I can’t hang…

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Getting away with a great friend

…in the real world. So I discovered this weekend while on a short getaway with Mr. Zippy and some old friends. Before I get to that, however, let me tell you about the beginning of my weekend.

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The forever line that greeted me at the IronGirl practice swim

I got to do the practice swim for IronGirl first thing Saturday morning. I arrived around 6:20 to a HUGE line of women waiting to get chipped before entering the water. The RD was sending people off by age group and before I knew it, they were calling my wave. Still unchipped at this point, I moved up in line, checked in, and hit the water.

How was it being back in open water? With the exception of the fact that the course goes directly east as the sun rises, pretty good. But sighting was really, really frustrating to me because the sun just plain old blinded me on the way out. The way back in was easy peasy with the sun at my back and I feel like I swam fairly well. Still, I’m hoping for big time cloud cover on Aug. 19.

After the swim, I drove back home, hopped on my bike and headed out for a brick of about 16 miles/3 miles. It was great to try out my race kit both in the water and out. I did learn that I need to tighten up the bottoms for the swim, or I’ll be IMG 1688 300x224 I cant hang...losing my shorts!

When all was said and done, I packed a quick bag, dropped the kids with some friends, and headed off to Deep Creek Lake with Mr. Zippy to meet some old friends of ours. I’ve been friends with Cherie since childhood and with about four hours between us, we don’t see each other nearly enough. Having two days together was fantastic–a chance to catch up and maybe drink a few too many beers. Which is where the “I can’t hang” part comes in.

The other three in our little party can party. There was a time, way back in college, when I could too, but now? I’m a lightweight. It killed me to both try to hang with them on a beer consumption level, and stay up late. I am officially old. Or maybe just a tired runner trying to be a triathlete. Probably both.

But it was fun and Sunday morning, I got a chance to sweat it all out. We headed over to the nearby state park and I got in a trail run. It was beautiful, albeit very rocky–it made my wimpy descending skills seem all the wimpier. Gotta work on that if I’m ever going to do a 50k.

All in all, I had a fantastic weekend–now it’s time to catch up on sleep and get back to normal.

Do you find you can’t hang with your (non-athlete)  friends like you used to? Do you ever try? 

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  1. Yes – totally. I’m thinking that all the time at the moment actually… Is it age or is it priorities shifting? It’s a toughie, socially…
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  2. oh same here. I can’t hang with my friends at all. After 2 beers I want to go to bed. And it’s shocking if I make it past 10pm. I’m pretty ok with that though. Would rather be getting up at 5am to workout then staying up until 2am any day. :)
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  3. Fun weekend! I’ve never been able to ‘hang’ with non-running friends in that way, nor have I even tried. I’m a total lightweight/earlybird and proud of it.
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  4. Sounds like a fun weekend! Most of my not being able to party with the friends I think has to do with my age vs my athletics lol….I can still do it now and again, but not nearly as much as I used to :)
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  5. I am still hung up on this whole can’t swim in lakes thing. If you want to go swimming with your kids do you have to go to a pool or the ocean? Aren’t there beaches at lakes? When I read this I realized the sun was not in my eyes for my triathlon on Saturday. I have no idea if it was just not in the sun or cloudy. That’s how nervous I was but I’m glad it wasn’t in my eyes. I guess I better go look at the pictures.

  6. You got this! It is all about balance! PS you are looking very HARDCORE all decked out in your racing gear :) Woo hoo!
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  7. There is a tri my husband likes to do where the swim has them heading directly into the sun like that. He complains every year. And no, I cannot hang at all. I want to be in bed by 9, 10 is a late night.
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  8. If I plan on staying up past 9:00pm I must use duct tape to keep my eyes open, you mix alcohol in there and it lowers that time to about 8:00. Glad you were able to catch up with old friends, it looks like it was a good time!
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  9. If I’ve put any decent mileage in that day, my tolerance goes all wonky. Instead of not being able to hang, I simply prefer to think I’m just a cheap date :)
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  10. OMG I totally cannot hang out with normal people anymore! I get so sleepy and then basically I can’t function or hold a conversation. Makes for good company, no? But it sounds like you had a great time with some great friends which is what matters. That is frustrating that the swim heads right into the sun but sounds like a great trial run with your kit and all!
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  11. Definitely can’t hang with that crowd much anymore! Luckily, the majority of friends in my circles these days are also athletes. A round of waters and 9pm bed time all around. HA!

