I have spent the past year living from one month to the next--very unsure about all sorts of things. Now, I never considered myself much of a planner, but there is something very grounding about knowing, in general terms, where your life is headed. Recently I've done quite a bit of thinking about the assumptions I made long ago about my future life. Think about that. When you were younger, did you know instinctively what type of person you were going to marry? What you wanted to do when you grew up? What type of parent you wanted to be? Of course I knew I wanted kids, but never imagined what sweet individuals they would turn out to be. I always knew that I wanted a professional life, that I would have something outside of being "mom" and "wife" that I found interesting and fulfilling--but I'm not sure what I'm doing now qualifies as a "career." And while I've never been a whiz with money, I always figured there would be enough to live comfortably. Life doesn't live up to expectations, but it can also exceed them in wonderful ways! Is that what a mid life crisis is: realizing that dreams are just that; you can bank on some disappointments; and reality can be a bit messy at times?
With no firm ground below me, it is nice to have a training regimen that provides a plan--and that is the main reason I signed up for IMCdA. I know that in 2 weeks I'm running a 1/2 marathon, a few weeks after that will be my first Oly distance race, and so on. I can't say I'm very excited about the culmination of all this training in June (CdA as a race scares the shit out of me), but I look forward to the time
I am in a rest week, but this week doesn't feel very restful yet. The same number of workouts, just different intensities (can you say run test?) and "shorter" long bricks. I am trying to eat well and dinners are going well, but there are really limited good lunch options close to work. (The lunchtime dilemma should be resolved after I get back from Tucson, and am no longer commuting to Williamsburg for work.) I have been very encouraged that I am improving on my swim, and set a new 100m PR! My Wednesday morning swims have been very drill/technique focused and it has paid off. I haven't been very good at getting the kids or myself in bed by 8:30, and those early morning swims require much earlier bedtimes! I become a grumpy bear with not enough sleep.
Ok, enough with the woe is me/training update post. Let's finish off with something light and mindless! The ABC's of me.
A. Age: 43
B. Bed size: Queen but lately I'm thinking King...
C. Chore you dislike: mopping the kitchen floor. White sheet vinyl is NEVER a good design choice, people.
D. Dogs: Sophie the Vizsla! Before her, it was Trooper the Mutt.
E. Essential start to your day: Coffee, preferably Starbucks House Blend made in a French Press. Light with one tsp of sugar in the raw, please.
F. Favorite color: Yellow--it's happy!
G. Gold or silver: whatever matches the outfit or other jewelry...
H. Height: 5’9” but I slouch horribly.
I. Instruments you play(ed): very briefly the recorder and clarinet.
J. Job title: Interior Designer.
K. Kids: 3 Jim, Maddy, and Joey.
L. Live: Richmond.
M. Mom’s name: Betty!
N. Nicknames: KateO, Honey, Crash, and Boo.
O. Overnight hospital stays: Kids being born, a kidney infection while pregnant with Joey. Does staying overnight while your child is in the hospital count? Done that several times too.
P. Pet peeves: Stupid drivers that, when they miss a turn, don't continue to the next turn and instead STOP in the middle of traffic!
Q. Quote from a movie: "Waiter, there is too much pepper on my paprikash. But I would be proud to part take of your PECAN PIE." (When Harry met Sally)
R. Righty or Lefty: RIGHTY
S. Siblings: My older sister Molly.
T. Time you wake up: usually 7 am during the week, earlier for swimming. On the weekends it depends on whether there is an early workout or not.
U. Underwear: Uh YEAH! Except under workout clothes or pajama bottoms--yuck.
V. Vegetables you don’t like: Okra.
W. What makes you run late: Nothing, I'm just ALWAYS late.
X. X-rays you’ve had: Teeth, Knee (ACL), Chest (pneumonia as a kid)
Y. Yummy food you make: I consider myself a pretty good cook, but I did have to promise #1 son that I'd NEVER make tuna casserole ever again.
Z. Zoo animal favorites: I like most of them except reptiles. Giraffes are my favorite.