Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Solo Traveler Prequel

Okayyy...so this post is a bit late. .. but still post worthy because, simply, It's Colorado :) . I got to go to Denver/Boulder area the week of August 24-28.  It was a business trip supposed to be from Wed to Fri, but I asked them (Trustile, the company that flew me there) if I could extend my ticket thru the weekend and they did so with no prob. yay :)  It was a solo weekend, so I was excited to see how it went. I figure I'm going to be doing that for 90% of the time next year, so why not see how it is?  The travel prequel if you will!  Is it strange that I like hanging out with myself? Im like a toddler-- can entertain myself with very little :)

The one thing Ive been nervous about going stag is having to keep amazing experiences to myself.  I'm very expressive (surprise!) and I very much like to share experiences.  I always knew this about myself, but it became super obvious last year when I got scuba certified.  I was lucky to be in Costa Rica for my first official dive, and there are so so  many incredible things to see, but no way to call out or flag down my buddies unless they were looking right at me!! After the first dive we had to make up a signal for "Awesome" so I could stop giving the "go up" signal (which happens to be a thumbs up;).

 If you read my Ithaca post, you know I'm just in love w/ mountains/ rivers/ hiking/outdoors-- and Colorado did not dissapoint! The first day I was hiking around in Estes Park, surrounded by fantastic view after fantastic view-. All of which I had the erge to say, Look Look!!! But... obviously there was no one to say Look Look to, so I've decided that I need to take a video camera!!!  The blog is a good outlet, but if I have a video---Then I can say, "Looooooook how cool!" to it and feel like Im sharing! Problem solved!!!!!!! hahah. So that's something to look forward to.. aren't you excited?  Im thinking either the Go pro or the Kodak Playshort... advice?
Gem Lake, Estes Park, CO

 I re-confirmed another tidbit about myself...  Staying on the trail is not something I do very well:).  I did a 3.3 mike hike called Gem Lake Trail, and I took about 4 hours to do it... because off-trailing is soooooo much more fun!!!
How can I not climb on that?? I must :)

Met some awesome folks on the trail, Dave and Gina (small world- she used to live in Mia), we chitty chatted quite a bit. When they were starting to head back, I said for them to go ahead... I had to climb the big rock first. They offered to take the sequence of pics below and even emailed them to me! Thanks guys--- that was pretty great of you!

This is at the base of the lake in the picture just above-
 just to the left of the waterline



Someone's happy :)
ps.. that's my water bottle tucked in my pants ;)

Made it!

Made a few furry friends... saw a cute bunny within 5 minutes of the trailhead (an omen of good to come!) and these chipmonks (or squirrels?) were bold! Anything for trailmix :) 

Thank goodness no spiders... Im a bit anxious about the first time I run into a tarantula :( acccccccccckkk. Hope I dont faint and fall off a cliff somewhere!  Stayed at a hostel that night... totally wasn't prepared. Forgot hostels dont have pillows and sheets! hahah--  good thing I can sleep anywhere after a good workout :)   Next morning I joined a small group rock climbing expedition.  This picture can pretty much sum up the aaaaaaaawwwwwesomenesssssssssss:

Yes that's me.. the yellow dot. Swweeettt
The thing about rock climbing I love--- it's a game of logic.  You need to really think about where you're going to go, try to anticipate the sequence of moves-- and especially in the case of climbing w/ out ropes- how you're going to get back down!   Going up is about a million times better than going down. In hiking.. clearly. But lots of stuff if you think about it. Going down stairs? Hurts the knees. Going down a ladder? scary. Moving down in a job? sucks. The market going down, your fork going down the garbage disposal, dating down, falling down, looking down on someone... these all suck!! I can only think of ONE going down that I like... downhill snowboarding/skiing/sledding of course ;)


After that, I spent the afternoon people watching (one of my fave activites) in Boulder.  Great place-- very ecclectic crowd (love that too).  Their street performers were pretty impressive:
Foot behind the head while standing... I can do that :)

One handed handstand on a ghetto stand w/ fire and knives-- def cant do that!
Her name is Cate the Great, has a degree but does this cuz it's what she wants to do. Love that.
Spent the last night with my awesome hometown pal Andy Bair and crew-- we went to the Broncos game which was great cuz they were playing the Seahawks- our team.  It was some great fun... and we capped of the night w/ a little grocery cart racing at the 24 hour supermarket. hahahah.  Drinking may or may not have been involved. ;)

Mile High Stadium, Denver
How cool is this Stadium?
Andy Bair!! Bekah and Jake Colbeth--- You guys ROCK!
Thanks so much for being the bestest hostsssss!!! xoxo
Cant. Stop. Laughing. :)
Colorado-- you are awesome.  I will be back :)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Here fishy, fishy...

