Thursday, September 18, 2014

Pictures from my Phone & Weekly Distractions

I am a few hours away from taking off for Ironman Tahoe. I sit in my apartment tonight with all of my belongings spread out all over the floor. My now four-hour effort to pack for the event I've been dreaming about for 15 years and training hard for for nearly 12 months has stressed my enlarged hear out. Rebecca sits across from me, chatting my ear off about things I'm not paying attention to because all I can hear inside my head is:


I'm told you can follow the race live this Sunday through an Ironman app or by typing my name in on the Ironman website. I'll post details on the Facebook Page as I have them.

Seriously, truly, thank you all so much for you kindness and support over the last year, and beyond, as I've worked toward this goal. I feel incredibly blessed to have felt so much love from you all as I've trained and written about this experience. I hope you all know how much it has meant to me.

And now, your Pictures and Distractions (please follow me on Instagram for more out of focus pictures):
Matt's My puppy, Ollie.

My law firm had a retreat in the mountains. Where The First Eye lives.

Meanwhile, at Carnifall, Matt gets his palm read. 

And Ollie's palms apparently said that he's about to find love. Better than my palm reading: "I don't want to alarm you but you have a VERY short life line. On an unrelated note, do you happen to have a will in place?"

Crap to distract you from whatever you're supposed to be doing:

This woman LOVES sponges. Thanks, Brittany.

A Stranger stumbled upon this what the kids are calling Tumblr, which is a collection of quotes from Stranger and it made my day. OH MY GOSH I'M SO INSPIRATIONAL. Twice up the barrel, once down the side. Thanks, Brad.

Talking cats playing patty-cake. Thanks, Trisha.

15 amazing photos. Thanks, Francie.


Putin looking at things. Thanks, Josh.

Intimate portraits of bees. Thanks, Janae.

Things old people say. Thanks, Rebecca.

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~It Just Gets Stranger


  1. Good luck! You will do great!

  2. Best of luck, Eli. I hope it goes well.

  3. Is your real name secretly Kevin? 'Cause I looked you up under the athlete tracker on the Ironman website and the only McCann in the running is a Kevin. Have you been hiding your identity all this time???

    1. I found him! His bib(??) number is 836

    2. *blush* Oh yeah, I guess it would help if I looked at the right race... Ahem.

    3. I did the same thing SCR. I was getting frustrated until I realized there was a second listing for the race... :-P

  4. I was wondering why a bunch of the "It Just Gets Stranger" quotes were getting reblogged suddenly! I'm the-fascinating-girl on tumblr. I'm glad it could give you a little pick-me-up, Eli.

  5. Good luck and congrats on following your dreams. You inspire me a lot. We are all cheering for you.

  6. I just heard the event was cancelled and I'm very confused. I'm also very sorry, Eli.

  7. Oh my God did you survive? I wasn't able to check my Feedly last week and didn't realize Iron Man was happening this weekend. (I can't keep up with my own life, much less yours.) DID YOU SURVIVE?

  8. Looks like the event was cancelled last minute due to the unsafe conditions from the King Fire smoke that is circulating the area. I read some people saying the smoke wasn't so bad in the morning in those areas, but the officials didn't want to take a chance on the health of the competitors, volunteers or the people watching.

    Sorry Eli, that really sucks.

  9. Looks like the Ironman just isn't your thing. At least you were saved from being DQ'd this time.