Yes, my birthday - another year older but not necessarily wiser. I used to hate having a January birthday (mainly when I was a kid because I wanted a pool party which was never possible, not even in South Texas), but I've obviously gotten over that and now embrace getting older. I think that, once I'm closer to the big 5-0, I might enjoy celebrating it a bit less, but for now, I'll continue to raise a glass to my health and happiness.
Drinking a home-made margarita by the resident mixologist and sporting a great little Smartwool pullover that my parents got me - total win!
With my birthday, I didn't move up an age group, sadly, but hopefully it will be a good year for me in the 40-44 group! My actual birthday was filled with some star power - I attended a CalTri season kick-off meeting and met the very inspiring Hillary Biscay who talked to the group. I admit that I didn't know who she was until I got my first Smashfestqueen kit, but then I started reading about her and wow, she's pretty amazing. And I really do love the kits that her company makes - the designs are awesome and the kits are comfortable. Anyway, I wavered - to introduce myself as a fan girl or not? I finally decided that it would be kind of silly to not say anything to her, so I ended up talking about how great the kits are, showing her a picture of me wearing the Fly kit, and then we blabbed about triathlon. I was a little starstruck, I must admit, and she was very nice.
Hillary with Maik Twelsiek - the following photos are courtesy of CalTri (and Harrison Shao)
No pictures with Hillary but Harrison snapped one of me with Maik - he only came in 11th at Kona this year! He was swiping my credit card so that I could make the following purchase:
I know, I know! Another kit. But so cute and I love the fish scales on it! And Maik also talked with me about the St. George course - and the hills!
My "real" birthday celebration followed - Michael and I spent an afternoon hanging out at LA's Grand Central Market , visiting the Hudson River School exhibit at LACMA and eating and drinking quite well. To be honest, there might have been a bit too much over-indulgence over the course of the month, but how can I complain about *having* to spend time at some of my favorite places - Amigos, the York, Golden Road Brewery and POV (this last place has forever ruined pizza elsewhere for us) with friends. Also, I had my first ramen experience - since the days of Top Ramen - at Tsujita. The LA Weekly claims that you can find better ramen, but you have to get on a plane to do so. I'm not a ramen expert, but I can say that it was one of the most decadent meals I've ever had.
Perhaps my favorite part of the meal (except for the ramen) - Glad that no one died while we were eating the ramen!
I mentioned drink, and I know that serious triathletes and runners eschew alcohol. Sigh. Obviously I'm not one of those serious athletes, and I've developed a recent crush on the Old Fashioned and variations of said drink (such as the Claremont). Also, Golden Road's "Better Weather IPA" is one of the best beers I've had in ages which I would drink on a more regular basis except that it has 9% alcohol or something ridiculous like that. In other words, it packs a punch.
Despite a month of eating and drinking a bit too much, I would say that the rest of my training regime is on track. Yes, despite my mid-month groaning and moaning and belly-aching, it's been a solid training period. I started off the month with a great run in Boulder on New Year's, and I started today with an early morning long, slow distance run. Many of these have felt like a slog, at least at one moment or another, but I enjoyed every moment of today's run. I feel that some of the training is beginning to click, and I'm looking forward to a more focused month in February.