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Race Report: The Christy Triathlon

Hanging out at the park on Friday night

This past weekend, I participated in my only race of the summer: The Christy Triathlon (aka bachelorette party #2). My sister (and maid of honor) did such a great job planning it all out and keeping it a secret. The triathlon theme was a great idea too and very fitting for me. 🙂 So you may be wondering what three events we did (because obviously they were not swimming, biking and running). Here’s this weekend’s race report!

We all met up on Friday night for some desserts and snacks. My cousin from Toronto came in and so did one of my friends from college, which was great! I didn’t see either of them at my first bachelorette party so I’m glad they made it. The Friday events weren’t part of the triathlon, but they all gave me fun things like ring pops, tattoos, stickers, glow bracelets, a little tiara, my bachelorette sash, body jewelry, leis, and bubbles. I had to wear everything.

Then we headed out to the park just to take some pictures. Of course, Lexie, our pug got to come.

Afterwards, the girls actually helped me work on putting the programs together (so they did work!!) and we tried to get to bed somewhat early because we had to leave the next morning at 5:45 AM (races start early).

To start off on Saturday, we got race bags. That was totally unexpected, but then makes total sense. They were so cute too! There were Luna bars, Hello Kitty bandaids, lip gloss, and some other stuff in there including…RACE SHIRTS!!

The front has our initials on the pocket

The backs of the shirts

My shirt says “Bride” on the back in gold letters so it’s hard to see the letters in the picture. My sister designed the logo, which looks like the Chicago Triathlon logo, but there’s an Arch & the St. Louis skyline because that’s where we went! I didn’t even realize this until I read on my race packet that it said “Race to St. Louis.”

Event 1: Explore
After a 5 hour drive to St. Louis, we arrived at the City Museum downtown. This is like a giant playground for kids (and adults). We got to climb around on stuff (some of which was kind of scary) and explore the museum. Our shirts got all hot and sweaty since it’s really hot in the Midwest lately. We went down giant slides, crawled through caves, and climbed in a giant tree.

Climbing through the trees

Surfing on the giant whale fin

Event 2: Relax
We went to our hotel to cool off in the pool and to relax in the hot tub followed by dinner at the hotel (which was free!) and 3 free drinks for each of us. Good deal. 🙂

Event 3: Taste
We finished off the night by visiting the famous St. Louis Arch and then went to have frozen custard at Ted Drewes. I’ve been to

Yummy frozen custard

Ted Drewes before, but this time I saw they happen to have a specialty called CHRISTY! So of course I got that. It was a frozen brownie with vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, and caramel. So yummy but very rich so I didn’t finish it all. 

Our bachelorette party is pretty G-rated, so we ended up going back to the hotel and playing Bananagrams and watching Legally Blonde, which happened to be on TV. Then Sunday, we had breakfast at the hotel, packed up, and headed home.

It was a great, relaxing weekend. I enjoyed getting to spend time with the girls (two of which I don’t see very often!) and just not really thinking as much about wedding stuff. Now we’re 10 days away, so it’s crunch time on some of these things–but first I have to finish this last week of work.

I’m getting excited for the big day to finally arrive. I can’t believe it’s here already, actually. It seems like just yesterday when Gerald and I got engaged and started planning. But I’m also ready for all the wedding planning to be over so I can enjoy the marriage that follows. 🙂

The Arch!

All the girls

 

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Turning the Page

After finishing the Soldier Field 10 Miler in 1:28:46!

I’ve been MIA on the blog lately because life is picking up speed again. I’m excited to turn the page on my calendar to reveal a new month–July. Six months ago I wished July would come sooner, but now I can’t believe that I can say, “I’m getting married this month.” A few months ago I felt like I had a lot of time to prepare for the wedding, but now I’m starting to wonder how I’ll get all these details done (and finish unpacking and settling in to my new condo and read our required pre-marital counseling books) when my weekends are already filling up with two bachelorette parties, birthdays, and fellowship times.

A lot has happened since I last posted over a month ago. My last post was about my goals for the Soldier Field 10 Miler, which I’m happy to say that I reached all those goals and beat my time goal by a couple minutes. 🙂 So to help catch you up, I’ll share a few glimpses of my June.

Bridal Showers

 My first shower was hosted by my aunt, two women from church, and my bridesmaids (though only two of them could make it). I loved the Christy’s Coffeehouse theme because I do love my toffee nut lattes.

 

Toffee nut lattes are one of my favorite drinks

Tiffany, me, and Melissa (my bridesmaids & Mel's my sister too)

 A couple weeks after this first shower, the wonderful PR team at Tyndale hosted another bridal shower for me at work.

Me with members of Tyndale's PR team

 

My mom came too!

More recently, I packed up my little apartment and moved to the condo Gerald and I will be living in for the next year. Not only am I moving to a new location, but after living on my own for the past year, I know it’s going to be an adjustment for me to learn how to live with someone else again–much less, a guy. I’m so used to doing things on my own timeline, in my own way, and having things put just where I want them. Even having Gerald over has reminded me that life is not going to be like that a

So many boxes for such little stuff

month from now! I’m going to have to be a little more flexible, show a little more grace, and remind myself that things don’t always have to be done my way (there can be better ways to do things!). That’s just another thing I have to learn as I move into this next phase of life.

I’m at a very transitory time in my life. As we were moving my stuff into the new condo, Gerald kept saying how we shouldn’t get a lot more stuff because we’re only going to have to move it again soon anyway. I like consistency. I like being settled down. I’m looking forward to the day when we own our own home and can really dig our “roots” deep into it. I hate the idea of having to look for a new place to live in 9 months when I just moved in. I hate packing and I know that moving is going to be a bigger ordeal in the future now that we’ll have to move two people with a whole lot more stuff.

But I’m not going to worry about that now. For now, I’m finishing wedding preparations, preparing to jump into this thing called marriage, and to learn how to do life together with Gerald. I know that God will continue to guide us to live wherever He wants us to live and to do whatever He calls us to do.

So with July 1 now on the calendar, that’s 29 days until the wedding. I’m picking up my gown and it’s all starting to become more real. These next few weeks are going to fly by. It’s hard to believe that my life is going to be completely different 29 days from now. AND I’m no longer going to be a Wong. 😦 That’s a strange thought, but exciting at the same time. We’ll see if I get any more posts in before the wedding, but I’m looking forward to posting about my journey into young married life and beyond.

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