(Quick note from Ray: The following was actually written before we got engaged this past weekend. She had no idea about that, and she put together this post a few months back and I hemmed and hawed waiting to post it until after the proposal…so everything was written as it was prior to Sunday. Enjoy!)
Many of you over the past year or two have expressed interest in “Who is The Girl?”, “What does The Girl look like?”, “What does The Girl think of all this training?”, and most notably “Does The Girl really exist?”. Well I’m here to break the silence! I’ve pondered many times making Ray write an entire post explaining “The Girl” situation, as he has been berated several times by comments left by his readers who were upset that he “refers” to me in such a manner. Others have simply expressed sheer frustration that he would “withhold” my personal information from his readers! Hahaha…To be honest, I was actually pretty flattered that some readers were so interested in little ol’ me, or so avid in my defense! I think the funniest comments are the one’s who question my mere existence…
So I won’t keep you waiting any longer. To clear up any questions and comments that portray Ray as an awful boyfriend who “won’t even refer to his girlfriend by name”, there is reason for this. In the beginning he simply started off with the title “The Girl” because that is actually Blog Lingo! Lots of bloggers refer to the people in their lives as “The Girl” or “The Boy”, or “The Kid”, and lets be honest, Ray pretty much does everything ‘By the Book’ so if “The Girl” is proper Blogger talk, then that’s exactly what he’s going to use! Later on we kept on with “The Girl” for a couple of reasons; first of all I began to realize how many of you people are actually reading Ray’s blog! And I’m a little sheepish, so that is a lot of people knowing my stuff! Secondly (is that a word?) it was really fun to watch Ray drop little “The Girl” bits of info or promises of photo’s in some of his posts followed by watching some of you research it (me)! I just hope you all actually like “The Girl” if you ever get to find her!
So to sum it all up, Yes I do exist! And if you want to find out all of the answers to your “Girl” questions, you’re welcome to find them here! And for a lot of you who are new to DC Rainmaker and may be wondering “Who is this special guest and why is she talking?” just click here and maybe I’ll captivate you with my favorite cupcake creation!
For the rest of you who might care for some inside Rainmaker humor, I’ve compiled a list of the Top 10 The Goods & Bads of Dating the DC Rainmaker! Yes, I promise to leave out the mushy stuff!
|The Goods||The Bads|
|10. The amount of teasing I get to inflict when other females at races scream… “It’s HIM! It’s the Rainmaker…can we get a picture?”||10. No one will talk to me at triathlons… I always hear “Hey, you’re… you’re Ray Maker!! Great blog, I read all the time!” …sadly, at no time will this person ever make eye contact with me or say hi…it’s like people think I’m sacred. It makes me a little Sad. 🙁|
|9. Dinner!||9. The Cook never cleans… which means I do a lot of dishes!|
|8. Ummm did you read about our Winter Trip?||8. He finds joy in inflecting Jet Leg – I’m not totally convinced that he’s human!|
|7. Always easily talked into an adventure, trip, experiment, or whatever off the wall thing that comes up!||7. Have you ever tried dating an Ironman… night life has taken a dive!|
|6. I get to be the test dummy for many fun Garmin/ Tech toys!||6. Work-a-holic|
|5. He happily supports my cupcake cause!||5. Ray WILL NOT DANCE 🙁|
|4.We both take time to schedule “regeneration” together…||4. He spends more time riding his bicycle instead of…|
|3. His Family!||3. His car… smells like old training gear.|
|2. Never misses a training day||2. Never misses a training day|
|1. I do REALLY silly things sometimes and he never seems to get too mad. He is in fact as friendly, patient, and sincere as he comes off in all of his response e-mails that he sends out to all of his readers.||1. He has trouble separating “me as a triathlete &his training buddy” from “me as his girlfriend- a GIRL!!”… so sometimes if I do something totally girly or cry over something he’ll tell me something along the lines of “HTFU”…. wimper… 🙁|
Well I hope you have enjoyed my little first post. Maybe I’ll drop in on the Rainmaker site again soon. Thanks to everyone who is a Rainmaker Reader, it has been a lot of fun over the past two years following the comments, words of encouragement, and sincere laughter exchanged amongst the readers. Have a great day,
~The Girl (Bobbie)