Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Deluded/Disillusion or more affectionately known as "The Sperm Painting"

Just got this painting hung in the bedroom.  One of my best friends in the whole world painted it while she was living in Tortola.  She calls the series "The Paradise Project".   You can view some of her work at

 I really love this particular one.  The turquoise color reminds me of the islands and I am not sure what the floating red things are, but they immediately reminded me of sperm so I affectionately call this one "The Sperm Painting".

 I LOVE it!!

Only 1,162 days to Ironman World Championship 2014...

I have over a thousand days to get faster so I can get one of those Kona slots by 2014.  Not sure if 1,162 is the exact number, but it's close.  Kristy math.

Only 5 more days to begin swim training....  I want to give myself plenty of time so there's no pressure or anything.

Only 77 more days until this year's World Championship...  Wish I could be there!

Kailua-Kona, Hawaiʻi
October 8, 2011
2.4 mile swim / 112 mile bike / 26.2 mile run

About the Ford Ironman World Championship

The inaugural “Hawaiian IRON MAN Triathlon” was conceptualized in 1977 as a way to challenge athletes who had seen success at a local biathlon. San Diego-based John Collins proposed combining the three toughest endurance races in Hawai’i – the 2.4-mile Waikiki Roughwater Swim, 112 miles of the Around-O’ahu Bike Race and the 26.2-mile Honolulu Marathon – into one event.
On Feb. 18, 1978, 15 people came to Waikiki to take on the Ironman challenge. Prior to racing, each received three sheets of paper with a few rules and a course description. The last page read: “Swim 2.4 miles! Bike 112 miles! Run 26.2 miles! Brag for the rest of your life!”
In 1981, the race moved from the tranquil shores of Waikiki to the barren lava fields of Kona on the Big Island of Hawai’i. Along the Kona Coast, black lava rock dominates the panorama, and athletes battle the “ho’omumuku” crosswinds of 45 mph, 95 degree temperatures and a scorching sun.
Now in its 33rd year, the Ford Ironman World Championship centers on the dedication and courage exhibited by participants who demonstrate the Ironman mantra that “ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. ®” On Oct. 8, nearly 1,800 athletes will embark on a 140.6-mile journey that presents the ultimate test of body, mind and spirit to earn the title of “Ironman.”
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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

That damn swim! Sigh.....

There I am starting the swim at Ironman Canada last August 2010.  I am somewhere in the middle getting swam over trying not to loose my goggles.  The swim... my least favorite part of a tri...  I have two end of the season sprint tris and so I HAVE to get back in the pool.  Six more days and then I am in full swim training mode.  No more procrastinating.  No more excuses.  No way!  Not me!  I'm in baby.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Need Some Distractions...

Well here goes nothing....  my first blog posting!  Who would've thought I could ever figure this high tech stuff out. My son went away to college recently and suddenly I have all this extra time on my hands despite the fact that I am planning a wedding (hopefully in January) and my usual obsessive/compulsive work out schedule. Swim, Bike, Run... not that much swim right now though.   My ultimate goal is to qualify for Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Hawaii within the next 4 years.  How?  I have no idea.  My times for Ironman Canada and Ironman Florida were so slow that a 70 year old would've gotten my age group slot before me!  One day I am going to get fast enough!  I have four years so no pressure.

I am trying to use this blog to distract myself and keep busy.  Otherwise, I would be calling my son every five minutes bugging the heck out of him.  He's already ticked off at me for sending him the same email twice.  I just wanted to make sure he read them.  Cafeteria hours are important!  Clubs are important!