Rest in Peace

Troy’s grandfather passed away yesterday. He was from St. Francis, Kansas and we will be heading out there Thursday for the funeral. He was Troy’s last living grandparent. After we get back from the funeral I hope to post a little more about his life. Keep Troy in your thoughts as he travels through the grieving process.

James “Spank” Blasing Memorial 5K Results

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This weekend we traveled to Pueblo, CO to visit our good friends Ron, Michelle and their little boy Sam. I met Michelle through Colorado Mountain Mamas over a year ago, and we became good friends immediately. Ron got a job in Pueblo and they moved down there about 5 months ago. We miss them a ton, but they are only about a 2 hour drive from us, so we are lucky they are still relatively close.

Michelle has been running a lot so we decided that we would do a 5K on Saturday. It’s part of a series that we both signed up for, the “Pueblo Toyota Benefit Running Series”. In two weeks there is a 10K that we will run as well, so we get to go visit again!

The race went well and after a week of rest I can’t feel any pain or discomfort in my IT band. There were a little over 100 people running the race and the course was pretty hilly. The ladies took it out at a 6:11 pace for the first mile. That was a bit fast for me and at 1.5 miles I found myself in second place for the ladies. I kept this place throughout the race, but my pace slowed quite a bit. The hills were part of the reason!

5K is a lot more fun that 13 miles, that’s for sure. My official time was 21:17, which was second woman overall, and 12th in the race.

Michelle also ran super strong. She was hoping for sub-30 min and she was sooo close! Being that the course was hilly, we know she’ll beat that goal in her next 5K. She finished in 30:29. I had the pleasure of watching her for the last quarter mile and her form and attitude was great. She was spot on with her pace, nice and relaxed looking gait, and generally a real joy to watch run. I can’t wait to see her progress with her running, she definitely has the right attitude about it! Yea Michy-Michy!!!

The rest of the weekend was awesome, except for one teny-tiny part concerning some over-indulgence with the margaritas and the Pama. I’m not looking for a repeat performance there, and Ron isn’t ever going to let me live down a few of the stupid things I did! All in all it was a great weekend!

Thoughts on Being Inspirational

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What is it to be inspiring.? To make people want to follow your actions. Is it what you do? How you do it? When you do it? Is it a certain sence of self worth that you carry in your heart and your step? Is it your compassion for those around you? Is it your inclusive nature? Is it your own mistakes and inadequacies that boost others to great deeds?

To me, to inspire is to live with your whole being. To feel others love, and pain, to want for others what you yourself have experienced. To feel utterly humbled by your sucess, and to want others to feel that sence of peace. To know that you are living the best life that you know how, and to remind yourself of that every day, every hour.

This is a quote I have heard before, but I was reminded of by Heather at A Mama’s Blog:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?”

Who are we not to be inspiring? Live fully with the power of your own experiences. Know that what you are doing today is inspiration, and who you are today is brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous. Take hold of the power of this and smile.

Troy PASSED!!!

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YEA! Troy got this email from the SOA today! This was his last requirement to completing his coursework for his ASA. For those of you who don’t know…okay all of you…the ASA stands for: Associate in the Society of Actuaries. It is one step below an FSA (Fellow in the Society of Actuaries). ASA is about 75% of the way to your FSA and many actuaries stop with their ASA. Troy will go on to shoot for his FSA, but this intermediate step is a huge one and we are SOOOOO proud of him.

The amount of work that he has put into this designation is huge, 4 years of studying in the evenings and on weekends. I don’t talk about Troy too much on my blog, and it’s mostly because his main goal in life right now is to get through these exams. He isn’t running races, climbing 14ers, taking epic bike rides, or killing himself at the gym everyday (although he wishes he was)…he is studying, so that he can provide his family with a better life (AKA more money). Okay so life isn’t all about $$, but it sure helps us do the things we love to do!

We are so proud of Troy for making it to his ASA, we know he still has many more study hours ahead of him, but for now we will celebrate this step. YEAH!!!!!!!

From: fap@soa.org [mailto:fap@soa.org]
Sent: Wednesday, April 18, 2007 8:59 AM
To: Wieck, Troy
Subject: FAP Final Assessment Grading Result

Dear TROY WIECK

We have completed your FAP Final Assessment grading.

You have been graded as Meets Minimum Requirements.

Congratulations!

FAP Staff

Horsetooth Half Marathon

Start of the race, I am directly beneath the yellow pedestrian sign, in a lime green top and blue shorts.
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Troy and Annie waiting at mile 2
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Good form at Mile 7
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Cruisin’ at Mile 9
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Mile 2
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Check out the leg muscles at Mile 9
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Another at Mile 9
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Rounding the turn and seeing the finish
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Me with the cheering squad in the picture at Mile 9 (minus Roger the photographer)
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I had to do a 12 mile long run this week so at the last minute I decided to enter the Horsetooth Half Marathon. Boy am I glad I did! Despite the short notice, Chris, and my mom and dad in laws (Marla and Roger) and Troy (with Annie) all came to watch. The course is really hilly for the first half of it. In fact the first two miles were up some pretty steep hills. Luckily the cheering clan was at the top of the first hill…after 2 miles!

There were two more huge hills over the next 4.5 miles, and they were massive. It made it hard to get into a rhythm, but also made the race more exciting and less of a “slog” (is that a word?…you get my drift). They closed the road that we were running on so I didn’t see my cheering squad again until a little after mile 7. It was so nice to see them and smile! I was done with the hills and my brain was telling me it was time to pick up the pace for the last 5 miles, but I didn’t really feel like it. So I kept a comfortable pace, reminding myself that this was supposed to be my long training run.

