I did a different kind of workout on Black Friday. My husband, Bill manages a large department store and I volunteered (hello??? what was I thinking???) to come in at
3:00 am when they opened and help in the shoe department. I got there at 3:05 and the line was still filing in the door. The first 250 customers in the door received a gift card and one of them was for $1000!!!!!!!!
By 3:10 am it was jam packed. People looked like they were in a feeding frenzy over the $19.99 boots that were for sale. (I have to admit - it was a great deal!) I saw people with stacks of 5-6 pair of boots!! We found discarded and stray pair all over the store throughout the day. I've never seen anything like it. It was like a feeding frenzy.
The poor tables were absolutely demolished - and under the tables.... an unbelievable mess. I was assigned the task of "trying" to put the shoes left all over the place back with like animals and picking up the "trash" that came from all the paper and inserts in the shoes. I have never squatted and bent down more times in the 10 hours that I worked than ever before. Talk about a good workout. (secretly I know I'm getting a good workout, so I enjoy going in to help). (Hello..... what is wrong with this picture???)
Saturday and then also on Sunday the soreness in my low back and adductors let me know just how many times I used them. I am a glutton for punishment. But you know what... it was worth it knowing that I helped Bill and his store have an amazing Black Friday. And... I didn't buy a single thing! That day anyway.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Finished my last triathlon of the season last Saturday (this post is way overdue - the race was Saturday, October 8th) with the Mighty Magnolia in Hattiesburg, MS. A little bit of performance pressure with this race since my friends and I all wanted to represent well at our local race. Judy, Deanna, Lesley and I swam the course, rode the course and ran the course a few times within the last couple weeks. Deanna said it kind of felt like cheating - being able to train on the race course - I know what she means and I kind of felt the same way......for about 5 minutes. Then I was over it!
Since this was our local race I did some volunteering before the race. I helped stuff all of the race packets and worked packet pick up at the race sight the afternoon before the race. Had a good time working packet pick up and got to see and meet a lot of the triathletes from the area. And of course got to represent Team Aquaphor while handing out packets!!
|That's me swimming to the start.|
The short version is I had a really good swim, an okay bike and a good run!! If you want the long version... keep reading. The swim was changed this year from the previous 3 years that the race has been in existence. This year was a point to point swim - really a great idea. The sun was at our backs the entire time making it really easy to see. We were supposed to walk around the levee to the starting point and went off 3 seconds apart in time trial fashion. I decided to swim the 1/3 mile course backwards to warm up - the water this morning was an awesome 71 degrees making it wetsuit legal.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
I'm definitely a believer in keeping some form of ID on you when you ride or run (or even swim for that matter). I have a sticker in my bike helmet with Bill's phone number on it (I think I remember reading somewhere that if you're in a bike crash and have to be taken by ambulance to the hospital that EMS is required to take your bike helmet with them) and a Road I.D. tag on my running shoe. But I know that most of the people that I train with don't carry any kind of identification with them. I know we would call 911 if one of us were seriously injured but how would we get in touch with each other's spouses?
|The individual tags punch out of the plastic card.|