Hump Day Miscellany – Double Weekend Happiness

I’m only calling this Hump Day Miscellany because it’s Wednesday and that’s what Wednesdays are for.  I’m not doing miscellany, though – I’m giving you my 2 fabulous weekends (the last 2) in pictures because pictures are worth 1,000 words at least.  Maybe more.  I might use a few words, too because sometimes you had to be there to ‘get it’.

Sept 19-20

Saturday September 19 – no pictures. I ran 2 hours and felt reasonable (which is HUGE!) and then I went to visit my CASA kid.  If you haven’t read up on CASA please do and if you have any time in your life at all (as in your kids are grown and gone or you don’t have any) consider becoming a CASA – it’s  a very   important organization that does critical work.  You really can make a difference in the life of a foster child.  Enough said.

So here’s my run – yawn

Sept19Run

Sunday was a great, great, day.  It was the day my new triathletes had been training for – the Tri for Real. I already wrote about this in great detail so here are the pics and a little video:

I didn’t race – I helped someone on the swim and then I ran up to the water station to cheer.  You can see me at about 7:00 in that video  but what you really want to do is start watching at about 6:20 so you can see our Tres Amigos de los Speedos who did the whole race ‘old school’ in their Speedos.   Words don’t do that justice.

Some of my fabulous Newbies

Some of my fabulous Newbies

Aren’t those kits gorgeous?  I love our team kit.

After the race it was off to ride Mines Rd.  This was a pretty epic ride for me because I was with women in their 30s who are all much more fit and fabulous than I, it was hot, it was windy and we had to do some serious climbing.

My Sunday Ride
My Sunday Ride

My Sunday Ride ( you probably have to click it see what it says)

We took pics at the junction

junction all 4

We finally got back to the park where we started and took cold, outdoor showers, washed and headed off to the Challenge  Weekend BBQ a mere 90 minutes late (for  2 hour party – oops).  Some certain people were very worried about me although I had spoken on the phone to others.  When I got there I did a little speech to congratulate my newbies and then they speeched me back and said all kinds of wonderful things that made me quiver and blush and then they gave me a present:

Reading the card

Reading the card

Do I look surprised!  Like I'm going to cry? They gave me a Garmin 310XT and a gift certificate.  I &heartsl; that Garmin

Do I look surprised! Like I'm going to cry? They gave me a Garmin 310XT and a gift certificate.

My fabulous Newbies

My fabulous Newbie Graduates

Sept 25-27

The Challenge Series  weekend was hard to beat but I managed to have another one that came quite close.  Summary – Bad Girls Book Club goes to the beach.  Friday afternoon  I drove over to Stinson  with a not Bad Girl (definitely a guy) from my club and we rode our bikes from Stinson Beach to Marshall and back and it was spectacular. Friday night was dedicated to hot tubbing, eating, drinking and for the rest of the group, Guitar Hero.  I was shot and went to bed.

Saturday I ran for 2 hours including running up the mountain.  Then we  had a massive brunch,  went to a sand sculpture event and then I hiked back up the mountain to take pictures, dragging a couple of bad girls with me.  I’m hoping they will forgive me any day now.  Saturday night we made a fabulous dinner and then played Guitar Hero.  Hysterical.  There was hot tubbing, too.  Sunday we kayaked and then we just played at the beach.  The weather was perfect.

bad girls book club

Harold and I in Marshall, CA where the population equals the elevation (15 ft.) plus the speed limit (35)

Harold and me in Marshall, CA where the population equals the elevation (15 ft.) plus the speed limit (35)

People like to make sculptures on the beach all the time

People like to make sculptures on the beach all the time

We learned how to make sand balls from local artist Zach Pine (http://www.naturesculpture.com/)  That is one of his

We learned how to make sand balls from local artist Zach Pine (http://www.naturesculpture.com/) That is one of his

We made these sand balls

We made these sand balls

Taking Pictures on the Beach

Taking Pictures on the Beach

Saturday Brunch of Cheesy Scrambled Eggs, beans, guacamole, sour cream, salsa, tortillas, fruit salad and mimosas.  My hair is wet because I had already run for 2 hours.

Saturday Brunch of Cheesy Scrambled Eggs, beans, guacamole, sour cream, salsa, tortillas,bacon, cottage potatoes, fruit salad and mimosas. My hair is wet because I had already run for 2 hours. I really enjoyed that food!

Learning to make sand balls from Zach Pine http://www.naturesculpture.com/

Learning to make sand balls from Zach Pine http://www.naturesculpture.com/

Hiking up the Matt Davis Trail

Hiking up the Matt Davis Trail

Kayaking (those are my friends in the boat, not me)

Kayaking (those are my friends in the boat, not me)

I hiked back up here Saturday aftenoon because I saw this in the morning and just had to have a picture of it. It was further up the trail than I had remembered

I hiked back up here Saturday aftenoon because I saw this in the morning and just had to have a picture of it. It was further up the trail than I had remembered

I think the reason I skipped Monday Monday is obvious. I’m staying stuck in my weekends as long as I can.

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7 Responses to Hump Day Miscellany – Double Weekend Happiness

  1. jeanne says:

    wow! congratulations…on everything! I especially liked your ride commentary. too funny. and your 3 amigos–ha! so sweet to give you a present. i’m sure it was well deserved! and what a fantastic run!

    you have outdone yourself.

  2. Molly says:

    What an awesome couple of weekends! Glad to see you are doing so well 🙂

  3. fe-lady says:

    All I can say is “California Dreamin'”…….(I TRIED to get my dad to move there in the 60s…but did he listen? NO!)

    Love the photos! Who did the video? Well done!

  4. David says:

    Okay; I am jealous. What whirlwind wonderful rewarding exhilirating weekend experiences.

  5. hilary says:

    those look like fabulous weekends indeed. The Matt Davis trail is one of my favorites.

  6. Glad your newbies were so happy with it all!

  7. Runner Susan says:

    Okay, the picture of you taking pictures on the beach is totally FABULOUS! You are looking HOT! Also, the Garmin is awesome! I love mine, even if I had to pay for it.

    I’m back. Missed you.

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