Monday, July 28, 2008

Triathlon Update

I have decided that for my first triathlon my performance was acceptable. I have now a benchmark to go off of. I did a triathlon sprint so the distances are not to long. I did a 750m swim 13mile bike ride and a 5k (3.1 mile) run. I felt like my swim took FOREVER, mostly because I have not done very much swimming training, and I don't like the freestyle stroke so I did the breaststroke for most of the swim. I could definitely shave some time off my swim with a little more training.

I ended up renting a road bike at the last minute, and I am so glad that I did because I didn't have to worry about the back pain. I still haven't trained enough on a road bike that I am very proficient with all the gears so I did spin out going down the hills, but overall I thought the biking was not too bad. So with a little road bike training, I could definitely shave some time off there as well.

The run went ok, I was still sad not to have any music, but I guess it definitely makes the transition time go faster. Plus the course had a lot of doubling back so if I could not hear the instructions I may have been really confused. It's just nice to have one under my belt, so that I now know what to expect next time.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Triathlon Stress!!

Tomorrow is my first triathlon and I am beginning to stress a little bit. I am not sure how I feel about the Lake swim at 7:30 in the morning without a wetsuit. I didn't want to worry about trying to rent a wetsuit and thought it might be a little bit of a drag to swim in a wetsuit for 750 meters, but now I am hoping I will just be brave enough to get in the water I am a wimp when it comes to cold.

I have done most of my biking training on the spin bikes at the qym and a little bit on my mountain bike. My mountain bike is in sad form it really only has one gear that works consistently and needs some serious help so I tried to talk Foote into buying me a road bike, but since even the cheap ones are about $600.00 he was not going for it. So he bought me a bike a $10.00 ten speed off of craigslist that is totally 80's. I feel like I should put my hair in a side pony tail just to ride it. I am really glad to have a bike that works to compete on I am just a little worried because every time I ride it I get to about mile eight and my lower back really starts to hurt. I know its not just because my back muscles are weak because I can ride a lot longer on my mountain bike or on my spin bike no problem. It has something to do with the ergonomics of the bike. I have tried adjusting the seat and handle bars, but nothing seems to help. I will just have to toughen up and bear it.

To add to the stress I received an email on Thursday of this week from the company that I ordered my tri shorts and top from a couple weeks ago. They wanted to let me know they were out of stock and would not be able to send my shorts until the 30th which is a little bit of a problem because my race is on the 26th. So needless to say yesterday I was a little stressed because there is really not very many places to buy triathlon gear here in the springs and there was no time to order anything online. Foote came to my rescue and spent about an hour on the phone with the company that messed up my order they ended up overnighting a completely different outfit which is suppose to be an upgrade I am not really sure I really liked what I had picked out, but at this point I am just grateful that I will actually have something to wear tomorrow.

I thought well at least I should have no problems with the running portion of the race. I read the rules and found out that there is no use of MP3 players at all. I don't know if this is standard procedure for all triathlons, but I am really bummed I hate running without music because if I hear myself breath than I think I am more tired than I actually am.

So needless to say I am a little worried about how tomorrow will go, but it will be nice to complete a race so that I will at least know what to expect next time.

Our Camping Trip

We took off Tuesday morning on a camping trip for our anniversary. We went to eleven mile reservoir which is about an hour from Colorado Springs. At first I was a little disappointed because every time I think of Eleven Mile I think of this big desolate lake out in the middle of nowhere, but I completely forgot that on the east side of the lake are some great back country camp sites that are really nice and only accessible by boat or a long hike. Our site was perfect the canoe pulled right up to where we pitched our tent and we even had our own little private cove to swim in that was surrounded by huge rocks. It has been awhile since I have done any camping and I forgot how much I love it. We were able to do some swimming and fishing. Although I have to say I am not much of a fisherman I spend more time trying to get my line untangled than actually fishing, but it was still a lot of fun. And the food was so good Foote put together some tin foil pork chops for the first night and I have to admit I was a little skeptical but they were so so good and he even made peach cobbler for dessert in the dutch oven, you can't beat that. On Wednesday we took the canoe over tho the marina store and just about got caught in a big storm on the way back, we were riding over 3 foot swells in our foot and a half deep canoe, and occasionally we had couple white caps carry us for a while, like surfing in a canoe. The trip was so perfect and everything went great other than, as we were packing up all our gear in the canoe to come home, I accidentally dropped my digital camera into the lake and it is now having major problems hopefully it will get over them and still work. Luckily the memory card seems to have no problems in water so we have a few pictures to post of our trip.

