Saturday, December 31, 2011

December in Pictures

I feel like a bit of a bad blogger lately, but the truth is I've been spending some great time with my family, working hard on T2 Multisport, getting back into the swing of consistent training, and basically just recharging my batteries for next year.

So to make up for my lack of holiday posts, I give you our month in pictures.










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Monday, December 19, 2011

A Most Perfect Afternoon

Every now and then the stars align, and we have a most perfect afternoon at our home.

Today that happened. I got all of my stuff done in the morning and all of my errands done in the afternoon. I remembered to buy all the ingredients for our very special reindeer cookies and pretzel bark. My children got off the bus in good moods after a great day of school. (Ryan was just a tiny bit tired, which certainly didn't hurt!)

We cleaned the kitchen and the family room and then got down to business creating our reindeer treats. These are the cutest, easiest cookies you will ever make with your kids (or by yourself!!).  I'll put the "recipe" below.

We were surprised by Kel coming home a bit early, so while I put some presents together and made some almond butter, Kel and the boys did a Christmas puzzle by the tree. Then Noah and I delivered the gifts, and came home to a lovely supper of soup.

After a very good violin practice from both Noah and Ryan, they are both quietly watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Seriously.

I have to remember this day, because this is the kind of day that you think other people are lying about on Facebook.  Come on...I know I'm not the only one who wants to gag just a little when someone posts about how wonderful their children are day after day. Please tell me I am not the only one.

Please?



Reindeer Cookies

Ingredients:

Oreos
White chocolate candy discs
pretzels
M&Ms
mini chocolate chips

1. Melt chocolate discs in a big bowl. I do this in the microwave one minute at a time, stirring in between each minute.
2. Dip the oreos in the white chocolate with a fork, shaking off any extra before you set it down on wax paper. (Hint: if you wipe down the counter before you put the wax paper down, it will stick nicely.)
3. Use the pretzels for antlers, the chocolate chips for eyes, and the M&Ms for noses.
4. Let harden and then store in an airtight container.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Dolce Flutes Holiday Sweets

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Seriously...check out my picture...I'm not even wearing bike shorts...I'm for reals!



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01 Angels We Have Heard On High


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Friday, December 9, 2011

Project Reduce Stress

It is 8:35 a.m., I just put both of my children on the bus, and I am sitting by the fire with a cup of coffee and my laptop. This wouldn't be so weird except for the fact that Noah is in half-day kindergarten this year and usually goes in the afternoon. The whole school has another half day today, so Noah gets to go in the morning. Speaking of half-days, I figured out that since October 31, my children have only had one full week of school. They have had 5 half-days (FIVE!!!) and 4 days completely off of school. Since Noah only goes to school for a half-day, when the entire school only goes in the morning the a.m. and p.m. kindergarten flip-flop so they all get the same amount of days in. It's very confusing.

The whole half-day kindergarten thing has really been hard on me. I put Ryan on the bus a little bit before 8 and then I put Noah on the bus around 12:15.  It has been really nice getting to spend some quality one-on-one time with Noah, but I always feel like I am running around like a chicken with my head cut off. If we do anything in the morning then I have to be sure to get back with enough time to get some lunch in Noah before the bus comes. Because of that I end up trying to get tons of stuff done in the afternoon, but still just feel like I running myself ragged so I can get back home before the bus gets home. I am almost always in a state of panic that I am going to miss one bus or another!!

This has really gotten me thinking about how I can reduce stress in my life. Come January, I have a little race that is going to be in the forefront of my mind training-wise (more to come on that later), and I have got to figure out a way to be able to lower my stress levels and schedule my time in a way that doesn't make me feel like I am always rushing and running late and trying to squeeze in my training in between all the other, equally important stuff.

Basically, I need to make myself a schedule and keep it. The tricky thing about that for me is that I don't really have a normal job. My day-to-day schedule is so variable. The only day I have to work is Tuesday when I go to Ithaca.  I've been thinking a lot about this, and my tentative plan, which I will start to shape next week, is to designate certain days/times for certain things. For example, I will try to schedule appointments (chiro, hair, Ryan's appts., etc.) for the same day of the week, so I know that Thursdays, for example, are the day that I will get that stuff done. My thought is that if I can consolidate all the running around to one or two afternoons a week, I can use the others for getting my coaching work done and then have more flexibility for training and practicing (oh, yeah, I do practice the flute every now and then!).

