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first spring in the first state

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

for some odd reason, the number 300 makes me think of super ripped shirtless dudes with capes.

Wow, I signed into wordpress and saw this will be my 300th blog post here. My very first post was in June of 2007 and I just realized something else: with the team roster changing every year…I’m now officially the person who has been on the team the longest. Double WOW. That is something I’m sure nobody would have predicted back in 2007, or even 2008, or 2009…

So instead of being in super rainy Thailand meeting all the newbies, I have the privilege and honor of staying home in the USA and helping to get our first American Bike Boutique store off the ground. Which really means I get to go to parties every weekend to “network” with the community whilst pursuing true love with an all-American boy who is actually smart and cute and tall and has an excellent command of English. (It is honestly amazing how much your standards drop after living at training camps for so many months where a good-looking chap who speaks the same language as you is a rare commodity.)

staying in one place long enough helps increase your odds of finding true love.

Spring officially sprung (sprang?) over a week ago so I could finally say I survived my first East Coast winter. I never actually used the snow shovel I bought for $14 at Lowe’s; it’s still sitting in the backseat of my car and I’m considering returning it (they have a 90-day return policy). I can buy two meals at Chipotle for $14! and Chipotle is actually opening here next week!! It’ll be right by the UD campus, home of the Fighting Blue Hens. (I have an awesome UD shirt that says “FEAR THE BIRD!”) Not the first Chipotle in the first state, but maybe the second.

Um, where was I?

the cherry blossoms are supposed to blossom soon.

Oh, spring. Right. Spring is great–I had mentioned when I came back here after Vegas, the snow and ice was completely gone which meant I could ride my bike outside again. Sure there are some “hard-core” people who try to ride their bikes outside through nasty winter conditions, but as a pro athlete, Coach made it clear that it was an issue of safety, not an issue of HTFU.

You don’t want to ruin your season slipping on a patch of ice and breaking your collarbone or wrist or worse; that’s just dumb. In that same vein, there are lots of things that are too risky to do when being an athlete is your livelihood, like play ultimate frisbee for fun or go to open tryouts for Philly’s Lingerie Football League this weekend. But the frisbee boys are ok if I just go their parties as a groupie and my boobs are probably way too small to make the “Philly Passion” team anyway. You know Michael Phelps’ mom wouldn’t let him even go bowling, right? (I read that in his book.)

it's a pink elephant! spouting out a rainbow!

So I had to wait until every last remnant of ice and snow was completely gone. Then HOORAY! If you have never been through a snowy winter (like I haven’t been), you don’t realize how much you take training outside for granted. I might seem like a “sunshine and rainbows” kinda girl, oozing with an ungodly amount of eternal optimism and spirit fingers, but believe me, I can be all dark and twisty like Meredith on Gray’s Anatomy. I’m sure we all can. I just choose not to blog so much when cavorting with the Dark Side because negativity, like positivity, is contagious. People would much rather read about sunshine and rainbows than misery and angst.

Sunshine and rainbows!

sunshine and rainbows!

I meant for this to be a blog about my latest ipod playlist (I call it “spring mix” like it’s a salad) but I rambled on for too long, so perhaps the next one. :)

How to win a free ipod: bodypaint.

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

I’d be lying if I said the top model lurking inside of me isn’t sad to have missed the TBB family photo shoot in Thailand. So instead of modeling the new 2XU race kits and bike jerseys, I present to you a prize-winning photo I submitted for my alma mater’s “Most Amazing T-Shirt” contest.

As you might know, I went to this super nerdy tiny little college in southern California (a bit over 700 undergrads total). More than a third of the student body were kids that were either valedictorians or salutatorians in high school and everyone was an incredible overachiever. Since it’s basically a science & engineering school, we used to joke that the ratio of men to women was about “pi to one” (which would be almost 76% guys) but these days it’s about 65% guys.

The school? Harvey Mudd College. “Mudders,” as we’re called, go on to become geniusly successful overachievers. (Yes “geniusly” is a real word, says me.) In fact, CNBC recently had a list of the top 15 “Colleges That Bring The Highest Paycheck 2011″ and Harvey Mudd topped the list at #1 with graduates making a mid-career median salary of $126,000 and starting median salary of $68,900.

HOLY CRAP, I say. Knowing my own salary, and the fact that a good handful of my college friends are still in grad school or med school (those overachievers are getting their PhD’s and/or MD’s, and I’m serious about the “and/or”) we concluded that these salary numbers would actually be much higher without outliers such as ourselves.

