Sunday, November 22, 2009

So I have been knitting...

It is so funny how as the weather cools I turn back to my knitting needles, discarded in all the excitement of spring, gardening, biking, and all things outside. The women of Caratunk have a Stitch and Bitch session every Friday night running from November - till it gets nice out. The first meeting was mostly drinking and bitching, and by the third meeting, we actually all brought our knitting needles. So basically it takes us all about a month to get our shit together.

As usual, I have 5+ projects going on right now. One is Branching Out designed by my all-time favorite knitting designer, Susan Pierce Lawrence. Check out her blog here: I Am Knitting As Fast As I Can. I knit her Forest Canopy Shawl for my grandmother last winter.

Yes, I am very proud of that shawl, my grandmother loved it, so did I.

I also have casted on a sweater - the Rogue Sweater by the Girl From Auntie. Actually, it was casted on in March 2009, but I hope to finish the project by March 2010. I am so in love with this sweater, but I am not in love with the yarn I choose for it. I might have to...gasp...RIP this out and start over with new stuff. Sucky.

Another favorite designer of mine is Grumperia , and I am working on her Mother of Pearl Scarf Who says scarfs are boring?

Well, off to the needles...

Friday, November 6, 2009

Friday Dose of Fitness

I had a great run today - so great in fact that I swear I could have run double the distance I did today. Must be all the fresh snow on the ground that got me feeling so fluid. The run got me thinking about my race plan for 2010. I need to know that I am doing a race soon to keep me training. As usual, per Mandy, overly ambitious. I always think big.

- January - 4.5 mile Thaw, Belgrade, ME
- Ski my butt off at Sugarloaf
- End Jan-Early Feb - Baxter Park Trek (5 days, 4 nights)
- Feb - Mid-Winter 10 Mile Classic, Cape Elizabeth, ME
- Polar Bear 5K
- Ski my butt off at Sugarloaf
- March - Another Baxter Trip! That place is a wonderland in the winter
- Ski my butt off at Sugarloaf
- May - Polar Bear Tri (Sprint)
- Sugarloaf Marathon
- June - Pirate Tri (sprint)
- August - Timberman Half Ironman Triathlon (70.2)
- Sept - Lobsterman Triathlon
- Oct - MDI Marathon

I know people think I am crazy. Hell, I think I am crazy sometimes - but the thing is that I love to race longer distances. Nothing makes me feel more alive than when I am participating in an event with other like-minded (crazy) people all trudging along for the same goal. This is speaking from marathon experiance, but as I explore triathlon, I feel the same mid-packer unity I felt in marathon: Must.Get.To.The.Finish.

Planning big is one thing, but I know that actually getting to the start line is another. You can say all day that you want to run a marathon, or that you want to do an Ironman someday - but are you willing to do what it takes to get to that starting line ready and able to compete? That means early mornings and early nights, less bar time and more time in the saddle.