Sunday, March 20, 2011


Yesterday was a lovely day for a bike ride - even if you are like me and you haven't ridden your bike outside for months and months and months. I'm pretty certain that I haven't ridden outside since last July - kind of skipped the whole fall riding thing.  Oh that's right...last fall I was under my own delusional plan to do "lots of road races." That really didn't go as I'd and learn.

Despite the constant headwind (at least it felt that way), the ride was gorgeous. We enjoyed a jaunt through Goochland, Henrico and Hanover (I think). I love riding out there - the scenery is pretty and the traffic is kind of riding. Is it my imagination or has West Creek turned into some kind of crazy traffic zone? I felt safer out on the country roads than trying to deal with hostile soccer families. I never have considered soccer families as hostile...until witnessing how they drive in West Creek. I guess they don't believe in sharing the road?

Anyway, I haven't ridden that far (50 miles) I will admit that I was pretty tired by the end. But it was that "good" kind of tired. The kind where you know you've really worked your muscles and cardiovascular system.

The day was capped off with a Richmond Spiders win (woohoo!!!) and dinner with some dear friends.


Thursday, March 10, 2011

Hello blog!

It has been a long, long time since I last posted on my blog. What can I say? My return to the classroom comes with its share of sacrifices, including free time (what is that, anyway?) I have no regrets about leaving higher ed to return to the more intense grind of classroom teaching. While I really enjoyed my colleagues @ UR, I hardly ever saw them. We were like independent contractors sharing a hall. It was lonely for me. Yes, I like people. Now, I share a room with twenty first graders. There is nothing quiet or lonely about an elementary school - that is for sure. The energy, creativity and support at Collegiate are exceptional. It's quite a place - and I just love being there.

What about working out and triathlons? You may (or may not) be asking. Well, I fit my workouts in the only way that works. Usually, this means getting up very, very, very in 4:30 a.m. It helps that Rick gets up at the same time. (We are obviously deranged, but we knew that already). Sadly, I am not running at all anymore. I have tried. In fact, I have tried just about everything from surgery to knee injections to stretching to lots of Aleve. If it's not my knees swelling like balloons, it's some secondary injury caused by running. Case in point: I developed a terrible case of plantar fasciitis last fall. It was so debilitating that I could barely stand on my feet to teach. Now that is just ridiculous. I need to be active and move around (a LOT) to keep up with seven-year old children.  After a lovely cortisone shot and some major anti-inflammatories, the pain settled down. But, I can only wear Dansko clogs or running shoes right now. I'm okay with that, but I would like to have the option to wear some sassy little shoes every now and then.

So...I have signed up for a few races - two are aquabikes and one is a Olympic distance triathlon. However, I probably won't do the run in the Olympic distance race. Yup - I'll DNF it. (Side note: if Set Up events would add the aquabike option to their Olympic distance events, I wouldn't have to DNF now would I? I don't know why they don't have that option).

In the grand scheme of life, giving up running isn't the end of the world. The truth is that it has lost its allure to me. After I run, I end up hobbling around. Isn't exercise supposed to make you feel better? I think so. So, I'll stick to things that make me happy without causing swimming...and biking....and teaching....and of drinking.