Anyway, on that list, we beat out all the heavy-hitters like Stanford, MIT, Duke, CalTech, Harvard, and Princeton.

“But Harvey Mudd College?” you say. “I’ve even never heard of that school.”

And so HMC presented students and alumni with shirts that said “The Most Amazing College You’ve Never Heard Of.” We were then bribed with free ipod nanos as prizes for a photo contest where we could wear our shirts and compete in various categories: best school spirit, most unusual location, best science-related, best fashion statement, best group/family/community portrait, and best photo with someone famous.

Actually, alumni were bribed with free ipod nanos, students were bribed with restaurant gift cards. (They totally got the short end of the stick.) I currently have an ipod shuffle (my first one got stolen in the Philippines) but my ipod nano had gotten stolen in Thailand, and the generic cheapie ones I’ve bought seem to die quick deaths when bathed in sweat.

So I really wanted to win an ipod nano! I figured my best shot was to go with “best fashion statement” since we Mudders have a reputation for being well… dorky. (Explains a lot about me, doesn’t it?) My first idea was to just wear the shirt and bodypaint and nothing else, but after taking the first round of photos I had a feeling my mother wouldn’t approve. So short shorts and high heels it was. Which is still more than what I wear when racing. You can see all the photo entries on HMC’s Facebook page.

So guess what! I won! I won I won I won! :D

Wait, you already knew that because I said at the beginning of the post that it was a prize-winning photo.

I should really stop spoiling my own stories. :(

Anyway, let it be known to all current and potential sponsors that I will totally bodypaint your logos all over myself. I am also happy to dye my hair to your company colors. I got bored with purple, so the new flavor of the week is hot pink! I haven’t had hot pink in my hair since I raced the Singapore 70.3 a whole two years ago…whew time goes by when you’re having the best time of your life!

new colors only last 1.5 to 2 weeks with all this swimming :(

All right…that was just me saying the teamTBB photo shoot is not the same without this hot-pink-haired camera whore.

Your hair should always match your race kit :D

And just doing my part to promote the most amazing college you’ve never heard of. So now you’ve heard of it!

why chinese people aren’t vegetarians.

Monday, March 14th, 2011

I mentioned going home for my Grandma’s 85th birthday dinner and I was really glad to be there. My huge Chinese family (my mom is one of 6, and I’m one of 15 grandkids) took up 4 whole tables (the big round ones with the spinning thing in the middle) at her favorite Chinese restaurant. These giant tables set the stage for this edition of Girl Vs. Food.

someone needs to get married soon so we can feast again!

If you’ve seen my blogs on what we eat during Thanksgiving and Christmas it should come as no surprise that the concept of being vegetarian has always been weird to me. We’re big on slaughtering the entire animal kingdom during family feasts. So I just don’t understand how people say they never liked meat growing up and that is why they don’t eat it; obviously they weren’t Chinese. ;)

Although I know there is a book called “The China Study” toting a vegetarian diet, I’ve never read it and am not sure where they found these mythical Chinese vegetarians.

Grandma’s birthday banquet was pretty similar to a 12-course wedding banquet, Chinese New Year feasts and whenever we have big family special occasions at restaurants. The members of the animal kingdom that died for a very worthy cause included:

  • Jellyfish
  • Shrimp
  • Pigs x2 or x3
  • Chickens x2
  • Fish
  • Crab
  • Lobsters
  • Cows
  • Scallops
  • Sharks (shark fin soup!)
  • Abalone (I thought they were mushrooms)

There was even tofu in there somewhere, but we all know that’s not a real animal. ;)

I was kind of sad we didn’t have Peking duck (I never made my way to Philly’s Chinatown for that) until I tried what Grandma had substituted it with–a new (to me) Chinese dish I’d never seen….chicken stuffed with sticky rice and fried up…WHOA!

winner winner stuffed chicken dinner!

In addition to the 12 entrees we had 3+ desserts. There was birthday cake in two flavors, then jello with condensed milk (in mango, green tea, and grass jelly flavors), homemade almond cookies, and mini bun things stuffed with red beans.

I love this photo because my grumpy Grandpa is smiling :D We used to think he never smiled.

And no, everyone in my big fat Chinese family isn’t actually morbidly obese. Surprising, isn’t it? I swear we don’t eat like this every day. :) And never fear, Mom made sure to pick up a Peking duck for me at Ranch 99 before I left home. :D

tsunamis and earthquakes, oh my!

