a Bri Gaal's Blog: Bad Shopper and Future Races

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Bad Shopper and Future Races

Random updates for you!

I’m sure much to the dismay of my mom who is an elite-level shopper, I am a definite back-of-the-packer now. I’m a little too cheap and lose patience quickly when I’m looking for something. I also have a hard time making up my mind by myself and then start to question if what I’m trying on is age appropriate or is flattering at all. I tried to find a dress for my sister’s rehearsal dinner that’s in 2 weeks and came home with nothing but a t-shirt from the Gap and I was very cranky and tired from the outing. Ask Marty. So I called my sister (who is also an elite-level shopper) and asked her to just get me something. I know it’s pathetic, but it’s also not the first time she’s done this for me. She’s become somewhat of a personal shopper for me which is great! She knows my size and how things fit me and will just pick something up (on sale of course). It’s going to be tough having my personal shopper move away to Jacksonville in August. I told her I would pay for shipping.

And yes, she did find me a dress.

I’m really looking forward to our trip to Philadelphia this weekend! I’m also excited to race and have been feeling pretty good in training so hopefully that translates on Sunday :) However, I’m definitely concerned about this two-loop bike course with so many people; and the course looks pretty turn-y. My wave is fairly late and I just hope that the course is safe and not too congested that you can’t push.

The rest of my season is kind of up in the air. We’re signed up for Triangle (which looks like it will be the most competitive sprint in the country!), but after that I’m not really signed up for anything. We’ll be in New Jersey at the end of July and I think Marty is going to race the Brigantine Island triathlon, but it was too expensive for both of us to do. So I’m going to take one for the team since that’s his old stomping ground. I’m on the fence for Age Group Nationals. Marty is not too keen on going and flights are not that cheap. I’m definitely not driving by myself. But I do have a place to stay if I get there since my dad will be there as part of the USAT Board of Directors. We’ve done Nationals twice before, once in Shreveport, LA (14hrs from Orlando) and in Kansas City, MO (20+hrs with an out of the way stop to find a house in NC, and then a meandering drive around country for 6 weeks). Yargh, can’t believe we did all that driving.


At June 24, 2009 11:19 AM , Blogger Beth said...

If I gave my size to your sister do you think she would be my personal shopper too?? :)

The bike course in Philly does get dicey. Last year I sat up more than once and just soft pedaled because there was no way to get around large packs of slow moving people. But you do what you have to do and I'd say in general I could ride hard and fair for the majority of the way. Yeah - can't wait to see you guys!!

At June 24, 2009 1:26 PM , Blogger Amie Krasnozon said...

Good luck this weekend Bri!
Yes Triangle looks to be a really competitive field...Scary but exciting!

At June 24, 2009 2:11 PM , Blogger runningyankee said...

seriously the personal shopper thing could be a huge hit :) she should advertise! do not go to AG nationals.. i dont need someone else to beat me!!! hee hee!!!

At June 24, 2009 2:32 PM , Blogger Angela and David Kidd said...

Good luck in Philly. Sounds a lot like the Chicago triathlon with the two loops and lots of waves - just be prepared to yell "on your left" A LOT.

At June 24, 2009 5:44 PM , Blogger Angela said...

I don't think we're racing triangle this year because we're closing on the house the day before, but we might go out and watch the action.

Good luck this weekend. I wish my sister could shop for me...I just end up with some shirt fit for a 5 year old.

At June 24, 2009 7:52 PM , Blogger BreeWee said...

Go get em Bre, and bring along the little pink sweater top too! ha ha... great story, thanks for that one! Hope your race is great and hope you figure out a good plan for the rest of your future races!!

At June 24, 2009 10:43 PM , Blogger Scott DeWire said...

I love the term 'elite level shopper'...my mom definitely falls into that category while I am a back of the pack shopper myself.

Good luck at Philly!


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