There's always room for another race!

There's always room for another race!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Swim For Your Life Rap

On Saturday, Team Rabbit participated in the Swim for Life
It was good but at times there might have been some strife...
They got to the race venue in a timely manner
Scored excellent parking not too far yonder
Packet pickup and body marking – check
Nabbed a good picnic table pretty quick
This was also the finish!
Finally it was time for the safety briefing to start
There was lots of good advice the race director did impart!
Thanks to the kayakers and other safety folks!

The race got underway just a smidge late
And the waves went off about five minutes apart – no debate
Goggles at the ready!

Four rabbits were in wave number three
They were swimming 3 miles, you see!
STUR, STEB, CBun, and The Beast,
They were prepared to say the least!
KBun was doing the 2.4
Perfect for Kona training, sure!
And BLUR was ready for her 2 –
Double from last year is what she decided to do!
Ran into some old Team Z team mates
It was fun chatting with Donna before the race
Made a new friend named Meico
He was doing the 1 mile, don’t you know?
One dude had on a T-shirt with a message that was really funny
"That’s a horrible idea! What time?" Sounds perfect for these bunnies!
Hmm, this could be the new tag line for Team Rabbit!

The rabbits agreed, sighting can be a chore…
Just 6 buoys – why can’t we have a few more?
Don't let this calm looking water fool you!

At times the Rabbits had some trouble finding the stinking buoys -
That's okay since the post-race cookies were chewy!
The current was really cranking after the turn around point -
It was really bumpy and wavy up in this joint!
All the Rabbits survived their respective swim distances -
Then had to clear the beach at the race director's insistence!
They ended up blowing the born three times - it was not a drill
Inclement weather approaching don't want anyone to get killed!
CBun had not yet come up thru the finish chute
But before the next horn blast she was there - no fluke!
STUR was happy with her decision to do the three mile race-
The water conditions and nausea messed with her pace!
STEB got a little foot cramping on the out and back
And nearly ran head first into STUR by the turnaround – how about that?
As she neared the 2 mile point of her race
She almost wished she’d signed up for that as was the case
She learned how to time her strokes with the waves and chop
Because clearly she could not make those stop!
After when all the rabbits regrouped
And learned a tornado warning was the scoop
They hurried over to the amazing buffet-
So many yummy dishes- you don't say?
A water spout had been spotted at the mouth of the river
The possibilities of bad weather made them shiver!
This photo credit / update was from the Maryland Swim for Life Facebook page!

After they ate and STUR and STEB did their burpees -
Then they stayed to listen to the awards if you please!
Good thing they did as one rabbit was award winning!
KBun heard her name called and she was grinning!
She got first in her age group for the 2.4:
KBun keeping Team Rabbit 'award winning'!

Got a cool Swim for Life mug - score!!
Looks like Swim For Life turned into Swim For Your Life
CBun didn't realize all the drama that the conditions were so rife!
The swim RD sent out a nice recap email...
It was crazy after so many years at the end they had to bail!
Usually the current there is VERY calm and mild...
But the chop and rollers made it pretty wild!
The Rabbits all agree in the end it was fun!
And would they do it again? Yes, son of a gun!
On their way home - the Rabbits must stop for a Slurpee -
All that sugar attempted to make them perky!
That afternoon STEB headed with Riley to P-A...
What’s wrong with driving 380 miles in one day?
Wanted to visit her cousin Stilt and Riley’s mom Izzy –
Made it there lickety split – no time for a tizzy
Izzy and Riley - together again!

STUR started her Sunday at the harbor - it's become a habit-
With a run before the harbor swim for that rabbit!
The air was cooler and the day was quite sunny -
Ran about halfway over the bridge – ‘twas lovely!
View from the WW Bridge! Nice  calm water here!!

Got back in time to swim clockwise in the river -
A very calm swim this day it did deliver!
Meanwhile STEB and Stilt took a nice walk on the track
But it seems that Stilt’s GPS is all out of whack!
Nice view from the Mt. Pleasant Area Jr./Sr. High School track!

The difference between hers and STEB’s Garmin data
Makes you wonder what the heck is the matter?!
STEB's on top, Stilt's on bottom...just a little whack!