In many ways, I love the schedule I have. It is flexible. It allows me to really spend a lot of time with my kids. I love all of the things I do. On the other hand, it is so flexible that it becomes cumbersome. Kel's schedule seems so solid and simple: go to work at 7, leave at 3, go the gym, come home. I'm not saying I would like that schedule, I just like the simplicity and the day-to-day sameness of it.

So, I guess I will officially dive into my "Project Reduce Stress". I'll keep you posted on my scheduling ideas and stress beaters. Please chime in if you have any ideas, especially if you are a busy parent like me. I'm sure I'm not the only one who could use some great tips.

Interestingly enough, while I was writing this a friend of mine was doing one of those funny things on Facebook where you plug the first 9 friends on your list into a funny thing.  This one was "Having a Christmas Party" and my name showed up under "Juggling three glass Christmas ornaments."  Maybe it's time to just step away from the tree!! :)

Monday, December 5, 2011

Power Walk

I am a bit out of commission this week due to some stupid moles I had to get removed last week. I have been relegated to no swimming until next week, and all easy all the time this week.

So today I got to walk. It was raining and dreary, so I went out to Beaver Lake for some peace and inspiration. It wasn't about heart rate or speed or power, but power is what I found.


Power in the beauty of God's hand.


Power in realizing how great our world is and how small I am and finding comfort in that.

A power walk indeed.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Trimommy Parenting Tips - Holiday Edition

Now that we are full on into the holiday season, I thought this would be a good time to talk about parenting. Actually, what we are really talking about is how to maintain your sanity, especially if you have young kids in the house. (Even if you don't, I'm guessing some of these tips would work for the men in your life as well!)


  1. It is never to early to use the Santa card to get your children to behave. Ryan is 8, so I'm wondering how much longer this will work in my house, but let me tell you, Noah snaps to the minute I even speak of Santa. The other day I went so far as to pick up my cell phone to call Santa, and you should have seen the look of pure panic on my child's face. It was priceless.
  2. And that brings me to my second tip: fake phone calls are very effective in curbing unwanted behavior. Use this sparingly and only in the most dire circumstances, i.e. you think your head might actually explode any second.
  3. Focus your child's energies on any number of holiday projects. Some of the things I prefer are decorating the house, making home-made decorations, cleaning your room (for Santa, obviously), making Christmas cards, any kind of baking (warning, baking with your children requires quite a bit of patience and latitude with recipes - not for the faint of heart or mind, but the kids love it), watching Polar Express (only allowed in our house between Thanksgiving and New Year's), dance party to Christmas music which is always pre-loaded in the CD player this time of year, coloring contests, vacuuming (for Santa, duh), and anything else that you can possible relate to Santa, Christmas, gift-giving or the holiday season.
  4. When in doubt, take a mommy time-out. There are times when I just get overloaded, so I tell my kids I need a time-out. I go to my room and close my door and just chill for a few minutes. I don't do this very often, so they kind of get freaked out by it and it really seems to calm all of us.
  5. It is hardly ever too cold to play outside. Send those children OUT! (Works great for husbands too!)
  6. Do the unexpected. Sometimes when my kids are really acting up I almost think they are expecting me to get mad, so instead I scoop them up and give them a big hug and tell them how much I love them, even though they are not acting nicely. It usually works.
  7. A walk almost always does everyone some good. It gets dark so early around here, you can go on a Christmas lights walk at 4:30 and still have a great time.
  8. Did I say hot chocolate with whipped cream? The whipped cream must come out of a spray can and it is obligatory to have a spray straight into the mouth for everyone, including mommy.
  9. Try to remember what it was like to be a kid at Christmas. You didn't worry about getting all of the gifts bought and wrapped. You weren't stressed about getting the house decorated just right, or finding the perfect tree. You didn't have to balance work and family and holiday parties and more. When you are a kid, Christmas is that amazing time of year that we look forward to, that is so special you can't even describe how it makes you feel. Remember that and try to make it just as special for your family. Hold onto the beauty and magic and let it be just as special for you!
  10. If all else fails, you can always threaten them with kid jail...

