Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A Birthday Celebration

Sunday, December 12th was my birthday.  If it weren't for the weather keeping me from doing an early long run, it would have been the best b-day ever.  Oh well...

I got some GREAT gifts from K and my family.  For starters, we should talk about the gift that arrived last night.  My mom and dad bought me the TRX Suspension Training Pro Pack!  I can not wait to redesign the workout area in the basement so that I can incorporate my new toy.  I really wanted a TRX, but since I have access to 5-6 of them at the gym, I couldn't justify the cost.  Now, though, I have no excuse not to have a strong core, better balance and fewer injuries.  Once it is all set up, I plan to write up a serious review, and like others that have done the P90x challenge, I aim to commit to a similar challenge and track my results.

Some other great gifts - gift card to Amazon (workout gear), gift card to Dick's Sporting Goods (workout gear), money from Grandma (workout gear), more money (workout gear), Jef Mallett's Trizophrenia (hysterical).  You see where I'm going with this?  I am trying to set it up to where there are seriously NO excuses.

Finally, the gift that meant the most to me...K gave me The Distance: A Triathlete's Journey.  I'm not going to say that it is the best amateur triathlon stories DVD I've ever watched, my vote still goes to 140.6: The Triathlete's Journey (a college film project by Wes Wheeler).  I like 140.6 better because it highlights three amateurs in their quest for Ironman Lake Placid.  I seriously burned up the DVD in training for IMLP 2010.  Back to The Distance...we haven't watched the full movie, but what was so meaningful to me is that when they were talking about only wanting to hear those four words, "You Are An Ironman," K teared up.  Yep.  I looked over, paused the movie and asked what was up.  Her reply, "I was right there.  I watched you cross that finish line.  I was right there and I didn't hear it.  I didn't hear him say, "Jeffrey Weir, You Are An Ironman."  I offered my condolences and said that it didn't matter if she heard it or not - it mattered that she was there and part of the journey.  So...

I suggested a solution.  I'll do an Ironman again in 2012 and she can make sure to listen intently.  We'll see how that goes.

46 days to ING Miami Marathon.  I am so not on track.  It may turn out to be ING Miami Half Marathon.


  1. Funny, I've heard it 4 times but everytime I watch one of the IM videos, I tear up. What's with that?

    My wife? She has been to three of my races and only heard it once. Two times she was watching over my 80+ year old parents away from the finish line and missed it... no tears in her eyes

  2. Jeffrey - let me say happy b-day to a fellow 12/12'er....Great day to share.

    I bought the Distance and was the first movie I watched when I made the decision to do 70.3 California on the way to 140.6 in 2012 myself. Maybe we can do the same one.

    I have run the ING Half in Miami and loved it. Great race in a great city. Can't wait to hear how it goes.

  3. Happy belated Birthday!!
    --I prefer running without shoes. My toes didn't get cold. Besides, if I'm in front from the start, no one can step on them. ~Michelle Dekkers - mountain hardwear