthday crawfish party (yes, 2 different birthdays).

All this, and I’ve been sticking to 3 weights and about 4-5 cardio seshes (so in general, 6 days per week, with 2 of them being short 30 min days).  And it doesn’t stop.

I Am Dumb!

I need your good thoughts for this weekend.  I don’t care about finishing first this weekend or AG placing or frankly even finishing last.  I would just like to finish with my body intact.  See, we’re doing the Rosedale Ride – aiming for the 43 miles, but if we’re feeling great, we want to try to complete the full 63 (i.e. over a metric century which would tick off one of those major new years resolutions).  However, my riding experience lately (read: since October 1, 2011) on evilbike = 10 mile outdoor ride, 14 mile outdoor ride, approximately 4 hours of trainer time.  My longest ride to date is 35 miles. What could go wrong?

Also, last weekend, Zliten installed my birthday present – clipless pedals.  Experience with clipless pedals – approximately 50 mins on the trainer, 0 mins outside (where it counts).  Everywhere I read said “expect to wreck a few times figuring them out”.  (LATE EDIT: Only almost fell and freaked out once, thankfully getting unclipped is easy – getting clipped in while moving is the harder part…) DO NOT BE ME, PEOPLE!!!

We’re heading out into the beautiful evening tonight to ride and practice tonight and will probably get another chance Thursday morning (either outside or on trainer), but really?  This is not my smartest hour in race prep.  It really snuck up on me.  At least I’m going in eyes wide open, knowing that I have an out at 20 miles (the shortest distance which I have zero doubt I can do) and we’re going to take it really slow.

Then, we have some chill/relax/cleaning/errand time Saturday afternoon/Sun morning, and have a wedding to go to Sunday.

The weekend of March 30/April 1?  We’re blocking off as a total chillville weekend – the plan being no plans (and obvs no races, the next one on the calendar is Apr 15).  I’m even scheming ways to load up even my long run and all workouts during the week so relaxing can start Friday night.  May not happen, but we’ll see.  I can’t think of the last weekend I’ve not done either a long run/ride or both so it does seem intriguing and kind of exciting.


I succumbed to March madness and ate like shit for the better part of last week (read: three birthday celebrations in 5 days + leftover junk food from other birthday celebrations in the house).  At least I have the quick notification from my body that it doesn’t like that very much, in fact, it doesn’t appreciate it at all.  I feel bloated, yucky, growly guts, and um… let’s just say we could use a marriage saver blanket this week.  I felt it on my run Saturday.  I had nothing in my legs, lungs, or brain – worst run in a LONG TIME but I got through all miserable 10 miles at what was a ridiculously hard effort for 11:30 min/mile pace.  I’m usually dancing and singing around Zliten, I even let him go ahead of me a few times because I couldn’t keep up.

As of yesterday, it’s back to it.  No sweet treats (no refined sugar/flour stuff like cake/cookies/ice cream/etc) until Rookie Tri May 6, excepting said wedding this weekend and Easter (sorry pal above, you may be on my diet, but you’re no cream egg…).  Trying to really limit processed/simple carbs like delicious french bread and noodles except in close proximity to workouts.  In turn, I’m going to attempt to change my macro nutrient ratio a bit.  I’m pretty close to 40 carbs/30 fat/30 protein now, and I’m reading more and more that endurance athletes should be closer to 60/20/20.  So I’m going to let more sprouted grain bread, whole wheat tortillas, quinoa pasta, and the like, into my life, while trying to also ratchet up the fruits and veggies, and take down my protein and fat consumption a little.  I’d like to be comfortable with it by the time I really start half-iron training, because I have a feeling I’m going to be a human furnace with the crazy amount of workouts I need to do…

I found it a little easier to keep a lower calorie count when I had more carbs to sop up that protein and fat.  I don’t know how to describe it besides that, but there you go.  It is really, really weird for it being a stretch to eat MORE carbs but it’s something to try.  We’ll see if it’s good for me or just makes me feel awful…

Other stuff

-As for my weight?  Don’t ask.  I haven’t.  I’ll get on that tomorrow but I know today is just bad food bloat weight still so I’m holding off as long as possible.

