Countdown Survey

I found this fun countdown survey on another blog that I read, so I thought I’d do it just for fun. Plus, I haven’t blogged in a while. :)

10 favorite musical artists
Billy Joel
Elton John
Garth Brooks
George Strait
Queen
Kenny Loggins
AC/DC
Jim Croce
Def Leppard
Kelly Clarkson

9 things in your purse
Chapstick
Bills
Paystub
Wallet
Trash
Prescriptions
Loose change
Pen
Nintendo DS (had to take away from kid # 1 and hasn’t got it back yet)

8 places you want to visit
Sweden
Netherlands
Germany
Ireland
Washington D.C.
New York City
Scotland
England

7 movies you love
Bridesmaids
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
The Ron Clark Story
Akeelah & the Bee
Raising Helen
Radio
Rudy

6 favorite hobbies
Running
Biking
Swimming
Reading
Sleeping
Watching TV

5 favorite fruits/veggies
Apples
Grapes
Carrots
Squash
Zuccini

4 favorite colors to wear
Purple
Blue
Orange
Red

3 things that stress you out
Bills
Work
Kids

2 things you say too much
Sweet
No worries

1 favorite dessert
 Cheesecake or ice cream

Pregnancy Wk 11

So, I will try & do weekly updates, more for my personal record than anything. You guys get the benefit of it though.

This week I’ve been feeling REALLY tired. I’m sure part of it has to do with my 9+ mile hike that I went on Saturday. But, the morning sickness has pretty much gone away (knock on wood) so that’s nice. But, I’m seriously ready for bed by 8:00-8:30 pm.

For whatever reason, my anxiety has picked up this week. I think part of it has to do with my husband going back to work. He’s been off for 12 days and is now going back to work tonight. He works graveyards. Four on, four off. Each shift is 12 hrs. It’s overwhelming to me because, like I said before, I’m ready for bed by 8:00-8:30 pm, and the kids don’t want to go to bed yet until 9:30 pm. It’s summer time, so we let them stay up later. I am usually sound asleep, in dreamland by 9:30 pm. And they can’t be trusted to stay up and out in the living room by themselves or they get in to stuff.

But, even laundry has been overwhelming to me. We go through SO much laundry at our house. It’s ridiculous. I’ve tried to come down with a “schedule” for laundry, but the only thing that works is do a little laundry every day. But, it seems like it’s a bottomless pit and that’s been overwhelming to me lately.

I know some ladies start showing a little bit by now with their pregnancy, but not here. I expect to have my belly “pop” out in the next couple of weeks. Ought to be interesting because we have family pictures scheduled for August 15th. So I’m sure my belly will be showing by then.

Cravings this week have been all over the place. I love a good bowl of ice cream at night. The other night I made myself a bowl of white rice, with a little pad of butter and then sprinkled soy sauce on it and that just hit the spot too. My cravings haven’t been too consistent right now. It’s just whatever sounds good at the moment.

My next doctor appointment is on July 23rd. Because I’m “advanced maternal age” (35), they like to run extra tests just to make sure the baby is healthy. I’m not concerned about it. I’m kind of excited about it. Supposedly one of the things we will get to find out is the gender of the baby. It’ll be fun to know that.

But…that’s about everything in a nutshell right now. We will see how much I’m able to keep on top of the updates.

Race Recap: 2015 Dirtybird Mud Run

First off, I will preface this by saying this is gonna be aloooooong post. So, grab a cup of coffee, sit down and have a good read. :)

Earlier this year, my husband and I registered for theDirtyBird Mud Run up at Snowbird. My husband LOVES to do obstacle races and mud runs, so we signed up for it. It was kind of pricey, but we figured with the beautiful scenery it would be worth it. Plus, they boast about having a 1 mile slip ‘n slide.

Well, due to me being pregnant, I didn’t want to risk my safety or my baby’s safety on the obstacles, but I went and walked the course with my husband.

It was supposed to be a 10k (6.2 miles). At one point, we had a guy pass us and say “Well folks, we’re at 8.4 miles!” and that was at least 3/4 mile before the finish.

The race started out fun. You took the aerial tram up to an elevation of 11,000 feet. As soon as you got off the tram, the race started. I’ve never been on the tram before, but the view is beautiful on the way up. Then, they do have a “warming hut” that you could go in & use the restroom and get some water before you started the race.

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Superman waiting for me to start the race.

We had to hike about 1 1/2 miles before we got to our first obstacle. I had NO choice but to do this obstacle. The side of the mountain was so steep that you almost had to repel down the side of the mountain about 50 feet. It definitely wasn’t anything that put me or baby in danger. You just had to straddle the rope and then walk down the side of the hill backwards.

Then we had to hike another mile or so and we got to the slip ‘n slide. We found out that the 1 mile of slip ‘n slide was actually broken up in to 3 different slides. And lucky for us, the first 2 slides didn’t work because their “pump” broke. That was a disappointment.