Sunday, July 20, 2008


Friday I came home from taking the girls swimming to find flowers on the counter. "Are these flowers for me?", "Why did you get me flowers?"

Foote's response "You really don't know?"

Thinking.....thinking.......still thinking......."Oh no!! Its our anniversary!" I forgot... again.

I feel like scum I don't know why I never seem to remember it. Isn't it typically the guys job to forget? Not with us it is always me. I just can't seem to remember. The sad thing is that I did remember around the last week of June and thought to myself this year I am going to do something really great because I always forget, and that was the last time I thought about it.

All week Foote has been planning a canoeing trip with me and the girls and I kept making comments like remember it was one of our very first dates to go canoeing and we almost tipped over like three times it still never registers that that is why he is planning the canoeing trip as a reminder of when we first met and started dating. So we spend a few hours canoeing with the girls on Friday and than when we get home Foote has arranged for my sister Natalee to be there to bath the girls and put them to bed so we can go out for a night on the town. He also lets me know that he has already worked everything out so that we can do a couple days campout just the two of us this next week. So thanks again Foote for a perfect anniversary. I am so grateful for the energy and effort you are always putting into our marriage my life is full of little adventures and surprises because of you.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Happy 5

5 years ago, Camille finally gave in to my persistent advances and agreed to marry me. Looking back, it’s hard to believe that it has only been 5 years. Camille was just about to go traveling across the globe, and I was working nights at Kinko’s and going to school full time. I talked Camille into rearranging her plans to include me in them, and she steered my ambition into a substantially more profitable future. I don’t think I would be anywhere near where I am now without her.

So many of our experiences together have strengthened our relationship and pushed us on to become more than we were. In the last five years we have been blessed with two beautiful girls, we’ve been out of the country twice, obtained licenses as paraglider pilots with all our own equipment, and checked a few other big items off our to do list. Camille is now training for her first triathlon and she is in as good of shape or better than when we met, this after delivering 2 babies within 15 month of each other. And I have become the CEO and majority shareholder of my own company, mostly due to Camille’s influence.

Here’s a quick slideshow of some of the fun we’ve had over the years.

Happy 5th anniversary Camille, I love you.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Happy Birthday America

We're a little behind the curve on the 4th of July post, but we got some great pictures that we need to show off.

We went to Castle Rock to visit Grandma & Grandpa Foote for most of the holiday and then headed off to Parker to watch the firework show.

God Bless America!!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Our little Runaway

So tonight Aly and I were reading together and when we were finished we put some stickers on her chart for the summer reading program that she is doing. I told her that she had read enough for her prize and that we would have to take the chart with us to the library at her next visit. She thought that I meant we were visiting the library tonight and was very upset when I explained to her that we would not be able to go until the next day. She was so upset and began saying "I need to run away, I am running far away" where does she get this stuff? she is only two. But this is the latest any time something does not go her way she informs me that she is running far away.

I had to laugh to myself because when I was a kid I was notorious for the run away threat and even made some pretty good efforts. I remember when I was about eight my dad was so upset that we would not shut off the TV and do our chores that he went to pull the TV off the stand to put it away and tore cord in half making the TV totally inoperable. My brother Brad and I were so upset that we decided we were definitely going to runaway so Brad left out the front door while I went down stairs and began packing in the biggest suit case I could find. I packed my quilt, some canned food in case I got hungry, a can opener, my paper route bag so I could still sneak back in the mornings and throw my paper route. I ended up filling the whole suitcase plus another smaller one. I then decided I would run away to the mountain which was actually just a hill down the street from our house. So out the door I went and it only took me about an hour to haul the suitcase the five blocks to the mountain and about another two to climb the mountain with my big suitcases in tow. I got to the top and set up my little house with all my supplies from my suitcase and realized it was about dinner time and decided to pack up and go home. I remember thinking to myself the next time I runaway I am going to do it like Brad and not take anything.

Another time I was running away at Christmas time and as I was about to leave one of my older brothers said. "good I guess we will get to have all your presents." So I got a big trash bag and loaded all my presents from under the tree in it to take with me. I left with my presents in tow and found a place in a neighboring Alley where I decided I was going to live and as I sat there trying to decide what to do next I thought well I could open my presents, I am not going to be home for Christmas anyway. Luckily my good sense clicked in about then and I knew more then likely I would end up going home and would want some presents to open up on Christmas day.

So I guess I had it coming, but I just didn't expect paybacks to start at such an early age.