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Guest Reader

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Last week a friend of mine asked me to be a guest reader for her first grade class. This was my first time to reading to a group of first graders so I was a bit nervous…I didn’t want to mess up!

Well, my first mistake was that I told the class that this was my first time reading to a kindergarten class. Never call first graders kindergarteners! Other than that little slip up everything went well.

I read the book “Mia Hamm Winners Never Quit”. I was amazed at how well the class behaved and listened while I was reading. Cute story about how not to quit no matter how bad you might want to.  If you push hard and try your best, then success will eventually follow.  I think I even learned something!  Then, there is always one kid in every class that has to ask…”What if you never lose to begin with?”

The kids had some excellent questions for me after the reading session was over…
-How wide are your arms?
-How many miles do you run before your shoes burst?
-How fast are you?
-How many miles can you run in in hour?
-What’s your favorite fruit?

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Happy Mother’s Day

Monday, May 10th, 2010

My Mother Taught Me

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1.. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE .
“If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning.”

2. My mother taught me RELIGION.
“You better pray that will come out of the carpet.”

3. My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL.
“If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you into the middle of next week!”

4. My mother taught me LOGIC .
” Because I said so, that’s why.”

5. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC .
“If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you’re not going to the store with me.”

6. My mother taught me FORESIGHT .
“Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an accident.”

7. My mother taught me IRONY.
“Keep crying, and I’ll give you something to cry about..”

8. My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS .
“Shut your mouth and eat your supper.”

9. My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM.
“Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!”

10. My mother taught me about STAMINA ..
“You’ll sit there until all that spinach is gone.”

11. My mother taught me about WEATHER.
“This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it.”

12. My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY.
“If I told you once, I’ve told you a million times. Don’t exaggerate!”

13. My mother taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE.
“I brought you into this world, and I can take you out..”

14. My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION .
“Stop acting like your father!”

15. My mother taught me about ENVY .
“There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don’t have wonderful parents like you do.”

16.. My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.
“Just wait until we get home.”

17. My mother taught me about RECEIVING .
“You are going to get it when you get home!”

18. My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE.
“If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they are going to get stuck that way.”

19. My mother taught me ESP .
“Put your sweater on; don’t you think I know when you are cold?”

20. My mother taught me HUMOR .
“When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don’t come running to me.”

21. My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT .
“If you don’t eat your vegetables, you’ll never grow up.”

22. My mother taught me GENETICS.
“You’re just like your father.”

23.. My mother taught me about my ROOTS.
“Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?”

24. My mother taught me WISDOM.
“When you get to be my age, you’ll understand.”

And my favorite:

25.. My mother taught me about JUSTICE .
“One day you’ll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you !”

N’awlins 70.3 and Woodstock

Friday, May 7th, 2010

I’m so far behind on my blogs that I am now writing two race reports in one.  Enjoy!

I raced New Orleans 70.3 about 3 weeks ago where I finished 3rd overall.  Since the race was so long ago and I can’t even remember what I did yesterday, I’m going to just give a quick recap of what I can remember…

Swim- Extremely choppy in Lake Ponchotrain.  Had a rough start and finish but managed to be third out of the water.  A bit further back than I wanted.  Swim times were slower all around because of the tough conditions.  Was actually glad to be out of the swim and onto the bike.

Bike-   Flat and fast but some wind made it challenging at times.  Was about a minute back from the leader for most of the ride.  With about 20k left I took the lead.  Very solid ride.

Run- Point to point run finishing in the French Quarter.  Felt amazing the first 5 miles of the run. Faded a bit in the middle of the run and was passed by two women at about mile 6 and 7.  In the end, I was able to hold on to third.

N’awlins 70.3 post race was a blast with live music, homestyle cheese grits, and hanging out with friends from Austin.

This past weekend I raced Wildflower (aka…the Woodstock of triathlons).  If you have not done this race it is a ‘must do’.  Wildflower showcases what triathlon is (and should be) all about.  Most people camp out but we opted to stay in a house.  The expo, food, awards ceremony etc..is all at one location and it’s just a big party.  You meet so many new people, hang out and enjoy the festivities all weekend long.

I had an o.k. swim and was third out of the water.  Unfortunately I had three flats on the bike…my right leg, my left leg and my head.  It was a frustrating ride and I let it get the best of me.  If I pushed harder I would go slower. I managed to pick myself back up after an embarrassing ride and have a solid effort on the run to finish 9th.  Not the place I had hoped for or what I know I’m capable of, but I’m pleased with the effort that I had on that day.

I’m really excited where my fitness is right now so early in the season and know I’m getting stronger with every race good or bad.  However, I am determined to have a good race at Wildflower some day so yes…I will be back!