Started with a 40 mile bike ride Friday night. It was incredibly windy ride headed out. Much better headed back in.
Saturday morning, the girls, my mom, Amber and I ran the Seaport River Run. Amber and I ran the 10k and my mom and my girls ran the 5k. It was a great run.
This morning was another fun 10k for Amber and I, Haili ran the 5k with my sister. This was for a woman who had a TBI and her running group was raising money for her medical needs.
And this evening, Twila and I’s first open water swim. Dworshak was 54 today, BRRRRR, but it was something I needed, if nothing more than for my confidence. It was cold, but I was fine, and as I was told, floated in my wetsuit. So, today, was a success.
I work with death on a frequent basis. I watch people as they slip away, physically, mentally, emotionally. But when it’s sudden, tragic, and a friend rather than a patient, it’s more difficult to absorb. It makes me question my own life, the way I live, the way I love. Because people can’t come back. You can’t do over your time with them.
As I spent the morning with my beautiful sister, seeing her hurting, such raw pain in her eyes, my heart not just hurt over the loss of one of the kindest, most loving souls I’ve ever met but hurt for my sister’s pain and even greater loss of one of her closest friends.
We need to love more. We need to hold those we love tight. Make sure the people we care about, know we care. Because life is too short. Rest in Peace Tina, you were an incredible woman, the most accepting and kindest women I’ve ever known, you were and are so loved; your hugs, your smile, your kindness will be missed. Rest in peace Tom, I didn’t know you well, just casually, but you too were very loved and will be greatly missed.
This could not be better, there were volunteers at every single mile marker. This race could have felt very lonely, so having volunteers the entire way, encouraging you, was great. They had water, Gatorade and restrooms throughout the course, perfection. Lots of pictures posted to their site afterward too. And the medal was huge!!!!
The Actual Race
Chilly and very windy. Felt like you ran up a giant mountain, ran down the backside, then around the base of it and did it again. It was very steep. But it made the race super fun.
Well, as expected and warned… I’m planning to do a full IM. No, not this year. After looking at many training plans, goals I have for myself this year and other factors, next year will be the year. And to cut on costs, travel, and other outside factors, I’ll be training for the CDA IM next June. This year, the focus will remain on Boise HIM 70.3 June 13th, then the Black Diamond 70.3 in Emunclaw in September, and then longer, stronger training focused on CDA 140.6. Over a full year to prep. What the hell have I gotten myself into now…
Today, another excellent day of double day training, less mileage for a recovery week. Swim 1000 yards and run 4 miles. I was sooooo happy the sun was shining and there was no wind.
I love running with the girlies riding their bikes. Tonight my oldest said, “Mom, you are so fast.” I’m not, but it’s so cute that they think I am.