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PAST LIL SPILLS
Woke up today and went straight to my manager’s logs to find out if the staff in OKC was alright. I was shocked to see that they actually had a decent night. The Dalai Lama said that natural disasters do not discriminate by race, religion, or socio economic status. He’s correct. I will wait today to make sure our staff is safe and secure. I have a fear of tornedos. Not enough warning before a tornedo happens.
My life has taken a 180. I spent years worrying about what I ate. In youth I would count calories, worry about carbs and stay free of anything that could possibly cause weight gain. Now I spend countless hours researching food that can provide me with energy to go further in these damn races. Nothing seems to work. I have tried complex carbs like quinoa and oatmeal. I have tried to get pre enrgy shakes and powders. I have tried energy bars as well. The only common thread is that when I eat anything 2 hours or less before working out I feel sluggish. Sunday the Triathlon starts at 6:30 am. I am going to need to wake up at around 3:30 to ingest something so I can perform at an acceptable level. Urgh.
Other issue. I am severely sea sick. I have gone snorkeling with my son and thrown up in the water from only moderate waves. Friday is my first ever open water swim practice. I had this horrible vision of swimming and throwing up simultaneously. Fuck it, I will do this thing even if I am wiping vomit out of my hair for days.
I opened my eyes to wonderful sleep and a beautiful morning. THEN I checked my phone. 4 texts from a ” special friend.” The last text being ” hey pretty girl, I just got kicked out of your bar.” The internal cringe. Really? I am dreading talking to the GM of that bar. Thank god its not New Orleans. This special friend is not that type of guy. Ok WWDLD? What would the Dalai Lama Do? He would say show compassion to both .
The Dalai Lama is so unbelievably charismatic. Funny, charming, and truly intellectual. ” religion and prayer do not create peace and harmony. Awareness through education and action create peace and harmony. ” the translation . Praying isn’t good enough. Interaction with people. Showing love and respect for others no matter what race, religion or socioeconomic backround is how to create peace in your own world .
Rushed home last night because I scored tickets to see the Dalai Lama at the UNO Arena. I am getting more enlightened by the minute. I am very excited.
Heading to San Antonio today. ” Marsha no liquor for me!!. The girls can sell a million bodyshots off of me but I will only allow myself some wine tonight.” I walk into my bars and there are lines of shots for me bought by loyal customers. So I appreciate the gesture but I am just 10 days away from this race and I don’t want to drink crazy.
Bam feeling strong today.
How the hell was I supposed to know that there is a wetsuit specific to triathlons. My swim coach said ” well I hope you like surfing cause that’s all that wetsuit it worth.” WTF. Fuck surfing! After training in the pool for two weeks for this damn triathlon I don’t even like swimming. I did get my first compliment today. I guess I am getting better at a technique called Sighting. This is how you can continue to swim but glance ahead to stay on course in open water. When I tried it the other day, I would gag on the water . Nothing worse then paying someone that continually makes you feel like you are drowning. It’s as if I booked a reservation at Guantanamo and asked to get water boarded for an hour.
I am glad I didn’t sign my son up for this because I would hate to have that fear that he may drown as well as me. I am not being dramatic but the last two training sessions I have felt scared. What was supposed to be fun is now becoming scary. If I fucking drown, I will be pissed! And dying pissed is against my plans.
Mac, Memphis GM, sent me this text. Beautiful story.
“So when I opened the doors at the bar today there was a bra tied to the handles. It’s from a lady who had survived breast cancer. It had a fake gel insert inside of one side and a cancer pin on the other. Her kids left it at our bar in honor of their mother’s passing.”
I can’t tell you how touched I am that our Memphis bar gave them and their mother joy. So moving.
I wrote my new triple triathlon friend about being discouraged. Feeling slow in every event swimming, running, and biking. His response made my day.
” Lil I remember getting passed in a marathon once and reading the back of the woman’s shirt. “You’re now getting passed by a pregnant woman.” Lol. ” Lil I also got passed in the swimming section by a one legged man. Yes it’s slightly humbling.”
Congrats to Anna. One of our Russian partners. She just had a baby girl, Oriana. So happy for them!!
“Lil I am going to put you in touch with my friend Frank who does triathlons.” This is from my friend Tracy in Key West. He and I have now emailed a few times. Well I decided to look him up. Read this http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/local/wp/2013/04/23/arlingtons-frank-fumich-runs-78-miles-raises-33000-to-benefit-boston-bombing-victims/
My god he is giving me advice on swimming 400 meters when he just ran 3 marathons back to back to raise money for some of the injured in the Boston Marathon. He does Death races and ultra marathoning. He does triple Iron Mans. Nuts. I better up my game. I will definitely donate to this charity as my first step to triathlon success.Crazy
So this guy I met a few weeks ago called me tonight to tell me that he was coming to New Orleans in the next month and he’s taking me out for BBQ and dancing. Just for reference sake, note that Men’s Health magazine rated Beach activities as the #1 hated date by women. Eating BBQ has got to be in the top 10. And while dancing may not rank as high as wearing a bikini in daylight or getting BBQ in your teeth, it makes me cringe since I am such a bad dancer. ” Jackson put on your dance shoes we are taking dance lessons.” Jackson’s response. ” love you but hell no!” LOL
Talk about grateful. I opened my eyes this morning to a deluge of beautiful mother’s day texts and emails. Wow I am moved. Plus my son has gone shopping for me. Cleaned the porch. Washed the dogs. and also ran 3 miles with me. What a beautiful day. Mojo officially back!
The girls in Key West were much better then I expected considering its a newish bar. Really impressed. Bar needs some tweaks. I am hoping by the next time I go there the changes I requested are done. ” Kevin why doesn’t the Freaking outside sign light up?” Urgh “lil the historic commission still hasnt given us the OK for the actual lighting of the sign. ” you are fucking kidding me!
Tonight I took my son and his best friend to sushi for his friend’s birthday. This is the one kid that has been part of our household since they were 4. After sushi Gabe requested Yogurtland for dessert. While we were there I looked down and Gabe barely had any toppings on his yogurt. Dude its your birthday. ” Miss Lil, I know we will go running with you tomorrow and I didn’t want you to add on extra miles if I put too many toppings on.” Oh dear lord, I have inadvertently fucked up his friend too. Crap.
Well Jackson won the PE award for the most pushups without a break. He did 60. So some of this insanity is paying off.