Congratulations to Brent and Dawn on their beautiful wedding.
Congratulations to Brent and Dawn on their beautiful wedding.
The weather is turning as we were pelleted by the leaves and pine needles falling from the trees. The gloves have emerged from hiding.
(and here is the mini car)
(and the mini car at work)
I finally paid my speeding ticket since it was at the 15 day mark, what would I have done without hte online payment option?!
We finished off our Sunday as a normal Sunday at Mexican, but this time with our great friends Connie and Jeff in Vashon. Don't worry Puerto Vallerta, we'll be back!
( Mom at Danskin this year)
"What event are you doing?"
Me: Burly Girl (did I really just say that-calling myself that?)
Male volunteers on course: "Are you doing the sisters route or the girl power route?"
Me: ughh...the Burly Girl (Crap, do they know I am doing this twice- am I now the "grizzly girl")
Come on could they come up with something a little more, ughh, girly? Like super girl or wonder woman of such.
Definition of burly:
husky, able-bodied, athletic, beefcake, beefy, big, brawny, bruising, bulky, gorillalike, hefty, hulking, hulky, hunk, muscular, portly, powerful, stocky, stout, strapping, strong, sturdy, thickset, well-built.
Seriously lets go with beefcake next year.
The event was, despite the name, fun. I rode with Connie for the first 70ish miles and then she went on to complete her first century EVER. We had so much to talk about that the first 30 miles were easily forgotten about. Rain from the day before caused every slug to come out in all of Washington. Brown slugs, green slugs, you could only dodge so many of them. I look over at Connie's bike and it looks like a huge bug, until we realize it was slug guts! I got to do this last long ride and my longest ride EVER. The last 10 miles of each 60ish mile loop were brutal (took me 1:22 for the last 10 of each-hilly!)
(Yes, that is fuel all over the cat eye, not slug guts)
I have no photos of the ride because Mark was out supporting the TNM athletes at our local Kirkland Sprint triathlon and let me tell you this race is no joke! The mens field was STACKED with local pros Ben Collins, Dave Messenheimer, Chris Tremonte, and up and comer Rusty Pruden. My fellow coach Bridget Jones (yes that is her real name) took the victory for the women.
(Champ Bridget with the hubby and Zooey the new dog)
(Dave, Ben, and our boy Rusty)
Most excitingly Coach M's bro (that is Mark) raced his first tri. The super sprint, which is all the same except the swim was 1/4 of a mile. For starters he did a fantastic job...but his stories are what need the attention.
(Brother Paul and Coach M)
Night before race on phone with Mark:
M: "Pump your tires to 115 tonight, they will lose some air overnight and you will be fine".
P (Paul is bro's name): "What I just pumped them to 60 isn't that enough?"
M: "Okay, what fuel are you bringing?"
M: "Pack everything tonight in a back pack, including your wetsuit, you don't want to forget that."
P: "In a back pack? I thought I just put it all in a garbage bag."
M: "Meet me at my place at 5:30 am."
P: "Why 5:30 when my wave doesn't go off until 8?"
Post Race comments:
P: "I freaked out in the swim as soon as I got kicked, so bro, I turned over on my back, lifted my goggles up and did this (picture Paul swinging both arms simultaneously in a backstroke fashion). I started passing people like crazy. And then I didn't even have to sight (remember goggles are off), I would just watch the people's eyes behind me and make sure I was going straight that way." (I need to learn that style!)
On the run: "I was cramping in my calves and people started telling me not to stretch, I was like, heck no, I want to stretch my calves and I will!"
Will he do it again....YES! It just brings back all the first timer stories.
Happy b-day wishes to my mom and congrats to Paul on his first (of many to come) triathlon!
I chose this event because it was close to home and benefiting the Cancer Care Alliance. My father passed away of cancer 14 years ago, nearly to this day, due to cancer. My parents supported my in all my swimming events attending EVERY swim meet and nearly every practice. Not to mention the daily support of feeding me! I could not pass up this opportunity to swim and support him at the same time.
(I finally got that waterproof camera so I can get it all sweaty and take photos at all times!)
Today (Thursday) was Erace Poverty charity time. At the Seattle Athletic Club the staff runs on the treadmill for 12 hours straight (in 30 min increments) and members donate to their favorite trainer. One of our trainers, Jeff Bates, started Erace Poverty and he sends monthly newsletters when traveling on his missions.
(This is Rob (ie: the boss), I signed up to run after him (ie: bonus points!)
Let me tell you 30 min is a long time for this girl to run on a stinkin' treadmill...ugh! It was great for me though because I have had a nagging foot issue, had an MRI, took a week off of running, then had the IT band flare due to "not running" so now I am building back up and my calculations have me spot on for Kona :) (positive thinking!).
Thanks to everyone for their support and donations to make these events happen while America fights the war on cancer, MS, and poverty.
Yeah! The Garmin 310XT was sitting on my counter top at home just waiting for me. We went for a swim....and well, I have a lot of reading and figuring out to do because it said I swam double the distance (or maybe I did swim a mile in 11:05 J/K) . FYI Greenlake is .46 across from buoy to buoy.
Road Runner Sports is the best (well really, my boyfriend is the best). But you can now pick one up there.
Thanks Mark, I will put it to good use (by strapping it onto you and making you swim so I can analyze your every swim move! :)
I was very happy to finally meet D! She was putting in the work at the Gatorade station, as we saw her there, morning, noon, and night!
(Jeff, Thomas, and Mark)
They also had some social "ice bath" time too. Where they were able to discuss race strategies.
(Jeff, Mark, Darin)
While we made posters.
Thomas's family put together a hilarious write up for the boys. Text below photo.
IS IRONMAN CANADA READY FOR THESE GUYS?
Mark Webb, Jeffrey Cunningham, and Thomas McJilton have all gone through hard training, lots of long days,
and several permanent markers, but their friendship remains their greatest training asset.
Ironman Canada may be known
for various things; long hills, hot
weather, and bald men, but three
Yanks think the multi-sport world is
theirs for the taking. “Since I decided
this is going to be my first, and last,
Ironman event, I’m going all out,” said
Jeffrey Cunningham, the rookie of the
Orthopedic socks seem to be
Seattle native Mark Webb’s secret
weapon. “ I think socks like these say
something about a person,” said
Thomas McJilton, wielding his 19th
black Sharpie maker, has spent many
days color-coordinating his biking
ensemble. “Whether I broke
international child-labor laws by hiring
Maia Cunningham as creative
consultant is for the courts to decide,”
With race day looming, the three
triathletes prepare themselves by
shaving their heads, legs, and chests
in a vain effort to reduce their finish
times. The coolness factor, however, is
The families of Webb,
Cunningham, and McJilton wish
them well on race day.
Race day was a 3:30 am wake up call. Mark and the team did absolutely fantastic and as a coach I could not have asked for a much better day for them.
Mark had a 2 hour PR from his previous ironman experience finishing in a 10:19.
Post race was spent SLEEPING for me.....I was exhausted for two days following. I did get up for the team barbecue and also for a little wine tasting.
Canada was a super great experience all around. Thanks to everyone who made the journey to support the team mates and to hang out at our pad!