I’m sorry for neglecting Mr. Hassle lately. I spent so much time and energy training for Alcatraz the past 6 months, then having a crappy work schedule when I got back that it’s been kind of like a big letdown these past 2 weeks. Hardly any workouts, no energy, friends all seem busy… 🙁

Now I am packing up to go back to Colorado for the summer. I’ve got some of my toys packed. The bikes will go on last minute before I leave. It’s hard to pack clothes before you’re ready to go, but I can’t save it all for the last minute. Mostly I’m taking stuff that I use everyday…exercise stuff, computer, camera, umm clothes, bathroom stuff. So it’s kind of hard ot get it all in one place.

My next update may not be until I get to COlorado, but chec back, OK?

Board Certified!!!

Congratulate me again! How many cool things can happen in one month? First I swam from Alcatraz. Second, I won a medal! And THIRD, I passed my oral boards!

I am now a diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine! (And a medalist who has swum from Alcatraz).


Something cool?

Something cool happened at work last night that I wanted to share with you guys, but I am so tired now, that I forget what it was! As soon as I figure it out, I’ll let you know though. So come back.

I’m a medalist!

Call me crazy, but last weekend, only a week after my Escape from Alcatraz, and before heading to work at 4pm, I drove north about 1 1/2 hours to do a sprint distance triathlon. I slept in a creepy campground, woke up at 5am, headed to the race site and waited for the park range to open the gates! I registered in my age group as the lady did a double take…” you don’t look that old!”.

It was a 1/2 mile swim, 9.5 mile bike, 3.5 mile run. It was about 50 degrees, overcast and windy. Can you imagine standing aroudn getting ready to swim in that weather? I was sans wetsuit, figuring I was now a tough gal after swimming in San Francisco Bay. The water temp was actually OK, I swam hard but my time was slow…I think this swim was longer than 1/2 mile.

I did the bike ride on my mountain bike since my road bike was still en route from SanFran. The run was last and I forced myself to run the entire way, no walkign, with quick little pickups along the way, not fast enough to force me to walk. The end result was a personal best run! 10 minutes 17 seconds per mile!

And the best part is that I won a medal! I came in 3rd in my age group, out of five. I was shocked. granted, it wasn’t the fastest group of 35-40 year olds around, but with my smoking run time, I went back and looked up the results of one of the tris I did last year. Between small improvements in my run, my bike and maintianing my swim I think I can take 30 minutes off of my Oly time for this fall. It sounds like a lot, but if you knew how slow I (used to be)… you’d think it was doable too!

Race medal pic to come

Rest and Recovery

Rest and Recovery

A total slack/tourist day. I still walked several miles, which in San Francisco is no joke, but it was relaxing nonetheless. I caught a ride to Fisherman’s Wharf with my PIttsburgh buddy, said our goodbyes, and then I caught the ferry to Sausalito.

I spent the afternoon relaxing, reading, getting sunburnt, drinking ice tea, and being entertained by an old gray-haired hippe with gray-haired dachsund, who claimed to have a rich ex-wife. Apparently his dog has a web site, I havn’t checked it out yet.

Got back to Pier 39 and noticed the sea lions for the first time, so I went to a restaraunt (out of the wind) and sat next to the window eating Ahi Tuna watching the sea-lions fight.

The wind finally died down (relatively, I heard it was still about 30 knots), so I thought that an hour-long sunset tour of the bay and golden gate bridge on the bridge of a motor boat would be a great idea… and it was! I got hammered with only one BIG wave near the end of the tour.

We cruised under the bridge, I made a wish (which I’m keeping a secret!), then back around Alcatraz island. It was a great way to finish my trip.