From Coast to Coast

Admittedly, I have not only neglected my blog but neglected to provide a proper race report from the two National Championship races I completed at the beginning of August.  I have good reason, though, for failing to tell you all the gritty details of my Olympic and Sprint Milwaukee adventures.  Justin and I enjoyed a wonderful weekend in Milwaukee with my parents and several members of my tri family.  It was an excellent way to wrap up a summer of racing.  We left Milwaukee and drove to Ann Arbor, MI where we spent a few days with some close friends.  It was wonderful to catch up with April, Tim, and their incredibly unlike-one-another children, Ian and Simon. 🙂  I’m also sad to be realizing just now that I don’t think I got many pictures with any of them while we were there!

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We had a fantastic time celebrating our race weekend with some many wonderful Hampton Roads triathletes and their beloved supporters!

The day after we returned from our WI/MI trip, the packers showed up at our door at 8 a.m. and our personal items were all whisked away.  We took the following day to catch our breath and say goodbye to friends and then we were off on a cross country road trip.  It took us six days to cross the country and our items were delivered the day after our arrival.  I then spent the next week trying to resolve an administrative issue that was preventing the Navy from paying me (and I spent most of the following week on this issue, too).  That was resolved just in time for me to start my first rotation at the hospital!

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Our xc journey was quite the adventure.  Here, I’m standing in front of the meteor crater outside of Flagstaff, AZ.  We also enjoy sampling alligator on Beale Street, riding and running in Albaquerque, NM as well as sampling the local chili, Diablo burger and other local eats in Flagstaff and a number of local “brews” along the way.  Hmmm… seems like most of our adventuring revolves around food!

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Not ALL of our adventures revolved around food.  We stayed in Sedona, AZ for two nights and enjoyed gorgeous, scenic runs in both Sedona and at altitude in Flagstaff (and THEN we had our local burgers and brews).

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After extensive unpacking and numerous errands related to packing and settling in, we decided to sample some of the local treats at the Ghirardelli shop.  It’s okay… we WALKED there so… we burned some of it off!  It was so rich that it almost made me sick but I’m not a quitter so I pushed through and ate all of my dessert!

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And then vac a was over and it was time to get to work!

I’m currently working in the adult outpatient psychology clinic.  I’m at work by 7:30 (which is when I have to be in my office or in a meeting, which means I have to get to the base by about 7), I’m busy ALL day with patients, meetings, notes and additional internship-related training, and then I leave around 4 or 5 p.m.  This has been quite a shock to my system since I spent most of the summer working out and taking naps.  We’ve been getting up at 4:45 a.m. so that I can get my first workout in and Justin can get the dogs to daycare before he has to be at work at 6 a.m.  I was hoping to be able to get a second workout in during lunch but that is pretty clearly not an option since I didn’t get to have any input in regard to my patient schedule.  Oh well.

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I’ve tried to locate training groups but it’s been a bit tough finding the right fit.  Here is a pic from my first group ride in San Diego.  Everyone was friendly but the group probably isn’t going to work out for most of my training.  I found another cycling group that works better for me but I’m still having a difficult time finding people with whom I can run.  I know it will work out but it does feel discouraging from time to time.

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We enjoy spending our weekend mornings on our second story balcony, post workout.  We eat most of our meals there and I have a huge fan club for my hummingbird feeder!

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 I was very excited to have so much outdoor living space.  We immediately filled it with an urban potted garden!  All of my plants have really taken off since this picture!

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It took us a few weeks but we finally made it out to one of the beaches.  This was at Coronado.  The water wasn’t as cold as we had expected and San Diego is having an usually hot August so it was very refreshing and blue!  I want to go back, soon, and play in the waves.

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After my first work week, we decided to walk down to Little Italy and do some more culinary exploration.  This was a delicious calamari appetizer that we shared.  We also enjoyed freshly made pasta and walked home with some gelato.  So far, this has been my favorite San Diego dining experience.

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We have finally discovered grilling!  The apartment complex has community grills so we are able to enjoy tons of grilled treats.  We spend Saturday and Sunday evenings grilling our food for the rest of the week and do little to no cooking Monday through Friday.  It’s been fantastic.  And I’m so busy during the week that I don’t even have time to think about deviating from the nutrition plan.  I eat my grilled veggies and protein and get back to work!

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There is a wonderful and healthy Pho restaurant just a block away from us.  It came in handy one evening when we had no food prepared and didn’t want to eat poorly.  It was also very reasonable priced and I left feeling stuffed full of fresh veggies and tofu!

Overall, I love what I’m doing all day at work and I’m thankful to have a position that pays me well to do something about which I am passionate.  I’ve had a difficult time adjusting to the changes in my schedule and responsibilities, though we really love the life we are living here.  I’m putting most of my energy now into finding a routine and getting the most out of this year of paid training.  I know I can make my tri training work and still excel at internship, it’s just going to take a lot of deliberate focus.  Oh, and did I mention I’m running a marathon in January…?