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The White Queen

Published June 14, 2014 by Tritrigirl

So I’m binge watching The White Queen and I watch as the third (or fourth or fifth) woman manipulates herself onto the throne.  And I think to myself, “The hell? Why can’t I manipulate myself onto a throne?”

And then remember, oh yeah, I don’t like weak men.

Watching the show as much as I’d be sad to not have an intimate relationship with my partner I think I’d prefer a partnership of equals than relying on manipulations to get my way. Not that this is really how it may have happened, but it was definitely food for thought.

I’m all for women being equal but I’m not okay with manipulation to rule over someone.

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Building Rome – While Distracted – Week 3

Published June 12, 2014 by Tritrigirl

So it’s time for a little accountability…sigh…

Okay, for those who’d like to get more information and play along check out the skinny here.

Last week’s goals:

1. Swimming – 2 pool work outs

2. Continue to do PT 6 out of 7 days

3. Continue to avoid drinking Monday – Thursday.  This will be difficult as tomorrow is the anniversary of Walt’s death.  As craft beers will be consumed I will trade out Saturday for Wednesday and I have a race Sunday anyway.

4. Started the Spartan 30 sit ups in 30 days today.  Resolve to do at least 6 out of 7 days while making up for any missed days as well.

5.  Mail the freakin’ package as it now contains my brother’s birthday gift as well.

 

So how did we pan out?

1. Fail…my second swim day did not happen.  Will persevere.  Last week was a Charlie Foxtrot of a week (or Cluster Fuck if you’d rather).

2. Done…mostly…but I stay on it and have noticed quite a few benefits.

3. I did do well here….drank Wednesday, Friday and Sunday as I was planning.  Go me!

4. Am caught up and going strong.  I will have abs of steel one day!

5.  DONE!  Finally!  Confirmed package arrived safely with nothing broken!

So 4 out of 5 – not too shabby.

While we’re a little behind let’s go with this week:

1. 1 pool workout.  I have a race Sunday, it’s now Thursday.  Today’s plan is to swim this afternoon.

2. Continue with Spartan 30 sit ups for 30 days

3. Send out Father’s Day gifts to dad and brother!

4. Swim the Pville Tri 500m in no more than 20 minutes (assuming no white caps on the lake)

5. Continue PT exercises 6 out of 7 days per week.

 

Last weekend’s race really helped me to dial in on what I need to work on training-wise.  The main things are the swim and run…the bike needs work too but not quite as much.  Last weekend I did 3 minutes better than the previous race on that course.  I would have done even better but I dropped my chain halfway up a monster hill and ended up walking it.  No momentum, steep grade, no way in hell was I going to try to ride it.  But I still ended up taking time off the course and am now 15 minutes off my best time for that course.  15 minutes…I can do this.  I did a mile time last night and in the 96 F heat with a ton of humidity I did it in 13:47.  Faster than I normally go, which means when it’s not so hot I’m actually a little faster.  I told my coach I’d like to be down to an 11 minute mile and she said that if I stuck with it we could get me there by next spring.  I feel very hopeful!!

 

I have another race on Sunday and I know that it’s going to be tougher, it’s a little longer than what I’ve been doing but I can push through it.  When I finished the race last Sunday I knew I could have pushed more, I fully intend to this weekend.  Last year’s time on that course was 2:03:26 and my best time was 1:54:36.  I’d like to finish in 2 hours and if I can get my swim done faster then I may be able to do that.  It’s just 3 1/2 minutes.  I may be able to take that off my run time, we shall see.  I have less pain when I run than I did last year.  If I can get a good warm up in before the swim and get my breathing under control I should be able to nail it.  Fingers crossed and wish me luck!

 

 

 

 

Yeah, we’re a little behind, but we’ll catch up

Published June 11, 2014 by Tritrigirl

It’s been a whirlwind last week, y’all.  I have had some major stress, some major tears, some majors victories and have been so all over the place I’ve been second guessing my psychiatrist’s decision to change my meds.  But then I got through my race Sunday and thought, “Holy shit, I needed that.  That’s what was going on.”  Apparently too few work outs over the week make Stephanie turn into Super-Psycho-Stephanie.  OY.  She needs to stay away.

Any who.

Let’s play catch up!

