Monthly Archives: April 2008

Time Trial

A while back, I posted about how I was off the charts in slowness in the pool. It has been nearly two months since then, and I have been swimming on average 2-3 times a week. This morning it was time to see if all this swimming has paid off.

Time trial.

I was actually sort of nervous. I wanted to show improvement so badly, to be able to tell myself that all of these hours in the pool are actually paying off. Lord knows, if they’re not, I just might have to jump out of a window.

Last time I did the time trial, March 6th, my average time for 300 yards swum back to back with 30 seconds rest in between was 6:29. This time was not even listed on the chart in my handy dandy training book. The slowest time listed is 6:00. If only I could just get there…

So after a nice easy 750 yard warm up, I got to it. I swam the first 300 pretty hard, but I felt good. As I touched the last wall, I hit the lap counter on my watch. You will never guess what happened next.

5:49!?!?!

What? Is this a mistake? Nope. There is was. A forty second improvement over last time. I reasoned it must have been a fluke. I still had 2 more sets to go. I took off on the second set. My lungs burned and I thought for sure I had slowed down considerably. I hit the lap button. 5:47! Holy crap!

Third set. Lungs on fire. 5:48!! I could not believe it. I am on the chart! Low on the chart (very low) but on it none the less. I couldn’t be happier right now, because this means all of my dreaded, boring, mind-numbing hours in the pool are paying off. I am starting to feel confident that come July 20th, I will be able to make it 1.2 miles in Lake Michigan. I am still pretty freaked out about the whole open water surrounded by hundreds of people thing, but I am not going to worry about that just yet. I am slowly creeping up on my goal, and that feels pretty damn good. 

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100 Things

It has been 3 weeks since my last post. To my 2 or 3 readers out there, I apologize. Work, training, and wedding planning has taken over my life. Anyways, I figured I’d better come back with something good, so without further ado, here are 100 things about me:

1.       I was born at 11:59 pm. Since I started to pop out before midnight and finished after, they gave my parents the choice of my birthday being October 18th or 19th.

2.       They picked October 18th.

3.       I was a total tomboy when I was younger, and into all sports.

4.       During the summer Olympics, I would put on my gymnastics leotard and do moves in the living room while watching gymnastics.

5.       I hate cheesecake.

6.       I have an equal hatred for water chestnuts. It’s a texture thing.

7.       Other than that, I am not a picky eater and will eat almost anything.

8.       When I was little, I had a recurring dream that I was falling and falling down the basement stairs. When I would get to the bottom, I would jolt awake in bed.

9.       I once woke up and found myself under the bed.

10.   I am extremely right-side dominant. Writing, kicking, throwing, you name it. I even have to sleep on the right side of the bed. My left side is actually pretty useless.

11.   I am terrified of spiders and centipedes.

12.   I also have an irrational fear of being attacked by a goose while running.

13.   I run a lot.

14.   I am very emotional. Almost anything can make me cry, and things affect me very deeply.

15.   I love the ocean, particularly the Caribbean.

16.   I learned to SCUBA dive last year.

17.   If I hadn’t majored in film in college, I would have majored in geology to be able to study oceanography.

18.   I could also hold a degree in the art of procrastination. In fact, I am probably putting something else off in order to write this.

19.   I took piano lessons for 12 years, and to this day I regret giving it up.

20.   I have also played the violin, flute, alto sax, and baritone sax.

21.   I love camping. And just being outside in general.

22.   I hate winter and question why I live in Wisconsin on almost a daily basis.

23.   Then I remember that it is because I have the best family ever, and I am too attached to ever move far away.

24.   I have moved 10 times in the past 10 years, the furthest away being Minneapolis for my first year of college.

25.   I hate moving.

26.   My fiancé and I bought a condo last year, so hopefully I won’t be moving again for at least several years.

27.   I ride a motorcycle.

28.   I have run 6 marathons.

29.   I am getting into the sport of triathlon this year.

30.   My ultimate goal is to complete Ironman WI, tentatively slated for 2009.

31.   That scares the crap out of me.

32.   One of my favorite books is Into Thin Airby Jon Krakauer.

33.   I used to dream of climbing Mt. Everest. Now, not so much. But I am still fascinated by it.

34.   I was a vegetarian for 10 years. Now, not so much.

35.   My favorite movie of all time is The Neverending Story (see blog title).

36.   My second favorite is Rain Man.

37.   I love to read, but once I finish a book, it often takes me months to start a new one.

38.   I shaved my head during my junior year of high school and told my mom the soccer team held me down and forced me to do it.

39.   That was a lie. Really I was just a pretty weird kid and wanted to shave my head.

40.   I was mistaken for a boy more than once during the months that followed.

41.   I was a wannabe skater for several years. I had the baggy pants and punk rock shirts, but I was too chicken to actually ever get on a skateboard.

42.   My cousin and I also wanted to be “aggressive skaters” with our rollerblades. He would grind on curbs and do jumps. I was too chicken.

43.   I was, however, a real punk rocker. I have attended countless punk rock shows in dingy, disgusting venues. Awesome.

44.   I worry about money constantly. Even if I had a lot of it, I would probably still worry about it.

45.   I am a worrier in general. About morbid things too, like people close to me dying in a horrific accident. I hate this, but I can’t help it.

46.   I consider myself a morning person.

47.   I never thought I would say that.

48.   I need to have a cup of coffee in the morning in order to function. Sometimes another one in the afternoon.

49.   I am the lightest sleeper I know. My fiancé likes to say that if a mouse farted outside on the sidewalk it would wake me up.

