Thursday, May 10, 2012

Three Things Thursday ...

Half Century - On Saturday, Sally (Ironman-in-Training) and I will be taking part in the Cap 2 Cap Half Century ride (there is also a Century, Quarter Century and 15 mile Family Fun ride). As of right now, I have zero idea of what to expect. The website is kind of lacking information of any kind. I mean, last time I checked, the course hadn't even been posted.

However, I have been told/read that this is a fun ride, not a race (think big group ride, food/rest stops, etc.).

Hmm? Not a race? Well, apparently, they have never met me.

Of course, this is a race. Just like a group run is a race. And so is running on a treadmill next to someone else. In fact, from now on, if someone else is present during your workout, just assume that it's a race.

Assessment - In preparation for the 2012-2013 school year, I was asked to assess Dizzle and Doodle's learning style, strengths and weaknesses. The lists looked a little something like this:
  • self-motivated
  • highly competitive
  • works best when being held accountable
  • extremely focused on perfection when give a task she feels drawn to
  • analytical
  • high energy
  • tends to vie for leadership position and/or likes to be in control
Is it just me or do they sound like little endurance athletes in the making?

Do What You Love - The other day I wore my Ironman branded jacket to the grocery store. After I checked out, an employee asked the following question:

"Do you like doing those Ironman workouts?"

A seemingly innocent question, but I was instantly compelled to slap some sense into him.

I answered, "Yes. It's a big part of my life, but I love it." But all I could think was, "No, dumba**, I spend all of my free time doing something I hate. Don't you?"

When I came home, I reflected for a moment and then taught Dizzle the two lessons I got from that interactions:

Lesson #1 - Do what you love.
Lesson #2 - Don't ask stupid questions or risked getting slapped upside the head.


Marlene said...

Good luck at the ride! Sounds fun! And I agree, race for sure. Let's see you hammer it like you have been on the trainer.

Kurt @ Becoming An Ironman said...

Every workout is a race, even if it's only against the previous you that did it. Even now with the online run mapping - you can pick someone else's route and post a better time. haha

But yes, those types of rides are all for fun. I've got an MS Bike Tour ride this fall that I fully plan on kicking ass at though.

Anonymous said...

Have a great time at the ride - sounds like fun and my idea of a good way to get in a 50 mile ride :) Hoping I can find a similar group event out here!

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

Your ride. Clearly they don't know you at all.

You have created clones. Should you win a prize for that?

The funny things people say just to make conversation.

Sally said...

um yeah....guess I better register huh...? woops! I'm on it...

Running Ricig said...

I totally agree with the race philosophy. If there's some one to compete with, I'm competing. Even if it's with my dog.

Karen said...

I have grown to love century rides. Yes, technically, it isn't a race but there are plenty of people who are racing ... The food stops are just a nice perk and a good excuse to give your booty a rest for a minute :)

Carrie said...

Wow, the ride sounds amazing. Enjoy!

So the age old adage "there are no stupid questions" doesn't apply in your household I guess? Haha. :)

Unknown said...

Someone else present during workout = race.

I also learned in college
If you go out to eat/movie/etc. and one person pays for both of you = date.

ajh said...

Endurance athletes in the making! Love it! I see those types of forms parents have filled out and I've never seen any headed for that path as much as yours!

Jason said...

We are always racing and maybe not against somebody next to us but against ourselves. Life is a race.

Definitely endurance athletes in the making. Look at their role model.