Thursday, October 29, 2009

Hooray for Customer Service

Just got this email:

Dear Dionn,

Good news!

Although you originally ordered Standard (4 to 5 business days) shipping and handling, we have given your order special priority processing in our warehouse and are upgrading the shipping and delivery time frame for your order.Your order will ship out today and be given a special priority shipping status so that you can receive your order even faster than we originally promised!

Please note that this is being done at no additional cost to you. It is simply our way of saying thank you for being our customer.

The order has already been packed and we will be emailing you your tracking number later today, when our computer systems are finished processing all of today's transactions.

We are constantly striving to improve our service. If there is anything that we can do to help improve your experience, please don't hesitate to let us know. We like to think of ourselves as a service company that happens to sell shoes, clothing, and a whole bunch of other stuff!

If you've enjoyed your experience with us, please tell your friends and family about Zappos.com!

Thank you!

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Well, they've just made themselves a return customer. And I got my running shoes ON SALE! YAY!!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Pictures and More from Perth

Today was kind of a busy day! Started with an easy run this morning that turned into something unexpected (see my post below).  Then met up with Suzanne and got our bikes finished being built and checked over by the team mechanics. (Logan - btw..they say don't take off the cassettes, but DO take off the deraileur..next time we know!)

Then we had some team business to take care of. Here's Suzanne and I hanging out at the team meeting:

We were sitting in the way back...but it was a great vantage point to check out the rest of Team USA!

And here's part of the Austin contigent: Glenda, Stephan, Suzanne and me!

(Clearly I've been spending too much time with my cheerleaders...look at my pose! Ready? OK!  oye.)

We learned lots of things at the team meeting, like how brutal the swim start was going to be. (Apparently, ITU event swim starts are (and I quote) "much, much worse than anything you've seen in the US"). Omg. I immediately start to freak out and then the girl next to me goes, "Yea -- and the women are WAY worse than the men!"

Great. That does it.  I'm starting at the way, way back far outside part of the pack.  I want nothing, I repeat, NOTHING to do with a brawl in the water.  Wanna take it outside to a bar or parking lot or something, then bring it...but in the water? PASS!

But the coolest thing was hearing the Team Coach talk about what an honor and priviledge we all have before us...something very few people will ever in their lifetime get a chance to do...and that is compete in the name of our country. He told us that no matter how we finish, he wanted us to remember that we are wearing the red, white and blue and to be proud of all that it has taken to get to this point. He also reminded us that as representatives of our country, he expects us to be model citizens, offer encouragement and support to our fellow competitors but most especially to our fellow teammates. Even if we don't know someone's name, yelling "GO USA" will go along way in lifting up a teammate.

And then he mentioned, "And if you feel like it, when you are coming down that finishing chute, go ahead and grab the American flag and run in with it."  Wow. How awesome would THAT be!!  I'd never even thought about having an opportunity to do that...but I guess, yea, being on Team USA..that's something I get a chance to do!

At this point, it was all I could do to refrain myself from jumping up and starting a cheer: "USA! USA! USA!"  How much of a dork am I? Wait...don't answer that. :P

After the team meeting, we had a chance to walkabout on our way to the team picture (I don't have a copy yet, but as soon as I do, I will post). Here are some shots of the city beginning with downtown Perth:

This tree is from the park where we took our picture...it just looked really cool to me, I'm not sure why.





Here I am in front of the finisher's chute...hopefully someone will hand me an Old Glory to run in with...since I'm going to be last in from the USA, they should have plenty of time to find one for me...sigh...



And what sport would be complete with out a resident jerk? Well, we've already found ours...it's this guy below. He's from New Zealand. He's apparently much better than anyone else at this event and does not feel the need to abide by even the mildest of manners. You, sir, win my "Jerk of the Night" award. Congrats. Ass. $20US says he busted for at least one penalty on Sunday. #jerkALERT




Fortunately, we also got a chance to meet some really, really cool team members.  This jacket below belongs to Barbara. Check out how many short and long course Duathlon and Triathlon World Championships she has competed in! AMAZING! 