-I got Zliten a bowling ball for his birthday, totally unintentionally!  I got him this:

He had been saying he wanted to just be able to space out and just hit a button to count laps, so this would do just that.  Two days before, he realized his watch did the same thing and was waterproof.  D’oh!  I gave it to him anyway, and then we decided I would just use that (because unlike him, I am LOATHE to get my garmin near water).

-One of my biggest focuses is recovering quicker.  I’m going to need to do some mad volume to rock the Half IM, and I want to keep up the 3 weights sessions per week as long into IM training as possible.  So that means I need to be able to recover quicker.  I’ve been doing that by intentionally loading two weights workouts in a row  (7:30pm crunchtime then 8am Group Power today), or a spin and then a run 9 hours apart (and of course, monitoring my body, making sure I’m ok, and then adjusting if needed).

The next step I think is to start doing some crash weeks.  Maybe.  Still considering what effect it would have on my every-other-week race sched.  Crash week = intentionally stupid high volume week, especially in one sport, essentially, training like you’re a pro at that sport.  It needs to be followed by a recovery week.  I’m interested to see over 6 weeks what progress I could make doing say, one crash week of swimming (4-5 swimming workouts, and maybe 1 short run and bike for muscle memory…).  Then again, crash week has the title because you absolutely can crash and burn.

-We have an outdoor cat.  The poor thing looked super malnourished and definitely looked kitten sized, so we have given it food and water for the last week.  It’s definitely not feral, it looks as if it wants to curl up on our lap (but Zliten is super allergic so we can’t let it inside).  We’re advertising all over the neighborhood to see if we can find the owner, but we are also trying to train it to go in the crate so we can take it in to be spayed/neutered.  We are not allowed to name it, but have been calling it Nacho (nach yo kitty… hehe).  Hopefully we find the owner soon.

That’s about it from my corner of the world!  I’ll be back with bike results (did I poop out at 20, make it to 43, or rode my sore ass to 63?).  Any

Busy Bee – Blue Norther

Workout, eat, work, sleep.

Workout, eat, work, sleep.

This has been my week.

The good news is that I love what I do, I love training, I love work, and I’ve been sleeping well, so life ain’t so bad.

The bad news is that leaves very few waking hours for anything else (read: blog posts) so here is my life in the last few days:

I got older on Saturday March 3.  It was an awesome day, which included a great 2.51 mile run (25 mins), 10 mile bike (42 mins), 2,51 mile run (24) – goal was to negative split and get some time outside in my saddle.  Mission highly accomplished!  Also, it included a fancy crab dinner at Truluks and happy fun times with friends at the bar after.  We literally took over their whole patio, a billion people came out.  It was good times, I felt the luv.

Blue Norther Duathlon:

I obsessively checked the weather for a while on this one. It looked disasterous.  I am not afraid of running in the rain anymore (besides, ya know, lightning and downpours) but this is a du.  Never have evilbike and I been bffs outside with water.

Frankly, evilbike and I have not been bffs outside since Kerrville in Oct. As in, the 10 mile ride outside is the first time we’ve hung out since then.  I mean, I’ve done hills at the gym all winter once a month and we’ve been getting reacquainted via trainer…

…but last weekend was the first time we rode outside in 5 months.

And then the forecast was rain.

I have never ridden in the rain.

I was most definitely terrified.  I got up at 4:30 am with the pitter patter and secretly hoped it would get converted into a 10k.  I could do that.  However, the email from the race director said it was ON so on we went.

You all know the addage – nothing new for race day.  Well, when you race 2 weekends a month, you don’t always have that luxury.  When I heard about the weather, we picked up some new tights.  North Face.  Because I have a lot of adventures (honestly, the best ones I tried on)…

Plus, I picked up a waterproof cycling jacket.  It zipped the sleeves off which was neat, but it wasn’t my fave color (neon green and white) so it was a maybe.  I had to be coerced to bring it but glad I did.

Full gear list: underarmor lucky sports bra, tx tri short sleeve tech tee, asics sleeves, north face tights, nike dri fit socks, brooks t-5 racers, cep compression leg sleeves, pearl izumi cycling jacket.

We did a warmup run after setting up transition, and then bathroomed and got to race start.   I decided to zip off my sleeves and run with the izumi vest, asics sleeves, and tech tee.  And… we were off!

