Saturday, June 28, 2008

Voices in my Head

Everyone has them, right? The voices?

Sometimes it's me, sometimes it's other people.

During today's ride, it was's what I heard as I embarked on my 40-miler this morning.

Me: I really wish I was a better cyclist...I want to be faster..
Jaime: If you want to be faster, you have to go fast now.
Noah: I got faster by keeping up with a faster group for as long as I could..then when I was wiped out, just keep going as fast as I could.

Both of those ideas sounded like a good plan to me, so I went for it!! I took off with a group that was definitely out of my speed comfort zone and started peddaling....HARD. Turns out we were averaging close to 20mph. Oh, did I mention that we were going up 360. Hello Hills!!

During the ride as I was struggling to hang on...for as long as I could, I heard:
TIBaldMark: Get Aero! GET AERO!
(I hunkered down low into my bars)
Mo: Relax the hands, don't grip so tightly! Let the lower body do the work.
(that's what he said?!?!)
Panther: When you get tired, snuggle up to the faster folks...let them pull you until you are recovered. Then get back out in clean air and push!
(I pushed it so I could snuggle up to Betty...dude, she is fast.)

At mile 20, out loud:
Me (to E): I think I'm done!
E: (silence with intense look on her face)
At mile 20, in my head:
Me: Shit. We aren't done...look at the determination for speed on E's face. Ugh. Here we go.

I hung on to the fast kids through mile 32-ish, then was really toast as we struggled through headwind on the return down 360. How is it that you have to pedal on the downhills to not lose speed?? WTF?

By mile 35, the fast kids had put some good distance on me and E was pulling away as well.

Me: Next time....I make it to 40.

Final stats:

Distance: 39.21 miles
Avg Speed: 18.7 mph
Max Speed: 45.8 (!!! WOW !!!)
(not too shabby for me considering that's been my average speed in a sprint tri!!)

Here's a look from Garmin on today's route:

Friday, June 27, 2008

Thank you! everyone who was so nice to my sister last night as we enjoyed a rare moms' night out on the town! From the pub run to Cedar Street, I think she had a blast!

Here she is on the ride home...uh, needing some fresh air....

Thursday, June 26, 2008

The Condo...

dubbed as such by some rowdy friends while tailgating at a LAX game this year also doubles as the "Party Bus" by the summer camp crowd:This is why I have three rows of seats. 5 Kids (only 1 of which is mine!), 3 backpacks filled with stinky wet towels, swimshorts, and lunchboxes, 8 pairs of shoes, 2 (still wet with paint and glue) "nebula" art projects, and 1 boisterous round of singing the theme song from Indiana Jones.

I love summer.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Right Side of the Law

Phew. Thank goodness that is done.

6 hours of online defensive drive course while multitasking other systems work. Check.
Final Exam Score: 100%. Check.
Overnight delivery of Certificate. Check.
Pick up copy of driving record. Check.
Deliver driving record and certificate to court. Check. Check.!!!

In my excitement, I sent a note off to a couple of crazy friends about how excited I was to be a good citizen again, to which I received the following response:

...and as our hero finished writing this sentence, and shutting down her PC, she wandered into the kitchen to grab herself a glass of ice cold water. But as she walked by the dog sanctuary (couches / tv room) she saw the time of day on the cable box and shouted out loud.

"MOTHER F**KER! It's already 3:20?? F**K!! I HAVE TO BE AT T2 AT 3:30. F**K F**K F******CK!!!!"

So she threw on her cycling garb, ran down the hall, reversed by the mirror in the hallway, to do a glance over : "OH YEA, I MAKE THIS LOOK GOOD!", she then jumped into her car, reversed out of the driveway plowing over the neighbor's chihuahua, took a right out of the cove, and jumped the curb at the riverplace 2222 light, took a right, and floored it down the big hill. Little did she know, cop man was sitting at the bottom, waiting to tag an un-suspecting NASCAR wannabe. blue and rights flashing... "GOD DAMMIT!"

Our hero tried all her moves, pulled up her skort real far, fluffed up her hair, threw on some bright red and shiny FMH's (for good measure), and shoved two tube socks in her newly acquired T2 jersey. But alas, as fate would have it, our hero would quickly rejoin the ranks of the dirty record bearers.

Monday, June 23, 2008

I'm IN!!

