Tuesday, June 25, 2013

This is why I crossfit

Took two minutes off my pre-knee surgery 10K PR.
Two whole minutes.

All the sweating and swearing about how much burpees suck has paid off.
I think I found a great substitute for speedwork training.

I averaged a 9 minute mile pace.  The new goal is to make that my normal.  And carry it over to the half marathon distance.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Why they invented waterproof mascara

So much depends
a red wheel
glazed with rain
beside the white

William Carlos Williamson

So we knew this day was coming around our house.  The day we would decide that Maggie, the goat we got for weed management really, has had enough of this living with cancer business.  It has been rougher than I imagined it would be.  She really weaseled her way into our family.  The last 6 months she's gotten more attention than ever as we managed her health.  And just last week I caught her drinking beer out of the cup I'd left on the back porch and begging marshmallows out of the kids' hands.

We talked about what would be different when we got home and how it would go for Maggie.
She's in good company with our beloved Beatrix.
And as Burrito and Emma reminded me: Dobby (the rooster), goldie (the goldfish...naturally), and blackie (the black goldfish if you can call him that....who lived for quite a short time in our house).

And after all was said and done I noticed Maggie left me one last message.   Not three days ago, the blackberry plant that I have been trying to grow all season (it was transplanted from the front to the back yard) was finally starting to look really good and I thought maybe we'd get blackberries this year after all. 

Today I noticed Maggie had nibbled on it, one last time:

All I could do was shake my head, smile, and wipe away a tear.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Scenes from Last Week

Last week I was both sick. sick. sick. and away at a work conference.  Two things that go so very nicely together.  Okay, they don't.  But I survived.

Here are the good highlights....as opposed to the nerdy-work related ones.

Drinking Minnesota beer and visiting with the Germans....it doesn't happen every day

Bob (that's the guy in red) won the lumberjack contest.  And we love all people named Bob around here.

Someone told me there was a giant spoon with a cherry on it at the park behind our hotel.  But all I could find was this dandelion....

The gift I got my mom from the vendor show.  You know, to remember the time she really had MRSA.
Just in case she forgot.

I remember now why we avoid the carnival at all costs. 
But the kids had a good time.

The boy got a jeep for Father's Day. 
I think Emmers and Bob are going for best kids ever award or something.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Goal Met

I am fresh off (well....showered at least) this year's Reno Tahoe Odyssey race.  This was the goal after my ACL reconstruction surgery.  It's such a fun relay and I didn't want to lose my spot on the team.  Every day of physical therapy ended with "Can I run now?" and "How about now?"

I'm pretty happy with my times.  I was careful to pick legs that were more uphill than down since my knee is still recovering.  Here are just a few pictures from the weekend.

My first leg  (5) - between Boca and Stampede reservoir

Van decorating

Disco Velveeta - We finished the 178 miles in 27 hours 06 mins this year

Apparently I missed trimming one of my toe nails before the race. 
I was so preoccupied with the blister on my other foot I didn't notice this issue while running.
The best part of being in Van 1....Ending up at the bucket of blood saloon for Breakfast!

A day at the lake

Paddle Boating with the little man -
 turns out he's more in it for the joy ride and not so much the pedaling part

Emmers doing what she does best

Emma is desperate to be a lizard whisperer someday


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