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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Peak Half Rap

Saturday morning STUR headed over to the Reston trails-
Here are some of the bunny details:
The weather was perfect and she got in a bit over five-
To get to swim practice on time was her drive.
A mix up with the pools caused her to be a tad late-
Slipping in during warm up was her fate.
Practice with the Reston Masters was fast and furious -
Got in 4900 meters if you were curious.
Afterwards STUR and CBun stayed for extra laps…
Did they each have a peak goal? Perhaps!
CBun got in 24,000 meters for the week!!
She feels good and got it all in - no critique!!
STUR swam 9 times for 21 miles over the course of 7 days…
Inside her goggles her eyes began to glaze
The two rabbits relaxed afterwards in the lovely hot tub
Since time to relax they should not snub!
Saturday morning just after the crack
PBun went on a ‘hood run – how about that?
Afterwards she met up with The Beast and Jeff
Loaded up for Williamsburg – no jest!
Made pretty good time along the way
Stopped for lunch in Fredericksburg at Chick-fil-A!
Meanwhile, KBun and Lionel had already left
Arrived at Rev3 Williamsburg for the practice swim, KBun was not bereft!
The others arrived there in the early afternoon – sweet!
Packet pickup, athlete briefing – check and a new tire for the Beast!
On the dock at the swim finish!

While waiting for the Beast’s tire update
Did PBun checkout the Normatec recovery boots? Damn straight!
These were like giant blood pressure cuffs for your legs!

Next they met up with KBun for a bike course tour
Was it mostly flat with a couple of rollers? Sure!
Virginia IS for Lovers!
This sign was made out of recycled stuff - very cool!

There was a ‘hill’ that was familiar to a couple of those rabbits…
KBun and PBun had ridden it on the old Cap2Cap course with STUR - what!?
Yes – it was the bridge over the Chickahominy River
That bridge might have made a rabbit or two shiver!
After the course preview they picked up Lionel
It was time for dinner at Olive Garden, mind you!
Kris Kringle was apparently spotted by some of the group
Everyone saw his ‘sleigh’ in the parking lot after if you want the scoop
It said SNTAWGN on his personalized tag
PBun can’t believe she didn’t get a picture – what a drag!
Back at the hotel it was time to get tatted up
Rev3 Triathlon really knows their stuff!
There might have been a mishap on KBun’s hand
But the Beast came to the rescue with her sharpie…understand?
Sunday morning everyone was up well before the crack!
Gathered in the lobby by 5:10AM that’s not whack!
Made it to the park on time at 5:33
It was time to set up transition you see!
A nice view of transition!

The Beast and PBun were only doing the aquabike
So their transition area was kind of light!
Jeff and KBun were in for the whole shebang
Regardless, they were all a happy rabbit gang!
They are ready to roll!

It was a long distance from the swim exit to T1
Three of them dropped shoes off so they could run
PBun also planned to run it – but in bare feet
Her plantar fasciitis doesn’t bother her any more, neat!
The swim start was rolling based on 100 yard time
Everyone decided on their own where to stand in line
The 'road' to the swim start!

They partnered you up to jump off the fishing pier by 2s
PBun noticed she had sunscreen on her goggles – not good news!
Within the first 400 meters she got it cleaned off
Then she was good to go – no time to scoff!
Later there was some discussion about a moving buoy
Apparently a current had ramped up – oh phooey!
All four racers were happy with their swim
It’s on to the bike portion with no chagrin!
At first PBun felt like she couldn’t move
But after the first 20 miles she got into a groove!
There might have been a pit stop for her around mile 34
She was happy to get back on the road – that’s for sure!
The Beast crushed her first multi-sport in several years
The rest of the group was quite inspired it appears!
PBun and The Beast were craving something sweet
This vanilla soft-serve was the perfect treat!

While The Beast and PBun waited for the others to finish the half
Took the opportunity to hang out with Mr. Peanut – and get a photograph!
Mr. Peanut even dropped the Team Rabbit gang sign!

They then had more fun by the Nutmobile
It was pretty nuts – for real!
The Beast and PBun being nutty!

Jeff crushed the run portion of his race
And KBun hopped on the podium in this case!
Way to go, KBun!!!!

All in all it was a fun and successful weekend in Williamsburg V-A
Rev3 Tri really goes all out for athletes by the way!
Not just 3rd place in her age group, but also the USAT Regional Championship!

Sunday morning was another beautiful day!
STUR did a short 5KEH run? You don't say!
Then she headed over to Old Keene Mill Swim and Racquet
Was it for the Lane 4 swim practice? You bet!
BLUR was there and had a great swim -
The chance of either rabbit getting out early was zero to slim!

