May 27, 2009


I set a new years resolution/goal to do a triathlon, and Memorial day was it.  Here in my very own Rancho Sahuarita I swam 1000 meters, pulled off my wetsuit, jumped into running shoes, threw on a helmet, and hopped on a VERY nice (borrowed) road bike for 16.6 miles, then jumped off, tossed the helmet, put on my bib# and ran for 5km.  All in 1:41:54.  I got 4th place for women in my age group.  The swim was sooooo stressful (considering the last time I took swim lessons I flunked, and was probably 10 yrs old... what could I expect?).  Swimming in a pool is much easier than a lake.  But I borrowed my friend Joe's wetsuit and I floated!  So I just had to figure out how to move forward.  I was able to make up a lot of time on the bike & run.  I thought I would be slow running, or at least it feels that way after going 18+mph on a bike, but I got pretty close to my best 5k time.  What a thrill!  Hopefully I will do one again someday.  As for now, I am going to try to do a marathon while in Utah July 24th, and enjoy my 4 weeks of ballet nostalgia!  I am taking an adult ballet class Tues/Thurs nights at the Ballet Tucson during their summer workshop.  Maybe I will have to get picture of me on pointe shoes -it's been a while!

Thanks to my wonderfully supportive family who came to cheer me on! 
Kali Hoenes and Rhonda Brieshaft are my training buddies!
After too much good food at the Creer's bbq, we headed to the pool for just a little more sun.  Payson was so distraught when we took him away from the water!  

May 20, 2009

Happy Land

My friend Emily McGuire called Disneyland "Happy Land" on a post once, and I thought it was so cute and appropriate, that I am adopting it.  We just returned from a week in LA where we went to China Town, Santa Monica Pier, LA Zoo, DisneyLand, LA Philharmonic @ the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Hollywood, and of course, had a blast at my sister Melinda's with her hubby Ryan, and 4 boys (David -7, James & Joseph -5, Mark -3).  

One of the many mansions in Cali I wouldn't mind living in...
Payson saw these guys and started pumping his arms and saying "go, go" trying to move himself + stroller on his own I guess!  He gave them hugs, and kicked and screamed when we told him to say "bye bye"
Oh - and he calls them both "Melmo" (Elmo) and then says "rough rough" (like he does for a dog), hmmmm, maybe he needs to start watching tv.... :)
Zoo favorites:  Zebras, hippo, giraffes, gorillas, monkeys, & flamingos (actually saw them sleeping on one leg - so cool!).