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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

10-10 Down Rap

This weekend the rabbits were focused on the number 10
But there might have been others as well, amen!
On Friday, STUR and JRab skedaddled on up to the mitten...
With the Swim to the Moon race- STUR is smitten!
After a nap in the hotel they went out for grub-
And ended up at this very unique pub!
In Hell, Michigan it was called the Hell Saloon-
Skulls, bats, and creepy critters decorated the room.
Saturday morning PBun headed over the Bay Bridge
She planned to ride Trixie over yonder in Cambridge!
Got a little bit later start than she wanted…
But made the most of the time she had!
Before she got going she heard a sound
This bird was mocking her down on the ground!
The bird appeared to be laughing and saying, "uh, uh, uh!"

Another sunflower field was spotted along her route
This one was a surprise, but a sunflower selfie without a doubt!
Surprise! More sunflowers!

Finally got a picture of the church she had spotted before
Oak Grove M. E. Church South circa 1874!
PBun was so happy to finally snap a picture of this church!

Stopped at the Harriet Tubman Visitor Center again
It was so peaceful that early in the morning
The Eagleman bike course was where she did a loop
Then a loop within the loop – that is the scoop!
Followed that up with a 30 minute run
It was toasty but a little breezy under the sun.
CBun and BLUR were off to Midlothian, VA
To swim the Down River Rip - you don’t say?
The river looks amazing this morning!

They ran into triathlon friend Frank while there…
Would there be another sighting that weekend somewhere?
Their water was warm so not wetsuits allowed
But the river had a current and helped them swim down!
The current was strong and the swim did not seem long
So later when BLUR's cheer squad arrived,
Of her finish were deprived!
As she was ashore and already dried
It seems the current gave the swimmers a ride!
But with plenty of cheer they came,
Including a dolphin balloon which they gave
BLUR with her blue dolphin balloon!

And CBun and Blur were happy with their day
And had fun swimming along the way!
STUR did her swim packet pick-up thing on Saturday - score!
Seeing the lake and getting body marked early wasn't a chore!
Dinner meant some pasta and bread…
Early to bed, so the crack alarm they wouldn't dread.
Later in the afternoon, PBun picked up KBun
Headed to Annapolis to spend the night for the win
To save a good hour on Sunday morning to get to the race
As they only had four miles to drive to the Navy Marine Corps Stadium place
They were ready for the Annapolis 10 miler
KBun had never done this event before!
This was KBun’s first time back since the HHPP ride
She took her crash and recovery in stride!
Sunday morning, arriving at Halfmoon Lake -
Still very dark- not even daybreak!
Sun coming up - time for the pre-race briefing-
As always the RD's thick Michigan accent was unceasing!
Hopped in the water time trial style -
Different than other years so it took a while.
And..she's off!

So excited to swim - first mile went fast-
Going through Halfmoon Lake is always a blast!
Passed by the first feed boat and hooked a left-
Next up swimming under a bridge is the best
Snaking along passing by many lake houses and docks-
Already the mile two feed boat? That rocks!
Picked up a sip of Gatorade-
She didn't want her energy to fade!
Through the tunnel and into Lake Patterson-
Soon will reach the beach- only half done!
Grabbed some Gatorade and a Gu from her bag-
Gotta swim 5k back- it's not a drag!
STUR crushing her 10keh ows!

Headed back the same way and through the tunnel again-
Feed boat at mile four for the win!
STUR admits she was feeling really good until mile five-
To make it back through Halfmoon Lake- she'd have to strive.
Her mantra became "just swim to that horse!"
It was the half mile swim's turn around buoy of course.
Quarter mile to go - STUR was aware of the time-
One last push got her a PR - that's fine!
Scrambled on shore - collected her medal and towel-
Gonna stand in line for some pancakes- she had the power!
"I think that was a PR!"
STUR rocked another open water marathon swim!

Meanwhile, K and P Bun arrived promptly to packet pick up
Snagged a great parking spot that involved a little luck!
Ran into aforementioned Frank under the pavilion
He hopped on over and said hi with a grin
Mentioned he had seen two rabbits the day before
That would of course be CBun and BLUR!
Started the race with 3,000 of their friends
But first visited Bobby’s Pottys again
And they are now ready to start!
Started off with a lap around the stadium
Then meandered to downtown Annapolis which was awesome!
The picture doesn't do this view justice!
(And that car is probably not supposed to be parked there!)

Planned to run / walk throughout the entire 10
The Bun’s stuck together except when P hit the potty again…
She ran up ahead so she could meet KBun after
But had to wait for her turn which seemed like forever
KBun then actually passed her by…
Then after PBun really had to fly!
Ohhh, they're over halfway there...!

Caught up and finished out the race together
Also got a glimpse and later a video of the juggler!
The juggler is so fun!
(See the juggler video below!)

He was ‘Rocking the Red’ while juggling Caps hockey sticks
The dude is so creative and fun – what a trip!
KBun saw a guy from the Howard ER
Running as medical staff - he kept an eye on her!
KBun with a colleague from Howard who ran as medical staff!

One volunteer was really enthusiastic and amazing
With his umbrella hat he did great cheering!
This dude was so great - there at the beginning and at the end!

The rabbits crossed the finish line together
This was a victory lap for KBun – which makes it better than ever!
At the start and finish ran by one of the Blue Angels jets
Not quite the Thunderbirds but just as cool you can bet!
Blue Angels - not Hell's Angels!

Had fun taking this photo after they got their finish swag
Make no bull about it, they might add!
Posing with the Navy mascot!

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