Sunday, May 23, 2010

Today is Sunday and I have a love/hate relationship with Sundays.  Love that it is a day at home with the family.   But, being self-employed, I always have a lot of work to catch up, I end up on the computer for large chunks of the day to make sure athletes have all their training, the weekly email is sent out and other such issues are taken care of before I begin another week.
So, I have mostly completed my computer tasks and am feeling quite satisfied.
I even attended ALL 3 hours of church (halleh-frickin-uelah!).  I never want to sleep quite so badly as when I am at church.  I KNOW,  I is terrible.  But, it is so quiet, and warm and...I just want to lay down under my chair and snuggle into a little ball and slip into a peaceful happy oblivion.  Same with the temple...Sleep is like some siren calling me and it becomes painful in my efforts to resist!

So, I made it through church...yay me!
And came home and made my family the most TERRIBLE turkey burgers...ever!!!  The buns I bought were hard as rocks (don't place your bread on top of the microwave),  the onions had gone bad, the sweet potatoes I had sliced into little pieces didn't cook through and the veggies were really quite soggy.  All in all....really, really bad! 
BUT, the good news is:  I have spent my entire married life making really TERRIBLE food (that would be cause I am really a TERRIBLE cook...not cause I have necessarily intentionally tried to make really TERRIBLE food....I just don't really have the patience and desire to try harder!)...and so my family is used to it and made the best out of it and then went to make their own redemption meal later.
I figure in the long run I am doing them a favor.  You see, when they get married, they will have VERY low expecatations from their spouse on the food end of things, and they will be so THRILLED if they get great food that everyone will be HAPPY! 
My husband is a very terrific cook....SO, I figure when he is in all works out and my kids get a good meal every once in a while!

So, now I am getting ready for another week.
Plan on running A LOT (cause I know that is my weakness), swimming a bit and biking a bit more.
Gonna try and NOT overdo it cause I know I have a tendency to get pretty intense.
Mantra this week is:  LESS IS MORE!

Last week of school!  Yay and BOO!  Love having the break from the schedule.  BUT, it is definitely harder for me having the kids home all day cause I still have to work!  So, it gets a bit more complitcated making everything happen without neglecting the offspring!  But, it will be GREAT!!  We bought the Seven Peaks pass this year....figured it would give my kids a goal to get their jobs done and then I'll take them to play.  I am trying to get all clients/classes, etc. put together so I have afternoons and can play with the kids.
If it EVER gets warm...we are going to have a terrific summer!, Colten wants to get on the computer and he can be VERY persistent!  He's only 13...but that boy is one amazing little pest!  He should be a lawyer.  That's what I tell him...cause he can really get his way! 
And, that's that!

Friday, May 21, 2010

So, with all good intentions aside...I have not recorded any of my utterly fascinating daily and life events (insert sarcastic emphasis please), because by the time evening rolls around and I think about it...I am too freaky tired to even turn ON my computer much less write anything that would make any sense (like I EVER do!)
Today was a FULL day!  I woke at 4:30 a. m. so I could drive up to my very kind friend and co-athlete Nichole Beckstead's home and ride her Computrainer (cause, YES, I have one...but, NO it isn't currently working!) and ride the Buffalo Springs Ironman 70.3 course to see if it is a course I want to drive 11 hours to go and race next month.  Of course, I had to get lost going to her house...cause among other disabilities (like carrying a computer killing virus on my skin) I am also directionally challenged and would most likely get lost driving to my own home if not for the bread crumbs I leave along the path every time I head out into the world.  I did finally make my way to the correct home and rode the course and LOVED it!  Lots of fast flats with a nice couple of HILLS every couple of miles to break up the course and keep it interesting.  So, I think I'll head down to Lubbock Texas at the end of June and enjoy the experience of a new race.  Fun stuff!
Cade was so awesome and agreed to get the kids off to school so I could do the ride.  So, I made it home and got ready as fast as I could so I could head over to the temple for my  niece's wedding!  Thank heavens I literally live two blocks from the temple.  In between the ceremony and the luncheon I ran home and grabbed our cat out from under my bed and took her (meowing and hissing the WHOLE way) to my daughter's "Pet Day" at her school.  Let me tell dress and white cat hair....not an attractive combination!  I was covered!  I think when a cat is very unhappy with you and exerting much energy in the form of verbal protests and physical duress...they must shed more.  Note to time, wear white!  It was totally worth it cause my sweet little Covey was SO happy that I brought our cat and she was the center of attention for 5 minutes which made her day ( least her hour).
This was our family's first wedding for all of us siblings.  We were all commenting that we had our season of baby blessings and baptisms and now we are heading into the mission and wedding season of our lives.  How fun to get to experience all the wonderful events and celebrations of life.  And, so much fun to be with all my siblings!  The last time we were all together was for my brother's funeral and this wedding was a great way to get to be together again.  If I do say so...I think my brothers and sisters are pretty much the coolest, greatest and most awesome people ever!  Especially my sisters who I fought with nearly every day growing up.  Now we are absolute best friends and can't get enough of each other.  I keep reminding my own kids of this funny switch in life when your stupid siblings become your closest friends.  Someday (I hope!) they'll get it.
Tomorrow is Saturday and I get to teach my swim class early from 6-7 cause the Women of Steel triathlon is being held at the AFFC.  So, after I teach my wonderful group of swimmers, I am going to stick around and cheer on all the brave women that are most likely going to be racing in the wind and cold!  I'll be sure to wear 8 layers of clothing and ring my cowbell hard and loud to let them know they rock!  After that I am giving a presentation to on health and fitness to a group of women from the Mrs. Utah pageant.  And BBQ!  I would also at some point like to be able to go unconscious for a few hours....
But for now, I need to go down to my kitchen and clean up the mess from dipping chocolate strawberries for the wedding reception, empty the dishwasher, change a load of laundry and don't forget to shoot myself up with that chocolate laced heroin I have been saving just for this special occasion!
Truly, genuinely, much more blessed can a person be?  Sometimes it's a little scary to realize how much good I have been given.  I guess the key is to just acknowledge it and enjoy every moment! 

