Goings on

Haven’t blogged about just stuff lately.

The boys are almost done with their second week of second grade. Time is flying, and I’m having a bit of a tricky time getting everything done. New schedule always takes some getting used to.

IMG_4515Last weekend we went swimming for the last time. That was sad.

I bought some new headphones for work. Nice Bose ones on sale at Target, but they hurt the top of my head. I really want a replacement pair of my old headphones, but the earpiece snaps off if you so much as look at it wrong (I’ve already been through two pairs.) But they cradle my noggin much better. So I’ll probably return the Bose headphones and keep looking for new ones.

I’m trying Dukan again. It worked so well last time, crossing my fingers it will work again. So far so good. (Almost 72 hours without sugar!) Meat meat meat meat meat.

DSCF6935My Achilles tendon is still bugging me a bit (it’s been six months) but I got some heel cups from Amazon which seem to actually be helping. My friend Steph and I meet at 6 every morning to walk/run about 3.5 miles. Some days are better than others. Nevertheless, I’m signed up for the Jazz half marathon on Halloween.

Tonight we finished watching the last Harry Potter movie with the boys. I almost forgot how great the last one is. My cold hearted children didn’t even flinch when the Weasley twin (Fred?) died, but that part just really gets me every time.

Took Miles to the doctor one day last week because of a weird blister thingy on his arm. I was paranoid it was mrsa or something, but turns out it’s just molluscum. And it could take a year to go away. But at least it’s not something really awful. What I am not going to do is google either of those terms because both will bring up vile photos. No thank you.

I hope this doesn’t affect Miles’s acting career. Oh, well, I mean, it doesn’t exist yet, but when he said he wants to be an actor when he grows up, I put him in an extras database, and signed him (and Oliver) up for the Drama and Improv after school activity. YES. That means there will be extensive documentation of a play in a few months. I think I’m going to be an awesome stage mom, I really do.

Until next time!

 

 

 

Triathlon #3 recap: Rocketchix

This morning, Heather and I got up in the middle of the night to drive to Baton Rouge for our second Rocketchix triathlon. Honestly, neither of us had done much training so we were kind of not sure how we’d end up doing.

I hadn’t given a ton of thought to my preparation for this race, either, and kind of threw everything I’d need into a bag last night. (Spoiler alert: I didn’t forget anything.)

We arrive at the LSU Natatorium and go to pick up our packets. While Heather is applying the sticker to her bike, I notice it’s a different color than mine. And it says “Rocketchix Duathlon.”

Uh oh.

Turns out Heather accidentally registered for the duathlon instead of the triathlon. I was actually kind of jealous of her, because the swim for this triathlon was going to be the longest so far, and like I said, I hadn’t done much training for it. (A few weeks ago I did 350 yards in the pool with long breaks between each length, but that’s about it.)

There were a lot fewer participants this year than last year, so it didn’t take nearly as long to get in the pool. And I’m happy to say that while I wasn’t swimming particularly fast, I also didn’t panic and flail around like I had in the past. I even passed a few people!

While we were lined up, I just willed myself to stay calm and channel Dori. “Just keep swimming.” So that’s what I did, and it worked out fairly well. (I didn’t drown.)

Once out of the pool, I got through transition pretty quickly, and I was on my bike (with the seat set at the proper height) before too long. I get so focused on the swim for these races that I forget that being on a bike for 12 miles is…kind of boring. I am using George’s bike, which is not exactly meant for speed.

But the bike portion also went better than last year. I got into a groove, and it went by pretty swiftly. (Well, swiftly for me.) I even passed a few people! That’s a first for me.

The next transition was easy – just throw off the helmet, really, and I was off and running quickly. Well. “Running.” Only two miles. That’s nothing. But it seemed to last forever. I ran when I could (not much) and walked a lot.

Selfie during the run! Mike the Tiger is somewhere back there.

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I was looking at my watch a lot, hoping I could beat my time from last year, even taking into account that the swim was nearly twice as far this time. I wasn’t even daring to hope that I could beat my run time, since my legs were just worn out and it was pretty hot.

