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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Blue Rap

On Friday at the crack three rabbits met up at the airport: DCA
KBun, CBun, and STUR going to the Pistol Ultra to play
These rabbits are ready to roll!

While chatting away, over the loud speaker KBun heard her name...
These silly rabbits were not in the right place - what a shame!
They were supposed to be on a shuttle located downstairs-
They made it in time but goodness what a scare!
After making it to Alcoa-first things first-
Pancakes at IHOP to give them a burst!
They headed up to the Smokey Mountain range to Cade’s Cove-
On twisty curvy roads they did rove.
For CBun this happened to be a very special spot-
It’s where her grandparents decided to tie the knot!
KBun is happy to be in a new church!

Toured around and went to a cute church or two-
Really enjoyed the 11 mile drive through!
Next up was packet pick up at the Alcoa High School-
A cow was there to great us - very cool!
Cows are cool!

Udderly hilarious!

Briefly attended the pre race meeting-
But the rabbits were just thinking about eating!
All checked in and ready to run!

Headed to Olive Garden and beat the crowd
They needed to carb load for crying out loud!
Time for bed as they had a little race in the morn-
Soon bunny ears and running shoes they will adorn.
PBun was a little nervous to start the day
To start her powerlifting weekend she would need to be weighed
She needn't worry as she came in under by nearly a pound -
And is down a weight class from a year ago so no need to frown
Friday night was the strict curl event
Butt and back against the board before you begin
Friday night lifting buddies!

Don’t let them move away or the lift is no good
Two out of three -- she did what she could!
On Saturday morning, the running rabbits were up
Stoked to go for a run? No duh!
Being super close to the race site was such a win -
Arrived just in time for the race to begin!
STUR and CBun were the first to go in the 50k
KBUN had 5 minutes until she was on her way.
The course was on a beautiful winding greenway-
Plenty of opportunity to see all the runners - yay!
One loop was 10.33 miles exactly on the nose -
A very well organized race- it really shows!
STUR took it easy and stopped to pet EVERY dog she saw-
So much praise for the bunny ears- oh pshaw!
The aid stations were so much fun- rocking the Saint Patrick’s Day theme - 
Chick-fil-A nuggets at one stop? It wasn’t a dream!
Tons and tons of people running out and back-
If you felt lonely ever that would really be whack!!
STUR was so happy to see CBun and KBun at regular intervals
"Bang, bang rabbit" was their cry, it was never dull!
STUR made it around all three loops -
She was pretty psyched - let's raise the roof!
CBun was waiting for her in the cafeteria -
She had gotten a PR - so superior!!!
They grabbed some yummy pizza and cupcakes-
They were super happy to take a break!
Pizza is always a good idea.
And cupcakes!

Showers and Chick-fil-A was the next mission:
As a post race food it is often a tradition.
But no time to waste as they had to head back to the race site -
KBun needed rabbit support running through the night.
Got there just in time to see her breeze by the 50 mile mark -
She looked strong and on the last loop she will now embark.
CBun and STUR drove out to a spot on the greenway
Could see her twice - you don’t say?!!!
They skedaddled back to the amazing finish line -
The DJ played such fun music - it was divine!
Here comes the pink bunny ears !!
Everyone there was giving KBun so many cheers!!
Here comes the KBun!

She did it! She did it! All 100KEH!!
And she got first in her age group! NO WAY!!!
What super-cool podium pistol bling!

Not much time to chat and recover -
They had to get up early for a flight- shudder!
Smooth traveling this time back home-
There’ll be just one more line for this part of the poem.
All three rabbits got their first race in Tennessee -
They all were successful, nobody was BLUE - whee!!!!!
Saturday morning was the powerlifting meet
Squat, bench press, the deadlift – she was ready to compete
PBun would actually lift on the BLUE platform
In heat two - would she be ready to perform?
There were four heats total, three of which were women
For only the second time ever for meet director more ladies then men!
Warm ups were in the barbell club room
Where the plates were in KG – which would spell doom!
Look! It's THE blue platform!
But...lifting KG plats is pretty bad @$$!