Monday, July 2, 2018

100s 200 Rap

Friday afternoon PBun headed up to P-A
With Riley to a family reunion you see
There was a lot of crazy traffic on the route
Took a scenic detour through W-V on a fluke
PBun's favorite scenic spot in Acme!

Arrived in Acme in good time
And later and a uke jam session sounded fine
Just a little uking around!

Saturday morning she went on a little run
Saw ponies and bikers before the family reunion
These ponies were so cute!

PBun got the reward for driving the farthest
Over 200 miles - Pennsylvania or bust!
The last ones standing...out of 15 Welc siblings!
Cake is always a good idea!

She saw lots of family of course - it definitely wasn't dull
Couldn’t get them all in the picture but see all their vehicles?
Even more cars showed up!

Before she headed back to her own house
Stopped at the Veterans Memorial park in town
Welc brothers proudly served their country!

Saturday STUR headed over at the crack to the town of Reston-
Getting in a run before swim practice was her very own suggestion:)
Up and down with the hills on the path-
For over a 10KEH she did last!
Next up a two hour swim with the Reston Masters
These peeps in her lane really make her faster!
CBun was also there for the weekend swim fest;
The Lake Newport pool is lovely- they felt refreshed!
Sunday morning meant the kickASTtri
It's an annual tradition, that's why!
Annandale Swim & Tennis - home of the kickASTtri!

Started with an 800 meter swim at 7am.
After a lengthy transition the bike ride began
It was a nice loop from Annandale to North Springfield and back
And everyone stayed together as a matter of fact!
They got lucky with the traffic lights
Before they knew it back to transition -outta sight
Rounded the runners up and they were off
No walking till the final hill - don't scoff
As always, a good time was had by all
But PBun forgot the goodies for after, oh well!!
Thanks Mike and Joe for setting up the event
PBun is always happy she went!
What a kick AST group!
(Thanks for throwing down the rabbit ears, Colleen!)

Meanwhile, STUR met CBun and BLUR for her third 100 100's of the season-
Getting ready for the Kingdom Swim? Must be the reason!
It's July 1st...we think we'll do 100 100s!

CBun and STUR  hopped in and seriously got to business-
This swim set is a great test of their fitness!
At halfway there STUR took only one official break-
Wow! What a difference it did make!
BLUR joined in for the last hour-
Working on her stroke - she's got the power!
Both CBun and STUR finished in PR time -
No extra 100's were done- it ain't no crime!
CBun, on her way to a PR!

The slide and hot tub were way too crowded for the rabbit trio -
So into the showers they did go!
Cued up at Chipotle for it is tradition -
It was also WAY crowded also - but they needed nutrition!!
So they hopped-hopped-hopped over to Five Guys -
Where they really enjoyed their burgers and fries!
That afternoon PBun got to hang with NanWa
A movie and coffee? For sure!
Always happy to get coffee with a friend!

Ocean’s 8 was the what they picked
It was really a fun flick!

Friday, June 29, 2018

Swim Gwynn Rap

On Saturday, STUR hosted an early morning party...
Were these rabbits and friend having brunch? Hardly!
Masters friend Betty drove STUR, KBun and the Beast -
They were chatty up and over the bridge to say the at least!
CBun and this group were the first to arrive -
Would they wear a wetsuit? Some would have to decide.
At the race briefing the water temp was 77.5...
Did this mean wetsuit legal? YES!! Ain't no jive!
The 5 milers went off first -
STUR was ready, excited, and about to burst!
The swimmers heard a rumor that the current going out was strong -
Hopefully on the way back they could just float along.
STUR couldn't believe how long it took her to get to the first buoy -
The current report was certainly correct-oh phooey!
STUR swam hard without a break...
Finally here's the turn around buoy for goodness sake!
A nice man in a boat gave her some water -
He was happy to do so, it wasn't a bother.
Took her much longer to reach this place than she thought it would -
She will have favorable current now- it's all good!
As she's swimming back who does she spy -
There's CBun in her blue cap-oh my!
Took out one earplug so she could have a chat -
They only had 1.5 miles to go- how 'bout that!!
STUR found another kayaker who offered Gatorade;
She was bonking and her day was saved!!
Last little stretch - would the shore ever come?
There's the Beast, KBun, and Betty cheering- don't be bummed!
STUR did it!!

Stayed on that very shore to wave CBun in -
She finished looking strong for the win!!
The Beast and KBun's race went very well too -
All these rabbits were very tough it's true!
Swim for Life success!

