Tuesday, April 14, 2015

27 facts

My 27th birthday was on Friday so as a fun post I am going to share 27 random facts.

1. I get great enjoyment out of using every lost drop of products especially toothpaste.  It's kind of an obsession.

2. I watched the whole first season of Girls this weekend because it was xfinity's watchathon week. It's hilarious.

3. For my birthday, Matt got me a gift he isn't giving to me until April 24. And the "event" isn't until June 4. This is greatly irritating.

4. I've already tried to google what is going on June 4.  I've had no luck.

5. My cousin and I share the same birthday, but he is 5 years older than me.

6. I was also born on the day of my cousin Jill's First Communion. She was upset that my dad, her uncle and godfather, couldn't stay for the whole day with her.

7. I finally signed up for The Skimm.  It's awesome and it's a great way to get the most important news in like 5 minutes. Plus it is there waiting for me when I get to work each day. You can sign up for it here.

8. I think recipe following is mostly optional.  Mostly because I don't have all the ingredients and I only like to go to the grocery store once a week.  So recipes get used for "inspiration" for whatever I have left in my fridge.

9. Measuring ingredients is overrated.  Of course, I measure important ingredients but most of the time I just dump things in.  It keeps the number of dishes I have to wash down.

10. In college, I slept in my jeans all the time. They are warm and I would come home from studying late at night and exhausted and not take them off. In the mornings, I sometimes would just get up and put on a new shirt and go back to classes.

11. I took my laundry home until I moved into my last apartment and got my own washer and dryer.  I hated paying a dollar every time I wanted to wash a load when it was free at my parent's.  Plus sometimes my mom would wash it for me.

12. When I got married, I dropped my old middle name and moved my maiden name to my middle name. Matt still calls me Alyssa Jo though.



13. I still sleep with a special blanket.  Matt rolls his eyes and I think he briefly tried to get me to get rid of it when he moved in but I still have it.

14. When I eat Lucky Charms (this reminds me, I haven't had any in a long time!), I save one of each marshmallow till the very end and then I eat them in order as I sing the song.  I know you know it--hearts, stars, horseshoes, clovers, and blue moons, pots of gold, rainbows, and me red balloons.

15. I hate maple syrup. I eat my pancakes with butter.  That's it.

16. Also jelly. It's gross. Peanut butter and bread.  Why do you need anything else on it?

17.  Matt calls me a condiment hater because of the above and because I also dislike mustard and don't eat ketchup on most things.

18. We finally got around to hanging up my medal rack this weekend.  I had to leave so Matt painstakingly hung up my medals in the same order that I had them by looking at my old instagram pictures.


19.  I am kind of particular if you hadn't picked up on that yet.

20. For a while I tried convincing myself that I liked almond milk and almond butter better than the original cow's milk and peanut butter.  I think it was because I read too many healthy living blogs.  I am back to the good stuff now.

21. My coworkers convinced me to try Birchbox.  I just got my first box on Friday.  Definitely a great idea. 

My hair smells really good right now.

22. I have not seen any of the Lord of the Rings movies.  Nor do I intend to. 

23. Ice cream is better than frozen yogurt.  Toppings are cool but so are blizzards.

24. We got a new washing machine in our apartment today.  I have a load of towels washing in it as I type.

25. I just asked Matt for a fact about me and he says "You are a closet gamer."  I'm going to pretend I don't know what he is talking about. 

26.  My 26th year was a really great year.  I finished an Ironman, got married, moved, and went on a honeymoon. But I hope 27 will be a little less busy than 26.

27.  This is really hard. Matt is 46 days older than me. 

Whew!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Take Time Tuesday

A month ago, Katie asked me if I would participate in her February Take Time Tuesday.  Then I flopped. Hard core. My list of excuses to not blog are like a mile long, but no one wants to hear those.


Matt and I went on our honeymoon in March.  One week in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, at an all-inclusive resort.  This is our first time ever going to an all-inclusive and our first time taking a beach vacation.  I'm sure some people are against the all-inclusive resorts and we really didn't get to experience much of the culture in the Dominican Republic, but it was nice for a change. We never had to worry about where we were going to eat or what we were going to do for the day. I thought I might be bored, but it was amazing.  


We met so many great people too! And we have some tentative plans to meet up with them again!

Thanks to all the help from my parents and our friends, Matt and I moved into our new place (yes, we moved again).  We are now out in the "country" as I so lovingly refer to it.  I can see fields from my window so I think this term applies.  We are much closer to Matt's office (45 minutes compared to the 1 hour 10 minutes he was driving before) and that makes him much happier. It's a great place and we are getting settled in...slowly.  Some things are still sitting on the floor waiting to be hung on the walls, but we are getting there.


Matt and I were able to make it home for Easter this year and celebrate with our families. We had an egg hunt and brunch with Matt's family and enjoyed some afternoon kickball at my grandparent's house.  As everyone is growing up and getting busier and having families of their own, it can be harder and harder to get together with everyone.  But I always love hanging out with my family.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

2014 Racing Statistics

'Tis the time of year for yearly recaps. And I couldn't miss out on that!  I did my racing statistics for both 2012 and 2013 and was all set about doing it this year too. Then I realized the only race I participated in this year was the Ironman. I did do one bike ride this year as well. So the stats are short.

Races/Events participated in: 2
Races "raced": 1
DNFs/DNSs: 0
Volunteered at: 0
Miles raced: 215.6

Distances:
Ironman: 1
75 Mile Bike: 1

States: Illinois &; Wisconsin
I did a lot of biking and running in Iowa as well. 

Weather:

I definitely lucked out this year and had great weather for both the Udder Century and IMWI


$$$:
Races for free: 0
Race entries I paid for others: 0
Total spent: $728
Average cost per race ($728/2): $364
Average cost per mile ($728/215.6): $3.38
Cheapest Race: Udder Century ($28) and there is a pasta dinner!
Most expensive race: Ironman Wisconsin.  To be fair they have a buffet too.  If warm chicken broth is your thing.



PRs: 
Ironman - 13:16:20 

Friends:
Races run alone: 0
Races run with Kelly: 2  

Best of:
Race Picture:  It's a tie



Backpack:
The medal is ugly though

Post Race Breakfast:

Finish Line:


Training Partner: 


Notes:
  • I did not see any weasels this year which was disappointing.  But the universe made it up to me because I saw a dog riding in a sidecar with goggles on.  It was amazing as it sounds. 
  • I did a lot of solo training this year.  Which helped with mental endurance but did not help with my social life.
  • I already signed up for 4 races in 2015! Ironman training really limited my racing so I'm looking forward to racing more!
  • Last year I mentioned I wanted to break 2 hours in the half marathon and 3 hours in an Olympic-distance triathlon. I didn't even do any of those events in 2014. I have higher hopes for 2015. 
  • I spend $3427 on triathlon related stuff BEFORE I stopped counting in August. And that doesn't even include my race entry or my gym membership.  Ouch. This is not a cheap sport. 
  • No injuries this year! Just one really irritated glute muscle that upon further investigation might have actually been my piriformis.
  • According to Garmin Connect, I ran 255 miles, biked 1577 miles, and swam 30 miles.  For all activities I covered 1969 miles over 214 hours. I'm guessing that is an underestimate because I wasn't even recording things before I started Ironman training. I'm still impressed. Maybe I can get to 2015 miles for this year!
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