I was bit by the Tri bug


So i got bit by the tri bug last november when I did my first Triathlon (just a sprint, nothing too crazy). After witnessing my neighbor in the ironman 70.3 in the lagoon behind our house the fever came on stronger. I wanted to get into triathlons more seriously so I decided it was time to invest in a bike. While it is very entry level...here is my new baby!! Still no name for her yet but if anyone has some suggestions send them my way! After finally getting my pedals, shoes and cleats I have put a couple hundred miles on this bad boy and can't wait til I hit 1,000.
Goal: Ironman 70.3 March 18, 2012

Planking


I don't know if you have heard of this new phenomenon but Tyler introduced it to me.
According to Wikipedia here is the definition:

Planking or the lying down game is an activity consisting of lying face down in an unusual or incongruous location. The hands must touch the sides of the body and having a photograph of the participant taken and posted on the internet is an integral part of the game.[1] Players compete to find the most unusual and original location in which to play.[1] The term planking refers to mimicking a wooden plank.

We decided to give it a try. Leave your comment here and tell us who you think has the better plank.

We found this guy zonked out on the beach so we thought it would be funny to see how close Tyler could get to him and plank. While he did get sand all over his face I think I have the more difficult plank.

Tell us what you think!


Kidney Stone

For those of you who have never had a kidney stone...I don't recommend it. For those of you who have...I am so sorry. This is the worst pain I have ever felt (other than when my appendix burst back in 3rd grade). A couple weeks ago I woke up with the most excruciating pain in my side. I honestly thought something else had burst inside me. After a long morning of pain we finally decided to go to the hospital. We had no clue what was gong on. While sitting in the waiting room for what felt like 2 hours but was really only 5 minutes I barfed all over. I guess that is what it took for them to finally get me to a bed. After hours of this excruciating pain and Tyler bugging the doctor every 20 seconds for an hour, I finally got some pain medicine. The medicine helped a lot but I was freezing cold. So again Tyler had to keep hounding the Nurse for sheet, after sheet after sheet. I am bundled up in 5 sheets. So after various tests and a lot of needle pokes they figured out I had passed a kidney stone. Once we found out I just wanted to get out of that hospital. When I left everyone was clapping...I guess I was famous. Each time I left the room for another test the people behind the other curtains, would give me the biggest look like they felt so bad for me. I was too out of it to notice so when they were all clapping as I left I had to ask Tyler what it was all about.

We saved a baby bird

So after our drought of seeing a movie in Puerto Rico we decided to finally go to a matinee on a thursday! On our way out to the car Tyler spotted a little tiny bird in the middle of the road. He was so tiny and new that he could not even move very fast. He was a scared little guy too and I knew if we left him there he would be squished by a car. We say a nearby tree so we decided it would be a good place to put our new little friend. Before letting him go we had to take a few pics.

Happy 4 years!


So we have been married four years now and we thought we'd celebrate. Since our anniversary date was on a tuesday we thought we would start with dinner and then explore on the weekend. We went to an amazing BBQ restaurant on top of one of the hotels. Even though you can't tell in this picture it was a beautiful view of the ocean. The food was great and we would definitely go back there.
Good food but sure a mess. That usually happens when you order ribs.

Over the weekend we decided to explore the west side of the island. We drove out to Rincon (the surf capital of puerto rico) and stayed the night. Here is the beach our of the hotel we stayed at.

The next day we headed down south to a little place called Cabo Rojo. After exploring for a couple hours we decided to get our of the car:)
Then guess what we did??? You guessed it! We fished:) Tyler mostly fished out on the flats where he could walk out pretty far. After an hour of fishing I became the videographer chasing the fish around with the camera.
I love the silhouette. The video is even cooler.
While trying to catch a bonefish we had no success but at least he caught something:) Look how cute the little fish is.

THIS ONE IS BIGGER THAN BEFORE



So I know it might get boring on here with all this fishing but I got really excited about this one. so far I am 2 for 2 on the fishing but I don't think my luck will last forever. We went out over the weekend to the Lagoon again and I caught AN EVEN BIGGER FISH THAT BEFORE. It was so big I couldn't hold it I had to rest it on my lap....He got slime all over me...yuk!~

Tiff's First Tarpon

I have never been much of a fisher woman but I do go out a lot with Tyler while he fishes. Last weekend he bought me a pole and today...I CAUGHT MY 1ST TARPON. Couldn't believe it but I felt him on the line and BAM, he didn't know what hooked him. He was a good size for me. Any bigger and I don't think I could have held on to the rod. He was a little fighter. First time I have ever held one of these bad boys and boy was he slimy. YUK!!

Costco Cake


Has anyone seen this? Every time we go to Costco Tyler has to go to the dessert section and stare at this cake for @ least 5 min. It is a ginormous chocolate cake with curled chocolate shavings all around it. We would definitely eat the entire thing if we got it so he has been waiting for almost a year because I told him we can't get it until his birthday!

The Hunger Games

I just started this series a week and a half ago and I'm already half-way through the second book. If you have not heard of this...Listen....if you have heard of it and have not read it...READ IT!! The Hunger Games is a series about a 16 year old girl who is sent to be a tribute in The Hunger Games...it is an annual event where tributes will fight to the death.

