I posted some of these before, but these are too good. If your dog could text...
It's nearing the end of the school year, so I thought I'd share some awesome yearbook quotes:
>> Wednesday, May 20, 2015
I've strung together a good 10 days of training since the Oakdale Duathlon nearly 2 weeks ago: some good bike rides, a few swims, and a couple of runs. Two of those runs have been with my boys.
On Friday, I went out for a late morning run where I wanted to run a few miles fast. The boys were with me:
Running across the Mississippi.
We were about to run down to the low spots right along the river to the left.
At the hairpin turn on the steep hill. Notice the man standing to the right with a really steep
part just beyond him. And as with all hill photos, this image doesn't do it justice.
Being pulled down a hill at just faster than my mile PR pace: 4:47/mile. Yikes.
Before we started running again after my hard miles, Henry got out along the river to watch a tug boat with a few barges go by. I Instagrammed this:
"6.5 miles with these 2 by the river in the Chariot with the middle 3 at 6:10 pace. Ouch.
After the hard miles, Henry got out to watch a barge chug past. Charlie was just pooped.
This was a good morning." (Note the barge still behind Henry in the middle pic.)
Asleep on my lap in the middle of the afternoon.
Just feeling miserable.
"My morning workout. After Charlie had breakfast, he seemed to feel a lot better. We took a
chance and went to the gym. I got in 1 lap at the pool before the Playzone sitters came to
get me because he was too sad/crabby. Poor dude."
Charlie started feeling better for sure.
Running "the long way home" along the river. Ended up with an easy 10K with the boys on the day.
Charlie was passed out once Henry hopped out at home.
>> Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Saturday, Twin Cites in Motion hosted a day of cross country races for kids at Como Park here in St. Paul. Henry raced the 1-lap race (a half mile) with his cousin Evie:
Mama, Henry, Aunt Steph, and Cousin Evie.
Don't act so surprised... you knew this pre-race photo was coming.
Getting pinned by Mama.
Evie's Dad (Uncle Jon) and I cheered near the starting line.
There were lots of wipeouts.
Our 4 runners!
Jon tried to give Evie a high-five...
... but Henry came back and stole the high-five...
... which led to Evie accidentally high-fiving the side of Henry's face!
Steph's reaction after witnessing the face slap.
Henry running off complaining about a sore neck.
All the kids half way through their race.
Mama's photo of Henry running with her.
We saw Evie and Steph first! (Even though Evie is younger
than Henry, she's been faster than him for a solid 2 years!)
... then off to the finish with about an 8:45 total time! (On the left.)
Henry and Mama were just a bit behind them!
Down to the finish!
Henry was swung around and man-handled by this giant furry.
Henry wants to wear his medal as a sash. #ThatsMyBoy
These 2 are hilarious.
Mama and Aunt Steph laughed at Shelly because he/she went down hard
during the race, and a bunch of Moms had to pull him/her back up! Stuck turtle!
There was a hula-hooping contest. Charlie saw the big kids doing it
and climbed right in to an abandoned hoop to do it himself!
Enjoying a box lunch with a hundred other families post-race!
(The 2 sisters with baby Charlie and baby Wes!)
Oh, and then that night, we had our church festival and had a great time:
Mama took this photo and captioned it "Like father, like son."
4 awesome words: father / son "Octopus" selfie!
He's excited, not terrified. Really. Trust us.
>> Monday, May 18, 2015
The race photos from the 2015 Cinco "Du" Mayo Duathlon can be found here. I actually got 3 full-sized downloads from the photographer. Those 3 files totaled 35 megabytes, so they're BIG. The photographer didn't mind me using the other images with his watermark on them, so here are about 25 that I want to share in chronological order (the order might seem weird near the end because the short course was wrapping up the final run as the long course was still out on the bike):
Talking to Lisa pre-race (getting some sort of lecture, apparently).
SWEET SUNGLASSES / MUSTACHES FOR CINCO DE MAYO!!
Start of the long course race. The top 3 ended up being the 3 to the left:
Bennett (3rd), Devon (2nd), and Brian (1st).
Start of the short course race.
Me, 2 seconds into the race.
Brian coming back in with Bennett just behind him after the first run (long course).
Me finishing up the first run.
Close-up of the last photo: this was one of the full-size images I downloaded.
LOOK AT THE GROSS, SWEATY DETAIL!! That's a nice, large file.
Brad (the guy who should have won) just 26 seconds behind me.
Lisa on her way to winning.
Biking out with my crooked, doofy looking aero helmet.
OH MAN! SHE WORE THE SUNGLASSES / MUSTACHE FOR THE RACE!
That could lead to some odd chaffing issues.
Coming in off the bike. Those are 2 recreational riders behind me to the left, and the one in
the road is probably Lisa. I never looked back, but she entered T2 just behind me!
Close-up of the photo above.
Lisa just behind me...
... and tall Mitchell just behind her.
Starting the run. This is the final large file that I got, so...
... enjoy this in all it's gross detail! And WHY IS MY MOUTH CLOSED?!?!?
Lisa on my tail. Is that me to the far right?
It doesn't look like me, but it would only make sense that it IS.
The other Lisa, coming in with a smile (as always).
Heading back to the finish! Look at HOW MUCH SWEATIER I AM than when I left!
Also, look how much my form has deteriorated.
These next 3 photos were taking in quick succession: Devon was first off the bike for the long course...
... as Lisa was getting ready to win the short course race...
... and Brian was just about 30 seconds behind Devon.
Nicole on her way to winning the long course race.
I don't know this guy, but that's a pretty awesome/aggressive turn into the park in aero!
The sassy ladies who liked my shorts.
If I had sweet man fur like that, I'd let it breathe too!
Sweet! She wore the sunglasses / mustache for the ENTIRE race!
- And go HERE for my full Cinco "Du" Mayo Duathlon race report.