Wednesday, August 8, 2012


If you follow me on Facebook then you already know that this weekend I completed my very first sprint triathlon!  It was VERY sprint-y in that all three segments were very short, not in that I was super speedy.  It was a 400 meter swim, 6 mile bike and 2 mile run. 

I just learned to swim in 2007 and actually haven't been to the pool much since then so the triathlon got me to the pool this summer!  I was super nervous waiting in line for the swim but I had been practicing at morning lap swim and knew I could complete it.  I am a long way from being a competent swimmer and a lot of people passed me but I was happy to be making it from one side of the pool and back each lap.

My new bike is awesome and I want to ride it ALL THE TIME!  Ok, maybe not when it's over 100 degrees or when I have 80 pounds of books to carry.  But I do really love my new bike and it made the 6 mile bike portion fly by.

Peg, a fantastic personal trainer and instructor at the gym we go to, was there and gave me some sage advice-take your run nice and easy to begin with since your legs will be in pedal mode.  Great advice and I found myself easily hitting my usual pace after a little warm-up time.  (Peg places 18th overall and 1st in her age group, she is Superwoman!)

My time was 1 hour 5 minutes and 15 seconds.  Which is WAY shorter than my under 1.5 hour goal.  I had alotted 25 minutes for the swim, 25 for the bike and 25 for the run and having never done all three back to back, I figured I would probably start to drag.  But I was ready to bike and dry off after the swim and my legs felt pretty fresh for the run so I was really proud!  Really, I was just proud to have been brave enough to sign up and complete it at all!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

2012 County Fair

This year I kind of let the fair slip right by.  I had a few items ready that I made earlier in the winter but I haven't really crafted since March or early April.  I took a total of 8 items which is very low for me.  And most shockingly, I did NOT get a doily done!  I had planned to get a lot done in the car to and from MA but the doily I am working on is such fine thread it was impossible to do in the car while it was moving!
 You've seen this quilt before, it's for Porject Linus. It got second place in the Large Machine Quilted category.
My crochet table runner (zig zag white, blue and green) also got second place in the Crochet Table Cloth of Table Dressing category.
You're seen this picture before, it's one that I made for the Town and Country Art show. It got first place in the Embroidered Home Decor, which I was pretty excited about.
This is the other embroidered piece I made for the Town and Country art show and since I wasn't sure which category to put them in, I put one in the embroidery division and I put this one in the Art Picture class in the Crafts division. It got first but it was the only entry.
And I think you've seen this guy before too. My 2011 cross stitch ornament was a sailor santa and he got third place in Christmas Ornaments.

So with my small batch of items, I still managed to make my money back plus a little pocket money but I was sad I didn't finish my doily in time. It's a really big one this year and fairly intricate but it'll be done for next year and then it's destined to be a present for someone so I can't show it to you!