Friday, November 27, 2009

Here's an idea.

Last night, my uncle almost died.

We still don't know if he will make it. He is in critical condition in the Cardiac ICU.

In the ambulance, he was shocked 6 times. In a house filled with over 25 people, NOT ONE PERSON knew how to do CPR. NOT ONE!

It only takes a couple of hours to learn. Your certification lasts two years, and you can re-certify online. It doesn't get any easier than that.

For your family, neighbors, and friends, make it your New Year's Resolution to learn.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

what goes up, must come down

Over the last two months, I've been living in a fog. I think life will be settling down soon. Maybe I can go back to feeling normal.

I know this is the time of year where many other bloggers are doing their "year in review" and making plans for next year. I'm kinda-sorta doing that. I'm just going to skip the review.

As the months have passed, I have decided to quit long-course tri's for awhile. I don't know exactly what I'm going to do next year. I don't even know if I'm going to race at all.

I do know, however, that I really want to become a "cyclist". There's so much for me to learn. I've improved alot over the past few years, but I know that my technical skills still have a long way to go. Next year, I'm going to sign up for the Sunrise Century. (If you go to the bottom of the webpage, you can watch a short video of the course). It seems like the next step up for me.

The best part, though, is that the race offers weekly training rides in which coaches go through skills training, endurance, climbing, riding in packs, nutrition, all aspects cycling. AND I'd get to meet other cyclists of all different levels and abilities.

I'm also going to do Elephant Rock again (which is easier than Sunrise).

Hopefully in 2011, I will be ready for The Triple Bypass. I also really want to do Ride the Rockies, which is a 6 day ride through the mountains. The distance ranges from about 380-450 miles. The route changes every year. The challenge with RTR is that it's a lottery. It's tougher to plan.

That's long-range planning though. For now, I'm just going to ride. Next year, I'll do Elephant Rock and Sunrise, and see what happens from there.

I just remembered. A friend of mine asked me to run an ultra with him. Right now, my heart really isn't in it. But who knows? The weather will be a huge factor. We've already gotten a lot of snow, and we're not even in our snowiest months yet. I have plenty of time to think about it. I want to make sure that I have plenty of time to train on the course. Training would not be fun if the course is covered in snow and/or mud.....because my WUSS factor is off the charts nowadays.

As Forrest Gump says, "That's all I have to say about that."