Steelhead Triathlon Report and more

The Steelhead Triathlon was held on post last Saturday (like not yesterday, but a week ago).  Last year’s Steelhead was my first-ever tri, so it was nice doing it again, although I did the team version this time.  K and I formed up Team Band Chicks!  I swam and she did the bike and run portions.  I swam the 800 yards in 18:22, our transition from swim to bike was 2:39, K’s bike time (12 miles) was 45:00, her transition from bike to run was 1:51, and her 5K run time was 30:16.  Our total time was 1:38:10, good enough for 4th place in the female teams division!!  It was a great morning and we both had a lot of fun.

Sunday morning was church twice for me as I played a trombone solo (the hymn, Great is Thy Faithfulness) during the offering at both the 8:00 and 11:00 services.  The guys joined me at 11.  After church was a little bit of grocery shopping and then relaxing for the rest of the day.

This past week was super easy at work, since the majority of the band is on block leave.  Monday we showed up to formation and that was it, although I did have some supply work to do, so I was in my office until about 10:45 or 11.  Tuesday morning after my pregnancy ed class, Ryan and I headed to Tucson for an appointment with my midwife.  For accountability for work, we just had to call in.  My appointment went well and she said Baby Boy is measuring about 3 pounds and is head down, so that’s a good thing!  After my appointment we stopped at St. Joseph’s hospital where Ryan was as he needed some paperwork for his GI Bill to prove that he was in the hospital and that was why he had to drop his classes.  Then we stopped and at lunch at What-A-Burger, a new place to both of us, before heading home.  Wednesday was another formation and go home day, but again, I did a little bit of supply work.  Thursday and Friday we were on pass, so no work, but Thursday I went in and got wireless internet hooked up at the band hall for our Soldiers to use and also for the South Dakota National Guard Band members to use while they are here for their 2 weeks of active training.  Thursday evening we went to the Summer Concert in the Park series to hear the SDNG Band guys play.  It was a really good concert and I enjoyed chatting with some of them after the concert.  One of their drummers even gave Robert a pair of drumsticks and signed the package!  That was really cool of him to do for a future drummer.

Yesterday we headed to Tucson in the early afternoon and ate an early dinner at Red Robin as Ryan had a coupon for a free burger for his birthday.  Then we went to the airport to pick C up and give him a ride back to his house.  He’s done with his leave and flew home after he and his wife drove to their destination.  She’s still there and will come back later.

I’ve gotten quite a bit of cross stitching and crocheting done this past week and enjoyed the down time from work.





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Easy week

This was a pretty easy week at work since it was our last week before summer block leave.  I got a ton of stuff ordered for supply so I actually got stuff done at work.  Tuesday afternoon I had a dentist appointment for a cleaning and then I took care of a couple of other errands after that.  Thursday afternoon I left work a little early so I could go and get new front tires put on my van.  Wednesday evening was our childbirth class.  Other than that, I got some stitching and crocheting done.  This morning was a short formation for safety brief and hand out leave forms and that was it.  I stopped at the gym on my way home to pick up the race packet for the Steelhead Triathlon that K and I are doing as a team tomorrow morning.  Then it was home for a while before we headed to Tucson.  We walked around the mall for a little while before eating at Red Robin and then after we had some time, so we walked around the 2nd floor of the mall.  Then we headed to the hospital for Robert’s Big Brother class and hospital tour.  It was a really good class and the teacher talked at the kids’ level (there was Robert and a 2 1/2 year old – which didn’t make much sense because the class advertising says for older siblings ages 4-10).  They learned how babies are born, how to change a diaper and clothes, swaddle the baby in a blanket, hold the baby, give the baby a bottle, and burp the baby.  Then we took a tour of labor and delivery and the recovery rooms and then there was a video called "What About Me?".  Overall it was really well done, and I think Robert got at least something out of it.  We stopped at Waffle House for a snack on our way home and now I’m heading to bed to get some sleep before the Steelhead Triathlon.

Today’s high:  95
Current:  82

Freedom Run 5K Race Report

K and I ran the Freedom Run 5K this morning in Tucson.  We were on the road about 0430 with our cheering section F.  It was already hot and humid when we left – about 75 in Sierra Vista and in the low 80s at race start time in Tucson.  It was a nice course, some dirt and some paved in a park so we didn’t have to worry about traffic.  The course was really well marked and the post race refreshments were plentiful – bananas, watermelon, water, and gatorade.  I finished in 39:00, a pregnant 5K PR (since I won’t be getting regular PRs anytime soon, I figure I might as well count pregnant ones!) and good enough for 5th in my age group out of 11!!  Because of the heat and humidity, I ran with a naked baby bump which helped keep me a little cooler.  I got lots of comments about running while pregnant – some negative, but mostly positive.  Some people just don’t get that pregnant women can run, but my midwife is ok with it, so they have nothing to stand on since they are not my midwife.

After the race, we headed back to Sierra Vista, and after breakfast and some relaxing time, my guys and I headed to the park for the 4th of July ceremony and Salute to the Nation.  We had snow cones and walked around and looked at the displays before heading home.  I’m about to go take a nap now before we go back to the park for the Jazz Combo’s concert this evening.

This past week was kind of slow at work.  I got to the dentist for my check up and after that I schedule my cleaning appointment.  We had a supply inspection Wednesday morning that really wasn’t anything.  Other than that, it was a pretty quiet week at work.  Thursday evening we had our childbirth class, but other than that we were home.  We spent a bit of time in the pool at K’s apartment complex, especially Friday when I didn’t have work thanks to a training holiday.  Saturday morning the three of us and K went to the airport in Tucson to pick up F who was visiting for the weekend and then K and I picked up our race packets for this morning.  Sunday was homemade banana-nut-bran muffins for breakfast, church, grocery shopping, and then Robert made brownies for dessert.  K and F came over for grilled burgers and corn on the cob for dinner and then Robert’s brownies for dessert.  It was all yummy.





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