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday because it is a very real reminder of what we should be doing everyday: expressing gratitude for all of the wonderful people in our lives, for the wonderful blessings that have been rained down upon us, for family, for shelter, for our basic needs being met and so much more.

I have to admit that I have not been particularly grateful lately. I have been so caught up with my own concerns that I have not taken time to really see what I do have. The warm response all of you gave to my post of a few days ago really reminded me of how much I have to be thankful for.

Even in hardest times, my life is so rich and so wonderful. I am so blessed to wake up every morning in a warm home with a beautiful family. I am blessed with a husband who is solid as a rock, a rock I often turn to for safety in a storm. I am blessed to have the energy to care for my children and watch them grow. I am blessed to have the time to care for myself. I am blessed with wonderful friends that understand me. I am blessed with opportunities to share my passions with others. I am blessed with laughter and smiles and hugs every day.

I am so thankful.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

My Best Self

It's been a while since I have posted and there are a few reasons.

Number one is that I have been VERY busy.

Number two is that I can't think of much to write about.

That is not to say I haven't had a lot on my mind, but I'm just not sure if you guys would like to hear about it. My head and my heart have been in a bit of a dark place lately, and sometimes it's hard to write about anything else while at the same time you don't really want to write about that at all because then it is out there.

Can I get an amen on that? (I'm writing this on Sunday, so I can preach at you, right?)

I had an interesting conversation with a very good friend of mine this week.  We were talking about how, as people, we are constantly evolving and becoming our most authentic selves - well hopefully anyway.  There is so much that we carry from events that have happened in our lives and from expectations that we place on ourselves and expectations we think others have placed on us, and sometimes the way we want to be conflicts with the way we think we should be. And all of that might conflict with who we are at this very moment. That is a lot of conflict. I guess what is surprising about it all, is that very rarely in my life have I felt this, and now that I'm 37, you would think I'd have it figured out.

I do think that some people probably are content with just floating along and not really delving into the deepest part of themselves, but I'm pretty sure that is not how God intended us to be. So, I will continue to dig deep and acknowledge all the parts of me, even the parts that aren't so pretty, and work hard to be my best self.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

A Moonlight Romp

Tonight was the perfect night for our annual moon walk. A warm night, a full moon, and two boys full of energy.

The obligatory spooky flashlight picture. 



Can you find them? It was a huge pile of leaves! 

Kel actually asked me if I thought this would make him taller. 

Playgrounds are way more fun in the dark! 

Climbing by the light of the moon. 

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Introducing T2 Multisport



I've been a bit busy the past few months.  Way back in July, my coach, friend and mentor, Mary Eggers, gave me the stunning news that she was moving to a new coaching company. I was excited for her at the same time that I was scared for me.  I had decisions to make involving which direction I would go in terms of my own coach.  More on that to come soon, BUT an even bigger decision and opportunity was given to me by Mary. She asked me if I, with another coach, Kristen Roe, would be interested in keeping her baby, Train This, going. I talked about it with Kel, I prayed about it, I talked about it with Kristen, and after several months of getting things together and a lot of hard work, I am happy announce that Train This will be going forward as T2 Multisport.

The T2 Multisport coaching team consists of myself, Kristen Roe, and Ed Ten Eyck. We are also fortunate to have Jeremy Clay of Bike Loft East on board as our expert bike fitter.

I am currently accepting triathletes for the 2012 season, so if you are thinking about hiring a coach to help you achieve your goals next year, feel free to contact me at kelly@t2multisport.com.  Whether it is your very first triathlon you are training for, or a new distance, or shooting for a PR, I can help you get there with a focus on balance and health. You can also check out our coaching page on our website (that is still under construction...please bear with us!!), follow us on Twitter (@T2Multisport), and like us on Facebook.

Happy training!!

