Adventures in Running: my first tri!

After having a couple of 5k under my belt I decided that I could tackle a triathlon. My friend decided to do it together and training together was the best part. We were in college at the time and had free swim passes to our local YMCA. We would meet up and go for swims before class. While we thought we were training hard at the time I think we spent more time talking in the sauna then actually training.

Our training kind of fell apart as summer got started and my friend was traveling. I had lost motivation. However, it was only a sprint triathlon and we both were able to complete it even with our limited training. My friend even took 3rd place in our age division. I came in right after her and I still to this day say that I could have possibly beat her if I hadn’t have gotten lost on the run portion of the race!

My advice for anyone wanting to do there first triathlon is that training isn’t everything and chances are that if you are in decent shape you’ll be able to finish even if your training falls apart.


Adventures in Costuming: The Madd Princess




Casper, WY is home to the Middle Platte Renaissance Faire. Last summer I decided I was going to undertake the task of making my own costume for the faire. I had participated in my High Schools Drama programs and figured it couldn’t be that hard. The only thing I had ever previously sewn was a pillowcase in an “adult living” class required by my school. Therefore, I figured a costume couldn’t be that much harder.

In some ways I was right, and in others I was completely wrong. The whole project took me a total of three days. Starting with a trip to Hobby Lobby in which the very helpful lady at the fabric counter helped me pick out the pattern and also all the materials I would need. While I don’t remember the exact cost, I do recall it being a very expensive trip. It was well over a hundred dollars for the materials. I did little else over the few days but work on my costume. In the end I decided it was well worth all the time and money.

After all the hard work I decided to enter the costume contest at the faire. The faire’s minstrel helped me come up with a name for my “Faire Character”. He dubbed me the Madd Princess with two D’s because I was doubly mad. Not with anger but without sanity. However, the real high light of the faire was their turkey legs!at-the-faire-2

Get the Pattern HERE!



New to blogging and a little lost


Blogging is something that I have been wanting to do for a while now. I have given it a great deal of thought and came up with the name clearly lost. Being lost is clearly something I excel at. I’m a little lost as to what this blog will be about but just hang in there with me while I clear my thought, and by clear my thoughts I think I mean ramble on about what I might write about later.

Most of my friends can probably tell you at least one story about me that involves me being lost. Well, I’m going to beat them to the punch. I will be sharing my adventures in being lost with those willing to read about them, with the hopes that you will find them entertaining.

I have recently taken up several new hobbies. Now that I’m no longer in college I have all this free time. These hobbies include (but are not limited to) hiking, backpacking, knitting, sewing, writing, reading (for fun), and the list goes on and on. So chances are I will be writing about some of these topics and asking for help from people who clearly know more about them then me.

Thank you for making it this far. I hope that you will hang in there with me while I get things up and running.