Thursday, May 03, 2012
I'm so excited! Tomorrow I'm going to look at new road bikes! I have a mountain bike that I got for a really great price a couple of years ago, and now I think I'm ready to add a road bike to the mix.
Today was ACES day at school (All Children Exercise Simultaneously). The phys. ed teacher and I got on top of a fire truck and led the school in a workout routine. We are a great team - she does the moves and I do the timing. I'm a crazy woman when it comes to how things are phrased (it's the music teacher in me) and I think I did a really good job putting the moves together in a good way. It was exhausting, though! I'm so tired. Tomorrow I have a sick day - a mental health/rejuvenation day, so I'm looking forward to catching up on some rest and some ME time.
This morning my honey left me a note that said I inspire him because I've been "so full of energy and life lately." I cried when I read it. It is just awesome that I inspire my husband with what I do! Sigh... life is good.
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Hoo-rah! I finished my Tough Mudder. It went something like this:
Get to the site and try not to throw up. Check in, get numbers on forehead and arms, and hang with team until GO TIME!
(That's me on the left.)
Hang with mom for a little while - try to ignore the comments of "I heard this was really dangerous!"
Time to go! There was a freaking obstacle to get INTO the starting area.
(That's me on top of the wall. The guys in yellow helped me over. About six miles into the Mudder, I had to go over two more walls, except those were 12 feet high. And then around mile 8, I had to do it again.)
Army crawl through mud and rocks under barbed wire, get HUGE bruise on thigh. (I think I'll spare you the pictures of my bruises - maybe that will be another blog.)
Jump in a Dumpster full of ice water. Swim through ice water under a wall and pull yourself up and out of the Dumpster. At this point, my mom and her friend saw us and asked "is it horrible?" YES. Yes, mom, it IS horrible.
Run three miles through woods. And mud. And over loose rocks. And up and down mountains. And then up a ski slope.
(This was us, still looking kind of fresh! And there was a sign that said "if this was a Warrior Dash, you'd be done by now." Piece of cake.)
Run some more.
Crawl up some wood and jump off a platform into a lake. A freezing cold lake.
(I'm the pink one on the left.)
This was right after we all got out of the lake. We were yelling at my mom because we were getting so cold standing there and just wanted to get going. But I'm really glad we stopped, because I love this picture!
At some point between mile 8 and 12, we had to run UP a half pipe. And pray that someone at the top would grab you! I made it on the third time. I have a nice big rip in my shirt, and I will wear it with pride.
At mile 12, we were miserable. I don't remember much of what happened toward the end - it was brutal.
FINISH! Earn the beer and the orange headband!
Would I do it again? I sure would! The teamwork was amazing. I could not have done it without my awesome team. And I can't even begin to describe how it felt to have so many strangers helping me! I stood on shoulders, got hauled up a half pipe, got carried down from a wall (or two)... it gave me a little faith in humanity - that people want to help other people.
This is one of those experiences I will never ever forget. That orange headband and these memories are going to stay with me forever. I can't believe that only three years ago I celebrated being able to run a half mile without stopping. And now? I'm a freaking TOUGH MUDDER. Excuse me while I bask in my awesomeness for a little while longer.
Friday, April 27, 2012
My Tough Mudder is on Sunday. As in two days from now. AAAAAAHHHHH
I have prepared for this for MONTHS. I've done countless pushups, lunges, weighted squats, and sprints. I have never been closer to being able to do a full pull-up. And I look damn hot in my Mudder outfit.
My team is driving up tomorrow afternoon - we have a few things to pick up, and then we're having a pasta party. Our start time is 11:00 on Sunday, so it's going to be a little tricky with breakfast - but we'll make it. This is, by far, the hardest thing I've ever trained for in my life.
I can't WAIT to see what my body is going to be able to do on Sunday. I think I'll be surprised, for good or bad. The wonderful thing about the Mudder is that the theme is TEAM - there is no timing, and no awards for places. We are encouraged, even expected, to help each other with the obstacles. This is definitely a good thing. I love that it's a team event!
Tonight is some relaxing, serious water drinking, and laying out my clothes. Tomorrow morning I have to do some cleaning, but I'm trying to lay low before Sunday.
Cross your fingers for me!
Monday, April 23, 2012
I am SOOOO tired. I think all this training is catching up with me. I did a hard workout this morning, went to work... when I came home, I crashed on the couch for about an hour. I couldn't bear the thought of making dinner, so I had popcorn. Which really, was not *that* horrible - I popped it with much less than a teaspoon (yes, teaspoon) of oil. And so I think I'm going to take a hot bath and go to bed super early. Sheesh.
My Mudder team and I made a plan for Saturday - they are driving up in an RV and parking in my driveway. We're carbo-loading on Saturday night - event is on Sunday and we go off at 11:00. Hooray!
Time to get ready for bed...
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