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ON THE MENU – BEER BREAD

 

I love this bread.  It tastes sooooo good and couldn’t be easier to make.  You can have warm, toasty bread in no time.  Plus, you can add your own spices, veges, herbs, and/or cheese to suit your tastes; experiment with different beers and ales to add different flavor; AND it freezes well.  What’s not to love….

First:  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose self-rising flour
  • 2 tbs sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 – 12 oz. can cold beer
  • Melted butter or margarine

DIRECTIONS

  • Mix together first 4 ingredients until well-blended.
  • Pour into greased or sprayed 9 X 5 loaf pan (leave lumpy on top – do not smooth out).
  • Bake in preheated oven for 30 – 35  minutes until top is golden brown.
  • Drizzle melted butter or margarine over top.
  • Cool in pan for 10 minutes. Slice and serve.  Also great the next day in the toaster!

OPTIONS TO ADD TO BEER BATTER:

  • Fresh or dried herbs such as rosemary, oregano, dill, chives, or basil.  I usually add about 2 tbsp.
  • Chopped garlic, sliced scallion, cheddar cheese, even raisins (soak them before adding).  I usually add about 1/2 cup.
  • Use your imagination and try different combinations!

Let your guests think that you spent hours baking this bread!  They will love it and ask you for the recipe….

 - DANA

 

TYPICAL SATURDAY MORNING IN A TRI HOUSE – SHERRY

We know that each trifamily is different and we know the importance of sharing.  So, we wanted to take some time and tell you about our typical days in training season.  For all of us triwives, this is a way of life that we support and like to make part of our family lifestyle.  Over the next few weeks, we will share with you how triathlon training looks in our homes and we would love to hear about what it looks like in yours.  So, share all you trisupporters!!!  Dana & Jodi have shared life at their houses.  So, last, but not least…

Sherry finishes up with a typical Saturday morning at her house……

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So glad this picture is a distant memory with the snow….

I actually did a post many months ago called, It’s 3PM On A Saturday, but it had a slightly different focus and was one of our first posts, so probably not read by many people  So, I will forge on…… Saturday mornings in my house always start the same, with a dog walk.  No sleeping in in this house on weekends.  Our two furry friends would have no part of it.  Believe me, we’ve tried.  By 7am, they’ve been walked by my husband and I’ve put the coffee on.  However, depending on where in the cycle of race season he is,  it could be me doing the walking AND making the coffee, if he has a long day of training ahead.

Once my cup of coffee is poured, it’s on to the New York Times.  I truly look forward to this all week.  It is one of my simplest pleasures.  But, I must admit I read the paper quickly, just so I can get on to the puzzles.  Not just the Sunday magazine puzzle, but I also love the regular Saturday puzzle.  To complete one or both of these without cheating is the ultimate in satisfaction for me and it has made me a whiz at Words with Friends.  I can usually do the magazine, but the regular puzzle can be a true bitch.  I justify cheating as a learning experience!

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Yes, that’s a pen you see. Only way to go….

Breakfast again depends on what’s on my husband’s agenda, activity wise.  I may fix pancakes, scrambled eggs, or just a bagel.  If he wants oatmeal, he’s on his own.  I wish I was a fan, but I’m just not.  I’ve tried it every way, but my taste buds just scream NO.  Even one of my dogs who eats everything but lettuce is not a fan of oatmeal.  She will literally take it in her mouth and then just let it fall out.  Most attractive….

Once he’s consumed his breakfast and waited the obligatory time before exercising, he’s off to the basement or outside, weather permitting.  If he’s off on his bike, I always hope he’s got someone to ride with, but more often than not he doesn’t.  I don’t like long rides on his own.  We’ve had too many friends have “difficulties” while riding, so I much prefer he have company. (Just learned from Dana about RoadID’s ecrumbs, so will be downloading the App for the next ride).