Jellyfish that is :(

Uggggggghhhhhhhhhh I am a walking itch factory!!!!!!   It's been 5 full days since I got multiple stings and they are getting more and more itchy, not to mention more horrific looking :(.  Do I really need someone to pee on my to make this feel better?? Please no! ;)

I've got this triathlon coming up on the 25th-- the Escape to Miami- Olympic distance!  I havent done a tri since '09, but my good pal Erick Lora asked if I wanted to do it with him. I was really slacking right after World's, so I took the plunge and hired Armando Cruz (owner of Miami Fit Body Boot Camp- check it out!) to make a schedule for me.  It's intense.... last Saturday he had a 2 mile swim for me! ACKKKKKK

First off, the most I've ever swam is .9 miles-- which just happens to be because thats the swim distance in the two other Olympic Tri's I've done.  So far this year, I've only been doing 1/2 mile or so... so I was a bit nervous.

It went something like this:

First .5 mile was headed SE, where there's not a great visual cue about what direction to swim, so I have to pull my head up out of the water a bunch to make sure Im not swimming out towards shark bait water-- took me like 18 minutes!  Headed back NW... where there's Brickell's Four Seasons Building- super easy to spot, plus no sun in your eyes-- took me only 13:45! As I was crossing the 1 mile mark and pulling my arm out to see my time, I got my first love from the jellyfish!!!! Ouchhhhhhh- super stinggg! On my lower back and high back of thigh. The worst thing about it is the attempt to get away, in total panic mode. I probably looked like a twitching spaz ;).  I got out and was thinking I needed to quit... but was so bummed cuz still had the energy to do the swim.  Waited like five minutes and talked myself into going back out with this thought process:  If I swam a whole mile and only saw 1, what are the chances I see another??  Okay so turns out that was stupid... At around .4 of second mile, I went through a gang of them, and was in serious spastic mode trying to divert mid-stroke.  Its funny screaming under water too... it just comes out regardless of the conditions I guess ;)  After seeing about 4 in a matter of a few seconds, I swam like a bat outta hell to the shore. UGGGGGG... this was such a defeating moment.  I really really wanted to finish. Plus I should mention my swim cap tore and so my hair is totally pasted to my face, clouding the vision even more! :(  I had been swimming farther out, and going SE, so decided NW was my strength, and if I walked up to another buoy (each buoy is .1 miles), I could swim back the last .6 fast and furious.   There was a little hiatus to build up my mental strength as two little kids were out on a paddleboard and started freaking... they had dropped their paddle :(.   I swam out and searched forever for the paddle... no dice. The poor dad (who showed up like 10 minutes later!!! geez!) wasn't too happy... turns out he had just bought that paddle the day before for $150.  Who sells a paddle that doesn't float?? I think he got jipped. 


Lower back a couple hours after-- you can
still see my swimsuit lines--
that saved me some!














Back now-- welted up and spreading
like a rash! Ewwww!
















My hamstring (and peek of booty!)
couple days after-- Direct hit!!
Can you say nasty?















So, back to the swim.  Each time I had seen one before, it had happened that I'd taken a breathe and just put my face back in the water, and there it would be. My biggest fear heading back was for my face.  What if Im turning back in and one just face plants me???  ohhhhh lo and behold, with less than .1 to go-- I got a face plant!!!!!!!!! Luckily it was just on the side (and lucky I wear goggles) but still... really?


Groddy














BUT I finished, I officially swam 2 miles.  Granted there were multiple interuptions, but what the heck, it's still 2 miles :)  


E-lo and I went back Tuesday morning...  saw two jellies within the first few minutes.   Normally, these type quotes would kick in and I would want to keep going as I had on Saturday:


A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work. Colin Powell
A failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed was not strong enough. Christian Nestell Bovee



Instead, and we high-tailed it outta there.   Sometimes determination needs to take a backseat to common sense :)


Who has got a pool for us to use?? :)



Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Split personalities!

A video comparison of Becky socially vs. Becky professionally :)

Here's a video recently posted from the Coconut Grove Bed Races on Sunday. Talk about a blast... I was definetly in my element here, forward to :48 if you dont want to watch the whole thing.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgG2Ze3PimM&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Now that, vs. this video which is part of an ongoing project coverage of a new house we've designed on Miami Beach. Im also in my element here... strange but true.  Not so much on camera (I was a little nervous) but in architecture I mean.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srR7TylEFG4

Since most of you are my social friends bet you didn't know I was a professional! :)   I wish there was a better way to combine the two!!!  Maybe one day, "Pirate Architect Designs Ship House"??! haha :)