Monday, October 31, 2011

A Letter from my Helmet

Dear Kelly,


Hello there! This is your helmet. I don't have a name like your beautiful bike. For some reason you never took the time to give me one. Despite that though, you did take the time to put me on every time you went out for a ride.  You even told your blog readers what a great helmet I was in this post here.  I just wanted to let you know what an honor it has been protecting your head all those miles.  I know that most days you didn't even think twice about me.  Don't worry - I'm used to that.  I'm not really in it for the glory. In fact, it would be my pleasure to never have to actually protect your head from anything!


I just wanted to say, I'm so thankful I was there on that day to come between your head and the road.  Really, it was a suicide mission for me.  One crash is all it takes to take a helmet like me out of commission forever.  One crash without me though, is all it takes to take you out of commission forever.  I am not just an accessory to match your bike. I am not just something to make you look cool or to cover up your bed head. I am essential to your life. I am honored to keep you safe. Please honor my successor even more than you have honored me. 


Love,
Your helmet


Better a cracked helmet than a cracked head.

After my accident I emailed Rudy Project, USA and thanked them for making such good helmets.  The president of the company immediately emailed me back with caring concern and thankfulness that I was okay. He also sent me a new helmet AND new sunglasses, even though I wasn't wearing Rudy Project sunglasses when I crashed.  

I cannot say enough about a company like this.  This goes well beyond good customer service. If I ever have the great opportunity to meet Paul, I will give him a huge Trimommy hug. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! If you are on the market for sunglasses or a helmet, this is the place to go. Right now at www.e-rudy.com, if you buy a pair of sunglasses you can get a helmet for free!  Look cool, protect your noggin - it's a win-win!

Do you wear a helmet? All the time? Give your helmet the honor it deserves for doing a job it hopefully never has to do.



Friday, October 28, 2011

Perspective

It's been a rough week here in Trimommy-land.

On Tuesday I had a tough day at work.

On Wednesday I met with my attorney regarding the bike crash and what lies ahead.

On Thursday I found out that the tiny little scratch in the top tube of my beautiful Kestrel is actually a crack in the frame.

It's just to the right of the O. Darn it.
On top of all of that, I have not been sleeping well, I have a temporary crown that is killing me, I haven't been working out enough and I've been eating way too much!

Thank God it's Friday!

Despite the heaviness of the week there were some much needed bright moments.  We went pumpkin picking on Sunday, and then last night we had a wonderful time at Enchanted Beaver Lake. Beaver Lake is a local nature center and every year they carve hundreds of pumpkins and set them out along the trails.  It was FREEZING (think rain and wet snow), but we went anyway and had a great time.

Enchanted Beaver Lake

I'm pretty sure they had more fun playing with the glow sticks than looking at the pumpkins.

Fortunately, at no point during the evening did I want to eat my young. ;)
They really do love each other...some of the time, anyway.

Corny Coverts

The sentry of the corn maze.

Sometimes you just don't feel like smiling,

but then you realize how blessed you really are. 


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Planet Gear Giveaway Winner

Thanks to all who entered my Planet Gear giveaway!!

There were exactly 60 comments, and random.org tells me that comment #35 is the winner!

Congrats to Cori!  I'll shoot you an email and get you set up with your gift card.

For those of you who didn't win, you still have time to have Planet Gear donate $1 to Breast Cancer Research by joining and making a purchase by the end of October!  Win-WIN!!!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Progress Report

Don't forget to enter my Planet Gear giveaway!  I'm picking a winner tomorrow!!
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My bike crash was four weeks ago yesterday, and one month out I feel I am definitely on the path to feeling more like myself.

My shoulder is doing really well despite of the huge bump that I guess I'll always have.  I've decided to name it Chuck.  Better than having a Chip on my shoulder, I guess.

Meet Chuck.

I am happy to report that last week Chuck and I swam 300 yards!!  While I was swimming I thought my swimsuit strap was really pulling on my shoulder.  When I went to adjust it, I realized it wasn't my strap that was tight, just my shoulder! Wow! Despite the tightness, though, it did not hurt to swim, so that was definitely a victory.

