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My Zoolander Impediment

Monday, July 12th, 2010

No, I’m not talking about being  really, really, really, ridiculously good looking;  we all know the whole Team TBB team is guilty of that!   James has the Blue Steel look down pat, and my god, Tamsin can work the Magnum look.  The Zoolander Impediment I’m talking about is the inability to turn left.  I kind of suspected it, but it became very apparent on today’s bike ride, when I was required to make u-turns on a number of occasions (due to the constraints of the Fight Club treaty, I can not expand any further on the specifics of the bike session), that I simply CANNOT TURN LEFT.   Hmmm, very frustrating.

I found the perfect t-shirt for myself:

My excuse- I’m from the land down under!!!  I’m used to being on the left hand side of the road, and can easily turn right.  But ask me to make a u-turn from the right hand side…..just call me Zoolander.  Yes, that’s the kind of sh*t that goes through my head whilst training, LOL.

I’ve also noticed that during this particular workout (remember people, Fight Club rules….), that there are two signs that I’ve done the session properly.  First sign, I get the hiccups.  I get the hiccups a lot here in Leysin, I put it down to the fact that my breathing pattern changes rapidly, resulting in the hiccups, but who really knows???  I do know, that if I get the hiccups, I’m having a good session.  Second sign, the spew burp.  Usually presents itself early in the session, and could be contributed by the proximity of breakfast.  Nonetheless, I’m saying the presence of a spew burp indicates a job well done!!!!  Today, two out of two! Yesssssssssssssssssssss.

And what sort of blog would this be without a great youtube clip?!?  Enjoy :)

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Arrghhhh, Can I press the ‘rewind button’…….

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Yes, I’d really like a ‘rewind button’ for last weekend.  Unfortunately, you can’t do that in life (if you could, I’m sure my rewind button would be worn out from overuse).  After training solidly for the past 6 weeks here in Leysin, I decided to give IM Austria a go, with the hope of having a solid race, and gaining some great race fitness.  Morning of the race, actually later than the morning of the race;  when I arrived at the race site, my stomach started going crazzzzzy.  Putting it down to pre-race nerves, I continued on the best I could.  Unfortunately, that would only take me to 30 km of the bike and after nearly falling off my bike going up the first major climb, I had to succumb to the reality that the body was not going co-operate :(   It seems I came down with the same stomach bug, that saw James not even start the race on Sunday. 

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So what now?  Well, I’m getting back up and stuck into training. 

I am a huge believer in fate and destiny, and “what will be, will be” or “if it’s meant to be, it will be”  and all that kind of stuff…..  However, given my track record in races lately, what is the universe trying to tell me?!?  I am choosing to ignore the universe, in fact, I have decided to say, “up yours, universe“, I am making my own luck from now on.    What’s that quote???   “The harder you work, the luckier you get.”