Barbell math is hard enough in pounds
For this, a KG to LB conversion chart could be found
PBun was in the group with Laura, Alex, and Julie Three of her PL teammates you see
PBun with her fellow #BeltlessBs

Should have taken a selfie with Barry who was there to get a rope
PBun and Laura had just been talking about him - no joke! 
In the end, PBun went 3 for 3 on all three lifts
And achieved PRs across the board which was pretty slick
Watching all the competitors lift was pretty darned inspiring
Even when the bar crashed off the gray platform – oh my!
From ages 7 to 79 years young
Including a mother-son-grandmother group, son of a gun!
The Team recap of attempts was 103 of 111
This  is 93% successful – lots of PRs and lots of fun
The Tysons Powerlifting team rocks!

Sunday afternoon PBun finally met up with Nanette
Movie followed by coffee to celebrate her birthday, no sweat! 
So great to finally catch up with NanWa!

Saw the 80th Anniversary of Gone With the Wind
Including the built in Intermission
Frankly, my dear, the intermission could have been a smidge longer!

Carmen and Diego celebrated Saint Catrick’s Day
Which was the day after their 6th birthday!
Playing with beads is the most fun!

Monday, March 11, 2019

Red Rap

It was the second Friday night of the month,  what does that mean?
Why ukulele club at Beverly Hills UMC for PBun and The Beast
PBun and the Beast, ready to uke around!

Small group this go around but it was good
Two hours to play a lot of songs, understood?
PBun was happy about her bike effort!

Saturday morning PBun had a solid training day
An hour 50 bike stamina session and 20 minute run - yay!
PBun was given a glass of water - in a cute bunny glass!

Afterwards she had a meetup with a few old friends
Lunch and mimosas that came in a bucket that was red!
The mimosas were pretty yummy!

A rabbit group of four was at the Wahoo KICKR class
At Green Lizard Cycling in Herdon to become bad @$$
Followed the class up with a 3 mile time trial
It was hard but in the end they had to smile
CBun, The Beast, BLUR and MRab
Were the rabbits representing - how fab!
Saturday night STUR had some visitors come in late-
Her brother Andy and Jeff flew into national- great!
To bed early as they were going to lose an hour-
Avoiding a mood in the morning that was sour.
Picked up BLUR and it was still pretty dark-
Arrived Haines Point and very very easily found a place to park.
Small race with a start of 5, 4, 3, 2 , 1 GO
Still drizzly and chilly don’t you know.
The double out and back course was very runner friendly
The whole group could say “hi” many times going by in a frenzy.
At the end of the 5k BLUR had a nice surprise waiting around the bend-
Hubby David came to cheer her on to the end!
Happy finishers with David!

Andy and Jeff had a great race and finished strong -
STUR was happy to get first in her age group- is that wrong?
Kickin' @$$!

Way to go, STUR!

Sunday morning was PBun's last group powerlifting workout before her meet
She had solid lifts and good squat depth  - neat!
Excited to squat using the 45 pound plates
First time ever for that - so great!
PBun was excited to use the 45s to squat!

That afternoon she and her son took a drive
To have lunch and a visit with extended family, no jive!
Sunday afternoon STUR and her group headed over to the National Cathedral
So lovely!

To hear an organ recital - loud and impressive y’all!!
And it sounded fantastic!

Monday, March 4, 2019

Two Rap

Saturday morning STUR slept in to get ready for CrossFit Open 19.2 -
Exact same workout from three years ago it’s true!
This time STUR got a real nice treat -
PBun decided to come cheer and support - sweet!
Cheering at the Open is the most fun!

In 2016 STUR and PBun did this workout at the same time -
Even back then it was certainly part of a rhyme.
STUR was relieved to clean that 75# bar
And she thought she couldn’t do it, how bizarre!
STUR cleaning that bar!

