MONICA
37 years old
freelance photographer
running coach
Sunny Southern Cali, US of A

NO AUTOGRAPHS, PLEASE.
JUST TAKE THE BUTTON...





CHI RUNNING
by Danny Dreyer

GOING LONG
by Joe Friel
& Gordon Byrn

THE PALEO DIET FOR ATHLETES
by Loren Cordain and Joe Friel

KILLING YOURSELF TO LIVE:
85% OF TRUE STORY

by Chuck Klosterman

WHAT I TALK ABOUT WHEN I TALK ABOUT RUNNING
by Haruki Murakami

HAVEN'T HAD CABLE SINCE THE MOVE SIX MONTHS AGO. NOW I HAVE THAT DIGITAL BOX THAT I GOT FREE WITH THE GOVERNMENT VOUCHER. I'M HOOKED ON THE FREE USN CHANNEL (NBC) THAT PLAYS OLD KONA SPECIALS FROM YEARS PAST!!!

THEN OF COURSE FOR THE HOURS I SPEND ON THE TRAINER...


MY O.G. IPOD SHUFFLE



2009
2/1/09 Surf City Run HALF MARATHON
2/8/09 Chinatown Firecracker Run 5k and 10k
2/14/09 Tour de Palm Springs 55 MILE RIDE
3/14/09 Pasadena Triathlon REVERSE POOL SPRINT
4/4/09 Oceanside 70.3 HALF IRONMAN
5/3/09 Cinco de Mayo Run for the Cure HALF MARATHON
8/1/09 Vineman Full FULL IRONMAN
11/1/09 New York Marathon MARATHON
2008
2/3/08 Surf City Run HALF MARATHON
2/9/08 Tour de Palm Springs CENTURY RIDE
2/10/08 Chinatown Firecracker Run 5k and 10k
3/08/08 Pasadena Triathlon REVERSE POOL SPRINT
4/19/08 Rage in the Sage HALF IRONMAN
5/25/08 IM Brasil FULL IRONMAN
140.6 BABY!!!
7/20/08 Strawberry Fields Triathlon OLYMPIC
2007
2/4/07 Pacific Shoreline HALF MARATHON
3/31/07 Oceanside 70.3 HALF IRONMAN
6/3/07 Danskin All Ladies Tri SPRINT
6/24/07 Breath of Life Tri OLYMPIC
7/12/07 Playa Del Run #2 AQUATHLON
7/22/07 Vineman 70.3 HALF IRONMAN
8/9/07 Playa Del Run #3 AQUATHLON
8/19/07 Hansen Dam Tri SPRINT
10/7/07 People Powered Ride METRIC CENTURY FUN RIDE
11/4/07 New York Marathon MARATHON

ALLEZ
BOLDER
DC RAINMAKER
DECAF PLEASE
DYING WATER BUFFALO
FE-Lady
GREYHOUND
IM ABLE
IRON DEAN
IRON JASON
IRON MOM JENNY
IRON POL
IRON WIL
KONA SHELLEY
Lance NotStrong
LITTLE MISS RUNNERS PANTS
LOCKED AND LOADED...
NEOPRENE WEDGIE
NEWBIE TRIATHLETE 2007
OBRATS
SPANDEX KING
SPOKANE AL
Steve in a Speedo?! Gross!!
TEA
TriFAThlete
TRI GEEK KAHUNA
triSARAtops


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Thursday, October 11, 2007

GYM RAGE
DON'T HARSH MY MELLOW, MAN.....

ok, i feel the need to preface this post by admitting that i'm suffering from pms pretty bad, but i still think this is rant worthy....