My cheekbone is still very tender.  My doctor said the bone is probably bruised and will be tender and swollen for some time. This has been a problem for swimming, believe it or not, because I have not been able to use my normal go-to TYR Nest Pro goggles because they press on my scars.  At Rev3 Quassy I won a pair of TYR Socket Rockets, so I have been able to use those since they have a much smaller profile.  They make me feel very swimmer-like, but I do miss my usual goggles.

I have to admit, I am also still grieving about the scars on my face.  I'm sure they will fade with time and with it the grief as well, but it still seems very fresh.  I can't help but wonder what people think when they see it. Maybe no one even really notices, and I'm just being vain, but I'm still pretty bummed about it.  Real life right here.

I have been slowly getting back into the swing of things training wise.  It's been a weird time for me because in addition to not working out for almost 3 weeks, I am also transitioning to a new coach in November (more on that in a week or so), so I haven't had anyone but myself to figure out my weeks.  It shouldn't be too hard in theory, since I am a triathlon coach, but there is just something different about coaching myself rather than coaching someone else.  I've been trying to plan my week as though I'm planning it for one of my clients, then after I am done planning, I get out my calender and see if it will work.  It has definitely helped me to have something, anything planned.  This week I was able to get in almost 5.5 hours of training in a combination of easy running, cycling on the trainer, and aqua jogging.

Many people have asked me if I've been out on my bike yet.  The answer is no.  My doctor did not want me riding outside until my shoulder was completely healed.  I'm hoping that we get some warm-ish weather in November or December so I will have a chance to get out even for a quick ride before the snow comes.  To be honest, I'm not nervous about getting back on the bike, I don't think, BUT I would rather not wait until spring to have that first ride back.

All in all, I'm pleased with my progress.  The range of motion in my shoulder is coming back quite nicely, with lots of help from my sports chiro, Dr. Parker, and I'm slowly getting my lost fitness back.  Now if I could only lose the almost 10 pounds I've gained since my crash, I'd be golden!! :) I'm guessing that I might have to cut back on the Halloween candy if that's going to happen!!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Food and Finding the Best Path

Last night I watched Forks Over Knives.  It was extremely thought-provoking and just added to a flood of food thoughts I've been having recently.

Over the last 4 years I have been on a food journey of sorts.  It began when I wanted to lose my baby weight from Noah.  When he was about 7 months old I began counting calories with a good friend of mine.  I was also training hard and looking forward to getting back in shape for tri season since I had taken the summer before off (Noah was born in July 2006).  I had always been a pretty healthy eater, but I really buckled down and got the job done this time.  One of the things that happened was that my friend really turned me on to making as much of my food as I could, and I mean everything, from bread to granola.  I tried pretty hard to stay true to a more natural way of eating and cooking and I lost all of the baby weight in about 5 months.

Since then, I have pretty much been at the same weight for the last 3 and half years, give or take a few pounds.  It has always been my desire to get a bit leaner and more healthy, and during that time I have done a lot of reading and exploring of different thoughts on food.  Some of the books I've read which have definitely made an impression on me are:

I have also watched many documentaries that have certainly shaped my thoughts towards food, most notably Food, Inc. and Forks Over Knives a close second.  

And, of course, as a blogger I read almost every day about different ways of life in terms of eating including raw, vegan, vegetarian, paleo and many more.  I have probably experimented in one way or another with all of these styles of eating, and I usually do so by trying recipes here and there.  There have been a few times over the last few years that I have tried to stay true to a particular style for several weeks.  A couple years ago I went 12 weeks with no sugar - twice! I gave myself my own nutrition challenge with points and everything! I spend several months talking with Holistic Guru, Christine Lynch, about my food attitudes and hang-up. I attempted a month of paleo/primal earlier this year.

So, the real question is where has this brought me?

Well, the answer is interesting and surprising.  Here are the things I know for sure:
  • It is important to me to eat locally grown foods as much as possible.
  • Most of the meat I purchase is organic and/or local from farms where I can see how they treat their animals.
  • Most of the produce I buy is organic and/or local when I can get it locally.  Here in the north, our local produce becomes quite limited during the winter months.
  • I try to avoid sugar, artificial sweeteners and processed foods as much as I can. I know, by experience, they do my body no good at all.  Does that mean I never eat these things?  Absolutely not.  I have treats probably too often, but my overarching philosophy is to avoid these things as much as possible.
  • I try to eat with my training in mind.  I am not always successful, but this is my goal.
However, I still have questions and most of those stem from the fact that many of these eating "paths", if you will, are so wildly contradicting.  I love the basic premise of Paleo/Primal eating, but then I watch Forks Over Knives and feel like eating vegan is the best for my body.  The Paleo crowd can prove The China Study wrong and vice versa. 

