Grandma Strikes Again

Sorry for not posting the last few weeks. Family obligations, including two surgeries have kept me too busy to do much of anything other than go to work (sporadically) and eat and train (again, sporadically).

Last night I visited with my Grandma at my mom’s house. She's visiting from India for a few months so i thought I would hang out with her and my mom. As you may recall, my grandma has very definite ideas about how people should behave, dress, etc. (See Here). I was excited to tell her about my upcoming triathlon in Auburn this SUNDAY. She seemed really pleased and asked how far the “running” was.

Me:
Oh, its not just a run. It’s a swim, a bike ride, and a run.
Gma:
Oh, ok. (Pauses) In the same DAY????
Me:
Yes, back to back.
Gma:
But you get to rest in between, right?
Me:
Well I can, but it’s a race so I should try not to rest.
Gma:
What about eating? Isn’t there a lunch in the middle? (like all grandmas she is concerned with making sure everyone eats enough food)
Me:
(Trying to explain about my bike bento box) There’s a little sack you can put on your bike that holds energy gels and granola bars . I eat that if I am hungry while I ride.
Gma:
How long are each of these events?
Me:
1000k swim, 30k ride, 7k run. (India is on the metric system so this was easy).
Gma:
Oh, that’s not too far. You should come in first place, right???
Me:
uh….
Gma:
Oh, I’m sure you’ll be first or second.

Me:
uh…..
I have thought about inviting my Grandma to the race, but with two transition logistics (plus her bad eyesight and propensity to wear heels everywhere) make it a bit difficult. She would need a full-time chaperone and nobody has volunteered to keep an eye on her for the duration of the race. So she will be at temple praying for me while I do my race. Praying that I get first or second, no doubt.

I probably won’t post before race day on Sunday—I’ll have race report on Monday next week.

Comments

  1. Such a funny story!!

    Your Grandma sounds very much like my mom, except for the wearing heels part. Good luck on your race this weekend!!

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  2. Just like shirleyperly, my mom was the same way and always makes for a good laugh and fun memories. After every race i've ever done, my dad would call me and ask me if i won...even after the boston marathon! And he was serious! Your gma sounds like a hoot...gotta love that. So glad you have found the love for the great outdoirs and racing. Best of luck in your race this w/e!

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  3. Haha! I love family.

    Good luck in the tri! You gotta get 1st place after all. :)

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  4. Haha, what a great story!

    GOOD LUCK THIS WEEKEND!!!! You will rock it!!

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  5. Thank you all for your good luck wishes.I think the good wishes worked!

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