It was my last triathlon, and shortly thereafter, I declared myself “officially” retired from triathlons. I was burned out, unknowingly dealing with anemia and exhausted. My times were significantly slower than in the past, and I just didn’t see the point anymore. Plus, I really loved running, and biking and swimming were cutting into that. So, I used to be a triathlete. I used to sort of be a cyclist. Now? Just a runner.
I can’t tell you how many people tell me they “used to be a runner,” but gave it up for various reasons, whether it be injury, burnout or life getting in the way.
But, sometimes (obviously, only if you’re healthy), it’s time to get back in the saddle. I slowly returned to swimming after getting injured in the fall. I said I hated it, and I did — I hated that it reminded me I couldn’t run, and I hated that I was doing it every single day. But now? I don’t mind swimming once or twice a week to give my legs a break from the constant pounding.
And while I took spin classes (and became a certified spinning instructor), it had been a long time since I had hopped on the road bike I spent a small fortune on in 2009. I got it tuned up this year, and I am surprised they didn’t laugh me out of the shop as they dusted it off. And for the first time in nearly three years, I took my bike out this weekend. I realized how much I missed riding my bike. I didn’t care how far or fast I went, I just went on a bike ride and enjoyed the beautiful weather and being outdoors.
So, maybe I am not officially retired from triathlons just yet. And maybe you’re not officially a former runner either. I didn’t want to get back on my bike. I “hated” biking and it was “boring,” but that’s because I only ever biked to train, not just explore. And I am really glad I took my bike out this weekend. So, if your running sneakers haven’t seen the light of day in ages, dig them out of your closet, and try again. You may remember why you started in the first place.
As for me? I admit feeling a twinge of envy seeing others complete triathlons and thinking, “That used to be me.” Maybe next year will be my comeback year, because after all, I did stick a stupid “I <3 Tri” bumper sticker on my car in 2011.
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This will be your last chance to donate bras for the 2nd Annual Bras Across the bridge event!
Bra Stringing Party at Sawyer’s
Wednesday, August 17
Come out to Sawyer’s to help FYB string together the chain of bras that will be stretched from City Island to Downtown during Bras Across the Bridge. This year will be even bigger than last, and they will need all the help they can get.
America’s fascination with sharks has always been there, but Steven Spielberg’s “Jaws” threw the fascination into a fever pitch of both fear and excitement.
Fast froward 13 years into the future (1988) and you that fascination manifest into the first ever Shark Week. The inaugural week of the kings of the sea debuted with 10 episodes and summers haven’t been the same since.
Shark Week is like a cult classic that we are all a part of. It’s a television phenomenon that people look forward to all summer. Although it is the perfect time to do Shark Week, it is a little odd that people would want a reminder about sharks right before or even while they make a trek to the beach. But there’s a reason why it has been on for 28 years.
The Boss and I are HUGE Shark Week fans and fans of sharks in general. To us, they are a fascinating species that should be respected, not feared.
Jaws was the start of my infatuation with sharks. Watching Jaws and Shark Week were always signals of summer just as much as baseball. I have fond memories of wanting nothing to do with the rest of the Baltimore Aquarium, but the dark maze that led to the sharks.
Reasons why I love Shark Week:
It has become a family tradition that we all look forward to. Whether we are at the beach, which is the best time to watch Shark Week, or just here in Harrisburg, we always get into it.
They don’t just sensationalize sharks and shark attacks. It’s not all about blood and guts, but the majority of it is about science.
I know for a FULL week I will never have to ask, “What am I going to watch tonight?”
Thankfully, due to the Olympics, we didn’t have to wait until the middle of July for this year’s version of Shark Week 2016. Although we are already a few days in, here are my picks for the rest of the week.
The series of Air Jaws has been one of the most successful continuous shows for Shark Week. It’s hard to resist those beautiful shots of a 2,000 pound great white flying through the air. This year, the familiar team of Air Jaws heads back to the same areas, this time at night. I can’t wait to see how these sharks react in the dark.
BONUS: Game of Thrones fans will recognize a familiar voice as the narrator.
Wednesday, June 29
Sharks vs Dolphins: Face Off, 10 p.m.
Sharks and dolphins have captivated ocean bathers for years. It will be eye-opening to see first hand what happens between these two dominant ocean species.
Thursday, June 30
Nuclear Sharks, 10 p.m.
During the nuclear race the U.S. detonated more than 60 atomic bombs off the coast of Marshall Islands, which destroyed everything around the islands. Now, a growing population of Reef Sharks are popping back up around the islands. Two scientists set out to see just as to why and where these sharks are coming from.
Friday, July 1
Shark Bait, 9 p.m.
Similar to sharks and dolphins, sharks and seals don’t have to great of a track record either. In Cape Cod the world of predator and prey have collided unlike anywhere else in the world. Both species have become protected and the sharks are taking advantage of the smorgasbord of seals off the U.S. coast. For me, the combination of shark and history is something I won’t want to miss.
Saturday, July 2
The Killing Games, 10 p.m.
Sharks on land! Great Whites in a remote location have discovered how to attack their prey while still on land, proving that no seal is safe now. A group of researchers studies great whites in an area where they have had little contact with humans.
It is the most intriguing show of the week. How will these great sharks react to stranger invading their water?
Shark Week really is one of the best weeks of the year. It gives you a chance to learn about appreciate these amazing creatures from experts and people who have first hand knowledge. Every year there are so many new discoveries and just beautiful shots of these majestic animals that it is hard to stay away.