I've been thinking lately it's about the baby steps.
(cell phone pic of us nearing the top of Mt Sentinel with my little 30 lb weight)
My little gal is almost two, yet I haven't done any adventure races (or any races for that matter!) since her birth. The half marathon I signed up for in 2009 and trained for ~ I wasn't able to do since I got a nasty flu the day before the race (I was devastated not to be able to participate since I felt so ready).
The thought of doing an adventure race the length of the last one I did (Primal Quest 2006 - 450 miles) seems daunting. A race of that length would take me away from home for nearly two weeks. I'm not sure I'm ready to leave Astrid for that long. Not to mention the hours and hours of training I would have to do. (ok, I have to admit, if someone called wanting a teammate later this Summer I think I might actually consider it - because, really, what am I waiting for? Astrid would be a great training buddy for at least one sport!)
I like having a goal. I love going out to just do something - but it feels really great to have a goal to work toward. My friend Sharon must like a goal too, since a few weeks ago she suggested I sign up for the Pengelly Double Dip in June. I took the evening to think it over, but I almost immediately started going over to Mt Sentinel (instead of my backyard Blue Mountain Rec Area) to start specific training.
Some descriptions mentioned in the race pamphlet: "7th Annual Epic Trail Run of Elephantine Proportions". "A tall half marathon. 2,700 feel of elevation gain. Very challenging, but always worth it." (and I'm sure lunch will taste better at the end! ~ I added that part!)
The race is 42 days away, and I might not be as ready as I would like to be (I'm taking an over-two-week trip down to sea level - California and Maine), but it is a half marathon distance on a mountain I love (Mt Sentinel), and sounds like fun!
Last weekend I completed the course minus the dips and it felt great!
Ok, now onto the fun stuff! ~ For YOU!
I'm giving away one of my "Friendly Dragon" puppets! I'm so totally into creating these guys. I have written a pattern for them but they keep getting more and more elaborate (knitted horns, etc), so I have to keep changing the pattern. I'm getting close though.
I fall in love with each puppet as they near completion and it is difficult to let go. We name each one. I finished (a different) one last night that I felted today that might be moving out but he might also be sticking around...I'm just not sure. FOR THE RECORD: I haven't knit anything for myself since I started knitting, so maybe I will keep him, I'll have to sleep on it...
Here is the Giveaway Puppet!!:
(He insisted I take some photos of him outside while Astrid was napping this afternoon!)
Giveaway Details: This puppet doesn't have a name yet ~ and he needs one! All you have to do is leave a comment including what you would like to name him/her. I will be taking comments until next Thursday night before I go to bed. To make it fair, Astrid will be picking a name out of a hat next Friday and we'll announce it here!! The puppet (made with love) will arrive at your doorstep with the name you gave him!