Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 in review - top ten list

10 Owning & working for my own business
9 Beach 2 Battleship weekend
8 Winning the Battle at Buckhorn Triathlon
7 Summer vacation in New England
6 Florida Winter Training camp on the beach!
5 Boone camp!
4 Visiting various family and our nieces
3 Being there when Bri discovered she was pregnant
2 Being there when Bri conceived :)
1 The birth of our son, with both Mom and Baby being healthy!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

How is it going and Happy New Year

Hope you had a good holiday, whatever you celebrate.

You might be wondering how we are adjusting to life with the little guy.  We are doing well.  His sleep habits are all over the place, which means ours are as well.  Bri is doing most of the heavy lifting at the moment since we are breastfeeding and you need to give that a few weeks before offering the bottle or there is something called nipple confusion.  I have had that for many years but didn't realize there was a name for it.  So in another week or two my sleep habits, which have not been great for several years, will get slightly worse, at least in the short term, as I take over some of the midnight feedings.

Little Man is not a very happy guy from about 7PM until 2AM unless he is suckling at Momma's bosom.  This would be fine except that she needs some sleep, so from about 9PM to about 12 I babysit.  Which means I try to keep him from screaming bloody murder by bouncing, walking, driving, soothing, sushing, singing (very poorly and out of tune mind you, also I butcher all song lyrics or just insert my own), and other quiet-the-baby things.   In between when he nods off I can do a bit of reading or zone out to the television.  But there is a limit to how much TV I want to watch.  Anyway, many of you have already been there and some of you are one day to follow.  It is great but don't expect your baby to be the bestest baby ever gosh golly gurgle giggle.  They are all little poopy crying whiny monsters a lot of the time.

I am managing to keep up with a reasonable amount of fitness training (I hesitate to call it triathlon training right now) so should not be too much slower at the occasional race I make it to this season.  Local road races (within jogging distance) are my top pick.  Amazingly there are about eight that fit that bill.  Recently We did the Jingle Bell Run at Wake Med Soccer Park, and the following weekend the Jolly Elf Run at Bond Park.  What a great place to live.  We love it here.

2012 looks to be another busy year between coaching personal clients, swim clinics, and everything else.  I wouldn't have it any other way.  Hope you have a great one and see you around sometime!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Adjusting to the new world order

The new world order being impending fatherhood.

As we go through life we all learn to make adjustments and concessions, while adapting to our new environments.  We learn to meet others on common ground and negotiate mutually agreeable solutions rather than issue lonely ultimatums.  We learn to grow and change.  There will be a lot less of this in my future:

Or we can rage against the world and watch it pass us by from the corner of our bar stool or solitary bike ride to the middle of nowhere.  

Life is a beautiful thing, but it is short and the choices we make are the cause of our pain or pleasure.  Make good decisions and you can enjoy everything life has to offer and witness the growth of your friends, family, and community; use poor judgement or allow others to make decisions for you and you can quickly find yourself painted into a corner, with no easy way out.

Try to juggle multiple commitments, or relationships, or lose sight of your priorities; follow bad decisions through the downward spiral and find yourself where you don't want to be.

 (been there, done that)

I have thoroughly enjoyed most of my life and plan to enjoy the 2nd half as much as the first.  Being a good endurance athlete has been fun, but it has also taken a great deal of time and energy. 

So, what I'm saying is, beyond the "get your priorities in order" gestalt of this post, if I get a little slower and a little pudgier over the next few years, I'm not going to sweat it.  Thirty years of slugging it out has been fun.  I'm not going to be an absentee parent.  I will be the happiest slow pudgy guy you know.  My beautiful lady Bri gets to train and race as much as she wants for the foreseeable future since she is the better athlete anyway.

I will be happy to stand around and tell people to swim faster.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

the waiting game

We are in a holding pattern here.  No travel this holiday season as baby is on the way.