Monday, August 30, 2010
For one, I've just felt really busy with starting two new jobs. (oh--I think that's blog world news :)
I'm working "prn" aka part-time/full-time with a home health care company called Interim. I started orientation last weeks...LOOOTS of paperwork (which is my least favorite part of my job), but I'll get the hang of it! Tomorrow I go observe a visit...and Wednesday I have my first new patient in home care.
Job #2: Colorado Physical Therapy Institute. Check out where I get to work!
CPTI seems like a really great place! It's a bit intimidating right now because I'm new to all the paperwork and team...and they have lots of cool, "state-of-the-art" equipment that I'll be learning. I'll share more about those as I learn :) I started last Thursday with orientation and then I saw 3 new patients (It was a LOONG day!!). Once I finish up orientation, my regular hours will just be Tuesday/Thursday 4-8pm...hoping that my patient load increases, which eventually will increase me to full time! :) My boss, Roger Rettig is a fantastic PT and a great teacher--he has LOTS of experience...and he is very kind. I am excited to work with him!
On to more fun stuff...I've been "into" making bread. (Side note: kinda steering away from the "gluten-free diet"--we're eating gluten in moderation...that's the bottom line)
It's a bit challenging learning how to make bread here in altitude, but I kinda like it! :) We ended up with edible bread (In fact, the "cinnamon swirl" loaf was gone fast!)...lots of it at that! The freezer has a few loaves...and wow, it's cheaper than buying (and I know what goes in it!!)
I also made some pretty good homemade pizza dough (organic whole wheat and spelt), which we had last night.
Here is the olive oil, zuchinni, tomato, mushroom, garlic, and goat cheese one.
I also made a red/green pepper, onion, mushroom, and mozarella cheese one...but the picture won't upload...maybe tomorrow! :)
Well, I'm off to getting things ready for my big Tuesday...which starts with Yoga at this little studio that's a minute walk to...at 6:30 am! I"ve gone 3 times--love it!...hoping Jesse rolls outta bed and goes with me tomorrow!!
Any tips on baking bread...especially in altitude?? I'll take 'em! And then I'll try again in like a week or so (we have plenty of bread for now...;))
Friday, August 20, 2010
Yes, Mr. security man who tells me I cannot go any further and must turn around. Boo!
Monday, August 16, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
I'll work on that and try to get photos up soon!
Friday night we ventured out to the "Louisville Street Faire"...every Friday night through the summer (this Friday was the last one) they block off a street, have lots of booths, things for the kiddos, and a band come play...oh and lots of food and drinks! Since this is talked about as the thing to do here, we decided we must go. So, here we are in dowtown Louisville...find a great parking spot...and walk in. It was wierd that we weren't meeting up with anyone...we had already eaten dinner...so we had nothing to do...and no one to talk to :(. We made the best of it and kept pretending we were looking for someone...you know, I'd say to Jesse, "I thought we were meeting them here...do you see them?" hahaha...made ourselves laugh. We made a big circle and left. Home by 8pm.
Saturday we took a long bike ride through Louisville/Lafeyette/Longmont/Erie area. It was hilly. We are in altitude. Jesse is so much faster than me. We were out for 2 hours and 45 minutes...I was completely done for. I did not feel well for until about 2 hours after the ride. Altitude is not cool, but it will be after we've trained in it and then go to Missouri for a race....hopefully :) What was amazing though were the sights on the ride...LOVE IT!
After recuperating (aka Bri taking a nap), we went up to El Dorado canyon for a hike/run with Maxwell, our beloved black lab. The trail was a bit steep. The views were amazing! I think I got some good photos of the scenery...we'll see when we get them uploaded onto the computer.
Today we ran together with Max on a trail close to our house that also loops right pass a dog park. It actually got kinda warm out there on the trail. Again, this trail has wonderful sights--at one point you can see the whole city (maybe more like town) of Louisville (and probably Lafayette) on one side and the flatirons on the other.
We also ventured down to Boulder for a little "shopping"--more like browsing and coveting clothes/gear we'd love it have. It was fun to be in the interesting array of people in Boulder. I want to just go sit at a coffee shop down on Pearl Street soon just to watch people!
Can't believe one week is behind us and another is coming up soon...
I'll post photos when I get this all figured out!
Friday, August 13, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Jesse and I both love the playground called "Colorado"...both for the scenery and the activities it has to offer. We had talked, even when just engaged to be wed, that we would like to one day live in Colorado, even if just for a short stint. So here we are, just one year of marriage down, and we're in Colorado!