It's official!! I've officially registered for my very first IRONMAN!!!
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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Dancing with the Stars 2043

Following in the footsteps of Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith and Jason Taylor.... in his performance debut, direct from the Just For Kix class from Austin Dance Company, I proudly present, my first born, Shay in........

"Blame it on the Boogie"

(he's the one on your far left (stage right)...I know, he needs shut up and watch.)

And here he is with his teacher Ms. Megan. I mean, what red-blooded boy wouldn't want to spend time with her each week?
After the show, we had several parents come up to us and say how fantastic he was. (Of course he was...but I may be just a little bit biased.) Even one of Shay's buddies from school came up to him and said, "Wow, Shay. I didn't know you could do that!" Shay was beaming from ear to ear.

But in all seriousness, I couldn't be more proud of him. Not because he did well, but because he did it with style. You could just tell he was having a blast up there. And when you perform, technical execution can only get you so's the energy and personality that makes it great. And that's something you just can't teach.

Man, I love that kid.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Happy Juneteenth!

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.

Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future. Its growing popularity signifies a level of maturity and dignity in America long over due. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. Sensitized to the conditions and experiences of others, only then can we make significant and lasting improvements in our society.
© 1996

Wednesday, June 18, 2008


Thanks Mike!


Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Summer Camp Begins

Shay survived his inaugural day at Camp Twin Lakes yesterday! He came home dirty, hungry and tired. Perfect.

For dinner he plowed through two bowls of spaghetti and meatballs, 2 glasses of whole milk, a cup of chocolate pudding for dessert followed by a serving of macaroni and cheese chaser. Seriously, I thought he was going to explode, but he just kept asking for more.

He also came home down (1) lunch box and (1) shoe. Yes, just one shoe. Left with 4 shoes (pair of sneakers and a pair of sandals), returned with 3. Dang. This is why they tell you to label anything and everything that can possibly be momentarily or permenantly detached from your child's body.

I had to use a chisel to remove the ring of dirt left in the bathtub after he got out.

We made it through only 5 pages of our Choose Your Own Adventure book (we chose to go to the meeting with the Nepal Delegate versus check on our climbing buddy Carlos who was at base camp at Mt. Everest, but since the big storm we've lost radio communication -- doesn't look good for Carlos....), before Shay announced he could no longer keep his eyes open.

And true enough, the MINUTE his head hit the pillow he was OUT!

I love summer.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Playing with the Big Dogs

I rolled into swim practice today. It's hot outside. Hell, it's even hot in the water today. Tropical. Just like I like it. Good day for a swim.

Maurice is there directing swimmers to lanes. He and Chrissy have an amazing ability to quickly put everyone in the right lanes so whatever each person's pace is, they are challenged but not defeated...well maybe sometimes someone needs to get their ass kicked. But you know what I mean..

So, I'm standing on deck waiting to be directed to the appropriate lane and Mo says, "Dionn -- over there" and points to lane 2. I don my gear and hop in for the warm up swim. I'm not the fastest nor the slowest in my lane, so I'm feeling pretty good. It isn't until we've finished warming up that I look at the paper on our lane that states the workout.

The top says, "T TWO". I'm usually in the T ONE group. I got bumped up today! WOOT! Followed quickly by: Oh Shit.

It was a tough workout. But, I didn't get passed and I passed one person in my lane! YAY! Of course, my shoulders and back are already killing me, but it is the good kind of pain. The one that says, yea -- I worked out today.

Swim total: 3400 yards


I can do anything that's everything all on my own...

... a quote taken directly from Lola... a precocious British kindergartner from Disney's Charlie and Lola.

Sometimes you just need to feel like you are capable of handling whatever comes your way all on your own. Call it a check in with your self confidence, a mental boost, a sense of control over something or whatever....

My three year old has bouts of this all time as he struggles with demonstrating his independence and his newly found capabilities...."No, I do IT!" And even though it takes TWICE as long to get it done (which can be extremely frustrating when you are in a hurry and running late...which you know we always are..), I know it is important, so I just say, alright, and let him handle it.

And at the ripe old age of...well, my age...I find that I still get bouts of it as well.

In my most recent episode, I had a busted sprinkler in my yard:

Nice, right? That coupled with the fact that since the original system had been put in, the landscaping has grown considerably so that some sprinklers are now situated behind big plants or under bushes resulting in areas of the yard not receiving the proper amount of water and some of the grass is dying.

Time to call a sprinkler guy, I guess, right? But wait, difficult can it be? I've got a freakin' engineering degree from a top school...I should be able to fix some freakin sprinkler heads, right??? Hell Yes.