My main concern with most of these paths is that they rarely allow for any sort of meeting in the middle.  I have a hard time believing that grains like quinoa and oatmeal are bad for me a la paleo living, but then I also think that, for me, not eating any meat would be very difficult.  I really dislike the idea of having forbidden foods, especially when those foods are whole foods that are processed very little. I hate thinking of good foods like oatmeal as being "bad" but I have to admit I do that.

My point in all of this, is that despite my intense efforts to find the "best" way, I have ended feeling more conflicted about food and eating than when I began.  Part of me just wants to go back and start again.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on food and eating, especially many of these "paths" that I have mentioned like vegan, paleo, etc.  

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Planet Gear Giveaway

Do you guys need a giveaway?

I think you do. I mean, really, who doesn't need free things, right?

So we are going to do one. Right here. Right now.

The fantastic people at Planet Gear are going to give away a $25 gift certificate to their site to one of my loyal readers.  Seriously, you guys deserve it.

In case you haven't heard of Planet Gear, it is an website that features "the world's best outdoor gear, apparel and travel destinations at exclusive member pricing."

Awesome. Who doesn't need the best stuff for cheap?? This week's featured companies are Tifosi, Haiku, and Scott.

The best part is that it is free to be a member AND for the month of October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, for every new member that signs up and makes a purchase.

Buy cool stuff for cheap! Help save boobies!  If that isn't a win-win, I'm not sure what is.

Here's what you have to do to enter:  (Please leave a separate comment for each entry.)

1.  Be a follower of this blog (mandatory).  Leave a comment.
2.  Like Planet Gear on Facebook (mandatory). Leave a comment.

Additional entries:
3.  Follow Planet Gear on Twitter. Leave a comment.
4.  Follow me (@TrimommyKelly) on Twitter. Leave a comment.
5.  Tweet or Facebook about this giveaway.  You can say something like this:

I just entered the @PlanetGear giveaway on @TrimommyKelly's blog http://www.trimommylife.com/2011/10/planet-gear-giveaway.htm.

Don't forget to leave a comment!!

I will randomly choose a winner on Sunday, October 23!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Rev3Tri South Carolina

I just returned from a weekend in the south for Rev3Tri South Carolina.  Now you guys know I LOVE my Rev3/Trakkers family, so of course I had a great weekend.

I flew into Atlanta on Thursday, which also happens to be where my best friend in the whole world, Ellen, lives.  This year we are celebrating our 20th year of being friends.  TWENTY YEARS!!!  We had decided at the beginning of the summer that this was going to be a girl's weekend in Anderson, where her aunt happens to live.  Even though I wasn't able to race because of my bike crash, I decided to go down anyway so I could spend time with her and see all of my teammates in Anderson.

One of our favorite things to do together, besides talk of course, is eat great food.  And, as always, we made the most of the great restaurants in Atlanta and Anderson, SC.  Since I wasn't racing I was able to take full advantage of any culinary (and beverage) delights that came my way!!  After a lovely dinner on Thursday night and then a relaxing morning at Ellen's home on Friday, we headed to Anderson with a pit stop at the outlets in Commerce.  (Shopping is another thing Ellen and I excel at!)

We rolled into town rather late and ate dinner at a wonderful little place called Summajoe's.  If you are ever close to Anderson, I highly recommend it!  We liked it so much, we convinced everyone to have our Trakkers Team dinner there on Saturday night!!



Saturday we spent the day hanging out at the Rev3 Expo and practice swim. The team made sure all the swimmers were lubed up with TriSlide at the practice swim and before the race on Sunday.

