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What's One More Thing?!

Posted Jan 22 2009 6:17pm
Effective today for the next three weeks...I'm unofficially changing my blog name to:

In addition to my regular work at the ad agency (God Bless the Austin market for not slowing down too much), I'm also working on my little "Dot the M" project, training for the Ironman, trying to be a good friend and wife, and reuniting with my sketch comedy troupe " Gag Reflex" for two shows on Valentines Day at Center Stage Austin (formerly Arts on Real)!

If you're looking for something fun and quirky to do in Austin on Valentines Day, come see "Gag Reflex" perform some pretty darn hilarious and downright silly (if I do say so myself) sketch comedy. It ain't Broadway, folks, but it's a hoot. The next three weeks are going to be interesting with rehearsals about 4-5 nights of the week. That means I'll be getting very creative with my training schedule as well. (i.e. double morning and/or lunchtime workouts). I hate working out at lunch because I hate getting ready all over again.

It's a lot, but I'm looking so forward to every minute. How fortunate am I to get to pursue my two biggest passions at the same time?! Endurance training AND comedy. Holy Cow! As I've mentioned before, Ironman and comedy have a lot in common since both involve a tremendous amount of risk and a tremendous amount of reward. Both involve a great bit of improvisation, and both require a sense of humor. Hell, I laugh at myself every day at the pool. (If I didn't, I'd cry). :-)

With all of that going on, I also apparently think I'm studly enough to attempt a PR at the 3M Half Marathon this Sunday morning. My current Half-Marathon PR is a 1:34:00 in 2007. I'd like to say that I'm "perfectly capable" of beating that, but my legs just haven't been firing much since the marathon in October. That being said, I did a solitary mile repeat workout at Zilker yesterday morning and knocked out 3 x 1 mile repeats in 6:56, 6:51 and 6:46 respectively, with a 2min rest in between. Add a mile warm-up and a mile cool-down and that made for a pretty respectable 5-mile workout after a good 2700m morning swim at 5:45am. I'm hoping to run about a 7:00min pace for the entire race.

Actually, I don't give myself enough credit for the swim yesterday. I hung in my lane pretty well without killing myself and banged out 2 x 200s at around a 3:50 each. Slow to most of you swimmers? uh--yeah...BUT, it's downright speedy for me as I've never posted a 200m under 4:00 with any regularity or without gasping like a beached whale afterward. A little endurance and strength just may be creeping in through the waves. Of course, swimming is also like golf. You can have a hole in one on one shot and then hit it in the sand trap on the very next shot. That's what keeps you coming back for more!

So, with enthusiasm, excitement, and a little "performance anxiety" (sorry guys), I enter into the next three weeks like a child who wants more, more, more! The good news is that hubster and I also have our first vacation of the year booked on Feb 19th with a little trip to the Mayan Riviera in Mexico...

More, More, More!!
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