T Minus One

That’s “T” for test.  Tomorrow is the big day!  I’ll be taking that national certification exam I’ve been preparing for.

In some ways, I feel like I’ll never be ready – I could read and study for a month of Sundays and STILL not know as much as I’d like to.  In other ways, I feel well-prepared after putting in a lot of hard work and study time.

Either way, I’m really ready to get this over with!

It’s kind of like training for a race in that respect, except there are no celebratory finish line libations provided by the testing center.  😉  I might celebrate on my own with a nice big Diet Coke!!

Who am I kidding?  Might?  I definitely will.  🙂

Send some positive thoughts my way if you think of it  – and have a happy Saturday!


Oh, Bother!


(Courtesy PinkSocks)

Oh, bother!  There are only 31 days until the West Point Triathlon and I’m not nearly as ready as I’d like to be.  Time to refocus and get going for the push through the last few weeks!

Happy Friday eve!  😉



Time for a Little R&R

No, not rest & relaxation, although I’m sure we all wish we had a little bit of that!

Instead, I’m talking about Reset & Rededication.

When I started this blog, I was swept up in the spirit of starting to train for my first triathlon.  I was participating in my gym’s “Lazyman Triathlon,” which kept me swimming, biking, and running nearly every day.  Then, the weather got better, the lazy triathlon ended, school got really busy and end-of-semester testing took off.  All of a sudden the gym held less allure but I didn’t necessarily get outside and get moving on the trails with biking or running either.  I allowed myself to get caught up in the stress and let many of the healthy habits I love fall by the wayside.  I focused on the energy and time it took to workout and eat healthy, rather than on the benefit of that time investment in the form of energy, stamina, and a positive mindset.  For a few weeks now, I’ve been surviving instead of thriving.

Luckily, there’s always another chance to start fresh, and that’s what I’m doing this weekend.  I still have some big events looming on the horizon (one final and really important test plus three or four very busy months of on-the-job-training of sorts) but I’m not going to let them get me off course.  I have no doubt it will be difficult to balance real life and training, but I’m ready to rededicate myself to the goals I had when I started this thing.  Thanks for sticking with me through the weeks of minimal motivation.  Here’s to more positive energy from this point forward!

Never Give Up On A Dream

(Courtesy RunningQuotes)

Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s time to go workout!


Almost There

Before a Race, Just Remember

(Courtesy RunningQuotes)

Substitute “test” for “race” and “smart” for “fast” (and ignore the misspelling on this picture lol)  and you have my psych-me-up reminder for tomorrow.  Last two tests of the school year tomorrow morning and last quiz tomorrow afternoon.

Then there’s just one more national-level certification test to get through this summer and it will be smooth sailing – and hopefully triathlon training! – for a while.  🙂

Happy almost-Friday!!