So as not to bite of more than I can chew (engineer be damned...I have no idea what I'm doing..), I decide to tackle just the front yard first and see how that goes. After a brief recon trip around the yard turning on each of the sprinkler zones, I decide I need to repair the fountain in the front, change one head from a 90-degree spray to 180, and pop two up on risers that are stuck under shrubs. Check. Off to Home Depot we go. (Shay's on summer break, so he's assisting me.)

I came armed with my brand name and model of the sprinkler system, and when I got there the friendly Home Depot boys were ready and willing to assist. We loaded up with all of our goodies and headed home.

Shay was in charge of turning the sprinklers on and off when I asked him...but mostly he just ended up stripping down to his boxer briefs and running through the water after he turned it on. It is summertime after all. What else should he be doing, really?

And check it out:
OH yea, UH HUH! I fixed it. I ROCK! WOOT!

Topped that off with fixing the back porch ceiling fan, which had a blade (literally) fly off (no children or dogs were harmed in the event -- thank goodness), causing the fan to oscillate like crazy and threaten to send the remaining four blades shooting off in every direction or have the whole fan come crashing down onto the patio table. I had to take the whole light housing off (not just the light cover, mind you) in order to get enough room to screw the blade back in. Managed to do that, change the bulbs to the new energy efficient kind and get it all back in working order without hurting myself, the kids or the dogs. YES!

I know it is silly...but sometimes you just need little wins.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008



Yesterday, E and I were discussing the travails of not being in the City of Austin and the affects on library card issuance. This led us to talking about our favorite books when we were children. We reminisced about Nancy Drew and some other stand bys when the conversation turned to this:

D: There's this other series of books that I SO wish I could find, I've been thinking about it off and on for years, but I don't remember the name or the author, but I can picture the cover art so vividly!

E: Really?

D: Yea, it was this science fiction trilogy.....

E: What was it about?

D: (staring off, thinking about the picture on the front, was about to speak when.....)

E: Was it about Tripods?

D: YES!! OMG!! YES, YES, YES, YES!!! How did you know? OMG!!!!!!!

E: And there was a city?

D: YES! That had to swim under a dome to get in?

E: YES! And the tripods were really tall?

D: YES! and they had a round light on the front!! (I mean seriously of all the juvenile trilogy books ever made, how could she have known exactly what I was thinking of? Talk about Karma.)

We continued back and forth recalling as many details as we could, but the title and author continued to elude us....until...

This morning I get an excited message from E, "I Figured it out!!! It's the Tripods Trilogy by John Christopher!"

YES, YES, YES!! That's it!

I am SO EXCITED!!! I'm ordering the boxed set from Amazon today. I can't wait to re-read these with Shay!!!!!!!

BONUS! I just read that there was a prequel written after it!!! I can't wait to read that too!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

We're not what?!?!?!

Today was Shay's trip to the library to procure his very own library card. I figured he was old enough now to properly respect the library, the materials and the privileges that go along with being a card carrying member. (wait..that doesn't sound good does it? but you know what I mean....)

He was very excited, as was I...I have very fond memories of going to the library when I was a kid, spending hours wandering the stacks, looking for a title to catch my eye and draw me into some wonderful story, hunkering down into some bean bags and ferociously devouring the book, word by word, page by page, chapter by chapter. I remember gravitating towards series because I never wanted to the stories to end.

I am so hopefully that Shay develops a love of reading like I did. He's currently reading above his grade level at school and I'd love to be able to have him continue that trend.

So, we hand in our forms to receive our official library cards and I'm summarily informed that according to our address, we do NOT live in the city of Austin and therefore are NOT eligible to receive a free library card.

We're not WHAT?!?!?!

You've got to be freakin' kidding me. Where the hell are all the taxes I'm paying going to then? UGH! I was *this* close to going ABW on this poor civil servant when she informed me that Shay's card would be free, but I would need to pay $70 for mine.

I said, thank you, we'll just take one card for Shay then. I didn't really need one anyway...I have since grown fond of Half Price Books anyway. I'll just do my part to keep the economy going...

ANYWAY, I had soon forgotten my anger when we entered the children's section and starting looking at the books. All the memories came flooding back as I spotted my old friends, Nancy (Drew) and Judy (Blume).

