Monday, June 28, 2010

Quick brain dump

I ran 1.25 miles this morning - that's quite an accomplishment for me (time-wise I mean, not distance-wise). I was thinking of doing interval training but I'm not sure I can do anything that intense at 7:30am, even if it is for only 15 minutes. I am going to try a quick bike interval after pilates class. It's just 8 cycles of full intensity for 20-30 sec followed by a 3x recovery.

I am wondering if I should get a heart rate monitor. I could even get a pink one...

I am going to try out a Body Pump class next week. I could use some weightlifting in my routine. I plan on going to that class and yoga next Monday after I get back from SC (yoga first).

Two more days until the work madness is finally over. I'm looking into whether I can file for workman's comp due to paper cuts. Also, I'll probably be at work from like 7am to 6:30pm Wednesday...yay for credit hours!

In addition to SC, we have a murder mystery party and a wedding next month. That's about it though...August is similarly quiet. Dinner with Carly (I hope) and a trip to Six Flags.

We were finally eligible to cancel our mortgage insurance this month, hooray! Now that $150 will go towards our principle every month instead of just disappearing. Hopefully we will be able to move in 26 more months.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

I am a successful triathlete!

I crossed the finish line in 2:06:08 this morning - not bad for my first showing! Overall I was pretty pleased with my effort, despite several long large hills (on the bike and the run) and the heat (mostly just on the run).

My swim time and transitions were very good! I swam in 11:03 which included getting in and out of the pool and a bit of hustle to the timing mats. I would put my actual laps time at about 10:40, which is about 30 seconds slower than I had been swimming in practice but I really didn't want to overdo it here because there aren't a lot of big gains to be had for me. One thing I will do next year, now that I know, is to more accurately report my estimated swim time. I had put like 12:00 on the form way back when, and it ended up getting me a very late start time. I was scheduled for 9:15am (the race started at 7am) but they ran a little early and I ended up getting moved to the upper pool, so I think I was closer to a 9am start.

My swim-to-bike transition was 2:18 (137th overall) and my bike-to-run transition was 1:38 (83rd overall). I could have jogged the second transition a bit more but overall I thought it was very good. It seemed like not everyone was taking the transitions seriously, but as Nick reminded me, a triathlon is really a 'four-event' event!

The bike overall was good, but slower than I had expected (1:12:17). There were three or four extended hills that were pretty draining but I tried to make up for it as much as possible on the flat/downhill parts. One thing I found out pretty early on was that using first gear (of three) on the bike made the chain prone to slip off. I had to stop and reset a popped chain twice; after that I just used second gear and raised or dropped the other side as needed. This probably slowed me down on some of the hills though. I'll have the bike shop adjust the derailleur sometime this summer. I also want either pedal clips or straps for next year.

I could definitely work more on the run though. It was mostly uphill for the first half, and one more hill right at the end to the finish line. My calves were pretty tight and the heat was hard (getting a better start time next year should hopefully help that a bit though). I had to walk briefly in a couple places and my overall time for the run was 38:54; while practicing I had been (continuously) running in 35-37 minutes. I probably should have run outside more and in heavier heat...also noted for next year.

Getting ~5 minutes off my bike time and ~1 minute off my run should get me to 2 hours next year! I did have fun though and I was very glad for my cheering section: Matt, Stacy, and Rhoda (who was volunteering at the race). Rhoda's son was my lap counter at the pool :-) The course volunteers were also very supportive, which was cool. Assuming that there isn't a conflict with the yoga teacher training dates, it's 364 days until next year's event! Matt and Matt M. better not miss the registration next time :-)

(Update: pics up on Facebook)

Thursday, June 17, 2010

I really am 28...

Almost 29, even.

So I got pulled over by a MD state trooper on the way home Tuesday night and got a warning about my stupid headlight:

MDST: So, where are you headed?
Me: I'm on my way home.
MDST: That's good...where are you coming from, school?
Me: No, from having dinner in Silver Spring.
MDST: Oh, I guess school's out by now, right?
Me: I'm a bit past school age...
MDST: (looks at my driver's license) Oh, I guess you are.

(Slow night? I got the bulb changed the next day).


I am apparently on the NCI-Frederick newsletter distribution list twice (they probably just added me into the system a second time when I switched jobs). Someone came by to drop off my mail yesterday:

Co-worker: You must be special, you got two newsletters.
Me: (looks at the labels) Oh, it looks like I'm in Publication's system twice, once as 'Courtney Silverthorn' and once as 'Dr. Courtney F Silverthorn'.
Co-worker: Guess you got a promotion!
Me: Actually, I AM a doctor.
Co-worker: Really? You're joking me, right?
Me: No really, I got my PhD from Hopkins at the end of 2008.

(I had to show her my business card.)

Co-worker: How old ARE you anyways?

Friday, June 11, 2010

More June

June is dividends month - yay! June is quarterly estimated tax payments month - boo.

June is also the triathlon! In retrospect, I probably should have done a bit more running. It was just so annoying that I didn't want to run much at my gym (because the Nike+ sensor refuses to connect to the ipod there) and that running outside is so weather dependent.

I think I'm going to do yoga teacher training next year - I figure it will be a good experience for me personally, plus it's never a bad idea to have multiple marketable skills. Though I am kicking butt at my job currently!

'Sherlock Holmes' is a pretty great movie.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Gerber is a brand of baby food

GERBERA is a type of brightly colored daisy! For some reason I've heard three people on TV/radio make this mistake in the past couple of weeks.

We went to Kings Dominion today for M's company picnic. I found it pretty crazy that the longest line we had to wait in was for the Volcano. We rode the new Intimidator 305 twice in a row, in under 20 minutes - there was like no line! We also rode the Dominator three times and only had to wait more than one car cycle once when we were waiting for the front car. Also hit up the Crypt, Anaconda, Flight of Fear, and Boo Blasters (for Matt) before we went to the water park. The Cyclone is cool! Went on some other slides, the lazy river, and the wave pool. Got funnel cake (for breakfast, take that mom!) and Dippin Dots - which are no longer listed as 'The ice cream of the future.' I guess that means THE FUTURE IS HERE.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010


Updated for 2010: We (still) Didn't Start the Fire by Bruce Fine.

Me: I got pooped on for the first time this weekend.
Adam: Matt needs to grow up.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Kicking off June

It's June already?? That means the triathlon is THIS MONTH OMG. It's okay, I'm very confident in my ability to meet goal #1 (finish). Will probably attempt two more full practices before the 20th.

Memorial Day weekend with the Griffiths and Nusbaums (and Tito) was lots of fun! Hiking, church, cookout, movies, board game, yoga class, babies galore. I only got pooped on once. (what??)

Matt and I have long ago given up hope of having 'normal' families. It's probably a good thing...I might elaborate later if I feel like it. I'm okay though. I think the mentality of yoga is helping provide me with a healthy sense of detachment (serenity prayer etc). Interestingly enough, I just saw the serenity prayer the other day with an extra line added: "...and a big bag of money." I sure wouldn't turn that down!