Saturday, May 24, 2008

Well, Al didn't drown

He actually bought a training pack, so it will be back to the pool with the hopes that my lip enunciation will be sufficient. Did I mention Al speaks only broken english. Shows how articulate Trimama truly is; I am wicked at charades though.

I took half The Tribe on the weekly sojourn to Costco, an atypical Saturday errand, and I instantly recalled why when I hit the parking lot. Costco, the random labyrinth where strawberries stocked next to sunglasses makes perfect sense to some supply chain manager. I'm clueless, except in my own Costco, which makes perfect sense to me, therefore, I can never move. What makes little sense to me is shoppers who discard unwanted items several aisles from their pick up point. I am also clueless as to what compelled the patron with the dual melons to leave them in the toilet paper aisle. What forces of nature prevailed upon a person to drop the melons for the tp? I entertained myself with a tale of woe for the duration of my shopping excursion. At some point she will meet up with the fellow who was carting 6 quarts of blueberries, and only 6 quarts of blueberries, through the parking lot when we arrived. I hope he is making cordial.

Spring has sprung in all it's glory, lilacs, cherry and apple blossoms, hmmmmm. The Tribe pitched a tent in the backyard and intends to sleep under the stars tonight. I'll leave the back door open. Last Saturday I biked 45 miles up hill and into the wind with Tac. Sunday I ran 13 miles up hill and into the wind at the Hastings Apple Blossom run. Today I met up with IronJenny, Iron Nick, Jumper, Robert, Iron Steve and Greg and about 150 other local cyclists to do the first supported century of our tri club. My plan was to do 50. 25 more miles up hill and into the wind and it finally occurred to meet that maybe we should ride the loop backward. Ahhh. Downhill with a tail wind is nice. We were riding a circle, as Iron Jenny pointed out, but there is something to be said for "into the wind to start", "back to the wind to finish."

I rode most of the time with Jumper as my wingman, what a great guy. Our legs were toast when we made the final turn, falling short of the 50 mile goal, but pleased with the overall ride. My new motto "Suck it up Trimama and just do it" I've had to say that to myself a lot lately as I've come to realize that my days of 8:xx min miles and strength on the hills are a thing of the past. 4 months of atrophied quadriceps is tougher to overcome then I could have imagined. So, when I think I suck and feel like quitting, especially when I feel like the anchor around everyone's neck on a group ride, I just say "suck it up and go". It's not going to get better whining about it. It certainly isn't going to improve by quitting on myself. So, I take every opportunity and see it as a building process. With my first tri i(n almost a year) next weekend, I think I'm going to be saying that a lot. This whole Tri thing is a tremendous opportunity that a very small minority have a chance to partake in, I don't want to shame myself by complaining that it's not precisely what I want it to be.

That includes the water temperature. You won't hear a single murmur out me about 52 degree water. Not a peep. My lips will be chattering too hard to say anything at all.

HG just returned from a week in Chicago with her class. It's an 8th grade rite of passage that manages to pack every site seeing adventure in the windy city into 3 days. I was pooped reading the itinary. They had a great time and came back with memories for a lifetime.

School is wrapping up for the year, yea. I find the pace of summer very agreeable. We depart for CdA mid June-totally psyched! Our plans include a dude ranch in Montana, Ironman of course (we are the finish line), Orca Island in the San Juans and wrapping the whole thing up in Glacier National. Road trip baby! I'm looking forward to meeting all the bloggie folks.

I want to compile a map of arrival dates and lodging for everyone so we can make a plan of meeting attack. Shoot me an email and I'll see what I can do to put it all together.

For those of you training, enjoy the final push and for us Sherpa folks, hang in there, it's almost here :-)!

Happy and blessed Memorial Weekend


21stCenturyMom said...

Orca Island is GREAT! Be sure to visit the town of Olga. If you are there for the 4th parades abound!

I ge to CdA Friday afternoon, early.

ps - in a few weeks you will be strong again. I just takes a few weeks - that's all.

Trisaratops said...

I hear ya on the bike...I need to just suck it up and go, too :) I'm heading out in an hour so I'll remember that when I hit the lovely Lake Erie headwind.

I remember "camping" in the backyard with my little bro! Hope the Tribe had fun! Don't ya just love summer?

Fe-lady said...

Same to you and the tribe Trimama! I love reading your posts.
Brave woman going to Costco weekly... :-)
(AND for riding into the wind!)

I am sure daughter did the Sears tower...freaked me out! Especially the elevators! whew! Fun!

Unknown said...

Here's hoping your Memorial Day weekend is memorable Tri-mama!

(And of course Al didn't drown!)

IronTriTim said...

Chicago is a great city, hope HG enjoyed hereself. Hoping to meet Jumper at some point seems a really great guy. (Bit like all triathletes :-) )
Have been known to go into Costco and only come out with 3 quarts of grapes.

faithrunner said...

Yeah, great job with the biking!! That's great that you were able to get out for a good ride, even if there were hills and wind to contend with. One day I'll buy a bike and go out with you, if I can keep up. :) Have a lovely week! Bagels on Thurs. or Friday??

Steve Stenzel said...

I've been hearing about this ride all over the blog-o-sphere! Nice job! Sounds like fun!!

triguyjt said...


I think this line from your post resonates quite a bit.

This whole Tri thing is a tremendous opportunity that a very small minority have a chance to partake in, I don't want to shame myself by complaining that it's not precisely what I want it to be.

so as you said...."suck it up...
nice post