Sunday, March 19, 2017

The 80+ St Patrick's Day party

My crazy mom and leprechaun Les

Foodsense now will cater in costume
When your 83yo mother is asking for suggestions for appetizers for her St Patty's day party and her son and daughter begin texting Julies best friend, who happens to be a chef, and 30 min later she is hired by Scott to cater the party for Mom with the caveat that she must show up in a leprechaun costume you know you had a good night.

Deal was sealed and Scott hires Les, gives the party to Mom for her birthday and Les is wondering how serious Scott is about the leprechaun costume?  Seems he was dead serious.

The party in full swing
Fast forward 2 weeks to 3:45 on St Patty's at La Costa Glen Retirement Center where Julie is busy arranging chairs and hanging up various St Patty's day decorations when Les is at the front gate telling the young (male) security guard that she is here for Jo Martin's party. Seems she is dressed as slutty leprechaun and the guard assumes Jo is a male and that Les is a strripper... and that is just the beginning.

Soon after she arrives and is doing her cheffie job, I convince Mom, who is dressed in a green wig and other St Patty's accessories to take a quick rest in her lazy boy while we finish up.  Les turns on the oven and much to our surprise there is soon smoke and maybe a bit of fire in the oven. Turns out many ovens at LCG are used for storage as most do not cook.  We open the oven to find a melting container of tomatoes, a corral of coffee pods and box of coffee pods whose lid is stuck to the element and begging to flame.  With much effort we clear the oven, turn on the fan and open the doors while laughing so hard we are crying.  Les is imagining the text "dear Scott, the party did not go so well as I set your mom's kitchen on fire and they had to evacuate LCG"  No alarms and all under control when Mom wakes up mumbling "is something burning?"    A neighbor knocks on the door asking if all is okay.  We nod and say all is fine.

proof I was there and in green of some sort -
serving food 
At 4:15 the doorbell begins ringing and the festive Vintage People begin stream in dressed in various shades of green and lining up for the party necklaces,sticker and a cocktail.  By 4:22 everyone had a stiff drink and was enjoying the appetizers.  Only 2 people asked if Leslie was my daughter/Jo's  granddaughter.  I am chalking that up to fact she is barely over 5 feet and dressed as a leprechaun.  By 4:40 it was time for another round of drinks.  The guests were very appreciative and boy did we had some good laughs.

One asking me what the name of Leslie's  restaurant was, I explained she caters out of her house in Solana Beach, where is the restaurant? , its a catering business, whats is called, foodsensenow,  Oh where is it, Solana Beach, near her restaurant? I finally said Yes. Then, does she serve these appetizers at her restaurant? Yes I said.  And I went back to the kitchen to let Les know she owns a restaurant in Solana Beach.

It's really too bad it is race season as we would have really had a great time if we could have knocked back a few drinks with this crew.

We left at 5 as they partied on before the St Patty's Day Dinner and then onto Bailey's and coffee. Thankfully they all live in complex and no one was driving.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

2017 is off and running!

4 of the Nytro Team 2017
#badassisbeautiful
Raced Desert Triathlon yesterday for the first time!  Shocking I know, right? Its funny when I told people it was my first time racing it, a few argued, no you were here  X year or I remember racing with you.  Too funny..... 1-  either I have been injured early season or 2 - 3 + years ago I probably did not go due to the kids.  Too hard to leave them without my husband leaving me etc. and with Superseal 2 weeks later there was another Oly race to kick off the season.

This year, with no kids at home any more AND more importantly being healthy it was a girls road trip weekend!  Liz, Les and I headed out on Saturday afternoon. We literally rolled in the park for registration at 3:50 just time to get our packets and experience the amazing expo (not) which was Swim West tent ( who I love by the way, but hello?  no expo)   I did want some ez laces but there were 9 people in line so did not wait.  I guess you are the only game in town, it pays off for sure!

We had a room at La Quinta Homewood Suites- about as close as you can stay and it was just fine. A nice suite with 2 rooms and we got to working doing all that pre - race fun, pasting stickers on and sorting gear, finding pins, all the while Les and I completely shit talking each other. "here let me pump your tires to 220 psi"  " here try this - really raw sauerkraut is great pre- race" and it went on and on.  We ate in because we are tri ners  with our varied thrilling pre race food.

I tried a "new" dinner of roasted red potatoes, grilled chicken and salsa with a mashed avocado.  Lots of salt and plenty of Nuun, The Right Stuff and any other non alcoholic fluid- the dessrt is DRY!.

I love the support of my husband but it is fun to have 3 girls yakking away and getting ready for the race. And 3 like minded girls who had the lights out at 7:30 and an alarm set for 4am.  We all wake up early and are luckily all friendly and chatty in the am.... Coffee- check for Les and I and another new meal.  Unsweetened applesauce, protein powder and a banana.  Yummm said no one really.  Its like bland baby food.  

aero helmet are so flattering, said no one ever 
They changed this race to a legit Oly race which is ideal for me as that means longer swim.... 1500M swim, 24M bike and 10k run.    Swim was great- I felt great and went hard, hard enough to be sore on Monday. T1 was a complete shit show.  Did I practice transitions NO...did I bother to check my shoes that have not been worn since October and washed NO,  did I think about how to lay out my gear NO.  I hit the racks and am stumbling about trying to get my wetsuit off, helmet on (backward) thankfully I figured that out or I would have been riding out of T1 with me aero helmet point side in front, glasses on (after the helmet) means me jamming them on dropping the f bomb.  And then the shoes, velcro stuck and as I jam my foot in I realize the insole is bunched up.  I am now hopping on one foot and forcing the square peg into a round hole while running with my bike.  Hello - yes after 10 years you need to still practice transitions after not racing in 4 months.  Finally on the bike... Hello-  I tell all my athletes to run through your gear, practice but well do as I say -

I am flying as in 35mph.  The light bulb should have gone off as my power was nothing stellar and
well it did once I turned the corner, hello head wind.   My legs were not responding, power was low by 10 watts and I was working with what I had- flat and tired legs.  I tried to not stress and just ride- 2 loops and more wind and off the bike.

and the 50+ women are 2nd and 3rd overall (LOL) I
guess the young fast chicks stayed home this year
The run is flat yes but on gravel, camber, uneven grass with a scenic loop through and RV park.  At this point I am on the lookout for Les, my main competition and I become the hunted.   I started out what felt like a steady pace and looked down to see 7:20 which is fast for me and well I decided then to just go for it.  Race hard and see what happens. I was ticking off the miles and holding my pace around 7:30, I repeat which is fast for me.  By mile 4 I knew I could hold it, although let me mention I was in the hurt locker, you know that wheezing person that runs by you and think about calling 911. I managed to get down 2 x Huma gels which I think was key- after last weeks lessons of 0 calories, I know I need them.   That combined with Glukos  (which is not too sweet) on the bike and the baby food breakfast- I'd say it was a nutrition success.

Fun race!  Happy okay elated to FINALLY lay down a decent run, it has been 4 years.   I raced hard- Monday and Tuesday I could feel it- yes indeed.