Friday, February 29, 2008

Team Uni2Beat

I've officially registered for the HyVee Triathlon on June 22 in Des Moines. Since this will be my first Olympic distance tri, I'm going to do it as a relay w/ my sister JJ -- I'll do the swim and bike and she'll do the run. I'm hoping we'll finish within 4-5 hours (estimating 1 hour for the lake swim, 2 hours for the bike, and 1 and 1/2 hours for the run). Faster times would be better, of course, but I'm trying to be realistic. We'll find out in 112 days.

Monday, February 25, 2008


I've often said, given the demands of my job, I only have time for one "extra-curricular activity." That used to be my children, until they grew up and moved out. I was a volunteer at Maymont for nearly ten years, but I gave that up when I started doing triathlons. However, I've always had a yen for writing, and occasionally I've taken an adult education class. Last summer I went to great weekend seminar at the University of Iowa, and I'd love to go back again this year. But, it's the same time as the Hy-Vee triathlon, which I also really want to do. So, again, I must choose. I'm leaning toward the triathlon -- I figure (and I hope I'm right) my body will give out before my mind does, so I can still write when triathlons are only a memory.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

If I Didn't Train

My house would be spotless,
My laundry neated folded.
My taxes would be filed,
The cat properly groomed.
But my bones would be frail,
My muscles puny.
I'd be a different person.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Long Time No Entry

It's been over two weeks since I posted an entry here. I think of things I might say while I'm swimming laps, running miles, or cycling indoors for hours, but then the rest of my life intrudes, and ... no time for blogging. And, I suppose, if truth be told, I'm not quite sure why I'm doing this blog thing -- I've kept various journals/diaries for years, but those entries were never met for public eyes. So who am I writing for/to now? And how much of my maybe-anonymous-self am I willing to share?