Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Enough with the birthday pandering, already!

That word, pandering, is quite an interesting word, by the way. I didn't realize it had so much to do with pimping and sex...

Nevertheless, thanks for indulging the poet with your poetry. :)

So I chatted with my oldest brother for quite some time on my birthday. Seeing as though I'm a quasi-runner, turns out that we have lots to chat about now. When we were in high school, he was the tall and lanky record breaking distance runner of the family, and I was the short and squatty sprinter. But I always wanted to BE the distance runner...

Anyway, for the past few years, he has been training to compete in triathlons. He has the biking and running down - in fact, he makes the 17 mile ride to and from work several times a week, and then he runs for hour or so when he gets home; his other training days consist of him riding ten miles away to take swim lessons for an hour, and then he rides back home. He probably runs some more when he gets home too. Talk about crazy... We cook up quite a bit of crazy in our family, obviously.

He mentioned that I need to think of something "big" to conquer when I turn 40. Hey, wait a minute there bub. I'm just starting to enjoy 39. Besides, I've already run the 20 mile, the marathon, and the 50k races. And I'm not about to compete in a triathlon because, well, I would have to swim. Well, like, swim, swim. You know, something faster than what I can do with the old side stroke...

Coming soon: a random list of 38 accomplishments from the past year...

8 comments:

Aniket said...

Well you sure do cook up crazy in your family. Its totally beyond my imagination, how and more importantly why would anyone run so much? lolz.

Its still a great feat to achieve. I first learnt about triathlon when I read 'The Avenger' by Frederick Forsyth, and have the utmost respect for anyone who can complete it. :)

Eagerly waiting for the random list of 38 accomplishments. :-)

And we love to pander you. (the non-sexual kind...lolz)

pjd said...

Isn't there some bizarro 150 mile run in Oregon like from Mt. Hood to the coast via Eugene or something nutty like that? I'd have to look it up but am too lazy right now and should really get back to working.

You sure do cook up a LOT of crazy in your family.

Karen said...

You have run a 30 mile trail, and you call yourself a "quasi" runner? I assume that's in contrast with your brother, the real runner. LOL

Looking forward to your 38.

bluesugarpoet said...

Anks - good question. Perhaps my brother was a deer in another life? He told me that he wants to eventually compete in an "iron man" contest. That would require him to swim three miles, bike 100 miles, and then run a marathon. All in one race. Ridiculous.

Working on the list... :)

Pjd - yes, that race is called the "Hood to Coast," but teams run that race - it's like a relay race. Each person runs approximately 15-20 miles. However, there is a crazy race called the "Western States" where runners actually run 100 miles. It takes, like, 24 hours to run the race. People actually run through the middle of the night!

Karen - yeah, "quasi" is kind of a warped perspective, eh? Bunch of overachievers in my family, lol!

Aerin said...
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Aerin said...

Hey you not-at-all-old lady! I'm passing out awards.

laughingwolf said...

belated happy b'day!

sounds like stuff in your family is never dull :)

bluesugarpoet said...

Thanks Aerin!

Thanks, laughingwolf - birthday wishes here are accepted year round! :)