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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Got sucked in and couldn't stop!

As Marty pointed out yesterday, my blog has been awfully quiet. There a few reasons for this, but the main one being I read all the Twilight series books (and the leaked draft of Edward’s perspective of the first book). Devoured is not a strong enough word for what I did to these books and I had no idea that they would capture my attention so much! Marty is probably glad I’m done with them so I can get back to being a normal talking wife who folds laundry and all that.

Of course, besides reading 2,300+ pages in one week, I had work and training. And we ran a camp here Friday – Sunday (lots of training and eating), and Marty and I did packet pickup on Saturday for the final open water swim we put on. Sunday morning we were up early again to get out to the lake early enough to set up and I once again was in charge of checking people in and handing out the t-shirts. No one yelled at me this time around for not getting a t-shirt, but we did order extra this time and can you say LOCUSTS after the swim when people found the box of extra’s?! Like Marty mentioned, the race sold out last week which we were super happy about – being that it was the first year of the series and all that. Plus, we didn’t have to do any walk-up registrations the morning of which is time consuming. I can’t say enough nice things about the Finish Strong guys and gals. They know what they are doing and they are so calm and nice about everything! We’re so glad we were able to team up with them to bring some open water events to the area.

By Sunday I was pretty exhausted but was still planning on doing the swim myself. I had no idea how it would go with the less than normal sleep I had been getting, but it all turned out great! At the start I tried to get on some fast feet but they proved to be a little too fast for me so I ended up swimming by myself the entire way. My time was much faster than the Jordan lake swim, but it’s so hard to compare these open water events. We all had to deal with some very thick high grass, which was interesting to swim through to say the least, but hey, that’s open water for you! At the final turn buoy I swam hard to the finish and I felt like a swimmer!! It is always going to be hard for me to understand that yes, I am actually a pretty good swimmer when it wasn’t so long ago that I was almost always the last elite person out of the water in the Florida races. Being able to swim hard and feel pretty good makes me better understand why collegiate swimmers have the reputation of being pretty big partiers. This was not something you can really do in the midst of a cross country and track; if this had been a road race instead of a swim race I’m sure it would have been ugly and hurt bad, but something about the water made it much easier. Not to confuse anyone – we didn’t party all weekend or anything like that, but being exhausted/tired would have me believe that a race of any sort wouldn’t go all that well, but apparently swimming can be a different story (at least distance swimming).

This weekend we’ll be heading to Fort Lauderdale to spend some time with Marty’s family (it’s his dad’s birthday). Of course, Marty has found us a 5k to do! He always finds us some random race when we’re traveling. It’s in a park where we’ve done some triathlons and I’m not sure if any of it will be off road since there are some trails there, but it should definitely be flat!


At September 1, 2009 12:44 PM , Blogger Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach said...

I guess people will do just about anything for a free shirt, huh?

I love the fact that you guys put on OW swims - SUPER!!!! Even though you swim through tall grass and stuff - and then it gets in your suit and yuck... But totally worth it in the end! NICE WORK on your swimming - that's great!!

Have fun in Florida. Can I just say that I love the fact that Marty always finds local races for the two of you to do? Love it! :) I wish Nathaniel was a little more like that (ho hum...)

At September 1, 2009 1:49 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I LOVED the Twilight series and absolutely devoured them!! I was so sad when I was done, but glad to be back to the land of the living. What is it about those books? Maybe because as an almost 40 year old mom, it's nice to think back on that new, exciting high school lust. I'm counting down the days until November 20-New Moon movie release!!

At September 1, 2009 4:58 PM , Blogger Beth said...

First I'd like to say that I'm pretty sure I haven't read that much in the last 10 years. CRAZY!!! :) Second, great job in your swim race after all that was going on! Distance runners definitely get the worst end of it when it comes to mistreating your body (partying) and then performing like crap. What's up with that? You think the swimmers would struggle too.

At September 1, 2009 9:03 PM , Blogger Angela and David Kidd said...

Sadly I have only finished one book this ENTIRE YEAR. I swear, I used to be educated and well read before having a kid. And I am scared of the Twilight series. Everyone I know who started them got sucked in like you did.

Very cool you put on organized swims. Hopefully I'll one day know what you are talking about when you say you feel like a swimmer.

Have fun in Florida!

At September 3, 2009 11:58 AM , Blogger If the shoe FITZ.... said...

I did the same thing with the twilight series! Good luck this weekend.


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