Monday, February 23, 2009

Arizona quick update

Hey Everybody!

Sorry I couldn't blog whilst in Arizona -- there was literally no time other than eating, working out, and sleeping. Our camp cook was amazing, Chris and Sara fully supported all rides with tons of food and goodies (and LOTS of tubes and C02 cartridges), and our swimming and running coaches worked us over good. :) :) :)

I'll write more later, but I just found out when Mike came to pick me up last night that my Mom fell and broke her hip, had surgery, and is currently on oxygen at the hospital. Toby went missing one night when a neighbour lit fireworks in their yard (remember this is the Pass), but thank God, Mike tracked her down in two days.

I'm going shopping to prepare meals for my Mom and Dad and then will start blogging again.

Meanwhile, I'll give you all a few things... :):)

1. I made a LOT of great new tri friends -- what a great group of people. We all cheered each other on, it was like crossing the finish line of IMC every day.

2. My big watts on the Computrainer since I switched bikes was accurate after all. :):) :) :) :) Read: Mount Lemmon twice and with the front pack. :)

3. I learned the correct way to ride a paceline and became quite comfortable being inches away from a wheel.

4. Laughing yoga is the greatest invention EVER!!!!!!! I cried, I was laughing so hard. :) :) :)

5. Chris taught us how to fine-tune our bikes so they switch gears properly -- AND I am competent at dismantling and re-assembling my bike now. LOVE IT!!!! :) :) :) :)

Here's a few pics from our camp photographer...

At the beginning of our duathlon...

Team Cervelo... Hahahahah -- there were other brands there too!

I'm loving it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I'm biking in Arizona!! :) :) :) :)

The "finish line" -- we had to run 10 minutes as hard as we could off the bike and 10 minutes easy.

My personal favourites -- I LOOK LIKE A REAL SWIMMER!! Hahahahahahahaha!!!!! :) :) :):) I worked my little butt off in that pool! :) :) :)


Kelly B. said...

First off...well wishes to your Mom!! Hope she is on the mend and feeling better soon..
Secondly...WOW! That's all, just WOW!!!!

streaker said...

Those pics are awesome! You are a real swimmer now

Positive vibes to your Mom! If she's half as strong as you are then she'll be healed up in no time!

Great to have you back

Jenna said...

Jeppers - So sorry to hear about your mom and I bet they are glad to have you home (as is Mike and Toby). Send some lovin her way from me :)
Glad to hear that Toby is home and good :)

Glad to get the little tidbits you offered us... but come now honey, that's like giving me one sppon full of icecream and then walking away and putting the icecream up high :)

So...when the chaos has subsided and you have time to gather your thoughts and write it all down - I will be back:)

PS. The new bike looks great next to you, rather than looming over you. What a difference that will make for you.... WOW!! And yes, you look like a swimmer!!!

Keith said...

Glad you're back. Glad you had fun. Great photos! Hope your mom is better soon.

(Reaching up to the top shelf, and feeling around for the ice cream, before it melts and runs down the wall.)

I need to hear more about the laughing yoga!

Cath said...

Hey hope your Mum is ok. We're in Fernie - will call you later for a catch up. Great pics thought - you look like the proper athlete that you are :)


Susi said...

must be the week of mum's breaking mom broke her wrist last week.

i will send your mom some white light and wish her a speedy recovery.

am so glad you had a great time - i knew you would!!! the pics are gorgeous! can't wait to talk to you so we can play catch up!

Charlie Browne said...

i like your body position in the last photo!!

Amber Dawn said...

Welcome back! Your pics are awesome, you are looking pro! You were at camp with a lovely yogi lady named Jen- I saw her pics on facebook and there you were!
Looks like it was a great success, glad to hear you reinforced that you are a super cyclist, can't wait to see how you rock the IMC course this year. It's your year girl!
Hope your mom is feeling better, I am sure she is relieved to have you home!
Can't wait to hear more...

John Prince said...

Sorry to hear about your mom, Julie. Give her our best!
John & Diane

Amy said...

Loved your pics!!!! Can't wait to read more!

Sorry to hear about your mom, too. I hope she's feeling better now. How scary!