Zion Canyon 2011

Zion Canyon 2011
Zion Revisited 2011

How To Approach an Ultra or Ironman

Jordan Rapp quote sums it up!

This Jordan Rapp quote sums it up.
"It's about the process. It doesn't matter what you do tomorrow and it doesn't matter what you did yesterday. It's about today, and making today count. That's especially true in training, but it's the same mentality that I carry into racing. Focus on the task at hand, not on the finish line, or the next part of the race, but what it is that is right there in front of you in the moment."

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Women's Only 8K Race Report

 Portage and Aunt Eleanor entered the "Women's Only" 8K in Sunnybrook Park today. One of the aid stations is staffed by Firefighters, and Portage said she'd be thrilled if I volunteered as a "Water-boy". So I did!
   The first bunch of us showed up at 8:30am to set up the water tables. It wasn't sunny yet, and it was pretty cold.The Jeep said 3˚C, but it sure didn't feel that warm. The race didn't start until 9:30. Luckily, the organizer dropped off 140 cups of coffee for the 10* of us. I didn't drink the coffee, I just wrapped my hands around the coffee cups to keep them warm. And then it got colder. Weird.
  Once we had filled all 700 cups of water, the sun came up and it finally started to get comfortable.  I realized I had my work gloves in my bunker pants and put them on. DOH. I wouldn't put those gloves anywhere near something people were going to drink, so I directed traffic instead.
 The first lady went by at world record pace. And the second one as well, but they really didnt seem to be going that fast. As "The Girl" would say, WTF?
  It seems that these two ladies had started 15 minutes too early. How do you do that in a run with 900 people in it? Eventually the real leader came by, and she was flying!I think she finished in 28 minutes.
The leader. She was being escorted by a guy on a bike, and was "bringing it" Pylon style.

The 2nd place runner was right behind her.

Lots of Hallow'een costumes

Here comes Portage


Aunt Eleanor, on her way out........

This girl is not as old as the underwear I had on. But she was in 3rd.

The boys love spandex...........


Best pirate. She won an award for her costume.

Best chef costume, it's Paul Prudhomme!

Portage pounds back some quality H20. C'mon, Water sucks, Gatorade is better!

And Aunt Eleanor on her way back. She was on her way to an 8k P.B. as well as 3rd place in her age category. Nice work!

A kitty cat.

I have not gained 50lbs. , I just have about 4-5 layers of clothes on. That's me, on the bottom right with the shades, beside the good looking kid.Check out the Boxes of Tim Horton's Coffee on the bumper.
  I can't remember the last time I had so many ladies yelling at me to take my shirt off, oh yes I can. It's never happened before. It must be the big red truck.
 *4 more guys came just in time to hand out the water and get some hugs and phone numbers.
We had a guy at our hall we nicknamed "Blister", because he always showed up after the work was done.
Just kidding, guys.Thanks to all for showing up, I'm going to volunteer more often. Definitely good for the ego!
Aunt Eleanor shows off the age group hardware!
Portage's famous carrot soup
Olives, prosciutto, melon,hot peppers stuffed with feta, panchetta, salami, bread(ugh), duck confit and gherkins.
Fresh Figs and Brie. Also a Spanish cheese.
Prosecco. A sparkling white wine, kinda like Champagne.
Put it all together and add a hot tub. Nothing like a hot-tub after a frosty run. Prosecco, prosciutto, olives, pate, fresh figs, chianti, charcuterie, duck confit, carrot soup, geez, you'd think we were in Italy, or maybe France!

OK, one last shot from Venice..........

And on a very happy note, Monday Oct. 31st marks One Year Until Retirement!!!!

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