Packing for Hawaii…

There’s a lot going into packing for this trip to Hawaii, especially since I’m not going out there to Kona to race but to have a vacation as a support team member of Michael Bernatovich (Dustin’s younger brother). It’s funny because I’ve started with my necessities – I rented a sweet little tri bike for 3 days when I’m out there… so my suitcase includes my HooHa On the Go packs (more about Hoo Ha on Thursday, be sure to check that out!), my bike helmet, my 1bandID, my VMR and Fluid kits, bike shoes, and when I get to NOLA on Friday, we’ll be taking my pedals off for my rental. We’ll also be taking off my Oval 985’s in the event Mike decides to race with those. I have all my swim gear – goggles, cap, suit, and for when I’m doing PT in our infinity pool, I’ll have my waterproof iPod. The GU is packed just in case and if you haven’t had the Island Nectar, GET IT! It’s like having a little cocktail in your mouth while working out! KT Tape is packed, 110% Play Harder compression is packed, BRD Knee brace is packed…fresh Xtenex laces are packed because I totally plan on buying a new pair of Newtons! you’d think I was a triathlete or something?!

Then we have all the support team shirts (that I’m still patiently waiting to get the phone call on that they are ready) and other goodies. So here’s the deal… on race day, you see me out there in my YELLOW BERNATOVICH shirt, say hey! I am taking extra packs of FLUID & HOO HA RIDE GLIDE on the go packs out for you!!! FIND ME!! I’d love to meet up with you & chat!! If you can’t find me, tweet me at trintriagain – I’ll come FIND YOU!! 🙂

I have laundry to do, like regular people stuff, you know the stuff regular people wear while on an island (and making sure my Endurance Obsession shirt is packed!). Terrified for that but at the same time I’m on vacation (this injury has not done a bit of good for my body image). I can’t wait to check out the great craft brewery’s, paddle board, surf, go deep sea fishing… yes, we have a full agenda!

Here’s the other deal folks, Michael is having a contest... there’s no following, no extra things you have to do for entries… just pick an available time – he’s giving away a sweet prize pack (I’m saying that because he’s saying it but he won’t tell me what’s in it – SUPER SECRET! I did get out of him that one of his sponsors, Nuun will be in the pack!!) So go check out his blog… ANYONE CAN ENTER!!!

Make sure you follow trintriagain (here, the FB page, & on twitter, if you’re not already)… I’ll be doing daily updates from Kona and Thursday, I’m telling you more about the A-MAZ-ING-NESS OF HOO HA for Gear Junky Thursday!!!! We leave Sunday… here’s hoping for a smooth day of traveling with bikes, luggage, and who knows what else is going out there with us!!

Stella strikes… again!

Lately, I’ve been so busy with work and training, I have a puppy who is…. hmmmmm… a little ticked off to say the least! This move a couple months ago was not only a transition for me but with her too!  Now we’re in the swing of things as far as training goes… we had 2 weeks of Resident Director training and now we’re on 2 weeks of Resident Assistant training. I’ve been able to successfully manage tri training and work training with Stella. And although I go home at lunch to let her out and sit around with her and come home around 6p typically for the night… Stella is not a happy camper and rebelling in anyway she can. Not only is her scheduled being screwed with a bit, she doesn’t have her buddy Mylee to play with. Mylee stays with Dustin and Apollo in New Orleans now and well, she misses her play buddy. None of this has been fun for this girl… so I’ve noticed the occasional accident in the kennel but now, were hitting dangerous territory because she’s getting me where it hurts – my wallet!

Last week, I woke up in the middle of the night to find my Fluid visor in bed and her knawing on it like a chew toy that it wasn’t. She took it off of a door handle and BAM! What you see is what I have! Probably lucky I heard the crunching.

Then last night, I was watching tv after I got home from football check-in (yes folks, college football is around the bend and I loved chatting with some of the guys last night – love, love, love me some college football – GO BUCKS! (I’ll always be a Big 10 girl))… to my surprise, she went into the bedroom and I didn’t think two things about it until I went in to go to bed… and found this!!!!

It was a little more scattered than this…

My heartrate monitor! IN PIECES! I was shocked… she looked at me with her puppy eyes and immediately tucked her head and went into the kennel… why? because she got up on a table in the bedroom for that one. I only had to look at her… funny thing is, she knew she was bad! I didn’t even shut the kennel door while I cleaned it up and she just kept looking at me… all I could think was, “I can’t be mad at her, I’ve been around but not what she’s used too.” Needless to say, she came back out and snuggled up with me on the bed and began snoring in like two seconds… she’s just too cute!

So I think since she hit me in the heart (haha) and the wallet she’s going to start running with me on the cool down! Work/life balance… she’s going to help me take it to a new level! ha

I swear I didn’t do anything!!

Happy Monday folks!!