May 19, 2011

three things thursday

1. Rough Morning - More like the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad morning. I woke up early to go running this morning and as I was opening the fridge to take out milk to pour into my cereal, the bottle of wine that has been on top of the fridge for who knows how long, fell off, cracked on my back and shattered EVERYWHERE. I'm fine but I had to spend the next hour cleaning the kitchen because there was wine and class everywhere. The worst part about it? It was the bottle of wine that the Pilot and I were saving for New Year's. We buy a bottle of wine every year around Christmas and drink it the following New Year's. So now we have to get a new bottle of wine and it won't be the same. Anyway, after my cleaning fiasco, I headed out to go run the most miserable 5 miles of my life. Read: 80 degrees and rising, lovebugs flying in my mouth, legs felt dead from yesterday's swim+run workout. So, yea...rough morning.

There is every sense crying over spilled wine!

2. Tri-Training - 5 weeks out from my Tri and I still haven't gotten on a bike. That's all going to change this weekend though so I'm feeling pretty good so far. I really like swimming. It kicks my ass but it's an amazing workout. I did 500 yards yesterday which I'll do again tomorrow. My training plan (courtesy of Runners' World) has me doing the same distance each week with breaks in between longer stretches of laps. I like it. We'll see how I feel when I get on a bike on Saturday though. I'm also terrified of getting in open steps, right?

3.  India - I've been perusing my Lonely Planet Guide to India trying to map out a travel itinerary for my 2 week visit this summer. Unfortunately, I'm going to be in India during monsoon season. From everything I've read, they say it's not the best time to go but because of when monsoon season occurs, it's actually a pretty common time to visit India. I'm just trying to find out when the monsoons will be worse and if there are certain parts of India, I should just avoid all together. Right now, I think I'm going to fly into Trivandrum and spend a few days in Kerala, make my way up to Goa for a few days, visit Mumbai for a few days and then spend a week in the Golden Triangle and possibly Rajasthan, which I hear doesn't get hit by the monsoons at all. Either way, I need to decide soon so I can get my visa and book my ticket out of Sri Lanka! Have you been to India? Any tips for a first time traveler to the country?

That's all for today! Next time you hear from me, I won't be in Florida anymore, which is really depressing. But I'll be off to my next summer destination! This post has me thinking though and I'd love to hear from you: 
What do you do when you have a bad morning? How do you shake it off? 
Have you done a triathlon before? What was your favorite part of training?
Are you going anywhere this summer? Where are your summer plans taking you?

As always, I'd love to hear from you! 
Happy Thursday!


  1. well normally i would wallow in self pity about being in a bad mood but now-a-days i tend to turn the music up and feel grateful for all the good days that i have. never done a triathlon but i am going to try my hardest to run a 5km (im a running newbie). Finally i dont have any major summer plans but i was hoping to get away to an adventure centre and face my fear of heights and do a zip-wire and more extreme height challenges. ive decided to do my own 25 before 25 challenge after i found you site and began so inspired. Thanks for sharing your journey! :)

  2. I hope your day has gotten better! My summer plans are taking me to Martha's Vineyard, Maine, probably Cape Cod, and maybe Nantucket. TGIT.

  3. Hope your day is going better after that incident!! Good luck with the bike this weekend, I hope it goes smoothly and India - wow o wow, that is very exciting!!

  4. I went to India in 2006 and did Chennai (not spectacular), Delhi, Agra and Varanasi. All big cities, but definitely worth a visit and Varanasi was life changing.

    My biggest tip for india is to be over prepared for a life changing but emotionally and physically exhausting couple of weeks. They take hawking and bartering to a new level and can be extremely forceful and sometimes scary so you just need to stick to places you know and be firm with the rick shaw drivers about your destination. Every one will try and make you go to their friends shop and won't want to listen to you until about the 10th time you repeat yourself. Also make sure to negotiate a price with them ahead of time, even if they don't want to.

    But on a whole it will be one of the most rewarding and memorable trips you'll ever take and you will come back with so many beautiful pics.

    ps let me know if you have anymore questions!

  5. Best way to shake off a bad wake-up routine/morning: Blast happy tunes all the way to school/work!

  6. When I have a bad morning, I try to make sure I get a work out in during lunch time or after work.

    I haven't done a tri (yet), but I just got a swimsuit and hope to learn how to swim laps in the pool. I've been wanting a bike too, so that's why I said YET. Who knows?!?!

    Wow, India! It's a dream to go there. From what I've learned by reading and talking to others, Jenna is correct. Sounds scary and amazing at the same time! I'm not sure of my summer plans just yet.

  7. Are you traveling alone to India? I was in India (Calcutta) in feb but had to come home due to a natural disaster. Was only there for 4 days, and I hated it at first. But I came to love it. I got some very bad news while I was there and sat on the side of the road with wifi crying my heart out. Random people brought me multiple meals, chai tea, offered me a hug, and brought random tourists to me just so I could talk to someone about what was bothering me. India is an abrasive country, I saw more poverty in those few days than I did in months of S.E Asia.

    If you're going alone tell everyone you're with your boyfriend haha. Dress conservatively - I don't know what Goa etc is like but I rocked up in Calcutta in shorts and it was raining but I still found it hot and my pasty legs drew a lot of unnecessary attention. I found that my clothes got a kind of India-dirty that took a while to wash out, so I'd suggest taking a few bits of pieces and just buying local clothes to wear for your trip.

    Here's my only in India blog post. It's quite long but kind of sums up how I felt about it all, feel free to check it out

    Have fun though, I can't wait to get back there.


  8. My favorite training is the swim too! I love both pool and OWS swims! I hate hate hate the bike!!!

  9. On a bad morning, I try to put things in perspective. Yes it seems like the end of the world, and believe me I totally get that way but ultimately there are a lot worse things out there. I also think about planning something nice for someone, or something i want to do for someone else. It helps me distract and puts a smile on my face.

  10. So cool you'll be traveling to India! I worked there one summer in an orphanage near Kerala- it was a small city called Madurai. I would just recommend packing light, it's going to be ridiculously hot. Also monsoon season means that its torrential downpour which causes the trash in the streets (there's a lot of it) to rise, so just bring good boots. Also, India doesn't sell some of the 'feminine products' that you may or may not need- so definitely pack them! Good luck!!


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