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Then, I’m on my own.  Working form home during the week, gives me the luxury of NOT having to do Saturday morning errands.  I am free to be me…..What this consists of can be any one or combination of the following:

  • taking the pups to the beach for a run (end of November to end of March only)
  • volunteering at the local animal shelter
  • listening to Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me on NPR radio at 11 am – if you aren’t familiar with this show, tune in – you will not be disappointed (also repeats same time on Sunday)
  • performing duties for several boards that I sit on
  • catching up on my DVR programs
  • having brunch/lunch with friends who work during the week or chatting on the phone for the same reason

It may sound boring, but it makes me happy.  And, shouldn’t that be what Saturday mornings are for…..

 - SHERRY

WHAT DOES SATURDAY MORNING LOOK LIKE IN YOUR TRI HOUSE?

 

TO GO OR NOT TO GO – DO YOU NEED TO ATTEND ALL OF YOUR TRIATHLETE’S RACES?

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I recently was unable to attend one of my husband’s races.  In all the years he has been doing triathlons, I have been to almost every single one, seriously.  There were several local races in the early years that he went to with his first coach and good friend and I stayed home. But since then, I’ve tagged along as cheerleader, shoulder to lean on, hot bath preparer, co-expo shopper….You get the picture.  Not going this time, however, made me think if it always is a good idea or necessary to “tag along”.   Barring health issues or other serious reasons, under which circumstances is it okay to stay home WITHOUT feeling guilty?  So, I sat down and came up with a list of reasons for going and not going.  Maybe this will get you thinking, too…..

REASONS FOR GOING:

  • Someone is available for emotional support (they do love to hear words of encouragement on the course & to keep them company & calm before the race) and to help with gear (obviously how the term sherpa came about).
  • You’re both newbies.  The first is always the best and so memorable.  I still remember Lake Placid and the swim start every time I hear Clocks from Coldplay.IMG_0325
  • Depending on the location of the race, you do get a vacation.  Don’t just look at the venue;  look at the surrounding area and research if there are things for you to do.
  • If it’s a full-distance race, they could have physical and/or mechanical problems and could use some help after the race – good to have you there or if not you, a proxy.
  • This is totally dependent on the ability of your age-grouper, but if there is a high chance of them doing quite well at a race, you should think about going.  You don’t want to miss the PR, a chance at being on the podium at the awards ceremony, or the thrill of qualifying or a roll down opportunity for a World  Championship slot.
  • They don’t know anyone else at the race.  It’s not a lot of fun to go an event like this all by yourself and not have anyone to share it with.  That REALLY is part of the experience.  It’s certainly that way from the spectator’s point of view.
  • You have kids and someone will stay home and babysit while you and your triathlete get some time alone and away together.
  • You love this lifestyle as much as your triathlete.
  • You get to catch up with friends that you only see at races.

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    Jodi and I got to catch up at Ironman 70.3 St. Croix

  • You just might make new friends…..

REASONS FOR NOT GOING:

  • If the location is really NOT someplace you care to go to or the accommodations are not up to your standards.  My trihubby and his coach went to a local race (5 hour drive) a few years back and the conditions were so poor, they turned around and drove home.  They had booked a room at a “B & B” that turned out to be a farmhouse with a few rented bedrooms.  Actually scared them a bit.  Think Motel Hell (look this one up if you love horror movies – so worth it)…..
  • If you are on a budget, races are expensive.  Entry fees, travel expenses, and expo purchases will eat into it, especially if you’re taking the whole family and have to fly.
  • There may be a lot of races in the year and you only have x amount of vacation days from work.  You’ll need to prioritize which races to attend and those to ditch.
  • They are going with other triathletes, a triclub, or a coach.  No need to tag along here, unless you really want to.  I’ve done this and have felt out of place, especially if no other partners were present.

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    No need to tag along when with 2 good friends

  • If you have kids, you need to consider their ages, activities, school breaks, etc.  This is where balance comes in and if one of you has to be there for one of the kids’ activities, we know who that’s going to be.
  • You have been involved in this lifestyle for many years and your triathlete really doesn’t care anymore if you’re there or not and you’re happy to have some alone time.  (Ouch).

