Oh, Well… Hello There!!

Where have I been anyway?

Well.  I guess I needed a break. 

A lot of new things happened all at once and my way of dealing with it was dropping a few things.  The blog (and training) were two of them.

I miss writing, reading your blogs, and most of all I miss training hard.  It is harder for me to blog now that I don’t really have a computer to do it from…actually, I am able to read blogs, but not able to comment, which doesn’t really lead to a lot of that interaction that I so love.

Anyway.  Enough of that crap.  Let’s move on.

I have had quite a summer.  I have been spending a little more time on the river…

Maine, Kennebec River

Kennebec River at low flow

A lot more time with friends…

Kennebec River Maine

Post whitewater celebration

And of course, quality time with Porter…

Porter Farrar Bernese Mountain Dog

My little puppy

AND Training…not so much. 

Which turns out to be a problem when you have this bitch staring you down…


….wait for it….

4 freaking days.


That came up a lot quicker than I thought it would. 

I am really only going to see these guys & gals:






…just to name a few (I mean, show a few…cause I am too lazy to hyperlink)!!!

But I figure, since I am there, and since I paid the entry fee, I might as well start the race…

And I have a plan. 

A very…very…um…simple (aka idiotic)…plan.

1)      Start the swim (that is the most exciting part anyway), finish the swim before they kick me off the course.

2)      Get on the bike.

3)      See what happens.

Yup.  Talk about winging it. 

What the hell, right?  Might as well give it a go.

If I actually make the bike cutoff (this is questionable), I will start running walking (let’s be honest here) and go until they kick me off the course or until I hobble across the finish line.

If I don’t make the bike cut off, I am going to rack my bike and start drinking/cheering…

It seems pretty win-win.  I either get a good swim and ride in and then hang with some awesome people, or I finish another Ironman and get to hang with awesome people.

I will post again once I get there on Thursday!

About caratunkgirl

Short spunky girl from the tiny town of Caratunk, Maine. Active outdoor girl. I am a forester, whitewater raft guide, Ironman and 5x marathoner with Ultra dreams. Always ready for the next adventure with my dog Kineo by my side.
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21 Responses to Oh, Well… Hello There!!

  1. Anne-Marie says:

    Glad to see you’re back!! I’ve missed reading your posts and seeing all the cool outdoorsy stuff you’re doing in Maine.

    Good luck in IMMT this weekend… I think your attitude & plan sounds just right for the situation! Have a fun & safe trip!!

  2. Emz says:

    Girl. You will rock it.
    What an amazing group you will be with….I’m so jealous. That’s an elite group, no doubt.
    Yay for more time with porter….ok & friends too.
    Have a freaking blast.
    4 days. That made me smile.

  3. That race plan is my plan for every race. Don’t worry, I’ll lend it to you. Sometimes it works. 🙂

    Welcome back. You’ve been missed.

  4. Heather O says:

    You have the best attitude ever! Good luck at Mont Tremblant…I have no doubt that you are bad-a$$ enough to finish this race! And if not, you are still pretty bad a$$ in my book! See you in Maine in 2 weeks!

  5. Matt Oravec says:

    You have big balls! haha

    2 things, can we drink before rafting too?

    and… HAVE FUN! I know you will so that is an easy one. Can’t wait to hang out again!!! ROCK IT GIRL!

  6. I am going to add a little something to your race plan….BRING DUCT TAPE for those situations where your shorts rip or maybe your boob pops out again while you are swimming and the dude in the kayak is just staring at you.

    Your race plan is the race plan that we should all have.

    Enjoy the swim, pedal on the bike and fuck it WING THE RUN and stop to walk when it hurts.

    See you in two weeks, but first I will see you on Ironmanlive.com crossing the finish line.


  7. Shannon says:

    good luck, sounds like you’ll have fun and enjoy either way, which sometimes is the hardest (yet most important) part!! hugs!!

  8. Kevin says:

    I’m just finishing packing up and figured I would check the blog list one more time.

    You are going to cross the finish line dammit!!! I will carry you on my back if I have to! And then we can have some beer and poutine!

    See you in ~36 hours!

  9. Beth says:

    I love your attitude! Regardless of how it goes, there will definitely be cold beer at the finish for you!

    I’m excited to meet you in a few days!

  10. Len says:

    Just keep your pants in one piece and you are golden!!

  11. FranP says:

    Your plan sounds exactly like my plan!!!
    We can kick each other’s asses all the way to the finish line. I want a medal dammit and I will crawl to the finish if I have to!!! 😛

  12. michelle says:

    omg–you are so awesome to go anyway! may as well give it a try. I love that attitude!!! If you can do that with very little training, then I can certainly do the Rev3 with the training I have been doing. I’ll stalk you on the live feed so be sure to let us know your number. And I sure hope I get to meet you in OOB. 🙂

  13. alma says:

    Oh my you are nuts (from someone who hasn’t done the distance in even one of those legs)! But what a great plan – have fun & enjoy the company! I am looking forward to reading about it.

  14. Good luck in the race. With that attitude it can only go well, regardless of what actually transpires once the clock starts running. Nice to see you back in the blogging world.

  15. That is a great plan! Cannot believe your little puppy is so big.

  16. Jeff Irvin says:

    Can’t wait to see you in like 24 hrs!

    We are like 45 mi South of MT right now. I am waiting for everyone to get ready so we can get up there.

  17. Colleen says:

    You are awesome! 🙂 Have a great time this weekend! xo

  18. BDD says:

    Good Luck this weekend

  19. Molly says:

    I think you’re going to surprise yourself out there, I know you’ll still nail it! Good luck, have fun! (I have been a horrible blogger too, reading but not writing )

    : )

  20. Matt Smith says:

    We hung out with Colleen and Tom the other night, and she told me your race plans for IMMT. I like it! You’d might as well give it a shot since you paid for it already. You might surprise yourself. Plus, you can actually enjoy it this way. Have fun!!!

  21. Katie says:

    Good luck out there and don’t forget to HAVE FUN! I miss your blog 🙂

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