Playing Catch-Up

Ok, so I legit have tons to talk to you guys about- congrats for reading and guess what? This past week my life was interesting I actually have more to report than just working out haha.  So since I have so much to tell you, I’ll break it all up into days of the week so that it’s organized and awesome… per usual.

Tuesday-Thursday;  So my friend Kinga came to visit me last week and she was here Tuesday thru Thursday.  She got here at like 10 am on Tuesday and left at like 8 on Thursday.  Anyways, we spent Tuesday drinking and going shopping.  In all honesty, I don’t drink much when I’m home because I don’t really see the need, plus I don’t really go the bars.  So I think those 3 days I drank enough for the entire summer. 970610_10200997652436301_1254287089_n 968861_10200994934328350_716602473_n Wednesday we went for a 6 mile run, then we went to the town pool and finally we went out to the bars that night.
Funniest thing was that the bar we arrived at looked super crowded and then when we got in we realized it was bingo night and that was why.  We had a good laugh over that, but we stayed and had a good time anyways.  Later in the night we went to another bar where there were legit like 10 people (us included) and we sang Karaoke.  I just want to say that I don’t really sing in front of people anymore and kinga doesn’t at all so we almost peed ourselves laughing that we did that.

And finally on Thursday we went to the race track where it was college day so we got free t-shirts, we drank, we bet on the horses and oh Kinga won a $1000 scholarship… nbd.

When she won I looked at her and just said; “You don’t even go here!”  But I digress on that matter…

In 3 weeks her and I will be reunited since we are living together at school and I absolutely can’t wait.  It’s going to be a great senior year.

Friday-Monday; I know- that’s a long stretch of days, but they all relate to one another so there you go.  Friday I left with my friend Christine to go up to my camp/Lake Placid the next day.  This past weekend was Ironman Lake Placid and we were both volunteers at it-mostly so we could get first dibs at signing up to do it next year.  So Friday we basically got to my camp and spent the night.  The next morning we woke up at 6 a.m. to get to Lake Placid.

Saturday; we got to Placid around 8ish where there was a free pancake breakfast going on. After that was done we had our respective volunteer meetings to go to so that took a few hours.  After that we walked around the expo Ironman Expo (basically like an awesome assortment of goodies) and I bought a few t-shirts.  Then we did 1 loop of the swim course IMG_1234 (it was 1.2 miles) and for not swimming for like a month, I really didn’t feel that bad while doing it.

Finally, we went to the house of some friends of the Slyer’s (Christine’s coach and family) where we set up tents in the backyard.

The next morning we woke up at 4 a.m. start (Rough!) and went to the start where Christine and members of the Slyer family were lifeguarding the swim portion of the Ironman.  I just waited around and took pictures the entire time.  I got lots of all the racers, spectators, and even some of the elites!  After the swim was done we ate and watched the bikers come around for the 1st loop of the bike course.  Then Christine and I went on a run, it was supposed to be 2 miles, which turned into 6, that then turned into 9.5….  oops!  While we were running we saw Andy Potts the winner Potts winningwho was around 10 minutes ahead of the guy who was in 2nd.   He literally passed Christine and I 3 times before we made it back into town- that was him going out, in, and back out for his 2nd loop on the marathon.  Needless to say we felt slow.
After that we went to our aid station where we would be handing participants broth, water, soda, fruit, etc.  The goal is to give them fuel and to help motivate them.  It was really tiring but really fun and I was surprised at how many racers took the time to thank us for volunteering while they were going! If I were them I don’t know if I’d be able to say anything I’d be too tired.

After that we watched the final people to make it under the 17 hour cut off come in to the finish. IMG_1296 The cut off ended at midnight and let me tell you it was emotional- those people who barely make it I was like bawling, yelling; “GO RUN!!!!” which is silly because they can’t hear me, but its like to think of all the work they put into doing the race.  I mean seriously.  After that we didn’t make it back to the house until around 1 a.m.

Unfortunately for Christine and I our rain tarp apparently wasn’t working and so the inside of our tent had puddles.  After we moped it up and attempted to sleep- we started to get flooded.  So we moved inside the house to sleep on the living room floor at around 3 a.m. and then at 6 a.m. we got up to take down the tent and head back to Placid.

