There's always room for another race!

There's always room for another race!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Penguin Rap

STUR took the entire weekend as a rest!
Except for a short walk with Riley – no jest
You see she had some company in town
And were celebrating her first born so no need to frown!
Friday night they started with dinner
At the Yard House - it was a winner!
Boys and their beers!
A half yard of beer!
On Saturday morning, STUR went out to swim on her own -
When she arrived at the pool her workout was yet unknown.
She decided on an easy straight swim -
And 3600 meters were done in the end!
Rabbits, ready to run!
Sunday morning three rabbits met at Carderock and did runs of varying lengths -
It was clear that it played to all of their strengths!
BLUR is tapering for her first 10 KEH-
Four miles was a perfect distance for the day!
CBun arrived at the site early to crank out four
Which meant 24 miles for the day - score!
CBun running along!
STUR didn't want to overly stress out her knee -
She stuck with the 20 miles you see!
STUR, running strong!
The tow path was the best place for the distance-
Getting some time on their feet was the mission!
In the beginning CBun and STUR did the penguin shuffle back and forth...
It was humid but very cloudy for what it's worth.
The scenery and aid stations were appreciated by all
Thank goodness since 20 miles is a haul!!!
It's the actual finish line!
At mile seven STUR slapped her head, "only" a half marathon to go!
CBun agreed that it was so!
The turn-around point was just past Fletcher's Boat House -
On the way back it feels good without a doubt!
CBun and STUR did finish strong -
Initially they feared "the penguin!" Is that wrong?
Sunday was somewhat of a food fest for STEB and company
Waffle House down in Dumfries for breakfast was the place to be
Later on it was Buffalo Wild Wings for dinner
And it was fun to watch the Redskins finish as a winner!
Her company had also brought little Luna in tow...
She enjoyed visiting Carmen and Diego, don't you know?
Luna and Carmen, hanging out!
KBun went down to "Hotlanta" to train with her coach-
The heat down there was really no joke!
100 bike miles and 16 run miles on hills like Culpepper -
Simulating Kona weather, which is very clever!
RBud was up in Atlantic City
She did the 70.3 there – woo wee!
She had some family there to cheer her on -
And finished up her race running strong!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Rabbit Ears Rap

Saturday morning- STUR met the Beast at Mt. Vernon REC -
Chinquapin was closed so they said, "What the heck!"
Made 3600 yards even though the water was HOT!
Swimming a lap with no breath and a flip turn? Harder than they thought!
STEB started her day before the alarm
In the end it didn't do any harm
She got going after a bit
Time to knock out a pre-race brick
STUR, STEB, and CBun met up to get their Reston Tri packets -
Lots of cool swag for the asking!
Packet pick-up - check!

They checked out both T1 and T2-
The Rabbits are happy to race together- it's true!
Checking out T1!

Attempted to scope out the new start of the run course
Didn't make sense but saw a groundhog galloping like a horse!
Lovely flat water lake!

Three rabbits had decided to give the Reston Tri a try-
It was STEB's A Race and in CBun's hood- that is why!
As for STUR she thought it would be fun to tag along-
With her friends around- she'd feel strong!
With a 7:15am start it meant an early morn
STUR got to STEB's house before 5am? Sure!
Arrived to the venue without any trouble
Got T2 rack spots next to each other on the double!
Getting ready to roll over to T1 from T2...

There they met up with CBun
And then they headed with their bikes over to T1
This race is unique in that transition
Is located in two different locations
It was a little sketchy riding to the lake in the dark
STEB almost took out a cone which would've been a bad way to start!
Got T1 set up and body marked and such
Was there time to kill before the wetsuits went on? Not too much!
There was a bit of a delay
Cars parked on the course were in the way!
Lake Audubon swim course!

Finally the waves started rolling along
Before they knew it STUR and STEB were swimming strong
CBun's wave wasn't too far behind
And a 1500 meter swim sounds just fine!
After the swim STUR took her sweet old time in transition-
Just getting the wetsuit off was her main mission.
STEB came blazing in and out -
"Have a great bike ride!" STUR did shout!
STEB enjoyed chatting with STUR in T1
She was ready to head out for some biking fun
She bid STUR farewell for the time being
And headed to the mount line to begin riding
STUR is finally on the bike and out on the course-
A little chilly to start in her biking shorts!
First two loops felt the best-
But the third loop gave her legs a test.
Spotted a girl with a pink shirt from the Kingdom Swim in Vermont -
Turns out her name is Sarah and she did the 25K jaunt!
Enjoyed thanking all the police and volunteers
STEB counted down her laps all while changing gears
She finally rolled into T2
Bunny ears and a pit stop then just a run to do
So glad to get to T2 - STUR took a small break-
But a 10KEH run was now at stake.
Donned the bunny ears and started the shuffle
Definitely feeling a lot of her muscles!
Got a record number of shout outs for the ears -
Made people happy and kept them going it appears!
One guy did shout "kill the rabbit" at STUR…
He meant no harm - just to a Bugs Bunny clip he did refer!
STEB has never done the Reston Triathlon run course with ease…
The changes this year made it even harder - oh jeez!!
For STEB there was definitely some walking involved
It's all forward motion – so problem solved!
She also saw the Kingdom Swimmer named Sarah
On the run course, gave STEB a boost as she ran towards her!
Finish selfie!

