Thursday, May 8, 2008

Thanks, hippies

For the last few days I've been drinking hot tea. In fact, it's displaced my normal coffee consumption, and today was the first day in several that I've had that delicious elixir of sleepy eyes. But, the tea is decent: it's a little less bold, has decent flavor, some caffeine, and antioxidants. The problem is, I'm starting to feel like one of those pretentious fruit bats that spend WAY too much time at B&N, thinking that they are really really smart because they read the latest book by a smart person. You know the type: looking down their nose at people ordering a skinny mocha, because that was so 90's. Now it's organic chai tea with a drop of raw wild honey and a stick of conflict-free cinnamon in it. Some crap like that. Hippies. And not even real hippies.

It's been a very odd week. This week was supposed to be the start of a build period toward my next big race, Festival of Flowers Oly, in June. Instead, it's become some sort of disjointed semi-taper week with a complete lack of organization...and quite frankly, motivation. I don't want to break myself down too much, because I'm going to be racing at:

After this weekend, though, it's back to some basics and an increase in distance/time for the exercise. Mendy's also ramping up her distances for upcoming races and general capability. It was great to see her swimming so much at the OWS this past weekend. It was obvious her endurance in the water was improving, since successive swim laps had her passing other swimmers who were getting fatigued. Way to go!

After the swim, I had a hankering for wings. Well, not really wings, but "chicken feathers" from Wild Wing Cafe. They are just boneless, skinless, breast strips, grilled and coated with wing sauce of your choice. The WWC out at Clemson has a great outdoor patio that just invites relaxing and having a long, lazy meal. But I had to give a shout out to my gangsta sistas, MixMasta McG, J-Mizzle, and Funkmasta J.

Werd

Grace gets to go to Grandma's Day Spa and country retreat this weekend. Usually when she's there and we call to see how she's doing, Grandma will ask if she wants to talk to us. In her sweetest little voice, and without taking her eyes from the movie she's watching (Barney, Dora, or whatever) she says, "No, thank you." At least she's polite, right?

And with Grace at Grandma's, Mendy and I get to go out and drink some old grape juice with some good friends this Friday. Not too much, mind you, and we gots to get our carbs on, too. I really want to knock this race out of the park. It's one of our team's "home" races (along with the Greenville Sprint and some YMCA races), so a strong showing is important for the sponsors and such. Big ups to Ashley on her 1/2 IM this weekend. Go get 'em, girl! And to all the homies doing the 10k on the 10th (RD'd by the most awesome Nancy), run hard and have fun!! To everyone else, have a great race or training weekend!

Peace, out.

22 comments:

Marcy said...

OMFG HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAAHAA ROFLMAO! HAHAHHAAAAAA Dude, I don't think I've EVER laughed so hard in my life over a picture. Duuuuddeee that is sooo freeking funny! Is that your East Coast gang sign?

Thanks fo keepin it real, yo!

OMG I am still laughing! Damn.

Jason The Running Man said...

Nice pic. Good luck this weekend you guys will do well. Did Bob give you any dolphin fish yet? Good stuff.

Kevin said...

Have a great race. Cant wait to read the report

Eric said...

YEAH BABY! CLEM(P)SON is gonna ROCK! See you guys there!

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Gotta Run said...

I can not beleive that the Clemson Tri is this weekend. that came up FAST!! Wishing both of you a fast, fun race.

That picture of you cracks me UP!!!!

The 311 Boys Mom said...

OMG. . . RMFLMAO. . . . .

WERD.....


Dude, I wanna like HUG you or something.....WERD.......

nice gang signs too.

You totally should come to Detroit to visit.


LMFAO

Chad in the Arizona Desert said...

Werd? Werd?? How gangsta of you...

Anyway, it is really tough to alter your training once the race season has begun, especially in triathlon with three sports.

Have fun with the sprint.

J~Mom said...

Werd to yo mutha. Yus is gunna b watchin' ofc tonight/ PEACE OUT HOMIE JMIZZLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Olivier Blanchard said...

No gang signs! No gang signs!

Wessssstsiiiiiide, baby.

See you at the Clem-Son, Vato.

Mendy said...

That picture is just tooo funny!!! This post just cracked me up.

G-Man said...

Just flash that pose at the start line and nobody would dare pass you...or at the very least, you will have a big head start as they roll around on the ground laughing...

See you there, bro. Werd.

Jess said...

"Funkmasta J"! I love it! Perhaps I can get my students to refer to me by that name!

I had no idea that drinking coffee was out of style; dude, I gotta start drinking chai and lingering at B&N -- I so want to be a pseudo-hippies, if only to annoy you!

Wes said...

Have a great race this weekend. Kick some butt and take some names... Don't forget to bring Mendy home (on the quick exit to Wild Wings!) ;-)

nwgdc said...

wow, that's some serious signage in the pic.
hammer home this weekend! looking forward to reading about it!

Marcy said...

Playa please, you know OG Marcy McG only rolls in the finest of Crackerjack Box gems, drag queen costume jewelry, and a faux leather baseball caps (Yes, fo really reals that's what that was. And DON'T ask my why my Mother of all people had that stashed away in her house. Keeping it for when Mc Hammer comes back, I guess.)

Bob Gentile said...

Nice Pic Bro but please if the pants hang down past the ass I can't be ur friend--- sorry just keeepin it real fo sure :-)

Have a great Race this weekend!

Michelle said...

Enjoy your weekend! :-)

Werd.

teacherwoman said...

Good luck this weekend ... and have fun! :)

Neese said...

"organic chai tea with a drop of raw wild honey and a stick of conflict-free cinnamon" sounds fabulous! :) ;)

word.

Gotta Run said...

RACE REPORT TIME!!!! I will not spoil it but YOU ROCKED IT OUT!!

Running To Stand Still said...

I have to thank Marcy for linking this...

The SB's thing had me bustin a gut. Great pic too! Only prob is now I am wanting buffalo chicken strips at 8:30 in the morning.

Non-Runner Nancy said...

Oh my, is the tea doing this to you? It's hilarious. Keep drinking it.

werd on the shout!!