Day 295-300. October 26-31, 2013-A whole lot of nothing

Wow it is day 300 today.  I can not believe I have mostly kept this up for all of these days.  This past week has been insane.  I have been doing a little of this and a little of that and have gotten nothing done.  I have all of these things in my head and I keep bouncing back and forth never finishing anything.  It is like I was in January.  I have put in my head that I have certain things to finish by the end of the year.  That is 65 days from now.  It can be done but I need to slow down and make a plan of how to do it.  I think I am excited because what I am doing is the reason I took this journey.  Day 365 is going to be the launch of something wonderful.  I can not wait.

What I learned this week is that I have fallen off the organized wagon.  I need to get back on.  Tomorrow is a new month and I am jumping back on.  I also learned that I am a car abuser.  Apparently, if you do not start your car for so many days the warrantee company considers it car handling abuse.  Now I know you should start your car every once in awhile if it is going to sit for awhile I just never knew that I was being abusive to my car.  Who knew.

Day 293-294. October 24-25, 2013-Do I write?

The last 2 days I was attending a writes workshop.  A few months ago I was looking for a fine arts course in writing and came across this conference.  I figured that would be a good way to see what I would be getting myself into.  I also thought I might get to meet some of the professors.

Well first I was surprised at the caliber of speakers that were at the conference.  I am not really sure what I was expecting but it was a great experience.  I kind of wish I had known more and I could have been a little more prepared.

What I learned is that I know nothing about writing I can learn if I want to.   I was surrounded by amazing writers so I felt really dumb but at the same time I felt empowered because I can learn and at some point get to where they are if I actually work at it.  It was awesome to do what I just did.

Day 293. October 23, 2013-I must be insane

Today was a crazy day as usual but after finding out that my triathlon Coach Andy will no longer be coaching the shorter distance races to concentrate on the full ironman competitions I decided that I guess I would have to train for a full.  So today I registered for Ironman Coeur d’ Alene which will take place on June 28, 2014.  Here is the proof.Image

So what you may not know is that I am super afraid of riding down hill fast, well at all really, and this race has a 2 mile decent and it is a 2 loop course.  I must be insane.

What I learned today is that I am really crazy.  I have been called crazy, nuts, freak and any other word that means insane but I never actually believed it until today.  I have some conquering to do.  Training starts December 30 (well really January 1).  Its gonna be interesting.

Day 292. October 22, 2013-Back to the gym and Alien Team Meeting

Today was all about getting back to the gym.  I have not lifted weights in forever and this by far is my favorite thing to do as far as working out is concerned.  I finally made it and oh boy did it hurt.

Later in the day it was time for the Alien Team meeting.  Showed up and grabbed my usual glass of wine and chit chatted with some team members.  At these events there is usually a raffle and I always win something.  Its pretty funny but it is always something that I had just bought.  Tonight was no difference.  I won a fuel belt.  So I put it out to sell for a donation to my St. Jude Children’s hospital fundraising.

 

Did not really learn anything today.

Day 291. October 21, 2013-Healthcare market place

So today I wanted to finish my application for insurance. I had started the process last week but needed to verify my identity. That required scanning license.

I tried logging in but couldn’t. After several attempts I decided that it must be because I was on a Mac so I looked into the office computer from my Mac and was able to log on. Crazy but in a few minutes I was done.

What I learned today is that technology makes no sense. How is it possible that I can via the Internet log in to my work PC, log onto the Internet and have a web page open when I can not from my Mac. It is not the first page that I have encountered this problem. I guess I’m lucky I can access the PC from home.

Lesson two is that the healthcare market place works better from a PC.

Day 290. October 20, 2013-Photoshop

Today was all about learning some photoshop.  One of the girls I work with said she would teach me some stuff so I could do the required work myself.  So off to the office we went and after about 2 hours this is what I ended up with.  Here is before and after.

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What I learned today is that this photoshop thing isn’t so hard.  It just takes practice and someone to give you a few pointers.  Thanks TJ.

Day 270-Day 289. October 9-19, 2-13-Wow is all I can say

Well the last 11 days was about regrouping until I got a call for a last minute business trip to the Bahamas. How could I pass that up? I couldn’t so I went. It was amazing. And then while I was there I was appointed to the Environmental Review and Historical Board for the City of South Miami. I could not have asked for a better week . I was there to evaluate the landscaping and maintenance and to teach the landscape crew on a project. It was a new sort of experience and I enjoyed it. I can’t wait to get back.

One of the landscape crew members is taking a course and he had an assignment and asked if I could help. He had to do an interview with someone that was a Landscape Architect. Sure why not. He gave me the questions and as I was answering them I sort of built a concept for a business. A business that I could actually love. Sorry you will have to wait for that.

I was so excited when I got back to Miami and could not wait to keep fantasying about this opportunity. Unfortunately reality hit me like a freaking brick wall. Not any brick wall this one was held up by a concrete structure. And it hurt. Worse than my vespa accident.

What I learned is that I have been stuck and I sort of knew it but just pushed it aside. I also learned that really I have made enough friends along the way that at some point they will show up at the right moment to get you un-stuck. It will be at the exact moment when you are ready. Pretty amazing really.

