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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Fast Flats Finisher Rap

The rabbits met on Wednesday at high noon
Road trip to Louisville would you presume?
Bunnies and Good & Plenty - check!

Planned to go over halfway
To make the drive shorter the next day
Made good time to Charleston W-V
Found the hotel quickly too, by the way
Unloaded the bikes then found some dinner
High calorie meal followed by a shopping spree is a winner!
Next morning they were off to finish the drive
Excited to get to the final destination? No jive!
Welcome to Louisville!

Rolled into town just after noon
An early check in? Yes! They were over the moon
Unloaded the entire car but didn’t stay put
Off to packet pick they did hoof!
Belle of Louisville along the river walk!

Exciting to hit the athlete village while it was still somewhat peaceful
Got the coveted wrist band and Ironman backpack, if you will
Entering the Ironman Village is always so exciting! 

Let's visit the official Ironman store, y'all!
Load up on some goodies then sign the race wall!
Team Rabbit, represent!
THE Wall!

Next connected with Morgan and Leslie
Time for the bike course preview you see
It was good to get a look at the hills
One or two might have looked like a pill!
For dinner that night they checked out the Old Spaghetti Factory
Three courses followed by dessert? Sounds yummy!
They got to eat in the trolly car!
(Which is in the middle of the restaurant!)

Friday morning, PBun headed up to the hotel gym
A bike-run brick was on tap for the win.
After breakfast it was run course preview time
Load back up in the car for another ride!
At the athlete briefing!

Quick trip to the Village to check out a few things again
And meet up with Susan Haag - the super Ironman
Susan, second from the left, has now completed 114 Ironman races!

After that it was time to meet up with their cheer friends
And of course the fun never ends
On Friday STUR, BLUR, and Mike boarded a plane -
A weekend of cheering for Team Rabbit at IMLou-they can't complain!
Here comes the cheer  crew!

Immediately found their rabbits and had lunch on Fourth Street-
Saw the Ironman finish line - sweet!!
Fourth Street Live is pretty awesome!

After checking in they checked out the gym...
The chances of them working out were pretty slim.
The home of Bourbon wouldn't go to waste -
Went to the top of the hotel for a taste!
Old Fashioneds for two?
Don't mind if we do!!
Next up they all had dinner at Buck's -
Live music, great company, and good food never sucks!
The pianist was awesome, but did not know Dancing Queen...

Great company!

The table setting was so cool!

Saturday morning the racers all gathered in the Galt House lobby
To walk to the practice swim - t'was gonna be chilly!
It was also a little windy!

The swim got started a smidge late
Was that a sign of Sunday's race day fate?
They got the ok to get in the water
Swim to the third orange buoy - no problem!
PBun however barely made it past number 2
That current was hard to swim against it's true!
Floated back to the start in no time at all
But don't go past the swim exit, y'all!
Back at the room time to warm up, pack transition bags and other race prep stuff
Need to drop off them with the bikes and do a race day walk through sure enough!
Racked and ready!

Saturday morning started with a run -
The walking bridge to Indiana sure was fun.
Bridge selfie!

Pedestrian bridges rock!

It's a great day for a run!

