Tuesday, December 30, 2008
We had an ugly sweater party and bar crawl
Went back to New Mexico for Christmas. I have the best in-laws ever. I feel so lucky that my sister-in-laws are some of my best friends...here I am with some of the Haney girls!
Drank some beers with my brothers and celebrated my Dad's 60th B-day!
Good times, Good times!
As 2008 comes to a close, it's crazy to think of all that's happened this year. 2008 has been GREAT! There have been some bumps along the way but they've made me a stronger person. This best parts of this year: I've made some amazing triathlon friends (Beth, Tina, Mere, Jess, Elaine, Kevin, Don, Lorenzo, Chris...to name just a few...), I've achieved my lifelong goal of completing an Ironman, I'm healthy, and I've got a job (something to be thankful for in this economy). Pat's also had a great year...finishing his navy career, graduating law school and some incredible job offers.
Looking forward to bringing in 2009!
Thanksgiving was awesome! We stayed in SD and enjoyed lots of food, wine, board games and great friends!
Post-Ironman night out downtown...great night...the next morning, not so much!
Pat and I took a weekend trip to Sonoma!
And Sarah, one of my best friends, who now lives in Dallas came in town!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Anyway, I owe a HUGE thanks to Pat and my family. They stood out there for hours cheering me on and it truly meant the world to me. Also, thanks to The Haney's and other friends that tracked me all day online from afar…you guys were the best cheerleaders ever. Some of the messages on my voicemail were a riot! And to ALL my friends and family (those who get it and those who don't :) ). I felt so loved and supported (and still do). It truly means the world to me. I also raised over $1,000 (my goal) for my sister's foundation (vasculitis).
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Time has flown since I first signed up for this race nearly a year ago. I can't really even remember what made me push the button and sign-up. What I do know is why I'm doing this (www.vasculitisfoundation.org/ironmanarizona - lists one of the many reasons) and what I've gained since that moment: an AMAZING group of new friends, more mental strength and courage and a whole slew of new tri gear and random knowledge.
I'm going out there Sunday and laying it all on the line. I'll fight with everything I have to get through the day. No matter what I'm not giving up.
That said, I want to thank all my old friends, new friends and my family. I couldn't have gotten where I am without you all and I feel so blessed to have such wonderful people in my life. Most importantly, I owe a huge thanks to Pat. He's put up with a lot over the past year. It's not always easy when only one spouse is involved in a hobby as time consuming as long-distance triathlon but he's been so encouraging and supportive through this all. I think he may make me take a brief distance training break post-ironman...but I can handle that :)
I've been asked numerous times over the past week what time I want to go. Truly, I don't know...don't have a clue. I guess that's the beauty of it being my first ironman. I have no time goals and my only expectation is to finish in the 17 hours required...anything better than that is icing on the cake and a PR :). I received this quote from a friend today when I was telling her about all the expectations I was feeling from my coach and others. I love this:
"Somewhere behind the athlete you've become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back... play for her. "- Mia Hamm
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Laundry - tons of it
Cook - this has always been Pat's role..I know, I have a great husband, he loves to cook but I think he's enjoying the change...
Organize drawers and closets - I sort of got bored with this though so everything is partially organized.
Okay, off to bed. I need to start getting more sleep too!
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Well, today was quite the experience. The headwind had been transformed to a "Wizard Of Oz" type wind. It was followed by an awesome tailwind going the opposite direction, but the speed and ease heading north was nothing compared to the pain going south. I think I was being pushed backwards, every few minutes I literally swayed from side to side (hello crosswind). This was all followed by rocks and sand that kept hitting my face. Just when I thought it was calming down, the rain came. Normally, the rain doesn't bother me so much, but today, it hurt. Mixed with the wind it created even more pain on my face, legs and arms.
The WORST part of the day was a toss up between dealing with the creepy guy that kept riding up next to me and talking about leg veins (he would not go away, I slowed down, he slowed down, I sped up, he sped up...and seriously...all he had to talk about were how he loved leg veins that popped out...GROSS). Also equally as bad was the song I had in my head for 2 hours...."And I would walk 500 miles..."
Okay, I feel much better, just needed to vent. I know it was good for me to deal with these "challenges" today. Makes me tougher, right? I'm ready for AZ...bring on the wind, bring on the rain--I'm secretly hoping for neither--but PLEASE someone give me another song to sing should this happen to come back to the brain on race day!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
P.S. I'm stopping here for tonight--my blog is totally boring and lacking any substance tonight (my personality is trending in the same direction). I NEED SLEEP...BIG TIME!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Friday, swam 5,000 yards...haven't done that in one practice since the college days!
