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

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Riley Will Rock You Rap

STUR started off her weekend with an eight mile sunset paddle on the Potomac-
No photographic evidence but she enjoyed every moment!
From Columbia Island to up Rock Creek -
All the monuments at night she got a peek!
Saturday morning out to Reston Masters is the routine -
Just 200 meters shy of three miles, which was super keen!
The water was a perfect temperature at 82.9 -
Compared to last week, it was feeling fine!
Also that morning just after the crack
PBun met up with Jeff to pick up KBun – that’s a fact
Because they got started a little bit late...
Detours for construction traffic was their fate
Headed East, over the William Preston Lane, Jr., Memorial Bridge
You know what that means, they were going to ride in Cambridge!
There was a little bit of beach traffic with which to contend
But they arrived at the school just fine in the end
Ready to roll!

Did the loop of the IMMD course followed by an out and back
That was on the Eagleman course, so they did not have to backtrack!
Only one instance of wildlife was seen – a black snake
Spotted only by Jeff for goodness’ sake! 
Quick stop at Gootee's Marine Store!

There were quite a few dragonflies flitting around
And, sadly, there was bunny roadkill on the ground.
The section through the Blackwater Refuge wasn’t too wet
And the ‘hill’ had fresh markings, not that they would miss that!
The blue circle is where they stopped!

After they were all finished with the ride
Headed out for a transition run – no surprise!
STUR and PBun are ready to rumble!

On Sunday two rabbits met up at a race - Riley’s Rumble-
It was a success, and neither STUR or PBun took a tumble!
STUR and PBun essentially ran the first three miles together
Hills less noticeable at first and so was the weather.
PBun turned around to finish her 8keh
STUR stayed on the course – more time to play!
So many rolling hills to be found…
At Mile 9 STUR got a Popsicle – can she get another round?
The last three miles was a hill festival –
By that point the humidity was really detectable.
The finish line is now in sight –
Yummy, yummy watermelon to be had – alright!!!!
Then headed to PBun’s house with a Slurpee in hand…
Boy is that kitty Meowser cute, oh man!!!
Tuesday night a few rabbits gathered to take in a cool scene...
At CapOne Arena, they were super excited to see Queen!!!

PBun admitted she was also excited to see Adam Lambert
But it was agreed that Brian and Roger still had it!!
It was super awesome to see them perform live
And video of Freddie Mercury was a nice surprise!
Now that is a crown!

Beforehand, they met up for dinner at Vapiano’s
They serve fast food, Italian, don't you know?

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Counting Kittens Rap

PBun felt like she started her weekend on Thursday night
Had dinner with friends visiting from the Sunshine State – all right!
By Saturday it was more of the usual schedule:
Trainer ride then a 20 minute transition run is the rule!
On Saturday STUR discovered the Reston Masters are a tough group-
The workout was as usual even though the water was 89 degree soup!
Yes they did fast 100’s with hardly a rest gap-
STUR was the only one who swam without her cap!
Next up PBun and Riley took a little road trip
Up to Acme, PA – it would be quick
This was the weekend she would bring home her kitten
With little Meowser she is certainly smitten! 
Riley with Mamma, Izzy and Meowser's brother Archie!

Sunday brought a special summertime swim meet-
STUR headed to the UMBC 50 meter pool in the heat!
Met up with Betty - a swim friend from Lane 4 -
She helped her find her way to the pool - score!
Restively small group for the 1500 that warmed up in the pool -
Unfortunately it didn’t help the participants stay that cool!
Betty hopped in heat 2 and banged out her 1 mile -
STUR waited for her heat all the while.
STUR waiting to get in the water!

STUR didn’t ask for a counter but she got one anyway...
At lap 15 the card said 17 you don’t say?
STUR figured she had simply counted wrong -
So she continued swimming right along!
When she finished she found out her fate-
She had shortened the swim by one 100- don’t hate!
Next up was the 100 meter sprint-
NOT having to worry about counting? Heaven sent!
Sunday morning PBun and Stilt went for a run
Thankfully only part of it was under the hot sun
Trail scenes!

They were on the Coal and Coke Trail
Which was formerly was part of the B&O rail! 
The old B&O RR!

At the end they took a railroad selfie
Not trying to play chicken with a train you see!  
RR selfie time!

After that it was over to the Y to lift a few weights
By now they were hungry for heaven’s sake!
Next up was the usual family breakfast at Main Street Deli
They have a 1952 Seeburg jukebox there and it was nifty!
1952 Seeburg on the left and PBun's 1956 Seeburg on the right!
Cool tidbit: You can see a 1952 in action here!

Finally it was time for PBun to hit the road
With Riley and Meowser in tow to their humble abode! 
He did SO WELL on the car ride home!

The new kitty briefly met Carmen and Diego…
Will they all get along? Let’s hope so! 
Meowser, getting settled in!