in my pms frenzy this morning, i rushed around town to get all my errands done so that i could get to yoga at 12:30 and get my stretch and zen on before my final 20 miler tomorrow . i even got to class 10 minutes early purposely to sit in the studio all quiet like and get some extra zen in. as i had hoped, i was the only one there, so i laid out my mat in front, and closed my eyes, nearly falling asleep in corpse pose. it was dreamy. soon i heard the next person come in and quietly find their place. i'm still in a mellow slumber state. a few more footsteps, and i'm still all zen knowing there's at least 5 minutes before sahara arrives and gets us all twisted up like pretzels. but that 's when "mr. ipod" walked in....

let me just state for the record that while i admit that the ipod is a genius invention, there are still some places that the ipod does not belong, and dammit, the ipod does not belong in yoga class!!!! this wanker walks in wearing his ipod at full blast, and sits down behind me. "ok, so maybe this guy is not aware of just how fucking loud his music is," i think to myself. so i turn around and give him the "death stare." let me give you a little background on monica's death stare. i inherited it from my mom, who's own stare was coined "the newberry's look" by my aunts. long story short, she gave this look to a newberry's department store clerk some 30 years ago, and that person has never been the same since. the story still comes up at just about every family function. so mine is the "death stare." even when i'm in normal contemplation, not pissed off about anything, i'm often asked "you ok? what's wrong?" i guess it's just the way my face falls that unless i'm actively smiling, i appear to be pissed off. so if you get the death stare, there should be no question that i'm pissed off and refraining from kicking your ass entirely. honestly, i'm a lover not a fighter. i've never kicked anyone's ass since that one incident in 3rd grade, but i will most definitely burn a whole through a fool with my death stare.

so cut back to "mr. ipod." i've never seen him in the class before, and i've been going for some 4 years now, so i'm already annoyed that some "one timer" has spoiled my regular and precious yoga practice. i first give a quick stare with not even the full death factor yet. it doesn't phase him and his disco, techno nightmare of a song keeps on going (must be the super extended version. yay). i try, really, i try to get back to my meditation, kundalini breaths and everything, but this music is just fucking awful and blaring right behind me. so i slowly turn around and turn the death stare up a little, but now he's all yogied up and in a full child's pose looking at the floor. i look around, and others are equally annoyed by the techno vomit protruding from his earbuds. but i'm still holding the stare, waiting for him to come back up............ i'll wait. he rises to my full death stare, and still no response!!! jesus h. christ man, has that techno crap rotted your brain all together?? then a regular in the class, a sweet little old lady, walks up to him, at least she looked sweet. she takes one of his earbuds right outta his ear and exclaims, "young man, we don't all want to join in on your dance party. this is yoga."........PRICELESS. just then sahara arrived, and it didn't escalate any further before we were all asses in the air in down dog. i swear, all it takes is a little pms and some village idiot, and i get all insane in the membrane. sahara turned it on strong though, and i was able to calm down after a few sun salutations. hopefully, i got a good stretch in for tomorrow's 20 miler.

/rant.

my day would definitely turn around though. i dropped in at my local bike store to stock up on various fuels. i can't do bars or gels or caffeine, so my options are pretty limited. imagine my excitement when i stumbled on this new product. what little bags of chewy goodness!!! the new luna sport moons by clif are pretty much the same as their big brothers, the clif bloks, but for some reason marketed with the luna brand towards women specifically. only difference in the nutrition facts that i can see is the 50% of daily vitamin c. i never knew women were particularly vitamin c deficient. all i can say is that i love the pomegranate and watermelon flavors, and they come in smaller single servings than the bloks, easier to store while running or cycling. awe yeah, folks, i might just have to add these to my favorites column......

3 Comments:

Blogger Allez said...

Great yoga story! That is SO funny! I'll have to give those Luna chewies a try, they look tasty. I can't do sport beans or clif block (barf). I've been eating Sharkies, they're so good and ALL natural.

October 12, 2007 at 6:10 AM

 
Blogger Bolder said...

that sweet old lady knows how to deliver a line! PRICELESS.

October 12, 2007 at 6:14 AM

 
Blogger greyhound said...

Grandma's got game. No doubt.

November 6, 2007 at 1:17 PM

 

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