Wednesday, July 16, 2008

bon voyage!

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!
bon voyage!

17 comments:

GZ said...

The pix of your pop are f-ing hilarious.

Don't sweat the taper. You'll be ready - the hay is in the barn!

jameson said...

i wish i could have been there, but i am looking forward to our to wine country more than anything... just remember no wine until after the race... the goes for you only.... I'm all over it!

kerrie said...

i love the pics of your dad! that is hilarious...
you'll be fine for vineman, a couple days of fun can't undo some very solid prep...it is always good to relax and have fun the week before a big race - nothing to be gained, nothing to be lost!
you'll rawk it!

Matt said...

You should be totally pissed you slacked so much. Now take it out on the peloton. "The hay is in the barn!"

No worries.

Christine said...

OMG! that is HILARIOUS!!! yOUR poor dad! Have fun at the race...not like any of that could stop you from getting a first place in your age group anyway! You are UNSTOPPABLE! haha

Flatman said...

Poor Pops...wave to me while you are at DFW airport. I am right down the road!

Glad you had a fun time with the fam...now it's time to get SERIOUS, dawg!

Jessica said...

Dearest Beth,

I love your blog and those pictures of your dad are making me snort out loud at work.

Your fan, Jessica

runninggunner said...

Sounds like you are going to be very rested for the race and ready to go.

Have a great race.

Shan said...

Great pics! I'm so glad you had a relaxing, fun vay-cay. You totally deserved it! All the rest from this week will leave you refreshed and ready to HAMMER on race day.

I'll be thinking of you on Sunday - GO HARD!!!! (And I'll be sure to eat a recovery Golden Spoon in your honor this weekend...) :)

CAMI said...

ohmigod! I'd be so stressed out about the whole travel thing, but you are doing so good! A little pizza and some relaxing during taper never hurt anyone.

Hilarious pics of your dad. I especially like the one on the beach!

Good luck in the race

Benson said...

Now that is good family fun and funny.
Your taper sounds perfect to me.
Good luck.

Mark said...

You're gonna crush the competition at Vineman. The rest will be gooood for you! I love the OBX - looks like the surf was pumpin!

Nikee Pomper said...

HI-LARIOUS pics of your dad. Looks like you had a great time out east. Relaxation is exactly what you needed this week. Kick some ass this weekend. Cant wait to hear all about your sub 5.

TRI-ROB said...

It's SO nice to hear someone rave about their family!

We'll all be thinking about you on Sunday! Two words for you:

HAVE. FUN.

Seriously.

Breathe...

SixTwoThree said...

Have a great race girlie! Go GET 'EM!

Jaakko Hiekkaranta said...

good luck on sunday Beth!!! you're so gonna ROCKKKK

triguyjt said...

ohh my gosh,..the travel nightmare.jeepers, cool that you did not freak out..

cutre pic of theladies heading out for the swim...
and props to your pop....what a trooper... that kinda pain is really tough...and he is pretty cool about it....

did he ever say, "ahh beth, no more pictures please"?? lol

i am betting the week of chilling did not affect how you perform in the triathlon... in fact i bet you smoked it