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Rest is a beautiful thing

January 31, 2009

After hella stretching and taking some time off of running last week, I’m back in the game this week and am feeling great. I’m not quite 100%, but close enough to hit the treadmill/sidewalk and start adding up those base hours again and challenging myself. One spot on my left calf is still a little sore (but not tight anymore) but hopefully that will heal up very soon.

And by challenging myself I mean trying crazy new stuff like figuring out how long I can do a headstand in my living room.

Headstand Day 1

I was only able to keep my feet off of the wall for about 3 seconds, but I was pretty proud of myself. So in case you were wondering if I was taking myself and my training too seriously now that I’m being coached and am putting in WAY more off season training hours than last year, I think you have your answer. 🙂 There is still plenty of time for messing around and having some fun. Tomorrow morning I’ll also be heading downtown to the Lululemon store for a free yoga class. Since getting laid off, the yoga budget had to get cut, but I’m glad there are still free classes around that I can check out.

And tonight I finally registered for my second 70.3 ever, and first (of two) in the 2009 season. Rev3 Here I Come Baby! I grew up only about 20 minutes from the race start, so this will be a really great homecoming for me. I never thought I’d be able to get myself in HIM shape so early in the season, but the way everything is coming together already, I have a really good feeling that I’ll be tearing it up come June.

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And despite hating ranting on the blog, I feel the need to say that I hate Active.com. A piece of my soul dies every time that I have to use them to register for a race. Charging $15 registration fee? WTF. Seriously? Just because a race is more expensive, you decide to up the registration fee. And every time a race forces me to use your site you have the balls to try to sell me on stupid discount clubs and anything else out there? They do have a somewhat interesting new search tool, but it is only in beta and would only really be interesting or groundbreaking 5 years ago. I may never understand why even some of my favorite race directors stil use them year after year. At least a quick google search for “active.com sucks” proves that I’m at least not the only one.  There you go. My rant is over. All appologies, except to Active.com. Bikereg.com is way better.

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4 comments

  1. I’m in the same unemployed boat you are. I along with 128 other teachers (Engineer turned Teacher) got laid off two weeks before school starts. This coming a week before my second son was supposed to be born.

    As for race prices, I gave up on the high prices ones a few years back. Timeoutproductions is up to like 60 bucks for a spring tri and that doesn’t include the uSat day lic. Now I do 2 local races where most of the proceeds go to local causes. Rumor has it a third is close buy and also in the 30 dollar range with no usat lic needed.

    I paid 100-20 for the Half IM in NY at Tupper lake. but that seemed worth it. 60 for a sprint is insane.

    take care.


  2. Good luck with the Rev 3. I had considered doing that one. But I’m not sure if I’d be up to the right amount of training by then.


  3. I am right there with you on the fees Active.com charges! Ridiculous! BUT, bring on the REV3 baby!!! Rock on!! It is going to be painful and fun! Hey, nice job with the headstand!


  4. Hi…glad to know another fellow teammate on the Trakkers deal. Looking forward to this race season. Sorry to read about your job woes. Hope this sucky economy improves soon!



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