Sunday, June 29, 2008

5 Mile Lake Triathlon

What? June 28th already? Where has the time gone? I have spent way too much time at work and not enough time training. Even though these are short distance ("sprint") they are just long enough to need some preparation time. I don't recommend trying to cram weeks of training into a couple of days (which is what I attempted to do). I debated even doing the race but I felt I could finish and that I didn't have a good excuse not to so Saturday morning I woke up early and made my way down to 5 Mile Lake park.

My first bit of nerves came when I noticed how many people were wearing wetsuits. Was the water really going to be that cold? I went down to the water's edge and tested the temperature - it was cold, but not freezing. Soon it was time to head to the start. Once again I was a pink swim cap. The countdown started and then we were off! This was probably the hardest swim I've had. I never found a rhythm and felt out of breath. I ended up being the last person of my group out of the water. I've always said I wouldn't care if I was the last person to cross the finish line because it would mean I finished and I started to think I might actually get to test this theory today!

The bike portion was two loops through the surrounding neighborhoods. It was a nice rolling course, with one long, nasty uphill. I kept shifting down until I was on the last gear. It is a slight possibility that I could have gone faster walking my bike up this hill! :) I kept making little goals for myself - make it to the light pole, make it to the mailbox, make it to the street sign. I was so busy trying to make it to the next goal that it took me a minute or two to realize it had flattened out and I had reached the top! With the first loop done, I headed around again. I continued being passed, in fact I think some people must have passed me twice! The long, nasty hill was still there the second time around and I quickly dropped down to the lowest gear and fought my way up to the top.

Heading out to the run course I saw someone heading out for their second time around on the bike course which meant I wasn't going to be last across the finish line! Whew! I might have the lowest time, but I wouldn't be last. No need to test that theory! The whole no training thing started to catch up to me during the run. But it is amazing what a well-timed "you go girlfriend!" cheer and a water stop can do for you. All the encouraging cheers I received were great and really helped, but this one stuck out in my mind as I had started feeling self-doubty (like how I just made up that word?). One foot after the other and I was finally back at the park. A loop through the park and there was the finish line! Hooray!!

I was thinking I would finish in about 2 hours, plus or minus 10 minutes. I finished in 2 hours and 4 minutes, so my estimate was just about right. I actually improved my swim time, my bike pace stayed the same and lost a bit of time on my run pace. But I felt good about it overall, especially considering the lack of training!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

31 Things Update

1. Travel to a country I've never been to before. I've now been to Sweden - granted it was only for a few hours, and most of it was spent in a car, but I'm counting it! :)

2. Make it back to Houston a couple of times. I was in Houston over the weekend.

3. Improve my triathlon time. My overall time improved as well as my swim, run & transition times. I still need to work on my bike time.

5. Take at least one picture a week (I would say more frequently, but knowing me one picture a week could be pushing it some weeks!). Fortunately I've been traveling or at events so I've been basically able to accomplish this! But the question is can I keep it up?

13. Attend a theatrical event (musical, play, ballet, etc.) Talk about two birds with one stone, while I was in Houston I watched Sweeny Todd (the musical). It was really good - I was impressed at how the actors not only sang but played musical instruments as well.

14. Eat at several restaurants I've been meaning to - Greenlake Bar & Grill, Z Tejas, Boka and Salish to name a few. It helped that it was my birthday plus a few friends birthdays so I've now eaten at La Isla and Z Tejas.

24. Take a cooking class. I should have been able to mark this one off as I was signed up for a class but a deadline at work meant I wasn't able to attend. I am signed up for another class so here's hoping I will be able to make it!

Wednesday, June 04, 2008


I saw this on Mandi's blog and it looked like fun!

a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.

b. Using only the first page, pick an image.

c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd’s mosaic maker.

And here are the questions:
1. What is your first name? Emily

2. What is your favorite food? Pad Thai

3. What high school did you go to? Hazen

4. What is your favorite color? Green

5. Who is your celebrity crush? Clive Owen

6. Favorite drink? Cappuccino

7. Dream vacation? Greece

8. Favorite dessert? Gelato!

9. What you want to be when you grow up? Happy

10. What do you love most in life? Possibilities

11. One Word to describe you. Determined

12. Your flickr name. This one didn't return anything so I used my name again.