Monday, July 15, 2019

Colonial Beach Rap

Even though a slacking lifeguard started her Saturday swim late
STUR got in a good amount of meterage as her fate!
PBun taking a short biking break!

Both K and P Buns had a long bike ride to conquer
Before they could go off and play with the rest of the bunny herd
But first PBun took Riley for a short walk and saw an interesting sight
It was a rhinoceros beetle carcass lying on the ground all right!
This guy was huge!

CBun was supposed to swim four miles at Swim For (Your) Life
It was so warm she was only allowed to go three - oh what strife!
CBun is ready to swim for her life!

Oh buoy!
Team Rabbit descended on Colonial Beach in one fell swoop-
The town is lucky because they are such a fun group!
They stayed at the very convenient River Edge Inn for the night…
Some Rabbits could see transition from their window-out of sight!
Packet pickup - check!

Transition walk through is the most fun!

The rabbit group for dinner kept multiplying till it was a party of 9
Lighthouse Restaurant had no problem with that, which was fine
The food really was good!

The food was good but the service was...unreliable
One rabbit had to get a Ledo's Pizza in the end - no bull!!
Four rabbits got a little post-meal treat at Nancy's
The ice cream was delish though the place wasn't fancy
Nancy's hit the sweet spot!

Service was however fast and friendly!
After a short time they were on their way
Trying to get the entire pier arch in the picture!

After dinner and dessert the Rabbits walked to the Municipal Pier
Along the way they did the Macarena – pinky swear!
The sunset was fab!
And...they're walkin!

Saw a lovely sunset and of course took a rabbit selfie
Now it was time for the rabbits to hit the hay!
CBun engaged in some late night fly swatting-
For their demise it could have been plotting
Race morning arrived before they knew it
The rabbits hopped around getting transition set up
Lovely morning out on the Potomac River!

A lovely sunrise view greeted them early
And the sky brightened up pretty quickly!
The rabbits are rarin' to go!

Finally time to mosey on down to the water
Would STUR's shoes be by the trashcan later?
MRab was the first of Team Rabbit to enter
He was finally spotted later on the run!
STUR, KBun, and PBun were up next
Time to put those swimming chops to the test
The Beast went next with the final Oly related group
On to the Sprint waves if you want the scoop
CBun was up and then it was BLUR’s turn
All racers were off to get those medals they would earn!
It was agreed that current was felt out there
But those rabbits, they got the swim done, never fear!
Next up of course was the bike leg
They had done a course preview so no surprises
What goes down, must go up
Rabbits always remember to 'embrace the suck'!
There was a big hill and BLUR was scared
But with hard work and training she did prevail
STUR was glad her bad ass biking friends thought the course was hilly -
For all the complaining she felt a lot less silly!
All the rabbits made the hills their b*tch
Too bad the course wasn't flatter was their wish!
It was fun seeing all the rabbits along the course
And in the end no one had race remorse!
The crowd shouted, “the bunnies are here the bunnies are here,
Team Rabbit, Team Rabbit we love your ears!”
STUR forgot to put on her ears in transition
Perhaps getting out fast was her mission?
Would you believe the Oly run turnaround was at
The restaurant they been to the night before, how about that?
One bunny got on the podium; we knew he would,
Because his engine it's primed with beer, fine wine, and good food
Congrats, MRab!

The rabbits gathered near the finish line
Because it was post-race selfie time!
Happy smiling finishers!
"That's a wrap!"

Because it's tradition!

Then KBun swatted a fly in the other rabbit room
With the handy dandy swatter that was there we presume
Before the rabbit girls headed home they made a quick stop
At 7-Eleven for Slurpees and Cokes which rocked
On the trip back home in one rabbit car
A big bee came along for the ride to be sure
It was tricky trying to get him out
But he got away safely without a doubt!
Team Rabbit descended on Colonial Beach and it was a thrill!
They swam in the Potomac River and conquered the bike hills,
Some ran the road, and all did their best…
They competed far and above the rest.

Monday, July 8, 2019

A Birthday Rap

Running Bug flew in on Wednesday afternoon
Of course PBun was over the moon!
Dinner out three nights in a row?
And the 4th night at D1's house don't you know
PBun was lucky to get Friday of work
So crack swimming then a movie was definitely a perk
Fried rice is so delish!

PBun, happy to celebrate her birthday with the Goodmanator and RBug!

On Friday CBun and STUR had planned a bit of an adventure -
Drive to Pennsylvania arriving at midnight? Sure!!
They were in town for the River Day swim fest-
So must get to bed to be at their best.
Arriving at the race site it was clear that the Schuylkill river’s current was cranking-
On their strong swimming skillz the pair would be banking.
Here the river looks so calm!

Small group gathered to tackle the 5KEH
Got the swim going without delay!
The 3 loop swim started 300 meters upstream-
After a turn of the buoys it’s an 800 meter downstream dream!
STUR and PBun finished this race after working very hard-
Since that current seemed to constantly bombard!

