There's always room for another race!
That's a horrible idea... What time?!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

PA-fABBAulous Rap

On Saturday PBun did the Tour de Frederick
This time the full century and not the metric
Sadly, didn't get a picture of the Walkersville fire station!

Started from the Walkersville fire station
PBun was ready to have some fun
Rolled out at 6:30 am...
Not sure what the ride would bring
The day was pleasant and a little overcast
PBun was hoping that would last!
She had a total of 6 rest stops to look forward to
Some with flushing toilets don’t you know?
First stop was at another fire house
Still cloudy without a doubt
It was a smidge overcast still!

Several cool old bridges highlighted the ride course for real, 
Some were covered and one you couldn't get to by automobile!
Lovely day!

Up in to PA and even through part of Gettysburg National Military Park
An amazing scene and a different journey PBun will embark…
At one point the course whet through a pedestrian tunnel
While going through the beautiful campus of Mount St. Mary's – so unreal!
Various scenes from the century ride!

There was a rest stop at another fire house
With a cool display of patches from all around
Patches? We don't need no stinkin' patches!
(Inside the Vigilant Hose Company!)

The final stop had a special treat
Bruster’s ice cream can't be beat!
Strawberry - so delicious!

PBun missed one of the final turns…
But noticed it right away so no harm done!
The Beast achieved a solid brick training day:
A 48 mile ride followed by a 3.5 mile? You don't say!
Saturday morning brought rabbit road trip time…
BLUR, CBun, and STUR hit the road feeling fine!
Up to Bucks County PA for the Steelman Triathlon event -
They all couldn't wait for the fun to commence!
First up was a stop  at Chick-fil-A for lunch
BLUR would enjoy her first time there they had a hunch!
Yay for Chick-fil-A!

On the way the phones kept making an annoying noise-
Seemed there were flash flood warnings a-plenty; so very annoyed!
Eventually this fact would come back to haunt-
Definitely would effect the rest of their jaunt!
Because of traffic they were running behind-
Had to first hit packet pick up, they didn't mind.
Almost time for a lovely lake swim!

So now getting to the hotel should be easy, right?
Maybe not, it was just the beginning of their plight.
Cruising along with Waze, they turned down a road...
A guy on a bike said "turn around it's flooded and closed!"
Found another way and what do you know-
Major accident had closed off this artery - that blows!
Navigator CBun came to their rescue -
Ended up going through moving water twice - what can you do?
Finally made it - the rabbits were "hangry"
Their delivery pasta was late - they tried not to be angry!
Bed time came quick just like the 4 am alarm-
Trying to be early to the race site never did any harm.
Not early enough as they settled for satellite parking
Walked all their stuff down a hill to see a lake that was sparkling!
Sun just coming up as they get body marked
Now to transition they must embark!
Racked and ready to roll!

Had plenty of time after set up to hang out-
CBun and STUR spotted Robair and gave him a shout!
Time to line up for the swim start-
BLUR reminded us to be calm and breathe- very smart!
And they're off!

Gorgeous swim albeit way too short-
STUR thought so as swimming is her favorite sport!
The bike course starts off with a pretty significant hill-
For all three rabbits getting up it was certainly a thrill!
Up and down, the course was never flat...
And one scary downhill turn around cone - how 'bout that?
All three rabbits conquered the bike course in stride...
Even though two Rabbits did have a chain drop on their ride.
The run was on a wonderful path -
Running 3.1 miles - pretty easy math.
STUR with her bunny ears got lots of attention-
"Love the ears or hat" so many peeps would mention.
After the race, another racer took STUR aside-
Seeing the ears made his motivation amplified!
One rabbit in...

When STUR was done she grabbed her cup and her towel-
There was no medal but she didn't scowl.
Then what did STUR see from the corner of her eye?
BLUR starting her run - moving on by!
STUR and CBun are in!

CBun had finished and caught up with STUR-
Went to the finish line to wait for BLUR!
Here comes BLUR!

Not too long later and guess what they saw?
BLUR running and smiling- we were in awe!
They did it!!

ALL the rabbits had an amazing day-
So glad they came to Bucks County to play!
The day wasn't over they had the drive home-
Since far away they did roam.
First they had to do a bit of a magic trick-
Changed clothes under a poncho or a towel - slick!
They drove away with very high hopes -
Just a short stop at Wendy's still made the drive long folks!
Team Rabbit failed a bit with their Bucks County drive
This supposedly 3 hour tour has every time been plus 5
On the road again...

