Perhaps I am being a little ridiculous, but here it goes. Before my triathlon training while being an active boarding team member for the Coast Guard and lifting heavy weights, I felt pretty secure. I was stronger than most, had more cardio endurance than most (thank you 10 mile runs) and during a grappling exercise at my station I bested 250 pound high school boys. Okay, so I came out of that experience needing knee surgery, but guess what? I won. I won even after the injury too! And the likelihood is I will probably only need to confront a would be attacker once in my life, so if I get hurt while doing it but I win? Perfectly acceptable.
Enter the would be attacker with a machine gun. Also, enter said would be attacker with training, and add it to the fact that since I began my quest for an ironman I’ve felt… well a little wimpy. If ISIS wanted to slowly chase me for over 10 hours on both foot and bike I’d have them cramping up and crying for their mothers on the side of the road in no time. Anything else? Well, not really.
This situation is also complicated by the fact that my boyfriend (who I plan on keeping around for the rest of my life) is Jewish. It seems to me that ISIS has made a habit of attacking Jews. They also like attacking women and military (duh). So yay, Jesse and I are one happy military, Jewish family to be. After ISIS released a video of a woman being stoned to death my hackles were raised. Declare war on one half of the population? I’ll have you know this girl personally wants a bout of fist cuffs. Threaten my boyfriend? I pictured an armed man going after Jesse and thought “I’ll kill you”. I am a pacifist at heart, but anyone touches that boy and they will find Heaven hath no fury like a woman defending the love of her life.
(Disclaimer, yes Jesse can defend himself. But I would like to help.)
However, I do not exactly feel very capable at the moment. I’ve considered numerous options, one of them being joining a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) gym after my ironman is over. However, as more terrorist attacks blossom across the globe, I can’t help but feel the need to do something. Anything. Well, anything except deny hurting refugees a safe haven, harass American Muslims, buy a gun, or advance hatred and fear in any way. And I want to do it RIGHT NOW.
So I am putting my ironman on the back burner. I’m bringing in some heavy weights into my routine. I’m joining my local MMA gym, Ultimate Fitness to learn Muay Thai kickboxing and submission grappling. I just bought some new wrist wraps from WOD gear! I’m going to get bigger, stronger and faster than I ever have before. To balance all of this out, I am also going to begin the ballet/dance training I’ve always wanted to do to in order to develop some much needed grace. Thus, when I kick someone’s ass, I’m going to look damn pretty doing it.
So fuck you ISIS and all your other affiliates, from Boko Haram to Al Qaeda. You’ve already had your asses kicked by female soldiers all across the globe, but I figure a few more can never hurt. When/if you do come to America, there are plenty of other girls like me who are getting stronger, faster, and smarter than ever before. We will give you a proper American woman welcome.
This week in updates:
So no grocery list or anything today, as I am about to get on a plane to visit Jesse for Thanksgiving! It was a hard won trip, as I needed to get radio qualified in a very short amount of time to do it, and arrange a complicated duty swap. Up until last week I didn’t know if I could do it, but yay check ride passed! I’m nowhere near as smooth as I would like to be, but the Coast Guard only needs the basics and those I can do. Hopefully I won’t forget them all by the time I get back to base.
My upper body is very sore, given that I did arm weights yesterday and then went out to try Ultimate Fitness. I found out that they are the headquarters of this Team Alpha Male I’ve been seeing stickers all over for. The name makes me laugh and also get a little angry. During one of the sparing matches yesterday one of the instructors who had been very helpful and nice gave me a patronizing grin, which also made me angry. I saw this blond pretty-boy walking about the gym before class with a huge butt chin and thought man, what an obnoxious looking guy. This morning I realized that that was the owner of the gym. Class was great, I learned a lot, and I already feel like I have something to prove. Great! I don’t like hitting people unless I feel angry. I would like to punch the smug grin off both the face of that instructor and Mr. Butt Chin. I feel like this is a good thing. Team Alpha Male. HA! They even have a shirtless calendar. I do admit they look nice. If you want, you can buy one for $30.
Oh yeah, I also destroyed some cake from Rick’s Dessert Diner! It was awesome!
The recipe: Easy Avocado Pasta
So this was going to be basil avocado pasta but some animal completely mangled my basil plant. I decided to use it as an experiment to see if plane avocado and olive oil (with salt and a spice of choice) would work just as well. The answer is yes, it was delicious!
½ cup dried pasta
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon water
Red pepper flakes and salt, or a spice of your choice
Cook the pasta, drain, and set aside. Blend avocado, olive oil, water, and spices in a blender. Mix with pasta. You just made your own pasta sauce! Enjoy it!