Recommended Tough Mudder Gear and Best Equipment From My Experience

When I was on my careercation, my friend, Joe Heitzeberg, knew I liked to do races (1/2 marathons, marathons, and Olympic distance triathlons), and hit me up to sign up for the Seattle Tough Mudder. I believe I was in Sydney at the time and shrugged, “why not?” I thought it would be a good goal to train for and to get back in shape after six-months of traveling.

Unfortunately, I got really sick on my trip and then just let myself go eating yummy food and not exercising. But when I saw the videos for Tough Mudder – I was shocked (knowing that I would be literally shocked)! I knew I had to get my butt in gear. I didn’t know what a burpee was and those monkey bars that kids fly by…I felt like my shoulder was going to get wrenched out! Not to mention the even more challenging rings. Continue reading

Keira said what?

We’re watching Sound of Music and its the part where the 16 year old daughter runs off to the gazebo to meet the messenger boy.
Keira: She’s going to meet her daddy
Mommy: I don’t think that’s her daddy Keira. I think that’s her special friend.
Keira: I have a special friend, Damin. And I wear my dress and clucky shoes to go see him.

Casual dinner conversation….
Mommy: Keira, what did you do at school today?
Keira: Leyton had a BIIIIGGGG poo *big eyes and wow look on her face*

I guess that was the big news for the day.

Tough Mudder Race “FAQ” Frequently Asked Questions from My Experience

Thanks for all the great feedback on my previous Tough Mudder Recommended Gear piece. I appreciate everyone who commented and emailed me. It means a lot especially since I was in your shoes and had no idea what to buy to be prepared and have fun doing my first Tough Mudder race in Seattle.

Based on the feedback and questions, I thought I would do a Frequently Asked Question “FAQ” that most of the folks on my team talked about, that people have asked me, and that I’ve read online.

Question:  How bad is the Chernobyl ice bath?

Answer:  I’ve trained for triathlons in Seattle, so I’m used to swimming in water as cold as the 50’s. Of course, there is no wetsuit here. I saw a gal in front of me who couldn’t do it and had to skip this. Chernobyl Ice Bath Tough Mudder

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TINYhr Decorating Project

So David (and I) are moving up in the world now and we have a whopping 200 sq ft office with $1k to FAB this place out! TINYhr is a fledgling company with still many biz goals to achieve, so I couldn’t really complain about our $1k budget.

This is it!

This is it!

This is the place, and we’ve never been so eggcited! It’s like renting your very first place when you graduated from college and found that studio apartment for $500 bucks! Ahhh…how it brings back memories…

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October 17, 2012 – Keira takes a bigger interest in drawing with her “biiiiiii” as she would say. She’s also saying “Kai peese” = translation “open please”

Why do all kids stick out their tongue when they’re concentrating on drawing?

So proud!

Our beach outing today. I’m a true Chinese mother that bundles up her kid to the point that she’s probably hot. Oops!




October 15, 2012 – Our family membership at the Seattle Children’s Museum was the best deal since we got back into town! The rain is back and instead of heading to the Sculpture Park (which we’ll miss dearly until it snows), indoors at Seattle Center is where we’ll be.
The museum just happened to have a hand painting class this morning and Keira was apparently an eager participant. Here’s the fruits of her labor.



October 13, 2012 – we were trying to find a pumpkin patch, but there were no pumpkins yet! Weird because there’s only 2 more weeks until Halloween. Here’s Keira Niu and Po Po enjoy a morning stroll along a random lake in Bellevue. Everyone told me it was going to pour, but I was optimistic and it was all worth it to get some great shots of Keira and Po Po. We found a banana slug and Keira poked it a bit with a stick. It really made an impression on here and she was saying “buh bah sluh…buh bah sluh…” all the way home.

Today we had a little family surprise bday dinner at Maneki’s for David.

Momsie is leaving tomorrow. Total bummer but I guess a short visit is better than nothing! :)

Here’s Keira winding up for a jump.