50.   I have taken to sleeping with earplugs. They work wonders.

51.   I am extremely shy around people I don’t know.

52.   However, once I know you, I cannot shut up.

53.   I am sort of a goof ball most of the time. Some call this being weird, I call it having a sense of humor.

54.   My favorite foods in no particular order are pizza, mint chocolate chip ice cream, sushi, tacos, and bloody marys.

55.   I consider bloody mary it’s own food group, and I can make a killer one.

56.   I like to sing in the car.

57.   I have a terrible singing voice. Terrible.

58.   At least I know this and would never attempt to try out for American Idol.

59.   I don’t eat the ends of bananas. They also must be at a perfect stage of ripeness, just yellow with only one or two brown dots. Overripe bananas gross me out.

60.   I ran my first marathon in Alaska, and raised $4200 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in the process.

61.   It was one of my best experiences to date.

62.   I love my DVR.

63.   The shows I am addicted to in no particular order are Lost, Oprah, Grey’s Anatomy, House, What Not to Wear, and the Suze Orman Show.

64.   I realize this makes me a total nerd.

65.   I love technology, and would not know how to function in daily life without the internet.

66.   I find this fact disturbing and pathetic.

67.   I have a cat named Zooey, and I love her like she is my kid. Seriously, it’s bad.

68.   I am serious about recycling. I will dig a can out of the kitchen garbage to recycle it.

69.   It pains me to admit that I do not yet have re-usable shopping bags.

70.   I am a bargain hunter. I pretty much cannot bring myself to pay full price for anything, and I love getting a deal.

71.   I keep trying to like soy milk, but I just don’t.

72.   I don’t like sitting around with nothing to do. I need a plan for the day and I like to feel productive.

73.   Sometimes though, something to do includes lying in front of the TV and taking a nap.

74.   I consider my mom to be one of my best friends. She is the only person that I really talk to a lot on the phone.

75.   In general, I don’t like talking on the phone.

76.   I used to hate texting, but it has grown on me and I’m pretty good at it now.

77.   I was so mean to my little brother while we were growing up.

78.   Now we get along great and I attribute his success in life to having overcome the abuse from his evil sister.

79.   My brother is awesome, and way smarter than me, Mr. MIT graduate works with nuclear power engineer.

80.   I am awful at making decisions, and my fiancé is incredibly indecisive. This leads to many nights spent at home playing Guitar Hero.

81.   I am not capable of staying awake on the couch for an entire movie. It’s like a Pavlovian response. A movie comes on, I fall asleep.

82.   I don’t usually fall asleep in the theatre, but it has happened.

83.   My favorite holiday is Christmas, but I hate Christmas shopping.

84.   I am not into politics. At all. I wish I was more into it, because I feel it’s important, but I’m just not.  I do vote though, which counts for something.

85.   I love breakfast food, and I love having “breakfast for dinner.”

86.   I wish I cooked more, but I am not good at meal planning and grocery shopping for actual meal items.

87.   I love going out to eat, but I always feel guilty for spending the money (see number 44).

88.   I can’t stand the way most people drive.

89.   I don’t really like driving in general, especially at night.

90.   I have terrible night vision.

91.   I love learning about the human body. I wish I could have one of those full body scans where they can tell you everything you’d ever want to know about your insides.

92.   When I have a weird thought about something, I often wonder if someone else somewhere in the world has thought that exact same thought.

93.   One of my biggest goals is to live to be 100. I realize this is unlikely, but it would be pretty awesome.

94.   I love music. I could never name an absolute favorite band or song because there are just too many, and my answer would probably change on a daily basis.

95.   I love to travel more than anything. If I has unlimited funds, I think I would constantly be travelling somewhere new.

96.   I have always been the type to have a few close friends as opposed to many acquaintances.

97.   I have no tolerance for intolerance.

98.   I can’t believe you are still reading this.

99.   I think regret is a waste of time, but I definitely have some.

100. There you have it, that’s me in a nutshell. Thanks for reading and stay tuned…

 

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Shorts and a T-shirt

That’s what I ran in today. Outside. The tempurature reached 64 degrees today in Milwaukee and it was beautiful. The lakefront was a buzz of activity, just like summer. There were kite-surfers in Lake Michigan, families on the walking path and in the park, and all kinds of runners and bikers that were finally able to emerge from seemingly eternal hibernation.

Though I didn’t feel too great during my run (see last post), the weather was more than enough to make up for it, and make me glad that I decided to get out and do something.

I am now sitting in my condo with the windows open, breathing the fresh air and loving it. Spring has finally arrived for real, and it makes me so happy!

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Brewers Opening Day by Numbers

3 – cars drivin to the game at 9:30am

8 – coolers

1 – grill

2 – bloody mary’s consumed before 11am

1 – bloody mary flavored brat consumed

2 – rounds of ladder golf played

3 – beers consumed before the game

3 – beers consumed during the game

1 – Brewers magnetic schedule lost somewhere in Miller Park

1 – brand-spankin’ new white Brewers hat purchased

3 – dollars won on the sausage race (go Polish!)

1 – slice of pepperoni pizza consumed during the game

13 – runs scored by the Brewers

4 – runs scored by the Giants

2 – beers consumed in the parking lot after the game

1 – cajun flavored brat consumed in the parking lot after the game

1 – tavern visited after the game

1 – ketsup stain on my shoes

2 – ketsup stains on my jeans

1 – very tired girl passed out on the couch at home by 11:30pm

GO BREWERS!!

 

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