Is this a mad way to start?

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kittenkat    pirate
23/03/2014 at 16:13

Working out the Tristar age groups always gives me a headache, if people enter their kids by paper entry then they have to tick the right cat. Online entry only gives me the stats for the age they are now, not on Dec 31. Doesn't sound onerous until you have to manually check every entry.

kittenkat    pirate
31/03/2014 at 18:36

Ha! I talked to a journalist today that asks the exact same questions I do. There are more swimming upstream than I originally thought. I propose to start a cult, but not a jumping on sofas in public cult.

Oh no.

kittenkat    pirate
01/04/2014 at 21:27

I am inundated with emails about our race on Sunday. Really inundated.

And I really hope that a big part of being 'that person' of contact for our race series, always remains with someone who will make themself accessible and genuinly encouraging and interested in developing the sport.

But fuck, people get paid for this and do and do a much poorer job than we do as volunteers. I'm not saying I want to get paid, but I think there is a big blur in triathlon about the perception of event organisation by the general public. This is because of so many commercial companies that are around now.

That's all fine to a point, but some of the best events are run by clubs which operate as all clubs do. We're not a business, we don't make profit, we're the beating heart of grass roots and we do actually know our stuff.

Support your local club, who will in turn suport the BTF and just be patient. The fact that I feel overwhelmed by all the emails I haven't been able to answer yet, is testament to the popularity of Exeter Tri.

Edited: 01/04/2014 at 21:28
kittenkat    pirate
01/04/2014 at 21:32

It's also because I'm so fucking busy at work I could punch baby rabbits.

But I could also if I wasn't busy. I just choose not to.

Those beautiful cute little bunny rabbity faces....

Edited: 01/04/2014 at 21:33
kittenkat    pirate
01/04/2014 at 21:35

http://s4.runnersworld.co.uk/members/images/227429/gallery/crazy_rabbit.jpg?width=350

 

kittenkat    pirate
03/04/2014 at 19:27

Sometimes organising races as an an unpaid volunteer IS NOT FUN, I'm having a moment (well a whole week) of IT'S NOT FUN.

Bear with me though, I keep telling myself the end result is worth it.

 

kittenkat    pirate
03/04/2014 at 19:41

It's ok, the world is saved. D has found a TOTP episode from 1979.

 

Edited: 03/04/2014 at 19:42
kittenkat    pirate
03/04/2014 at 22:37

If I died tomorrow, would you notice?

Fair question to all the lurkers. I would hope so.

04/04/2014 at 10:30

What a terrible thing to ask. Surely it cannot matter to you that the online world might notice? 

Your family, friends and colleagues would be upset. Furface and the Exeter tri would notice. PSOF would probably sink without you as their tormentor. Sales of Stella would crash along with their shares. The Ghost of Kittenkat needs its life source.

I think you have taken on too much, for whatever reasons, and need to find some quiet time for yourself but I suspect that a part of you does not like quiet. What about a focus again for your own running, biking, swimming. The discipline spills over into so many aspects of life.

Unlike some forumites many lurkers do not have much time during the working day/night to spend on the forum and post. Doing work, family, health, socialising  and training all get in the way.

The online virtual world should not really be an important part of you.

kittenkat    pirate
04/04/2014 at 18:18
Martenkay wrote (see)

 

Your family, friends and colleagues would be upset. Furface and the Exeter tri would notice. PSOF would probably sink without you as their tormentor. Sales of Stella would crash along with their shares. The Ghost of Kittenkat needs its life source.

This made me smile, I DO have a lot of 'free' Stella glasses. Furface has been following me round since I got home from work today.

I think the stressometer hit 'shit crescendo' this week, but I'm happier now as I think I've managed to do all I can to clear the decks in work and with all the stuff I take on. The people at work love my mini meltdowns and the way I can provide a running commentry which does not match what I'm typing in my polite professional emails.

I have the week off next week and it's Thing 1's 12 birthday on Wednesday, her party is 'tubebogganing'. Read into that different ways to get down an artificial ski slope without actually skiing.