The food buffet afterwards  was again amazing-
Especially the chicken and cookies we were all praising!
Certainly Team Rabbit will be back next year-
To the DCAC folks who put on Maryland Swim for Life we give a cheer!
Meanwhile, PBun was over on the other side
Of these United States. Were you wondering why?
She was on vacation to see her cousin
And they planned to have a lot of fun!
Saturday morning they did a race
The Tony Gwynn 5.5k in this case!
PBun ran the whole way except twice in the last stretch
Which was all uphill but she did not kvetch!
PBun’s cousin did her first race ever!
Her walking pace could not be better!
Success at the Tony Gwynn 5.5K!

After they had planned to SUP in Mission Bay...
But it was cold and windy, so no sup'in way!
S'up? Not SUP!

STUR went to swim again on Sunday morning -
Although her energy was far from soaring...
Made another two miles in spite of it all
Swimming outside is the best y'all!
Headed over to Wakefield Park for a run/walk combo
Then scooted home to walk this guy-pronto!
Humphrey is a sweetie!!

Sunday PBun went to a nice family brunch
It had been a while since she had seen the LA bunch!
Fun family festivities!

Then on Monday morning they took a hike
Up to the top of Cowles Mountain - the view was a delight!
Little Gage was full of boundless energy
Can this be bottled? Must find a way!
You get a 360 degree view of the City of San Diego from up here!

Tuesday PBun was in for a real treat
Scenic tour in an antique biplane? How neat!
She must admit her tummy was in nervous knots
There was not a co-pilot – don’t give it another thought!
Despite PBun's nervous knots, the view was amazing!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Swim Bike Swim Rap

On Saturday BLUR and STUR had an early morning event-
Were they excited to drive down to Richmond? 100 percent!!
It was the Virginia Masters Open Water Championship-
In the James River they would take a dip!
Rabbits are ready to swim!

Got there in plenty of time to check out the venue-
STUR  and PBun had been there before - it's true!
Here's the familiar start / finish!

STUR's 5KEH race was the first to go-
It's a 4 loop course just so you know.
The current one way was really cranking-
"Just keep swimming!" She just kept chanting
The other way you sort of got a ride-
Some advice they got before definitely applied
Hug the shore when the current is strong-
Stay down the middle the other way to move along!
BLUR started her 1.25 K and charged through that current-
She had a plan to get it done- she was fervent!
Way to GO, BLUR!!!!

Finished strong and earned a trophy for second place-
Celebrated at Five Guys with an Oreo shake - that was the place!
Also that morning just after the crack
PBun and Jeff picked up KBun that's a fact
Riley's Lock House!

Information on the lock and area!

Headed on over to Riley's Lock on the C&O Canal
That's where they were starting their 70 bike ride without fail
Ready to roll!

Starting off it was a bit chilly
But it  would warm up in a hurry
The first half of the ride took them up to Point of Rocks
The views along the way were spectacular that's not a shock
A road called Flint Hill really gave them a fit
But no one had to walk to the top of it!
A man and his little kid cheered them on
The little one offered to give PBun a push - is that wrong?
Not long after they saw a jet in someone's yard
It was missing a wing so it couldn't have gone far!
At one of their pauses along the way
Saw a snake lounging in the shade!
The shaded snake and other cool sights from this stop!

KBun stopped to get a picture of the colored cemetery
In goes back to 1879. Golly gee.
The Point of Rocks Colored Cemetery

Before they got to Point of Rocks town
They got to see a train crossing gate go down
Thankfully they did not get stuck on the wrong side of the tracks!

Thankfully they weren't caught on the wrong side
And it gave them a brief break from traffic on their ride
Next they made a sharp turn right into a climb
They were practically in Virginia at this time
Dickerson Market was a welcome stop!

Twice they visited the Dickerson Market
They've got a flushing porta potty can you dig it?
Salty chips are always a good idea on a hot ride!

PBun remembered this one climb and descent from 2009
Feathering the brakes works just fine
At one point PBun went off into the rubble
She didn't fall down so it wasn't any trouble
When they had 16 miles left
Made a decision though PBun might have been bereft
They continued on their original course
They will climb up Mt. Nebo next time - no remorse!
After the took a gander along the canal

Views from the C&O Canal towpath

There is much water in there - oh well!
The canal was pretty empty here.

Stopped at Potomac Pizza for a bite and to cool off
Their pizza and salads just hit the spot!
So good!

Sunday PBun picked up the STUR
They were headed over to PG County for sure
To the Sports and Learning Complex to swim 100 100s again
It was Father's Day- this wasn't on a whim!
It's Father's Day - we just swam 100 100s!