On the way they saw their friends just from a chilly dip -
Louisville in October - can you feel the nip?
Hung out with the crew to drop off the bikes
Old Spaghetti Factory for lunch which everyone likes!
The two cheer rabbits hopped on over to the Ironman store-
Some cool merchandise they did score.
Before they knew it, time to eat again-
They would be ordering pizza IN!!
However unfortunately the food never came-
The high volume of people is surely to blame.
Later in the evening the group socialized
And an impromptu ukulele jam session? Ha – no surprise!
STUR and BLUR ended up at Chipotle for their meal -
Just a short walk from the hotel, what a deal!
Next morning STUR and BLUR were up with the birds-
There's a little Ironman race going on- have you heard?
These rabbits unfortunately missed their athletes before the race-
Thus began the all-day rabbit chase!
Soon it was time to line up at the swim OUT-
They did see PBun and gave her a shout!!
Missed the rest of the swimmers so moved onto the bus line
So nice to be dry and warm for a change!
Found some hot chocolate to drink-
Their hands were so frozen - ya think?
Watched a few of the cyclist then got some lunch-
The Red Pepper Cafe would be yummy- they had a hunch.
The DJ was out there spinning some tunes-
They hoped to see their rabbits passing by very soon!
Saw all three rabbits cycling by in the mist -
It's cold and rainy - you get the gist!
Took the bus back to Louisville town -
And back in their room for a rest they could be found!
Race morning arrived, rainy and dark
Some rabbits and friends set out on a lark
They were going to toe the line at Ironman Louisville
Surely the day would be a thrill?!
There was much to be done upon arriving at transition
Bike details and nutrition was the crew’s mission
They then began the long trek to the swim start queue
It was nice to have a group and some bunny crew!
KBun and Jeff stopped at the first location
The Beast and PBun continued up to their station
Along with Morgan and Leslie and Mike
Nice to have company while waiting if you like
Did not quite hear all of My Old Kentucky Home
The WLKY news chopper action above had a bit of a loud drone
Next thing you know, the swim announcement came
Shortened course and delayed start - the current was to blame!
Finally it was time to shuffle to the dock
A little chilly on the bare feet, what a crock!
Soon it was time for the Call to Post
PBun admits she almost liked this the most!
The Beast and Morgan were up ahead in line
Before she knew it, PBun jumped in to the river, it was fine!
The swim was seriously crazy-fast
PBun nearly overshot the exit but did not have to back track!
The changing tents were hectic as always
Volunteers happy to help get the athletes who might be in a daze
Next it is off to the bike
Just 112 miles of fun, if you like!
Seems like it will continue to be a wet day
But what are you going to do? Just pedal away!
PBun was passed at the start by Trixie's sister
Didn't know if the rider was a misses or a mister!
The course starts out mostly flat
It’s a lollipop loop, how about that?

Once you get going it is mostly rollers
But Grandma’s Hill? She’s a mother!
PBun was looking forward to the Lagrange viewing area
Hoping to get a glimpse of STUR and BLUR as she biked through
Yes – up ahead, PBun spotted some bunny ears
Shouts outs from her bunny crew, never fear!
Just past here she felt an odd sensation and decided she needed to check things out
Around mile 33 stopped on Ballard School Road without a doubt
Oh dear! She had a flat –
Rear wheel on a tubular tire, natch!
Well, she finally had a chance to try her fix-a-flat stuff
Would it hold up? She would find out soon enough!
After a short time she got going again
Feeling strong, let’s do this thing!
PBun was excited to see the Deathly Hallows symbol painted on the road...
She is a big Harry Potter fan in case you didn't know! 
Quick stop at Special Needs then off she flew
Second time going around the loop and again saw her bunny crew
But wait - what’s this? Another odd sensation!
Looks like the flat is back – well, son of a gun!
PBun though her day was over but someone called tech support
After a while she had a borrowed wheel and hoped that she would not come up short!
Off she went on down the road, about nine more miles or so
Downhill and took a turn then had a blowout. Oh no!
Happened to occur by a safety tent
Another call to tech support? Please have them sent!
Here she saw Jeff then KBun whiz on by
Was able to let KBun know about her ride
STUR and BLUR would next post up back in transition-
The Beast was so fast - she's the one they'd be missing…
As they waited around-saw Jeff starting on mile one-
He was in for 26.2 miles of fun!
And what's this they see?!!
A pair of bunny ears - whee!
It's KBun don't you know?
She's also ready for the 26.2 mile show!
PBun needed a new tire and tube
Seems she’d picked up a metal shaving. Who knew?
She thought she probably had lost too much time…
But finished her ride anyway – it’s not a crime!
After turning in her chip and gathering her bags
Caught up with the bunny crew STUR and BLUR for hugs
They were going to get the bikes and meet her in a little while
Then hang out before going to cheer on the others to finish with big smiles!
STUR then spotted their bunny friend PBun -
She had a tough day and wasn't going to run.
But the Sherpas had a very big task to do:
Get three bikes out of transition for their crew
PBun helped them a bit with their task-
In her monumental effort that day they all would bask!
Time to go see the finish line hop-
Such a party on Fourth Street Live - would it ever stop?
Wouldn't be long until they saw the Beast
She finished looking strong - SA-WEET!!!
The Beast is a beast!

