Friday, September 28, 2007


Monday will officially begin my 2008 training season. I've picked 6 goal races. There will be no marathons in 2008 as I want to try triathlons this year. I do plan on doing 2 half marathons because I love that distance.

Here it is:
5/3 Indy 500 Half Marathon--I love running this race with the 35,000 others. Great experience no PR.
5/17 Galena Triathlon --- I have done the Duathlon the past 2 years. It was well run with a very challenging bike course. Swim 660 yd / bike 16.8 mile/ run 4.3 mile
6/25 Subaru Women's Triathlon -- This Tri is the closest Tri to my house and I have always watched from the sidelines. I am looking forward to being close to home.
8/2 Steelhead 70.3 Half Ironman --- Now I have said it out loud!! This will be my "A" race for 2008. I am so excited!
8/24 Chicago Accenture Triathlon --- A world class race close by. Looking forward to the experience.
9/20 Us AirForce Half Marathon -- A trip home to Ohio to see my dad. The best half that I have ever run.

Well - there it is. All official looking. Monday , October 1st is game on to lay the base. Hang on for a ride!!!!

Waddling with a huge smile .......................

Wednesday, September 26, 2007


Last night was swim class #4. It went so well. I worked on the single switch with breathing and at the end the triple switch. I am still having trouble with my breathing but coach said my form was good.

I have 2 more Ripples classes. The you graduate to Strokes or repeat Ripples. Out of the 6 of us- Nancy and I are going on. I was so, so excited! My coach also suggested that I join Waves which is the Master's swim team. Can you believe it?? I am no where near being the swimmer to do a Tri yet but........Coach thinks I'm on track for my "A" race next summer.

When I got home, thank heaven for TIVO Biggest Loser and Dancing with the Stars was going head to head. I love them both. I can't believe they voted Jerry off the Blue Team and How much better the women dancers are than the men. It's going to be a good season for both.

Waddling to work after lunch..........

Tuesday, September 25, 2007


Last night, on the way home from work, I stopped at the gym to swim. I thought it would not be busy since it was dinner time. I was wrong. Our gym has a lap pool with 6 lanes. They were all full. Being new to this, I had no idea what to do. Maybe I should wait until someone finishes especially since I am just learning. Another man came out and took a look and jumped in to share a lane. After 5 minutes of watching - the lady in lane 2 seemed to be just learning also so I jumped in that lane when she was close to the other end.

After 2 laps, I looked up to find the lady staring and giving me a dirty look. I did not even come near her when swimming. She immediately went to the ladder , climbed out and left.

Did I do something wrong?
Should I have asked first before jumping in?
I swam on the right of the lane- is that correct?

These are all question that I need to ask tonight at swim class. I'd rather not get my butt kicked in the parking lot.

Waddling with no pool etiquette..........

Elipptical : 25 min.
Swim : 25 min.

Monday, September 24, 2007


This is Scooter!!!!
My MIL adopted him yesterday from Rover Rescue. They are a perfect match. His owner just passed away and he was very lonely without family. Now he belongs to ours.

Sunday, September 23, 2007


This week-end has been spent finishing past items and now focusing on the future.

Yesterday my hubby and MIL made a return trip to Cleveland where she lived before moving to Illinois in April. The purpose was to visit my FIL's grave. His stone that they designed was put into place and it was important to make the trip for the peace of mind in putting things to rest. I know the day sucked for both of them as it is now approaching the 1 year anniversary of the cancer diagnosis and the subsequent 5 weeks of hell watching my FIL die. That is now behind us and it is time to focus ahead.

Today I am taking my MIL to a dog rescue. She is very lonely living alone and wants a companion. I tried to give her one of my 3 dogs but they were all homesick for us. So today -we will go see if there is a furry friend for her. Hopefully I will update this later today with a photo. I want to make this as fun and exciting for her as I can.

The sun is shining and I feel someone is smiling down on us.

Waddling to pet puppies...................
Saturday : Spin : 60 min.