Hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.
After a rash of tech issues with the blog and some chaos around the house (kids’ school starting, but only for partial sessions), last week finally settled down a bit. The blog is running normally again (fingers crossed this continues!) and the kids finally had their first full week of school, which enabled me to get into a good reading groove.
My husband and I watched the first episode of Narcos…I enjoyed the history of how Pablo Escobar got started in the drug business, but the jury is still out on the show overall. There are lots of subtitles, which means no multi-tasking for me! But, we’re going to keep going for now. And, I participated in the Westchester Super Sprint Triathlon on Saturday…check out my race recap below.
I finished reading…
A Place We Knew Well by Susan Carol McCarthy (September 28, 2015)
I was intrigued by this novel’s premise of a family unraveling during the Cuban Missile Crisis, but I was so disappointed with how it played out and ended up skimming the last 30%.
Did You Ever Have A Family by Bill Clegg (September 8, 2015)
Oh. My. God. Run out and grab this book immediately! I’m having trouble articulating exactly why I loved it so much, but I did and it’s a contender for one of my favorite books of the year. Plus, it’s only the third book this year to give me a big, fat hangover…
Affiliate Link: Buy from Amazon
I’m currently reading…
The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan (April 7, 2015)
I’d planned to follow-up Did You Ever Have A Family with Girl Waits with Gun, but I realized I’d underestimated the level of recovery book I’d need following Family. The Royal We (a novel loosely based on Prince William and Kate Middleton’s courtship) was a $3.99 Kindle deal and started calling my name like a siren. So, here we are.
Next up are…
Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart (September 1, 2015)
I love fiction based on real people and I hear this one about “one of the nation’s first female deputy sheriffs” is a fun romp.
Speed Kings by Andy Bull (October 20, 2015)
The true story of the American bobsledding team as they tried to win gold at the 1932 Lake Placid Olympics. This is technically one of my Nonfiction November books, but I’m starting early. Who says I can’t start Nonfiction November in September?!
Westchester Super Sprint Triathlon Race Recap
On Saturday, I competed in my second triathlon: the Westchester Super Sprint in Rye, NY. This Super Sprint race was a 300 yard open water swim, 6 mile bike ride, and a 1 mile run. I competed in my first triathlon in August (a Sprint distance, about triple the Super Sprint) and thought this short race would be a fun add-on before the season was over. I didn’t train much for it outside of my regular workouts and went in looking to have a good time.
The Kids Race was first and it was inspiring to see these little 7 year olds getting out there in the Long Island Sound on a cold day and giving it a go.
Swim (Split: [6:53] according to my Garmin, official splits didn’t calculate)
The swim was two laps around a line of buoys off the beach at Rye Playland (where the movie, Big, was filmed). The buoys were really close to shore and the tide was low, so there were some swimmers just walking! You see that gorgeous, calm water in pictures? Well, that was long gone by the time our heat got moving. The wind really picked up and we had waves to contend with. I got tangled in some traffic jams and my Garmin said I swam 526 yards instead of 300. UGH!! Need to be careful about swimming straight…even in chop! Rough swim as compared to the August triathlon.
Bike (Split: [19:59])
The bike was three laps around a flat course and felt like a breeze compared to the very hilly bike section of my August race. Yay!
Run (Split: [7:43])
Lesson learned: regardless of how short a distance the run leg of a triathlon is, it will be very painful! Just like in my Sprint Tri, I felt like I was going to throw up for most of the run, but was happy with my split.
Overall (Time: [38:17], 1st place in my division, 4th for overall females, 13th overall)