As I said, there will be times/circumstances that dictate whether or not you can travel to a race.  If you just don’t WANT to go, you should just say so and not feel guilty.  It can be difficult to be the spectator out there and you pretty much take a back seat to your triathlete.  I actually once heard – THIS IS ABOUT ME – and I guess by writing this, still remember it…..

 - SHERRY 

DO YOU FEEL GUILTY IF YOU DON’T ATTEND ONE OF YOUR TRIATHLETE’S RACES?

ON THE MENU – TACO NIGHT!

My family LOVES Taco Night and I do, too.  It just seems to make dinner fun…..This recipe will serve a crowd and you should have leftovers on hand for the week for breakfast tacos or nachos after school.  Not only do they taste great, but you can use ingredients to fit everyone’s preferences and essentially make them individualized.  In my household, I have to make them for a vegan and  for teenagers with their own specific tastes.  However you make them, tacos are yummy and easy and sure to please!  I really try to use all organic products, but so many times I have to substitute items if they are not available locally.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 diced onion
  • 1 diced sweet potato
  • 2 big handfuls chopped spinach or other greens of your choosing
  • Tofu, extra firm (optional)
  • Use any veggies on hand, such as zucchini or mushrooms
  • Brown rice, cooked as directed
  • 1 can rinsed black beans
  • Olive oil or vegetable broth
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tbsps chili powder
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 to 1 pound ground meat (your choice).  I use so many veggies, I keep the meat to 1/2 pound.
  • Cilantro (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  • First things first, start your rice and cook as directed.
  • Sauté the onion, sweet potato, and other veggies in a little olive oil or vegetable broth.
  • Add a little salt and pepper.
  • Once nearly sautéed, add your spinach or other greens and seasonings and about 1/3 cup vegetable broth or water.  You can also add a hotter pepper, if you like.
  • Let simmer about 10 minutes over a very low heat.
  • If making vegan:  remove 1/2 for the meat, then
  • Add  1/3 cup black beans.  You can also add diced tofu here, too.  Vegan done!taconight1photo
  • I am lazy and do not like to wash pans, so I simply put the vegan version in my serving dish covered and start to brown the meat in the same pan.
  • Once almost browned, add the seasoned veggies and a little water to simmer a few minutes.
  • Transfer to the serving dish and done!

SERVING

  • To the cooked brown rice, add 1/2 cup vegetable broth, the rest of the black beans, and 1/2 tsp of all the seasonings, except add 1 tbsp chili powder.
  • If I have fresh tomatoes or corn (fresh corn on the grill is just the best if in season), I add them to the rice.
  • Season as you like for your family.
  • Serve both over organic whole wheat tortillas, taco shells, or whatever your family prefers.
  • I serve with a local raw goat cheese, avocado, shredded cabbage, or kraut and tomato.  But here again, this is a family preference.
  • Serve with a fruit salad on the side.

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LEFTOVERS

  • For my vegan, I take 1/2 pound extra firm tofu in a pan over a medium heat and mash with a potato masher.  I then add fresh or ground turmeric, ginger, and cumin and mix to taste.  Then I add the left over taco and serve with salsa as a breakfast taco.
  • For the non vegans, I simply scramble eggs with the leftovers and serve as a breakfast taco.
  • But the best is to put all the leftovers on chips with melted cheese and serve as an after school snack!

- DANA

HOW DO YOU MAKE TACO NIGHT?

TIPS FOR SURVIVING AN IN-SEASON VACATION WITH A TRIATHLETE

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Okay, it’s finally April and I’m in the mood for thinking about vacations.  I’ve had it with winter and being cooped up at home.  I did get one vacation in February and guess what we did, SKIED!!!!!  Didn’t even get to leave winter behind.  But, I digress.  Trying to decide where I want to go on vacation got me thinking about traveling with my trihubby during race season and all that entails.  I’m also considering myself lucky that I EVEN GET a separate vacation from a race venue; so many times they are combined.  Since I have done this a few times over the years, I thought I’d put down my thoughts and give you my top tips for surviving an in-season vacation with a triathlete.  It does take planning people….