Steve’s Monday Wednesday music mix:

Here’s the skinny –

Each week I will post 3 new questions so…

(1) Go to the music player of your choice and put it on shuffle
(2) Say the questions aloud and press play
(3) Use the song title as your answers
(4) NO CHEATING

And here we go:

I am…?  Feathers – Coheed and Cambria

Comments: I’ve been waiting for these guys to show up.  So…I am…uh….”Right now, hide your feathers on the back porch, baby.
He’s coming home for… you’ve… been… such… a liar.  Hide your feathers, little back porch lady.   You’re too old enough to cry your sorry eyes out over the world.” I think this song is in reference to the character of Claudio being in love with on of the Prise (angelic like creatures in the story) and I guess their meeting again after a long separation, although I think THE one was killed in an earlier album.  There’s a crazy backstory to this band’s music, you should check it out.  Anyway, love this song.

I feel…? I’ve Got All This Ringing in My Ears and None on My Fingers – FOB

Comments: “And I’m so sorry, but not really….tell the boys where to find my body….The truth hurts worse than anything I could bring myself to do, to you.  The truth hurts worse than anything I could bring myself to do, to you.”  Steve…creepy as all get out.  Sounds a bit like my Friday night.

I sometimes think that you…?  Love Ridden – Fiona Apple

Comments: “No, not baby anymore.  If I need you, I’ll just use your simple name.  Only kisses on the cheek from now on and in a little while, we won’t have to wait.  My hands won’t hold you down no more, the path is clear to follow through.  I’ve stood too long in the way of the door and I’m giving up on….you.”  Steve….owch.  Yeah.

On to a more lighter note (is that a phrase?)!

Cee’s Week 23 Share Your World (see how I mixed that up? No? Okay, damn)

Would your rather be stuck in a small plane with mild turbulence for 2 hours or be a passenger in a car racing the Daytona 500?

God I hate turbulence, but I hate being in a car and not the driver and going super speed.  So it’s a toss up.

Would you rather be alone with nobody in the vicinity for one month or never be alone not even for a minute for one month?

Alone.  I’d kill someone who was around every minute of every day for a month…notice I don’t have children…

Would you like to sleep in a human size nest in a tree or be snuggled in a burrowed spot underground?

Tree.  Underground freaks me out.  You’ll never find this chickie cave diving and I won’t rescue your ass when the creature comes out to kill you.  You are on your own…

In a car would you rather drive or be a passenger?

Depends on where we’re going.  I don’t mind sometimes because I get to control the music and everything else (no, I’m not a control freak at all), but driving for long periods of time sucks, so I’d rather trade off.  Short trips, don’t care, but don’t get pissed at me for giving you directions…and then don’t get pissed because I quit giving you directions because you got pissed that I was giving them in the first place.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Last week – IS OVER.  Had a great race Sunday.  Took 3 minutes off my last course time and am 15 minutes off my best course time.  Doesn’t seem so out of reach.

This week – Race Sunday, fancy dinner with Scott and that tater boys, and, that’s pretty much it for now.

 

I’ll catch you up on Rome shortly.  Have a great Wednesday!

Walt Powell – May You Rest in Peace 12/26/79 – 6/4/13

Published June 4, 2014 by Tritrigirl

Not a lot to really say.  A year ago I woke up to tons of texts messages and missed calls from multiple people starting at midnight through 7 am telling me our good friend, Walt, had passed away. Today, I’ve buried myself in work and have limited my FB-ing to a minimum to avoid a lot of the posts about him.  I can’t afford to cry right now.  I’ll cry tonight. I’d like to share this hilarious and great guy with you all.

 

Steve’s Music Mix…Tueday edition!

Published June 3, 2014 by Tritrigirl

For those of you who just watched Sunday’s Game of Thrones and are still trying to keep their food down, here are the rules:

“Here’s a reminder how it works:

Each week I will post 3 new questions so…

(1) Go to the music player of your choice and put it on shuffle
(2) Say the questions aloud and press play
(3) Use the song title as your answers
(4) NO CHEATING

 

Let’s mess with the Music God’s minds this week and ask a question in the form of a song…

Title your post Steve’s Music Mix – …” and link back to this week’s page.”

 

Here we go!

 

Why does it always rain on me?   – When I Fall – Barenaked Ladies

Comments: “I wish I could fly, from this building, from this wall, and if I should try would you catch me if I fall…”  Honestly, it always rains on me because that’s what happens when it rains….terribly philosophical, like this song.

 

Where is the Love? All Over You – Live

Comments: Well, that’s where the love is….

 

How will I know?  The Difference – Matchbox 20

Comments: “For all you know, this could be the difference between what you need and what you want to be.”  You’ll know but it’ll be too late when you finally do something about it.