Then STUR really had to hold back the tears -
Especially when she spotted those bright pink ears!
KBun kicked @$$!

Bike crash be damned KBun got the thing done-
Team Rabbit cheered so loud just like she'd won!
Both she and the Beast persevered through a challenge or two-
So many bad ass points they did accrue!
Way to go KBun and Jeff!

While waiting for KBun at the food tent
Saw something nutty - and must vent:
Three rabbits saw an Ironman finisher having a smoke
It really happened - it is not a joke!
The Rabbits couldn't believe their eyes!

Once upon a time three rabbits and Jeff stood before you -
All on the eve of Ironman Lou...
It's a guarantee they have a few butterflies-
But with their training and experience they are very wise.
They will race the whole day feeling extraordinarily grateful-
Powering through the parts that are painful.
The medal and finish line will be the reward
That's what all the swim, bike, run is working toward
Know that each one of you is determined and strong-
Remember that as you're humming along!
And in those moments that maybe aren't so fun-
Embrace that suck and know you'll get it done
Your Sherpas are proud of you for every stroke, pedal and step-
All along the way you'll have more pep!
STUR and BLUR are so proud of their Rabbit friends-
We will see you through to the very end!

Monday, October 8, 2018

Triple Taper Ten Rap

Saturday morning was a triple workout for PBun
Masters swim, ride with Jeff, then a brick run
The swim was pretty much uneventful
Shared a lane with just one person, no bull
Picture was actually from Thursday night - after lights out!
Met up with Jeff at 9 in the Audrey Moore lot
He had a little Garmin watch trouble, what a crock 
PBun is ready to ride!
And PBun forgot to starts hers but caught that early on
Just two loops in Ravensworth and North Springfield to get done
Balls! Balls! Everywhere were balls!
Watch where you ride or you could take a fall
On the road were little acorns and stuff like that
Seriously if you hit them you might go splat!
The ride otherwise went fine and the weather was ok
Made one brief pitstop because they could, you don't say?
Now PBun is ready to run!
Finished the ride and headed out to run
PBun went off the beaten path for some fun
PBun did not get her feet wet or see any stray arrows!
Glad she did because what do you know?
Saw Tommy Turtle on the trail moving slow!
It's fun to see wildlife on the trail!
Starbucks after seemed like a good plan
Then shopping for Halloween decorations at the Dollar Store? Yeah man!
Meanwhile, a trio of bunnies hit up the Chinquapin pool on Saturday -
STUR got there early and got a lane, that's the way!
BLUR was very happy with her 2000 meter pace -
Working on her form she does embrace!
The Beast was in full Ironman taper mode-
Got in a solid swim -it really flowed!
STUR had 4000 meters to do-
A variety of strokes and sets - it's true!
Sunday morning- STUR hop, hop, hopped on the metro train-
It was early but not insane!
Plenty of time to walk to the ATM start-
Found a medical tent sign to meet her friends- smart!
It's always good to have a meet up plan!
Soon she saw another pair of ears-
There was her bunny friend KBun- cheers!
Bunnies unite!
Another friend she was supposed to meet-
Jen from CFK found her at the sign-sweet!!
Crossing paths with a CrossFit friend!
The trio made their way over to the start line shuffle-
It was VERY humid- lots of fluids they better guzzle.
Finally started and the trio split up-
Did they all have different paces? Yup!
The course was changed a bit for the better this year-
No Hains Point and the Key Bridge was added it did appear
At mile 2 - STUR saw someone she knew-
David was there cheering it's true!
Truly for STUR the race went in a blink-
Happy to see her watch and the mile markers were pretty much in sync.
STUR's water bottle fell out of her belt a total of five times-
She never had to pick it up herself- she didn't whine
Went across the finish line and got her coin-
With her friends she hopes to rejoin!
Found KBun at least and they got some snacks-
But there was zero time to relax.
They did it!