PLAN A SPOT THAT HAS EASY ACCESS TO TRAINING.  Since your triathlete is into serious training at this point, you have to plan a trip where they can swim, bike, and run.  This means:

  • You have to have a body of water nearby, a lap pool at the hotel, or access to a community pool in town.
  • They will either be bringing their bike, renting a bike, or have to have access to a gym that has cycles or spinning classes – not an ideal way to train, but can serve the purpose.  If bringing the bike, make sure you know where a local bike shop is in case something needs fixing.  Also, check out our How To video on Packing a Tribike.  If they would like to rent, you need to do your research here too for what’s available.
  • Running can pretty much be done anywhere so yeah, no planning needed here.  Oh, unless of course their training mandates hills or flat surfaces.  Then, you’ll have to get a map of the local terrain (somewhat serious) or check with the hotel.  There are also websites that provide bike routes/trails such as TrailLink and MapMyRide.  Side note:  We once went to Cayo Espanto in Belize and there was no gym.  It was so small and all sand, so no place to even run.  Now this is high end travel – THEY BROUGHT A TREADMILL TO OUR ROOM!!!!  So, my trihubby ran on an outdoor patio facing the ocean for an example of Life Is Good.
  • Check to see if there are any cross-training activities that would work in lieu of swim/bike/run that perhaps you and/or the family can participate in.

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    Irish folk dancing may not be their idea of cross-training…..

  • Make sure you know the hours the gym is open in case they want to train early in the morning or late at night.

DECIDE WHETHER IT’S EASIER TO FLY OR DRIVE.  If you have to take a bike and a lot of gear, it might be easier to find a location that you can drive to.  That said,  if your vacation time is limited, don’t waste it on the road.

ACCEPT THAT THIS IS PROBABLY NOT GOING TO BE A LENGTHY OR YOUR DREAM VACATION.  In my experience, I have rarely gotten more than a weeks vacation during race season.  This is probably also not the time to do that African safari you have been dreaming of…..

PLAN A SPOT THAT YOU AND/OR THE FAMILY ARE MORE INTERESTED IN.  You will be spending more time vacationing then your triathlete, so it’s important that YOU love where you’re going.  An example I am partial to is northern California.  You have wine country, San Francisco, Monterey area, Yosemite….. AND they have a great training ground.

COMMUNICATE EXPECTATIONS GOING INTO THE VACATION.  Don’t wait until you’re on the trip to realize your triathlete will be gone 6 hours on a bike ride when you were planning to go to the Grand Canyon……Plan ahead when the training will take place to provide for plenty of together time.

REALIZE THERE IS LITTLE ROOM FOR SPONTANEITY.  Most of the activities on the vacation will have to be planned out around the training schedule.  There is little room for sleeping in one day or deciding to try say Vietnamese food, which you have never had before.

PLAN A SPOT THAT HAS ACTIVITIES FOR YOU &/OR THE KIDS.  You will have a lot of alone time if they are training, so you’ll need a lot of activities to occupy your time.  I’m thinking spas, beaches, amusement parks, hiking, sight-seeing…..

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Sightseeing doesn’t get much better than in Rome.

PLAN FOR PLENTY OF STINKY AND WET CLOTHES.  You will either need to bring plenty of laundry detergent, have access to a washer/dryer, or send out for hotel laundry (always the most expensive choice).  We do a lot in the sink and hang over the bathtub, shower rod…..  Also, bring a plastic bag with you for wet clothes.  Stuffits makes an odor-killing bag, especially for athletes.  We also often bring an extra suitcase just for dirty laundry coming home.

