Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Happy Birthday Big Guy!

Happy Birthday Ryan! Yay, we're both taking today off to play, which will involve riding a bike (10 mile TT on tap today) and whatever else the birthday boy wants to do. Woohoo!

In other news....

I have been silently attacking my 12 challenges this year. If you've been with 'me' for a while, I created 12 things to do in 2009. Coming off an ironman year, I wasn't so sure what I was going to do so I created a list. Drum roll please - I think I'm going for #2 this weekend - do not race with a watch or any gadgets. I'm not a total gadget freak like some of yous. I will use my Garmin a lot of the time but not always. I think I'm going to do this sprint tri this weekend with no watch, no Garmin, no bike computer. It's a sprint so the perceived effort should be REDLINE. If you don't puke at the end, you're not doing it right...for the short stuff, anyway. There is no pacing, no saving it for the run, lay it on the line. It's an interesting prospect, really. Can you push yourself hard enough or harder when you're not totally sure how fast you're going? Can you do it just on feel? We're getting ready to find out. The best part. Seeded start so even at the finish line, I won't know my time. I won't know it until it's posted. That's the part that might kill me.

Why didn't someone slap me when I put no alcohol for a week on my 12 Challenges list? No wonder that one hasn't been done yet! How stupid, what was I thinking?!?

24 comments:

Big Daddy Diesel said...

TT on a birthday, only a triathlete would do that.

Diana said...

Have a great day!

Shannon said...

Happy Birthday to hubby!

BTW, what WERE you thinking with the "no alcohol" challenge. Good Luck this weekend IronBalls Missy. :)

Wes said...

SAME WAVE LENGTH :-) I'll be doing the Olympic on the 16th with no hardware! It's all or nothing baby...

Keith said...

Indeed, what WERE you thinking, no booze? The year is getting on, you'll have to start making some time on those challenges.

There's volunteers for everything else, I'm sort of surprised there isn't a finish line volunteer to make sure a bucket gets to those who need it. Like you might after your sprint. Go Missy Go!

For reading a book, try "My Sister's Keeper" by Jodi Picoult.

Keith said...

Oh, and I just tried out that site that figures out fruit and veg amounts for you. It says 2.5 cups of fruit and 3.5 cups of vegetables every day, for about 2800 calories.

I am dubious, very dubious. There's lots of times I burn that, or more, in one workout. Then I go for a run and burn more. And that says nothing about the energy needed for the important parts of my life, like taking care of a cat. I'm just saying.

Carolina John said...

happy birthday to ryan!

racing sans gadgets is great for a sprint. i always do it.

ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

Tell the big boy Happy Birthday. He deserves a big present dealing with your shiz. Was this 12 item deal this year kind of like a 12 step AA program? Please note my new "call" name ONEHOURIRONMAN. Gotta start promoting my book that I will publish after IMFL.

kristen said...

Happy birthday big boy! Sounds like a good way to celebrate.

How exciting. I love this little experiment. All balls to the wall! "Can you suffer more" (that's my new speedwork mantra). Use it this weekend. Good luck.

p.s. no alchohol for a week? Is it too late to replace that one with a more reasonable goal?

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Happy birthday to Ryan... and no alcohol? WTF were you thinking?

Jo Lynn said...

Happy birthday to YOUR husband too! I wonder if the two of them are alike in any way? For one, they support us and our whacky asses!!! ;)

Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach said...

Good luck with it - you'll do great! Um...as for the no alcohol challenge - um....good luck! :)Have a BLAST at the race!!

RBR said...

Sounds like a...umm.. fun way to spend hubby's b-day. What is a birthday celebration without saddle sores and a little puke?

No gadgets? That is just crazy talk.

Have a great day!

FLATOUT JIM said...

My name is Jim and I have been sober for 3 weeks now.

Can't wait for my TAPER to be over.

What kind of list is that!

untpawgal02 said...

Hope you race well without any of you gadgets... it takes some getting used to! Have a great day!

Sherry said...

Awww.... sweet! Happy Birthday!!

OK... yes... you can totally do that sprint without any toys! I started out this season using toys for my sprints and then gave them up. No need to have 'em... hard is hard (sick to stomach, puke on bike hard for me). You will totally rock it!!!

Dave said...

Sometimes is is good to give up something to insure functionality without it. One time I gave up Coffee for lent...and I ain't even Catholic. I didn't want to be dependant on a substance...I WAS GROUCHY ALL FORTY DAYS!!!!!!

Runner Leana said...

Happy birthday to Ryan!! No alcohol....yeah, I'm not even going to attempt that. Well, maybe when I train for Ironman. We'll see!

Alisa said...

It's my hubby's birthday today too!

Awesome 12 challenges list. I may need to invoke some of these for the last half of the year.

I'm a total gadget-holic too! However, I did the Sprint without the Garmin or Bike computer, went solely on my lap watch.

Carly said...

Happy Birthday to the hubby! I hope he has a great day.

No booze?! that is just crazy talk.

MCM Mama said...

Happy Birthday to Ryan!

I love your 12 challenges list. Quite awesome. That said, I don't think I could give up Garmin or alcohol...

MCM Mama

Chloe said...

YES! Sprint = puke. Can't wait to hear how it goes!

Also - the no drinking for a week? Ok - here is how you do it. Just go all out one night - shots, fruity drinks, etc - and then that well KEEP you from drinking for a week! Ha! :)

I totally forgot about your resolution(s)!

joyRuN said...

Now I know you're tall, but you look tiny next to Ryan - how freaking tall is HE?

Re: no alcohol - pffffftttt!

Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

Yikes! Did I never leave a comment wishing Ryan a Happy Birthday?

It seems I did just that!

Happy Birthday, Ryan!

(You gave him a little sumpin-sumpin for his day, didn't you, sister?)

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