Remember Baby Katelyn? She was born early at 1 pound 6 ounces. She is a fighter and she is 2 months old now and weighs 3 pounds 6.5 ounces. God is Good!! Isn't she beautiful! Every day my cousin and aunt give us updates and pictures and it has just been amazing to witness how far this sweet baby has come. Her due date has still not even arrived yet and she's already 2 months old. This blows my mind! Continued prayers are needed as she is having trouble with one of her eyes, which could lead to blindness. Please remember Katelyn in your prayers. I was so sad to miss her baby shower this weekend :-(
This week was SO busy. My mom, my Aunt Nadine, and my Mother-in-law are ROCK STARS!! I could not have done this fundraiser garage sale without them. We spent all day Thursday getting it organized and priced. Friday was not as busy as I had hoped it would be, but still a success. Yesterday, I had my first triathlon of the season so Mom and Gloria ran the whole thing until I got home at 2pm. We raised $1006 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and were able to donate some furniture to a couple who were trying to set up an abused woman in her new apartment. What a successful fundraiser!!
Every year, the Portland Tri Club puts on a "mock" tri up at Vancouver Lake. You can choose to do the sprint or olympic distance, but we all do the same swim - which was about 1/2 mile this year. If you do the oly distance, it is an out and back TWICE on the bike and out and back TWICE on the run. I do not like this one bit.
I was rather disappointed with my time AND how I felt during this race. My swim was fine. The start was crazier than a usual tri. I think because its the first tri of the season and lots of people new to triathlon do this race, it's always a bit of a mad rush to get around that first buoy. I was kicked A LOT - in the face, the legs, the crotch - everywhere and often. I eventually swam out of my way and found a little pocket to myself finally and it was all good.
The ride started good but it was the first time I hadn't worn pants during a ride. I generally will wear either really short thin tri shorts or my running shorts under my wetsuit during a race. Both of these are short shorts and so the skin of my thighs is rubbing the bike seat. I totally forgot to body glide myself so I had some chafing going on with both legs. I was also having some trouble in my sitting area so it was just pretty unpleasant the last 10 miles. I was glad to be off the bike.
The run was where I really never got into my groove. I felt I was plodding along the whole time. First mistake was not hitting the restrooms. They were too far away and I didn't want to bother - but that meant running the entire run with a full bladder. I also did not bring my foam roller and totally regretted that one. It has been working wonders for me to roll out my back real quick at T2. Lesson learned.
Swim was short @ 1/2 mile.
Total time: 2:51:00
I crossed the finish line with my new friend, Lisa. We hugged. I frantically gathered all my stuff and headed back down to Portland to finish off the garage sale. We had planned to stop around 2pm but ended up selling stuff right up until almost 5pm. Got all the borrowed tables back to the golf course, had some wine, and slept like a log.
Today is an open water swim followed by a 65-70 mile bike ride...
...and it's raining. Grrrr.