The three rabbits got back way too late -
Sadly missing FABBA would be their fate!
Their return journey took them across the William Preston Lane, Jr. Memorial Bridge
Most refer to it as the Chesapeake Bay Bridge that the rabbits have swam under a smidge!
Well hello there, Chesapeake Bay!

KBun passed the time by drinking carrot soup
Perfect for a bunny who is down if you want the scoop!
If a rabbit can't eat carrots, carrot soup is the next best thing!

Meanwhile PBun was also up before the crack
But decided more sleep was needed that’s a fact
Made it to OKM for the 8:00 am practice
After she needed to get home and had to dash
Needed to get her lawn cut before the rain
Because otherwise it gets too long how insane
Next up she needed to knock out a run of two hours
Did it on the treadmill which was good mental power!
Finally came time for the highlight of the week
A concert at Wolf Trap is always a treat
ABBA The Concert was naturally fABBAulous
From Waterloo to Dancing Queen to Voulez Vous!
NanWa can't believe she'd never seen them before
But plans to do see them ever more!
Scenes from Wolf Trap!

PBun was especially happy to hear Waterloo in English
And this time it was S.O.S. in Swedish!
ABBA and their funky fashion rocks!

Thankfully there really wasn't any rain
Because concerts on the lawn when wet are a pain!

Monday, August 6, 2018

Culpeper to Reston Rap

Something else happened last weekend we wanted to add in the rap
About being safe and riding with friends as a matter of fact
Our own KBun had a bike crash going downhill
Thankfully it wasn't worse but she needed some stitches, wires, and pills
Some good Samaritans stopped to help her out
Those two brothers were wonderful without a doubt
PBun and Jeff finally got reunited with KBun in Hagerstown
At the Meritus Medical Center where things went down
KBun is now on the road to recovery
That speed bump can't stop this bunny!
PBun began her day quite early
To head to the Culpeper Gran Fondo surely
She was meeting Carol but not the STUR
This was a friend from HS if you were wondering about her
It was foggy and damp to start!

They planned to do the metric century
Started in weather that was overcast and rainy
PBun was familiar with some of the roads they were on
But this was done in a different direction
She was happy the course skipped Round Hill Road
But went up Etlan in reverse don't you know?
She thought it was decidedly easier this way
And didn't have to stop at the scary rest stop - yay!
It turned a bit sunny, warm and humid as they went along
But it was nice to not do creek crossings!
That early fog burned off!

Two or three places early on had very high water
Up on the bridge that we had to go through!
The low cloud was very cool!

The scenery was amazing as always
Including the Old Rag views along the way!
Old Rag views!

One woman riding the metric might be team rabbit material
Riding with carrots in her jersey pocket? You cant be serious?!
Margie rode bikes with Morgan again
Many laps around Hains Point - when to say when?
Slurpee time!

Finished up with a few hill climbs
Just getting ready for IMLou, it'll soon be time!
Saturday morning STUR had a special running friend-
Yep-she was taking care of Humphrey again!
Who'se the good boy? Humphrey, that's who!

They ran together around STUR's neighborhood-
2.5 miles total- it was really good!
Then STUR continued on her own for another bit on her feet-
8.3 miles total - longest run in 2 months- sweet!
Three Rabbits met up in Reston its true-
CBun, STUR , and BLUR were the crew!
They planned on one loop of the Reston bike course-
CBun had the cue sheets- she was the source!
After a bit of a chain problem CBun had to switch out her ride-
Good thing she had another bike inside!!
Wasn't long before the crew was on their way...
Pretty early so a lot less traffic you don't say?!
BLUR rocked the hills, no problemo -
It had been awhile for the others, they took it slow!
Once they were back it was time for a brick -
CBun drove them to the glade trail, lickety split!
Got in a short run of 1.5 miles -
Because it was over - they were all smiles!
Bike/Run Brick? Check!

Sunday morning PBun was before the crack, oh gee...
To do a run then swim, but she wasn't surly!
Happy to try to beat the heat
And the OKM water after couldn't be beat
Once she returned home she lifted a few wights
Then it was time for the movie for heavens sake!
Four rabbits and two rabbit friends
Settled in for Mamma Mia Here We Go Again!
Cool Breeze, STUR, BLUR, PBun, CBun - we missed NanWa for the theater selfie!

