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Avett Bros Concert and Some New Races – Geek Turned Athlete

Avett Bros Concert and Some New Races

Hey guys. I’m sorry that I haven’t been blogging that much lately. I’ve been having some medical issues and frustrations with military doctors that I haven’t been completely open about with you. I’ve been so stressed out with the whole thing that I didn’t want to bring anyone down through a blog post. You know those days where you don’t want to bring anyone down so you just don’t say anything at all? Yep. I’d been having lots of those the last few months, and I’m hoping to clear things up in the next few posts. I’m also hoping that I can help others out there who might be suffering with the same issues.  I found a new doctor just recently, and I am excited to see what will happen!

For this post, however, I wanted to tell you about one of the best concerts that my husband and I have ever been to, and some races that I signed up for this past weekend.

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Friday, the hubs and I drove an hour to Austin to see the Avett Brothers. This band is seriously one of Steve’s favorites, and I was teasing him all day because no one that I talked to that day had heard of them. If you haven’t heard of them yet, they are sort of bluegrass rock. They started off doing heavy metal music before they switched to sort of this bluegrass vibe. Quite a transition, eh?

It was really hot at first (in the 90’s with high humidity), but it cooled down quite nicely as the night progressed. The hubs and I rarely go out on “dates” so this was certainly a treat. Our seats were awesome. We were near the middle, and our seats were right behind the standing area.

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There was SO MUCH ENERGY there at that concert. Being that we were in Austin, we agreed that it was indeed the most eclectic group of people there compared to any concert we had been to. You know those bumper stickers that say “Keep Austin Weird”? Well, it definitely lives up to that! lol. People were dressed in all sorts of weird outfits, all different ages, etc. We had lots of fun people watching. However, we love that weird hippie vibe. We would have to if we want to retire in Asheville, NC, right?

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After Dawes and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals finished their sets (rockin’ as well), the Avett Brothers took the stage, and it was crazy. It could feel the energy increase within the audience. People were getting up from their seats and dancing like no one was watching. We were all singing along to the music. No one was judging each other’s singing voices or dance moves. We were all just having a great time. Great, great, great crowd vibes!! We both left with huge smiles on our faces, and ready to face the real world with optimism and vigor! How many concerts can you say did that for you?

As for races for this summer…

I am doing a couple of the races from the Carrera Races’ Marathon Series. I have actually signed up for these which means that I actually need to train for them!! lol. I’ve decided that I am not the type of person to wait until the last minute to sign up for races. I simply won’t train for them if I haven’t put down the moola.

So, the first one is July 13th, and it is a 15K. After living in Germany and Spokane for the last few years, I will learn how to effectively train in the heat and humidity in San Antonio. This should be interesting!!

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The second is the 1/2 marathon in September. Both races will be the farthest I have run since my Ironman last July.

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So far, I’ve felt no pain in the legs this year. I plan on only running 3-4 days/ week. Going back to physical therapy for 5 months does not interest me in the least. Strength training will be a part of my program along with abs.

Speaking of abs, have you guys heard of this app? I’m loving it right now. You get to choose between 3 different workouts. You also get to choose between 5, 7, and 10 minute time lengths. It walks you through each set of exercises. I love it because you hear applause when you get done with your workout, and there is a girl in a video doing the exercises along with you. If you have this app, let me know what you think. If you are a bad person at getting any core work done unless someone makes you do it like me, this app might help you out. I’m not getting paid to review it or anything. I just love this app!!

What is the best concert that you have ever been to??

Do you work your core no matter what or do you need a little help like me?

Are you signed up for any cool races this summer? I am doing a giveaway starting this Friday for a free Spartan Race so be sure to check back!

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  • Kristina June 12, 2013, 9:15 am

    I am a total heat wimp and definitely can’t imagine training in Texas in the summer, despite the fact that I actually grew up there!
    Sounds like the concert was pretty awesome. I’m going to see Willie Nelson in August and am very excited about it!
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    • Nicole June 12, 2013, 12:28 pm

      Wow!!! I would love to go see Willie Nelson!! I hope you enjoy the concert. 😉

      As for the weather, yeah, it is rough! I’m already counting down the days until fall. haha

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