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The Move to San Antonio – Geek Turned Athlete

The Move to San Antonio

This summer has been absolutely crazy busy and I haven’t been working for the last 2 months. Time has been flying by. The day before I left Spokane to San Antonio, I passed all my practicals for EMT school. Now, all I need to do is register to take the national exam, and then get a job in a hospital around here as an ER tech. Sigh. Clinical experience for PA School. Can’t wait!!! :)

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The drive from Spokane to San Antonio was intense since it was by myself. I love road trips, so I tried to embrace it as much as possible AND try not to fall asleep and kill myself on the road. I also used the alone time to catch up with friends. Lot’s of talking on the phone. 😉 I drove 12 hours the first day to Salt Lake City. Beautiful views.

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Then, another 12 hours to Albuquerque to see the family and to eat some of my grandma’s green chile and beans.

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I stayed in Albuquerque until the next afternoon, drove 7 hours to Fort Stockton, then drove another 5 hours to San Antonio the next day. I finally made it to our new house in San Antonio!!! I was so happy to see my husband and my dogs after not seeing them for 6 weeks. That was the 4th of July.

The next day, we went on a nice bike ride around Randolph AFB. It is actually a nice looking base.

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Then, a nice, sweaty, hot run where I wanted to die after running only 2 miles around my neighborhood.  There are also lots and lots of rattlesnakes around here as I am told.

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Running here has been quite a change from running in Spokane. When the low here isn’t even the high in Spokane, I knew I was going to have problems. The air is so thick, I feel like a sweaty gross man is breathing in my face all the time. I have come to the realization that I will have to start wearing deodorant after not wearing any for 5 years (Spokane and Germany will do that to ya!)

Saturday, Leah and I went out for our last long ride of only (good God, I just said only) 50 miles.  By the way, the military is kinda funny like that sometimes.  You tend to run into friends a lot even though you move around so much.  There is always a chance that one of your buddies will be stationed at the same base as you again in your lifetime.  Leah and I were stationed together in Germany, and she just PCSed here last month!!  So freaking happy about that especially since we are doing this Lake Placid Ironman together!

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DEER!!

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We have almost one week until Ironman Lake Placid. I don’t really think that my body is ready, but my mind is. The only thing that keeps me sane about missing so much of my training is that I know in my heart that I did every workout that I could do. I have put in the work, and all I can do now is enjoy my taper, and enjoy race day with a smile on my face! It is going to be a great race. Plus, I’m doing the race with a long time friend (this will be her first IM) AND my husband is coming!!! We weren’t sure if he was going to be able to make it due to his work, but he is coming after all, and I’m so happy that I will get to hear him cheering me on for the day and see him at the finish line. That man is my best friend and rock.

I’m not sure about my time, but one thing that I am sure about is that I am racing in memory of Coach Scott. It has been so hard losing him this year. I miss him so much, and I hear him all the time in my head when I’m working out. I also want to make my Team Blaze teammates proud. I miss my Team Blaze already! Heck, I even miss getting my butt kicked in Swift workouts!

For now, I’m just training and trying to get the house organized. The hubs unpacked all the boxes, but didn’t really organize anything because he knew that I would just redo it. He knows me too well!!!

Saturday, I am attending an open water swim, bike ride, and run workout put on by Tri-sition Area Club here in San Antonio. I’m kinda nervous about meeting new people, but this is what happens when you move so often and your husband is in the military. I hope everyone is nice!!! Being part of a triathlon/running club in Spokane changed my life, and I really want that family type of environment here in San Antonio.

Oh, we also hit up the Riverwalk for the first time (for me). Loved it!!!

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After Lake Placid, I certainly intend on drinking more than one of these at a time!

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  • Lisa July 13, 2012, 2:53 pm

    I am so jealous of your new home! Sunshine! Hot weather! All the time!

    It’s funny–whenever I do training rides now I say “only” too. “Only 40 miles” is actually a lot for most people. LOL “I only did 75 miles last week”!
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    • Nicole July 13, 2012, 3:00 pm

      And then people think you are a snob, b/c you are like, “I only did 75 miles” and you just want to explain to them, that isn’t the norm, then it just sounds worse… hahaha. You get it!

      This sun comes with a price. It is freaking hot. It takes all the energy out of you. I am getting my tan back quickly though even with an SPF 50 sunscreen!

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      • Lisa July 13, 2012, 3:07 pm

        Yes! I am not bragging, I’m training!!

        I visited Tucson a few years ago in March–93 degrees–and it was awesome but I cannot imagine what it’s like hotter than that ALL THE TIME.
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        • Nicole July 13, 2012, 3:13 pm

          Tucson sounds nice compared to the 94% humidity that I had to run in this morning!

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  • Sana July 13, 2012, 7:11 pm

    Congrats on getting though EMT school!

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  • Holly July 16, 2012, 8:18 am

    Welcome to Tejas!!! Training here is definitely something you have to get used to, but you will get there! I’ve been told it’s a little like training at altitude, but to me it just feels like I’m swimming on land. Congrats on the EMT cert and good luck with the next phase! Cheers from Houston.
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    • Nicole July 19, 2012, 1:10 pm

      Haha. I will have to use that “swimming on land” terminology! That is exactly what it is like!

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