PACK ESSENTIALS AND/OR CHECK TO MAKE SURE YOU CAN BUY THEM AT THE LOCATION.  There are certain items that you need to bring, especially if they will be out riding or running in unknown territory.  Then there’s the items they need and you have to ensure you can buy them at the vacation spot or you will need to bring them.  Check with your athlete on what they need.  A few suggestions:

  • Post work-out wipes, such as Action Wipes
  • Road ID
  • FuelBelt for use on the run.
  • Wallet for credit card, cash, phone, and driver’s license
  • First Aid Kit; you can use a general one or get one specifically for cyclists, like Brave Soldier Crash Pack, for road rash.
  • Gu, gels, bars, or whatever other nutritional needs and likes they have that you may not be able to buy where you are

DON’T PLAN ON DANCING TIL DAWN OR SLEEPING IN UNTIL NOON.   Just saying, chances are they aren’t going to be doing a lot of drinking and partying, so don’t be disappointed if your disco craving doesn’t get satisfied!  And, if they have to get up early to get in a long workout, you either have to be very good at falling back to sleep or just give in to the early mornings and know where you can get coffee…….

 - SHERRY

WHAT ARE YOUR TIPS FOR VACATIONING WITH YOUR TRIATHLETE?

 

IRONMAN 70.3 CALIFORNIA OCEANSIDE – GREAT RACE DAY!

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I’m so proud of my triathlete.  After taking pretty much most of last year off from serious training and coming off a bad chest cold over the past month, he rocked Ironman 70.3 Oceanside.  I, unfortunately, was not there to cheer him on – one of the very few races I have missed.  But of course, I had friends to take my place – even pro Jesse Thomas –  and he knew I had him in my heart.  For those of you who follow this blog, I am home caring for my four-legged best friend who is having surgery on Tuesday.  He almost didn’t go, but I’m so glad he did.  He truly needed to finish this race to regain his confidence and rekindle his enthusiasm for the sport.  Nothing like getting those competitive juices flowing…..

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After the race, he gives me a call.  Hardly even a hello, how are things, before the race analysis starts.  He can’t resist providing me with the details even 3500 miles away.  But, this time I can say without a hint of sarcasm, that I was happy to listen.  Overall, very pleased with results considering he finds it a tough race and it’s early in the season.  Happy with swim – water and air temp warmer than in past years.  Bike course tough as usual with lots of hills.  Had been told by Matt Dixon and Jordan Rapp (don’t mean to name drop) to be conservative on the bike, whose words he heeded.  Run was reasonable – all I got out of him.

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My biggest question was how in the world he had a 4:40 T2 time, almost double everyone else’s.  Debated whether I should share his answer with you all or not.  Oh, well, that’s what we’re here for, right?  He was peeing and couldn’t stop!!!!!  Seriously…..I thought they tended to get dehydrated, not the opposite.  Says he really has to work on transition times, but not sure how you solve this one.  Thoughts?

Doing the race through Ironman XC, he won a spot to the 70.3 World Championships in Mont Tremblant.  But, even more impressive – to me at least –  he came in 15 overall in his age group.  Not bad for his reintroduction to the sport.  So, next up is Rev3 Quassy followed by Ironman Frankfurt.  Off to one heck of a season I’d say…..

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One final note:  He goes into the food tent and Andy Potts comes up to him and says, “Hi.  I’m Andy Potts”.  Carl says, “I know who YOU are.  I should be introducing myself to YOU”.  I could see the smile on his face across the miles.  Truly ended up being the perfect end to a great day.  Thanks Andy…..

Have to give credit to Frankie McDermond of Ironman XC for all the pictures and for taking care of Carl in my absence.  Thanks so much.

 - SHERRY

TYPICAL SATURDAY MORNING IN A TRIATHLETE HOUSE – DANA

We know that each trifamily is different and we know the importance of sharing.  So, we wanted to take some time and tell you about our typical days in training season.  For all of us triwives, this is a way of life that we support and like to make part of our family lifestyle.  Over the next few weeks, we will share with you how triathlon training looks in our homes and we would love to hear about what it looks like in yours.  We started a few weeks ago with Jodi.  So, share all you trisupporters!!!danagreecephoto

Dana’s up next with a typical Saturday morning at her house…….

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Some days we just like to spin…..

