Tuesday, July 24, 2012

what the heart wants

I've been talking in broad, sketchy terms about what I want to do next year.  Mostly because IM events fill up within 82 seconds of opening, so you at least have to have an idea of what you'd like to do a year out.  But I wasn't expecting to decide anything until later in the fall, and I was planning for a fairly light year of no-flying-with-the-bike-cheap-local-races.  I've been chatting casually with friends about the possibility of a spring marathon, and a late year IM - maybe Arizona or Cozumel.  And after CdA Sonja recommended a few IMs that are similar in locale to CdA, so maybe Canada (the west Canada).  But I was waffling (a common IM-signup-theme) and figured that at some point I'd be hit by a bolt of lightening like I was last year when I fell in love with Coeur d'Alene for no explicable reason.
Sometimes, there is no bolt of lightening.
Sometimes, you just want to party with your friends (and your NY-residing-family).
Sometimes, you just get swept away.
*I was mainly compensated for this race entry by being a good daughter for the better part of 32 years, which I believe is far better than writing book reviews and pushing products for 8 cents a page view.  The remainder of the race entry was funded by FINALLY getting a new job and selling things that we have decided we can do without.  Other sacrifices have been and will continue to be made to pay the remainder of Graham's vet bills.  All opinions are my own, but if you doubt that I have the greatest mom in the world, I will beat the living shit out of you.

31 comments:

  1. OMG YAYYYYYYYY! Sooo super duper excited for Placid next year. I loved being there this year, still can't quite believe I signed up but here goes. And I'll get to meet you I hope!!

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  2. Don't ever feel the need to explain.

    I thought you have to volunteer a year at LP before you can race it? See how I know nothing about this triathlon business?

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  3. I love you and your brass balls.
    That is all.

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  4. And... If anyone doubts that you ARE the greatest mamas in the world, I shall beat the shit out of them.

    Love,
    The Poet

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  5. Not that you needed the disclaimer, but I love it anyway. It never ceases to amaze me what people think is their business to judge.

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  6. Race registration peer pressure is the bestest kind!

    LOL - "pushing products for 8 cents a page view" yeah some blogs are just getting ridiculous.

    Congrats on the new job!

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  7. New job? Nice! Congratulations! And great moms are even better...

    That said, there is a pervasive air of IMLP peer pressure around the internets these days, ha ha ha!

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  8. Exciting! I can't think of a better way to pick than signing up for the race that all of your friends and training buddies are doing (hello, Richmond!).

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  9. If I'm in Upstate at that time I'm coming to cheer you on.

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  10. Congrats on the new job! And I wish I had tri friends like yours- they sound awesome.

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  11. That is fantastic, congratulations! Now you're hooked. The fun thing is that IMLP is known as the hardest bike course in the US circuit. that's why I have and will pass on it. Good luck!

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  12. Congrats on your race registration (you are badass), on Graham feeling better, on having great family and friends, on your new job, on life's ups and downs being handled with grace, and THANK YOU for loving your dogs. Piss on the negative people.

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  13. Congrats on the job and the race! Looking forward to following your journey and seeing how it differs from IM #1!

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  14. Ahh! So exciting!!!!!!

    And you don't owe any of those a-holes an explanation.

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  15. This cracked me up! Exactly how it happens. A big high five to your mom for being AWESOME!

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  16. Looking forward to all your crazy iron man adventures. :) get it!!

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  17. I have the most amazing parents in the world who also drop mad coin so I can keep playing in this amazing world of triathlon!
    congrats Katie!! IMLP :)

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  18. I may need to spectate or volunteer one of these times. I don't know that I have an IM in me, but I get chills thinking about spectating/supporting those who do.

    Congrats and happy training!

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  19. Nice caveat of "better part of 32 years" ;) haha

    Congrats on the new job!!!! Not sure most people would celebrate that fact with an Ironman, but you are not most people. You are better than most people!

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  20. And party with the sheep! Don't forget them.

    If I had read this first, I wouldn't have had to flaunt my geography skills (lack thereof). ;)

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  21. IMLP here you come.....but seriously we have to stop dodging each other and meet up. Enough of this non-sense....haha!

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  22. OMG---those texts were AWESOME! I'm so jealous that you are doing IMLP next year. I really wanted to sign up for it. I live on the west coast and can't get any of my friends to sign up with me. I've done Canada and CDA...and doing AZ this year and all I've ever wanted to do was LP. Good luck...I'll get there one day!!

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  23. I just did Lake Placid as a first timer this past weekend. You are going to LOVE it...the town is amazing and Mirror Lake is incredible. The bike course is gorgeous as is the run! Book your hotel now and do not stay at Northwoods Inn - I stayed there and it was a dump! Best Western is the best hotel and literally 10 feet from the swim start. Congrats on CDA - I was hanging on every word of your race report to see how it went and you rocked it. I also had foot issues...instead of broken glass it was like hot coals. I finished though!

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  24. Still chasing the doubtful hope that I can snag a way in! Will know by this week :)

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  25. That's such exciting news! Congrats on the new job, too. I would love to hear more about that.

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