Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Perspective

So what the heck has been going on in the Bigun house, you ask? Crazy insaneness, I tell ya! Last weekend we held a Birthday party for Diana...she's over 30 and waaay under 50...it was a success! We had cake, presents, and loads of local friends to party the night away. No, Di didn't make mojitos...I think she made some sort of Pineapple Martini - I didn't hear too many complaints. All the Corona's got drunk, and even some of the canned Bud Light, which always amazes me.

As is customary with parties, the house is clean. Yea! We now have a Gold Room. One of the guest bathrooms is now gold. It looks pretty cool - I take notice from time to time when I look up from the latest Inside Tri magazine. I think the spare bedroom is also done now, save some parts we are still waiting on for the bed. Headboard stuff - the details are complicated girly things. Bottom line - we can have friends over, and things are getting done at the Bigun house. I'll let Di, aka Mrs. Bigun blog about all her doings on the home front.

It's officially "Save the Tata's" month! I make light...I tend to do that with important, sensitive subjects - sorry if I offend. Doesn't mean I don't take breast cancer seriously. It could be argued that it's always Tata month here at the house of Bigun...and I like it that way.

Week 38 was NOT an Iron week by any means. In fact, I took the week off. Just wasn't into it last week. I feel fat now. I'm afraid to step on the scale. Week 37 will be an epic training week for me. It's actually already started. Nice 50 miler today; pedaled hard for just under 2 and half hours, then ran for 40 minutes. Good Brick. Gotta love it.

Bolder is still unpublished. We all wait patiently for his manifesto. His Declaration of Intent. That gets me thinking. Should the Bigun have a Declaration of Intent too? Iron Benny did one. What about me? It's easy, I guess. Ironman Coeur d'Alene....finish!

Why?

Because it's hard. Doing hard things, succeeding at hard things, changes people. Usually for the better. I'm all for becoming better, and it's been a while since I've done something really hard. Ironman is perspective altering. Even if you've done one before, your perspective changes over time based on recent memories and events. You can be Iron-fit. You can also have an Iron-perspective. Both need to be maintained with time, sweat and attitude.

Wish me luck on this epic training week. The Florida Challenge Half Iron-Distance is right around the corner, and I'd like to have the last race of the season be a good one. Mrs Bigun and I are heading out to Panama City Beach in a month to cheer for bloggy peeps in IMFL. It will be awesome to meet up with Taconite Man and Trimama, Moonpie is heading up that way, plus Iron Jenny may still be racing, as well as our resident Trifeist! Excel Man and GEL will be up to sign up for '08 - I'm just looking forward to a day of cowbells and cameras (and a beer or three) with good friends.

19 comments:

S. Baboo said...

You are right, every ironman gives you a bit more perspective...that is unless you are one of those people who seems immune to perspective.

This past weekend I was assistant ref at a local event and the head ref was an "old timer" ironman from back in the day, I mean the 1980's day, now there is perspective. One thing he said made me hpoeful regarding being iron fit. I was telling someone that I sort of kept doing irons back to back because I'm afraid to lose that level of fitness and he said "You don't have to worry, it takes years to lose that level of fitness." While I like to believe that is true my body is a master of entropy!

TriBoomer said...

Yes, you should write a Declaration of Intent. Do doubt about it.

Stay tuned...

Wendy said...

Wishin' you luck and lots of it!

(People drink Bud Light?? Really??)

Green Eyed Lady (aka GEL) said...

Yeah, all the Corona's got drunk - you should have seen them all staggering around the house! It wasn't pretty. Nothing worse than picking up a bunch of drunk bottles after the party! ;)

Green Eyed Lady (aka GEL) said...

Btw, did you get a picture of any of those drunk Coronas? If not, there's always next time. You can always count on a few drunk Coronas at a party. Forgive me, I just don't know how to stop! ;)

Nytro said...

hate to burst your bubble, but it cannot possibly qualify as a partay if a mojito doesn't make an appearance.

don't blame me. i didn't make the rule.

blink140pnt6 said...

Yah, I want pics of the drunk Corona's their Midas.

Declare intent.

Brent Buckner said...

Don't know about it taking years to lose that kind of fitness. Maybe just like "learning to learn" there's "fitness to become more fit". Perhaps ironfitness may drain away, but for years later you can regain it relatively quickly.

supalinds said...

Your house is pretty. At least from the pics I can see. I can't wait to read Mrs. Bigun's blog on house stuff. Me like house stuff lately :)

I always fear I will lose fitness, in a way that makes it hard/impossilbe to get back. But I think on one level it is like riding a bike. Your muscles know how to get there and what to do, and since they have done it befoe, it takes a little bit of energy to get it back there. But not as much energy as it took to get there the first time. I don't know if that makes sense or not :)

Anwyhoooo...I'm looking forward to gaining perspective and becoming a better person. To me that is what Iron is all about!

TriFeist said...

I lay claim to one of the missing Coronas. As GEL said, they were rather unruly drunk little guys. And Di makes some serious, serious adult beverages. Kinda like a pina colada with everclear. Tasty but one is more than enough. Who needs mojitos?

The Florida Challenge will be a great race for you! Can't wait to see you at the water stop.

bigmike600 said...

You know the declaration tends to give you a "goal" or something for your brain to rationalize your training (or lack there of- I know the feeling..I haven't done hardly a thing lately)..
Glad you had a good time. Tell Di I think it's bit too early to be ramping up her party level for IMCdA but what do I know.

Comm's said...

I'm a PBR man myself. Don't hold it against me. Unless it's save the tata's month.

Tri-Dummy said...

Ironman perspective reminds you that you train for a year for ONE race. Ironman perspective stings you with the notion that you could take an Iron crap on race day.
Finish.
Sounds good to me.

greyhound said...

Ah, tatas. If anything deserves a month of awareness and celebration, those do.

ShirleyPerly said...

If it helps you stay focused on your training and racing, do the declaration.

Good luck at the Florida Challenge!

Tea said...

Did you see the little present I made for you?

Di aka "Mrs Bigun" said...

I saw a bumper sticker today with a pink ribbon that said "Save the Ta-Tas" thought of you and greyhound

Dying Water Buffalo said...

Wow... nice post. I read it twice. I would love to hear a declaration of intent from you, bigun... (not only because it would be very motivational but also because I love your writing)

Taconite Boy said...

lookin forward to cheering (and a little driking) with ya!0