a Bri Gaal's Blog: Off Topic

Monday, August 24, 2009

Off Topic

So…I totally didn’t mean for my last post to turn into an age group vs open debate, but I do appreciate all the comments. It made me think of earlier this year when Marty happened to (light-heartedly) call TNT “the purple menace” and received lots of comments about that one little phrase, which was totally not the main idea/summary/point of his thoughts.

Just to put in my little bit of observation:

  • It seems that the bigger national races that offer good prizes tend to get more open racers.
  • Set-Up doesn’t offer much in the form of prizes at any of their races to distinguish the open competition from the age groups; they do give a little bit of cash for the series, but probably not enough to entice most to race open (especially when we have some super-freakin-fast ladies in the state that can easily sweep up the money)
  • Set-Up probably doesn’t have an incentive to offer good prizes, particularly to the open division – because frankly, why should they? They sell out almost all of their races and certainly hardly anyone is signing up for their races because of who might be racing in the open division. People sign up for their races because they do a great job of putting them on.
  • For whatever reason(s), the men don’t seem to have this particular problem.

Anyways, like I said previously, I like to RACE! No matter what the age is, I would rather race against the fastest. It brings out the better athlete in me and forces me to push through boundaries. And I like that. With the current trend here in NC, though, racing age group would probably be the way to go if I really want that experience.

New Topic!

Marty took a looooong nap when we got home, but I wasn’t too tired so I mostly read a book (confession, it was Twilight, and yes I realize this is supposed to be for people MUCH younger than me, but what can I say? I liked it!) Then we went to The Flying Saucer for a couple of beers, but of course, we were home by about 8:30 pm. We are such rock stars.

Sunday, Marty got up early and went to the beach with some friends. While it may have been fun to go to the beach, I probably would’ve gotten bored after awhile just watching these guys surfing all day. So I decided to stay home and check off lots of things on my to-do list:

  • Big shop at Trader Joes
  • Change my cassette and clean my bike
  • Ride my bike (on the trainer, so I could…)
  • Watch a movie (wanted to see The Other Boleyn Girl after reading the book. I know I heard lots of people say they didn’t like movie, especially after reading the book. I’m now one of those people)
  • Take Tassie for a walk (not as fun for her since I won’t let her chase the ducks)
  • Clean the house (this took 2+ hours, and that was just the downstairs, sheesh)
  • Fold and put away laundry
  • Finish Twilight

Next weekend is going to be jam packed with our camp and The Nuclear Swim (over 200 people are signed up already!!) so I really wanted to try and get as much done as possible this weekend. Mission accomplished.

I sure did use a lot of bullet points today.


At August 24, 2009 12:36 PM , Blogger Molly said...

Hahaha my brother is one of those TNT people and I'd TOTALLY call them the purple menace ;p

Busy weekend! Nice job on all that :) Have a great week!

At August 24, 2009 9:51 PM , Blogger Angela and David Kidd said...

Holy moly, you really got a debate going down below. Great race and great job keeping it in perspective.

I really have to watch what I say about TNT. Some of David's friends are "coaches" and it drives me crazy since they've only done one triathlon. I'm glad they are raising money for a charity and I admire their enthusiasm, but are they really qualified to coach others?

Is The Flying Saucer now a chain? I love The Flying Saucer in Nashville. And I'm such a girl. I'm really impressed you can take off your own cassette and clean it. I have to go to the bike shop for that stuff.

At August 25, 2009 5:14 PM , Blogger Rebecca DeWire said...

I feel like I should admit that I devoured the entire Twilight series. Normally I am not a fan of vampires, but someone let me borrow them and they were so much fun to read.

At August 26, 2009 10:33 AM , Blogger LZ said...

I read the whole Twilight series this year and while I admit some of it was a bit cheesy but I was addicted once I got to the third book!


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