Reality Update from LF2SF

Ok folks, a bit of reality on a couple different things.  Today you’re not going to get a polished, refined writing product.  Tonight you’re going to get an update on things and then in a few more days, you’ll get a couple of cool reviews with pics and I’ll be back up to snuff.  I’m tired already and getting sick again (never fully recovered from this ear thing yet).  The boat sale is still in progress and by the time I write again tonight , we’ll know if we’re still in the deal or if we start looking for another boat.  Weds night at 5pm is my drop-dead date for this deal.  I’m tired of it dragging on.  Once it’s done whether it goes our way or not, I’ll be writing about some great lessons learned from a buyer’s perspective that might help you in the future.  I’m still excited I finally earned my Coast Guard Masters Ticket and in two weeks I start an eight week course to earn my Project Management Professional (PMP) Certificate.  I’d like to be able to write more on this blog and publish the reviews and stories that I’ve outlined on here (but have not fully finished);  but I’ve learned the reality of parenting two tiny kids and the dog takes up a lot of my time.  In case you don’t know,,,,,I’m NOT divorced from Hot Wife,,,,she had to move roughly three hours away when her job moved her.  I support her totally; thus I parent the kids here while she lives on our boat there (until we sold the boat in November).  She will move back onto whatever boat we end up buying,,,,and live there until we take off on our own journey.  I’m proud of her for making the decision to stick with her job and move onto the boat, leaving the kids to the mercy of her sometimes grumpy husband.  A friend reminded me last year that it’s not babysitting,,,,,it’s parenting.  People comment that I’m occasionally controlling and very scheduled with the kids and I agree.  Since my wife isn’t around to help out, I need to have a schedule and stay on things every day to keep the ball rolling with two very young kids, the Great Dane and a full household of things that need to be taken care of.  This is a true reality.  Try it for a month or two-  just you and a 6-year old and an 8-year old, a 130 pound Great Dane and a house on several acres of property that all needs to be maintained and kept up,,,,by you alone.

I don’t need sympathy, I just need to be able to maintain until we sell the house, I retire this summer and we can come back together as a family when we move onto our cruising sailboat.  I will maintain and thrive; as will the family (we’re doing ok).  And, like I’ve written about in a few of the past couple posts, we’ve also decided to throw in a 1/2 Ironman in July just after I retire,,,,,for good measure to keep us busy.  You should probably tell all of your friends to follow this blog to see if we crash and burn,,,,or actually pull it off. 

PS:  My wife once got a really big anchor for Christmas, do you think she’d like a really big shiny new one for Valentine’s Day?


First Focused Training Ride in 7 years-

Me and HotWife haven’t done much riding in the last 7 years,,,,especially laser focused riding in preparation for a 1/2 Ironman.  What a great feeling it was to get back on the back for specific training on Saturday, both of us knowing we needed to get some miles under us.  Although it was a short ride, we chose a technically challenging flatter course with lots of curves and turns to tune our bike handling skills back up.  Add dogs, people walking and running, other bikes and scooters,,,and you’ve got enough difficulty to keep us alert.  We aced the ride,,,,,feeling refreshed and renewed and knowing that the conditioning rides are coming up,,,long and longer in order to get into riding shape again.  If you’re in the same boat,,,,take it slow and don’t worry about what others might think.  I don’t. I know I don’t want to get injured and I want to start ramping back into it slowly,,,,,so we’re starting to run, ride and swim again smartly.  I have detailed conditioning and training schedules from the days when I used to have a coach; and I’ll start using them in the middle of this month.  But until then, I want to keep enjoying myself.

Another blog funny from Opinionated Man/Harsh Reality

I thought this one was funny enough with enough wisdom that I’d share it.  I think sometimes people follow us to see us fail but we don’t have a lot of the other reasons highlighted on here.  However, at least we’re genuine and you know what you’re gonna get from my writing,,,,most of the time.  Read on for some blogging reality from a larger and smarter writer in the form of OM:

1 – They are waiting for you to fail. Failure is so entertaining and even more so when the failee journalizes it for us! Fail away! 2 – You have a cute animal. Because animals are cute… until it dies. After the grieving period we don’t need your blog unless you get another one. 3 […]

via Reasons Why People Follow You and Your Blog — HarsH ReaLiTy

Which boat would you choose?

Last weekend was the first of several local boat shows in Southern California;  including the Newport Boat Show, the San Diego Boat Show and last weekend’s show, the San Diego Sunroad Marina Boat Show (aka the Big Bay Boat Show).   I’m going to do a detailed review off the show and our impressions of it in an upcoming post I’m working on,,,,,but I wanted to put out this teaser to get you to take a close look at the photo below and make your own decisions:

Which boat would you choose?

Look Carefully
Photo Credit to Hotwife using an iPhone

Final Stages of Boat Purchase & Negotiation

Aleutian 51 MotorSailor

We’re in the home stretch with negotiations in this boat purchase.  I think this week will tell us whether we buy her or start looking for another one.  I can’t really give you all the details and lessons learned yet,,,,,cause we’re not done.  When we’re done, I’ll be distilling those nuggets so you all learn from our lessons.  She’s either a diamond in the rough,,,,,,or a rough diamond.

Love the fact we have folks following this little blog every day almost.  Thanks and keep reading.


What’s a Pain Cave?

Coming tomorrow (Weds) we’ll explore the meaning of a pain cave and I’ll show you my new pain cave in progress.  Nope, there’s no S&M to it,,,,,it’s all about triathlon training time!

Since starting to get better from my ear infections and burst ear drums, I’ve been wanting to start working out again, but was only released to do this by my doctor on Friday.  So, yesterday I ran for the first time in 2018,,,,,a slow, slow 3 miles that has really helped my perspective.  I’m back in the game and both me and hot wife have started to realize we were dumb enough to sign up for a 1/2 Ironman,,,,now it’s time to get our butts in gear to get ready for it.

Two Major Goals before my birthday

I achieved two major goals of mine before my birthday this year:

I’ve earned my USCG Captain’s License-

and,,,both me and my wife signed up for the old 1/2 Ironman Vineman which is now 1/2 Ironman Santa Rosa.  Just because we signed up doesn’t mean we’re going to be Ironman stud winners, but it’s a heathy step toward both of us being obstinate enough not to blow it off,,,,,or the training for it.

I’m feeling better but not cured.  My new computer is up and running so I’m working to get back to being a good blogger with consistent posts and all that great stuff.  If you like us, please consider following us.