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This guy decided to go down the slide even though there was no water.

We finally hiked over to the 3rd slip ‘n slide. I do have to say, it was kind of cool that they had different inflatables that you could ride down the slip ‘n slide on. I was originally gonna take the inflatable whale & ride down, I thought this was a fairly safe obstacle. But, as I saw more people kind of bunching up at the end of the slip ‘n slide, etc., I decided to opt out of this obstacle. I didn’t want to take the chance of having somebody run in to the back of me. So, my husband took the whale and went down the slip ‘n slide. He was not very successful. It was hard to ride the whale. He kept falling off. I’m sure it didn’t help that the slip ‘n slide wasn’t very slippery. But, he still had a good time with it.

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So far, these obstacles were all on the back side of the mountain and the back side of Snowbird. So, when we got done with the slip ‘n slide, we got on a chair lift that took us to the opposite side of the back of the mountain, so we didn’t have to trace our steps (otherwise we would have been out there FOREVER. Oh wait…we were {more to come}).

We had fun on the chair lift. Took a couple of selfiesand enjoyed the scenery. That is one thing about this race. The scenery is BEAUTIFUL. There is a time when you can see down in to the Salt Lake valley and it’s just breathtaking.

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We got off the chairlift and had to hike another mile (I’m guessing). I REALLY wish I had my GPS Heart Rate monitor so that I could have seen how far we really went & how many calories I actually burned, but alas, that bit the dust a little while ago and I just don’t have the funds to replace it.

But, we had to hike another mile or so. We saw snow…in July…in Utah. It was kind of cool. We had to climb up a steep mountain. You know the mountain I told you earlier where you had to have ropes to help you get down…well apparently they didn’t think you needed ropes to help you get UP that side of the hill. It was definitely tough. But I was able to talk through the workout, which kept me ok. My doctor told me at my last appointment, “just make sure you can talk through your workouts”.

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Snow. In July.

Then we had to hike forever and a day and then we got to “the tunnel”. There’s a tunnel that goes from one side of the mountain to the other. Both my husband and I were tired at this point. When we got to the tunnel it said we’d gone 2 miles. Oh my hell, I’ve done a lot of running in my athletic career and I think I’ve become a fairly good judge of mileage and I can tell you we’ve gone more than 2 damn miles at this point. There was a pro photographer there taking pictures “at the half way point”. That gave both me and my husband hope. Yes! We’re at the 1/2 way point. That means there’s gonna be a whole ton of obstacles one right after another and then before we know it, we’ll be at the finish line. Yea…we were wrong.

So, you walk through the tunnel and you come out and there’s an obstacle course of monkey bars. Do you watch American Ninja Warrior? You know how they have an obstacle of monkey bars & if you fall off the monkey bars, there’s a pool of water you fall in to? Yea, that was the obstacle. Even if I wasn’t pregnant, I wouldn’t do this obstacle. I just can’t do monkey bars. Never been able to do them. So, my husband climbed up this steep ramp and then got up to do the monkey bars. His hands were swollen from walking so much, etc., that he couldn’t keep a good enough grip & fell in the water. The water was COLD!! He came out of the water shivering. It took him a while to warm up.

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We walked a little longer and came upon a cargo net. The cargo net was attached to the side of the mountain. It looked fun. But it was VERY deceiving. As you climb on the cargo net, all of your weight goes forward and so does the cargo net and it goes up against the mountain, so you have hardly anything to hold on to & grip with your feet. My husband was a champion though and made it through.

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FINALLY, I saw water! I was so thirsty at this point. Neither one of us took water with us because we knew it was an obstacle course and it was gonna be hard to hold anything in our hands because we’d need our hands for the hiking, etc. They had itty bitty cups of water. Not even the normal Dixie cup size cups of water. They did seem to have a plethora of water though. I’ve been to races where they’ve run out of water.

So far, at this point, we have yet to come in contact with any mud. Disappointment. You could hear other racers talking about how there’s been no mud too. That was a big disappointment. I was trying to stay positive though and thought there was still plenty of time for mud.

We walked what seemed like FOREVER until we got to our next obstacle. My husband was excited about this one. It was an air bag jump. He jumped off a 30 ft platform on to a 10 ft high air bag. It was fun to watch. It was kind of annoying though. The line was long. I waited what seemed like forever for him to jump. Then, right as he’s waiting on the stairs to jump, here comes a group of like 5 guys that for whatever reason got to jump in line in front of everybody. I’m sorry, but I don’t care if you’re with a special group or not. You get to wait in line like everybody else. Or, they could at least explain to everybody else waiting in line with these folks are so special they get to jump the line. It’s really rather unfair.

