Posts Tagged ‘Nautica Malibu Triathlon’

Oh, how fast the weekend goes

And Monday comes…again….

#1 – 5k on Sunday, totally looking forward to it and I am hoping to PR. I am promising myself to actually bring my watch this time (last 5k, I forgot my watch). I am thinking the weather will be nice and I plan to ride my bike there. It’s downhill all the way there…so why not! Then I will rush to church (un-showered) and sing my little heart out. Hopefully I don’t stink up the place!

#2 – I am going to do a brick tomorrow, actually, a reverse brick. Since the Pasadena Triathlon is a reverse triathlon, I figured it would be beneficial to me to see how it is to run and then bike. I will run 10 min out and then back, hop on the bike and do 3 laps…here’s hoping that goes well!

#3 – I signed up for the Nautica Malibu Triathlon! I am SUPER excited about this one because it is the big celebrity one and I have no shame and usually end up embarrassing myself in front of celebrities. The distances are:

1/2 Mile Swim

18 Mile Bike

4 Mile Run

It cost and arm and a leg to register, but it is for a really great cause and I plan to do some light fund raising for it. The triathlon raises money for The Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. 

I actually have somewhat of an interesting story that I will share with you…Last year, George did the Malibu Tri and part of a relay team with Team Disney. The swimmer on his team was Helen Faust. She actually raised a good amount of money for Children’s Hospital and got a fancy jacket! But recently, she received even more. On Thanksgiving her son, Sean, was riding his skateboard and fell. He cracked his head (literally) and had to be rushed into surgery for them to take out part of his skull. He was in a coma for a little bit but came out. Now I am not sure of the exact details, but at some point he was taken care of by Children’s Hospital…he is now at home and getting better…but it will be a long battle to get him back to normal. It is funny how things loop around like that! When she was raising the money she did it for others, and then when she needed it, Children’s Hospital was there for her…thats good karma!

But this also brings up another thing, helmets. Helmets can save lives, and if he had been wearing one…this may never have happened. There has been a website that went up in honor of Sean and encourages people to wear helmets. Sometimes for young kids it isn’t always the coolest thing to do, but it can really protect you from doing permanent damage. I am not sure how many people that read my blog actually skateboard…but I know there are a lot that cycle. There is no reason we should be on a bike and not have a helmet on. Sean was cruisin on his long board skateboard and fell and hit his head on a concrete barrier. How fast do you average on your bike? Is it as fast as a skateboard? It’s probably faster, which is an even better reason to wear your helmet. Anyway, for whatever it is worth, that is my rant!

Here is the website for Sean: www.helmets4sean.com

Also, at some point I will have a fund raising site for the Nautica Malibu Triathlon, so I will let you know and perhaps you can send over a few bucks! 🙂

Malibu Triathlon

So, George is on the Disney Tri Team for the Nautica Malibu Triathlon. And today was his race day! He started at Disney just recently, so when he found out about the tri team, he was only able to sign up for a relay team as a cyclist. He was happy to be involved, and he had two great teammates that did the swimming and the running. I decided that I wanted to be able to walk around and have access to everything, so I signed up to volunteer! So anyway, this is the story of our day, J.Lo and all.
We awoke bright and early at around 2:45AM and got the car loaded.

It is blury because that is how we felt...
It is blury because that is how we felt…

As you can see, it was very early…
We headed out toward Mailbu, which is about an hours drive normally, but at 3 in the morning it took us about 30 min. So we stopped at Jack in Box and got a very healthy sausage egg sandwich and a breakfast burrito…and of course…my coffee.

yummmmm
yummmmm

Once we got in and parked I headed toward the tents to check in, and just like the instructions had said, it was lit up like a Christmas tree.

As you can see, it was still very dark at 4:30AM and a bit cold. I eventually found something to do as a volunteer and that was to check in the relay team members. It went well except I was really getting annoyed toward the end, when people that were obviously late, were freaking out because they didn’t have much time to check in and set up their transition area…to that I say…not my problem….come early!

Here is a picture of the mass of people…also very overcast…I guess that is good for a triathlon day.

I also took a picture of the transition area, really because I have never seen one in person, so it was cool to see all the chaos.

George also got a balloon so that it would be easier to identify his bike. And of course, because it was Disney….we got a Lightning McQueen balloon. And by the way, there is a whole story on that.

George and I went out to Zuma on Saturday to go pick up his race packet as well as go to the expo. We wanted to get back early because we needed to go to bed like old people at 7 or 8PM. As we were driving back, I reminded him that he needed a balloon for the transition area because he had told his teammates to look for it. (insert curse word from George) So we went to Vons to look for a balloon. Sure enough they had one REALLY cool balloon, Lighting McQueen. It was already blown up and just sitting there waiting for us. So we paid for it ($8 bucks!) and started walking to the car. George hands me the balloon so that I can be responsible for it (hmmmm, bad idea?) He had to drive or something…can’t remember that part. But anyway, I get in the car, put Lighting between my legs…. and as I was pulling the seatbelt down (which I guess I do violently) my hand hit the ballon and tore it! OMG! Lightning was slowly dying between my legs. So George gave me this…oh crap look…we went back inside to see if they had another balloon but they were fresh out, only lady bugs and sea urchins…so George asked me if I knew anything about mylar balloons (??????) Yes, because in my second career as a car clown we deal with them a lot. But I actually I did know that you could use the vavle more than once. So we asked the guy for some tape and he handed us a piece, oh _____ that long. Gash was _________________. Needless to say the kid wasn’t the sharpest tool in the shed. So we both yelled at him for the entire tape dispenser. So we began our surgery on Lightning. Made sure the tape didn’t have any airbubbles and then had him filled up again. And to our great surprise, it worked! Lighting was alive again and we were very careful with him that night as well as the following morning, which I guess could still be considered…that night…. Moral of the story…be careful when putting on a seatbelt with a myler balloon shaped like a car between your legs.

Okay, so then after I checked everyone in, I wandered over to the bike start line. As I was standing around I had a guy ask me if I was assigned. I said no and he told me to stand at the bike entrance and tell people not to cross over the barriers. WHAT A PERFECT JOB! Then I could see George start his ride! AWESOME! So here are some pictures from when I was standing at my station. Also, one cool thing about living in L.A. is that we have some access to celebrities, so I was able to cheer on a couple. I also have to say that I felt really bad for them. The cameras were all over them and they could barely take a couple of steps at a time, I even ran into a few of them because they were so aggressive. I see how that would get annoying after a while. But that is why I work in an office all day 🙂

GO GEORGE!

GO GEORGE!

Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey

Go J.Lo! What are you wearing though????

Go J.Lo! What are you wearing though????

Men in pink...thats all I can say about that.

Men in pink...thats all I can say about that.

George coming into his finish!

George coming into his finish!

At the end, I finally caught up to George and I took a picture of him with his relay team.

They all finished! Woo-Hoo! Around 11AM they started to do the awards ceremony and Disney presented a check to Children’s Hospital for $240,000! Here is a picture of the team, you can sort of see George….but not really.

Go Team Disney!

Go Team Disney!

Here is George fighting through the crowd to get to me.

So happy.

So happy.

Then toward the end I realized I had only 1 picture of me, so after George got me into the donor brunch, he took a photo. By this time I was so tired, and my feet hurt, I was ready to leave.

And that was it, lots of excitement and had a good time. Next time I put tri pics up, IT WILL BE OF MMEEEEE!

Oh ya, and I am going to do this tri next year…..