Since CBun's sis was in town
She had to miss the swim that went down!
KBun did the National Harbor open water swim in the sunshine
Followed by a run on Mt. Vernon Trail - divine!
The rabbits started again at 10:20 AM
This seems to be the standard for them!
At one hour in they were at 29...
Only 71 more till shower time!
Took their first break when they got to 60 -
Finally time for a snack and the bathroom-whee!
BLUR arrived when they reached 62 -
Had to stop and say hi - what's a rabbit to do?!!
PBun was happy she had her paddle accessories
She might not have been able to finish otherwise you see!
Even though their time today was not a PR -
The tired rabbits were just happy to go that FAR!
The rabbits were once again denied the fun slide -
Don't worry they took it all in stride!
Followed this.up with a bite at Chipotle
Because this is the tradition you see!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

NYC to Cambridge Rap

STUR and JRab went on the train to New York City-
STUR and JRab, all cleaned up!

For the wedding of Anna and Emre - it went rather zippy!
Super fun themes!

The wedding itself was certainly the highlight:
Nice view!

The ceremony, food, and DJ playing ABBA was out of sight!!
Museum selfie!!

Museums, Central Park, and many subway rides...
What a group!

Nice to have a big family group by their side.
Meanwhile, PBun went over yonder towards Cambridge
Did she have a swim/bike/run race planned? Yes – a smidge!
On Friday afternoon she headed out
Was traffic was great? Without a doubt!
Got checked in to her hotel in Easton then hit up the store
A couple gallons of water and some snacks – score!
Saturday morning she was up bright and early
After breakfast headed out to do a bike course preview, surely!
A quick stop at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center
Which she planned to visit later, for sure
Maddie outside the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center

Once done, she tested the shuttle bus system over to GreatMarsh Park
That is where the Athlete Village was – this was not a lark!
PBun is excited to check in!

Got checked in and hit up the IM store for a few goodies
A pint glass, a name T, and cute tank, if you please!
Checking out the swim course views!

Back at the hotel she gathered up Trixie
Time to get her checked in you see
From the shuttle lot she rode her over to the Village
Only 2.5 miles – a pretty short pilgrimage
PBun will see YOU tomorrow, finish line!

Most everything seemed to be in working order
But she adjusted a little brake rub, on the spur
Trixie is racked and ready!

Next she headed over to the Harriet Tubman Visitor Center
Such an amazing experience albeit a bit somber
This bust is on a platform and they stand 5 feet tall.
This is an actual representation of Harriet's height!

Again back at the hotel it was time to get organized
Because Sunday would be very early to rise!
Caught up with Morgan in transition
To wetsuit or not was their discussion!
PBun had already planned to go sans
Morgan decided the same, understand?
They took a pre-race dip to check out the water
And met Erin who was racing all the way from Australia!
Soon it was time to go get lined up for the rolling start
The cannon booms were loud! They did their part!
Quick hello from Lesley - Morgan's other half
She took PBun's crappy flip flops to the trash!
PBun felt like she had a smooth swim
And was pleased with her time when she got to the end!
Up the ramp and run into transition
Finding Trixie was her next mission!
Mission accomplished and time to ride
Only 56 miles underneath mostly cloudy skies
Happily there didn’t seem to be much wind
Though PBun always says it’s her friend!
Nice to cruise through the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
At more than 28,000 acres, this place is huge!
One very interesting thing that she saw
Was a dude riding a quad bike with a dog!
Would you believe she had to state “passing on your right?”
Not once. Not twice. But actually thrice!
Before long she was rolling back into town
And only a half marathon to go? No time to frown!
She hit T2 and changed in to her bunny running shoes
Donned her ears and headed for the run out chute!
The ears got plenty of love as along the way
And saw a few familiar faces, too – yay!
Shout out from Morgan at about 1/3 through
He only had 1/3 left – it’s true!
Finally she was at the halfway point
They were serving SNO-CONES in the joint!
PBun partook in one that was grape flavored
And that cool treat she definitely savored!
Along this section that there were lots of mosquitoes
Now she is paying the price, don’t you know!
But happy that she was on her way back
Though now the sun was out to stay, isn’t that whack?
Before long she was back at the park and made the final turn
There’s the finisher’s chute and a medal she will earn!
PBun did it!

After a quick bite she gathered her things
Back to the shuttle bus with Trixie
They made it on – the last passenger
And wrapped up a nice race weekend that went by in a blur!
PBun raced for her friend Debbie who is fighting ALS
Please consider helping out Debbie directly at #NortonStrong or the #WarOnALS
This race was a walk in the park compared to Debbie's fight.