Yes I do need 'me' time, but all this is my conscious choice so there must be a reason for it, even if I'm not metacognitive about it.

 

Edited: 04/04/2014 at 18:19
kittenkat    pirate
10/04/2014 at 15:55

We've got a Novice training day on the weekend for people using our sprint to pop their cherry.

HOW long is it since I've been on my bike! I sat there for 20 minutes pondering the combination to my bike lock. D gave my bike the once over and I then rode up and down the lane a bit. First thing I did was try and unclip on the upsroke.

It'll be fine, elephants never forget and kats only forget the finer points.

Oh and just an aside, BTF day licenses can now be electronic so I can just email them to competitors.

One of those finer points is who did I last lend my bike box to? If it's anyone on here can I have it back please.

kittenkat    pirate
10/04/2014 at 16:04

Oh and my baby is 12 years old today (Thing 1). The party was a huge hit and the toboganning guy let me and D have a free go. Thing was we went last and caught everyone up halfway down because we both ignored the 'BRAKE NOW' signs on the corners. I ignored them because I knew that he would ignore them and he was behind me. I'd rather take the consequences of not braking than have 13 stone of husband crashing into me. And he would have found that hilarious.

kittenkat    pirate
10/04/2014 at 16:05

And for the continuity conscious, I did think (up until about Monday) that the 10th was Wednesday.

 

kittenkat    pirate
12/04/2014 at 18:52

Our novice training day went really well, also attended by Jo Pavey (well no not really, she was just in the leisure centre foyer, but that's normal down here as she's a local).

Really looking forward to watching London tomorrow (from the comfort of my bed, and then the sofa). D's parents are coming over but when he told me my reaction was: "You do know I'm watching London!" "I know love, that's ok" "But it will be really nice to see them anyway". I felt a bit mean obviously after my first sentence.

Some stats from the Americans.

kittenkat    pirate
20/04/2014 at 15:16

I can't stop posting that rabbit, it makes me giggle.

After the novice training day I decided that I miss my bike (sort of), so what better than a cycle to work? To avoid the dual carriageways I took the coast road, not actually looking at the elevation.

Teignmouth to Paignton is a bit lumpy. Also combined with that is the fact that I've always known... Unless I cycle a lot, I'm actually quite nervous on that bike. We (Kato and I) get affected a lot by the wind and also Torbay near any holiday is filled with grockles so the traffic is pretty heavy. All fine for someone a little less neurotic about it all than me.

But we survived and I'm quite impressed with my residual bike fitness. Damn this, I might even get back in the water this year, our sea swimming starts soon.

Don't hold your breath.

 

kittenkat    pirate
20/04/2014 at 16:44

No really, don't hold your breath. You can die.

kittenkat    pirate
20/04/2014 at 17:13

You probably couldn't, how much self control and lip strength would that take? I'm not Googling it.

 

Really not.

 

NO!

kittenkat    pirate
21/04/2014 at 17:35

Meb just showed the youngsters how to do it!

kittenkat    pirate
27/04/2014 at 16:04

DNS for me at the Plymouth half today. That never feels good but it was the right decision. I can feel inflammation at the base of my achillies, last 2 times that happened I still did the race and both times it went tits up. The first time I was the last leg of a relay race for our club, we were winning. Anyone who does relays will know that being last leg when you're in front is TOUGH, you would feel like shit if you lost it.

Anyway luckily we had a comfortable lead and we still run but I was in pain.

Last time it happened was when I was pacing the Great West last year. Luckily there were 2 pacers at each distance. I held the pace for 8 miles and then hobbled the rest.

This all tells me that if I ran today it would blow up again. So I need to suck it up and make sure I'm good for the Welsh Castles.

kittenkat    pirate
28/04/2014 at 20:31

Choosing a tricky MTB trail on a hybrid with no suspension, cleats or working back brakes, was not my finest idea.

Stayed on but only just and have a sore foot after an argument with a tree. It'll be ok.

Trees are always ok.

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