After this, the race went REALLY downhill, and I’m not talking literally. From here on out, there were NO water stops. There were NO medical tents. Nothing. They told us from the beginning “if you get injured, stop & sit down and show the international sign of injury, which is crossing your arms above your head & we’ll either see you from a chair lift, or someone will tell the next medic stop”. Do you know how long it would’ve taken until they got to the next medic stop? The end of the race! My husband rolled his ankle during a portion of this race, but there were never medic tents around so that he could get it wrapped. He didn’t want to tap out of the race, but it would’ve probably felt a little better if he could’ve got it wrapped.

I thought after we got done with the air bag drop that we were almost done with the race. Boy was I wrong.

They had a bunch of other little obstacles through the race. They had some ropes that were tied to 4 trees that you had to climb through. They had “adult teeter totters”. But only one person can be on the teeter totter at a time. And it was a bunch of hiking uphill.

The more we hiked down the mountain the more I was getting excited because I thought we were near the end. But they just prolonged it. Unnecessarily. We got to their marker of 6 miles and at that point, that is where the guy passed us saying “We’re at 8.4 miles folks”. I kept trying to be positive that we were close to the finish. That we had maybe a max of 1/2 mile left to go. Once again, we were wrong.

The finish line was so close we could see it. Literally. But, they had you on a single track bike trail that bypassed the finish line and took you a good at least 3/4 of a mile past the finish line so you could double back.

At this point, a lot of us said screw it, and we cut through and bypassed an unnecessary 1/2 – 3/4 of mile.

The last obstacle was the finish line. You had to climb up a cargo net to go down a steep blow up slide that landed in what looked like a mud pit. I obviously skipped the cargo net & slide, but my husband, being the good sport that he is, even though he didn’t want to do it, he climbed up the cargo net. As I was on the other side watching other racers come down, I noticed that the water wasn’t very deep and that if you’re not careful, when you go down that slide, you hit the water and you hit the ground HARD. I wish I could have warned my husband somehow. I just saw him at the top of the slide and he came sliding down and hit that water and ground HARD. I almost thought he had a bruised tailbone (he didn’t). But it took him a few minutes to get up. And…to top it all off…it was just dirty water. No mud.

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At the finish line, they have your medal for you, which is cool, but then all they have for you is these little cups of water. Hell, even at 5k’s that I’ve done, they have banana’s & bagels and stuff like that for you at the finish line. They didn’t have anything like that.

We just spent 5 1/2 hours of hiking what we thought was supposed to be a 10k, but ended up being 9+ miles, hiking all over the side of the mountain and all we get is a little cup of water.  

Oh wait…it gets better. After you finish this race, you have another mile of hiking to go before you hit pavement and the lodge at Snowbird.

Then…if you don’t want to wait for the shuttle…you’ve got another mile of walking to go to get to your car.

I’ve done A LOT of races in my time. I’ve done my fair share of “first year” races too. I get that there’s going to be issues when planning a race. I get that. It’s the nature of the beast. But I think some of the issues these folks had are inexcusable.

If you’re going to advertise it as a 10k, make sure it’s a 10k. I get that maybe measuring might be a little off. But I think 3 miles off is a bit excessive.

Have more water and aid stations. Especially on the second half of the race. I think one of the reasons after the last BIG obstacle of the air bag jump the race was so hard was because all of our resources were depleted. We had no water. No snacks. Nothing. If I would’ve known it was going to be a 9 mile trek, I would’ve brought some gu’s, chomps, etc.

Maybe they need to think about placing the finish line at a better locale. We just trekked over a mountain and now we have to walk another 2 miles to get home! Walking is the LAST thing I want to do right now.

If you’re going to advertise it as a mud run…make sure you have mud. They said they needed up not having the resources to haul mud in. WHAT???? We’re on the side of a mountain. Dirt + water = Mud! A mountain is made of damn dirt! C’mon people!

One thing I will point out that was cool that I noticed at the bag check. They had showers…like REAL showers for you to rinse off in. The only down side I can see to that, is you know people aren’t going to go in & just “rinse off”. They’re gonna take their time. Even though you’ve posted to be courteous to others please hurry, you know people are gonna take their time. I’ll admit, I would. Lol. But they only had about 8 showers.

I would LOVE to do this race next year, but I want to know that there are going to be some serious improvements before next year. You know? I’ll be sending them an email later with some constructive criticism.

Here is some of the pretty scenery though:

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Announcement Time

If you’re friends with me on Facebook, this is gonna be old news. If you’re not friends with me on Facebook…well then…

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Yup. We are expecting a little one. It’s the first pregnancy for me, it’ll be my husband’s 3rd kid. But, his youngest is 10, almost 11, so it’s kind of like starting over again for him too.

So here are the details we know:

Due Date: Jan 30, 2016
Gender: Don’t know. Won’t know for a little while
How Many Weeks: 10

I’d like to think I’ll be one of those moms that has a weekly update for you, but I’m not sure if that’ll happen or not. I’m too busy working 2 jobs & taking care of my husband’s other 2 kids when he’s not home.