    Awesome job on the big brick day. Sounds like some great workouts. Your race kit looks great, too.
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  12. Unfortunately, I can still drink plenty of wine, kills all my weight loss attempts!
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  13. We had a couple of late nights this weekend, too, watching opening ceremonies with friends, etc and I am dragging today! I definitely can’t do late nights and bounce back like I used to.
    Hope you get some cloud cover for the race! I have a hard enough time looking ahead in open water, sun makes it brutal.
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  14. Wow, you really are a busy busy girl! Good for you for squeezing a big work out in before meeting up with friends. But I can’t blame you for feeling tired!
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  15. I’ve never really been able to “hang” with the drinkers. Now that I rarely drink, I am such a terrible lightweight that I don’t even try.
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  16. Ha. A lot has changed for me in the last year. Even though I’ve been running for 8 years I’ve ALWAYS been a bit of a partier. But, since my first marathon things have most certaintly changed. A very good friend of mine who is not a runner or exerciser has even given me grief for not drinking with them like I used too. Frankly that highly annoyed me. Not only can I not hang like I used to but I’d rather goto bed and not consume extra calories! I’m not perfect and maybe backslide everyone once in a while but it’s getting less and less. Funny, I’m way more productive.
    Ps you look awesome on the bike! Hardcore ;)
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  17. Sounds like a great weekend! Glad you got to hang. You always love a good challenge, right? But that’s one that I’m glad you fell behind in. ;-)
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  18. Hehe, I hope it’s not just an age thing ’cause then, I’m roughly 87 years old. I certainly can’t ‘keep up’ with my nonrunner friends either, and my bedtime is usually between 9-10PM. I’m perfectly happy acting like a grandma :) I’d rather go to bed at 9PM and wake up at 5AM any day!

  19. tighten up those shorts, woman! this isn’t a XXX-athletic event. ((eyeroll))
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  20. Sounds like a great weekend!

    Occasionally I can hang but I pay for it dearly the next day in the form of no energy/desperately need a nap kind of way!
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  21. I’ve never been a partier or drinker – not even in college – so never was ever in the “in” crowd. I’ll have an occasional beer or margarita, but I don’t like wine or hard drinks. I have a hard enough time getting out of bed when I haven’t drank. Ha!

    Going down on rocky trails is really painful for me. I trip constantly. A guy told me on Leadville to pick up my toes vs. my whole foot and that really did seem to help the stumbling part…but I’m still slow.
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  22. I’ve given up trying to “hang” with my old friends. Honestly, my life is a lot different than that anyhow. :) I can’t say that I don’t still try sometimes… but I always end up kicking myself the next day. Hard lesson to learn over and over! :)

    Sounds like you had a great weekend!

  23. I can not hang with my old friends at all. I’m buzzed from smelling a beer and will feel hungover just from being next to someone who is drinking. My college self is rolling on the floor laughing at me right now. :)
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  24. Sounds like an awesome time!!! I think as we get older it gets harder to “party”. I have friends that still do it but they don’t have families or kids.
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  25. The business about sighting in open water got me thinking. How did you manage to do it before you had the eye surgery? I don’t swim much at all because basically I’m close to blind without my glasses.
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  26. I really have to pace myself these days! And now that I think of it, the good old days were pretty unhealthy! :)
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  27. Ha! I can’t hang either. I’m fairly small and haven’t drank since before I got pregnant. I’m supposed to attend a bachelorette party in December and I’m already nervous!
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  28. What the hell is a non-athlete friend? If they don’t smell like sweat, pea, snot, GU/Gel or something related to sports they aren’t friends of mine….haha!

    BTW – you look like you could do an IM right now. Go MissZ!
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  29. That doesn’t sound “old” to me at all — it sounds like the words of a runner/triathlete. (Or at least that’s what I keep telling myself when I say that 10pm is waaaaay past my bedtime.) ;-)
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