Friday, September 29, 2006

New Plan

So waking up at 4 and 5 o'clock, running one self ragged, not getting enough sleep, and traveling to the ends of the earth has had one final effect. I'm sick. It's been 1.5 years, folks. I thought I was special now. Yeah, not so much.

And, since this lovely virus has settled nicely in my chest, there will be no running on Sunday. (Besides the fact that getting from my car to the building - it IS uphill! - was a challenge this morning). Oh well. There will be more races. :)

So for now, I'm enjoying lots of hot tea (Wild Berry Zinger is the current fav), chicken soup, and sleep. Sounds like just what the doctor ordered for the next few days or so.

The good news is that my advisor has temporarily agreed to a small shift in my thesis, which means that I might actually graduate before the year 2010. Which is a good thing, because I was recommended by my eye doctor to get READING glasses this week, due to the eye strain from the computer. GAH! (At least they're cute!)

Tuesday, September 19, 2006


So, lots of fun stuff going on right now...

Training (remember I said I was going to talk about that?)... heh. Well like most things in my life, it got just a little suckier before it got better. I think I didn't realize how much of a drain this past tri season was for me. I'll be taking some good advice next year and simply pick a few key races, instead of trying to race everything in the tri-state area. Although, I must say, I have a MUCH better handle on what racing really means (especially after Timberman).

So, I took a little break. Didn't do much. And ate. A lot. Smart? No. But I think I needed to be a sloth for a while. (mission accomplished!)

But that time is over now. I am going to join Gold's Gym this week. Can you say pampering? Every treadmill has a TV. They give out towels for FREE. The spin class kicked my butt this morning. And they have a class early every day. And a sauna (which I probably won't use). And a woman's only weight room. And a yoga studio. I could go on. You get the point. It feels good to get healthy again.

So, I'm running this fun 1/2 Marathon in less than two weeks. At first it was supposed to be a goal race, and then, well... I ate the entire contents of my kitchen and lost motivation (well, except to run from the couch to the kitchen for more snacks). And you know? I don't need anymore goals this year. :) So, it's gonna hurt. But, it's for fun. I honestly don't care if it takes 3 hours. As Rocket Pants reminded me, "This is supposed to be FUN, remember?"

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

3 Weeks Later

I can't believe it's been that long. It's funny, things actually had to get WORSE before they got better.

In short, after being scooped, my computer was attacked by a virius (3 days before a talk), corrupting some much needed files, erasing all of the recent changes to my talk and paper, and making it basically unusable. Let's just say that temporary operating systems are a NIGHTMARE! And, it might could be said that I owe my first born to our amazing IT guy.

But this post is about GOOD news:

-Computer is fixed - complete with a new hard drive. Harvard talk was finished just in time.

-I didn't lose ANY data. God Bless the Backup Server. TriFeist - really hope you are backing up your stuff daily!

-Itunes pulled through.... although it's tough to bring back 40+ days of music... And talk about the good advice you just couldn't take. The NEXT time someone tells me to back my music up I WILL!

-I wasn't really scooped that badly, afterall! The abstract was scary and vague, but the preprint... well.... it sucked! Wahoo for me!

-I have a general date. To defend. It's not official, but my advisor is leaving the country for a 15 mo. sabbitical in May. So um. Yeah. That's my date.

-Last but NOT least: My mom quit smoking! AND, she's eating healthy and walking! She said this past weekend when I went home that she had me to thank for showing her how to be healthier. It almost made me cry. I cannot begin to describe the happiness I feel. She looks so much better. She smells better. The light in her eyes is back. The quickness in her step restored. And more than that, her zeal for life.... Stronger than ever. How I had missed it all.

So, as you can see, life is picking up. I guess people were wondering about me for a while. Things are better. I think I learned a lot about how to deal when the chips are down. Life is such a roller coaster, and sometimes it's overwhelming. Sometimes it's hard for me to ask for help. I finally learned that it's okay to admit that I can't do it all. And, I realized that my philosophy that we're all here to help each other isn't just for others.

OH yeah... is this a triathlon blog? Hmm. Well, let's take a short breather from that for today. Promise I'll be back sooner than 3 weeks to let you know how all of that is going...