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

tsunami!!

uh oh, the end of the world is coming early! It’s not even 2012 yet. Got the news about the ginormous 8.9 earthquake in Japan and the aftershocks and tsunami waves heading to my own hometown of Pacifica, California (just south of San Francisco along the Pacific coast…thus its name…).

P-town pier, hope you're ok!

All the P-town schools were closed today and Mom says a lot of the locals had to evacuate to higher ground. Our house is higher up on a hill, about a mile inland (or a 10-minute jog down the windy streets) so we’re A-OK. When I was home just a week ago I took a nice leisurely run out our front door and down along the beach, snapping some photos along the way (a pre-marathon long run so I brought the camera phone to make sure I wasn’t going too fast). I was enamored by the new-ish looking tsunami warning signs but hadn’t ever taken them seriously! :(

to higher ground!

I hope everyone is okay!

I miss the beach!

You can check out this link here, which is a live blog with live updates from one of the local newspapers.

Rockaway Beach

My thoughts and warm-fuzzy vibes go out to all the families affected by this disaster in Pacifica, the surrounding coastal towns, and of course the earthquake victims in Japan. Stay safe, everyone… :(

Trouble in Vegas 2011

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

I slipped away from the East Coast for a nice little break from the winter weather and even took an internet break when I was in Vegas. I was not about to pay $7/hour (or $50/week! WTF!) and it turns out my smartphone is on the short bus in certain locations (like inside a giant casino).

less debauchery during daylight. ;)

When I got back yesterday, the snow and ice had disappeared and it’s almost like San Francisco weather here in Delaware. The gas prices are ridiculously similar too, I was shocked at the 40-cent jump!

ROAD TRIP!

Anyway just like my last trip after IM St. George, what happens in Vegas is best not overly-described in a public blog and hey, maybe it was good I wasn’t able to blog from my so-called “smart”phone while I was…um…less inhibited. SO…if we were to do a word-vomit exercise, the 3.5 days spent in Sin City would go something like the following…please keep in mind we were traveling in a large group (over 10 of us) so not all of the following pertains to your favorite superstar. ;) Oh and I’ll intersperse some random photos taken mostly in the daylight when less debauchery was to be had:

you don't have to tip him if you take a photo of his back.

…Ultimate frisbee, skanky outfits, 99-cent frozen Bailey’s, blue suede shoes, Imperial Palace, blacked out,

O'Sheas has the best tasting slushee drinks and cheapest too! 99-cent frozen Bailey's: like a Frappuccino for grown-ups.

Haamonii Smooth Shochu, ROAD TRIP!!, 24-hour buffet bracelets,

buy the cup and get discounted refills!

bouncers, dancing, SmartEnergy, $16 Red Bull/vodkas, strippers,

proof I did something other than party for 3 days

grown-up slurpees, Chinese New Year, giant bunnies, Monty Python, Dr. Evil, Chipotle, Starbucks, tiaras,

giant bunny at the Bellagio Chinese New Year exhibit--very Monty-Python-esque

dessert at every meal, freakin’ awesome, complimentary bracelets, penny slots, trashed, 4am French fries, excess, floozy,

when in doubt, try one of each: the buffet @ Caesars'

chicken pot pie, Red Rock Canyon, bacon, wedding chapel, spankings, Elvis, tiny bladders, elephant bladders, bathroom attendants, rock stars, Hash House a go go,

quite possibly my new favorite restaurant: Hash House a go go, as seen on Man V. Food

QUADZILLA!!!, the Strip, downhills, Man V. Food, Girl vs. Food?, uphills, escalators,

longer than a foot-long and under $2!

slow elevators, super hilly marathon, CRAP!, dollar bills, girly drinks for boys, random travel sponsor run-in, Coyote Ugly, Minefield Dancers,

the money shot

shopping, hungover, chocolate, lions, first time, debauchery, stinky cleats, hot tub room, chafage,

I wore my tiara on the entire flight home.

tattoos, deep fried Reese’s, $25 lollipops, $1.99 footlong hotdogs…BEST VEGAS TRIP EVER!

There was actually swimming and biking and running involved, but no one really wants to hear about that.

the lower-calorie, hangover-free choice of triathlon superstars

I would like to thank Haamonii Smooth Shochu for sending us a case and ensuring that I was hangover-free the entire trip, though I can’t say the same for my fellow shenanigan partners. ;)