Shay gravitated towards the bugs and insects selection (boys...go figure), but soon we found ourselves in the section for series. And lo and behold another all time favorite of mine...... CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE!!! OMG! They still had these!!!

I pointed them out to Shay and we grabbed the first one in the series and dove in. I showed him how you got to make different choices and how the story would change everytime you read it and made a different choice. It's like having 30 books in one!! How exciting!!!

In the end, Shay checked out a book on Scorpions and the first Choose Your Own Adventure book. I made him promise NOT to start the adventure book until tomorrow when I can read with him. We hooked little fingers and pinky swore. I can't wait until tomorrow....YAY!!!!!!

Spring Cleaning

I love what spring cleaning can do for your mind, body and soul. It just works on so many levels.

During this process, yesterday I uncovered a few gems that I thought I would share that cracked me up.

First is the Cheer list that was taped to the inside of my junior high megaphone from Porter Junior High. (Shorey - I'll buy you a beer if you can remember words and moves to at least one of the following....):

1. Arkansas
2. Panthers Conquer
3. Victory Tonight
4. Watch Out
5. Victory, Victory
6. Aw, Shucks!
7. Stomp, Clap
8. Goodluck
9. Panthers Victorious
10. Panthers Want A Victory
11. Action
12. Were With You Team So Fight
13. V-I
14. Big Red
15. Stomping Ground
16. Hello
17. 2-4-16
18. Hot to Go
19. Jump, Shout
20. Elevate Your Mind
21. Spirit (S, P)
22. Red Hot
23. Gusto
24. Are You Ready
25. We Are Bad

And on the back of the paper, it had the following lyrics which were sung to the Yellow Rose of Texas:

I love those Porter Panthers
They are the team for me
With great determination
They fight for victory
They pass, they kick, they tackle
They fight with all their might
I think they're something special
And I know they'll win tonight!

Ah....Good times.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Perspective (aka Danskin Race Report)

As you know, I love the Danskin, for what it represents, for the women who do it, for the bike and swim angels and the rest of the volunteers who support it. It is just a feel-good race all around.

This week I've been pretty bummed, hobbling around, debating whether or not I should do the race. I maybe briefly considered not doing it, but I think I knew deep down in my heart I would do it come hell or high water....just to be there, in the mix...swimming with the ladies who 10 weeks ago never put their face under water, or biking with those who just tuned up their 20-year old bicycle and couldn't even tell you what a clipless pedal might be, or running with the gals whose previous level of physical exertion was climbing the stairs in their house. There's just something about being there amongst it all.

Plus, it was the first real triathlon that I did and it got me hooked on what has now turned into 5 tri seasons of fitness, fun and frivolity. How could I not do this race?

I began auspiciously when I received my race number, 1313. Twice the bad luck, I thought? But the Jewish Dynamic Duo of KP and E both chimed in stating that it is actually good luck because they cancel each other out. Phew. Disaster #1 averted.

Race morning, I'm awakened at 5:15am...the time I had originally planned on leaving! I had forgotten to turn my alarm on!! (I had turned it off Thursday since it was the last day of school. YAY!) SHIT! Had to forgo my usual morning ritual and just throw my clothes on and GO. I made excellent time, used my super secret entrance to the park, ended up finding E in the shuttle line and we were off to transition on time. Disaster #2 averted.

On my way, I checked my phone and had received this message from Scott that set the tone for the race:
"I remember standing and watching you while Shawn Colvin sang the national anthem at your first danskin. I was nervous and anxious, saying a silent little prayer that you would finish safely. You've come a long, long way since then. I recall how good you looked "getting off the bus" at the pre-race expo that year, but you look even better and stronger now. Still, it's my prerogative to worry about you, especially knowing you'll be racing on an injured foot. I know it won't stop you from kicking tail and holding your own against the very best in your sport. Even on one good wheel, those other chicks better watch out. None of your development as a triathlete has happened by accident. You've worked your ass off for it. I hope you take a minute during this year's anthem (in between trips to the porta-potty) to reflect on your progress and smile with pride. Have a great day. Go get 'em."

Hell ya! Let's go have some fun and do this thing! I was so relaxed and just planned on having a good time participating (since I knew my run was going to completely suck), I didn't even wear a watch. That's right. watch. No garmin. Flying without instruments!! How 'bout that??

The swim was THANKFULLY uneventful...something I desperately needed after CapTex. There were some super fast swimmers in my heat and I settled in behind them...using their blue caps to guide me around the buoys and through the sea of the two waves we passed through. The swim did seem kind of long and after chatting with some others, it appeared that everyone's swim times were a couple minutes off.