That was the nice lesson. I also learned a hard lesson and that is I am way too nice. This year has been the year of some people (well it was a lot really) just taking advantage of that. I always want to abuse back but I can’t. It is not with in me. The worst part is that for the very first time a dear friend asked me for a favor and since I am on edge I had to decline. I have never done that before and it is killing me. This person completely understands and supports my decision but never the less it hurts. Even with all the bad I am very fortunate to have friends that support me so it is still all good in a sense.

The next 48 hours will be tough. I have to do some soul searching and figure out what I want to do. Do I take the high road or do I fight? I will have to say the for the first time since I have been married I wish Steve was not an engineer on a boat and he was here to help me figure this out.

So for now I will dream about my new opportunity. The answer will come at the exact moment that it needs to I am certain.

Day 259-278. September 19-October 8, 2013-So much time so much fun

It is obvious that I have been out of touch for a while.  The last 20 days have flown by.  Crazy how time flies when you are having fun.  So here is the run down of what I have been up to:

More volunteering at Lake Tahoe Ironman

  • Sign making tent which was funny because it was so windy that everything kept flying away.  It was fun watching the kids make signs for their parents.  I even got to meet some of my volunteers for T2 (transition between bike and run) gear bags.
  • Banquet which was supposed to be helping athletes settle in and some clean up duties but turned out to be handing out the tickets to those who purchased on line.  A lot of people came in wanting to buy tickets but it was all sold out.  There were some upset people but the ones who waited around ended up getting in because other people in line found out that it was sold out and came up with extra tickets and sold them to the people waiting.  The banquet was well a banquet and the food was not bad considering it was in a tent.  The best part was listening to one of the original Ironman participants.  There was 12 of them and this guy came in 11 out of the 12.  He was funny.  Talked about how he bought a bike the day before the race.  Crazy to think that he did not train for the bike ride at all.
  • Bike check in which consisted of me grabbing the bikes and getting them ready for the photographer to take a picture.  I had to make sure the pedal was all the way down which meant about 600 squats.  This was all fun until the storm came in and it started raining.  On the way back to my sister’s it was snowing.
  • Then the big day.  I was captain of gear bags for T2.  My mom and sister also came to volunteer.  Overall it was a fun thing to do.  I got to see my team mates as they finished the bike (which was grueling).  They were both happy to see me and Andy(my coach and my Mom’s personal trainer) was so happy to see my Mom.  She was so excited to had him his bag.  The one thing that I was not expecting was seeing athletes break down because they missed the bike cut off time.  There were about 15 athletes that missed it by less than 5 minutes.  They were all sobbing uncontrollably.  I saw this one girl all alone and I asked her if she needed a hug and she said yes.  I stayed with her for awhile.  She was so disappointed in herself.  She said she missed it by 2 minutes.  I cried for her.  I told her not to be disappointed in herself but only at the result.  That bike ride was brutal and it was really cold.  In the end I managed to make her laugh but It was heart wrenching to watch.  The worst part is that they all looked like the run would have been fine.
  • After T2 I headed to the finish line to give out medals.  The finish line was a great place to be.  Watching the athletes coming in was inspiring.  I stayed there until my team mates came in.  It was great.

Photos from volunteering

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More site seeing

The next few days was spent site seeing with my mom and sister.  We did a little shopping as well.  It was a lot of fun.

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I then headed to Augusta for my half ironman.  It was cold in the morning which I was not expecting and because I was cold I was really tight and that did not help my pinch nerve.  When I got out of the water my entire right side was locked up.  I wasn’t sure if I would continue.  Given that I am stubborn as mule I decided to get on the bike and see what would happen.  The bike was fun.  I just took in the scenery and enjoyed the hills and all the go Miami and Go alien and go Espe comments as people passed me by.  Once I finished the bike I knew I was good to go.  It was great to see Steve at mile 10.5.  He had a beer and I just grabbed it and chugged what was left.  I then took Ralph’s beer as well then I was off.  Apparently Ralph was shocked that I would drink the beer.  I mean really it was my slowest time ever in a race so what the hell.  At this point it was all about having fun and fun I had.  After the race it was back to the hotel for a shower, packing up the bike and food and drinks with the group.  A good night.

Steve and I flew back home and we had one day to wash clothes before heading to Montreal.  I had a couple of meetings on Tuesday.  The second meeting was at my high maintenance client construction site.  I could not have asked for a better reaction to me finishing a half ironman.  As soon as I walked in he says “how could a girl that drinks so much wine finish and ironman”.  I laughed and said this is how and showed him this picture.  He could not stop shaking his head.  It was classic.

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The next day we took off to Montreal.  Wow what a great city.  We were only there for 4 days but did a lot of site seeing by foot and by bike.  What a great bike friendly city.  I always love being in a city.  I always come home inspired by it.  Here are a few photos.

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What I learned these past few weeks is that I need to be in a different location.  I love the outdoor activities that I experienced in Reno/Tahoe and Montreal.   I love the change of seasons.  I love the different landscapes.  I have always needed to have access to the outdoors.  I once gave up a great apartment because it had no balcony.  I know Miami has a lot of great outdoor spaces but really we only get a few months of good weather to enjoy them.   As I write this its raining as usual.