Friday, August 26, 2011

7 Links and feeling popular!

I was nominated by Kim at (Just) Trying is for Little Girls for this post.  That was one thing that made me feel popular this week. I love being tagged for posts, especially since I don't have a standard format and just blog about whatever whenever.

The Goal:

To unite bloggers (from all sectors) in a joint endeavor to share lessons learned and create a bank of long but not forgotten blog posts that deserve to see the light of day again.


1) Blogger is nominated to take part

2) Blogger publishes his/her 7 links on his/her blog – 1 link for each category.

3) Blogger nominates up to 5 more bloggers to take part.

4) These bloggers publish their 7 links and nominate another 5 more bloggers

5) And so it goes on!
Most Fun: Ironman 70.3 Muncie Recap  This was hard.  I did lots of fun races this year, and this one deserved mentioning.  It wasn't a top post, or as fun as the Tree Farm Relay, but overall it really was a fabulous day.
Most Popular:  Athritis- Raynaud's Phenomenon-  This one has the gross hand picture, and is one of my older posts, so it has been around longer to come up in Google image searches.  This was based on # of page views.
Most Painful- Live Like Andi 10 mile Race Recap and Being a Responsible Adult.  This race was not so good, not quite as bad as the Pterodactyl Tri, but it was hard to change my goals for the move that was really happening.  That was painful.
Most Helpful- BOB Stroller Canopy Recall- I felt this was most helpful because it was factual, and not really my opinion.  My stroller running tips are what worked for me, but may not work for you, and my overal diet can be all over the place, either very good or very bad, nothing constant, so I would not really advise anyone to do that.
Surprise Success- Racing for Recovery Half Ironman Race Recap-  This is one of my most viewed posts.  I guess I am not terribly surprised, as it was a very special accomplishment for me.  It also has lots of comments from everyone.  I guess my most popular post about Arthritis is really the suprise success, and this my most popular?
Most Proud-  I did it! Martian Marathon BOSTON QUALIFYING Race Recap-  Yeah, I think you all know how I feel about this.  I am forever a Boston Qualifier now after YEARS of trying.  I don't know if I will get registered, and have that coming up in less than a month now, but no one can ever take away the fact that I qualified!
I liked this, it was fun to look back at the older posts and I think it really captured a lot of my favorite posts and events of the year.  I am always nervous tagging people, it is hard to chose.
Finally, back to being popular.  The Ironman is this weekend in Louisville.  I can't believe how many people I know that are going to be in town for it!  I felt special last night because I got invited out to dinner with some of the top TIA and Team Mongo folks that were in town.  We had a great time at the Spagetti Factory.  I may not be able to train with them, but I can eat with them!   Most of them are not bloggers, but I have a huge list of people to wish good luck.  These are in no particular order, and I have left off last names because I don't know if any of them have any scary stalkers searching for them on the internet.  If you want their last names you can be a scary stalker and try to find them on the IM website.  Since they are in alphabetical order, not numeric, have fun with that, at least until tracking by number starts :) I am missing a few bib #s
Go Team Aquaphor, Triathlets in Action, Team Mongo, Louisville Landsharks, and everyone else competing.  Here's to safe race to everyone!
Mark #2024
Chad #824
Dicron #2779
Alan #2875
Susan #641
Becky #260
Bret # 2093
Rhonda # 459
Denise #462

I am hoping to watch a lof of the bike course on Sunday, before and after church, as well as try to hit the finish line.  There is a huge range of expected finish times, so I am not sure who I will see and who I won't.  I am hoping to meet up with Meredith, who is in town cheering on friends of hers too.  She is devoting the full day to spectating.  I can't quite do that, but hopefully can track her down. 

Also, the crash diet combined with the increase in running mileage has been rather successful.  Ryan has approved my outfit for the underpants run.  I did receive some hot pink test shoes in the mail yesterday from Reebok (which I cannot discuss publically), so that has made me want to rethink my outfit, but I am pretty sure it is going to be awesome. 

Since I haven't had a ton of pictures lately, here is a picture from last night's dinner downtown at the Spagetti Factory.  I was glad I wasn't the only one with kids.  Angie, who I just met, had a daughter Keira's age and a son older, so at least the two girls had things in common.  The picture isn't great, from left to right, Chad, Mark, Dicron (Chad's dad), Alan, Me, Soren, Ryan, Angie's Husband (totally spaced on his name!!!), Angie, Tara, and Amy.  I am not sure why Soren is the only child in the picture.


(Just) Trying is for Little Girls said...

Thanks for playing along!

The Spaghetti Factory is the best place for a pre race meetup.

Big Daddy Diesel said...

some of these I havent read, thanks

I will eventually do this, not in a blogging mood lately

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

Cool! i love this idea and am off to read more!

Leah @ Chasing Atalanta said...

Thanks for the tag Melissa. I need to write my Crim race report tomorrow, but I'll hopefully get to this early next week.

Colleen said...

Thanks for the nomination. I'll try to get around to it this week! I loved your links... feel like I get to know you better! :)

Hope you get a chance to watch some of IMLOU. It's really a great race... as long as it's not a million degrees and they don't run out of water! :) I'm not bitter at all.