The three rabbits reunited at the finish line
Checked out their bling - medals are divine!
A little swim/bike/run is always fun!

The bunny love was definitely off the chart
As was all the race support!
As the Rabbits were packing up and heading out -
Some Team Rabbit fans gave them a shout!
For their "costumes" they said they deserved a prize:
Try this can of Busch Lite on for size!
Celebrated later with their free beers
It was all because of their ears!
Cheers!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Sludge Rap

Saturday morning STUR and the Beast were back at their old haunt-
Chinquapin rec center for a long swimming jaunt.
Had to cut just a little bit short
They still got in a bit over 4000, so don't snort!
Saturday morning STEB also headed out to swim
For 7:55 practice at Providence REC for the win
Nice to be indoors on a chilly and rainy day!

It was pretty chilly and rainy outside
STEB had a back up plan for training - that's wise.
There she swam 2200 indoor yards
Then was back on the trainer in her garage!
After 15 miles on Trixie it was time for a short run
STUR embraced her treadmill - she thinks it's fun
Saturday afternoon she had a little deed to do
In the end she had a new Cannondale, too
Candy 2.0(?) hanging out with Trixie!

Then Saturday evening there was a Kona planning party at the Beast's-
These rabbits are all excited to say the least!
Some great ideas were tossed around-
Definitely going to a luau! How does that sound?
The Beast brought out her tiki from back in the day!
Of course their main goal is to cheer on KBun-
They hope to wear grass skirts and carry signs to make it more fun.
At the Beast's they had a  dessert trifle that was yummy
With an M-dot on it to celebrate a certain bunny
This was delicious!
It wouldn't be a rabbit gathering without some laughs
The YouTube videos and stories were a gas
RBug joined in the meeting by phone
It'll be fun when they're all together don't you know?
Sunday morning the rabbits had a plan
To do the Reston Tri practice swim, understand?
There are three bikes stuff in there!
STEB put three bikes in her car
The Beast and STUR followed. It wasn't too far
They took different routes to get to Audubon Lake
But ended up parked by each other for goodness sake
Ready to swim!
Half of the Rabbits donned a wet suit-
Apparently STEB forgot hers at home – oh shoot!
In the end they all made it in and out of the chilly water-
Lake left some brown sludge on them to their horror!!
Took a long "T1" with some snacks and rest -
Soon for the bike ride they were all dressed!
Nice flat water!
"No rabbit left behind" as the 4 rabbits made their way around the bike course -
That is the rule they did enforce!
STUR was relieved to find the course wasn't too hilly-
She was worried and now she feels silly!
No one left behind!
STUR headed out for a long run on Labor Day-
The Mt Vernon trail is where she would play!
She was definitely not alone out there-
More cyclists than runners- the trail they were trying to share!
She ran five to Fort Hunt for a bathroom break -
A beautiful day on the trail for goodness' sake!
Well?
What would Chrissie do if she saw a turtle on the path?
Make sure that it was out of harm’s way, natch!
Team Rabbit is always ready to help another critter!
Back to her car for another short rest -
Out and backs definitely are the best!
Jones Point Park is cool!
Next she went toward Jones Point Park-
Saw lots of boats but of course no sharks!
See - no sharks!
Finished up with a tally of 17.28 -
A little more than she biked yesterday- got it straight?
STEB started her Labor Day with a little 5k which is not too far
The Great American in Fairfax Corners sponsored by PRR
Ready to run!
Greg was there lending a hand as a course marshal
He just did the VA Beach RNR remix which wasn't dull!
Greg is a bad @$$!!
Got a shout out from the announcer when she crossed the finish line
And third in her age group meant $10 in PR bucks which is just fine!
CBun did a long run on her Reston trails
Even some off road which mean a little cue sheet fail.
At least it wasn't raining!

She might have gone off into the woods and mud
But on this day she did not end up covered with sludge!
She also spotted a little cutie playing fetch
In the lake they’d swam in the day before you want to bet?
Wonder if he was covered in sludge after?

In the end she wound up with 20 you don’t say?
Miles in the bank that is for a 50keh!
KBun got in a 100 mile ride
On her sweet tri bike she took it in stride!
The rabbits are now counting down the days till their trip
To Kona that is and they are pretty stoked about it!

Monday, August 28, 2017

A10 Brick Rap

On Saturday STUR had planned a rare bike ride-
Sheila her bike had spent too much time inside!
She pumped up her tires and headed out after eight-
Very nice indeed to sleep in so late!
Found her pink helmet and bike shoes-
Around Fort Hunt park she would cruise.
For 17.5 miles she sat on that bike seat-
Did a short brick run after- sweet!!
STUR and Miss Tessie!

