100 Things About Me

100 things about me

I enjoyed reading Erin’s list so much that I thought I would create my own.

Here goes:

1. I’m the middle child in my family.

2. I helped raise my younger sister and we are really close.

3. My younger sister has always emulated me and went to University of Michigan like I did and followed me into the practice of law even though I tried to get her to become a doctor.

4. I went to law school because my dad (who was a lawyer) told me not to.

5. I went to law school because I wanted to impress my future in-laws.

6. I was raised Jewish but did not go to Hebrew school or have a Bat Mitzvah because my parents thought it was a waste of time.

7. I am raising my kids Christian.

8. I have been with my husband since I was 19 and had only one serious relationship prior to meeting him.

9. We got engaged at the base of Aspen Mountain when I was 22.

10. I have been married for almost 20 years.

11. The day we moved to Colorado was probably the happiest day of my life.

12. I used to have a prestigious legal career but now practice law from my dining room table which I have many conflicted feelings about.

13. I want to be a writer.

14. Sometimes I wish I was a doctor and I actually dole out quite a bit of medical advice to friends.

15. Twins don’t run in my family.

16. Motherhood does not always come easily to me.

17. If I do one thing right in my life, I hope to be a good mother.

18. I always think the grass is greener and I transferred high schools (just for one semester), colleges, and law schools.

19. I started college at DePauw University in Indiana.

20. I met my husband on a 40-foot racing sailboat in a resort town in Northern Michigan.

21. I wanted to be a WASP growing up.

22. My husband is from Grosse Pointe, Michigan, which is a WASP enclave.

23. I often feel out of place there.

24. I feel most “myself” in the Vail Valley.

25. Going to camp in the summers as a kid was the highlight of my childhood.

26. My first real job was working as a camp counselor.

25. I also worked as a waitress during college and law school.

27. I worked in retail between undergrad and law school at Ann Taylor.

28. My grandma passed away in 2009 at the age of 95 and I think about her almost every day.

29. My parents were both only children so I have no aunts, uncles or first cousins.

30. Neither of my sisters has ever been married.

31. We were one of the only families in my hometown that had an in-ground swimming pool.

32. Despite that, I am a terrible swimmer and don’t enjoy getting wet.

33. I dream about buying the house I grew up in.

34. When people ask me where I grew up, I tell them St. Charles (Illinois) which is a nice town that a lot of people have heard of, but we actually lived in Elgin until I was 15.

35. I went to a small, private high school from 6th through 12th grade.

36. My big sport in high school was tennis.

37. I was also a cheerleader despite not knowing how to do any gymnastics.

38. I briefly played the violin in elementary school, but wasn’t very good.

39. I have never eaten a banana.

40. Or cottage cheese.

41. I feel like I haven’t achieved my full potential athletically or professionally.

42. I am very hard on myself.

43. I hate cooking.

44. I’ve never watched a full episode of a soap opera.

45. “Venus & Serena” is my favorite documentary.

46. I am terrible with numbers and math and can’t remember how much I paid for something 10 minutes after leaving the store.

47. I attribute my inability to do math to a serious seizure I had in 4th grade, although I have no idea if there is any connection.

48. My greatest fear in life is that something will happen to one of my kids.

49. I dream of living in a warm climate.

50. I finally started to feel like an adult when my husband began to plan his retirement.

51. He will never retire because he likes working too much.

52. My husband is an emergency physician.

53. We can do a lot of things together because of his schedule, but I am frequently on my own on nights, weekends, and holidays.

