5 things Friday

1.  My follower list has been hovering at 99 forever.  I can remember having one precious follower.  I hope she appreciates all of the company...I know I do!

2.  I gave in and registered for the crit.  Raise your hand if you're surprised.  As much as I refused to commit to it, once I had the idea in my head it was pretty likely I'd do it.  It helps that several friends will be riding with me.  Or, at least, at the same time as me.  It's way too close to home for me to skip it, but the timing is less than ideal: it's the morning after my 20 year high school reunion, which means I'll be riding on some pretty questionable (if not flat out regrettable) fueling and hydration.

Graduation night.  Incidentally, the girls on either side of me are still two of my closest friends.
Last day of school.  I think this one looks more like I look now than the one above. 
The blonde girl at the left side of the picture is now my sister in law.
 It's really, really hard to believe it's been 20 years since I graduated from high school.  For a long time when I was younger I felt waaaay older than my age, I guess because I had responsibilities way beyond my age.  Then when I remarried and started teaching I felt like the inner me had met up with the age I was supposed to be.  Now I feel younger than that number.

 3.  I am also registered for this with my brother.  I've been excited about Berryman ever since following Patrick and his team in it last year (although he'd be the first to tell you that he and his team were baptized by fire in the 36-hour race while I'm going easy in the 12-hour).  The cool thing about this race is that it's part of the Checkpoint Tracker series and you can actually follow what's going on in the race in real time online and send messages to teams in the field.  (That may or may not have been a hint).  It's as easy as typing a message into a little box, and then the volunteers will read the messages of encouragment or taunting or whatever to racers when they get to their next stop.  You can be sure that you'll be hearing more about this little feature closer to race day. :)

4.  I'm also very excited to have been asked to do two other adventure races this fall: the Checkpoint Tracker Nationals and the Castlewood 8-Hour.  It depends on things falling together with the teams and money, so keep your fingers crossed.  Nationals would be a 24 hour race with the always hilarious Team Virtus, so I could expect a great ab workout laughing and you could expect an epic race report.


5.  You may have noticed that my little running blog has featured very little in the way of running.  The bikes have definitely taken over most of my training time.  I reached a new mileage low in July with a paltry 27 miles.  That's pretty typical for me -- I am way into something for a while until my athlete ADD kicks in and I'm onto something else -- but it occurred to me that I'm not going to be able to just sign up and do something on a whim if I don't have some regular miles on me feet, so I'm going to get back to some regular running and follow my half marathon training plan even if I don't end up doing that particular race.


  1. I like that ass-kicker logo...

    We need to get you into triple digits, woman! Time for a giveaway?

  2. Oh gosh, I hope you survive the crit!! (aren't I just a bundle of joy today? hehe). I see those things on tv and think I would defintley get run over and die, they are so fast. But you're Super Kate, you will do great!! That's what I love best about you! :)

    20 years? Holy cow you're young!!

  3. Good luck in the crit this weekend! Can't wait to read about it.

    I'm looking forward to hearing about your upcoming adventure races too. I would like to do the Berryman some day if we can pre-order the weather :-).

  4. You have reached 100. Don't know why I waited so long.

  5. re #2 Team Hangover rides again, this time it is your fault.
    re #3 My leg is starting to work again, so in a month or so I will start training and peak just in time for the race.

  6. I have a high school reunion this summer too and I don't want to tell you what reunion it is. In fact I won't.

    You are one of the most adventuresome bloggers I know. I love reading about your adventures. Let me know again how to support you in that one as it gets closer.

    Enjoy your weekend.

  7. I'm totally like you in that I get excited about an activity, get totally into it, then try something else.

  8. Crits are scary, so I'm marking you as bad-ass! And playing around with different sports is probably the healthiest thing for your body.

    And if 20 yrs. since high school bothers you, try 25! Now that's (I'm) old!

  9. Great graduation picture, Kate! It's surprising how fast time goes by, especially when your not thinking about it. Hmmm ... I graduated in 1990 so that's ... 21 years ago! :)

  10. Well, I see that you have reached 100 now, so congratulations! And you don't seem that old to me either. No one that runs as much as you can be old enough to have a 20 year reunion. Mines in 3 years. Ugh.

  11. I have no idea about crits, but from the other comments, it sounds like another amazing adventure! You are awesome :) ...you are so much younger than I am too :)

  12. I think all adventuresome athletes eventually get pulled into adventure racing...I sure have been this year, and having a blast!

  13. Anytime I need motivation to get off my ever expanding ass and do a paltry little workout, (compared to yours), I come over here. You are an inspiration.

    And I feel the same way. As the years tick by, I think to myself, there's no way I'm this old! I kind of like feeling that way. I don't think my inner age will ever catch up with my real one.


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