It’s Been A Great Birthday!!

What a terrific birthday!!! I have the best friends, the most amazing hubby, the sweetest kids and the most wonderful family. I am beyond blessed.

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Wattie Ink gear from my hubby!!!! I love this stuff! He was so sneaky, I had no idea! I cannot wait to train in the new kit!!

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All this awesome stuff from the mermaid! The macadamia nuts are my absolute favorite and they are soooo expensive that I feel incredibly guilty when I buy them! Yum! And the candle is Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake which made my bath luxurious!!

Today was such a great day!ย Slept til 7, woo hoo! Ran with The Marmaid and Haili came! Followed by Starbucks where we ran into my sister. Watched the niners lose (bummer) while snuggling Bill (worth it). Swam with the girls and Amber. Bill made dinner, taco lettuce boats. Now watching our shows, all four of us snuggling. ๐Ÿ™‚

Next Week:

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You might have a really cool bestie, but my bestie is better.

You might have a really cool bestie, by my bestie is better.

A little background…ย So my birthday is Sunday, my bestie and I work together again (woo hoo!!!!), she’s training for her first marathon in December, and she’s pretty much amazing!!! I came into work to find my entire office decorated with gifts everywhere! And not just any ol’ gift, like gifts for me.

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To begin, roses, well because she loves me. Then wine, pink moscato, which I love.

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Diet Pepsi is my favorite. I frequently quit it, then start it, then quit again… It’s in my fridge at work right now, knowing I’ll easily cave and drink it. You see above the pink box… Long story short, at the last race we went to, Amber bought this box at IKEA, I teased her all weekend for the randomness of this purchase. Turns out she was just busy being my bestie…

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So I open this cute box, and it’s filled with the most thoughtful gifts, every single one.

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Hi Chew’s… I’m seriously obsessed with these. I can’t wait to eat them on my next long ride. Yum.

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Dark chocolate, because I don’t like any other kind. But yum, I love it!

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For my “bra chafe” that only a bestie would know about. I’m psyched.

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A bike bell. Mine broke traveling to our last race, and I was so bummed. And it’s louder!!! Awesome sauce!

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Last Sunday when we swam, my goggles leaked. She remembered.

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Umm, so I may be a little obsessed with data, I like to see my times, my calories burnt, my cadence, my distances, ect… So she got this to hold my phone on my bike. Woo hoo!

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I mentioned her upcoming marathon, this warm thermal gear (a headband, a jacket and pants) is so I can join her for her long runs with the weather cooling down. I’m actually pretty excited to go on this training journey with her!

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Biking capris, so I can keep cycling through the fall, and a new cycling jersey, in one of my favorite colors.

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And finally, this, to keep me warm while I train.

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So, like I said, you might have a really cool bestie, but my bestie is better. Like your bestie can’t even hang out with mine. Sorry…

This is My Life – Take One

So I had someone ask me today, what my typical day looks like. Which I thought would be fun to share with you all, so here is a typical Monday. So, before I start, you should know that I am a very routine person, VERY ROUTINE. I have a work calendar, a family calendar and both are plugged into my phone and my iPad. So to say I like to plan is an understatement… My mother-in-law, Juney, stayed for the weekend. She’s one of my absolute favorite people, not just because she birthed her son, who I am so thankfully married to, but because I adore the person she is.

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So today my life looked like this:

4:20am – my morning alarm, kiss my hubby, he tells me to be safe, meeting The Mermaid at the pool

5-5:30am – pool time, and it’s packed, Masters swimming has moved indoors, so they are there as we finish

6am – back home, coffee on, my 8 year old wants the tips of her hair dyed purple, so we tackle that, kiss my hubby some more

6:30am – girls getting around for school, kissing/hugging/telling Juney goodbye as she treks back home today, more coffee and my protein shake, switch laundry

7:15am – girls on the bus, get the final morning dishes in the dishwasher, go kiss on my hubby some more (I like him), my turn to get around for work, I manage to bother with blow drying my hair, WINNING!

8am – one last visit with my hubby while he dozes (he’s sleepy today), grab my food (I meal prep on Sunday, so in the morning, it’s no thinking)

8am-3pm – work, and today was crazy, three care conferences (which are visits with residents families, usually discussing concerns), my grandmother admitted to our facility as end of life (so doing the family thing for my dad and grandpa), I eat breakfast at my morning management team meeting, and cashews just before a noon care conference, lots of emails and transferring a patient, crazy busy…

3pm – my girls get home from school, we don’t use the sitter on Monday’s and Wednesday’s, so I meet them at home, we get changed and around for a run/bike ride, have a snack and head to the levee – I get a few emails and texts from work, which is typical for the days I leave early, but nothing I can’t handle from my phone (my boss is very flexible)

4pm – get my run in, the girls ride their bikes ahead, I realize that I’ve been so busy at work, I’ve forgotten to eat since the cashews, so my run kind of stinks, but it’s in, so good enough

4:45pm – go see my grandma at the building, bring her some flowers, the girls are sad to see her this way

5:15pm – home again, walk the dog, girls get their reading and homework done, Bill is out of town, so not our typically nightly routine

6pm – dinner (I meal plan on the weekend, so our groceries are here and I just make dinner as planned), the girls are easy to please, so dinner is just visiting about school and such

6:30pm – the girls and I watch Elf, this is seriously my favorite movie

7pm – half way through the movie, they decide they want their hair dyed, so we do that

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7:30pm – snuggle time with the girls, missing my hubby, finishing the movie

8:30pm – Blog time, girls watching an odd cartoon “Uncle Grandpa”

9pm – girls’ bed time (I usually have glass of wine and snuggle Bill until I fall asleep after they go to bed but because he’s not home, I plan to indulge in back to back episodes of Forensic Files!!)

