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Sprint Triathlon in T-5 days!!

Not sure why this is, but neither Matt nor I are even remotely nervous for this event.  Ummmm, a little concerning, don’t cha think?  I usually get nervous about ANY big event we have coming up, whether it’s a good nervous, or an excited nervous, or a nervous-nervous!  As I’m thinking about it, I feel like we haven’t really been thinking about it too much, being the reason we aren’t getting psyched out for it.  What I can say is that I’m super excited!!!  I have my whole week planned out, as usual and therefore I know Sunday will come up quite quickly.  Eeeeee!!

Those of you who know me well, if you’re reading this, you know me well… you know that I have never in my life desired to participate in a Triathlon.  Neither has Matt.  We’ve definitely had fitness desires and goals, but never to do a Sprint Tri or Marathon or anything.  Thanks to BoomBOX Crossfit, we are completely inspired and motivated to do this thing, and finish it strong!!  Truly, we really just want to finish it together, that in itself will be a hell of an accomplishment for the both of us!  A quick run-down: a Sprint Triathlon is much smaller than a full Triathlon, otherwise we wouldn’t have signed up.

  • So it’s a 400 meter swim (1/4 mile) rectangular course, a 10 mile bike ride (2 big loops around Fiesta Island) and finishes with a 3 mile run (2 loop running course).

A year ago today, I would’ve never been singing this tune.  No kidding at all, I (personally- but I know Matt too) have gained a certain confidence with the engagement and continuous dedication at BBCF.  That’s not to say that I think I’m going to blow this Tri up, I’m just saying that I have confidence that I can finish it.  We work SO HARD in our weekly WOD’s and Speed & Endurance classes that I definitely think we’ve been through much more of an ass-beating in 4 out of 5 WOD’s than what we are about to endure in this Tri.  I could be sorely mistaken, but that’s my hunch.  So here we are, a week away from this thing and Matt and I have had several little conversations about how we think it’s going to go, what we’re going to wear and how we’re going to go about the whole thing, but in all actuality we’re just going to go about it with no plan.  However it all plays out will be the way it happens.  Like I said, we are just happy to be doing this TOGETHER as a couple and accomplishing this thing arm-in-arm.

No, I don’t have a tri-suit, I have spandex shorts, a bathing suit and a tank.  No, I don’t have a cyclist bike, I’ve got a mountain bike.  No, I don’t have cycling shoes.  YES, I have a bike helmet, running shoes and a great attitude!!  Oh and the BEST partner! Oh and also the BEST support!  BBCF will be representing down at the Triathlon as well, so feel free to come on by and hang out with all of us!  It’s Cinco de Mayo!  What else do you have going on?!  I mean, really….  Haha.  I’m sure you’ve got something in the works.  A few of our wonderful friends will be joining us in support as well!  And will be sticking around for the after party too, duh!  Can’t wait!!  Nothing like celebrating a strenuous swim/bike/run with a few beers and live music :)  I’m giving us an average of about 2 hours to complete the race, so we should be completely finished and changed by 10am for sure.  We’ll see if that happens…

I’ll try and remember to take some pictures so I can post them later when I give an update as to how it all went!  Fingers crossed for us please!!!  It’s our first time, so there’s no expectations except finishing.  Our coaches keep telling us that they think we’ll be surprised at how well we actually do.  So that’s reassuring for sure.  I think they just have a lot of confidence in us.  Hope I/we can represent BBCF right!  They deserve it!  We’re gonna definitely do what we can.  We’ve got the determination.  We’ve got the strength.  We’ve got the focus.  And we’ve surely got the HEART.  Hoping the nerves don’t kick in too extremely so I can feel as good as I do now, on race day :)

Update in a couple weeks.  Until then!!

CABO or bust!!

Riu Palace- Cabo San Lucas

Riu Palace- Cabo San Lucas

UPDATE!!!  We’re going to Cabo!!!!!  I haven’t been this excited about a trip in a long time…in case you can’t tell!  Matt and I tried to go to Cabo on our honeymoon in September of 2008 but due to Hurricane Lowell, our cruise ship turned around the morning we were supposed to dock and headed over to our 2nd destination a day early.  I remember going to the top deck that morning to grab a coffee and I looked out and we were drifting away from the Island!  The hurricane prevented us from being able come in to the port safely and dock.  Total bust!  We have been wanting to explore in Mexico together so we are really excited about this trip!!  Honeymoon, phase 2!  Haha.  We still had an absolute BLAST together on our honeymoon, obvi, but it will just be nice to get to Cabo, once and for all :)

We are excited that we’re going with a group of friends we’ve never traveled with together, nevertheless been in Mexico with, so it makes it a different kind of fun and new.  We will be celebrating a 30th birthday (Mr. Andrew Carrillo) and a few others’ I think, as well as getting the best R & R we can get!  I’m just looking forward to sleeping in, eating when I want, drinking whatever and whenever I want, soaking up the rays with a bottle of Mexican beer in hand, sandy beaches, swim up bars, 24 hour room service, exploring with my hub…  I guess you can say I’m looking forward to a lot!