Thursday, May 13, 2010

A blog!
And, I am actually writing in it.  I have been saying I was going to do this for quite a while.  But, to be quite honest...I am a whimp and I am slow to try new things, especially if they are anything techy.  And, me, a blog is somewhat techy.  Typically, I destroy anything that is computer related.  Just ask  my husband, Cade.  He has had to replace so many computers that I have mysteriously exterminated.  I just look at a computer and it has a hard drive meltdown or a battery malfunction.
But, enough!
I am now officially blogging.  Not that anyone need read.  It is purely for my own selfish enjoyment of monitoring and tracking life.
In fact, I am a horrible journalist for TWO reasons.  The first one being....I have TERRIBLE handwriting and it is painful for me to write my thoughts down on paper because not only is it very time consuming...and my handwriting is illegible even to me!  What good is a record if you can't actually READ the reports later on?  Secondly...I am a bit lazy.  If I have an extra 20 minutes, I have a difficult time forcing myself to sit down and write out my day's events. I just want to chill and read a book, or snuggle with my  kids and watch a mindless show for a few minutes.
I think that a blog will make all the difference cause I can type wicked fast...and I can READ it afterwards!  My typing is totally legible...go figure! 
So, just a quick recap on the last several months...ready?
*Ironman New Zealand, March 6th.  Finished....YAY.  But, had a terrible run with a knee that fell apart and made the experience very painful.  Brain and body hurt for weeks afterwards and felt very out of sorts and discouraged.
*Returned home and kept training my athletes, holding additional training camp for IM St. George and a great trip to Oceanside for 17 athletes.  Still feeling cruddy myself, but SO pleased with how awesome my athletes did!
*Kids are doing great!  Baseball games every week.  Gymnastics meets starting up and girls doing so terrific!  Making all the girls events, but having to miss too many of the boys baseball games cause of conflicts with work, girls events and being out of town for training camps and races.  Good thing Cade can be there...and boys are happy!  Favorite part of the day:  putting each kid to bed with a back rub and good conversation about their day and knowing that they are going to sleep happy and loved.  I know that I do a lot things that make me a sucky mom...but, I can say that I am the best at putting my  kids to bed and giving them the love they need to sleep happy and well.  I also make sure they have a big healthy breakfast every day.  The rest is just survival!
*Decide I will do IM St. George, but put ALL pressure off myself for anything other than just FINISHING the damn thing!  Happily eating mud pies and not worrying about doing ALL the training I would have normally tried to do.  Week of race, feeling good.  Knee is still an issue, but Steve Orrock helps with some physical therapy and keeps it taped for me before the race.
Night before race, feeling good.  Eat some awesome Girl Scout Thin Mint ice cream for dinner and wake up feeling great.  Enjoy the ENTIRE race...happy and easy the whole time and go figure....qualify for Kona.  Crazy!  But, I'll take it. 
Week after Fezzari bike falls of the back of my car (went over bump and guess it wasn't loaded on tight enough...cause it just went flying right off the back!).  LUCKY!  Only aerobars are trashed.  Getting them fixed right now!
In the meantime. 
Seriously thinking about trying to qualify for Ironman 70.3 World Championships.
Grand Slam!
ITU World Championships in Budapest in September
Ironman World Championshiphs in Kona in October
Ironman 70.3 World Championshihps in Clearwater in Novermber

That would be so COOL if I could do that. 
Of course, I would like to stay married and have my children still call me mom.
I would also like to keep all my athletes happy and successful...
I think if I am smart, patient and manage my time, energy and resources well...I CAN DO IT!
And if not...
I would rather live my life trying to do things that excite and inspire me than look back on my life and wish I had tried things that looked hard and crazy! 
My mom and dad have lived that way and I think they are amazing!  If I can be like them...I will be proud!
All right...I have written an awful lot of stuff.  But, then again..this is mine and I can do what I want.  yeah.
Time to put the kids to bed.