Black Diamond Triathlon 70.3

Sorry I’ve waited so long for this post but the race folks told me pictures would be up this week. So far, one extremely awful picture has surfaced from them. So I doctored it and you get a less awful version of the whole reason I waited. Anyways……..

Another Half Iron under my belt, shed 22 minutes off my PR, finishing in 7 hours and 21 minutes.

We went over on Friday, Amber rode with us, she was doing the half marathon.

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We spent Sarurday running around, eating yummy food and going to Ikea. We returned to the hotel early, met up with the Mermaid Twila, and let the kids play. These girls are crazy.

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I was asleep early, able to “sleep in” until 6am, take my time getting around, meet up with Twila in the lobby and we took off! Bill and the girls drove us out to Deep Lake and wished us luck. Twila and I got our body marking done, set about getting our transition areas ready, and met back up with Amber for the pre-race meeting.

Amber had to leave just before our start for her race. Twila and I pulled on our suits and caps and counted down.

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Swim: I wasn’t a fan of the double loop swim… Something about swimming a lap, coming all the way in and starting back over, is mentally very tough. But, made it out of the water, checked my Garmin and had shed 15 full minutes off my Boise time. Hurray!!!

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Transition One: I raced through my transition, pulled off my wetsuit, pulled on my socks and shoes, grabbed my helmet and sunglasses, double checked I had my inhaler and took off!

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Bike: Tough ride. It wasn’t as much incline as Boise but the constant hills were difficult. The course was open to traffic, so dealing with traffic and wet pavement made it much more mentally technical. The weather was nice, it was cool and had rained all morning, so it was ideal temperature. But 56 miles is still a crazy hot, sweaty mess in any temperature. Fueling went as planned.

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Transition Two: Tried to rush, just switched shoes and ditched my helmet. Dropped my inhaler, thankfully Amber was watching and got it to me.

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Run: Still nice and cool. I was feeling pretty decent, my legs a little worn out. But knowing all that’s left is 13.1 miles of rolling hills running is super reassuring. With about 2 miles I left, I caught Twila. We finished the race together.

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Seeing Bill and the girls at the finish line was great. The girls were so excited, it was so sweet.

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Amber had PRd her half marathon. Twila and I each PRd our Half Iron. It was a good day for PRs.

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Hone in on Nutrition

So my second goal for this Off Season is to hone in on my nutrition and shred off some unwanted fat.

This is possible for me by:

  1. Meal planning and meal prep. Packing my meals to lunch each day.

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2. Plan dinners out for the week and shop accordingly.

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3. Track all intake into MyFitness Pal.

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4. Drink water!!!!!!!!!! Eliminate soda.

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Doctor’s Visits and Finally Answers

Yes, I swear I’ll post about the Black Diamond 70.3, but I’m waiting on the official race photos, so you’ll have to wait!!!

Today, I finally had my appointment with the ENT. First off, I should have done this years ago. Second, this doctor was clearly very, very good. Three, he knew within 30 minutes what’s going on with my sinuses. Which is actually two things.

One, a deviated septum. According to WebMD, who knows everything about everything, aย deviated septum is a condition in which the nasal septum — the bone and cartilage that divide the nasal cavity of the nose in half — is significantly off center, or crooked, making breathing difficult. Most people have some sort of imbalance in the size of their breathing passages. So, next Thursday, a MRI to see just how bad this is, followed likely by surgery which, again according to WebMD, is surgery to repair a deviated septum is usually performed in an outpatient setting under local or general anesthesia and takes about one to one and a half hours, depending on the amount of work being done. You should be able to go home three to four hours after surgery. I know this may sound like bad news, but after visiting with the doctor, sounds like an answer and music to my ears. I can’t wait to breath while training and not have these constant infections anymore!

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(example of a deviated septum, this is not my noggin)

Two, allergies. This is not a surprise, since I was a little girl, I’ve struggled with allergies. So two weeks from now, I’ll be having an allergy test to see what can be done about this. I’m actually pretty interested in what my allergies may be. And since we are WebMDing tonight, an allergy study consists of: “In a skin test, you get a dose of a possible allergen. The test tracks your immune system’s response — specifically, if your body makes a molecule called immunoglobulin E (IgE). A high level of IgE can mean you have an allergy.ย Skin Prick Test: The skin prick test is the most common allergy skin test. First, you get a series of tiny drops of allergens on your skin, usually on your back. Then you get a quick needle prick in the skin where each of the drops are. If you’re allergic, you’ll get a dime-sized hive that’s red and itchy at the needle prick site. You may need a follow-up test to check the results. Intradermal Test: If your skin prick test was negative, your doctor may try an intradermal test. In this test, your doctor injects the allergen into your skin. Intradermal allergy tests are often used for environmental allergies and drug allergies. Doctors usually don’t use this type of allergy test with food or latex allergies.”

So, that’s what is new with me! Goal #1, get healthy, which I’m actively working on. This will be imperative for IM training!