Monday, November 12, 2012

What's happening now...

I hate when I go weeks without posting.  I feel like there are so many things to tell you and that each probably deserves its own post; however, if I did it would take three weeks of post to catch you up.  Not that I have been oh-so-busy but I have done some fun things since B2B.  (I love how my life falls into these categories, "before B2B" and "after B2B").

The first weekend after B2B, I went to a Kona watching party on Saturday.  These are mostly friends I have connected with in the last few months through Blue Iron Coaching.  I am looking forward to doing more with them in 2013!



Sunday was a relay at the Atlanta Marathon with Colleen.  We had a team all lined up (Diet Coke mafia) and then life got in the way for two of our teammates leaving us with the prospect of each running a half on race day.  Colleen could have knocked it out no problem but one week after my 140.6 was probably not the best time for me to try out the legs for more than a few miles.  We ended up connecting with two other people who needed running partners through Team Type 1 and we created a relay team mash up.

Where are all the people?

Colleen with one of our teammates.  Apparently she is a super star biker, I was hoping some of it would rub off on me :)

The logistics to a relay are interesting, you have to kind of figure out what time everyone will run their legs in order to determine when you need to start looking for your runner.  It is extra interesting when you have never met the runner you are looking for...  luckily she ended up yelling out " Colleen?, Karen?" several times.  ha ha.  All in all a fun day!

Thank goodness for the buses.  It was soooo cold we waited in the buses until right before our runners rolled up.

Runners waiting for their teammates.  This really doesn't capture how many relays there were.  I think there might be more participants doing the relay than running as individuals.

Last weekend, I got to go down to IM FL to cheer on friends who were doing the race and also do some volunteering.  It was kind of whirlwind weekend.  I drove down on Friday to make a quick meet up with new and old friends at noon.



We then went for a late lunch ...



and a little course preview...

Kristi re-enacting the run from the swim to T1 in case you needed a visual.


After we got settled in to the condo, we proceeded to make signs for the next day...


and model costumes...
Kristi was a cone. 
Saturday was an early day.  I was on sunscreen duty at 6 AM.  Our job was to slather people with sunscreen as they came out of T1 to the bike.  It was a pretty cool gig as you got to see all the racers pass by whether they stopped for sunscreen or not.  After sunscreening, we were all pulled in to help organize the clothing bags so when the racers came back that night, they could easily pick up their gear.  Here is a tip for all you iron people out there...  write your number on the bag in sharpie.  Those labels they give you come off so easily with the slightest bit of water and the bags get super wet from the swim gear.  The sharpie might save you from losing your gear.


After I was off duty, I met up with friends and proceeded to stalk friends and cheer until the last one came in around 11:00 or so that night.  Spectating is a lot of work!  I wish I had worn my Garmin so I would know how many miles I covered walking back and forth during the race...



      
Regina, Joe and Callie
 The A-Train Cheering Section



















        
Callie at the Finisher's Chute
Mari, Trish, Callie, me and Kristi





Which leads us to this weekend...  I was scheduled for a 50k on Sunday.  I had signed up a little while back using the logic that I could sort of use the IM training to get me through the run.  I want to cross a 50k off the list and this seemed the easiest way to do it - just piggy back it off of another race.  I was looking forward to it as it was a looped, paved course (it is rare to find a non-trail 50k).  Saturday as I was gathering my things together for the race - garmin, ipod, gels - the excitement had waned.  I could not get enthused about getting up super early to drive an hour across town.  By the time Saturday night rolled around, I knew my head was not in the race and I decided to scratch it from the plan.  I think my mind and body were just tired.  I had not had a weekend to just relax and I think that was what I needed more than a 50k run at this point.

Sunday I got up late did some chores around the house then headed out to Stone Mountain for a 10 mile run.  It was just what I needed, a long weekend around the house without any huge activities on the schedule.  BTW, I think you all should know I am now the Mayor of Stone Mountain on FourSquare.  I still don't understand the purpose of this app but yet I check in places from time to time.  Someone explain the point of it to me...  For my first act as mayor I am going to require people walking in groups to leave some space on the sidewalk for runners to pass.  You have been warned  :)


7 comments:

Matthew Smith said...

Isn't Colleen just so much fun? It looks like the relay was a bit chilly, but I'm sure it was a blast. IMFL must have been a lot of fun too. Isn't volunteering so rewarding? A 10 miler sounds a whole lot better than a 50k!!! :)

Colleen said...

You crack me up. I love that you are taking your responsibilities as mayor so seriously. We need more people like you randomly checking in at places (I don't get the app) and then making up rules. :)

Sounds like you've had a fun couple of weeks! So glad that I could be part of some of those activities!! :)

Carolina John said...

Come down to Pine Mountain december 2nd for the 40 miler! I'll be there for my first ultra. Yes, it's trail and longer than a 50k. but should still be fun if you enjoy pain.

I didn't know you got to slather all of the hot hardbody ironman athletes with sunscreen. That's got to be a dream volunteer gig for some people. So cool. So did you then sign up to run imfl next year?

Char said...

You've been so busy!
I think I'd be happy with you as mayor of my town. I'm a bit over groups of walkers who take up the whole path. Especially when the group is only two and they're just so big that they still take up the whole path.

Kenley said...

Wow, that is a lot of catching up. Thanks for sharing Karen and you have a good one. Always a delight to read your adventures. Have fun being the Mayor.

Suz and Allan said...

You've been so busy but it sounds like you've been having a good time!

ajh said...

Your trip to Florida sounds like a lot of fun. You have lots of racing friends which sounds great! I'm glad to know a mayor!