Me, Jill, Kiersten, and Andree.
I have to admit, it was kind of sad to be there and not be racing.  I didn't think it would bother me as much as it did, but the fact is, there is no way I could have raced yesterday.  Even just directing bikers on the bike course wore me out, despite the fact that my shoulder is feeling stronger every day.  Doing a half-ironman would not have been smart, that's for sure.  I am still so glad that I went though, because I was able to see so many people I love all in one weekend!!

Me and Team Trakkers Mama Bear, Carole Sharpless.
My body continues to heal from my recent trauma, but this weekend did wonders to heal my soul.  I am so glad I went, and am even more glad to be home with my boys!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Seriously??? What is it with poop?

I'm not really sure what it is about poop and my children, but there is some kind of connection there for sure.

Tonight I went into the downstairs bathroom and noticed there was no more toilet paper on the roll.  Right before I grabbed the empty tube I noticed some streaks on it.  Very strange.

I went in for a closer look, and my nose quickly confirmed my sneaking suspicion that one of my children was once again up to no good in the bathroom.  I knew that Ryan had spent an unusual amount of time in the bathroom this afternoon, so I called him downstairs.

After he stopped laughing (because I informed him with my best mommy voice that it most certainly was NOT funny), he told me that he had run out of toilet paper so he used the roll (which, mind you, was still on the toilet paper holder.)

I asked him how he got the smears onto the roll.

"With my hand."

"So let me get this straight," I said. "You ran out of toilet paper, so you used your hand to wipe your butt and then you wiped it on the empty roll?"

Ryan:  "I washed my hands when I was done!"

Mommy: "So that means you touched the faucet AND the soap with your disgusting wiper hands?"

I then made him throw out the smeared TP roll in the OUTSIDE garbage, and wipe down every single surface in the bathroom with multiple clorox wipes.

Bonus!  A clean bathroom!

Afterward, I walked into the kitchen and Kel says, "We were just talking about how they used to do that in India, but they don't anymore..."

I sometimes think that I am the only mother who has experiences like this. Then, I realize, no, I'm just the only mother who actually admits them.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Update

Well, I'm still here and I'm doing okay.  Thank you so much for all your kind messages and words of encouragement.

I have decided that since my season is effectively over, I will be embracing the off-season with the same determination I usually train with.

Pumpkin spice lattes? Great!

Sea salt caramel chocolate? That sounds good!

Candy pumpkins? Don't mind if I do!

Never fear, my friends.  I promise I won't be sitting on the couch, watching Netflix in a state of ongoing sugar shock forever.  I'm giving myself a couple of weeks, though, to indulge.  Of course, I'm getting my share of healthy foods too, thanks to my wonderful friends who have given us dinner every single night since my accident.

Speaking of the accident, many of you wondered about the driver of the car who caused the accident.  From what I hear, she did end up returning to the site of the crash.  Apparently she had a car full of children and told the officer she was waiting for us to pass.  I don't really buy this.  Really, she was waiting to pass and when we crashed right next to her vehicle she decided that it was then okay to turn and go around us?

The reality of it, though, is that I will never really know exactly what happened.  And the interesting thing to come of this is my complete surprise over my own lack of anger towards this woman.  I'm sure it wasn't on purpose.  She had 5 kids in the car...maybe I should just feel sorry for her?  Even though she might not have been completely truthful as to what happened, she did come back and obviously felt somewhat responsible for what happened.  Hopefully next time she passes a cyclist on the road, she will proceed with great caution. Forgiveness is certainly a great healer, and I need all the healing I can get these days!!

I did get the stitches removed from my face today.  I've had a couple of people mention to me that now I will really look "bad-ass" and have a great story to tell.  I don't know about that, but it certainly cracks me up when people say that!!


Even though I'm trying to enjoy my "off-season" I have noticed that I've been a bit testy today.  I'm guessing my body has decided it has had just about enough sitting around.  I might have to get a bit bossy with myself over the next few days in order to continue the recovery process.  Pray for me.

Better yet, pray for my husband!!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Day I Met the Road

Saturday's ride started off like most rides.  My good friend, E. and I, planned on riding about 3.5 hours. It was a beautiful fall afternoon and the route we were riding delivered with beautiful views. It was a little odd to be riding in the afternoon, but since the boys had a mid-day soccer game, it was the time that worked best.

