Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Swim: Check. Bike: Check. Repeat a jillion more times.

I’ve gotten some pretty amazing name suggestions so far…not to burst any bubbles but I’m not sure I am feeling a winner just yet so keep them coming! Not sure what I am talking about? Check it out HERE.

A few months ago, like before Portland, Adam from Yurbuds contacted me, almost like he heard my distress call, read my mind. He asked me if I was interested in giving Yurbuds a try. Um, is rain wet? YES. No brainer. Ear phones and me have a bad history. We don’t get along. I have tried all sorts: the over the ear type works ok but I don’t get a good sound from them, ear buds fall out unless I am sitting perfectly still, and other kinds are just awkward, bulky or stupid.

So, he sent me the coupon code, I logged on and ordered my first pair of Yurbuds. I was a bit skeptical. Aren’t we all at times? Within a few minutes someone emailed me and asked for some pictures of my ears with either a regular ear bud in them or a quarter held up to the ear (they give you specific directions). Me being, well…me, I sent them like 4 pictures of me doing what was needed. Within a week my custom fit Yurbuds showed up!!

I couldn’t wait to give them a spin! So I didn’t wait! I wore them out for the first time in the pouring PNW rain. I was sure they would get wet and slip out or short out (like all my others) but NOPE. They held fast and stayed in place and the sound!!! Oh the sound was awesome! It was like I was sitting front row of a concert, that loud and clear.


So here is a pic of me using them back in August. This particular day was HOT. And sure enough, with all my ear sweat (I know, sick) they did not slip and slide out. They stayed put!


I really don’t have anything negative to say about them. You can imagine my horror when, on the morning of the Portland marathon I pulled my iPod and headphones out and put them on only to find that one of the small, blue silicone pieces that fit over the ear bud was missing (so be aware that they can come off, I suspect mine had something to do with a certain 5 year old, not naming any names though). I was devastated. I knew my ear bud would not stay put with out it. I can’t stand listening to music in one ear. It makes me feel off balance. So, this was one of many things that contributed to my mentally challenging marathon. In the end it didn’t matter because my iPod died at mile THREE anyway. Stupid.

But, it didn’t take me long to order a second pair! So that should tell you something. I like it so much I had to replace it!

Why am I telling you all this? Simple, I’m giving you an opportunity to get a free pair!! Just help me name my bike! She’s a beaute! Stop by the Yurbuds website HERE and then head over to my post HERE and give me some name ideas….really that simple!

And now, for the workout portion of this blog…oh yeah. I have to work out? I guess. A half iron man doesn’t complete itself. Sheesh.

Tuesday I swam a mile just to make sure I could. I can. But I have to swim 1.2 miles in the half iron. I could have gone further but time did not permit. I was able to do it in about 50 min. I need a good waterproof watch for timing and laps. Any suggestions ??

This morning I headed out with The Hubs on a small bike ride. We went 7.66 miles in 28 minutes. A far cry from 56 miles but it is a start. I felt smoked! My legs were TIRED! I think as we were flying on the roadside I yelled something along the lines of, “I’m going to have a killer body when this is all said and done!!” And you better believe it BETTER be true! Holy smokes you guys!

I am super excited to progress in the training and see what my body can do. I need to figure out nutrition and trim off a few pounds (the ones that came on after Portland). So the journey starts here. I’m stressed just thinking about it. Time for a bowl of ice cream. Wait, that doesn’t quite fit into my nutrition and slimming and trimming plan….time for some protein.


  1. You say that so easily: I swam a mile. A freaking mile?! Wow, I can't even do one lap. Can't wait to read your progress reports. Way to go.

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  3. I have absolutely no perception of distance when it comes to swimming since I've never tried it. But if you have to swim 1.2 in a race that you will run 13.1, that has to be the equivalent of like an 11 mile run, right? Sounds pretty good to me!

  4. Not gonna lie, swimming terrifies me. It sounds good in theory but I would drown from exhaustion! Way to go swimming so far!

  5. I love swimming it's the best leg of the race. I've had a hard time on the bike also. So I feel your pain. But just so you know it gets better with time.


You're pretty much awesome!!


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