Raptor + Unicorn = Raptorcorn (the two coolest creates to ever roam the earth!)
While Raptors are vicious, masculine, badass and kinda cute,
Unicorns are quite the opposite, being graceful, feminine, magical creatures. This is me...the best of both worlds all wrapped up in one!
What once started as a personal journal is now a log of all life's adventures. Take a look back to see what once was and look below to see what is now.
Sit back, crack a beer and enjoy the journey...
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Jacksonville Olympic Triathon (first win of the year)
This race was the first time I've put mind over matter and pushed when I didn't think I could push anymore (or at least doing it to a higher level). I've done this before on a smaller scale, but this time I really had to dig deep for the win.
I decided to do a couple things different before the race. I brought my trainer and rode my bike for a bit before to warm up. I also went for short run and my usual swim practice.
I felt fine on the swim, I thought my time would be better so maybe the currents were bad, I'm not sure. I held a steady pace the whole time and I could only see one guy out ahead of me, but he had a really big gap. As I got out of the water, I was passed by a couple others and I thought the day was off to a pretty bad start.
When I got on the bike, only one person was in front of me, since I had passed the other guys in transition. I didn't feel super great the first 15 minutes and I got passed by two more people, but then I finally got into a groove almost half way through and was able to push it. I made it a goal to catch the guy in first place and I finally did right before T2. The last few miles, I was heads down, pushing as hard as I could, thinking I would blow up my run. I don't think I have ever worked so hard on the bike during a race. It was not my fastest bike split ever, but it was windy...otherwise, it probably would have been.
I exited transition a little before the guy I had recently passed on the bike. He caught up to me shortly in and we ran together for a while. It was hard to hold the pace he was holding, but I knew if I let him get too far ahead, I was done for. A couple times I let him get about 50 feet ahead, but both times I reeled him back in. The final time was about half a mile before the finish line. I passed him at close to a sprint and ended up in first, but only by 4 seconds. The third place guy was also only 20 seconds behind. So many times I had given up in my head, but I changed my mind, sucked it up and decided I wasn't going to let this guy beat me. It worked, but it sure was hard! I'm happy to have also finally broken 40 minutes in a 10k off the bike!
Another weekend, another yurt! The Mill Hollow Yurt is also located in the Uinta Mountains, but it is not as secluded as the Castle Peak Yurt. When you pull up to the yurt, it is surrounded by other buildings not used in the winter. This is a big change from Castle Peak because you don't get the feeling you are in the middle up nowhere. The inside of the Mill Hollow yurt was much newer and nicer though. The yurt was bigger around and the beds were smaller so there was much more room for lounging and eating. They also had a couple big picnic tables in the center so there was a lot of eating area. We also had a lot more people on this yurt trip. We had Toni and Misti, Alex and Ceci, Mary and Vin and I brought Hayden. Bringing Hayden ended up not being the best idea. I'll get to this later.
We met in Kamas on Saturday morning at a local restaurant called Yolk and I was thoroughly unimpressed. They took forever to get our food out, when they brought it out, th…
As I've settled into living on Kauai I have not been traveling all that much, but been enjoying little adventures along the way. Here is what I have been up to!
Lei making for Lana's birthday.
Lots of reading on the beach!
David came to visit and while we didn't get huge surf we caught some fun waves.
My new place! It's so cute! Perfect Lanai for working.
The view from my workstation.
My new place also has bees that I am learning about. Hopefully I can figure out how to harvest my own honey.
Ukulele lessons. So much fun with friends!
My new toy! She needs a little work and love, but we are going to have so much fun this summer!
Some of the destruction from the north shore flooding.
Helping friends with the new trampoline.
Waves! I love when someone gets to take pictures so I can see what I need to work on (everything!).
Finally took a trip to see Oahu! It was fun, but made me appreciate where I live.