Jesse found a great job in Boulder (an area we both really like!)...was given an offer...and we were to be moved out there, ready for him to start, in a matter of 3 weeks! The next 3 weeks was a whirlwind...getting renters in our house, packing our house, spending time with people, resigning from our jobs, and all the in between details.
We are so thankful for such wonderful family and friends that are supporting us through this transition. We feel it's the right thing for our "family" at this time. Jesse's job opportunity. Bri's potentially great physical therapy opportunities (athletes and ART). A "fresh start" with just the two of us. Enjoy the outdoors and activities of Colorado...all while trusting God more, relying on each other more, and enjoying life.
It was hard to leave St. Louis...many tears were shed...and it's hard being on the flipside, here in Colorado and it's JUST the two of us ;) We miss you, St. Louis! (and Kansas City!)
I just got back from my first bike ride out here...waiting for Jesse to roll in from his soon...so, I better finish up dinner! Spaghetti squash with sauteed zuchinni, tomato, kale, onion, and garlic is up for tonight!
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Friday we woke up and got a good little swim in. Jesse quickly taught me how to "dolphin dive" to enter the swim and gave me a few last tips on my swim stroke. The lake was so clear that most of the time you could see the sandy floor. It was a great swim. I finally felt confident about Saturday's race. We got a late breakfast at a cute little cafe, bummed around town, I took a nap, and lots of stretching that day! We went to dinner at the Port House Restaurant, where half of the restaurant was filled with triathletes.
Saturday morning came quick, but for once I wasn't lying in bed (in the dark) and trying to talk myself out of doing the race...which is usually what my mind does race morning. Instead, I was ready to go. I was excited. We got ready and grabbed our gear...out the door, just to find that it was raining--at some points it would classify as pouring/storming.
Swim. To start off, we had to walk down the sandy beach about 1 mile to get to the swim start. This was almost harder than the swim :) The lake was lovely. I felt good on the swim. No panicking. Just kept reminding myself "glide smoothly". I noticed the very base of my hair was starting to get caught on the velcro of my wetsuit and was pulling more and more as I turned my head to breathe. It got worse throughout the swim that during the last 500 meters or so, I could only turn to breathe on the right. (After my post-race shower, I went to comb my hair and found I had formed a lovely birds nest there...lovely! Lindsey untangled it though!) I had felt so good in the lake that when I got out and saw my time, I was disappointed that I was SO SLOW! Oh well...it was a good, under control swim. And I wasn't the last one out. :)
T1. The run through the sand and slightly uphill was a little tough after the swim, but at that point, I was just very happy to be out of the water and on to the bike. (see above photo)
Bike. Overall, it was nice. My age group (25-29) was the last women's wave to start, so I had all these fast guys passing me on the bike (the ones that hadn't already passed me on the swim :)). On the other hand, I did end up passing a good number of women, so that was encouraging. I kept my heart rate in control and would say that overall, it was fairly hilly, but a good course. My rear was so ready to be off the saddle that the last 6 miles were seriously brutal...they seemed soo long! I finished the bike a little faster than I had expected, so that was nice.
Another 56 miles. Total of 57.2 miles...done.
Run. First few miles were kinda fun...it's just so comforting to be on the last leg of the race. I walked the aid stations to be sure I was getting enough water/nutrition in...at mile 4, though I kept walking a bit after the station due to a side stitch. Amanda, my new friend from Philadelphia came running up behind me and said "Come on, Brianna, you can do it!" (Our names were on our race number bibs). I started running with her and ran the next few miles with her--so nice to just chat with someone and take your mind off the pain. :) Then Jesse caught up with me (he started the swim about an hour after me) and we got to run much of the remaining half marathon together (normally I couldn't keep up with him, but he's been injured and was having to do a slow jog). That was a lot of fun to run with him! I was smiling a lot...a few spectators commented on two things when I ran past: a) the "bling" on my visor...love it. and b) that I was smiling...I was trying to trick my brain at that point. Also, my number one goal of the day (even over finishing!) was to have fun! ...and that I did!
So glad we get to do this together...Happy 1st Anniversary, babe! :)
Almost immediately I was starting to think of what race I'll do next. It's addicting. Usually I have wanted to do a longer distance, but now I just want to become better. I started running March 2005 with my dear friend, Jessy Beard--I did my first 5K in April of 05...just started triathalons this year.
I want to become stronger. Be a healthier and better athlete. So next I'm going to start pilates and maybe run another marathon this fall/winter?
A few 70.3 races next year.
I think I'll do a full Ironman the following year....who knows! :)