Saturday, March 2, 2013

well that didn't last long...

The funny thing about taking a break from blogging is that you realize it is an outlet for you.  As much as you think you don't have anything to say, you keep thinking of things that you should share on your blog.  If only you had not decided to take a break from the blog.  Oh that.  Hmmm.  How about I just post once a week or so and no one gets disappointed if I don't provide a bunch of pictures.  I mean, that kind of forces you to use your imagination which is a good thing, right?  Thanks for all the words of encouragement on my last post, maybe you are stuck with me for a bit longer :)

This week in the world of work, we met with our accountant about the thing that most people meet with their accountant about this time of year - taxes.  Joy.  We bought a business in June of last year.  It was a huge leap of faith and not something we have a lot of experience with but it has been great  so far.  As you might expect there has been a lot of learning.  Our outlook for the first year is just to kind of keep everything "as is" as much as possible until we have experienced a full year.  By doing that, we figure that we will know how much we can expect to pay in terms of insurance, taxes, etc. and get a feel for everything we need to do to keep things running smoothly.  Did I mention our new business was a gun store and range?  Yeah.  To say this year has been anything but the norm would be an understatement.  If guns and ammo aren't really your thing, let me just say in short (without getting political) that the recent talks of gun control have caused a run on guns and ammo.  On paper, it seems like it would be a good thing for us but the reality is that even though we sold a lot of stock in the last few months, none of the distributors have anything left in their warehouses for us to replenish what we sold.  Same with the manufacturers.  Look online and try to find any kind of ammo.  Not there.  People are buying ammo and hoarding it in fear of what might happen in Congress.  So our year of learning the ins and outs of the business has been anything but the norm.  Still much better than my 9 to 5 job at the bank but a little more stress attached to it :)

In the world of triathlon, I registered for my two big races this week.  I am doing the 70.3 at Rev 3 Knoxville and  the 70.3 at Rev 3 Anderson.  My team and I were supposed to hit the outdoors on our bikes this weekend on our bikes but we wimped out due to the cold and opted for another trainer session.  I further wimped out and slept in late.  I felt bad about it but sometimes you just need sleep.  ZZZZZ.  I did get up and head out to the spin class at Lifetime which turned out to be GREAT!  The spin instructors at our Lifetime are kind of hit and miss.  There are a few that a like and at least one that makes it seem like the longest hour in the history of time.  It really is a sad situation.  Today's class was great.  We did a lot of climbing, the instructor was enthusiastic and the music was perfect.  I will definitely go back when I can!

Tomorrow my training group is scheduled for an outdoor run.  It is going to be a run analysis session where they are going to tape us running and give us pointers about our gait and whatnot.  Kind of excited!  It is forecasted to be about 30 which is pretty darn cold for us so am not even sure what to wear for this sort of thing. I mean, if we are going to be running that is one thing but I suspect there will be a lot of standing around.  I am getting cold just thinking about it.  I am bringing hand warmers - most definitely!


ajh said...

I bet 30 is cold for you. Hand warmers though? What about gloves?

Kurt @ Becoming An Ironman said...

Standing around in 30 degrees certainly is different than running in it. I'd say bring an extra jacket or the hand warmers to pick up while you're standing around, but don't use either while you're running.

Best of luck with the gun business! My dad is an enthusiast and he's joined in on the ammo hoarding; even bought a couple new guns that he's been on the fence about for awhile. Everything will balance out over time.

Congrats to hear about Knoxville and Anderson. I've heard great things about the first. The latter I haven't heard anything about (not too many New Englanders I know travel down that far for races). And heck, sometimes a little extra sleep is exactly what you need.

Mike said...

I bet it is crazy with people hoarding ammo. I don't own a gun myself, but have always wanted an AR15 after shooting a friend of mines about 10 years ago.

Kate Geisen said...

I bet once you get going 30 will feel just fine.

My dad was a major gun enthusiast, and I grew up going to local ranges. I bet this was an interesting year to get into that business!

I've always wanted to take a spinning class. I need someone experienced to go hold my hand the first time, though. Lol

Matthew Smith said...

I still need to pop over there to your shop and check it out AND meet you! Taxes suck, don't they?

Both of those Rev3 races look appealing to me. I've wanted to both of them for a long time. Keep up the training. Plus, I'm glad you're still blogging!!! :)

Colleen said...

Glad you decided not to leave us! :)

Ugh... business taxes are horrible. Tom does ours and it's always a nightmare. Gotta love the independence that comes with owning a business, huh?

You are going to love the two REV3 races!

lindsay said...

My hubs has been wanting to get a gun but the one he wants is out of stock. Don't ask me what kind... Lol. I do want to try a shooting range though. Maybe we'll make the drive down to you if we ever actually go!