STUR and KBun ran/ walked/ shuffled back to metro-
More running miles for STUR- it's a go!
She got off at the station for Braddock Road-
7 more miles back and forth- all told!
Meanwhile PBun got up at the crack
Then when it got light went for a run, that's a fact
Did the first mile with her dog Riley
You can't tell in the picture but she was smiley!
Riley is always up for a run!

Saw another 'turtle' while out in her neighborhood
A reminder to go slow? Sounds good!
Team Rabbit had a good laugh over these 'turtles' last year in Kona!

This was her last long run before IM Lou
She is getting nervous and excited, it's true!
So are rabbits KBun and the Beast
But they are going to do their best to say the least
After her run, PBun cut the grass
Then got out Halloween decorations, at last!
A pre race massage was on tap next
The time to put the decorations up if you couldn't guess
CBun knocked out miles totaling 19.5
All for the Regal Bank - and that's no jive!
The Beast got in her last long ride before Ironman Louisville
And worked out a few bike kinks - no big deal!
The Beast is ready to rock IMLou!!

Three days in a row Team Rabbit peeps ate at Five Guys
Must mean the burgers are good - no surprise!
Even Lazlo got into the patty act...
Five Guys gives you one for your dog - fact! 
Burgers make Lazlo smiley!

Monday, October 1, 2018

Perfect Water Rap

Saturday morning some rabbits gathered in the dark…
KBun, PBun, and Jeff were going biking somewhat on a lark.
Started out and headed to Nokesville Park…
On a ride filled with the fog and trucks they did embark.
The fog wasn't bad in the park, but it was on the route. And the trucks... Eek!

Made the decision to head back to the car
Bike ride plan B? Why sure!
Ended up at the upper lot at Lake Accotink
Two loops through North Springfield and Ravensworth, you think?
No fog here!

All told these riders hit total mileage of 50
Even though the ride was broken up the day was nifty!
After PBun had a snack after the ride
Took her pup out for a mile stride
STUR started her weekend off with a longish run -
She went 10.5 miles and it was all in the sun!
Couldn't run longer because she had to get ready…
BLUR was giving her a ride to Rock Hall - must get peppy!
They were headed there on an overnight -
The Waterman's Sprint is Sunday - out of sight!
At arrival they met up with their pal Al -
The Waterman’s Crab House was the locale.
By the way, friend Al now has a rabbit name -
“Go MRab!” (for male rabbit) we will exclaim!
Podium Al aka MRab rocking his new ears!

Had a nice lunch of salad and crabs -
Outside on a beautiful dock - not too bad!
No crabby rabbits here!

Next up was a look at the swim course:
Looks pretty straight forward was the report.
Swimming will be allowed on race morning though!

Packet pick up! They were right on time -
As a matter of fact they were very first in line!
Now the three rabbits decided to drive the bike route…
There would be very little elevation - that's absolute!
Time to check in to the Holiday Inn Express -
Must haul in all the triathlon mess!
In a blink of an eye it was time to eat again -
Wonderful Italian food - it's not a sin.
A viewing of "Mean Girls" was 'so fetch' but it was time for lights out -
And BLUR knows how to get a good night's sleep without a doubt!
Sunday morning, two rabbits gathered again
It was KBun and PBun for the win!
They were headed to Reston for the =PR= Perfect 10 race
It was a perfect day to run in this case!
Always must do a selfie at the SLHS Seniors Wall!

After picking up their packets and a selfie, they then lined up
They were in for the 10 mile where they saw a cute pup!
Rabbits, ready to run!

Half Fanatic Greg came over to say hi…
No selfie, but he is a racing machine – oh my!
KBun and PBun started together and took a few walk breaks
Did the first loop then got a bit separated in this case
PBun kept KBun’s bunny ears in sight
And ran the last two miles without a walk break – all right!
In fact, she knocked 2 minutes off her final mile
Then sprinted on to the track with a smile!
Perfect day for the Perfect 10!

Caught up at the finish line with KBun
Then they headed for pancakes at IHOP – son of a gun!
KBun about to enjoy her hot cocoa!

