There's always room for another race!
That's a horrible idea... What time?!

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

I Met a Bear


Monday, September 17, 2018

The Clash Rap

STUR had a little bit of trouble getting up on Saturday morning-
She's pretty nuts about her new dog Lazlo - fair warning!
Lazlo is so cute!

Stayed up late on Friday getting to know him a bit-
He's pretty cute and fun - she must admit!
Got a little later start than she wanted for her run-
Three plus hours until she is done.
Started from Fort Hunt and first ran towards DC -
She had a series of out and backs planned you see!
Back to the car and next out towards Mount Vernon -
Going to be slow and steady - that's for certain!
This time back she meets up with BLUR who is ready to ride -
STUR will finish her run on the Fort Hunt side.
BLUR fought some wind to get in her miles -
STUR finally finished 16 and was all smiles!
Meanwhile PBun headed to Masters Swim at Audrey Moore
It had been a while since Saturday morning practice there for sure
Afterwards headed home to get started on her run
Just an hour and a half – she was not feeling good in the sun
Saturday afternoon some rabbits gathered for a college football game
The Clash of the Tigers would prove to be insane!
Even got to see Spirit’s War Eagle pregame flight
War Eagle and Go Tigers! Or Geaux Tigers?

Then the teams were geared up - ready to fight!
CBun's team started out on top...
Then PBun's came back and she thought that rocked!
But in the end CBun's Tigers prevailed
With a field goal as time expired, oh well!
CBun walked into enemy territory!!!

The rabbits had a grand time of course
With a little talk of future races, and no remorse.
Race planning is the most fun!

Sunday morning alarm arrived way too early
It was going to be a long day, surely
Met up with Jeff then headed out in the dark to get KBun
They headed to Cambridge, MD for some bike fun
Was not sure what the weather or the course would hold
They weren’t too worried, truth be told
Crossing over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge it was really foggy
But as they continued on the sun started peeking out you see!
They arrived in Cambridge around 8:30 AM
And before 9:00 AM wheels were down and they were rolling
Look at that blue sky!

Temp was a comfortable 72 degrees
Along with a light breeze
Around one mile before the ‘hill’
Things got interesting if you will:
Jeff paddling - err pedaling through the drink!

They biked a mile through some pretty high water, no jest!
A guy in a truck coming the other way said “get a life vest”
Flood Area - Really?

Once they got over the top hill to the other side
Quick rest stop at the porta potty was nice
Well hi there, Floyd Frog!

Share the facility with a cute little frog
Guess he did not want to get waterlogged!
The group continued on their way
Only one more high water spot to traverse through that day!
Jeff and KBun previously stated that IMMD loop is easier than Eagleman
PBun now agrees with that, understand?
Once they arrived back at the Rabbit-mobile
Decided a modified loop would be a better deal
Did not want to go swimming on the road again
Because more water IN the wheels might not be a good thing!
This pavilion would be really cool for a party...without the wasps!

On the second loop took a rest at the Harriet Tubman Visitor Center
But when the wasps started circling, they high-tailed it away from that danger!
PBun's bench selfie?

Finally arrived back at the car
KBun and Jeff decided to do a little bit more
PBun started on her brick run
It was hot on the blacktop in the sun
After KBun finished her brick
Off to Goose Creek Market real quick
Then over to Great Marsh Park for a short swim
But PBun stayed in the car instead
On Sunday a small mix up had masters starting late-
But STUR swam like a crazy bunny and 2.4 miles was her fate!