-I have been able to continue some training. I participated in master swim again this winter and have continued to swim about once a week. I run intermittently and have managed to maintain some base fitness. I try hard to focus on what I CAN do rather than what I CAN'T. I did bail on the marathon I was hoping to run in a couple weeks. I just haven't been able to do the training. I am doing my first Olympic triathlon this weekend. Am I properly trained? No way. Can I finish? Absolutely! And since there were only 3 women in the Olympic distance last year (all in my age group), I even have a chance to place in my age group :)
***Last minute update!!! Being the self-proclaimed Queen of Procrastination, of course I took my bike out for the first time today - 2 days before my race. There is a reason the saying is "just like riding a bike"! Had a great little brick and even spent some time in aero. Depending on the wind conditions Saturday, this might be my first race in aero!***
|All cleaned up and ready to race!|
-I have been taking some online coursework. In February I started studying through ISSA toward my Personal Trainer certification. It's self-study and I am about a third of the way through the material. In March I started studying at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. At the end of this program, I will be a Certified Holistic Health Coach. What do these certifications mean for me? I'm not sure right now. My first client definitely needs to be myself and I am already working on that.
-GOTRIbal is launching their ActiveBudz app very soon! Stay tuned and I'll definitely let you know when it does!
-My little man is growing fast!!! He turned 3 several weeks ago. His biggest excitement lately was the Toddler Trot at a local race (he is still talking about the race he ran with all his "friends") and making a trip to the ER to have a couple stitches. He fell the other day while we were playing/running in the driveway and he busted his lip open. He was so very brave and I am extrememly proud of him. Not a tear at the ER, he answered when asked, and even told the doctor 'thank-you'.
|Two stitches and one big fat lip.|
-The garden is almost all in. All 5000sqft. of veggie garden plus the flower gardens. Almost... All the rain and cool weather has set us back considerably but we are hopeful for a good harvest.
|Liam is a great help in the garden...when he's not stepping on the plants...oops.|
- In early April, I discovered a large tumor in Tipsy's (my cat) mouth. Because of her age, her poor history with anesthesia, and the location of the tumor, there wasn't much we could do about it. It has been growing quickly and I count every day that she is still here as a blessing. She still eats, drinks, grooms and purrs. When that changes it may be time to reevaluate her time in this world, but for now, I am giving her tons of love and she is returning the favor.
|My beloved Miss T catching some Z's.|
All in all, life is good. We keep pushing the junk aside and celebrating the good in every day (the only way to stay sane when you have a 3-yr old that is prone to drama!) I hope to have more good updates on training and racing this summer, but time will tell. I'm not signing up for much in advance - I hate wasted entry fees. Either way, lots of fun will be had and I'll be back sometime to tell you all about it!