{Today's Letters}

Thursday, March 31, 2011


Today's Letters: Dear Mr. Loerke PA-S III, making your graduation invitations this week has been nothing short of therapeutic. Creative outlet + light at the end of the tunnel = better than a 90 minute counseling session. Dear Triathlon on May 1st, I kind of forgot about you. Not gonna lie. Can we still be friends? (Circle yes or no). Dear Garden & Gun, yesterday Mr. McFeely made a special delivery. Thanks for giving me a reason to stay in the bathroom longer than usual. Dear Husband, last night you helped an elderly lady find her lost dog. Then you (and two police officers) helped the lost elderly lady find her house. Love your heart. Love your patience. Love you.

Speaking of triathlons, what's the most challenging thing you've ever done physically? I'll never forget hiking Mt. Sinai at 3am when I was a sophomore in college. Pretty sure I thought I was going to die. Ended up being worth every hallucination to see the sunrise over the valley.

PS, be sure and check back later to see if you were one of the handful of students picked from yesterday's post to win a CD!

28 comments:

Han said...

Running up 10 flights of stairs (about 10 steps to each flight) to the roof of a multistorey car park. Oh my word God was with me that evening - I actually thought my lungs were going to give out. To a degree (or a chunk) I didn't have a choice I *needed* to get up there - I could die in a heap later.

Me and my Mum have done a 5k walk to raise money for Breast Cancer Research two years in a row - we're not competitive but last year we just had to beat our time and we did! We walk round the course and chat about the weather and wave at the ladies in the old folks home that we go past lol. I'd love to run the 5k race but I'd probably end up in a+e because of my asthma - need to train or something

Kate said...

I am currently training for my first triathalon, it is exciting, and nerve wracking all at the same time. We still have lots of snow here, I am getting ready to run & face my bike fears outdoors.

Han said...

Hope you rock the triathlon :D

Ames said...

putting on shoes 9 months pregnant. i promise, it's a big challenge.

Today's Letters said...

han, i'm the same way. if i don't have something to train for i'm more likely not to stay as active. you can do it!

kate, which tri are you doing? when is it? this will be my first tri as well. biking will be much easier than you think.

ames, i love you* (and will take your word about putting on shoes when you're 9 mos preggers!)

Laine L. said...

Training for a half marathon on May 1st, climbing a fourteener in Colorado, running track/cross country for six years, etc. What can I say? I LOVE a challenge!

Michelle said...

having a baby...no contest but I just got a new bike so maybe that answer will change in a few weeks.

Tracy said...

Training for a triathlon has been one of the most physically demanding things I've done. I'm competing in my third on April 17, and it has become such a joy in my life. Good luck!

evelyn oyster said...

I LOVE G&G. It's one of my favorite mags!

Tina @ Scatterbox said...

Though I could probably find some kind of activity involving running to whine about, it was probably learning how to walk again when I was 4, after my second dislocated hip surgery. Had the old-lady metal walker and everything in my therapy sessions. Oddly, I was so young, I don't recall it being a bad experience mentally, unless I just blocked that part out of my memory. :)

Lorien Westmoreland said...

Hiking/climbing Vikkos Gorge in Greece. 8 mile, 9 hour hike. Thought I was going to DIE. Near about killed me. But it was worth every hard breath.

Courtney Pennington said...

Wanna design my graduation announcements? Ugh. I have no design talent to speak of...guess I will be pawning these off on my kid sister who does HS newspaper--she is all "design-y"

Courtney said...

I just went on a coffee date with the hubs to try out Stir. I will forever be indebted to you for introducing me to that place. Best latte in Dallas. Now I don't have to fly to Portland anymore to enjoy my favorite cup of joe. You rock, Em.

Megan said...

The labor and delivery of my second was pretty tough....but WORTH every minute!

Of Revolt said...

It didn't require a lot of physical exertion, but holy Moses was I exhausted after sky diving! I think the crazy rush of adrenaline after the fall was just too much for my puny body . . . I ended up napping for, oh, four hours after. Then I ate some pizza and went back to sleep.

P.S. Found her dog AND her house? Too cute!

Kate said...

I am from Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada. We still have lots of snow on the ground. We are able to run on the street this week. The 1st Tri we are doing is in July. Thank you for the kind words re the bike. I am freaked out about it:) good luck with your Tri .

erin said...

destin 50 beach ultra. 50 miles of running on the beautiful beaches of northwest florida = 5 day nap afterwards, but tot. worth it.

Grace @ Arms Wide Open said...

i ran the portland marathon in 2005. GRUELING! there really is a wall and i ran smack into it! i had to call in sick to work two days afterwards i was so tired.

CAgridlock said...

I ran my first marathon after chipping a bone in my ankle at mile three. Nothing on earth has ever been as challenging, rewarding or exhilarating. So naturally I'm headed for more, sans broken bones, I hope.

Anonymous said...

i finished my first half marathon within three minutes of my goal time of 2 hours on an 80 degree day in dallas, tx. i blacked out at the finish line, bled through my running shoes and my sports bra, and got to spend some time on an ambulance afterward as a result of losing most of the fluid in my body during the race. an iv, band-aids, and some oxygen plus some bananas and the jokes of two really awesome paramedics later, i was good to go. definitely worth it, although i probably won't run another half in the heat.

brlracincwgrl said...

Definitely the most challenging thing physically that I ever did was learning how to walk again after losing my leg to cancer.

My BIGGEST accomplishment! :D

Ryan English said...

Hardest is a tie between Olympic Triathlon and taking an OChem test after a night shift. The tri was WAY more fun. Good luck and remember to go the same direction as everyone else

Also to Tim: saw you in the TAPA news letter, looks like you had a grand time in Austin!

Timothy Loerke said...

Ryan English, thanks for noticing! Sounds like you are a PA or student? In Texas? I couldn't imagine taking an OChem test after a night shift. They were hard enough! OChem and physics were the two most difficult classes I made it through, but ultimately loved them.

Becka said...

I'm awaiting my second triathlon right now. I don't say training because I haven't really done much of that. I also signed up for my first Warrior Dash today & remembered that's how I first found your blog!

Ryan English said...

Tim - that's encouraging to hear. Thanks! Ochem was not a fun experience, but I'm taking the second semester this summer. Maybe it will be better. I'm a PrePA student at UT Dallas and i'm working as a Patient Tech at THR Plano. Hopefully, if I make it through Biochem, I'll apply to UNTHSC next year around this time. Congrats on the upcoming graduation!

Timothy Loerke said...

Ryan, if you need anything, please let me know how I can help. Sounds like you're on the right track!

Mango Tango said...

So, I may be a year+ late in commenting...but I'm with you Em! I climbed Sinai in the middle of the night this May. I wanted to give up, but my trusty Bedouin buddy pushed me and I made it. It has now become one of my favorite experiences EVER.

Today's Letters said...

mango tango, never too late to comment! so proud of you for climbing mt sinai! did i mention the most powerful part was watching a blind man climb the entire thing? crazy amazing ...

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