I skipped out of work early on Friday. And today isn't going so smoothly as a result. But I don't have one ounce of regret. I left to pick up Boulder. And I think the sun came out in Cincinnati.
Some lunch, exchanging of gifts and then down to happy hour with some friends at a new place on the river, just a few blocks from my house. We even got our picture in the paper!
Saturday morning was meant for sleeping in, right? Right behind sleep, the priority was getting an HD converter for my old school TV so I could watch the Ironman Champs on TV. (yes, I've gone about 7 months now without watching television. And, really, I didn't miss it. I have a DVD player. I don't pay for cable. And somehow, I missed that gov't subsidized converter program thing...).
After visiting the Kroger Marketplace, Wal-Mart and Best Buy, it was determined that it would just be simpler to purchase a television. Apparently no one carries the converters (and Larry from Wal-mart electronics dept said that you can't even order them anymore!). So, I caved.
Good thing I had a techie with me for the weekend to set it all up in record time because it was only an hour to IM air time and I still had a run to get in. We headed out for an easy 30 min run in the cold. Me, in my new jacket, that just so happens to match my new shoes...
And he, imitating my action move. Funny.
The difference between Cincy and Boulder? Um, it pretty much looks like this outside all winter. It's cloudy and grey. And dark. And ugly. It's no wonder everyone suffers from SAD. Guess that's when we have to take matters into our own hands and just be goofy.
Upon returning home, I jumped on the trainer and teared up as I watched the stories of Ironman. It's such a moving experience. I remember watching it two years ago from my mom's living room in IL thinking I wanted to do it someday, but never imagining that by this time in my life, I'd have completed two IM distance races. I remember crying. And wondering how? How do they do all that? How does someone train for something like that? How does anyone have time for it? And now, it's hard to imagine my life without that!
Saturday morning, I awoke to go run with my buds. Actually, I didn't know who all was going to be there, but I didn't want to skip out on it. After a good ten hilly miles with five guys, a couple of whom were pushing the pace a bit, I was starving! And I came home to a fresh veggie omelet and sweet potato hash...and sadly, I had to send Boulder back to Colorado at the end of the day. But, like I said, it was another good weekend. And I don't have one ounce of regret about it.