Later that night PBun and KBun caught up on stuff
All we can say is KBun is tough!
PBun is one tough cookie!

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Happy Memphre Rap

On Friday morning CBun and STUR took off separately for Vermont's Northeast-
Both rabbits were pumped and excited to say the least!
Once STUR arrived she was greeted by Molly the pig -
She was kind of lazy - wasn't doing a jig!
Molly the pig, not doing a jig!

CBun was out touring the course on a boat-
She went all the way out to Canada she can gloat-
The Canada buoy!

The rabbits met up with the Kingdom Swim crew -
Andy, Jeff, and Robair - that'll do
Checked in - got their shirt and cap -
Then indulged in the pasta dinner, how ‘bout that?
Awesome message on the cap!

Trip to the store then time for bed-
So they'd be rested and the morning they wouldn't dread!
Their B and B was so sweet and comfy-
All that stayed there would certainly agree!
The B&B was comfy!

Saturday morning by the full moon light
PBun was finally going to ride HHPP dynamite
It was a nice fully moon!

They picked up KBun right at 6
Made it to Myersville lickety split
Parked in the "Park & Ride" lot to start
And thought a bit about the elevation chart...
Well they parked and they rode. Just like the sign said!

Their wheels were up by 8am
First talked to Sarah and her friend
Ready to roll!

The hills greeted you right from the beginning
It was the Pain Pain and at times it did sting
It was fun to see the Appalachian Trail crossing over their route
They saw it at least three times without a doubt
PBun would love to hike some of the AT one day!

There certainly was lots of climbing
In PBun's opinion not as fun as rhyming!
Saw a funny and large statue of a kitty
Of course had to get a picture you see
This picture does not do the giant kitty justice!

Stopped briefly at the Blue Ridge Mountain VFD
A doggy caught PBun's eye it would seem!
The message on the front of the engine said "Suck it up, Buttercup!"

Got to meet the cute Dalmatian named Ash
Who belonged to a volunteer fire fighter as a matter of fact
Ash was so cute and friendly!

Was the scenery worth it? That would be true!
Especially the Pen Mar High Rock scenic view!!
Pen Mar High  Rock was pretty spectacular!

PBun was happy to at least once do this ride
Must say too much of a good thing comes to mind
That is in her opinion too much Happy Happy aka downhill
Which to her ultimately was more of a pill
Taking a break halfway up to High Rock...
PBun had a couple of tunes in her head
One for the happy and one for the pain you can bet! 
Up in VT they arrived at the swim start in plenty of time -
And were so very glad that the sun would shine!
STUR finally met up with her "yacker" Jill -
She seemed ready to go, confident and chill!
Yacker Jill with STUR!

Her snack for the day would be a T-bone steak?!
This girl is tough cookie for goodness sakes!
STUR turned over her bottles and her food -
She asked Jill NOT to give her the steak, or she'd be screwed!
Meanwhile CBun was checking in with trusty Robair…
He gives the yacker process quite the flair!
Robair practicing his flair!

STUR waved goodbye to HER trusty crew -
Then hopped in to the 10 mile swim queue!
STUR is in the queue!

Found her kayak with Jill no problem at all…
They were both in for the long haul!
And Jill is off, too!

First 4 miles went by in a blink -
Couple of times she accidentally had a sip of the drink.
Soon after STUR reached up to her ear…
It unfortunately was her biggest fear.
Had her seasickness patch had fallen off?
It had and at first her anxiety went aloft!
Then she calmed down, there was nothing she could do…
Except just keep swimming, swimming, swimming! It's true!
Head down and swim; she finally made it to mile 6 -
Luckily her stomach was not up to any tricks.
Mile 6 is where you take a turn back towards the beach…
Even though it really is a long way to reach!
Jill told me she was going to hop out and pee -
She did it and got back in like a champ - whee!!
Soon all she could tolerate was a sip or two of Coke…
Good thing she had Jill take it in her boat!
The last few buoys were coming very slowly -
Her arms protested a bit - holy moly!
Finally, finally reached the last buoy indicating one mile left -
Believe it or not, here would be the real test.
Stomach was mad so she started counting strokes -
Then right in front of a support boat she tossed cookies - yes folks
Treaded water until the event was through -
"I’m fine, don't pull me!" she said, “Or I'll be blue!”
Next step was the seemingly unreachable pumpkin buoy -
Both CBun and STUR got mad at him – oh phooey.
STUR heard the cheering crowds and swam her heart out -
There was Andy, Jeff, and CBun without a doubt!
This year she finished looking pink not blue -
Wearing a wetsuit was the thing to do!
Happy finishers!!