Afterwards she relaxed around with her pup-
Getting the bike ride done- she was pumped!
Meanwhile STEB picked up the Beast
They were in for a triple training day to say the least
Started things off at Providence REC
They were there for a one-hour swim set
Then a brief dip in the hot tub was next
After that they were off to South Lakes High School for the rest
The Beast and STEB ready to roll!

STEB might have dropped an F bomb or two
When she smashed her knee on the trailer hitch chute
STEB left a little skin on the trailer hitch receptacle!!

Two bike loops on the Reston Tri course
Colts Neck Road was bumpy of sorts
Reminded STEB of Stagecoach Road
From IMWI in 2013 don't you know?
Next up was a short run on the path
They were joined by CBun for that!
CBun, The Beast, and STEB - ready to run!

STEB and CBun might have taken a wrong turn or two
But the tunnel was familiar if you want the truth! 
looks like they are in a bomb shelter here!

After their efforts they went to Chick fil A
Always a great way to top off a training day!
Yum!

Later on she met RBud for some coffee and a chat
Was it was fun to catch up? As always, natch!
Lots to catch up on!!

Sunday morning started but it was really still night
STEB hit the road at 4:20? That's right!
It was time for the Annapolis Ten mile run-
STEB picked up STUR for the fun!
Got to STUR's house lickety split -
No traffic to speak of to give them a fit
But unfortunately STUR put the wrong address in her Waze-
It sent the two Rabbits on an orange cone maze!
They finally found the right parking lot-
Got there just before the car onslaught!
This bottle opener is very cool!

They picked up their numbers, hat, and bottle opener-
Time to become like a roadrunner!
After packet pick up it was time for a pre race run selfie
It was dark but you could see the reflector on STEB's hat how funny
Rabbit ears at the ready!

They each did some pre race laps around the naval academy stadium-
In the beginning they felt like titanium!
The finish line they will see a little later!

Race is about to start - get to the starting line-
But a last minute trip to the porta potty would be just divine-
No weeds were growing in these porta potties though!

Quick stop over at Bobby's Pottys please -
Then in a group of runners they did squeeze.
STEB was excited to run a new race
And happy that Mother Nature was being nice in this case
The weather wasn't too humid or hot
STEB had a plan and would give all she got
Their ears got a shout out at the start line
The announcer said ‘all wildlife is welcome’ - sounds fine!
Race started well - STUR was running along -
Here comes STEB looking very strong!
The two rabbits met up right before the bridge -
STUR 's knee was being troublesome - just a smidge.
Through the hilly neighborhoods - they went back and forth -
This was good - STUR was never bored!
The rabbit ears also got plenty of love along the way
And the juggler was there as Forrest Gump - how great!
Saw some familiar faces on the course
A selfie while running? Let's be good sports!
It's hard to selfie while running!

STEB enjoyed the hills more than she thought would
The shade was a surprising bonus and that's good
This time the bridge wasn't too bad!

The bridge was really the part with the most sun
A shadow selfie there seemed like fun
Got this idea from P-Diddles!

Next a rabbit selfie on the bridge -
Just up around the corner is the finish passage
Smiling because the finish is not too far now!

The finish line couldn't come soon enough-
After crossing they got to collect their stuff-
A cold hand towel and a pullover hoodie-
Say thank you to the volunteers, don't be snooty!
STUR had a little more running to do -
She told herself she'd run 16 its true!
This meant two more miles on the pre-dawn path...
Glad this didn't require too much math!
STEB loved that ice cold wet towel
And of course the DD ice coffee samples
Iced coconut cream puff coffee? Yes!

Took in the stadium views while STUR knocked out 2 more
Miles that is, she kicked @$$ for sure!
Nice view of the field!

STEB drove them home with a doughnut snack-
They both enjoyed the race - one day they'll be back!


The 42nd edition of the A10 race was a very well run event

Not to be confused with this military jet!


STEB and her training class standing in front of an A-10 back in the day!


STEB is so glad she did this race with STUR
And its always fun to write rhymes after!
Look how pretty Stella is!

CBun was out with Stella by the way
She rode the 30 mile loop of the Reston Century!
This is a great sign!
Yet?

She and her bike got all warmed up
Are they ready for the Reston Tri? Yup!
They did it!

KBun had a biking double with her coach
Nokesville one day and Cambridge the other no joke
BLUR went on a Saturday run of five miles 
And a swim on Sunday - that makes her smile!
Sunday afternoon, STEB's dog Riley had fun lined up
It was a doggie birthday party with lots of pups!
You see little Kaiser was turning one
And the dogs and humans pawsitively had fun!
Dog parties are the most fun!
STEB's son Andrew got his Jeep back...
And this past rabbit weekend is a wrap!
Not bad for 28 years old!