I will say this. So far this has not been fun. Granted, i only had morning sickness for about 2-3 weeks, but those weeks were pure hell. And now morning sickness has been replaced with headaches.

I’m almost done with the first trimester, I’m thinking positive & hoping the 2nd trimester will be slightly easier.

100 Things

I’m currently reading the book Chicken Soup for the Soul. Think Positive. 100 Inspiration Stories about Counting Your Blessings and Having a Positive Attitude. One of the stories in the book talks about how when you’re feeling down and stressed and wondering how you’re going to make ends meet, give yourself the challenge of writing down 100 things to be grateful for. That sounded like a good blog post to me, so here goes (and they are in no particular order):

1. My husband
2. My kids
3. My job
4. Even though we live paycheck to paycheck, we have enough money to get by.
5. My ability to run, swim & bike
6. Keys on Main
7. My blog
8. My dogs
9. My triathlon coach, Kristie
10. My triathlon team, KREndurance
11. Idiots Running Club
12. My anxiety meds
13. My car
14. My washer
15. My dryer
16. My dishwasher
17. The radio
18. My Mom
19. My Dad
20. My brother
21. My sister in law
22. My nephew Carv
23. My nephew Cooper
24. My niece Paula
25. My niece Olivia
26. The Burgoyne’s
27. M husband’s ex-wife (I know, weird. But she has taught me what I DON’T want to be).
28. My second job
29. Coloring books
30. Orangutans
31. Chimpanzees
32. Gorillas
33. Elephants
34. Trees
35. Diet Mountain Dew
36. Giraffes
37. My bike
38. Indoor Plumbing
39. Outhouses (Porta-Potties)
40. Nachos
41. Tulips
42. Popovers
43. Memories of my grandmother
44. My grandpa’s guitar
45. Rainbows
46. Television
47. My running shoes
48. Thrift stores
49. Jails
50. My mother-in-law
51. My father-in-law
52. My Grammie
53. My Grampie
54. Aunt Sharon
55. Uncle Rye
56. Scrapbooks
57. My friend Krista
58. Team Hoyt
59. Beej
60. Chrystel
61. The gym
62. The ability to read
63. Hand lotion
64. Fun co-workers
65. Stove
66. Google Maps
67. Ice cream
68. Refrigerator/freezer
69. My gut instinct.
70. My friend Tawni
71. My husband’s good luck
72. My ability to type fast.
73. Email
74. My determination
75. Water
76. My big bed
77. Big comfy sweatshirts
78. Water
79. United States of America
80. Pinterest
81. Farmers Markets
82. Grocery stores
83. Ellen DeGeneres
84. Todd & Erin
85. Doctors
86. Law enforcement
87. Air conditioning
88. Heater
89. Electric blanket
90. Humane Society/No Kill Shelters
91. Kindness from others
92. Laughter
93. Internet
94. Being healthy
95. My blog
96. My contacts & glasses
97. Praise
98. Patience
99. My unique name
100. That I’m learning to be a more positive person

What are some things you are thankful for?

Changing My Name

I’m really wanting to change the name of my blog. Especially now that I’m writing more frequently (granted, not as frequently as I’d like). For me, life isn’t just about triathlon any more. Granted, triathlon is still a big part of my life, but my family is an even bigger part of my life. I want my blog name to encompass being a new step mom, my anxiety & depression and still trying to find time to workout and do triathlons and marathons.

I had one friend suggest the name Tri-Fecta, because this blog is about 3 things…training for races, having a family and dealing with depression and anxiety. But…I thought I’d see if anybody else has any name suggestions? And then we can take a vote.

Stroganoff 57

When I was a kid, this was one of my favorite meals. As I’m sure you’ve heard me mention, my kids are SUPER picky. I decided to make this, but tweak it a little bit and see if my kids would eat it. They LOVE it. Well, B LOVES it. The 57 sauce is “too tangy” for T. I tell her to buck up. Lol. So, I thought I’d share the recipe with you.

Beef Stroganoff 57

Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef
1 small onion chopped (I use onion flakes instead because the kids will eat that)
1 can mushrooms drained (I leave these out cause kids won’t eat them)
1 can cream of mushroom soup (I use cream of chicken because kids won’t eat mushrooms)
1 16 ounce container sour cream
1/4 cup Heinz 57 Steak Sauce
1 package wide egg noodles

Directions:

Boil noodles as directed on package. Brown ground beef and chopped onion until cooked though but not overdone. Add soup, entire container of sour cream, mushrooms and steak sauce. Stir in and heat until bubbly. Spoon sauce over noodles and serve with a steamed vegetable and a side salad.

If you try it, let me know how you like it!

Bon apetit!