Yesterday morning, I got to wake my 3 year old up and tell him it snowed while he was sleeping. He’s not a morning person, but he gasped “What?!” and jumped from the couch (rough night… the only place he would finally settle down and sleep… sigh) and ran to the window to look out. He gleefully kicked at the slushy snow and kept yelling to Sylvi to come play. She was less enthused than him, but based on the wicked wind and blowing sleet, I couldn’t really blame her. Hopefully, the next time it snows here, she’ll get the full enthusiasm from us and maybe, just maybe she’ll run squealing through the yard, too.
Preparing for our first event: Swim
Second event: Bike Ride in a Spin Studio
Final event: Run
Tired, but oh so proud of myself
Sunday morning, Matt and I picked up my friend and training buddy, Brooke and headed to Columbus for the Lifetime Indoor Triathlon. I had done a complete run-through on Monday evening so I knew I could do everything and I knew I was going to be pleased with myself. What I did not know what that upon completion, I would want to go back and do it again… faster. I was unaware that the adrenaline high I’d be riding was almost as intoxicating as giving birth.
I loved everything about this event and fully plan to do it again the next time it is in Columbus. Brooke also told me of a triathlon that will be closer to my home this spring and while the biking and running are outside, the swim is in a pool… I’m not yet over my fear of open water… I’m hoping to conquer that eventually. Maybe. I was and still am very grateful for the health and the support necessary to participate in this event and as I type, am thinking of skipping all the work I really do need to do today and slipping out for a run. Because now that I know I am capable, I want to see what else I can do.
My goal for my next Indoor Tri is to beat my results from this one… even though I am pleased as it was my first ever, I think I can swim farther than 300 yds, bike more than 25.8 miles (on a spin bike, the measurements are different than on a free standing bike, as they are based on the resistance level you set the spin bike at) and run more than 1.3 miles.
I love our back yard. We spend hours out there everyday just running and playing. Liam has been “playing soccer” for a while now, but Sylvi has decided she’s more of a football girl. Matt pretends to hike the ball to her and she takes off running better than I could imagine. Proudly, she clings to the ball that is over half her size and charges through the grass. Liam can often be found running in and out of the “game” with his soccer ball and attempting to tackle. To say I’m excited to sign them up for organized sports in the coming years is an understatement!
Last week, we took a family day and visited a local water park to celebrate my 31st birthday. It was wonderful and I had so. much. fun. going down the water slides!!!! Yeah… the oldest person standing in line by at least 15 years was me, but man, I haven’t done something that carefree in YEARS! Liam doesn’t do well with the splashing water and it took nearly 2 hours for him to relax and settle in to enjoy the 2 foot deep water. He was content to sit in the water, under one of the water slides where he wouldn’t get splashed. Sylvi, on the other hand, threw herself into the water with abandon and had more fun than I had ever thought possible for a 15 month old. :) We also finally got the chance to photograph Liam blowing snake bubbles. I’d like to mention that I had to specifically purchase a plastic water bottle since I rarely have one in our house! And finally, I took the kids to the Splash Pad in the next town over yesterday for 2 hours of fun. Sylvi had a blast tearing around in the spray and running free. Liam did loads better than he did last year… he didn’t scream once, but still stayed on the edge of the water. This summer, while as hot as Hades, has been one of adventure and we are loving every moment!
It’s hard to believe that we’ve gone from this tiny baby…
to this little boy who didn’t walk for another 3 months and was crazy about trucks…
to this little boy who had been a big brother for 3 months and loved the Cars movie…
to the little boy who loves Batman and drawing pictures and building with Legos.
I’m so excited to see what this year will bring and along the way, I’m just soaking up every available moment!
This is my second summer doing a bucket list for our family. I love it because it gives us some fun things to look forward to for the summer and as the kids get older, I look forward to having their input. This year, Liam wanted to make sure his birthday got a mention and his beloved watermelon was eaten on the porch. The location was super important, apparently. Anyway, I wasn’t sure how many posts I could justify sharing our fun until I realized that’s the point of Wordless Wednesday! Problem solved… but my posts will probably still have… words. Whoops.