Saturdays are typically long ride days in our house and start about 40 minutes before the sun comes up.  We, as a family, decided that Saturdays are long ride days for one reason – the kids!  Our son is a competitive gymnast and leaves at 7:45AM and gets back between 11 and noon.  Our daughter tends to schedule dance rehearsals or choreography jobs on Saturday mornings, knowing they are long ride days and that we can all gather for lunch at home afterwards.  Side note:  Next year will be a whole different scenario as the kids will be off to college.  (Shouldn’t have gone there; tears welling up; getting sad…..)  Okay, back to the task at hand.

WE start early, as my trihubby likes a little something to eat before he gets on that bike.  Breakfast is not huge , an egg or tofu scramble and 1/2 avocado.  Then, it is off to the garage – his workout area – me with a cup of tea.  See, I do have an ulterior motive for getting up early with him and it’s really not just to fix him breakfast!  This is the time we get a chance to have a few minutes to ourselves.  It’s great talk time while trihubby preps his bike for the ride.  Then, he gives me his route and he is off; generally for 4-6 hours, getting him home no later than 1:30 ish.  Typically, bricks don’t start until later in the season, usually around late March.  Then, our days start even earlier, allowing for the timing to remain the same for lunch.  Priorities!

Once trihubby is off, then the kids start coming down for breakfast.  Typically, Saturday morning breakfast is fed at the kitchen counter in a rotating fashion, with three rounds served.

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Once the last child is off, it’s all about ME.  What I like most about Saturday mornings is that I also get a run in once everyone has left and then a long bath – me time – before I even have to think about starting lunch, even on short ride days.  I also dream of the solo vacation I had to Greece a few years back and that breakfast on the patio in Santori.  Aaaaaah…..

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danagreecephotoLunch is always big on Saturdays.  Our favorite is a big salad and grilled fish or when cold, chili or soup with a salad.

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After lunch, the kids tend to go their separate ways, depending on which activities are on their schedules.  David and I are then free to run errands, have a chat, go to a movie, or just chill.  At least until it’s time to start dinner…..

- DANA

WHAT DOES YOUR SATURDAY MORNING LOOK LIKE?

 

Next up: Sherry’s Saturdays

 

“MY SUPPORT SYSTEM” – JOHN BERGQUIST

We just loved this post by John Bergquist, an aspiring endurance athlete, who blogs as Fit Knight.  In it, he praises his trisupporter wife and recognizes he could not do the sport without her by his side…..We so went aaaaah, so just had to share….Plus, we loved how he chose his name – It was from an old videogame handle he had and because a knight is someone who helps others, but isn’t afraid to fight for what they believe in.  Enjoy the post and don’t forget to stop by his blog or follow him on twitter @fitknight.

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MY SUPPORT SYSTEM….

There’s a great article in the current issue of Triathlete magazine titled “It Takes a Village”, about the support system we triathletes need and how to support the triathlete in your life.  There’s even a group on Twitter called theTriWivesClub; their stories and anecdotes are hilarious.

What does my personal support system look like?

Triathlon is impossible without the support of family.  My wife of almost 19 years humors and supports me every step of the way! She listens attentively (or pretends to) when I’m talking about the latest gear or what my training schedule is like.  She motivates me to get out and train when I may not feel like it.  She offers opinions when I ask about different types of gear (especially when it comes to color and fit…what I think looks good or sounds like a great idea is often not the case).

She has never expressed any doubt or question on my conviction or my ability to train hard enough to accomplish my goals.  She is, however, sometimes more realistic than I am…when I proposed doing a half-Ironman race last year (after only one triathlon and two duathlons), she recommended re-evaluating my training (especially my swimming) and looking more closely at what an HIM would take to accomplish.  Of course she was right, and I told her as much…my first HIM will now be in 2015.

She never complains about my race schedules or the travel; due to work, she hasn’t been able to come to my XTERRA Portland races in 2012 or 2013, but she’ll be there this year.  She’ll also be present for my longest race to-date, my Olympic-distance triathlon this June.  She is, however, the voice of reason when I think I can do a race a month…she politely reminds me that there’s more to life than racing (and she’s absolutely right) and that I should focus on qualityvs. quantity (right again).