Saturday, I biked 100 miles...wind, hills and all. Great for the training progress...hard on the body! The best part was that I was able to hang out with Tina and Elaine all day. We had a great time!
Sunday, I ran 17 miles with Beth--wait, let me back up....I ran about 13 with Beth until I forced her to leave me...yes, my slow ass just couldn't hang with the superstar for the last few miles! We had a blast though...the best part of all this training is the great training buddies!
So I've gathered some of my favorite recent quotes from family and friends (that don't do triathlons) regarding Ironman and Ironman training...the remarks have been priceless and I had to write them down...
My husband "This is it, right? You go after this one and the Ironman bug is out????"
My best friend from high school Laura "What do you think about when you are out on a bike for that long? Don't you get bored? Oh my gosh, that's so fun. I'll start thinking of things for you to think about!"
My co-worker Bryan "I just thought about it and I don't think I drive as far as you run on any given weekend."
My co-worker Nicole "I love that you eat more than Tara" (FYI, Tara is 8 months pregnant)
My Mom "We're getting so excited for your marathon thing"
My Brother "Do you ever think that something might be messed up in your head?"
My best friend from college Ann "Seriously, when can we forget Ironman and do some Irish Car Bombs again!"
Gotta love them all! They are my bigget supporters and deep down they all just think I am crazy!
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
I had my college alumni swim meet this weekend (and numerous activities surrounding it). About 20 alumni came back for the weekend. Seeing the girls brought back so many fun memories. The actual swim meet part of the weekend was a riot. Let's just say competitiveness is an innate biological trait and surprisingly, this allowed us to fare well next to the current team. The most impressive moment of the day...my alumni relay team beat the current team. Okay, so we only had to do a 50 each (it was the 200 medley) and I'm pretty sure we had some false starts and we seriously looked like death upon finishing, but heck, a win is a win, right? WRONG... I must admit that my win was overshadowed by an incredible groin strain. However, I have no one to blame but myself. When you haven't full-on SPRINTED breaststroke in six years (even if it's just a 50) pain is inevitable. I'm still having trouble walking and it's Tuesday.
So besides the fact that I can't swim like I used to, the "old girls" and I picked up a few other harsh realities this weekend:
- Now that we've graduated the team is in a better conference (WAC) and has better team sponsors which equals better suits and better gear.
- You only get that college swim body for four years of your life. Once it's gone...it's gone and you'll start to develop "desk butt" and "back fat". Wish I would have appreciated it more :)
- Swimming (especially swimming fast) is MUCH harder than it used to be.
- Finally (not swimming related), you'll never have the party skills or alcohol tolerance you had in college--yes, my recovery weekend was in full effect...last one I get until I taper for AZ.
Off to bed, I'm back in crazy training mode (and already missing my short recovery weekend).
P.S. I realize this blog would be WAY better with photos but unfortunately my camera has disappeared from my life! Time for a new one I guess. Pat are you reading this, hint, hint....
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Yikes! Two months until race day! This weekend was Crazy training (138 miles worth) I think my brain and body are still recovering.
I rode 100 miles on Saturday--up and down the strand in Coronado to help raise money for my friend Don's IM AZ cause (cardiovascular foundation). With the exception of a few laps where I chatted it up, a huge portion was spent riding alone and let's just say I was VERY bored with myself (I need to plan some things to think about at IM AZ). I followed the ride with a 40 minute fast run.
Sunday, I met one of my good friends who is learning to ride for the Tri Club beginner ride. We did an easy 18 miles and then I was off the bike (THANK GOD) and onto my long run...
Anyway....very strange things have been going on since my intense weekend ended.... I've fallen asleep sitting up reading a magazine, had multiple laughing attacks for no real reason (better than tears though), and have experienced some very new and random food addictions: an intense cravings for burgers and red meat and 7-11 Crystal Light slurpees (I've had four of these since Saturday).
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Training is going well...a bit scary to think I'm only two months away now. I'm following a plan (provided by Coach Robert) . This calls for increasing my weekday training hours a.ka. waking up at 4:30 am. I'm also putting in some solid and VERY LONG weekend rides/runs.
The best parts: I'm having a blast! I'm meeting great new friends, gaining strength, and I'm finally able to hold 8 minute miles for up to 14 miles. Well, ok, the last few miles on my long runs have been more like 8:30, but that's still a huge improvement for me since I'm horrible at running (my feet turn out, my stride is out of control and it's truly mentally painful for me).