You see, the day after the race registration opens and sells out.  Volunteers get first dibs at signing up for the race so we had to get there around 7:30 a.m. because that’s when we could start registering. IMG_1213 Anyways, the slyer’s daughter (whose 17 btw) also registered for the Ironman next year- yea 17.   So while we were waiting in line with them after Christine already registered (I’m putting off a full for another year- I’m going to try to do a half next summer.) I was talking to Jon Slyer (whose Christine’s coach) and he was like so you doing this? And I said no I’m going to do a half first.  And then he asked if I was around a lot during the year to which I said no.  He replied with; ok, well we will get together and make a plan for you- what are you doing Thursday? We are going to do a swim/bike come along.  So I think this might be him taking me on and beginning to help coach me??? I’d be really happy if he is because I think I can learn a lot from him and honestly I’d love to have someone coach me and tell me how to do a bigger triathlon because everything I’ve figured out I’ve figured out on my own.  So we will see come Thursday- but I’ll let you know more about that later…

AFTER all of that we finally left Lake Placid to make our way home.  We were home by 11 a.m. and it felt like 7 p.m. to me haha.  I ended up completely crashing in my bed for an hour which gave me just enough energy to make it through the day.  By early that night I passed out. IMG_1222

So I have decided on Tupper Lake’s Tinman (Half-Ironman) for next summer.  This means that my biking skills need to seriously improve over the next year or I will be screwed. So that is everything new and exciting to tell you.  Which was a lot for me, so until later TTFN.


Sometimes I’m a Party Girl

Ok so let me start off my saying I don’t really go out a lot.  I feel like that will change now that I am in a sorority… Go Arethusa! Sorry, humor me.  Anywho, I’m in my sophomore year of college and all last year when my friends tried to get me to go out it was like pulling teeth.  But now that I have more people to go out with and now that I have more going out clothes in my closet I actually don’t mind. 

Like this weekend I was kinda  a party girl. It started on Thursday night and didn’t end until Saturday night.  Thursday night was the night I got in so that was an interesting night as it was, I made a lot of new friends and stole things from people (don’t worry I don’t steal anything important).  Friday we had this thing called Danceathon, where all the greeks (frats and sororities) danced collectively from 9 at night until 6 in the morning.  And my house split up the time into shifts so that we all didn’t have to be there at once.  I ended up getting the latest shift of 4-6 because my big came up.  For those of you who don’t know what a big is it is like my “big sis” in the sorority. 

Anywho, I got to go out for awhile that night then I hung out with my big at the house.  Then I passed out in my room for like 2 hours before I had to go to my shift.  And the rule is that you have to be dancing the whole time so there was a tired Sara on the dance floor doing Zumba dances at 4 in the morning.  To say the least Not Happy.

Anyway I spent the next day in bed until like 12, I ate with some of my sisters and then went back to bed for another two hours. I was lazy 😛  Then I went out last night with some of the sisters.  To say the least it was a fun time.  To quote the movie Grown-ups I got “Chocolate wasted!” But basically it was a fun time.  I did take shots of chocolate which was an interesting experience in and of  itself which I will probably post about another time.

Overall it was a nuts of a night which I can honestly say will probably happen again.  Anywho, I hung out with some of my guys the other day and we played mario party… I won. But I believe that is to be expected….Bahaha.  But while we were playing one of my boys put on music and it was all the Hollywood Undead.  So basically I am now hooked and have just bought a buttload of their music on itunes.  I was going to put up a video of my new favorite song by them up here but I can’t seem to figure it out yet so that will hav to wait.  For now I will just put a picture of the group up:

Basically they always have their faces covered, I’m not sure why.  I’m sure someone who is REALLY into their music could tell you why, I can’t.  Anywho, the song I really like is called ‘Comin’ in Hot’ by them and it is totally one of my new running/partying songs.  I enjoy it that much.  But now I must study and figure shit out because my ride to go home for Thanksgiving just fell through so basically I have to scramble to find a ride.  But more on that tomorrow when I get a chance.