Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Equipment and Gadgets

There's always more equipment and certainly more gadgets than you can count for all this tri stuff. I certainly think that the new use for the Fuel Belt (shown above) may be the best equipment adaptation I've ever seen. I can only hope that I feel good enough at the end for a beer.
So what is the worst piece of equipment created?
  1. The Snorkel - will someone please take this $20 piece of shit off my hands? I'll pay YOU to take it away from ME. I'm supposed to use it in swim drills but I'm not totally sure of the point other than suck lots of water, gag and how to look terribly sexy with a nose clip on. Nice look.

  2. The Bike Trainer - it is BRUTAL when you're alone. Yeah, you can watch TV but the dog usually just sits and stares at me like I'm the 'show.' (Look at this silly human, riding a bike that is going nowhere. I mean really, what an idiot!) BUT if you get friends in the game, pop in a good movie (Vacation, Sixteen Candles, Fletch), you are golden. Screw spinervals, screw spin class, spin with us!

  3. The Treadmill - OK, this is up there with the snorkel but only slightly more useful. I know I'm supposed to 'run in the elements' but if there's thunder and lightening, I'm out or in, as it were. I've never done anything as boring as running on a treadmill. I'd rather contemplate my navel, I swear.

So, we continue to use these torture devices only to get better, stronger, faster, better. And the question is regularly asked, when do you start training? I think I already have.

P.S. Is it weird to grab a man's leg that you barely know? Quantified - the man in my lane was getting out of the pool. He started to wince in pain and I could see the HUGE cramp in the back of his hamstring (this knot). I didn't want to leave him there so I stuck my thumb in it and apologized for being so 'forward' since we just met. No come on intended, it just looked painful!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008


I am getting so much good advice lately that I better start writing it down. Since I'm not a camel, I have no idea how I'm going to carry all this crap but I'm sure I'll figure something out. Everyone else does. Besides all the normal junk (extra food, extra drink, extra socks, tubes etc), here's some of the more unusal items I think I'll pack along (either in my special needs bags or transition bags):
  • Eye drops and extra contacts - just in case I get kicked in the face, I'd hate to ride and not be able to see. A lovely thought!
  • $20 - because you just never know when you may need to catch a cab?
  • Vinegar - in the T1 Bag - just in case you get stung by a pesky jelly fish and don't want spend an hour looking for the med tent or have someone pee on your face (a real solution, promise).
  • Gum - also known as the 'savior' during a hot race. Your gut is sloshing because it's full of fluids but your mouth is just so dry.
  • Best for Last - Immodium and Toilet Paper because your gastrointestinal tract doesn't always want to cooperate.

I NEVER want to be known as 'that girl who shat herself' during the race...nor do you want to be running behind me. Yikes! The stories I've heard.....PLEASE just let me known as the Happy Girl who slammed a beer at mile 26 of the run and had a smile on her face the whole time!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Valentines Day!

Here's to those we love, here's to those who love us.
If those we love, don't love us,
F!@# them, here's to us!

Friday, February 8, 2008

Swim, Swam, Swum

I think swimming may just be overtaking cycling as my new fav. Even though your head is underwater, you’re with your friends, at the pool, laughing between sets and trying to chase ‘that guy’ or in our case, ‘that girl’ who is so stinkin’ fast. How DO they get through the water like a fish without gills and fins? I don’t know but I’ll keep trying (and watching them underwater to try and figure it out). Swimming in a pool is not like swimming in open water but we like to play leap frog during practice, just to be sure we keep up with our swim derby/water orgy skills. You better be careful…you don’t want to get pregnant! As it goes – foot tap just to let you know that you better take a deep breath, ankle, knee, back, dunk and swim over. It’s actually not a bad idea to practice this since there’s no other way to get used to being pulled backwards underwater. Now, if I can just practice swimming in a VORTEX.

IronMissy - it's official!

IronMissy - it's official!
A vision in green!