Zliten started with me until I looked at him and said “9:15s? Really?” and then he dropped back (his plan was 11s).  Not that I didn’t want to run with him… I just didn’t want him to fizzle boom on the first run that I was ready for.  This run, as anything USAT sanctioned, is no headphones allowed.  I was bummed, but honestly, didn’t miss it.

My goal for the first 5k was a progression run.  I wanted to start out around 10s and get better from there. I actually blew that shit out of the water…  9:32 the first mile, 9:24 the second, and 9:13 the third.  I think the course was actually long, so the last .2-.3 was faster (but garmin data was inconclusive becuase dummy forgot to hit splits). Overall, passed about a dozen or so groups on the run, Est. avg. 9:20 min/mi.

Then, I picked up evilbike.  I ditched my sunglasses as they were so rainsoaked I could barely see and got going.  I was SO FREAKING NERVOUS about this part.  Never rode in the rain (and why not learn in a race, right?).  I noticed about half a mile in that I didn’t do anything on my garmin and it was about 33 mins. Oooook.

Started out really conservatively and cursed myself for leaving the sunglasses as my face was getting pounded with rain.  I booked when I could and took the turns super slow.  I always fancy myself a sucky cyclist but I “on your left”‘d a few dozen peeps and only got passed by 3.  I had mile splits everywhere from 14.2 (ugh) to 18.7 (yay) for an avg of 16.3 mph.  As much as at first I cursed my lack of hill skillz this year, I have to remember that a 16.3 this early in the season before I’ve done any outside training is actually AH-MAY-ZING.  Also, very un-winded at transition.

Sadly, unwinded did not mean a good run start.  With the coldness and the wetness, my feet actually hurt BAD.  Like, my lungs and legs wanted to go faster but the unhappy little stumps I was landing on were screaming.  I sucked it up and did what I could and within .5 of a mile of sad, sad times I was back under 10s.

I talked recently about my 5k pacing problems, specifically the despair I feel at 1.5 miles and while I didn’t the first time running it as a progression run, I did this time.  I made it a goal not to hit 10 min/mi and just did what I could.  Right around then I also had another issue – my ankle went all wonky.  I slowed down and limp-ran a bit until I stopped and stretched it out a bit, and continued to limp-run until, magically, it went away.  No problem since then.  I think I may have just stepped funny on a curb but it had me worried.

After getting past mile 2, the eyes were on the prize.  I passed a few more people and then finally had my eye on a girl up ahead.  She had passed me on the bike and chatted with me a bit, and all I could think about on the bike was “the people I pass on the bike will probably smoke me on the run”.  So this was a goal, to do the opposite.  I kept her in my sights going a fairly comfortable 9 min/mi and when I saw the finish, I made my move, passing her and sprinting as fast as I could, topping out at about 8:13s.

I finished in 1:58:00 garmin time, and went out to cheer Zliten in.  I had monitored his progress – he got into transition to get the bike before I ran, and had put his bike away before I finished, so  I knew he was ok.  Then, before I knew it, he was running it in strong and finished.  Apparently he    had me in his sights on a long stretch of the bike but couldn’t catch up (no quarter mother effer!!!!).  He ran a huge PR at about 30:30 for his first 5k, abut 1-1.5 mph behind me on the bike, and a totally respectable 35 for the last 5k.

So, I went from thinking I might DFL this race (last years results were ridic – 9 min/mi was the bottom of the barrel), to thinking I might have placed.

…well results say I’m 8/9 but honestly, there are a bunch of errors.  We’ll see.  Either way, I’m happy with what I did so onward and upward!!!!

Odds and Ends

First of all, let’s dive in the scary depths of Quix’s kitchen.  I promise it’s clean.

This is what approximately 200$ buys you in Austin, shopping at hippie dippie grocery stores.  I spend between 100-200$ per week on food, plus we usually spend another 200-ish every month or two at costco to pick up organic chicken, fish, jerky, and organic veggies.  I get my beef at the grocery store, I don’t really like Costco’s organic.  Specifically, that is….

