“Share Your World” is one of a number of challenges hosted by Cee. She posts questions and we reveal our inner, sometimes bizarre, selves. 🙂 This week’s questions are as follows:
Have you ever participated in a distance walking, swimming, running, or biking event? Tell your story.
I’m a fast-twitch muscle person, which means I’m a sprinter. Therefore anything over about 200 meters is a distance to me. 🙂 I have biked 18-20 miles with my husband, though. My sprinting story is that some years ago while visiting my parents in Arizona, I went with them to a Senior Olympics event. They’ve both participated, but my mom throws the javelin (and has set numerous US records for her age group) and discus. These days, my dad just goes and helps.
Dad persuaded me to enter the 100, even though I hadn’t been running at all. I just had my athletic shoes and no starting blocks (which many don’t use.) As there weren’t many women running, I ran with a mixed-age group. When the starter’s gun went off, I flew down the track as fast as I could. As I neared the finish line, I could hear my dad yelling, “Run, run!!” When I finished, with no idea how I’d done, except that I’d finished first, people were swarming around, congratulating me. One man asked if I knew how I’d done. All I knew by then was that I was slower than in college. 🙂 Turns out I was, at least for at time, the fifth fastest women in my age group and had one man try to get me to move to Utah to run with their track team, even saying he could help my husband find a job! Ha!
Senior Olympics is one of those things that if you live long enough and are even moderately mobile, you can win everything!! 🙂
Name one thing not many people know about you.
I spent almost a year in Europe in the mid-seventies between my junior and senior years in college, backpacking, using Student Rail passes, working over the winter in Grindelwald, Switzerland, and having the experience of a lifetime.
What is your favorite flower?
Whatever flower is blooming! I love lavender especially, as well as poppies.
Things I want to have in my home (paintings, hot tubs, book cases, big screen tv etc)
In March of 2012, I did a post called “The House of My Heart“, which covers these very things. But in short: a room for a library, a clothesline, large windows, and enormous kitchen as the heart of the house, etc. I’d love hardwood floors and could easily live in a log cabin. To know all the details, read the post. It doesn’t take long.
Optional Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
I’m grateful for the arrival of spring, that books by two of my favorite authors arrived at the library for me, and that the Chicago Blackhawks won their division and are in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
This is Holy Week, so I’m looking forward to Easter, having one of my s-i-l’s coming up for the weekend, spending Easter with friends and making homemade ravioli for the occasion. At least I’m looking forward to eating the ravioli and making them is never as bad as it sounds, although it does take time. It’s worth it in the end, though. 🙂