CBun had also had one amazing day -
Lake Memphremagog is a great place to swim and play.
Both swimmers agreed the conditions were pretty variable -
Plenty of calm AND chop. It was never dull!
Kingdom bling!

The Rabbits now need a shower and a nap!
Luckily the B and B is super close - hand clap!!
After their rest, it was time to attend the after-party…
Time to have a beer, CBun and STUR did agree!

Once again the "Hitmen" were there to entertain -
Robair danced for one song, his dance moves were insane!
Next day they took a drive over to Jay's Peak…
Took the tram ride all the way up to 4000 feet!
Hiked around and saw a great view of THE lake -
Being up so high made it look fake.
Drove around next to see the Canadian border-
Along the way lots of cows and corn - yes sir!
CBun had to catch her plane back to DC -
So STUR went back to Andy and Jeff's you see!
Relaxing night, dinner, and a great day on Monday -
Then goodbye to Vermont she had to say!
As Saturday turned out to be a very long day
PBun spent the entire day relaxing on Sunday
Later that night she went out for a walk
But also ran a little – don’t scoff

Monday, July 23, 2018

Rainy Superhero Rap

AKA the Rainy Roadkill Rap

Saturday morning well before the crack of dawn
PBun and Jeff were off to ride with The Beast and Morgan before long
Ready to roll...not fully light out!

Biked to Four Mile Run then crossed the Potomac into DC
Then they ended up at Hains Point you see!
Riding around PBun thought she saw a Superman cape
It was a lady in a red T and yellow backpack for goodness sake
Later she did see a dude in a Batman T shirt
Standing along the road on his phone not being a jerk!
Early when the group was doing their second loop
Almost got taken out by a group of women across the road, that's the scoop
Poor Rocky!!

There was a poor raccoon lying dead in the middle of the road
Clearly he didn't make it back to his abode
Speed work, check!

As they returned going through Gravelly Point
Saw a guy puking near a dead rat in that joint
Before heading up to do the hill climbs
Stopped for Slurpees - this was wise! 
Slurpees are always a good idea!

After a couple of hill climbs on Old Dominion
Headed to the parkway called Fort Williams
Hello Fort Williams Parkway hill!

Hoped to say hi to friend Harriett
She wasn't home though - dagnabit
Two climbs, or three? The choice is yours
A 3/4 mile hill is what it is of course
They beat the rain...mostly!

Finished things off with a short brick run
On a 200 meter loop, it was kind of fun
It all in all was a successful day
PBun was glad she went out to play!
To warm up she and Jeff headed over to a Starbucks
It was the one where she used to meet RBud, aw shucks!
People were actually out there under the umbrellas!

For STUR and CBun would  the rain ruin the swimming plan?
Let's just say they wouldn't get a tan!
Got in a good two hours in the pool going back and forth -
STUR had a lane entirely to herself for what it's worth!
BLUR conquered a rainy ride with Al
He's an honorary rabbit now
This was her furthest ride to date
The rain didn't stop her, make no mistake
Rain cannot keep a good rabbit down!

Later on Saturday PBun's house lost power
But it came back on after several hours
Thankfully it hadn't been hot outside
And things were quite comfortable otherwise
It was kind of dark inside...

Sunday morning before first light
PBun walked with Riley, it was a delight
Then she ran several miles more
Before heading to swim practice, it was L4
The Beast also headed out when it was quite early
Over 2 hours on her feet and time at the track, surely! 
PBun met up with STUR and BLUR at the OKM pool
After the prior day's rain the water was perfectly cool
Goggles at the ready!

It had been a while since PBun swam long course
Was she happy to be back? Yes there was no remorse!
STUR had a nice group in her swim lane -
Although the peer pressure to keep going was insane!
They did it!

Then both BLUR and STUR went on a run in the neighborhood -
Avoided the rain,  got a few miles in, it's all good!
Later STUR spent some down time out in the yard
Hanging with the neighbor's pup is not hard!
STUR and the pup!

CBun found the hidden sunflower field
Were they still blooming? See what her pictures reveal...
Happy bees!
Still blooming!