Sunflower seeds, beanitos, quinoa noodles, organic re-fried beans x2, organic garbanzos, 4xzevia soda 6-packs, Amy’s soupsx4, sun butter, gravy mix, organic baked beans, organic dark chocolate bar, wasabi and soy almonds, organic black beans, dill relish, organic grape jelly, albacore tuna, organic oranges, organic romaine, green onions, organic dandelion greens, bell pepper, snap peas, serranos, cucumber, organic collard greens, bok choy, tomatoes, red onions, organic salad greens, 2 bottles of champagne, organic low fat sour cream, organic corn, Amy’s stir fry micro meal, organic sprouted corn tortillas, fage 0% (big tub), organic fat free lactose free milk, organic whipped butter, organic lowfat shredded cheese, arctic zero ice cream x2, organic stir fry veggies, organic frozen mango, organic grass fed ground beef x3 lbs, and pre-cooked shredded natural chicken.

What does that equate to in the kitchen?  My meal plan for the week (+reality for the days that have passed):

chicken fajita pita and side salad (yes, I had fast food – not proud of it but it settled my tummy and was at least not totally unhealthy)
tuna sammich on sprouted grain bread (w/fage, hummus, cilantro and onions), split an Amy’s soup w/Zliten
homemade slow cooker chili (organic everything but the last two: beans, beef, corn, chocolate, tomato sauce, peppers, and onions, topped with green onions, cilantro, frank’s red hot, dab of blue cheese dressing, and shredded cheese.  Bowl and a half)
Workout: 30 mins crunchtime circuit class + bike 9 miles

fage 0%, pb, apple, stevia
pre cooked shredded chicken added to an Amy’s Mexican Casserole + dab of light organic sour cream + pinch of extra shredded cheese + added organic salsa
Lemon pepper mahi mahi, stir fry veggies, 1/2 cup quinoa noodles in teriyaki sauce
Workout: AM 5 mile run in 53

organic string cheese, toast w/sun butter, 12 almonds
manwiches (homemade: organic ground beef, tomato sauce, onions, peppers, worstichire sauce, ketchup, mustard, seasonings), one la tortilla lo carb (small), one whitewheat bun
leftover chili as above
Workout: cycling for 40 mins on trainers before work, 30 mins weights after work

fage 0%, pb, apple, stevia
fish tacos – Tilapia cooked with garlic, onions, hot sauce, and spices.  2 organic sprouted corn tortillas and 1 la tortilla flour – topped with light sour cream, cilantro, onion, salsa, hot sauce, organic shredded cheese, and olives. Organic refried canned beans on the side.
Chicken taco salad from Freebirds – Lettuce, tomato, onions, jalapenos, corn salsa, black beans, chicken, 1/2 of the ancho dressing, 1/2 side of sour cream (plan was actually chicken taco salad at home, but had to stay late at work)
Workout: 3 mile run before work in 29 mins

small fage and apple, half a breakfast taco
leftover manwich (there’s no enough left for 2 meals – we’ll probably scrounge and do leftover shuffle)
turkey meatballs, and my homemade pasta “gloop” – an assload of spinach, garlic, some olive oil, green olives, org. tomato sauce, and parmesan cheese)
Workout: weights AM

gigantic salad + soup
Workout: 2.5 mile run, 10 mile bike, 2.5 mile run

No idea…
Workout: assplants on couch

Note that we’re attempting to go home more for lunches.  We noticed this week that we can make fairly easy-but-real meals in the hour allotted to us (since we only live 5 mins away), so stuff that was normally dinners like fish tacos and manwiches are now in for lunch!  Woohoo!

I’ve been trying to eat more at meals and snack less – when I get that FULL feeling I find I feel much better than just grazing and always feeling a little hungry.  However, at night I usually do get a little Arctic Zero action going on.  I always have my skim milk before/after workouts unless I’m eating right away.  I eat almonds when I need a stay-full snack but since I’ve been putting the sunbutter back in my fage, I’ve needed it less.  Another go to is *randomveggie* and hummus or tzatziki.  And always, an orange or apple or other fruit is good for sweets.

I’m not a saint though.  I would say about every other day I’ll have about 50-100 or so calories of chocolate.  After the birthdays I think I’m going to go back to no added sugar again for a month, but it’s nice to indulge every once in a while.

