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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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

ALERT THE MEDIA!!! MONICA ACTUALLY WENT ON A DATE LAST NIGHT!!

THE ITALIAN called Sunday as i was laying on the couch trying to recover from the crazy weekend of training. this is THE ITALIAN i met at a dear college friend's wedding in NYC last May. and by ITALIAN, i don't mean Italian American. we're talkin' ITALIAN FROM ITALY, LIVES IN ROME, ITALIAN. oy vey.... or should i say, mamma mia...

he's in L.A. for work (he's an architect), and had called the bride and groom for my number. he actually wanted to take me out to dinner that very Sunday night, but seeing as i could not move anything from the waist down, and because i have a rule that you gotta work a little harder for me than calling for dinner the same night (sorry, i don't care if you are ITALIAN and only in town for a minute), we made plans for last night instead. i met him at his hotel in Beverly Hills. red flag i know, but worse than how i couldn't move, y'all know how training for Ironman can make you fall behind on the house work. there was no way i was going to let an Italian architect through the doors of my filthy ramshackle of a tear down disguised as a fixer upper of a house only to then have his leg humped by my two filthy and misbehaved dogs. yeah, um, no, i'll pick you up at your hotel....

we went to dinner at BLD which i'd been wanting to try for a while, and i let him order for both of us. there's nothing sexier in my book than a man who can order food!!! we shared small plates and a bottle of Spanish red while we rehashed meeting at the wedding. i thought it was all the bride's doing, but it turns out that he asked her who i was. he said he had thought of me often since then and was sorry he hadn't contacted me sooner. ok, now i'm blushing!! since i hadn't seen him or spoken to him since the wedding, i had no idea how we'd get on. i feel like such a bore to most with all my talk of Ironman. really, that's about all i've got goin' on right now, and who wants to talk about that all night?? but he was totally impressed, and being that he's Italian, we talked on and on about cycling and him growing up riding a bike in the Tuscany countryside. it made me want to go back to Italy so bad!!! we went on about photography, family, architecture, food, politics, you name it. we didn't shut up for two seconds, and next thing you know, we'd closed the place down. i asked if we could go by and take a look at his building. turns out there was a crew there working on an overnight treatment to the steel facade. i could tell it was torture for him to just drive by, and next thing you know, we're out of the car, his jacket is off, sleeves are rolled up and he's ordering the crew around and running cables to draw more power. ok, now i think i'm falling hard!!

i didn't know where the night was headed or what his intentions were. either way, he was certain to get the 3rd degree from our bride and groom friends just like they gave me when i was in town for the marathon in November!! turns out he's now relocated to NYC from Rome and asked if i'd be getting to the Big Apple anytime soon. sorry dude, i'm not going anywhere 'til after Brasil in May. he invited me to stop off in NYC to celebrate on my way back home. careful bro, don't poor it on too thick too quick!!! his next project is in Vegas where he'll probably spend the majority of his time through the rest of the year. he hoped i'd be able to come out to visit or if he had any free time, make it back to L.A. hmmmmmm???? guess who's got a half Ironman in Vegas in April??? he was thrilled. said he'd make sure to be in Vegas for the race and couldn't wait to see me in action, and if i could still walk, i had to promise to go dancing with him afterwards to celebrate. he remembers how we danced at the wedding......CAN SOMEONE PINCH ME???

so now it's the next day and back to training reality. i've got a slight hangover from the bottle of Spanish red we shared, and i definitely fell off my 8 hours of sleep routine (and that's all i'm sayin' 'bout that). it's nearly 1pm now, and i have yet to get either one of my two workouts in which includes another 1k time trial swim. how'd i let this guy get me off track in one night??
guess we have a new character to add to Miss Monica's dating debacles: THE ITALIAN. he now joins Mr. Creepy Mc Creeperson, Mr. Totally Opposite but Totally Rad, and oh, let's not forget Mr. Ex-Boyfriend who just called the other day to let me know he's moving back to Cali. when it rains it pours i guess....

7 Comments:

Blogger IM Able said...

So, where's he from?

February 12, 2008 at 1:35 PM

 
Blogger Allez said...

Sounds like a perfect date. Italian...hot, hot, hot!

February 13, 2008 at 8:26 AM

 
Blogger Kim said...

love it. love it. love it.

make out session??

last night, i went on a date with an italian. but he was blonde. and he is also an architect. and im hungover today.

February 13, 2008 at 10:39 AM

 
Blogger Bolder said...

*raises glass of red*

to pouring rain!

February 13, 2008 at 12:29 PM

 
Blogger Rainmaker said...

Awesome! Good to see ya had a good time. Now you just gotta get him cooking AND fixing stuff at your place. Then you're all set.

February 13, 2008 at 1:02 PM

 
Blogger Tea said...

wow. this is gonna be good!

February 15, 2008 at 1:44 PM

 
Blogger IronJenny said...

How did I miss this poost??? Sounds like a great time.... I see a movie in the making.
;-)
Jenny

February 18, 2008 at 6:56 AM

 

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