Skedaddled home to gather up her one and only dog
Went to Fort Hunt with Lazlo for a long walk/jog!
PBun also was able to sleep in
After coffee with Diego, a walk with Riley for the win
Had fun cheering on STUR at the Open
Would she get a PR? She was hopin'!
Judge Megan was there to count for STUR
It was fantastic - of that you can be sure!
Judge Megan and STUR

Once back home it was time to get her strong on
It was squat day - is that wrong?
After a short recovery it was workout part two
A short spin-run brick is what she got to do
Sunday morning it was back at the Playground
Group powerlifting session was going down
In a regular routine with teammates Alex and Laura
They're all doing well at sharing the bars
Bench, squat, and deadlifts were again on tap
Started rough but got better as a matter of fact
Belt squat 200#? Yes!

The coach's mom is always an inspiration
She just took up powerlifting last year - son of a gun!
Marlene rockin a fun t-shirt!

Back home she hopped on her treadmill for a run
Then a nap before the Wizards game, she got it done
It was unusual but on Sunday STUR didn’t have a run plan-
She went to the Mt Vernon trail to  do all she can.
She made 8 miles then 3 more with Lazlo-
It was all good because it was steady and slow.
STUR wanted some extra laps so she got to the pool early...
It was super crowded but she wasn’t surly.
Got in a solid two miles with the masters peeps
Were there lots of sets? Heaps!
PBun got to cheer on the Wizards to a win
It's always nice to see them in person!

Monday, February 25, 2019

One Rap

On Saturday STUR tackled CrossFit Open workout 19.1
Just 15 minutes of wall balls and rowing would be oh so fun?
STUR had a tough but a very fair judge…
A few no reps for the wall balls - oh fudge!!
Saturday, PBun did another indoor triathlon
Masters swim,  spinning, then a treadmill run
Things went better than she expected
Because from that marathon she's not fully recovered
On Sunday Lazlo was itching to move his dog legs -
But first for breakfast he and STUR both had some eggs!
Lazlo, ready to do some running!
Made it a nice distance at a pretty good pace -
Both were glad that it wasn't a race!
PBun went to the Tysons Playground powerlifting group
Benching, squats, and deads were on tap if you want the scoop
Later on she did an easy run of an hour 15
Just on the treadmill it would seem
All of PBun's critters were there to cheer her on. Even the elusive Carmen!
RBug headed to Tampa to meet up with her sister and niece
They would each run two races a piece!
A nice day for a 15K!
Saturday was the Gasparilla 15K
It sure looked like a beautiful day
Sunday the race was an 8k
They were joined by a friend by the way
Yay for the 8K!

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

A Birthday Rap

Saturday morning was another indoor tri for PBun
It felt good to get it done.
Since this weekend STUR would attempt a 26.2 on her feet-
So in the pool she decided on 26 x 200 repeats!
Marathon Sunday, wake up at the normal time
Head up to Greenbelt to toe the line
KBun, STUR, and PBun all met up at the Youth Center
A Rabbit selfie with George? Yes sir!
By George, it's almost time to run!

A bit of a hike to get to the starting line
The three original rabbits chatted to pass the time.
Team Rabbit, ready to 'embrace the suck'!

Before long it was time to go...
And under the arch the runners did flow!
And they're off!

STUR and PBun were together around mile five
When the eventual winner just flew on by!
Along here they spotted a dude taking a pee
PBun would talk to him eventually you see
It turns out STUR’s knee was not up for the task -
She still ended up with 12 miles if you must ask!
Took out a bit of aggression later at the pool -
With the Beast leading the lane, it’s all cool!
KBun had a good, strong race
She and PBun thought the hill at the end was misplaced
PBun kept on smiling throughout
And looked forward to post race chili no doubt
Loop 3, here she comes!

The volunteers were all super nice
But maybe doing the GW Birthday Marathon as a relay would be the rabbits' advice!
Going down the stairs backwards can be fun
Sometimes happens after you run a marathon

Monday, February 11, 2019

Way Home Rap

Friday night was uke club for PBun
And as per the usual, she had fun!
Yay for uke club!

