Thursday, April 29, 2010

Did You Know Our Event T-shirts Didn't Fit?

Did you know our event T-shirts didn't fit?

The women's shirts for the triathlon last weekend were cut very snug. I ordered the size I'd ordered before but the shirt is just too tight. After talking to several other women (who are in better shape) I found that they too could not wear their race t shirts. One lady was smart enough to ask while at the event and got her shirt exchanged. I was disappointed not to be able to wear my shirt and thought I would just ask if there are any left and if I can mail mine back to exchange. I thought since I was a "nobody" in one of the smaller races, they would disregard my request.

Sure enough, I got a quick response. I can exchange my shirt for a better size! They are going to mail me another shirt and hopefully this one will fit!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Did You Know Our Triathlon Turned into a Biathlon?

Did you know our triathlon turned into a biathlon?

Because of high winds early Saturday morning, the swimming leg of our triathlon was cancelled! They decided to just cut out the swim and start us with the cycling portion and then finish with the run. I wondered if the winds were so bad how we would cycle. We were started with a "time trial" start. Each row went to the gate and participants were started three seconds apart. This made for a lot of athletes out on the course at the same time, which means I think they were more lenient on the "drafting rules" since we could not help being close together.

I was disappointed that the swim was cut out. But as tired as I was after the race, I wonder how I would have felt if I had swam 9/10 of a mile first! My husband thinks our legs would have been more ready to go than standing around all morning before hopping on the bike. I will post a longer description of race day on my other blog.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Did You Know About Tri4Him?

Did you know about Tri4Him ?

This Christian triathlete group is a very friendly group of athletes! We met up with some of them today in preparing for our upcoming triathlon. The members were all very friendly and helpful, positive and encouraging. They said a prayer before we headed out on the ride. They are very excited about their new group and we were very happy to meet them and join them on the ride today!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Did You Know Amazon Sells Wetsuits?

Did you know Amazon sells wetsuits?

I just ordered one from them a couple of days ago! I was looking for a better triathlon wetsuit as compared to the light-weight surfing wetsuit I have. I tried one on at a local shop, the only place around here that even has tri wetsuits. The largest size they had was just too tight. But I came home and started looking for it online. I found the same suit (2009 model) in the next size. I saw that I could get it from Amazon. Which meant I could go through my sister's Amazon box to give her a percentage of the sale. And it was so much cheaper than the store, that I was able to get expedited shipping and still save over $20! It has already shipped so should be here in time for the big event!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Did You Know TCU is paying for my son's next college entrance exam?

Did you know TCU is paying for my son's next college entrance exam?

Which is good since we know he has to take it again! :) He received an email from TCU last week giving him a code to enter that will waive the fees for his next SAT or ACT exam. I am not sure why he received this. I don't know if it is because we went to visit TCU last fall. Or if his grades are good. Or if it is part of a statewide effort.

I did receive a notice that homeschool juniors are being offered a free SAT or ACT as well as public school juniors, who are having theirs paid for by a state initiative. I don't know if this is part of a new program or what exactly, but we are thankful to have his next test paid for!!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Did You Know You Should Check Your Calculator BEFORE the Test?

Did you know you should check your calculator before the test?

Soon after I returned from my trip, my son took the SAT test for the first time. He went prepared. When I picked him up he warned me that he was not happy-that he already knew his score would be low!

He said he did very well on the essay, maybe the best essay he's ever written! (It helped that the topic was something he was ready to write about!) Then he fairly flew through the reading section. He said he was doing fine on the math, until he realized that his calculator was acting weird. He said he finally began just entering 2+2 and a few other simple equations and got nonsense answers in return. Needless to say, he could not do many of the math problems (I am sure they don't teach them any "old" methods of figuring problems the long way!) so he was just preparing me that the score would be low. And he was pretty bummed by it because he felt so good about the rest of the test. Thankfully, he can retake it.