Rambling On 47

It’s the last Friday of the year, how did that happen?

I know I owe you a weekly recap for last week but that will wait until next week. It’s not like there was much to report.

Hope everyone had a great Christmas! My day was pretty chill, I love low key holidays. We’re a comfy clothes and relax all day kind of family.

I’m debating racing a New Year’s Day 5k. Well, it wouldn’t be racing, it would be participating. I’ve had a helluva GI flare or something this week so I’m on the fence.

My computer has turned into a hunk of junk and I was really hoping for some good after Christmas sales. Yet- crickets. Boo. I wasn’t impressed with the Black Friday ones either.

I signed up an Amazon Prime trial to get the free shipping but then forgot to cancel. Not too mad though as I’m currently binging Grimm again.

Any computer buying tips?

What are you watching?

Follow Me to Wildflower

Disclaimer: I received an entry to Oaktown Half as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

I bet your thinking of flowers right now. Pretty colors lining the roadways and filling fields. But if you’re from my neck of the woods, Wildflower means something else.

Wildflower means triathlon.


Even before I was a runner, I knew what Wildflower was. Well, let me rephrase- I knew of it but had no real cognizance of a triathlon was. Even once I did pick up running, it was a little hard to grasp. And people think runners are crazy. Even once I fully understood the concept of a triathlon, it was another few years into my running adventure before I really grasped just how big Wildflower really was. This thing pulls a huge crowd and some big names.

Now, we live California and drought is a problem so Wildflower didn’t happen in 2017. Then in 2018, I saw that it was back, advertising as being bigger and better than offer. And they offered a 10K trail run- no swimming or cycling- where do I sign up???? Oh wait, it was only a week after the Big Sur Marathon. Dang, probably shouldn’t be registering for races 5 days after a hilly marathon. So I just had to hope that all the extras were here to stay for years to come.

Cue 2019- Wildflower is looking more awesome and it partnered with BibRave. Yay, happy dance!



So what does The Wildflower Experience have to offer? How about these race options?

Triathlon-
Long Course
Aquabike Course
Olympic Distance Course
Off Road Sprint
On Road Sprint
Trail Run ( 10.7 miles(
5K Run
10K Run
Stand Up Paddleboard
Open Water Swim

Want to embrace the “Woodstock” of it all? They offer camping packages. Tent or RV? Sure. Don’t want to bring your RV? They can supply one for you. Want a pre- set up tent with a legit bed in it? Yep, got that too. The cutest thing was the retro tin trailers but wow those sold out fast. 😀

As for what race I am doing, well, that’s the 10.7 mile trail run. Let’s do this! Don’t worry, haven’t gone crazy- I know I would fall off a bike.

Want to join me?? I’ll drive!

Register for running events here*- https://wfexp.com/bibrave

And triathlon events here*- https://wfexp.com/bibravetri

No codes needed, the discounts are built into the links.

*only applies to races not camping

Week 50- Disneyland

After last week’s race, my Garmin told me I needed a ridiculous amount of time to recover. It was something like 50ish hours.  Yes, I was sick but really?   After a couple of days, I realized it have been smarter than me.  

But, wait- what about Monday?  Hello Disneyland!!!!


My mother and I hit the park first thing in the morning and stayed until 7:30ish.  Our plan was stay until closing but I just couldn’t.   We rode all our favorite rides and some new ones.   Wow, the Jungle Cruise driver was snarky- funny but not what I was expecting.    😛   We even got to ride the Matterhorn twice in row- who knew they did bonus rides sometimes? I learned you should sit in the very back row on Star Tours- so much better! We finally found moderately decent food. Spent too much money on souvenirs. Took lots of pictures. Both ships were moving for the first time that I’ve ever seen. You could glimpse Star Wars land from the highest points of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

By 6, I was exhausted and my feet and legs were throbbing. Man, I feel old. I couldn’t fight the mob of strollers any more- aren’t kids still in school? Then, as we are making our way out of the park at 7:30, an announcement comes over the loudspeaker that they are going to dim all the lights so they can light up the castle. 😯🤬 That wasn’t on the schedule and there’s no way I could fight my way back through the crowds.😢

Tuesday- Shopping/ Travel

We were supposed to go to Universal Studios. However we both realized we would be phoning it in; we were both exhausted. So instead we fought LA traffic and hit a large mall on the way back north. Dude, just walking around the mall made my feet hurt and tired me out.

Wednesday- Rest

I almost ran but I wasn’t feeling well. I knew my heart rate was crazy high the entire race and my resting heart rate was still oddly high. I’d rather rest and get 100% healthy than push for some junk miles and get sick again. I was sick long enough. Plus I had a Ton of laundry to do.

Thursday/ Friday –
Hi ho, hi ho, it’s back to work I go.  I still felt crappy on Thursday but was starting to feel better on Friday and what do you know, my resting heart rate was coming back down towards normal. What does it say about me that I am calmer at work?

Saturday- HaHa
I could have run but I didn’t.  I tried to Christmas shop but I failed.  I am really struggling this year.   Nothing like the final countdown!

Sunday- 3.1 miles
I do know how to run!  I meant to run more but it was cold and again more shopping fails took up time.   My goal was to keep this run all in the green or lower according to the heart rate monitor on my watch.  Yeah, I need to work on that.   It actually felt good to get out there.  I’m still wheezing but thanks to my asthma, that will likely accompany me on all my runs for the next month. 