Saturday morning she was up kind of early
Swimming then a bike-run brick was going down, surely
PBun's crew coming to greet her as she finished her bike spin!

STUR was not sure what workout to do on Saturday morn
But then the idea of going to the CrossFit box was born.
Her masters buddy Theresa texted her just in time -
She needed a partner also in her prime!
Burpees are the best!

The WOD notably contained 105 burpees EACH-
Just a bit under the 45 min time cap the pair did reach!
Later on PBun met up with STUR
A Dog's Way Home required tissues for sure
Tissues at the ready!

After the movie the pair hit up Nando’s for some yummy chicken -
Talking about workouts and races is a given!
Sunday morning PBun tried to sleep in
But was up before the alarm. Is that a win?
Headed out to powerlifting class
Got to deadlift with train wheels - what a gas!
200# Train Wheel Deadlift - check!

Once back at home it was time for a run
Just 70 minutes on the treadmill, she got it done!
On Sunday morning- BLUR and STUR met at a very familiar place
Fort Hunt Park to walk and run with Lazlo at a good pace.
STUR with her boy Lazlo!

Three miles was their final tally-
Lazlo was a brave trooper - he really did rally!
BLUR posing with Lazlo!

Later that day STUR really needed some swim therapy-
Masters and 4000 meters was just right - whee!!
A group of rabbits did a KICKR session
It was called the "Castle of Pain" but it was...fun!

Monday, February 4, 2019

Super Snow and Chocolate Rap

On Saturday STUR was stuck inside because of the snow surprise-
But when she arrived at the pool she couldn’t believe her eyes.
She was mostly swimming all by her lonesome-‘
Not the usual “fight for a lane scrum”
Could do butterfly to her heart’s content-
Before she knew it- 3 miles came and went!
Day become almost warm and very bright-
Did some loops at Ft Hunt Park with Lazlo - alright!!
PBun was up super early on Saturday
She needed to get her spin out of the way
PBun also lifted after the chocolate festival festivities!

Then met up with a couple of old friends
They hit up the Chocolate Lover’s Festival – understand?
This pup was SO CUTE and friendly!

First she got to meet a super-cute pup
Her name is Jazz and she gave PBun a hug!
Puppy hugs rock!

There was lots of yummy chocolate stuff for the choosing
Including a fountain where the chocolate was oozing!
This doesn't include the mini scoop of ice cream or the chocolate fountain treats!

After a delicious lunch at the Coyote Grille
Made a pact to do this again if you will
Does she credit these neighbors from back in the day
To her foray into getting fit? Yes way!

Sunday was definitely an outside day-
BLUR and STUR met at Fort Hunt Park once again to play!

The Potomac was frozen but the trail was clear-
Some of the many wooden bridges were dicey- oh dear!
Sunshine and smiles!

BLUR did some running and a spin on her new ride-
Her love of cycling cannot be denied!
What will BLUR's new ride be named?

STUR did her best and knocked out a longish run-
Looks like a marathon taper has just begun!
Sunday PBun got her powerlifting on
She is sure hoping that she’s getting strong!
Rack pull for the win!

Inspired by the ladies on her team
Who are total bad@$$es if you know what she means
Once back home she took a walk outside with Riley
But that was enough time for her sinuses to act up you see
Hit up the treadmill for a 65 minute run
With 7 minutes at marathon pace in the second half of the session
That evening she met up with some friends from her high school days
Dinner then an orchestra performance was all the rave
The St. Olaf College music department is pretty sweet
And Cool-Breeze is an alum, which is neat!
Fun times with old friends!

The conductor thanked us for attending the Super Symphony Sunday
Instead of staying home to watch Superbowl 53
The orchestra was SO GOOD!

Meanwhile CBun and CRab were having lots of adventures in Utah -
The Sundance Film Fest and snow activities had them in awe!
Snow and smiles!