No, I don't mean a full plate as in a food plate, I mean a full plate as in a life plate. Although I don't have a job, I go to school full time. The semester just started last week, and these classes are going to be a lot of hard work. I am a bit overwhelmed at the amount of work I have already had to do for these classes, but in a few more weeks I will be in a rhythm and it will be manageable. I am really getting tired of school, I am really looking forward to graduation. Although I am only 28 (will be 29 in March) I feel like I am too old for this. At the same time, the girls are 2 and 5, two challenging ages, some days I just want to rip my hair out.
I was so excited about becoming a coach and volunteer for Girls on the Run, but unfortunately, the days and hours will not work for me. Its Tuesday and Thursday late afternoon, with the girls I would have to pay for childcare so I could do a volunteer position. I already have to pay $10 a day for 2 hours of childcare 4 days a week for my 2 year old while I am sitting in class. Plus the logistical problem of someone being able to pick up my 5 year old from school in the afternoon. Girls on the run is all over the country, so I really feel this is something I will be able to do once Joel is out of the Army and we move back to the Midwest and the girls are a little older.
I am on the blog team for the Team RWB Triathlon Blog, I am one of the blog writers. Honestly, I am having such a hard time coming up with topics for the blog. My blog is easy, its just about me and the happening of my life, boring at times, but my life is pretty boring to normal people's standards so it is ok. I am also fairly new to Team RWB, so I am still learning the in and out of the team and about being a teammate. Team RWB does so much I am trying to learning about everything so I can write informative blog posts for the triathlon team. I am exciting about being given this position and want to do a good job.
I was all set to do the Florida 70.3 in May, I hadn't registered for it yet, but I had the hotel booked and the plans were started to fall into place. We found out Joel has to go to Louisiana in May to play war games for a month, so he won't be able to go. A half ironman is a race I won't do without a sherpa. Loraine offered to go, but then we would have to bring the girls and the dogs. She is my best friend and I wouldn't do that to her, that is just too much for a race lasting more than 5 hours. So I canceled the hotel and I am now looking for another early season half ironman. I am highly considering Set Up Event's TryCharleston half on April 21st. It is a small half iron race, usually around 300 people, I like a crowded course, so I will really have to think it through to make a decision on this race. I will need to make it fast, if I am doing it I need to start the long distance training.
Since Loraine is from Muncie, Indiana, I will be racing the Muncie 70.3 for the second year in a row. This will give me a chance to truly see how much progress I have made in 1 year's time. I am excited about it. The run is challenging, but at least this second time around I know what to expect and I will be ready for it. The Augusta 70.3 is going to be so much fun, that is the race I am looking forward to the most this year. I am doing it with some close WLS friends and for that fact alone I know it is going to be an epic race. The rest of my race schedule is coming together, by the beginning of March I will be registered for all the races I want to do and I will let you guys know, If you see any races I am doing that you are also doing let me know! I always love meeting new people.
We just filed our taxes are a getting a nice tax return, so exactly 2 weeks from today me and Joel will be getting out brand new bikes. I am so excited! It makes me feel like a kid again, being so excited about getting a brand new bike. I have decided on a Cervelo P2. Joel is getting a Felt AR5, he wanted a road bike since he is interested in doing century rides, and not so interested in racing triathlons.
Saturday I did the first race of the year, a small 5k in Brunswick. On Friday I had a cold, so I was wondering if I would even survive this race since I felt awful. I couldn't skip the race though, my 5 year-old was doing the half mile kids race as her first race ever and she was so excited about it I couldn't break her heart by not going. I had already registered for the 5k so even though I had a cold, I decided to do the race knowing I wouldn't PR and just run the best I could with a cold. Laci's race was first, so I ran it with her and she had a blast, she was smiling the whole time, and I was surprised that she pushed herself. At the finish line they had finisher's medals for the kids, it was so adorable. For my race, I started off good and for awhile didn't think I would have a problem. Then, right after mile 2 the chest congestion and faucet nose got to me and I couldn't maintain my pace. I finished the race around the 23 minute mark, not a PR but not too bad considering I had a cold. Joel has been at the finish line counting female finishers and let me know I was the third female finisher. At the awards the we only doing overall awards for first place male and female, so I placed first in my age group. The awards were these really cool medals, silver finish, with a shark on them. Here are a few pics from the race.