She also kept me from potentially doing myself an injury in 2013: the Beaver Freezer triathlon is the first Saturday of April every year.  Last year was my first time doing this race solo and my first triathlon ever.  I had the brilliant idea to do a 12-mile mountain bike race the very next day (this is a race I’d done in 2011 and 2012…2012 did not go so well: I bonked-out bad two miles from the finish…but I finished).  She reminded me of the bonking incident and how much pain I was in when the race was over and the fact that this would be my first triathlon.  Again, the voice of reason prevailed; I had a great tri and was more than happy to spend that next day recovering rather than racing.

She reminds me that I can always train indoors when the weather goes to hell, or when it’s too dark to safely run outside.  She bought me my first bike trainer for Christmas this last year…hands-down one of the best birthday presents ever.  She humors my constant trips to the bike and running stores, even when we’re traveling.  She laughs at my triathlon jokes and memes I find online.  She even trains with me; we’re at the gym together during lunch and we swim together twice a week.  How cool is that??

In short: I could not engage in this hobby/obsession/calling without her by my side.  Of course, she gets the benefit of me being in the best shape of my life.  But, I have the benefit of a life partner who respects the sport I have chosen, the dedication it takes, and understands what it take to support me in my endeavors.  I have the best wife in the entire world (and I tell her that constantly). :)

Keep moving!!

LIFE CAN CHANGE IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE & SOMETIMES REALLY SUCKS

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Yesterday morning all was well in my world.  I had just taken my husband’s bike to a local store to be picked up by Tribike Transport for Ironman 70.3 Oceanside.  I was so looking forward to the trip to California.  Many of our friends are doing the race and we were going to see family, including my husband’s 98 year old aunt.  Plus, I was going to promote the TriWivesClub, of course.  After I dropped off the bike, I did some volunteer work at our local animal shelter and was feeling good about life.  Then, I got home and in an instant, my whole world changed.

I was sitting in the kitchen and looked up.  I saw one of my dogs, a true love of my life, start teetering.  She could barely hold herself up and had a glazed over look.  In short order, it was over, but I knew something was dreadfully wrong.  I got her to the vets and they examined her and did blood work, scheduling an abdominal ultrasound for the next morning.  We took her in after having a good night with no further symptoms.  The call came about 2 hours later.  ”There are a few issues we have to talk about,” she said.  Never good.

Long story short – she has a focal tumor in the small intestine and density changes in her liver.  I literally could not breathe when I heard the news and have been sick to my stomach all day.  Thank God my husband was able to come home from work and be with both of us for support.  We took her to an internist who did an aspiration of the areas and said he felt we are dealing with cancer, but wouldn’t have a definitive diagnosis until Monday or Tuesday.  Never having to face a waiting period like this before, it will be an excruciatingly long weekend.  I will be watching her constantly for more symptoms.  I am so sorry for all the people who have to endure this agony for themselves or loved ones.

For people who don’t have pets, it may be hard to understand how painful this is.  I don’t have children and she truly means the absolute world to me.  She is almost 13, but acts like she’s 2.  I work from home, so she is with me everyday.  It’s at times like this that I always say I won’t get another dog, because I can’t stand the pain of the loss, but of course I always do.  A pet makes a house a home and truly gives it a soul.  They were amazed at the vet’s today how muscular and alert she is for her age.  My husband always says it’s the homemade food I give her and all the love…..We have had her since she was 6 months, having lost another dog to a splenic tumor.  I can say without a biased bone in my body that she is one of the most intelligent, sweetest dogs I have ever met.  She actually tries to communicate with me, but I’m the idiot who doesn’t understand.  She truly just loves life, every single minute of it, and everything it offers her.

I’m writing this as it is a bit cathartic for me.  Maybe if I put it down on paper, it will be more of a story as opposed to real life.  I saw an article the other day about a bucket list for your dog.  I didn’t read it, literally thinking I didn’t need it, and now have to go try and find it.  The vet did give us some hope that it may not be a death sentence and treatment might be possible. I’m trying to hang onto that for dear life, but it is hard, REALLY hard and all I can think right now is LIFE JUST SUCKS!!!!  Please keep her in your thoughts and send good vibes our way……

- SHERRY

 

ROMANCE AND THE TRIATHLETE PLUS A MEDIEVAL TALE

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Okay, first stop laughing.  It is possible.  We’ve seen the phenomenon and even experienced it over the years.  Remember, as your triathlete is working out and feeling good about themselves – good body image, confidence, passion – you get what we mean – it just might make them feel more romantic and guess what, you reap the benefits!

