UPCOMING EVENTS for 2016: Puerto Rico Marathon (March), Virginia/Pennsylvania Marathon Double (April), Cedro Peak Ultra 45k (April), Quicksilver 50k (May) NUT 50k (June) Lake Tahoe Trail 50K (July), Cloudsplitter 55K (October)

It's never too late to be what you might have been. --George Eliot

Athena is the Goddess of wisdom and war. In 2005, I declared war on my own bad tendencies: sloth, being fat, compacency, and being too old for adventure. This is the story of how I went from being someone who never stood when she could sit, to being an ultrarunner, marathoner, and triathlete. Along the way I've cried, laughed, fallen, gotten up, lost, won, hallucinated, been dehydrated, DNF'ed, and been DFL.
I also swear. Alot.
"You're never too old to be what you might have been" --George Eliot

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Bleh.

BIB NUMBERS: 1032 (me) and 1043 (Sweet Baboo). You can track us HERE


From the website: Bike course: 8 challenging hills, ranging from 2.9% - 8.9% grade and a quarter of a mile to 1.2 miles in length.

Run: 3 challenging hills, ranging from 10-14% (not the same hills as found on the bike course) grade. The hills are approximately 300 yards to 880 yards in length.

I just can't seem to do a flat race to save my life. :-( It's going to be HOT, too. Wait--can I just have one more month to train? The course cutoff time is 8 hours, which is my PR for a flat half iron. Eep. Other bloggers doing this race: Greyhound - Crazy Jane - SW Tri Gal - Sweet Baboo.

I'm still heavy, not an ounce down since January. I'm getting pretty depressed about my weight; I'm 20 pounds heavier than I was this time last year, and 175 is a lot to haul around a long course with hills. I'm eating about 1500 calories a day and training. This used to work for me. No more. I don't know where to go from here. If eating less, and moving more, doesn't work - then what does?

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I lost my keys again. DAMMIT!! The last time I lost them, about a year ago, they were found outside, behind the air conditioning unit, 3 months later. I have no idea how they got there. My keys are definitely in my home, somewhere, and I've had enough of this $hit.

Last time, I bought one of Sharper Image's "now-you-can-find-it" things which isn't made any more, and good thing, too, because it was utter crap. You had to be within 2-3 feet and pointing it straight a the lost object, and there could be nothing covering the lost object, not a sheet of paper, item of clothing, nothing. I think it's safe to say that everything I have ever bought from SI has been utter crap.

I've ordered one of these: Find-One-Find-All and this time, I'm keeping the receipt.

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Yes, I have pre-race cranky craziness. You got a problem with that?


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9 comments:

  1. On the bright side, with heat and hills, you will have a lot of company as you cover the ground on the run course!

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  2. Best of luck...I have wanted to try this race for many years now but never got up enough nerve.
    You are a braver woman than I.
    Best of luck !

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  3. Sounds SCARY. Cranky is a very sensible response to SCARY (or at least it's what I do, so that must mean it's sensible)

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  4. You could do a flat race out here any old time! B2B or Eagleman!!! But noooo....

    Have fun. Stay in your happy place so that you don't scare the volunteers.

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  5. I'm not a blogger, just a reader but I just checked into the hotel in Lubbock for my third year of the BSLT... Last year it poured rain and was cold, go figure, the first year was like this one, hot and windy. Oh boy!

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  6. And here I thought I was the only one who got cranky right before! Good luck this weekend!

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  7. Hang in there. The weight thing will likely improve when your TSH comes down some - right now, your metabolism is off kilter. You're helping with the controlled calories and activity so keep doing that (and drink more water than you think you can stand!) but you can only do so much when your system is in flux. It's a process (bleah) and a maddeningly slow one, getting the little cells back in quasi-working order.

    Be safe and have a surprisingly great race!

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  8. That sounds like a bitch of a race - may you have a reasonably good time. You know about ice and you have your magic bandana so that will help.

    As for the weight - I'm sure the thyroid thing is a huge part of it. Also - you may need to eat more calorie to lose weight. Sometimes your body hits starvation mode and goes all conservative on the metabolic front. I'm guessing you know about that, too.

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  9. I TOLD you!! I knew you would kick Lubbock's buttocks! Great job out there!

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