I think it goes without saying that Matt and I could really use a vacation.  It’s been a long year already and it’s only April.  I can’t wait to vacay with you babe!!  This will be a vacation we’ll never forget.  I can already imagine how much I’ll miss the kids, as I’ve never been away from either of them for this long (5 days), but I’m going to try and not think about that.  I need to think about all the times I say to myself, “I need a break!  I need a vacation!”  Once I remember that, I’m sure I’ll be just fine!  They will be in great hands with both sets of Grandparents :)

June 22nd can’t come soon enough!  Well, it sort of can…  We have someone’s BIG birthday celebration before we leave!  Miss Finnley is turning ONE the weekend before.  It is perfect timing.  We get to celebrate my sweet daughter turning one and cherish her, love on her and then exactly 6 days later get on a jet plane.  Jake is excited for Finnley’s birthday too.  It’s so cute!  Any time I buy something for her party he says, “That’s for Fifi’s party Mommy?  She’s so cutie.”  He loves her!  It’s the best.  Anyway, we have Finn’s party and before that we have a few other birthday celebrations , a Triathlon, a Wedding and a Mud Run…then we can go.  Wowzers.  I just looked at my calendar and instantly got stressed.  LOL.  Good thing I’m an obsessive organizer!  Hope I can keep this all straight….

 

Speed & Endurance (S&E) {4.17.13}

The best partner there ever was!  -Open wod 13.3 at BBCF

The best partner there ever was! -Open wod 13.3 at BBCF

I have been wanting to touch on this subject since I got into it about 2 months ago.  When I first started Crossfitting in August of 2012, there was a “Running Club” held on Tuesday nights (I think it was) and I went to it a few times in hopes of just helping my goal of losing weight faster.  I wasn’t interested in becoming a better runner or even interested in “liking” running.  I just wanted the extra endurance to enhance my workout routine.  Well, that soon ended around Christmas time and came back with a new face.  It is organized and more importantly, programmed to help the participants improve their running while working on form at the same time.  I never realized how much was entailed in the act of running.  We’ve worked on drills that improve our strides, foot placement, arm placement, head placement, lean, etc.  I never thought I’d be into this class as much as I’m into Crossfit.  I’m hooked!!  How is this happening?!?

Our box, BBCF started a Speed and Endurance team/group that is held on Tuesday & Thursday nights.  It’s held by our Coach (and friend/athlete), Josh Cagwin.  He recently got certified and has taken classes that have enabled him to facilitate this class and is very thorough on the fundamentals of running.  In just the 10-11 weeks that Matt and I have participated, we have noticed an extreme improvement in our running, not only in the class but in our WOD’s as well!  Now that’s something to be proud of!  We both have mentioned it to each other saying that we never realized how much of a role that form played in our running.  We now find ourselves running/striding with more ease, while also running faster and smoother. We’ve learned proper foot placement and great breathing techniques as well.  It’s all good stuff!!

Wod at the OPEN.

Wod at the OPEN.

We’re really happy our box puts on a class like this because it gives us (and everyone else) the chance to reach goals quicker, whether it be for weight loss reasons, or for strength, speed, or improving endurance, or whatever the case.  It’s just really great that we are given the opportunity to be a part of something like this.  Matt and I both look forward to it on those nights because I think the main reason is because we have seen improvements in our running, week to week.  That’s where the motivation kicks in, therefore resulting in “the itch.”  We’re lucky to have the team of coaches we have at Boombox Crossfit.  The programming is incomparable!!!  They’re all so awesome and truly, genuinely care about the craft of Crossfit and how it helps and enhances the lives of others.  We’re lucky.

Having been a participant in these running nights, religiously, I can now say with a smile that I can run an almost 8 minute mile!!!  My fastest time Continue reading

Jake’s Triple Threat! {4.9.13}

That’s MY boy! Age 2.

Triple Threat I said!  And I’m not talking about Jake’s many talents or athleticism.  That will be in the next chapter…  I’m talking about my baby boy growing up into a BIG boy, sad but true.  Matt and I have been talking a lot lately about potty training Jake, as he is almost two and a half and we think it’s about time.  He is a smart boy and knows when he needs to go “potty” whether it’s #1 or #2 and will tell us from time to time that he needs to go…or sometimes, if he just went :)  It’s the #2 that he’s more timid about than anything.

We bought him his own potty back in October just to have for him to get used to.  It cheers for him when he flushes  and it’s an exciting thing about going potty.  We recently decided that this weekend is the weekend that we are going to give it a go!  We are going full hands in, with great expectations but have promised each other not to be disappointed if he comes out of his “potty-training-weekend-extravaganza” still wearing diapers.  We really don’t know what to expect as Jake has his own personality and will make up his own mind whether or not he is into it.  He knows what treats, toys and surprises are involved in this process…but it really all boils down to whether or not he is READY.  Please be ready!!!

Way to go, kid. Daddy tells him to shake it off when he’s done doin’ his business…

So, just as he’s (hopefully) getting used to going on the potty and not in his diaper anymore, we pull out more tricks.  Number two of his Triple Threat is his
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Time for a VACAY! {4.3.13}

Gosh, I think the last time Matt and I went on a vacation or just a get-away together was when I was about 37 week pregnant with Finnley.  So, about 10 months ago or so?  We went to Palm Springs (our usual spot) at Rancho Las Palmas Resort.  I’m thinking a quick get-away would do the trick…but then again a big trip would hit the spot as well.  We both have been working hard, going non-stop and a recharge is definitely in order…sooner than later!  Sometimes just a few days away is all it takes!!  So, where do we go??  What do we do?? Continue reading

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