I also did a Beachbody Transform 20 workout last week but I can’t remember what day.   So 2 activities, not great but I do actually feel slightly healthy for the first time in a month so win!

How was your week?

Holiday Half Race Recap

Disclaimer: I received free entry to Holiday Half as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Race start was a leisurely 8 but after a night of utterly horrible sleep, there was no need for my alarm and morning came too early.   I knew I needed to get my bib before the race so we checked out first thing and headed for the Fairplex.    The Pomona Raceway and Fairplex has more than enough parking but getting in was more challenging than I anticipated and took longer than I planned for.   Once we finally parked, we booked it down to the race start where everything was clearly labeled and picking up my bib and race shirt was easy-peasy.  

Then the clothing debate was on.   I was cold so I was wearing a long sleeve with my BibRave tank over it and my black fleece vest over that.  I had my beanie or trucker hat to choose from and had gloves.   I still wasn’t feeling great and tend to run cold so I was thinking all the layers.  My mother ended up taking the beanie and talked me out of the vest as well although I was whining about it the whole time.  I ran with my old waist belt instead of my pack as well because I didn’t want anything heavy on my chest.   So still feeling cold, I lined up at the start and under a dusting of fake snow, we were off!

Miles 1-3- 10:03, 11:33, 12:05
I knew this was going to be slower, I was thinking around a 12 min pace likely and figured I would pay more attention to my heart rate than my pace.  First mile- oops but I was feeling ok as we wound out of the Fairplex and into the surrounding neighborhoods.  I knew from the race website, it had some rolling hills so I made the early decision to walk them just because I had been sick.  Then I had to forcibly remind myself of that on the first one.  Mile 2, I was already tired, haha!  And mile 3, I was overheating.  The weatherman lied- how the hell do I get this undershirt off? I am going to melt!  We also hit the actual drag strip which was cool and the main reason I slowed- I took a lot of pictures.  😛

Miles 4-8- 11:12, 11:34, 11:48, 12:12, 12:16
The track actually gave me a little bit of a second wind so I was moving a little faster than I had originally planned.  Not exactly speedy but better than I had predicted.  The course was winding us through neighborhoods and parks and campgrounds and I was just enjoying the view.  We ran passed Raging Waters so that was kind of cool.  There was a lake on our left for a good chunk of the miles so there was always something to look at.   The pacers were making me mad though.  At this point the 2:20 and 2:15 pacers passed me, which would have been fine, except they were running together! Ummm- that’s not how it works!    Mile 8 brought us down into a park that we looped and then back out.

Miles 9-12- 11:32, 12:37, 12:27, 13:12
Things were going good until 9.5.  Then my body was done.    My legs and hips started talking back about the lack of miles in the last 2 months and I felt an asthma attack coming.   I came to a halt and then walked.  A lot, all the hills, most of the flats and only really ran the downhills.  Bummer as this section leveled out and brought us back to the race track.   Here another pacer ticked me off.  At mile 11.75 and 2:18 in (yes, I checked my watch) the 2:40 pacer passed me- running.  Wait, what?  I know they started after me, what the heck are they doing??

Mile 13-11:29
This mile drove me crazy.  I was trying to not have an asthma attack but I wanted to run and be done.  This mile was mostly S-curving through the race track parking lot to pick up mileage as we headed back to the Fairplex and it was in full sun. Why????? I still walked portions but finally jogged it in to the finish. Where’s my snowflake?  Oh wait, it’s a wreath.😛

Finish 2:36:34

I met up with my mother at the end of the finish chute and we hung out for a bit.   It was a little bit of a party going on but in the end I was sore and wheezing and needed to sit so we headed back to the car.   

I knew I wasn’t trained or fully healthy going into this race so I am A-Ok with my finishing time.  It was even a little better than I thought it might be and still not my slowest.   This was a great course though and I wonder what I could do healthy- those hills spoke to me.  

Oh and the 2:40 pacer? Finished before me. 🤨

Oh- and I got a fancy finisher’s certificate from Athlinks!

Week 49

  • Upcoming Races
  • Holiday Half 12/9 (Thanks Bibrave!)
Vacation- woo hoo!!! Why am I always sick on vacation?? Seriously, is it some kind of jinx? I didn’t get in as much exercise as I originally would have liked this week. I did get some nice downtime in and finally managed to get the toy shopping for work done. Oh and both parents had birthdays. 😯🎊

Monday– Does cleaning your car count as exercise? I mean it was ridiculously dirty and I did work up a sweat for the first time in weeks.  😛

Tuesday/Wednesday– The rain came to town and I hid.  Did I want to run in it? Yes.  But I was still coughing and didn’t think running in the rain would be a bright idea.

Thursday-3.3 miles I ran!  I headed to the gym to see if my legs still knew what they were doing.   They did!! I couldn’t get anything else to work properly though.  I forgot to start my Garmin, realized I never paired my headphones with my new iPhone and my footpod is out of calibration.    Whatever, it was still a good run.  

Friday– I wanted to run again but with the race this weekend I knew that would be more miles this week than I ran in the month of November.   Yeah, you read that right.  So I just spent the getting some errands done and packing for Pomona.

Saturday- Road Trip! Grrr, traffic. It felt like it took forever to get to Pomona. Once there, we checked out the race start location (not well enough) and then headed to the hotel to check in. An early dinner and then it was time to try to sleep. Ha! I think I woke up every hour on the hour. 😒

Sunday- Holiday Half Marathon– race recap to come.

16.55 miles for the week. Yes, more than I ran in November. Haha.

How was your week?