Busy Bee

Well, I started this post in the middle of last week and must have seen something shiny, got distracted, and never finished it. I’ve been quite a busy bee as of late, so here’s a quick (ok, so upon further review this is not so “quick”) update on what’s been filling my hours over the last few weeks…

So let’s see… the last time you heard from me was 4/19 which was just before the start of a very exciting weekend. On 4/20, UNC Charlotte, the hubs alma mater, hosted their first ever Football Spring Game as their team is set to take the field for the first time this August. It was a great start to the day filled with friends, food, fun, and of course drinks. Though I’m not a Charlotte alum, I do feel the desire to be an “elite” tailgater. Throughout my years in the Marching Virginians at Virginia Tech, I witness many extraordinary tailgating spreads and aim to be one of “those people” at Charlotte. To kick it off, I created my own tailgating cocktail that actually fades from green to gold in your cup and tastes delish!

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To make this yummy drink…

  • Start with a cup of ice
  • Add spicy/pepper whiskey/bourbon… about a shot, or more (depends on how frisky you feel)
  • Add OJ to nearly fill the glass
  • Stir in a little blue curacao to turn it green
  • Top with some orange soda to add some sparkle and some gold on top

The tailgating crew!
The tailgating crew!

Ok, now that you’re tipsy, let’s move on to the evening events of 4/20… the hubs played a gig with his company’s band, The Winmars, in downtown Winston! They were great, but it was bitter-sweet as it was his last gig with the Winmars. He actually started a new job today as the Virtual Brand Manager at Temporary Resources (so proud and happy for him!).

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Nothing like a little mandolin when covering the Lumineers!
Nothing like a little mandolin when covering the Lumineers!

The weekday highlights for 4/22-26 include: winning trivia with team Niner Nation, a client visit and pig pickin’ at work, a Winston-Salem Dash baseball game with the UNC Charlotte Triad Alumni, and a double date to see Jurassic Park in 3D (the best movie of all times according to the hubs).

Best work lunch ever!
Best work lunch ever!

4/27 – We started the day with some yard work – mowing, seeding, and fertilizing, then headed to an adorable 2 year old’s farm-themed birthday party… too cute! After the party, we headed to downtown Greensboro for some more adult fun – the Tap ‘n Run 4k! A pretty dinky “race” as far as distance goes, but a good time was had by all. This also served as the “easy, leg-stretching run” that was scheduled on my training plan, however, I will never run in Converse again (the toe box is not big enough!).

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4/28 – The alarm sounded at an ungodly 5am so that I could drag the hubs to watch me compete in my first tri of the season, the Huntersville Sprint Tri. It was cold, and rainy, and did I mention COLD! I did alright, by my standards, but felt I could have biked better if the weather had been better. All in all, I finished in 1:21:16 with an 8:29 swim (500m), 41:49 bike (20k), 27:25 run (5k) – very happy with that run!  (Side note, it was also my fist official race in my Altra (new running shoes)… will post a more thorough review soon!)

Swim
Swim

Bike
Bike

Run
Run

Weekday highlights from 4/29-5/3 include winning trivia with team Niner Nation, a nice long run in the rain, and celebrating the hubs last day at his current job!

Whew! I’m almost caught up. If this has taught me anything, it’s to blog as things happen, not 3 weeks after the fact!

This past Saturday (5/4) aka Star Wars Day and Derby Day remained just as eventful as the past few Saturdays. I got up early to do to the Heroes Helping Heroes charity bike ride around Pinnacle, NC. Again, it was COLD, but I hung with the group (better than I’d expected) and got through 42 very hilly miles. With that accomplishment under my belt, I headed home to help the hubs set up for our 3rd annual Derby Party.

Since we’ve had our house, we’ve been hosting a Kentucky Derby Party. We have all of our friends and family over and everyone brings a dish to share. We pull out all the yard games, drink Mint Juleps, and pretend we are at Churchill Downs. We just have one rule for our guests – everyone must wear a hat (preferably non-baseball). We give out two prizes, one to the “owner” of the winning horse (drawn at random upon arrival) and to the “best derby dressed” as voted on by all attendees.  This year, my sis-in-law drew Orb from the basket and won red roses and a chocolate bar and her fiance was voted best dressed and was awarded with white roses and more chocolate! Here’s some pics from the event.

The most exciting 2 minutes in sports!
The most exciting 2 minutes in sports!

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Finally, in addition to everything I just told you about, I’ve been keeping up my Ironman Training of approximately 11-12 hours per week. I’m starting to feel more and more confident about the 70.3 (half IM) I have coming up in Raleigh on June 2nd, but still can’t fathom the full thing! I’ll be doing a 69 mile ride this weekend practicing eating and drinking on the bike and also doing a short jog afterwards to get the feeling of the bike to run transition (wish me luck!).

Donate Now!
To my Ironman Louisville Race for a Cause to benefit the
Virginia Tech Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention
to honor the 32 Hokies who lost their lives on April 16, 2007.
Learn more here!

So now that you know what’s been going on in my life… what have you been up to?

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