In the last 3 miles I saw the hip-hip-hooray squad again, and I got passed by 5…yes count them, 5 women. They were all looking good and the path was flat, so why not pass the girl in the green top! I reminded myself about the training run mantra, and that I was feeling good, so just keep it steady.

The finish was wonderful. You heard the crowd, I saw my cheering crew, I turned a corner and there it was. There were lots of people cheering and it felt so good to know that I was about to be done.

When you cross the line they hand you a 22 ounce glass bottle of Fat Tire beer. I couldn’t even “think” beer, but it was cool to the touch, so I put it against my cheek. I looked around for my cheering squad and the first thing I laid eyes on was the massage tables, so I bee-lined over to them. My crew found me at the massage table getting my post race rub down. I was pretty sore the rest of today, and even today I am tight and sore.

But it was a really fun race, and Roger got some terrific pictures of me running. It’s so nice to have to good running shots, it helps me to see the physical progress I have made these past 6 months!

Here are my stats on the race:
Official Time: 1:40:46
6th in 20-29 age group (see a trend?)
17th overall woman
96th overall in the race
Total race participants…they say around 1000

Mile split times:
Mile 1&2 combined (all uphill): 17:01
Mile 3 (all downhill): 6:56
Mile 4: 7:28
Mile 5: 7:04
Mile 6: 7:04
Mile 7: 7:53
Mile 8: 7:25
Mile 9: 7:28
Mile 10: 7:41
Mile 11: 7:52
Mile 12: 8:02
Mile 13: 7:54
Last 0.1: 0:44

The Summer is Heating Up

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Boy I was just going through my calendar for this summer and things are getting HOT! Almost every weekend is booked with something. I have one weekend open in April and then we are booked solid until mid-July! With the mood I am in right now it all sounds very tiring, but I know as all the fun weekends approach I will get more enthusiastic and my feelings will change.

This week my training has been intense and therefore I’m a bit tired. Work (Mountain Mamas) has also been crazy, including a really difficult hike yesterday. I have been getting ample sleep (thank you Annie) and I have a massage today with a new sports masseuse that Lindsay recommended, so I’m taking care of the body! I got a foam roller from the masseuse yesterday and that is really helping me!! I have been working my IT band, and my quads and calves to push out all that build up that happens from so much training. But still, I’m tired and ready for next week to come where I have a less intense week and I get to go visit my friend Michelle.

My friend Michelle moved to Pueblo and I have been missing her so much lately. Next weekend when we go visit we get to run a race together, and I am really looking forward to that! She’s just such an awesome person, I can’t wait!

Well, I’m off to clean the house, things really pile up when I have a busy training and work week. The laundry is to the sky, as are the dishes, and the kiddo toys. Sheets need to be changed, vacuuming needs to happen, etc, etc!! Time to strap on the iPod and get ‘er done.

Finally, A Breakthrough

I finally had a swimming breakthrough. Troy and Annie coached my swim workout today and they were great. Annie played at the edge of the pool while Troy dictated my workout and gave tips and encouragement. I started with a 300 M warmup, which I did pretty hard. He then had me do some laps of kick-board drills, adjusting my kicking form each lap. He would give me a tip to work on each time, until my kick started looking good. Then we practiced the good kick for awhile.

He then had me do some fingertip drills with a floaty between my legs, it took quite awhile to get used to the floaty. After that he had me put on flippers and this is when it all started to sink in. My arms and hips finally started to do the right thing when I had the flippers on. So after a 200 of flippers we switched back to the floaty and I finally got it. We did 200 with that, and then went back to the flippers, it was really sinking in now! I could feel the correct form. All during this time Annie and Troy were playing in the water together, and Annie even drank an entire bottle while floating around in the pool with Troy!

Then Troy had me do a pyramid of 100, 200, 300, 200, 100, with specific rests in-between. I was able to really keep my form and extend my arms to get maximum pull. My catch is coming together, my breathing is pretty good, and I am keeping my fingertips close to the ear and down in the water. It really felt great!

After the pyramid we experimented around with my “ear issues”. I never seem to be able to pop them appropriately. We finally realized I have to manually plug my nose, I can’t do it any other way. So I’m not sure how I’m going to plug my nose when I do flip turns, but I’ll work something out. It’s the least of my worries right now!

All in all today I got in 2250 Meters! That’s a record for me!

AND IT FINALLY FELT GOOD.

I’m actually excited about my next swim and hope that Troy and Annie will come!

Platte River Half Marathon

Me at mile 7.5
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The Cheering Crew minus Troy who is taking the photos
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Me kicking it into the finish
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Lindsay and I
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Sublime, Truly Sublime! Today was the most perfect day to run a 1/2 marathon. Sunny, perfect Temps, clear blue sky, raging Platte river on your side, and a WONDERFUL cheering section!

The race went grand, much better than expected. I was planning on running 8 minute pace, and it was just too nice out. My body wanted to go faster! So, 7:30’s it was. Here are the mile splits:
Mile 1 – 7:11
Mile 2 – 7:27
Mile 3 – 7:23
Mile 4 – 7:18
Mile 5 – 7:30
Mile 6 – 7:27
Mile 7 – 7:31
Mile 8 – 7:34
Mile 9 – 7:35
Mile 10 – 7:43
Mile 11 – 7:34
Mile 12 – 7:41
Mile 13 – 7:44
0.1 finish – 0:42

Official Finish Time: 1:38:34
Overall Woman: 25th of 412
Age Group (25-29): 7th
Overall in Race: 118 of 822

Lindsay also did phenomenal, beating her goal of 2 hours by 1.5 minutes. She looked great at the finish, like she hadn’t even been running!

Troy, Chris, and Lindsay’s husband Doug were out there on the bikes cheering for us…AND toting the babies along with them. We are so blessed to have such wonderful husbands and friends who support us in our endeavors. We love them!!!

Wonderful experience, I am a lucky woman.