Finally, the finish line was in sight, and I was done, with Heather and Tee and her sister and my friend Jane cheering me on. Woot!

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When I picked up Heather this morning, we realized we bought matching shirts at Academy yesterday. Aren’t we adorbs?

Now, the important part. How did I do?

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Swim: My pace was 3:23/100m…slower than last year, but faster than the 3:27/100m I swam at Girl Power in September. I’ll take it! (Also, it’s so much harder to swim a 50m pool than a 25 yard one.)

Transition 1: Last year was 5:12, this year was 3:15. Nearly two minutes shaved off!

Bike: Remember last year, I neglected to raise my seat to the proper height, so I had a hard time. I’m happy to say with a higher seat, I finished 12 miles in 57:01, compared with 1:01:08 last year. (Still slow as molasses. Oh well.)

Transition 2: 1:40 last year, 1:29 this year.

Run: I was positive this was going to be at least a couple of minutes slower. I was stunned to see I finished the run faster! 23:44, compared to 24:06 last year. Woot!

Finish time…10 seconds faster than last year!

So overall, a pretty good race. But you know, I think I’m done with triathlons. It’s not triathlon’s fault. I am never going to improve a ton at swimming, and I’m not willing to invest in a faster bike for that portion. I could probably get faster at running, but I already run races, so I think I’ll just stick to that.

I may have committed to running a half marathon in October, even though I’d sworn them off. Ha! We’ll see.

Psych!

Turns out Millie and Linus played a trick on me and hid my camera in his bag. Whew!

I didn’t get many good pics on Sunday anyway, but this video of Linus doing a flip underwater is fun. Nice, eh?

Laaaazy river

Last weekend, the boys and I met his friend Diego and his mom and baby sister at the Cool Zoo at the Audubon Zoo. I was reluctant to go because of the cost, but it ended up being a ton of fun and I’d say we got our money’s worth.

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There were bridges going over the river, water features, and it went right by this exhibit. Hey peacock!

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Floating selfie!

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Best buds.

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Love those smiles!

The unofficial start of summer!

We were bored last weekend and the weather was nice enough, so I decided it was time to join the pool for the summer. I also wanted to make sure the boys got some swimming in before they head to the beach with Grandee and Larry in a couple of weeks.

As usual, I pulled out my trusty waterproof camera and got some fun pics!

It was also notable because it was my first time swimming post-Lasik! Pretty awesome not to have to worry about wearing contacts.

The final swimming post

At least for this year…

I just wanted to give a quick wrap up of the boys’ swimming lessons, mostly because I brought my DSLR yesterday and got some good pictures. Heh.

You already saw Miles jumping in. Let’s just say, that’s his strength. Oliver and Linus were a little more timid about jumping. See Oliver:

or here. Doesn’t that make your toenails hurt?
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and your knees?
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Ouch.

But they definitely each had their strengths. Miles’s was jumping, Linus’s was kicking:
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(okay, maybe this isn’t the best representation, but it’s true, I promise.)

and Oliver’s was scaring me half to death while holding his breath (that’s him on the right):
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But they all excelled at being friggin’ cute in the pool.
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And as a fun bonus, here’s a video of all three diving for Ms Judy’s silver bracelet. Don’t ask who that screechy voice is yelling in the video. Uh, I have no idea.

07/14/11

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07/14/11, a photo by pyjammy on Flickr.

Last day of swimming lessons, so I brought my real camera. Love this shot of Miles jumping right in. What a difference from the first day of lessons, just one week ago!

07/13/11


07/13/11 a video by pyjammy on Flickr.

Last swimming video, I swear! (Okay, I mostly swear.) The boys were practicing scaring me half to death by sticking their faces in the water blowing bubbles. And check out the little girls in the class. They’re both two, and the cutest little things ever ever ever.

If you click on the banner below, I promise I won’t post another swimming class video. At least not this year.

07/12/11


07/12/11 a video by pyjammy on Flickr.

I know, I know, another swimming video? But this one is seriously cute. Oliver jumping into the water, then swimming a bit, then surfacing with a huge grin. But Miles cheering him on while simultaneously begging for his next turn is the best part of all.