Sunday, July 28, 2013

Settling in....Baltimore

So I'm finally starting to settle in here in Baltimore. All my stuff is in my apartment, and I finally got to go on my first run here! I'm living in Inner Harbor area, and decided to go for a fun run to Fort McHenry, about 7 miles total. The route is pretty easy, I didn't get lost once, and there were sidewalks to whole way. There were even a few businesses that had water coolers out on the thoughtful! I carried my Fuelbelt Sprint handheld bottle, and filled it up a few times on the way. It was about 80 degrees out, but somewhat overcast, so it didn't feel too hot (especially knowing that it would about 98 in Georgia right now). I'm pretty excited to be here, and will definitely include this route a lot more in the future.

This week I also joined the MAC, a gym just a few blocks from my apartment. They have 3 pools, yoga and pilates studios, and a ton of classes. I'm definitely ready to jump into a new program now that I'm away from the Army's Physical Readiness Training program.

I'm definitely taking advantage of my free time now to up my mileage since I just registered for the Half-Full Triathlon in Columbia, MD, in October!! Not quite a 70.3 (the swim is only .9 rather than 1.2 miles) but I'm going to count it for my mid-distance tri this year. I'm pretty excited!!

Friday, July 26, 2013

In transit....

Wow. So I haven't been on here in a few weeks. What a crazy whirlwind life has been. Where have I been?

Well, immediately after Rev3 Williamsburg, I spent two weeks in Europe. Then I spent a few more days in Georgia cleaning out my house. I drove to Richmond then on to Baltimore, signed the lease for my amazing new apartment, flew to California, attended San Diego Comic Con, flew straight back to Baltimore, attempted to move into my amazing new apartment, was accepted to the University of Maryland School of Law, and am now trying to unpack the boxes taking up every inch of my amazing new apartment. I still am not entirely sure what time zone I'm in.

What an adventure. Needless to say. my training has kind of fallen to the side for right now. My next big race will be Rock n' Roll Virginia Beach during Labor Day weekend, and I don't know what will follow that. I am volunteering for the Marine Corps Marathon, running the Army Ten Miler, highly tempted to run an event in the Baltimore Running Festival, and visiting NYC to cheer on a friend who will be running the NYC marathon. Right now my plans for a half-ironman have fallen to the side, but once I unpack my poor bike, I'm sure my feelings will change.

Meanwhile, I am typing madly away at posts about all these adventures, which will be up soon, whenever I can find some internet!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Rev3 Williamsburg: photos!

I'm back! I haven't written for the past two weeks because I've been in Europe! So many adventures. Right now, though, I'm back, and in the process of moving to Baltimore. While I take a breather, here are some pics from Rev3 Williamsburg:

 This is me coming out of the I look absolutely relieved that it was over? It ended up being something like a 48 minute swim....ridiculous.

 Almost the last one out of bike transition! You can see all the swim to bike bags all over; everything we took off in T1 had t be put in a bag, and they were moved back to the finish line for pickup. Because of traffic, though, the bags weren't delivered until almost 2pm.

Running into the finishing chute! This torturous course had us run PAST the finish line, down a hill, back up the hill, and THEN into the finish line. I felt really bad for the Halfers who had to do that TWICE!

At the end, I just wanted to stop. But what do they do? They have a gaggle of volunteers in your face throwing things at you. They give you a medal, an ice towel that kept falling off, a water AND a gatorade, a finisher's t shirt...and then you're supposed to get in line for food. Where was I supposed to put all that crap?! Also, the shirt they gave me at the finish line was a medium, not small, so it's kind of big. Not a big enough deal to request a small. Also, it was long sleeved....weird for a summer race. Thankfully I had a friend waiting for me (hence this awesome picture) to take all my stuff so I could drink something and get some food.

And, the piece de resistance:
I'd seen the Rev3 medals before, and thought they were obnoxiously large. I was right. They are obnoxious. But gorgeous. Not as heavy as the obnoxious Disney ones, but still, huge.

So, there you have it. Overall, it was really well set up and organized, and a great experience. I look forward to maybe doing it again next year, but this time, more prepared for the awful swim.