Anyhoo, my averages for the last week are:

2495 calories burned per day
1739 calories consumed per day
756 average deficit

My calories on average come from:
24% protein
36% carbs
31% fat
9% alcohol

105g protein
153g carbs
57g fat
192 mg cholesterol
3287 mg sodium
28g fiber
18g saturated fat
992 mg calcium

Hopefully everyone isn’t asleep, I just thought it might be fun to document a week in the life of Quix eats.  Or at keast useful.  Hopefully not just self-masturbatory… oh well, moving on…


My race planz for the next few months:

Blue Norther Du: 5k run, 14 mile ride, 5k run, March 11, Seguin, TX – reg’d.

Rosedale Ride: 40 mile bike ride, March 24, Austin, TX – not yet reg’d

Austin 10/20: 10 mile run, April 15, Austin, TX – reg’d.

Red Poppy Ride: 62 mile bike ride, April 24, Georgetown, TX – reg’d (sorta – bought the groupon so we’re committed)

Rookie Tri: 300m swim, 11 mile ride, 2 mile run, May 6, Austin, TX – reg’d.

Lake Plugerville Tri: 500m swim, 12 mile ride, 5k run, June 17, Austin, TX – reg’d.

Couples Tri: 800m swim, 11.2 mile ride, 5k run, July 15, Austin, TX – reg’d.

Jack’s Generic Tri: 500m swim, 13.8 mile ride, 5k run, August 5, New Braunfels, TX – reg’d.

America’s Finest City Half Marathon: August 19, San Diego, CA – not yet reg’d (but planning a vacation around it)

Tri Rock Austin: 1500m swim, 26 mile ride, 10k run, Sept 3, Austin, TX – not yet reg’d

Kerrville Triathlon: 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile ride, 13.1 mile run, Sept 30, Kerrville, TX – not yet reg’d.

In Oct, there will likely be See Jane Half since we have a cheap entry this year due to rain last year, and Zliten really wanted to run the Dash for Dads 5k again.  In Nov, I have my eyes (potentially, depending on how I feel after Kerrville) on RnRSA full marathon (if not, I’ll probably do Azle since I have a free entry, and if I decide I want nothing to do with running anything serious, there’s Warrior Dash that weekend too) and of course the Turkey Trot is a given every year.

In December, who knows?  By that time, I have a feeling that I’ll be ready for some silly little Holiday 5ks dressed up like elves and chugging spiked eggnog as race fuel, but there is always Spicewood again which was beautiful, Vegas (although I’m still not sure I could NOT make it to that race drunk and with pockets full of casino chips), or spending NYE in Palm Springs (or if we can’t get that far, I’d love to run this, but only NYE.  New Years day is still made for hangovers, although it might be fun to start the tradition of doing the two back to back races and then getting SMASHED on NYD when everyone ELSE is hungover…).

So, besides an extra race in May, June, July, and planning out December, my dance race card is full.  So weird to have your life planned out so far in advance…


Speaking of a full dance card, I am full up on March things.  And it’s March 1st.  I have my weekends completely booked full of either race goodness, birthday celebrations for me, birthday celebrations for other folks, camping, renassaince fair-ing, or weddings.  Plus I have a major deadline at work mid-month.  Hold on folks, March is going to be cuh-ray-zee.

This weekend will be fun though – my birthday is on Saturday, and I have epic plans.  Run/bike/run training in the morning, a relaxing afternoon, major amounts of CRABBY goodness at Trulucks, and then happy fun bar party time!  I toyed with the idea of no training at all over my birthday weekend but I came to two conclusions – #1 – I have a race next weekend I am ill prepared for and need to connect my ass with evilbike + street, plus the last time I did a for real brick was probably… the tri in October. #2 – I like training!  Spending 2 hours outside in the beautiful sunshiney day before I start my celebrations sounds absolutely wonderful.  Maybe I’ll see if they have some birthday cake flavored GU.

Funny, I usually get all introspective about my birthday, but this year… I dunno.  I have my major goals (24 races, half ironman, lose 30 lbs, other stuff), and I’m plugging away at getting it done.  It’s gonna be an epic 33!

Two posts in one week… please don’t get used to it.  I’ll be back with birthday pictures and stories next week.  Ciao, lovely people!

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