me and my big sister, erica at the beach- corolla, north carolina
our family reunion in the outer banks of north carolina happened to fall the week before vineman 70.3. as i would only have a 24-hour turn-around back in san diego (heading out to sonoma, ca for the race)....the planning got a little nuts, but spending time with the fam at the beach was a major priority.
the vacation was amazing, the weather was perfect. i wanted to stay a couple more days and do some more beach frolicking. the coolest thing was that the house we rented had a freaking movie theater and we had group viewing parties of the tour de france with at least 10 of us every day (dad is OBSESSED!)...and i know i mention this often, but my family is truly the coolest, most hilarious bunch ever. on monday, after the mountain finish of the tour, i rounded up six of the troops for an open water swim in the sound...erica even rented a kayak and paddled along side me while i got in about a mile and a half out and back!
my kayak escort..
me and my sister jen and my brother's girlfriend, katie...swimmin' time!
the workouts were very very minimal which makes me nervous (3 runs, 1 open water swim, clearly no bike with me...getting nervous here...will i be totally flat on race day?). i mean, i know you're supposed to taper, but i took it a little extreme. oh well, there was no other option and you do what you can. and i won't even get into the food. it's hard to fathom how completely healthy i eat until i am around 20 relatives on family vacation and there are ridiculous amounts of indulgent food and like 6 desserts a night and there having margarita parties and beers on the beach. SOOOO not fair during race week. even with all that, i'd give myself about a 7 out of 10 on the eating scale, which is NOT bad for family vacation when i usually end up about 2 out of 10. i only took part in the things i HAD to have and ate pretty reasonably.
anyhow. here's the awesome part. okay, the soooo NOT awesome part. i left the beach at 1pm today for the airport. I AM STILL SITTING IN THAT AIRPORT (10 hours later!) waiting for a flight that will eventually leave at 1am (we hope), drop me in DALLAS, where i will wait another SIX hours before getting on a flight tomorrow late morning to san diego. hmmmmmm... i am trying to remain positive here, nothing i can do...but i'm not totally excited about not sleeping for 2 days in a row on race week (becuase tomorrow james and i are leaving for vineman at 3am)...okay...i'm officially over it. and thankful i am not the lady laying on the airport floor across from me with the 3 screaming children. i love my life. but, back to that "7 out of 10" on healthy eating. that is about to be demoted to a 6 out of 10 once i pound the pizza they just ordered for us passengers-to-be since the airport is DESERTED. i requested red wine, but not sure if they heard me.
okay, i will leave you with some amusing (in an "not funny but it is funny" way) pictures of my dad...he ruptured a disc in his spine and its causing major back/leg pain. he is being a champ about it and he'll be better soon. he can't sit like a regular fellow, so i captured some of his "best" positions...
this one is my fave...at starbucks in the airport...he said, "i suppose i look like a creep, but whatever".. he sat like that for hours.
chilling on the beach
reading the newspaper...
the next 24 hours will be a blur until we hit the road to head to vineman. i did, however, make sure that our hotel has free wireless, so a pre-race update or two will come for sure!