E. had been gracious enough to join me, despite the fact that she isn't really training for anything, and I was so grateful for the company.   We were just a few miles from home, and I decided to take a route that would give us a few more miles.  It was sometime between 5:30 and 6 p.m., and I had been daydreaming about the bacon and egg sandwich I was going to make myself for dinner. Kel had planned on taking the boys out if I wasn't home by dinner, which we both knew would be iffy when I left.

We were riding on a fairly busy road, but one which I feel safe on because of the very wide shoulder.  I was leading and we were both in the shoulder, probably going around 17-18 mph.  All of a sudden a car accelerated quickly past us and then started breaking with its right blinker on.  In a split second I realized it was going to turn right in front of me.

I braked hard and the next thing I remember was seeing paramedics all around me asking me questions.  I wasn't sure where I was, and at the time, couldn't even remember being on a bike ride.  I started to panic and then remembered E. and I had been riding.  I asked if I was dreaming.  I asked for Kel, who I was told was on his way.  My sunglasses wouldn't come off my face.  I don't remember being in too much pain.

And I certainly don't remember crashing.

E. and I were sped to the hospital in separate ambulances.  Kel was able to see me before they took me to the hospital.  He had to find someone to take care of the boys, so he could come to the hospital.  Thank God for my wonderful neighbor who ended up staying with them until after 11 that night.

After piecing it together with my friend, it sounds like I braked and went over my handle bars bringing my bike along with me in a terrifying feat of acrobatics that should never be performed on or off two wheels.  She ran into me and followed suit.  The car did not stop.  Fortunately, the car behind did and called 911.  Although I don't remember anything until the paramedics were around me, I am told I was alert and talking.  I told someone my name and our phone number, so she was able to call Kel before the ambulance even arrived. E. was unconscious for some time.  Everything between the car braking and the hospital is a blur, and for that I am truly thankful.  Honestly, that is not something I would like to remember, even though my mind seems to be trying its best to defy me and figure everything out.

The good news is I will heal.  I had to have 10 stitches on my face where they cut my sunglasses off.  My shoulder is a grade 3 AC separation.  I'm still not sure what that means, but I will be seeing a shoulder specialist sometime this week for more definitive answers in that department.  I have quite a mess of road rash on my shoulder and my ear, but no broken bones, and very few bruises, which is just amazing.  The paramedics told us we were lucky to be wearing our helmets.  I don't even want to think about what it would have looked like if we hadn't been, although I always ride with one, it's still shocking to realize why I do.

Of course I had to have Kel take a picture before I left the hospital.  This makes my race pictures look like I'm winning a beauty pageant to be sure!!

Post crash


E. is also okay.  Lots of road rash on her beautiful face and a concussion to boot.  No broken bones anywhere, thank the Lord.  And, yes, our bikes are fine. I know that is a question everybody feels badly about asking but still wants to know.  My guess is that our bikes probably fell on top of us, so were pretty cushioned from any damage.

I am very sore and very tired.  Yesterday my face was definitely looking better, and I was feeling pretty good.

Day 2
Today, still on the mend, although I am more sore today than yesterday.  It's actually a good thing that I am so sore, because otherwise I might be tempted to move around a little too much.  As it is, though, I've been very content to spend time in my bed with Netflix as my companion.

Day 3
My friends and family have been amazing.  I have an abundance of homemade food in my refrigerator, my inbox and facebook are overflowing with messages of concern and get betters, my phone is buzzing constantly with texts of people asking how I am doing or if I need anything.  Thank you all so much.  You are certainly making me feel loved and cherished.  Kel is taking excellent care of me and the boys.

The most surprising feeling I have had during the whole experience is how NOT upset I am about probably not being able to race at Rev3Tri South Carolina.  I was really looking forward to that race as my last chance of the year to go sub-6 in a half-ironman, and I really doubt that will happen.  I am okay with that.  I am not going to ask my body to do something it is not ready to do.  I'm taking it day by day, so we will see.

I guess the reality of being alive and loved has a way of putting everything into perspective.

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