Sunday, July 29, 2007

What a day!

I did it! Today was one of my all time favorite days. The race was so much fun, so supportive, and filled with enthusiastic fans. I beat my goal time by two minutes and felt strong all the way. The swim was way more of a people obstacle course than I imagined but was still quite smooth, the bike was uphill for about the first 3 miles but then the sweet payoff was about 9 miles of rolly up and down (mostly down!). Then the run was fun because people were cheering the whole way. I didn't stop smiling the whole time.

Sam and Reed were there at every transition yelling for me. In the photos you can see my "wave" of swimmers in green caps, all the women in my age group. We were the 14th wave out of 21 so there was a lot of waiting to get started. I loved all the ceremony that Danskin does. They actually played "Eye of the Tiger" on the beach before the swim started, and if that's not embarrasing, how about the fact that it made me get teary with excitement? They also put a medal around your neck as soon as you cross the finish line.

It was pretty amazing to see the cancer survivors and older women racing. I had a total blast and will definitely be back next year. Who's coming with me? Huge thanks to Sam for being so excited for me and cheering so loudly at every turn. (These photos are way out of order and I can't for the life of me straighten them out, so you'll figure it out.) Reed's t-shirt says "My Mom Tri's." I couldn't resist.

Danskin Triathlon

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Summer is FLYING

I can't believe it is the end of July. Last week Sam was away at a History course at Bowdoin College and I was on my own with the kids. We kept very busy and had a lot of play dates as it was my survival tactic to wear Skyler out so she would nap for me. It worked on half the days. It's a good thing Reed is so darn agreeable so I can really take him anywhere to let Skyler run wild. This week it is my turn to be in school. I am taking my last grad class for my masters, a great writing class with two of my favorite professors from 9-3:30 for 5 days straight. It is very mellow. They basically give us some structured group time and the rest of the time send us off with our laptops and coffee to write. How unbelievably luxurious. I'm happy with the personal essay I'm working on. We will all share our work with the rest of the class on Friday. Sam is doing great with the kids at home, though he's glad to see me at 4:00.

For our 6th anniversary this weekend we are off to Auburn Mass for the the Danskin's all women's Triathlon. There are 3000 women registered to race. After my battles with strep throat and double ear infections over the last two weeks I am now healthy. I am so ready and so excited (okay, and a good bit nervous too). The race is at 7am on Sunday so think of me. West coasters will be just getting up as I'm finishing. The forecast is for thunderstorms so that should be interesting. Skyler is staying here with my mom (thank the lord) and Sam and Reed will be cheering me on. I'll definitely let you know how it goes!

Meredith's shower

We had great weather for Meredith's shower despite threats of rain. She got a lot of cute girl clothes for the (yet unnamed) baby girl who will be here in 2 weeks (we hope!). The onesies on the clothesline spell out O'Reilly.


Our annual camping trip with the Carvers (usually also with the O'Reillys who couldn't make it this year) was to Moosehead Lake. Though we got rained out and came home a day early, we had a great time. The girls loved swimming in the cold water. Miraculously, we got all the kids to bed in the tents and then had a couple hours of wine and marshmallows (i know) around the fire in peace. We really didn't mess around with the food this year and ate like richfolk... grilled veggies and fish with fruit salsa, grilled chicken wraps, eggs and scones for breakfast! No beans and franks with this crowd.

Camping at Moosehead