Thursday, July 14, 2011

Up at the Cabin


Catching up from the July 4th weekend we spent up at the lake. The weather had been disappointing leading up to the holiday but the July 4th weekend turned out to be perfect.  Sunny, warm and no rain. Yay!

It seems to be the time everyone comes out on the lake.  There are lots of fun things to do.  I think this might be the boys favorite weekend of the year.  Its the only time they are allowed to get their hands on these....

Fireworks..(these 2 don't look like trouble do they????)


The fireworks were being let off from 9:00am till midnight.  and when they weren't doing that there was plenty of other things to keep them busy.

Catching crawdads.....




Swimming...(yes this was before the broken foot)


Watching the Boat parade....


Ciara and I spent our time reading and hanging out on the grass in the shade and Matt not being one to relax spent his time fixing things and trying to get the new squirrel resident out of our cabin roof. 

Final score...Squirrel 1 - Matt 0.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Where is Max????


If you are wondering where Max was in all the Valleygirl pictures from the previous post.........


Tuesday, July 12, 2011


This past weekend was one of my favorite races of the year.  Valleygirl is a great local triathlon for women only.  Lots of local support and plenty of friendly faces. I look forward to this race because is just so stinking fun. 

This post is a little picture heavy to save from boring all the non triathlon folk to death. And excuse me being so self indulgent....there are way too many pictures of me on here.  But there were a lot of friends out on the course taking pictures along with Matt and Ciara so for a change I actually have lots of photos.


Some of the guys from our team turned out to support us and took a team photo before the start. I have to tell you that my triathlon team is the BOMB.  Really.  I totally lucked into this group.  I didn't know anyone when I joined and they welcomed me like a family member.  We train together and we have fun together. And when some of the team is racing others turn out to cheer us on.  Regardless of whether you are first, last or somewhere in between  they make you feel like a rockstar.


Before the race there was some discussion about water temps, wetsuit vs non-wetsuit swim etc. There was talk of the race director shortening the swim because of cold water temps but it turned out to be unnecessary.


Out of the swim and onto the bike,  I spent a long time in transition doing I don't know what.  I thought I was fast but apparently not.


Coming back in off the bike I was the first one to rack my bike in my age group and I knew that there were a lot of much faster runners who would be chasing me down.  So I spent the entire 5 km run in the pain cave  trying to make sure they didn't catch up to me.

Finally the finish line!!!!


I had my awesome cheer team there who helped me make it over the line.


If you are wondering where Max and Jack are....well that's a whole other post.


And the team masseuse giving post race massages....ahhhhhh!


This was the team picture after the race....yes there was a lot of bling  amongst Team Blazers.


I was lucky enough to hold off all those fast runners and ended up 1st in my Age group and 12th overall.