Update on 2016 Calendar

A tentative list of some bike tours, USAT sanctioned triathlon races, and 1/2 marathons for 2016. As always, I love it when friends join me and if there is some kind of sporty thing you are already planning on or would like to plan, I’m all about adding and adjusting this calendar.

 

April
10th, Columbus, Ohio USA, Squat, Bench, Deadlift competition
Ohio State Powerlifting Club and Rec Sports Powerlifting Competition

17th Cincinnati, Ohio, 1/2 Marathon
Cincinnati Broke Man’s Half Marathon: Another run in the Broke Man series. I figure this is just part of good training for the 1/2 Ironman in August.

May
1st Lorain, Ohio, 1/2 Marathon
Lorain Broke Man’s Half Marathon: Again a no-frills race, 1/2 marathon…using it as a training run for the bigger races in late summer early fall.  (this one is most likely not happening because I’ll hopefully be in Mexcio.

7th, Huatulco, Oaxaca, Mexcio, Olympic Triathlon
ITU World Cup Huatulco 2016

July
12th- August 15th, Xinjiang to Haikou, China, Bike Tour
Biking China with Marian

August
1st-15th finishing bike tour of china with Marian.

21st, Delaware, Ohio, USA, 1/2 Ironman Triathlon
Ironman 70.3 Ohio: 1.2mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1mile run. I hope to seriously train for this race and do the course multiple times before the race, as I live maybe half an hour from the site. If you want to go out and do this course with me, at any time, holla’.

September
11-18, Cozumel, Mexico, Triathlon Worlds
World Triathlon Age Group Championships: This only happens if I qualify and I make the team.

October
2nd, Columbus, Ohio, USA, 1/2 marathon
Columbus Broke Man’s Half Marathon: Again a no-frills race, 1/2 marathon…using it as a maintaining run.

8th, Acapulco, Guerrero, México, Olympic Distance Triathlon,
Triatlón Acapulco 2016: I am looking forward to this because hopefully I will be in good condition from a solid spring, summer and fall of training and if I can do well at this race I can qualify for 2017 worlds.

COMPLETED

January

16th, Columbus, Ohio, USA, 2 mile run
warm-up for Broke Man’s Winter Warm-up
competed with Sandra

17th, Columbus, Ohio, USA, Half-Marathon
Broke Man’s Winter Warm-Up:
competed with Sandra

February
6th, Columbus, Ohio, USA, Indoor Triathlon
OSU Indoor Triathlon

March
5th, Columbus, Ohio, USA, Indoor Triathlon
Dunn Dash Triathlon
competed with Sandra

Ich habe die Qual der Wahl

There is a phrase in German, I absolutely love, “Ich habe die Qual der Wahl” it would somewhat equate to “I am being tortured by the choices I have”.

I am very thankful that I have two great opportunities one professionally and one personally but Ich habe die Qual der Wahl. I am unsure which to choose, and I must choose as they are happening on the same date. I have the opportunity to travel to South Carolina and compete in triathlon at the USAT Collegiate Nationals with the OSU team, which I have never done before and may never have the opportunity to do so again. I also have the opportunity to create a summer program for Latino high school students on heritage language development in the medical fields that will give these students access to college credit and exposure to a university campus, and as part of this program am being invited by my department, expenses paid, to the “Midwest Heritage Language Summit: Fostering the Languages of Your Community” conference in Michigan.
Both the triathlon and conference are on Saturday, April 23rd—Ich habe die Qual der Wahl. Yesterday, after talking to my friend I had decided I didn’t want to die having missed out on the opportunity to go to nationals but I am totally okay dying and not having made it to another academic conference. Then today, after talking to my academic mentor I felt I should go to the conference. The conference will have direct impact on the work I want to do not just in the next 3 months but the next ten years.
I am trying very hard to be thankful that I have both professional and personal opportunities but this decision is torture.

Dear Dudes

Dear Dudes,

I write this because I like dudes and I want to keep liking dudes. Stop sending dick pics. I don’t know of any women (I am sure they exist) who upon receiving a picture of some dude’s genitalia think “Yes, please, I want that. Oh put it in me”. If you want me specifically to like you, or to at least engage with you and respond positively, try instead sending me a book, an intriguing journal article, an interesting blog post, a new song, something that makes me think. Please, stimulate my brain and I will be way happier than I ever could with a picture of your man bits.

-Elena Mary

PS I tend to think that like physical contact, sexting requires consent—get some permission before you start messaging.

Good Sunday

This morning I participated in The Broke Man’s Half Marathon with Sandra. We signed up for the 1/2 Marathon but because of missing a turn we only ran 10 miles—which I was happy for because that meant I could make it on time to brunch with lovely ladies of color from graduate school—none in my program.  I ordered two breakfasts and a bloody mary because yes.  Went home constructed some furniture for a neighbor.  Then headed to an hour and a half relaxation yoga class with Neil.  It was a good, wonderful, Sunday to be concluded with some reading of Memorias de Mamá Blanca.

Why I have to succeed

I’m not sure succeed is the word…as more so persevere. I have to persevere through graduate school.  I am enjoying it but it is sometimes frustrating, difficult, structured in ways I have difficulties understanding and navigating.

My friend 光  visited me the past few days and I was tempted to skip class (something I don’t do—seriously I went the first four years of undergrad never missing a class) so I could spend the day with him.  But he reminded me of this:

“Out of 100 Chicano/a elementary school students, 44 will graduate from high school, 26 will enroll in either a community college or four-year university, but only 7 will graduate with a bachelors degree; only 2 will complete a professional or graduate degree and 0.2 will earn a doctorate.
…At full professor level, Latinas made up 1,254 of those positions…and white women held almost 40,000 full professorships.”

(Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac, 2009 )

And yes, he did remind me of those exact numbers as we read from “ ‘I don’t belong here’: Chicanas/Latinas at a Hispanic serving Institution Creating Community Through Muxerista Mentoring“.  He scolded me “If ya don’t go you are going to fuck up the statistics, it is vital you go”.
If I don’t go class, my chances of becoming that 0.2 that earn a doctorate is threatened.  I have already defied some odds; I am the first woman on either side of my family to graduate high school (first person–male or female– on my mom’s side), I am the first person on either side of my family to graduate from university, I am the first in my family to attend graduate school…and damn it has been a long winding road.

I want to be part of that 0.2% of Latinas that earn a doctorate.  When 1 out 4 students in K-12 in this country is now Latino and yet they aren’t represented in academia, and I have the opportunity and privilege to be in that role, it isn’t just something I have to do for me, but for my community.  So, yeah I went to class and class was a lot of fun and super stimulating…now if I can just preserver for a few more years.