The worst parts: I am ALWAYS hungry and nothing fills me up. Seriously, I'm eating more than the pregnant girl in my office. My sweating has gotten out of control when I'm working out (I read that this is normal but seriously...gross).
Finally, I could not decide if this was good or bad, but my life officially revolves around my training. I guess it's a mix--good for preparation, but for my social life and friendships.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Today, I pray for and remember all those that are no longer with us...heroes. I also thank those that are fighting for our freedom and protection.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Obviously, I'm in....however, part of the reason for starting this blog was to keep everyone updated on my "road to Arizona". That said, the road is a bit bumpy right now. I hate complaining, whining, etc., so I'll spare the majority of the details. I'll just say that I think the hours of training I'm putting my body through, outside work and other stresses and lack of sleep have left me feeling very BLAH (for lack of a better word)--I'm sore, I'm tired and worst of all, I'm moody (poor Pat)
I knew signing up for this that the training was going to be a major part of the journey. That there would be great times, as well as tough times...
Right now, the times are tough....but as my mom always reminded me "when the going tough, the tough get going"
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
It's only a 10 minute drive from my work. I LOVED IT! 5,800 acres of hills, valleys and open areas. It's beautiful and very relaxing...a terrific escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. With the exception of a few hikers, the place was pretty desolate.It was also the perfect place for my very slow run....my legs are still shot from my 70-mile bike ride Sat. and 14 mile run Sunday.
Speaking of the weekend, it was basically the exact opposite of last weekend. I rode with two Girls (Tina and Jess). We rode up the coast. Definitely pushed it, but it was nice to get in some girl talk and not get dropped :) I love mixing it up with different friends and rides on the weekends...always an adventure.
On Saturday late afternoon, Pat and I went to a pool party at one of my triathlon friend's house. Yes, I finally convinced him to come meet my "tri-geek" friends....best part: he actually had a good time. As we left he said, "That was fun, they're are nice group" Did he actually think I would surround myself with people that weren't fun or nice???? My tri friends are the best, glad he finally got to meet some of the crew!
Monday, August 18, 2008
So, I guess I can't feel too bad about myself. At least they didn't "lose" me completely - they were always in eyesight (except when we went down a 9-grade hill and I literally thought I would die as my back tire wobbled and my breaks didn't seem to work. I white-knuckled it down at about 2mph (note: I really need to work on my fear of downhills.).
Anyway, 70 miles later of totally pounding it and dripping sweat, I made it back to the car....
proud of myself for just surviving.
I got home, took a quick nap (and I never nap), woke up, took a shot of espresso, and got dressed for my "girls night out" = great food and wine with some girlfriends.
Sunday I managed to crawl out of bed for my long run (these are the mornings I am jealous of my non-tri friends). I then spent most of the afternoon catching up on work (it's way too busy for my liking right now).
Anyway, now it's Monday evening and I think a mix of a tough day at work (is this a trend) and the tough training weekend have left me feeling sorry for myself and wishing I could take a vacation from my crazy life right now. I'm so jealous of Pat who is visiting friends on the east coast before he starts his final semester of school (I wanted to go with him so bad...dang work commitments ).
So, I am sitting here watching all the Olympic swim races I have on TIVO and missing my college swim days. The large frozen yogurt that I'm consuming is helping my mood though (If Pat was here I would get the THAT'S NOT DINNER comment...ha, ha...he's not).
That's all folks...nothing else to say!
Friday, August 8, 2008
1. Pat got a job offer with the law firm he's been "summering" for. He's so thrilled and it's a huge weight off his shoulders. I'm so proud of the guy. He also got his class rankings back and is #1 in his law school class (again). Keep in mind that he was working full-time for the Navy and going to school at night--impressive--let's just hope our kids get his genes. One more semester left for him...piece of cake :)
2. Joe, my youngest brother, will officially be a marine officer after tomorrow. What a tough road he's been on. After finishing film school at Chapman, he decided to join the Marines (much to my mother's displeasure...she's turning around though). His first run at the 10-week intensive OCS school didn't go as planned. He was sent home mid-way--minor setback--but he didn't give up. They offered him the opportunity to come back and give it another shot (they rarely do this) and he did (after killing himself running, studying, etc. for a few months). Well, without getting into too much detail, tomorrow he will lead his platoon at graduation. Not only did he succeed but he's finishing with a bang...now that's dedication.
3. Nick, my other brother, just found out he passed his EMT class and is officially on his way to becoming a fireman...he's going to be a rock star at that job.
