Not sure if anyone noticed but Racingtales was off the air for a few days last week. One minute I was happily (and I guess a bit recklessly) updating plugins, the next I was faced with the horror of the blank screen. Seems a plugin was incompatible with WordPress and caused a major train wreck. Thankfully my knight in shining WordPress armor rescued me (huge thanks to Lisa for loaning him out for a few hours amidst the stress of trying to sell a house and prepare to move across the country…) and got everything working again. Obviously I’m still in the process of reinstating everything but at least I’m up and running again.
While I was staring at the blank screen, a few things happened. First, this came in the mail:
Yeah, I know it looks really boring but I was so excited when I saw the envelope that I ripped it open and tore the corner off my confirmation note…
So I am now an official entrant in the 50th Annual JFK 50 mile. Kinda cool. And very scary.
I also remembered that I have a triathlon coming up….my first of the season. I’ll be doing TriRock Annapolis on Saturday. It’s just a sprint but I feel woefully unprepared as I’ve been so focused on The North Face 50K which I’m running June 2nd. Still, I always feel unprepared for my first tri of the season. It’s also my first tri in a new age group. USATriathlon rules mandate that you race the age you’ll be at the end of the year, and, since I turn 40 in October, I’m aging up!
In other events, I watched the DSYS kids I coach run the mile on the track, in the rain. They looked awesome. They’ve really heeded the advice we’ve given them every week to start slow and gradually increase their pace, and I didn’t see any blowups out there. There were some untied shoelaces and lots of grimacing, but they gave it their all and I was really proud of them! I didn’t realize how rewarding that could be.
And I also got to see this guy, my youngest, play a couple of baseball games:
This picture must be two years old – he now plays single A in little league and is pretty good!
And today my oldest and I spent some rare time together at the rock climbing wall (he climbs, I belay):
I also just got certified as an RRCA Running Coach…something I’ve been meaning to do for a while but needed to commit to the time requirement. I’m very glad I did it as I learned a lot and I definitely recommend the course if you’re thinking about it.
Have you ever had a site crash? Do you go into races feeling totally unprepared? Does life seem to be speeding past at an alarming rate? Yeah, best not to think about that one.