After a nice breakfast with her cousin, aunt, and uncle...
She and Riley headed home – no time for a lull
STEB’s weekend tally of driving miles was 590
That’s a piece of cake, she does decree!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Muncie to Colonial Beach Rap

On Saturday morning STUR and STEB had to get up at the crack-
Waking up at 3:00 AM is really really whack!
Once they met up they STUR and STEB hopped in the car
Headed out to a race venue - not too far
Even though it was only a mini rabbit road trip
Having Good & Plenty for the ride is legit!
"Official" snack food of Team Rabbit!
They were going down to Colonial Beach -
Where a sprint triathlon/aqua bike was in their reach!
Arrived at the venue in good time
Loaned Leanne a pump - that's not a crime
Sheila and Trixie - just hanging around!
After they checked in they set up transition -
Going to the porta potty more than once was a good decision!
It's hard taking selfies looking into the sunrise!
Of course there was time for a photo op...
Hit the beach for the pre-race briefing where The National Anthem rocked
STUR took some time to look at the swim map-
Maybe it didn't sink in since she had a small mishap...
Colonial Beach Sprint Swim Course
The swim course was sort of a rectangle
Had to swim it clockwise and not get mangled
Going around the final turn buoy that is
STUR and STEB both caught the cable - gee whiz!
STUR had to swim a bit back to that final buoy -
But she could see the finish - the yellow waving man was groovy!
Took her time in transition - that's what she does,
Time to put on the biking gloves!
Ahead of her was a 14 mile jaunt -
You can take your time if you want.
That's exactly what STUR decided to do -
Just her second time on the bike this year - it's true!!
STEB forgot to switch her watch as she came out of the water
Swimming on the land? No bother!
STEB was doing the sand crawl....
Because she was doing the aqua bike and would not run
STEB was prepared to bike hard and have some fun!
Caught up with STUR around mile five…
They discussed IMWI's Stagecoach Road - no jive!
Finally made it back to transition
Checked in at the aqua bike finish tent then learned her position
Turns out she was first in that category
Got a cool blanket if you want the story!
Winner, winner chicken dinner -
STEB was the first female aqua-bike finisher!
STUR made it through the 14 miles - whew!!
Now it's time to look for a running shoe or two!
Saw STEB who was done with her Aqua bike-
She'll take a picture of you in transition if you like!
STUR in T2 - looking for her other shoe!
STEB accompanied STUR for the first part of the run -
It seemed all of it would be in the direct sun!
STUR enjoyed many comments about the ears this time:
"You better hop, hop, hop to the finish line!"
Or, "Oh no! I forgot MY bunny ears!"
Then this dude passed her and disappeared!
STUR, coming down the home stretch!
All in all STUR was happy with her experience!
Sprint tris are fun and not too serious!
Post-race - the happy finishers!
They had Ledo's Pizza at the finishers party
But still hungry so had Chick-fil-A on the way home smarty!
Cute sign in the Waldorf Chick-fil-A!
Saturday evening STEB headed over to her pool
She was doing the lap-a-thon with the swim team - cool
Ready for the lap-a-thon!
Swam 200 lengths in about 2 hours - no trouble
Got pizza after so it was a pizza day double!
Sunday morning STEB started her ride around 7:00 AM
The weather on this day was her friend
STEB and Trixie - ready to roll!
Starting from the upper lot at Lake Accotink Park
Did the loop of North Springfield that she modified on a lark
On her ride STEB saw some squirrels and one black cat
She was happy that he didn't cross her path!
After Saturday's effort she was happy with her pace
Though her legs felt a bit tired as was the case
Sunday morning STUR headed over to National Harbor -
Time to don the goggles and swim cap armor.
But first a short 30 minute run will happen...
Swim starts soon so she got cracking!
Met up with BLUR right on the dock -
Such a beautiful day out - it rocked!
BLUR swam and swam to the bitter end -
STUR got out at 9 loops - that's what she did intend.
The water temp was perfect and a bit choppy -
Neither rabbit was bothered that it was rocky.
After STEB's ride it was time for a little run -
A loop around the lake - it was nice to be out of the sun
Lovely view of Lake Accotink!
Lots of people were out and about -
And she ran by a little dog party without a doubt
Running by the train tracks is always pretty cool
Especially when one comes barreling through!
No playing on the tracks!
Managed to run up the dam hill
At the top tripped over something but didn't take a spill
The dam hill is short but steep!
Finishing up she saw a cute chipmunk
Always thankful not to see a skunk!
After an afternoon nap STUR was back at the pool again -
Both she and the Beast got in over 3000 meters for the win!
Sunday afternoon STEB stayed cool inside
Decided watching "Jaws" then "Soul Surfer" would be wise!
KBun and friend!
Meanwhile, KBun was out in Muncie, Indiana
To do the 70.3 there as part of her training for Kona
CrAzY rain!!!
The day before she got caught in weather like a monsoon...
Maybe it had something to do with the coming full moon?
The rain washed all the mud off the car...
The road was flooded by her hotel...
What would race day be like? Hopefully swell!
Ahh race morning! So much better!
Saturday morning her wave went off around 8:00 AM
KBun finished the swim bike run - and that's a win!
Happy 70.3 finisher!
Afterwards she celebrated with a cone from Dairy Queen -
Which is a perfect post-race treat if you know what we mean!
Another half Ironman for Team Rabbit?
Another half backpack!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Fourth the Beltway Rap

Friday afternoon STEB did a recovery ride
Easy gear and light on the pedals according to the guide
It was Candy's turn for some exercise
And it's nice to change it up once in a while
Candy - ready to roll!

