Monday, July 23, 2007

triathalon weekend


The weather was fabulous. The backdrop of Lake Michigan amazing. The company was great. The race is over for another year.

I likened the feelings that surround this event for me as that of a mom waiting to send her independent 5-year-old off to kindergarten, you know they will be okay...but what if they need you? I am always nervous about what is going to happen out on that course, is dh prepared enough, is he okay? And I know he is okay, I know he has trained hard but all of those "what if's" coming flodding in. This year, my dh's contest was plagued with "tummy troubles" and equipment problems...but he finished and was in relatively good spirits afterward. He made it. He'll tell you all about it here.

I am amazed by the group of people that turns out for this event - I am inspired every year and at every event that I cheer on to start running or something, I yearn to be part of this band of committed atheletes. I am encouraged that I could maybe even accopmish something - this is not Mr. Universe, this is every day joe coming out to compete. I am filled with reverence for the weekend warrior. They aren't there to be perfect, they are there to challenge themselves and try their best. I need to make a note to self here, I tend to think black and white, if I can't be good at something, I don't want to do it. But then I see these super heros walking among us and know I need to check myself.

On the knit front, I was able to work a little on my Roza on the way down and a bit on the course. This year I was graced with company. My brother-in-law and his wife-to-be did the sprint triathalon on Saturday and hung out with us to the bitter end of the event yesterday. It was so nice when I started to worry about dh not being back to the bike transition that he would have had to maintain over 20 miles an hour and realistically shouldn't be back for another 15-20 minutes - doh! thank you BIL for that reality check - relief. As much as I sometimes think I am a quiet observer, it was nice to have someone to hang out with and talk to - not to mention they brought me food. Now, if I can just initiate said SIL to the world of knitting...did I note a glimmer of interest or am I just wishful? Really, those long nights on call - socks make a nice portable project. *grin*


In any case, Roza is such an easy peasy sock. I found the two row repeat easy to commit to memory and mistakes were obvious immediately, not rows later. I think unknitting a sock is hazardous, so seeing errors quickly is a bonus. I am still inches from the turning the heel, but as I blatantly play hooky today, I may have some time to work on it between naps:) *hooky update - someone is laughing at me because since I called in feeling "headachy", my daughter has come home sick from daycare with a fever and I have pinched something so badly in back that I can barely walk, have pain that makes me cry involuntarily and am medically off work until Thursday - now that is karma. No hooky for you! Back to the ice pack and some naproxen, just couldn't leave you thinking I was being a slacker when my day is turing out like this....

My husband is already rethinking his race docket for '08, I'm hoping for a similar event somewhere slightly more spectaculor. I mean, this kind of training deserves a race in say, Colorado, the East Coast or even Arizona, right? I don't know the individulized hurdles that these places may present - heat, humidity, altitude - but I suggest we kill two bids with one stone and get a vacation out of this. Suggestions welcome!


Anonymous Sarah said...

Oh, Arizona would be lovely! That get's my vote. Or, is there one in Nantucket? Cape Cod?

Hmmm, the mind reels with ideas.

1:08 PM  
Blogger Auntly H said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE that yarn. Lickable. :)

1:54 PM  
Blogger Kristy said...

I love the athletic community. My fiance is a runner, and they're such a nice, healthy bunch :)

I love the sock so far!

2:50 PM  
Blogger MollyBeees said...

I really like the Roza socks! Nice clean looking pattern and the yarn is yummy! Hope your back feels better soon. Stuff like that happens to me all the time. You think I'd learn what a harsh taskmaster Karma is but I never do! LOL

3:44 PM  
Blogger cbknits80 said...

Yikes - hope the back and your daughter feel better soon.

5:12 PM  
Blogger Riggwelter said...

I agree with Aunty H, that yarn does look edible. The sock is looking great.

1:09 AM  
Blogger Riggwelter said...

ps, hope your back is feeling better soon!

1:10 AM  
Anonymous susan b anderson said...

I am so sorry about your back. Back pain is the worst, there is no relief. Hope you feel better soon. That sock is so pretty, the stitches are clean and crisp.

6:30 AM  
Blogger Tina said...

Aw - and it seemed like such a nice weekend/day! I hope everyone's better soon. The sock _is_ beautiful...

7:37 AM  
Anonymous Mandy said...

I think unknitting socks can be hazardous too. I like the Roza socks!

8:16 AM  
Blogger Jean said...

Roza looks lovely! I'm sorry hooky took a turn for the worse. I hope you and your daughter feel better soon!

4:40 PM  
Blogger Anya said...

Oh my goodness. I know backpain. I have chronic back pain, had surgery 3 years ago at 25 to keep me from getting paralyzed. It's the core of you, the center, so it will effect everything. Don't let it get to you mentally if you can. Keep strong and smile.

10:05 AM  
Anonymous Marisol said...

Oh No! I had no idea you had hurt yourself! I really hope you feel better real soon:(

8:08 PM  

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