Share Your World – Week 22

Published June 3, 2014 by Tritrigirl

Cee’s Photography has some more fun for us in store!  Now let’s get down to bidness.

 

Regarding animals would you prefer not having them around or having domestics pets, farm animals, or seeing them in nature or the zoo?

I love having domesticated animals around!  No issues there!  I prefer to see them in nature but sadly that’s not always possible.  I can appreciate zoo’s attempt at bringing exotic animals to the public but much prefer animal sanctuaries.  We have a few in Texas.  And I will NEVER EVER go to SeaWorld.  I didn’t need to see Blackfish.  The previews made me cry.

Are you a collector of anything? 

I used to collect spoons when I was younger.  Occasionally my dad and stepmom will still pick me up one or two on their travels.  I also used to collect Homies and Mijos when I worked in a cubicle setting.  The collection was on the top of my cabinet.  I even have a Chevy Impala in box and a Chango and Ape Hanger still in the box.  Other than that I’ve collected sun, moon and star themed decorations, candle holders, pictures, etc and unicorns since I was little.  Lately it’s been race medals.  They’re all over the house.

If you could know the answer to any question, besides “What is the meaning of life?”, what would it be?

Hmmm….”When will I find true love?”  Nah, how about where are all the Unicorns hiding AND can I have one for Christmas?  (I’ll be REALLY good, I promise!)

If you were to treat yourself to the “finer things” what would you treat yourself to? 

When I bought my house I splurged to get a fancy canopy bed like I always wanted.  Beautiful dark wood and I swear 4 feet off the ground (I have to climb on) and then I started spending the money on nicer sheets.  Now if I were to do it I think I’d either get a new car (a Mazda CX-5 or a Rav-4 or a Subaru something or sporty crossover) OR a fancy new living room set and a recliner (mine’s broken but I still love it).  I’m pretty simple and don’t really need finer things.  Almost all of my furniture other than the bedroom set, bookcases and a cheap dining room table and chairs are all hand me downs.  Mixed and matched from family and friends.  Very eclectic.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Last week – Wonderful visit with my mom!  She created a new flower bed in my front yard and I got to splurge on tacky yard art (the best!)  Plus we saw Jimmy Buffett on Saturday night, spent a lovely Sunday afternoon with my granny and my aunt then Skyped with my brother, sister in law and nephew Sunday night!

This week – I say this with very mixed feelings – but I’m looking forward to celebrating Walt’s life tomorrow with friends, who really are like family.  I’m looking forward to seeing all of the people who I’ve had the privilege to get to know over the past few years in our little craft beer club too.  Sunday is my second triathlon of the season and I’m hoping to do better than last time on this course.  I’m feeling good about it for once.

Have a great week all!

Building Rome – Week # 2

Published June 3, 2014 by Tritrigirl

For me it’s Week #2.  It’s week 23 over there.

Let’s take stock of last week’s goals:

1. Attend 2 Tough Cookie Trainings

2. Complete 1 Swimming workout

3. Do PT exercises 6 out of 7 days

4. Avoid drinking during the week (Monday – Thursday).

5. Mail my sister in law’s late birthday present.

 

Okay, so let’s wrap up last week:

1. Done Wednesday “track practice” and Saturday’s mini-tri.

2. Only the mini-tri. 15 minutes, open water, approximately 450m.  Ideally would be 500m.  This requires work.

3. Done!

4. Monday I had 1 beer and Thursday I had 2 margaritas with my mom.  This will require work as well.

5.  Package is boxed and in the car to be sent.

 

So, let’s move right along to this week’s goals:

1. Swimming – 2 pool work outs (should be easy, I already have 1 down!)

2. Continue to do PT 6 out of 7 days (this will be a standing goal I think)

3. Continue to avoid drinking Monday – Thursday.  This will be difficult as tomorrow is the anniversary of Walt’s death.  As craft beers will be consumed I will trade out Saturday for Wednesday and I have a race Sunday anyway.

4. Started the Spartan 30 sit ups in 30 days today.  Am caught up by doing 90 (owch) this morning.  Resolve to do at least 6 out of 7 days while making up for any missed days as well.

5.  Mail the freakin’ package as it now contains my brother’s birthday gift as well.

 

Meant for this to go out yesterday but work’s hectic and I had to take my mom to the airport.  Had a great visit.  Will recap later and hopefully share pictures of the flower garden she created in the front yard.

 

Oh, and Jimmy Buffett was AWESOME.

Have a great day!!