Started at the W&OD Railroad Regional Park around mile 9
This will be a familiar place this summer and that's totally fine

And at the end crossed over the beltway and back
Glad she wasn't stuck in that traffic that would be whack
Views from Friday's recovery ride!

Saturday early STEB ran from her house to North Springfield and back.
It was muggy out but the breeze was nice - that's a fact!
Saturday morning clouds!

Had to run by two blobs on the sidewalk that were gross...
Were they dog poop or human puke? Who knows!
She went under beltway twice
No one lurking up on the ledge that was nice
STEB is reading "It" and thought it a bit creepy running underneath the Beltway!

Then STEB was going to help out at a swim meet at her old pool
Edsall Park Dolphins fell to the Broyhill Crest Barracudas - boo
Great morning for swim meet!

But she had fun helping out
Plans to do it again without a doubt!
Apparently there's a timers dress code
White shirt and blue shorts - next time STEB will know!
She checked out the record board
The oldest was from 1966 for 8U 25 back. Word.
STEB may have had a record or two on this board way back in the day!

Saturday morning STUR headed herself right back to the pool-
She had to cap off her 24,000 weekly meters- she ain't no fool!
She and the Beast got 4000 done lickety split-
It went off without much fuss they must admit!
Later that afternoon STEB and Riley had a date!
Lunch with friends and meeting Georgie their dog - it was great!
Georgie is gorgeous!
They were there during the brief thunderstorm
Riley hid under their table as per her norm
Sunday STEB got another early start before 7 AM
Not a lot of W&OD traffic and that was grand
Saw two foxes, a turtle, and three chipmunks along the trail
Then a bug hitchhiked on STEB's leg till he bailed!
Again did an out and back to Smith's Switch Station
This time remembered a picture for Team Rabbit's blog nation
Views at Smith's Switch Station!
On Sunday - STUR got to National Harbor before anyone else.
Running early is a good idea- she didn't want to melt!
Made it all the way over the beltway bridge and a bit toward Mt. Vernon...
For a lot of shade this Rabbit was really yearning!
STUR, checking out the Mt. Vernon Trail map!
Back at the Harbor she met up with her funny friends-
To swim in the Potomac is what they did intend!
BLUR, CBun, and KBun were all in attendance -
And they all jumped in the water with a vengeance!
When they were done they celebrated on the dock-
Sunrise swims at the harbor seriously rock!!
Wascally Wabbits! 

Sunday night STEB met CBun for the sunset practice
At Lake Newport Pool - the water was fantastic
Sunset Selfie before Sunset Practice!

This meant CBun was swimming a double
As a matter of fact - and it wasn't any trouble!
STEB had fun swimming underwater with fins
And did a start and swam 50 free for time on a whim
She enjoyed meeting the Reston Masters swimmers
Their outdoor 50 meter pool is definitely a winner!
Tuesday was Independence Day
The Rabbits of course were going to play
STEB did the kick AST tri - it's an annual event
Annandale Swim and Tennis - was where her morning was spent
She swam in a lane with Jodi and Colleen
800 meters - the water was cool and clean
Around 7:30 everyone left on the bike
Riding as a group everyone stayed in sight
No one got lost as they arrived back to the pool
Because dropping a rider would be uncool!
Finally everyone headed out on the last leg
Some folks ran while others walked instead
Conquered the 2017 kickASTtri!
As always it was a fun way to start the holiday
Thanks Joe and Mike for the hospitality!
It had been a long time but STUR took Sheila out for a ride-
Time to get back in the saddle- she wouldn't be denied!
At Fort Hunt Park she rode for an hour -
Then for a short brick run- she had the power!
Happy Rabbits!
Later at the CBungalow some Rabbits did gather;
They enjoyed a signature drink called the Bushwhacker!
Silly Rabbits...
It was a mixture of different liquors and ice cream…
Much to the delight of the Rabbit team!
Bushwhacker ingredients!