IMTX setup has begun in The Woodlands. AGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! I got my magic tyres put on at TOTR on Monday – hopefully they will better my odds of not flatting on the bike course!
Yesterday was nuts. NUTS, I tell you. But one good thing came from all the crazy and made me proud to be an American:
My heart swelled. As a Jewish woman, I believe in EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL. Period. End of story. I find Obama to be just as capable and intelligent as I did 4 years ago, and make no mistake – I will be casting my vote for him again on November 6th. And donating to his campaign, as I did yesterday.
President Obama, I cannot forgive you for waiting so long to do the right thing when it comes to marriage equality, but thank you for doing it now. Regardless of the disappointing (but of course anticipated) vote in NC on Tuesday, my friend Ada put it very well. “Don’t fail to remember all of the other times throughout history that civil liberties were denied. This is not the first or last time that people will be denied equal rights based on misapplied religious doctrine, but I guarantee the ultimate result will be the same. History speaks for itself.” That’s much more eloquent than me saying, “psh…rednecks.” JUST KIDDING (I’m plenty eloquent). I will continue to speak out for marriage equality until EVERYONE has the same rights. Gay pride arm warmers and ALL.
Yesterday was the fall season kickoff for TNT and I am SO EXCITED about the upcoming season. I will be doing a cycle event (Viva Bike Vegas) to FINALLY get my Triple Crown award (you need to do a marathon, triathlon, and century ride for this, and so far I have done zero cycle events). AND I am a mentor for Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco – with some amazing ladies! Aimee is doing her first TNT event (we are having a VERY exciting fundraiser in September so stay tuned) and (duh) we are doing Nike with Kristen, Amy D, Valerie, Marisa, and Julie – well with some other crazy gals too – but the 7 of us are planning a NAPA TRIP after the race. NAPA, NAPA, NAPA *more chanting* Cue me hoarding my vacation days.
READY for fall season to start.
My little sister Stephanie graduates from college this Saturday. She’s receiving her BS in Interdisciplinary Studies, is a certified teacher Pre-K through 12th grade, passed her PPR, and is ESL certified. She won’t find out if she has a job at her current district (in our hometown) until the end of the summer, but they’ve written her such amazing letters of recommendation and I’m hopeful they’ll find her a spot. I’m so proud of her! Proud of her for pushing through and doing something she loves. Can’t wait to see her walk across the stage!
In other news, taper to me means not training. Seriously, I don’t know what’s gotten into me. I’m just exhausted lately, can’t focus on anything, don’t want to train, just want to do the race. Our brick practice was cancelled on Tuesday due to rain and I did not make it to the gym. I’ll go swimming tonight, and running this weekend. I need to sneak in a 30 mile bike ride sometime. TAPER. Oh, and I’m starving. I can eat a seriously disturbing amount of food these days. Bring on the doughnuts.