I can't tell you how excited I am to see all my favorite boys succeed in life. All three of them have been through a tough few years for various reasons and it's finally all working out for them...couldn't be happier.
My weekend is looking full of good food, lots of wine and great friends....oh, and yes, some serious training...
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
The swim was great, warm ocean water (no wetsuit for me today), sun reflecting off the water, great visibility (all the fishes were out :). That said, I swam in an area with high bacteria...is this Ironman training causing me to lose my mind?
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Wednesday - up at 4:45am, in the water at 5:30 for some extra yardage before my class gets started. Teach the master's class at 6:00 (in the pool with them lately because I need the extra yards). At work by 8:00, leave work at 5:30pm with still way too much to do but have to get in a 45 minute run before my board meeting at 7 (this was interesting I showered in 5 minutes, got dressed and made it across town to the meeting wet hair and all by 7 on the dot). Home at 8:45pm - finish writing a news release for work that's due first thing in the morning. In bed by 11....
Thursday - up at 5:00, spin and weights before work. Work at 8:00 (work is CRAZY right now, boss is out of town=more on my plate). Rush out of work at 5 and head downtown for the YPC's annual Wine and Chocolate fundraiser (I'm the PR/Marketing Chair). After getting to hand out with some friends I haven't seen in awhile and of course, great wine and chocolate (not sure if this is all still allowed in the typical Ironman regiment but in my training plan it is--at least for now :). Home and in bed by 11...
Friday - up at 6:30 (slept in a bit..yikes, did I really just say that? 45 minute run before work. After work head to the cove and do a 2ish mile swim. Pat and I went to our local hotspot for a great dinner and in bed early by 10.
Saturday - up at 6 met some friends for a four-hour ride from Solana Beach--the ride was a blast. It's so beautiful here in San Diego this time of year, well always, but especially now. After the ride, showered at the beach (don't ask) and changed in the car and drove to my friend Diana's wedding shower. Ate a quick lunch, stayed for about an hour and had to rush out to head back down to Del Mar to meet Pat...his law firm was having Day at the Races....
Sunday - up at 7:30 - met some IM AZ friends for a 9 mile run (turned into a 12.5 mile run). Now I am home and blogging instead of doing some work that needs to get done. I am also EXHAUSTED....and supposed to meet some friends for dinner later.
Just writing this all down (sorry to bore you all) has reiterated that I need to slowdown at bit...
I'll keep ya'll updated on how that works out... :)
Friday, July 25, 2008
Anyway...the real reason for starting this was because of a few requests from friends and my family (family photo above) that for whatever crazy reason are interested in following my progress as I train for Ironman Arizona in November. Something tells me that as I approach the next few months--full of training, working, spending time with Pat and some socializing in an effort to not lose all my non-tri friends (they keep me sane)--that it just might be easier to direct people here rather than continuing the "Crazy Mary email updates" as my college friends (especially those that live away) have coined them. Note: for those that are confused...these are short and they ramble..not really making sense but all end with xoxo - have to run, but let's chat soon.
That said, I guess my first official blog entry should begin with my reason for deciding to do Ironman Arizona - I'll fill in my triathlon history/blanks later on...
Anyhow...below is as serious and real as it gets....promise to lighten up this blog moving forward...:)
On November 23, 2008 I will take on Ironman Arizona. Swimming 2.4 miles, cycling 112 and then running 26.2 miles is nothing compared to the challenges those battling any type of vasculitis must endure. My little sister Alison was diagnosed with Wegener’s granulomatosis (see http://www.vasculitisfoundation.org/ for more info) in December 1997. We were told the outlook was grim. However, due to a relatively early diagnosis and the funding our family was provided, Ally was able to receive leading-edge treatment at the NIH. Today, Ally is in remission and is about to enter her final year of college. Others are not always as fortunate… I’ve never attempted an athletic endeavor of this magnitude before, but I am ready to see what I’m capable of. I enter this journey with the knowledge that it will not be easy; there will be pain and there will be struggle, but the challenge of an Ironman pales in comparison to the suffering those with vasculitis must endure—this I know for sure. When the pain is getting the best of me and I just want to quit, I’ll remember that I am racing ONE DAY for all those just like Ally with vasculitis disorders that are racing for LIFE. I look forward to racing in November in support of the foundation and ultimately finding a cure. To get what we've never had, we must do what we've never done! People with vasculitis don’t get to stop fighting so I won’t stop either …Ironman Arizona…here I come.