How awesome is that!! Her earliest one is from the Olympic Distance Triathlon in Manchester, England in 1993!! This year alone she will have done Short and Long Course Triathlon (Gold Coast and Perth) and Short Course Duathlon (Concord, NC) World Championships. And you thought I was addicted? HELLO! I've got so much room to move now! ;)


Awesome day. So. ready. for bed.....zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz......

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Hogwarts Triathlon!!!

So, I'm just about for a little morning run along the beautiful Swan River and upon my return as I approach the athletes village, I can see it is abuzz with activity.

Wow! I'm thinking. Everybody's up and at 'em at the village this morning, maybe I'll just swing through and see what's going on.

As I get closer, I hear lots of excited voices...but something's off.  These aren't the voices of adults...it's KIDS!  I look around and the place is teaming with children all dressed in brightly colored matching ensembles. There's a red team, a blue, a black, a yellow.  All sporting names and mascots and crests on their gear.

What what? They are chanting names, throwing high fives, taunting the other teams and gearing up...all yelling in their totally cute Australian accents and I can't help but think....OMG. I've landed at Hogwarts!

And then I remember! Oh yes! As part of the championship weekend, they have a Primary Schools triathlon!! How awesome is that!!!

I hustle down to the swim start just in time to see the first group heading off on their 200m swim.  I'm standing behind a blue team and they are excitedly talking about their guy (who apparently is in the lead). I hear comments like (imagine the appropriate accent here) "Wow. 200 meters. That's a really long way." "What would happen if all of a sudden four fins popped up in the water!" "That would be awesome!" "Yea..I'd bet they'd swim a lot faster then." "Let's go cheer him on when he comes running out!" "Yea!"

With that a whole gaggle runs off to the swim finish chute.

Then the bike portion begins. I'm seeing everything from a kid in a AERO helmet on a bianchi with race wheels! (I am not kidding here. Australians clearly take this tri business seriously) to kids on heavy BMX bikes with skater helmets and what look like skydiving goggles on! This is classic stuff.

At this point, I solemnly swear to never, ever, ever go running without my iPhone or camera again. Why oh WHY can I not be taking pictures of this great stuff! I'm so sorry my lone blog reader! I shall not fail you again. No. I shall not. Let it be written. Let it be done.

If I didn't need food and water, I would've stayed longer.  But I wanted to share this info with you because it is so cute and awesome!  I might grab my camera and head back down to see if the action is still going on. It is so Fantastic!!!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

And just when you thought it was ending....



This arrives in my email inbox today:



Dear Dionn S,


This is to notify you that your entry into the 114th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 19, 2010 has been accepted.

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YAY!!!  So let's see..according to Team Rogue for Boston...training starts....November 3rd. OK...so that's 9 days of Off Season! Killer! Yay. wow. um...hmmmm....

Monday, October 19, 2009

EEEEK!

Swim Wave Times are posted!

To quote JD: "This sh*t just got real."

Wave Starts
Time Category Cap Color
1 07:45 Paratriathlete Pink
2 08:00 Elite Male White
3 08:05 Elite Female Fluro Pink
4 08:10 Male 35 - 39 Orange
5 08:13 Female 18 – 34 Female 45 – 79 Electric Blue
6 08:40 Female 35 - 44 Green
7 08:20 Male 18 – 29 Male 60 – 79 Fluro Yellow
8 08:25 Male 45-49 Fluro Green
9 08:30 Male 50-59 Fluro Orange
10 08:35 Male 30 – 34 Purple
11 08:45 Male 40 - 44 Red
This schedule is subject to changes

Second to last wave...at least I won't have to worry about too many people passing me...sigh...

Monday, October 12, 2009

Sunday, October 4, 2009