We decided to look at the definition of ROMANCE in the traditional dictionary sense and from the Urban Dictionary.  Each of the TriWives then wrote our take on the definitions.  We’re starting off with Dana.  Enjoy…

Traditional dictionary definition of romance:

a.  A love affair.
b.  Ardent emotional attachment or involvement between people; love.
c.  A strong, sometimes short-lived attachment, fascination, or enthusiasm for something.
d.  A medieval tale based on legend, chivalric love and adventure, or the supernatural.

DANA 

Think about it.  A triathlon is in many ways medieval – both involve games of skill such as hand to hand combat, clothes with insignias on them, eating food with one’s hands, big marketplaces (think Expo), spending a lot of time sweaty and stinky…and an Ironman is after all, supernatural!  Many races I have been to involve a tale or two of adventure that get retold over time and we all know there is a lot of love involved.  With all this in mind, here is my romantic twist from one of our first of many races.

In a far away land called Texas, one Thursday afternoon, a triathlete and his loving wife packed their chariot to travel to the magical land of Lubbock, (okay, this is the least sounding romantic word ever, just say it out loud) for a sports competition.  The wife was along to provide moral support to her warrior and to tend to any wounds – either physical or psychological!  As they ventured on, they became hungry and a cute red and white checked diner appeared  out of no where.  Having feasted on ye burgers and fries, they continued on down the road.  Coming into the town, they were surrounded by nothing but tumbleweeds, yet still ventured in.  Arriving at their humble abode for the next three days, Ye Olde Holiday Inn, they settled into a courtyard, garden room and prepared themselves for the days ahead.

Walking through the marketplace, the couple found much swag for purchase, selecting a few items for the children left at home.  As the day of the competition neared, the couple spent their time together, packing food bags, nourishing their bodies for the battle to come, and taking in  the sites and smells of the hamlet.  And, in the middle of this far away land, they even shared their first ever Dairy Queen cones.  On the day of the competition, the couple ventured out into the dark not knowing what lie ahead, but feeling full of excitement. The lady kissed him good luck and sent him into battle.  In return, the triathlete dazzled her with his athletic prowess, stamina, and ability to overtake his competition.  Later that day, they packed their chariot and drove to the land of Dallas for a long wine-filled dinner and a hotel that did not include a room overlooking a garden courtyard full of spandex dressed folks.  The couple reveled in their shared sense of accomplishment; he being her hero, she being his rock of support.  A sense of love and romance filled the air……

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Definition form the Urban Dictionary (we love this one):

True romance is doing something special or unexpected for someone you love, even though you don’t have to.  Romance isn’t a greeting card, it isn’t Valentine’s Day, it isn’t a box of chocolates, and it certainly isn’t a dozen roses (unless you like that sort of thing).  Real romance is not what modern society has been taught to think it is.  Real romance isn’t manufactured.  It is completely individual.  Romance is for showing the person you love that you’re thinking about them.  It shouldn’t feel forced.  There are no limits to romance; it can be shown by a handwritten note, by going for a walk, or even by making someone a sandwich.  Romance is something simple and sweet that reminds your partner why they fell in love with you in the first place.

DANA

Short and sweet.  The most romantic moment for me was when my trihubby was having his worst Ironman ever and was walking part of the run.  I walked on the other side of the walkway with him and he looked at me and said “thank you” with a tear falling down his face.  That thank you will always and forever mean the world to me and will remind me why I fell in love with my triathlete and the sport in the first place…..

 - DANA

Next up:  Sherry’s take

HOW HAVE YOU FOUND ROMANCE WITH YOUR TRIATHLETE?