Since she knew a fun race would be coming up soon!
On Friday she and JRAb hopped on an aero plane -
Had a smooth flight - it wasn't a pain.
Lots of family visiting did ensue…
But soon it would be time for the race - woo- hoo!
Friday afternoon STUR did a recovery spin
Riley and Diego were there to cheer her for the win!
|Riley and Diego - hanging out!|
Then Saturday morning a swim run brick was on the schedule
So STEB headed to a non-typical weekend practice pool
|It was like Team Z practice on a Saturday. Sort of!|
Swam at practice with Mark and Jim
Even managed to do 3x100 IM!
After she ran from Providence RECenter to Fairview Park
She was flying by the seat of her pants but not on a lark
|One of several creek crossings!|
Crossed over a bridge and ran by some lakes
Even saw some duckies, for goodness’ sake!
|On the Fairview Park Drive bridge over Rt. 50 and duckies at the pond!|
Didn't get lost as she explored a few trails
Got over a downed tree twice without fail
|STEB didn't trip!|
Stopped to use a port a potty
It had weeds growing inside it - kind of creepy!
|This was just...weird!|
Later she and Andrew headed over to Gambrills, M-D
They were meeting family to celebrate her aunt's 90th birthday!
|STEB with her cousin Ann and Aunt Terry sporting her 90th birthday tiara!|
STEB played her ukulele for a group sing a long
"I Love How You Love Me" was her aunt's favorite song!
|STEB with her Aunt Shirley and cousins Deanna and Dana!|
"Hang On Sloopy" is her aunt's cake cutting tune
She's been known to dance with a knife around the room!
|The two sisters!|
STUR’s Sunday morning started extremely dark -
But she and JRab slid in and found a place to park.
First things first: STUR must sign up for the 1.2…
She didn't want to pay extra online, it’s true.
They said it was full but she had been given permission -
The race director had made this momentous decision.
She got two swim caps and two timing chips -
Doing two swim races will really be a trip!
Got body marked and looked over the course map -
She wanted to go in the right direction - no mishap!
|It's getting light!|
It was getting light now- no glow sticks needed -
The second wave is where she was seeded.
She breezed through Half-Moon Lake;
The first aid station she did not partake
Stopped at the second one right under a bridge
Gatorade and Gu for you? Yes, just a smidge.
Next wound around a neat little canal -
Swim to Lake Patterson? We shall!
First through a tunnel before you reach the shore -
Wow! This swim is certainly not a bore!!
You get out and run around a cone on North Shore Beach -
"Go back the same way you came!" No need for a speech!
STUR didn't stay long - the 5 KEH swimmers were all lined up-
Ready to mow us down soon *gulp!
STUR just kept swimming but stopped at the rest of the aid boats -
All shallow enough to stand at - no need to float.
Back in Half-Moon Lake - the final home stretch -
Her first medal of the day she'll get to fetch!
JRab was there for the cap and chip switch up-
To swim another 1.2 she'd have to get pumped!
The RD told the wave to start slow since they all were "fresh!"
STUR laughed; she just wanted to make ANY kind of forward progress.
She did just that and managed to finish -
Then a place to sit in the sun was her wish!
|STUR can totally do a 10 miler!|
Her final tally was a feat of 8.2 miles - whee!
STUR loves Swim to the Moon - unsalted and shark free!
|Two finisher medals? Heck yeah!|
STUR celebrated her swims with a Total Eclipse Beer...It was half Blue Moon and half Guinness - cheers!
|Cheers to the 2017 Eclipse AND the Swim to the Moon!|
Meanwhile that morning STEB had another brick -
This time was bike then run – pretty slick!
Got to the W&OD trail around 7:00 A-M
For a 90 minute ride out and back understand?
|The trail at the stat and the stretching post at the finish!|
First a short out and back headed east
A little warm up hill to say the least
Next she headed out to the west
When she turned around it was time to do her best
There were lots of runners out and about
Marathon training without a doubt!
Going through Vienna she glanced at the ground
Looked like Tie Fighters painted there - was Darth Vader around?
|STEB wondered if she was in Dark Side territory! Especially with the approaching eclipse and all...|
As she was heading back a box turtle was crossing the path
So she made sure to call out a warning to oncoming riders, natch!
Hopefully he did not get flattened
Because that would have made STEB saddened
Back at the car it was time to switch
To her running shoes and to be quick
Just 10 minutes is all that was required
She got it done and was inspired!
Then she had part 2 of the 90th birthday celebration
Over to her cousin’s and of course more fun!
She got to meet a cute new puppy
Her name is Asta and she is as cute as can be!
|STEB hated saying Asta (la vista) to this cutie!|