Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Hello Friends!

I thought I would check in with a post that wasn’t Ironman related… then I realized my whole life currently revolves around Ironman training. What the heck did I blog about before training?! (I guess there was that whole wedding thing? 😉 )

So last night I skipped swim practice.

I took it as a sign I should skip when I discovered that my swimsuit was missing from my swim bag.

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I guess my self conscious was giving me a hint to go straight home from work. I didn’t fight it.

I had a long day at wok and was happy to take advantage of the free evening at home. Derek had tickets to the Rays game, which meant I had the house to myself. House to self = making pizza and watching unlimited “Meghann shows” in my underwear on the couch. It. Was. Awesome. I’m now all caught up on the DVR and I didn’t look at the computer once. I was even in bed by 9:30. I love my husband, but there’s something to be said to having the house to yourself for the night.

Let’s see… what else is new?

I’m reading a new book for book club, Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

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From Amazon:

“They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

A Love Story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?”

I’m about a quarter of the way through it and, so far, so good. It’s definitely different than I expected, but I like it. However, I had to laugh about the author’s references to the character’s boyfriend’s triathlon club and training. Especially the references to the club’s super healthy eating habits of only eating salads and ditching carbs (what sort of triathlon club is that?!) or how he was training for a triathlon that had a 60 mile bike, 30 mile run, and finished with a swim. huh?

Of course, I’m reading that after just finishing Can’t Swim, Can’t Ride, Can’t Run: From Common Man to Ironman by Andy Holgate

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“Can’t Swim, Can’t Ride, Can’t Run follows Andy Holgate’s epic journey from being an overweight librarian to an Ironman triathlete. Before he could even begin the rollercoaster ride which amassed more punctures than Andy cares to remember, this would-be Superman had first to buy a second-hand bike and take swimming lessons. Along the way, he ended up in hospital, dealt with family crises, encountered crocodiles and deadly amoebas, and persuaded his friends that doing an Ironman event is what normal people do on their stag weekend. This is the inspirational, amusing and moving story of how one normal bloke learnt how to fall off a bike and not injure himself, to run a marathon despite two dodgy knees, and most importantly how not to drown.”

I really enjoyed this easy read by a triathlon blogger in the U.K. and his realistic, honest approach to triathlons and training. It’s probably a book only a person who is currently training for their first Ironman would enjoy, but I simply couldn’t put it down. I think reading the book only made me more excited for race day.

And there I go, talking about Ironman training again. I’m telling you – my life revolves around! Luckily I have only three weeks to go!

Please accept my apologies with a little GIVEAWAY.

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The kind folks at Moving Comfort have offered to give a pair of the Urban Gym Capris to a lucky Meals and Miles reader.

The capris are a favorite of mine from the new fall line and are super comfortable. I’ve worn them for a couple of cross country flights and they’re perfect for traveling.

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The Chic Tunic is great too! Check out the complete fall line at MovingComfort.com.

To enter to win, just leave a comment below with what you’re currently reading (or watching if you’re not a reader 😉 ). You have until Friday, October 11 at 11:59pm EST to enter. I’ll draw a random winner on Saturday.

Good Luck!

THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED. CONGRATS TO CAROL ON WINNING A FREE PAIR OF MOVING COMFORT CAPRIS.

psst… Moving Comfort sent me the capris and tunic. All opinions are my own.

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