Let me backtrack a bit. This last celebratory weekend of 2010 kicked off with a little holiday gathering of my book club which was fun, but while I was there Mike kept texting me asking when I was coming home. So after stuffing my face with cheesecake, I went home, opened the garage door, and saw my sister Ali's car parked there. Total surprise, she and her boyfriend made the drive up from Astoria for New Years! We had talked about her coming up, but I thought she had to work, so it was a huge surprise to see her.
We continued our tradition of spending New Years at home, but this year we had a lot of family over and everyone brought something to nosh on, I can't believe I didn't take any food pictures.
One of the first things my friend Gina said to me when she arrived was, "I'm doing Iron Girl Syracuse and you are too!" My reaction was similar to this:
Obviously I like to run, and I enjoy riding my bike weather permitting. I'm a recreational swimmer, not an athletic swimmer. So a Tri hasn't been on my radar. Iron Girl will be a first for Gina too, so it would be a really fun thing to do with her (she's my sister in law Jeannine's sister, my marathon partner, so Gina roped her into doing it too).
So this morning after a breakfast of lentils (supposed to bring Good Luck in the New Year, my friend Jennifer is a staunch believer in this), talking about it more with Jeannine and Mike, then a 3 mile run in the rainy fog, I decided to go for it. Doing a triathlon is a whole new ball game for me, but Iron Girl is a sprint, so I feel confident about taking it on.
Now I need to get some gear, thankfully my birthday is in January! And I welcome any advice from all you Triathletes out there!!!
OH! and I picked the winner of the CEP Compression shorts giveaway. The comments about the name of my blog were funny, and a few of the guesses were correct, it's my actual name. My maiden name is Sleeper (just think of all the nick names I got with that) and my married name is Baker. For our first Christmas as a married couple, Mike gave me a rolling pin, since I was an official Baker. Anyway, thanks to everyone who entered, I used random.org to pick the winner, and it is Suzy from Running on My Time...send me an email with your info......Congrats!!