I went out and got myself a new outlook. I felt awful about my first biathlon and I REFUSE to feel that way again this Sunday.
A common thread in my life (that my mother will attest to) is that I like to “know it before I know it”. In other words – I expect to be an expert at things I’ve never done before. Yeah, I know it’s not logical. But I do get frustrated when I’m not good at something or when it doesn’t come easily. (Insert 3 year old temper tantrum here.) I’m becoming more adult in this area… Please have patience with me!
While I was frustrated with last month’s biathlon results, I just can’t get upset about this one-whatever the results may be. IT’S ONLY MY SECOND TIME! Duh.
I’ve done everything I can (taken swim lessons, practiced, ran, etc.) to better my times for the next race. Aside from this, I have absolutely NO control over how choppy that water is going to be. I have no control if a shark decides to make me his tasty treat (although that might make me swim faster!) there are just some things that are outside my control. I’m prepared and I’ve practiced and the times will be what they are. I can’t take it so seriously. I am supposed to be having fun too, right?!
(And when I do beat last months time – you can be dang sure I’ll be doing a happy dance ALL OVER the place!)
It dawned on me today that I have become “one of ‘those’ people”.
Six and a half months ago I began this bootcamp class. When I first started, you could look out at the other wives and see that we all fell into 1 of 2 groups: those of us just starting, and those that looked like they didn’t need it. Why the heck are they here? They are already thin and fit. I wanted to be one of them. I’d spent too long in the first group.
Then I overheard some mutterings about one of the gals that lives in my neighborhood – that she RAN to bootcamp, did the insanely hard workout, then RAN home! Sheesh! She must be crazy! Or obsessed. That’s like 5 or 6 miles!
Then one of my friends, Nina, did it in preparation for a TRIATHLON! That’s just crazy! …or is it? I knew that Nina had been doing bootcamp for awhile. Then I was doing bootcamp. Ok, if she can do it, than just maybe I can too. It brings it home and makes it real in a different way when its someone you KNOW as opposed to just some “crazy exercise-obsessed” someone you have only seen from afar.
So I set a goal. I would run to bootcamp. From my house. And I did it! I didn’t die – and the sense of accomplishment was INCREDIBLE! Not to mention the view!
Once I get this next biathlon under my belt, I just know there is a triathlete inside me that is dying to come out! 😉
I’m not sure if I believe in karma, but I definitely feel like we should all live by the golden rule – do unto others…
Well, apparently I haven’t been very nice because karma came with a vengeance in the last 36 hours!! I can’t make this stuff up – it would be hilarious if it hadn’t happened to me!
The day started like any other, getting ready to take my shower and luckily, Hannah was still asleep on my bed, snoring softly. I thought I might be quick enough to get in and get dressed by the time she woke up. Ahhh, the best laid plans! Just as I was pulling back the shower curtain (naked and vulnerable, mind you) my good friend Mr. Cockroach decided to pay me a visit in the tub! BLEEEGHHHH! Any one that knows me well, knows my intense fear/dislike/hatred of bugs of any kind, but spiders and roaches specifically. And the little bugger didn’t even have the decency to make his appearance at a time when my baby was awake so I could have at least done my normal primal scream!! Just another reason I’m not a fan!
So without my ability to properly scream and holler at Mr. C – I finally get him shoved down the drain followed by whatever chemicals I can find to ensure his demise. I decide to postpone my shower until the heebee jeebees have subsided.
But then I decide – eh, who needs a shower before heading on a hike when I’m bound to get all sweaty again anyway???
So off to Makapu’u we go with friends!!! It’s a great, kid friendly hike with a wide paved path big enough for strollers. The view was amazing!!! So stunning!
Some of the pictures included in the package were various shots in and around Waikiki and the areas where we ran……
The early morning ceremonies were spectacular!
This truly is a stunning place to live. There is much I am going to miss about living here.
The downtown Christmas lights were on full display as we ran!
And there were various photographers along the run capturing us in all our glory…
….and in tougher moments….this was taken about mile 22-24.
Smiling pretty for the camera….