I had a great time on the bike, flying around with my fancy race wheels and trying to avoid crashing into wayward cyclists. Apparently, I just missed the big wreck on the short, steep hill that follows the 90-degree right turn...thank goodness I was through before that thing went down...yikes!!! Jack paced me in his truck for awhile as he was roving the course, waiting to rescue a damsel in distress.

And then came the run....I have just one word for it....ouch. As I was hobbling along, just trying to string together 3.1 miles to finish this crazy thing and being all "woe is me", I came gimping up behind a lady in a pink shirt that read: "You think this is hard? Try Chemo." Ok..I think I will shut up now. Hello! How's that for some perspective. Damn right sister!!

I was great to see all the volunteers out there yelling and cheering for everyone! Maggie in the water -- always the perfect angel, Glenda on the run--sporting her finisher's medal already, :) and ALL the Rogue coaches on the big hill at the end. Couldn't have done it without y'all today! THANK YOU!!!!

I crossed the finish line in a simple sprinting for me today...and was glad to have put it all together and finished properly. Shimmied over to the medic tent and slammed my foot into a big bag of ice....AAAAAHHHHHHH.....much better.

I had NO idea of my splits, my finishing time...nothing. It was the weirdest feeling. And Timberline doesn't post at the race site, so you have to wait until it comes online before you can see actual results. Unless you are on the podium, of course, which I knew I wouldn't be...

But during a fabulous post-race lunch with E, I checked from my phone and the results were in! What what?!?!?!?!?!!?

4th Place in my age group!!!!!! YAY!!!

Then I looked at the 3rd place time and nearly flew out of the restaurant in a rage....I missed third place by 33 seconds. 33 SECONDS!! Are you serious? Poor E, she had to talk me off the ledge. Surely, I could've found 33 seconds somewhere..say maybe...not walking through the mid-way water stop? picked it up just a tiny bit in the swim? One harder gear on the bike for maybe a minute? GGGGRRRRRRRRR!!! Anyone seeing a trend here...anyone...anyone?!?!?!?

After I calmed down and looked at my splits, recalled the reasons I like this race, I was much better. Given my current injury status, I was actually quite pleased for a fourth place finish.

Here are my final stats:
Swim: 18:05
T1: 2:19 (remember I'm running barefoot and gimpy for like 200 yards!)
Bike: 37:26 (19.2mph)
T2: 1:07
Run: 27:59 (9:01/M) ...gimpy...

Total: 1:26:58
AG Place: 4th (out of 445)
Overall: 27th (out of 2592)

I'll take it!

Friday, June 6, 2008

Bum Wheel.... Go or No Go?

I've been off my foot with no running for over a week. I've been to PT 4 times, have been icing and heating, rolling (although I think I'm going to pick up an official TP Roller kit so I can make it official and start doing it at home and not just at practice), and stretching.

It still hurts like a SOB during the Graston technique....but I think I'm going to run on it this weekend anyway. Why, you ask?

This weekend is one of my most favorite of all time races, The Danskin. For more details on why I love it so, you can check out my old post here. But I really, really, really, really don't want to miss out on participating. This is my feel-good race of the season. I know it is a total cluster with the logistics of getting 2500 women into and out of the race, but I don't care. I love it.

It's only a 5k run...I can suffer through that if need be, right?

Maybe my race plan will be to just go balls out on the swim and bike and let the run fall where it may depending on the pain levels.....what say you? Take my me decide!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

It's Official -- I'm Blue!

Not that this will turn into an annual thing, but this time last year I had a similar post. Regardless.....

I'm excited to announce that I am now officially training with T3 for my triathlon season! YAY!

Go T3-Blue!

While I most definitely will miss my beloved Roguers (but I will be back for Boston training!!), I felt it was time for a change. Mostly because I was really, really, REALLY missing the whole "team" aspect during triathlon season.

I know, I know...technically triathlon is an individual sport, but I absolutely LOVE being part of a team. (Uh, hence my cheerleading lifetime career -- even if I was no good playing, I could still be on the team somehow...)

The folks at T3 live and breathe Tri's..this is their what better way to take it to the next level than to saddle up with some hardcore tri-geeks???

They have a great facility (my favorite thing is the Big Ass Fan...literally this fan covers 75% of the ceiling of the training center...and the brand name of the fan is exactly that Big Ass Fan ) complete with space for the core/strength training class, a lounging area, showers, and another big space for the indoor cycling workout.