If you like a good book/series that will keep you on your toes this is your book. Not to mention, the movie first movie is coming out march 23rd of next year. For those of you who have read it and loved it feel free to comment:) Don't give anything away for me though since I am not yet done reading!

If you are a TWILIGHT fan you will be hooked.

Worlds Best 10K

This past Feb I ran the WB10K. It is called the worlds best 10k and I definitely think it was the best! So much fun, the weather was great and it was beautiful. Maybe next year I can get Tyler to run it with me. Cheer him on for me and maybe he'll do it. I finished in 52:00 which is a little faster than I expected. My original goal was under 55 so i'm happy with the outcome!
After the Race
So many people there it wasn't even funny. Over 15,000 here just for a 10k.

Easter Spring Break

Tyler's Family came to Puerto Rico a couple weeks ago for Spring Break. This was the "Easter Fishing Trip". It was a long awaited trip because Tyler was dying for someone other than clueless me to go fishing with. I am a good time but I'll admit, when it comes to those slippery suckers I have no clue what I'm doing. Basically the men fished and the women relaxed:) It was nice because when you live here you get caught up in life and forget to relax sometimes even though you have the beach right there.

They mostly fished in the San Jose lagoon that Tyler and I go to and here is what Lyle caught. They said it weighted over 100 lbs...Yikes that is one monster that I would not want to mess with.
The second picture shows what the Tarpon did to our boat. (Look at the floor and all over their feet...You guessed it...the fish defecated all over EVERYTHING!)
We went down to the south side of the island for a day and the men dropped Dee and I off on our own little private island while they fished around.

Three Stooges
Before the trip Lyle got the three of them matching shirts and pants so they could be triplets! This was their get up!
LARRY

CURLY

MO
They decided to switch from being the three stooges to being easter eggs!
You got to love Fishermen in Pastel

We did get to do some sight seeing as well. We went up to the Castillo San Felipe Del Morro in old San Juan and it was beautiful. This was built over 500 years ago and a huge portion of it is still standing. Here is the view from the west side of the castle.

The entrance

Believe it or not this is the view from the Women's Bathroom!
All in all it was a wonderful week. To sum up the fishing you can watch this video!


Tofu Disaster

It is always a craze to eat healthier cook healthier and so forth. We are so crazed about dieting and fat free foods that it consumes our minds. I am not a lot different than many people who follow this craze. I am always trying to find ways to sneak healthier food into our diet, while cutting back on the meat at the same time. I am not a huge meat eater however I married a carnivore. Every meal I try to do without meat the response is always "where's the meat". So... I decided to try a tofu stir fry dish for dinner tonight. It's even better because you get all the benefits from the protein and bone-healthy minerals, but you skip the saturated fat and cholesterol. I have wanted to try cooking with tofu for quite some time but I have always been so nervous.

Finally... I gave it a shot....let me just tell you I totally ruined the dish with my sauce and I think Tyler will never forgive me for this. By that I mean he may NEVER eat tofu again. I know there are plenty of dishes that I could make with tofu that would come out great, I just happened to pick the one that was the WORST!! Tyler was a good sport however and ate the disaster anyway...Lucky for me he will shovel anything down before telling me it's bad bless his heart. Thanks Babe! Not until I say it's bad is it bad:) luckily for him I threw the dish out and we made a pizza instead. Turned out great for him because Pizza is his favorite.

My Birthday

So My Birthday was just over a month ago and I wanted to show off my birthday present. After all, I am now 25 years OLD and counting the wrinkles next to my eyes. I will admit 25 is a little depressing because even though the years are racking up, I don't feel a day over 21. I know, big difference huh? Any who, I ride my bike to work and during the winter months it is wonderful. With the summer coming and the humidity and temperature climbing I started to get a little worried about how I might be showing up to work drenched in sweat. So...for my birthday Tyler got me a baja doodlebug mini bike! It is pretty fun to cruise around on and it's just the perfect size for me.


video

So it has been a while since I posted last and there is a lot to catch up on. The time here is flying by and before we know it we'll be back in the states. Lately our Friday nights have consisted of fishing in the dinghy followed by a sandwich from El Churry. I am loving this little boat and getting a lot better at driving it too. I usually drive Tyler around while he fishes and when I am not driving I am either spotting fish, or reading.


We have upgraded our pump to electronic so no we do not hand pump anymore...Tyler just thinks it's funny to make me look silly. We caught more birds that night than fish and yes that is a crab swimming in the lagoon:)


Tyler caught his first tarpon about 2 months ago and it was pretty exciting.

Biggest Calzone Ever!

So I can't remember the name of the place we got this at but everything they had was delicious. Tyler ordered this calzone and it was the smallest size. Next time we go we are gonna order the biggest one. I hear it is a monster. Puerto Rico has so many great places to eat. Last night we went to El Churry again and it was heavenly!

New Car

Here is the Ridgeline we bought in Puerto Rico, I'll have to post more pics but this is the only one we have for now. It's perfect for down here because we can use it for the beach. We can fit our dingy and everything we need to go out on our adventures in.