I grew up in the midwest so I'm familiar with the threat of severe weather, including tornados, but I never experienced the damage of one while living there.
Raleigh was hit with a few tornados a couple years ago, and my sister and I happened to be driving through the line of the storms. It was scary, but God protected us as we made it back home--only to learn of the extensive damage downtown Raleigh.
Those tornados did not do nearly the amount of damage that the one did yesterday in OK, but I remember the feeling of "man, it happens so quickly and you can lose everything".
I hope and pray for a miracle and that more children will be found, pets will be reunited with their families, and the transition back to reality will be smooth.
This weekend, my mom flew down for a visit + to participate in her first sprint triathlon with my sister and I. Since doing the triathlon last fall, I had been itching to do another and got my sister and mom on board to join me!
I ended up waking up with migraine symptoms that morning, so had to pull out at the last minute, but I went and supported them from the sidelines!
They both did very well! I'm proud of their hard work and look forward to joining them in another race in the future!
Before the race began!
First photo of them as triathletes!
So while I didn't participate in the race itself, I couldn't help but compare it to the FS Series triathlon from last fall.
This race, put on by Ramblin' Rose, was a shorter distance course, but not by much. It's aimed at beginners, and only women are allowed to participate.
The three of us drove the bike course right before attending the meeting the day prior to the race, and we were left shocked with how rough the course was. The road was in really bad condition in some parts (large potholes and uneven pavement), and there were tons of turns (since it was in a neighborhood). There wasn't really a great place to gain any momentum. We were all pretty disappointed in that. I was surprised that it was course chosen for beginner triathletes--it seemed a little dangerous.
We attended the information meeting so my mom and sister could get a little bit more familiar with how the day was going to go tomorrow. It wasn't well organized, and it was at that meeting we were informed that "Ramlin' Rose assumes that you(the athlete) know the bike course". In other words, they could not give us a straight answer as to whether or not the bike course would be marked.
We looked at each other in shock. There was no way we could memorize the bike course! There were about 25 turns! That information instilled a little bit of fear and frustration in us, and I was again surprised that this was a "beginner" race.
The morning of the race, Justin and I set up our cheering spot right near the bike start/finish and we saw a man assembling signs that said "turn here" for the bike course. I was so relieved for the racer's.
So, in the end, I think everything came together just fine. No one was lost, and one the race began everything seemed to go smoothly. I was just disappointed in the lack of clarity in preparing for the race.
Again, I did not participate, I simply watched. My mom, sister, and my friend Mary who all participated said they would do it again--so I think that's a good sign!
*my sister wrote a recap post here if you are interested!
On Sunday night, my mom and I went to see The Great Gatsby. I was enticed by the first preview I ever saw--and I couldn't wait to see it. My overall thoughts on it? Unimpressed. Yes, it was a beautiful movie as far as the costumes, makeup, hair, party scenes, and "period" aspects. But it was sssssllllllooooooooowwwwwwwwww and long. Too long. Have you seen it? What did you think?
I DID however see a preview for a Tom Hank's movie that comes out this October that looks amazing. It's called Captian Phillips and it's about this event.
I hope you had a nice weekend! I'm working on my "makeup essentials" video that will hopefully be ready this week!