Meanwhile, STUR and BLUR were up – not too much of the crack…
Got those bikes lickety split on that rack.
The girls had been warned about a very muddy parking lot -
But they ended up in an extremely PRIMO spot!!
Found their transition spot - time for a bunny-ear photo op…
Now time for the wetsuit hop-hop-hop!
Walk to the water, soon they'll be jumping in…
Wetsuit legal and perfect make it a win-win-win!
STUR swam hard all the way to the yellow wiggly man -
Then all the way to transition she (sort of) ran.
Bike ride for STUR was uneventful and smooth -
Always glad to be done with the bike, if you want the truth.
Donned her running shoes and to the run "out"
Wearing the bunny ears she would get many a shout!
Finish line is coming; it's always the best -
Soon a shiny medal she would possess!
They did it!

Found MRab and BLUR and hit the post race grub…
Drank a lot of Gatorade – glub-glub-glub!
Then the rabbits got some very exciting news:
"Award winning rabbits" strikes again - that's your clue!
MRab hit the podium for his sprint race -
Ran a very fast effort to earn second place!
MRab on the podium for the second straight day!

As a matter of fact MRab really enjoyed his ears -
He hopped like a bunny to finish line amidst cheers!
Ears everywhere!

And BLUR won extra bling, too!!!
Third in that aquabike category it's true!
Yay BLUR!!

BLUR thinks aquabike may be her new event -
The fact she didn't run? She did not lament!

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Crabby Double Rap

After a nice short walk with Lazlo, STUR headed to Arlington
The Clarendon day 10K/5k would be fun!!
Someone got a new bed!

Got her number and slid into the 5k pack-
Planning for just time on her feet so she got in the back.
After finishing the 3 miles she hightailed it back to the 10KEH start line-
She still had to hike 1.5 miles up a mile? Oh fine!
Started the 10KEH all by her lonesome -
Ended up getting back with the pack of runners -don't be glum!
STUR, killin' the hill!

Spotted David on the out and back-
He was way ahead-she won't make up the slack.
Got humid and sunny - STUR was glad to be done-
She was excited when she got her medal- just like she'd won!
Clarendon Bling!

BLUR was there to cheer them on!
They encouraged the rest of the runners- until they were all gone!
Thanks for being the Sherpa, BLUR!

STUR had to scoot- she had more to do-
Intended on at least 6 more miles- it's true!
Took the metro to the airport stop-
She got on the trail- hop hop hop!
All in all 16.5 was the distance she covered-
Pretty tired afterwards  she discovered!
PBun's weekend training started on Thursday night
With a marathon session of spinning on her bike!
Afterwards she went on a short brick run
And with a bit of walking got it done!
Crabtree Falls is amazing!

Saturday morning PBun went on a hike
To Crabtree Falls if you like!
Crabtree Falls selfie!

She had to use some walking sticks
It was steep in places and kind of slick!
Found the sticks along the trail
At the end left them for others, without fail
Different view of the falls!

Followed the instructions and stayed on the designated path
Didn’t want to be a statistic -- natch!
And apparently dogs have also died! :(

Also saw a small old family cemetery
This family lived there back in the 19th century
The Fitzgerald family raised 10 kids at Crabtree Falls!

At the bottom of the trail there was a cool pedestrian bridge
The bridge came from New York!

And a working phone booth? You've got to be kidding?
I guess hikers could call for a cab...or a pizza?!

Saturday night she might have had fun singing some campfire songs*
Practicing for the Rabbit camping trip in November -- it won't be long!
On Sunday morning she went on a run for recovery
She avoided a flooded road it seems!
PBun's feet did not get too wet!

Ran under a one lane underpass
An old railroad bridge as a matter of fact!
No trains went over while she went under.

Noticed a vine with a hanging water drop
And shortly after that it was time to stop!
PBun thought this was pretty cool!

Later that day on did a make-up spin session,
Then getting a good night's sleep was her mission!
Lazlo is ready for football season
And Halloween too, he is ready for Trick or Treating!
Lazlo the Linebarker!

*Girl Scout songs!

Sippin' Cider

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