The past month has been pretty good; it’s been filled with swimbikerun, settling into the ‘burbs, grilling for dinner, spending time with my niece (she called me auntie for the first time!) and really wishing the rain would stop (so much flooding!).
Here’s what’s been up…
My family. Lucky me, I got to babysit this little girl all afternoon last Saturday. So worth finishing a 10-mile run at 10:30p :) And, Happy Father’s Day to my wonderful Dad AND happy 60th birthday to my amazing Mom! #60isthenew40
I just finished Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns). An easy summer reads that’s witty and entertaining – and, I particularly loved the chapter about how men need to almost nothing to look great… defend your girlfriend’s family and friends, just start helping in the kitchen, and wait until all women have gotten on or off the elevator before you do. Spot on! Currently, I’m about a third of the way through rereading The Fire Starter Sessions by Danielle LaPorte. Exactly what I need to help me through this third-life crisis ;)
Racing my bike. Watching the North Star Bike Fest race through MSP every year makes me only want to race my bike. Because wheels mere inches from wheels and the whir of the peloton! There’s no bigger adrenaline rush.
A little project with my sista. Can’t say much yet, but we’re both pretty pumped about it.
This Janine Shepherd TED talk. Crazy inspiring and a good reminder to ask yourself: Why not me?
The flu. After a 77-mile ride on Saturday with Nick – the last 20 miles in a torrential downpour – I was slammed with the flu (who gets the flu in June?!). For close to 48 hours, I couldn’t even keep water down. Nothing like 30 hours of sleep to zap it!
Meter pools. We finally said see ya to the sauna-esque LA Fitness pool and are now swimming at an outdoor 25-meter pool super close to our house (there’s an indoor pool option available, too). Swimming doesn’t get any better than under blue skies and sunshine! But, meters vs. yards is definitely an adjustment. There goes my 1:30 per 100 pace ;)
The first open water swim of the season is also in the books. Prior Lake temps were perfect, and my ROKA maverick elite wetsuit was as awesome as I remember (speaking of… anyone interested? I’ve only worn it five times and am planning to upgrade. Message me for details!).
Succulents. Cannot get enough of these plants! Way back in my early 20s (my other, pre-triathlon life… when I quilted!), I had a green thumb. Then, almost over night, all my plants died (they got a bug, I swear!), and I’ve barely kept a plant alive since. Fingers crossed the succulents continue to thrive!
Favorite quote of the week
Two for you…
It’s there if you want it. Thank you, Kal Barteski. (I’m hoping she’ll #kbscript this!)
I believe the most important thing, beyond discipline and creativity, is daring to dare. Wise woman, that Maya Angelou.
Have a great weekend, friends.