54. I spend too much time on the Internet.

55. I worry I have undiagnosed attention deficit disorder.

56. I wasn’t the “smart one” in our family.

57. I was “social” and “athletic.”

58. I went to prom in Colorado my sophomore year with a kid I met on Spring Break in the Bahamas.

59. His last name was “Coors.”

60. It sounds scandalous, but he didn’t even try to kiss me.

61. I am both proud and humiliated by my splits at Kona last year.

62. I want to race Kona again.

63. I’m not sure I would keep doing Ironman if I didn’t have the carrot of trying to qualify for Kona.

64. I am very sensitive and get my feelings hurt easily.

65. Because of #64, litigation was probably a bad choice for me.

66. I pretend to like a lot of things to set a good example for my kids.

67. Examples of things I pretend to like include downhill skiing and camping.

68. My son can beat me at checkers.

69. He would also beat me at chess but I don’t know how to play.

70. I read the Wall Street Journal every day.

71. I don’t feel guilty when I don’t work out, but I feel guilty about not feeling guilty.

72. I’m a night owl.

73. I hate being a night owl because it seems like all of the go getters in society are morning people.

74. I am easily awed by other people’s accomplishments but tend to downplay my own accomplishments.

75. I pride myself on being upfront and honest with people.

76. I love playing Scrabble.

77. My mom was on Jeopardy when I was young, but it was before VHS, so we don’t have a copy of her shows.

78. She won several days in a row and came home with Turtle Wax and Rice a Roni.

79. I am the IT person in our household.

80. My husband just asked what I was working on and I wouldn’t tell him.

81. He has never read my blog.

82. My ideal day in Colorado would be to run around the neighborhood with my dog, take my kids for a hike, and spend the evening at Glenwood Springs in the hot springs.

83. My favorite season is summer.

84. I can barely make it through winter.

85. We live above 7000 feet.

86. I want to visit the Himalayas someday.

87. We rarely take a vacation that isn’t triathlon-related or to visit our families.

88. I always hated running trails until I got a dog.

89. Now I sometimes run trails so she can run off leash and engage in her favorite activity, which is chasing wildlife.

90. Popcorn is my favorite food.

91. I wish I spoke Spanish.

92. I do 90% of my training by myself, but I am trying to change that.

93. Because of my son, I am finally learning the rules of football.

94. I have asthma and didn’t run growing up because I would get asthma attacks.

95. I drink too much coffee.

96. I love shopping at consignment stores.

97. I almost never wear make-up.

98. I tried Botox a few years ago and hated it.

99. I never “reply all” unless it is absolutely necessary.

100. I typed this list in under one hour.

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Coming back

As soon as the calendar flips over into January, I am ready to pack Christmas back into a box and move forward into all of the promise that the new year holds. Some of the crazy thoughts I was having before the holidays (like how I was going to return to the practice of law full time and quit doing triathlon), have subsided a bit and I feel more like myself.  Like most people, I have thought of ways to be a new and improved version of myself in 2015.

Athletically, I am finally trying to address my two greatest weaknesses: the fact I can barely swim, and my lack of strength. On the swimming front, I enlisted the help of tri coach and Olympian, Susan Williams, to film my stroke and give me some feedback. She invited me to join her masters group one day and it was such a good workout that I actually returned! Between the time Susan analyzed my stroke (early December) and my second swim practice (yesterday), I had not gotten in the pool a single time, which is not how it is supposed to work. Ideally, if you are going to take the time and pay to have someone film you, you would spend some time working on the stroke flaws identified and hopefully come back a little bit better. I still need to work on that part, but I am committed to trying something a little different – attending masters with someone on deck who is looking at my stroke. An added benefit is that I have met a new group of women triathletes and maybe gained a new training partner or two.

On the strength front, it was clear to me that I lacked the discipline to go to the weight room on my own and lift more regularly than once or twice per year. Instead, I decided to try out Cross Fit, which I realize is a favorite target of scorn for triathletes, myself included. My main reason for going to All Pro Cross Fit is that is it co-owned by my longtime friend and triathlete Kathy Waite, who is the type of person I will endure some silliness to be around because she is so energetic and positive. Kathy did not care at all that I lifted the baby “triathlete weights” while all of the meat heads were grunting and groaning. For some reason, Cross Fit involves lifting weights fast, while timing yourself, but I ignored this part of it. Instead I just tried to learn some of the moves and, ideally, not injure myself in the process.

The only downside to starting a strength program is that I am incredibly sore after each session and rather than feeling like I am getting stronger, I feel like someone has beat me with a baseball bat, which is a disincentive to returning. I don’t have much interest in replacing triathlon with Cross Fit, but it’s been a fun way for me to lift a few weights and maybe strengthen a few areas.

Almost like a switch was flipped, when the kids returned to school this week, I started to think about training again. I haven’t done anything crazy, like put my bike on the trainer or strap on my heart rate monitor, but I felt like after all of the soul-seaching I had done this fall about me, my place in the sport and whether I still wanted or needed Ironman, I decided that I was ready to move forward with some athletic goals.

You know how sometimes someone asks you about a goal and you have never thought about it before or said it out loud, but then something comes out of your mouth and you realize it was there all along? That happened this week. I told a room full of strangers that I was hoping to PR in the Ironman at Louisville this year. And just like that, I realized I was ready.