They've got a bunch of computrainers (did you know you can download specific race routes to these things and similulate the actual race course?) and heart rate monitors that they can hook up to the huge flat screen TV in the front of the room and do all sorts of cool stuff like monitor your workout, race against each other, etc. How fun!!

Another super cool thing they have is their team website, This thing is basically outlook, forums, workout logs, chat all rolled into one interface. Very, very swanky. (Made by Stellar Technologies) Definitely appealing to the geek in me.

The forums are awesome. Everybody discussing workouts and races. Lots and lots of support for the different groups attending different races. Big time love being spread all around. I LOVE IT!

And this group is definitely a social beast. Before the practice on Tuesday, people were milling around and chatting a ton. There were even some people who weren't there to workout, but stopped by to chat and stuff. awesome. There's a monthly HH called Phat Friday Happy Hour that I'm looking forward to attending to meet more of the folks.

While some may find social groups cliquish and may hesitate trying to break in....being a military brat and having to move every 3 to 4 years, you learn to just freakin' jump in with both feet, be yourself and somehow you usually end up gravitating to the right spot with an additional set of great friends.

Same applies here. I just rolled up to Tuesday night's practice and jumped in. Turns out I already know quite a few T3ers so it was nice to see some familiar faces from the get go. Maurice and Chrissy (who I'd met before when I tried out their swim classes) called me by name and welcomed me with open arms. Literally, I got a hug from Maurice.

I even jumped in on the forums and was instantly greeted by positive referrals from Vegas and Michelle. (Thanks y'all!!! Checks are in the mail....)

I'm super excited for the season, I think it is going to be tons of fun with these guys. They seem to have the right mix of ass kicking, tri knowledge knowing, good timing having and team supporting. (Ms. Hovland is shivering with my use of the English language right now...sorry Ms. H!)

For instance, for the Couples Tri, for everyone who wants to participate, they are going to do a random drawing a pair up folks, give handicaps and then have a competition within the T3 team! How fun is that!!!

Also, there is talk of having the T3 boys man the T3 volunteer tent at the Sweet and Twisted Tri to support all the gals. Hello!! (um, have you seen some of the T3 boys? Mo, Richard, Logan, Greg, Noah.....nice, um, scenery.)

So, here's to Triathlon Season '08 and racing under the new colors!!! HOORAY!

I guess I have to see how I look in a blue tri top..... ;)

Monday, June 2, 2008

Busy Busy Bee

Wow..this weekend turned into a busy one somehow. Even though I've been sidelined from running with my injury, I ended up on the go most of the weekend.

Thursday's pub run was a blast complete with catching up with old friends, Snoopy and Lou Pinella sightings, some vicious games of Ping Pong (the hidden talents of my friends...I tell ya...who knew??) and stinking up the Driskoll.

Friday found E and I slogging up and down Mesa for some fun hill repeats. I was able to bang out 7 this time, so that felt damn good. Followed that with some R and R poolside at the club with bevies and snacks for me and the boyz.

Saturday's Adventure Quest was tons 'o fun and I think E was proud (and actually not embarrassed) to have us all show up and partake in the fun in one way or another. Here we are:

In fact, Wiley and Nedra won the whole thing! They proved that it takes brains and brawn to bring home the gold! (They beat out super speedsters Team Terranova and out-quested last year's champs Team Stansbury!) Here they are with the spoils of victory:

OH! And check this thing out...a Kegerator on wheels! Motorized even!! I am ALL about volunteering on this thing!

Sunday's Trail Race, The Loop got the big kabash because of my injury, so E and I decided to get our bike ride in during the race by heading out for our ride from the race so we could watch Kmo and Wiley finish.

Did I mention the race was at Emma Long know, the one off of City Park Road. The place where if you are going to ride, your choices are hills, hills, and oh, a few more hills? It's my hood, so I was happy to show E some of my usual routes...but I don't think she was as happy as I was about it. ;) Here's why:

It took us 3 hours to ride 45 miles. Ugh. But it was a good, hard workout. And afterwards we got to hangout at the trail race with friends and enjoy some food and grog.

Followed that up with an evening with the family playing cars, building legos and watching a Star Trek movie. (yes...I'm a dork, I me or leave me, your choice. And I think Patrick Stewart is HOT! Say what you want, I don't care.)