STUR about to finish the 5k!

STUR is done with the 5k!

CBun about to finish the 5k!

STUR hopped in again to complete just one loop-
Sliced her foot on a rock while trying to join up with the group.
Found CBun after and they reconvened to do a half a mile
Gettin’ r done despite the conditions- Team Rabbit style!
The pair was brown from the river but never you mind-
A Chick-fil-A was their mission to find!
Got it and quickly hit the road-
The trip was less than 24 hrs all told.
Saturday meant PBun had a killer spin session
Followed by a short brick run for the win
Diego was checking out all of PBun's nutrition!

Running Bug ran on the 'Einstein 10k' course
With her old running buddy of the same name with no remorse
Next up they worked very, very hard
Cleaning up outside in PBun's yard
Running Bug left for home on Sunday morning
Then PBun did her long run with a 5k race in the middle - it was a smidge warm
PBun close to finishing the Freedom 5k!

Later that day a bunch of rabbits got together
At Los Toltecas for a Rabbit Birthday dinner!
This sangria was MUCH smaller!

MRab liked his margaritas!

PBun was happy to celebrate with rabbit friends!

On Wednesday morning, K and PBuns met up at DCA
Headed for ATL and the 50th Anniversary Peachtree 10k
And they're off! Almost...

Easily navigated the MARTA system
The MARTA system was pretty easy to navigate!

Packet pickup -- check! They were off again!
It wasn't hard to find the expo...

Running through the decades was pretty cool!

PGoodz met them at his normal station
It was time for a late lunch and to run a few errands
Next morning they were up at a somewhat reasonable hour
To get to the race start between PGoodz and MARTA
Got to enjoy the pre race festivities
That included a double flyover of three F16s!
Rabbits, excited to run!

While they waited for their corral to hit the start line
Saw the winner's interview -- he broke the course record for a nice bonus, which is pretty fine!
Broke the course record in 27:01 and the fastest 10K on American soil!

The first part of the course is mostly going down
Then you hit cardiac hill - but don't frown!
There's lots of crowd support to cheer you on
And the rest, while it goes uphill, isn't horribly wrong
PBun got to see five of the Original 110
PBun was excited to see 5 of the originals!

And even got a selfie with one of them!
The members of the original 110 running were so amazing!

In the last mile PBun spotted the place where PGoodz works
Hopped off course to get a selfie for a perk!
PBun was happy to pass by where PGoodz works!

Once you make the final turn towards the finish line
The course goes gradually down and the post-race area is quite organized!
PBun caught up with KBun at the link up area
Did they arranged to meet at 'B for bunny'? Oh yeah!
Happy finishers!

It was pretty neat to be part of the world's largest 10k race
With 60,000 of their closest friends in this case!
A short walk, a shuttle bus, and a train ride to meet PGoodz again
Then KBun went out to run four more miles in the code red sun!
This was the yellow caution during the race, it changed to red after KBun and PBun finished.

For lunch they hit up a long standing local fav, natch...
The Varsity for dogs and fries - "What'll Ya Have?"
Everyone had a hot dog!
Next up was a visit to the World of Coca-Cola museum
So much Coke memorabilia!!

Where free samples and other tastings were available what fun!
Free(!!) mini (7.5 ounce) Cokes!

There might have been a short video that required tissues
Wish they'd been handed out with those Coke samples!
Walking there they passed Centennial Olympic Park, which was neat
But it was closed off for the Independence Day festivities
It was nice to see the park, even if they couldn't get inside!

Then that night it was the Phillies v Braves
That ended with a  pretty nice music and fireworks display
Entering SunTrust Park!

Before the game there were more Independence Day celebrations
Another F16 flyover and 13 men in original Americal Revolution uniforms!
The pre-game festivities were really cool.

Getting to the car and out of the garage was a bit interesting
But they did make it back home again
It was a good and full day celebrating America's Birthday
And would the race be worth doing again? Yes way!
Waffle House is always a good idea!

Friday was a late breakfast of Waffle House
Followed by a trip to Zoo Atlanta no doubt
They agreed that the Sumatran tiger and baby orangutan put on the best show
This Sumatran Tiger was amazingly close!

But the twin female pandas were awfully cute don't you know?
This older male panda was pretty entertaining!

These young female pandas were so cute!

Hit up an antique shop and a crazy book shop
Where PBun picked up a 45 for her juke box!
Had a yummy dinner at a pretty authentic Mexican restaurant
Before KBun had to head on her trip back
Saturday afternoon was PBun's turn to leave
Was PGoodz was a good host? Why yes, indeed!!
PBun was happy to see little Luna again
And even KBun got to be her friend!
Rabbits love Luna!

KBun and PBun ran over this bridge during the race! (What race?)