Thursday, August 28, 2008

Summer Fun!

The kids were so blessed to be able to spend some more time with Don and Jan's grandkids!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Train Museum Field Trip

What a blessing this day was!! I know I am just a bit late posting.

Don Arnold invited us to join some of his men's group for this outing and what a day it turned out to be. I know that I enjoyed it more than all the kids put together!

We joined Sally and four of Don and Jan's grandchildren to make up a crew of 12 joining the others from Don's mens group.

Jan made us all a wonderful picnic lunch and we enjoyed it in the shade of the trees near the South Shore Line.

A great day!!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Sweaty Otter 24Hr AR

First of all, MANY, MANY thanks to Jeff Swafford, Dary, Michelle (Rich) and others who made this race possible for me through your support, truck, help with kids, etc. Thank you!!!

My teammate, Rich Zak, and I headed up for the Northern Unit of Kettle Moraine. The trip took less time than we thought so after checking in with the race director we ran back to a McDonald's we had driven past and grabbed some hot breakfast. This would be the last hot food for more than 24 hours and we took our time savoring our hot cakes and eggs. We also poured over the maps we had picked up at the registration and started making preliminary routes and decisions that would guide us during the race.

Back at the Race HQ we set up for the next 24+ hours.

We are still fairly new to racing 'together' as this was only our third race as a team. We are searching for a better name than our current one which is Team Far Side. The name was passed on from others Rich has raced with and neither of us have found any significance to it.
So if you have any suggestions for an Adventure Racing team name feel free to leave a comment. The race was looking to be pretty straightforward with nothing too technical or difficult other than the sheer number of miles it would encompass. At our pre-race meeting we found out that all teams would start the race with a 3 mile trail run before getting the next set of maps and directions. We were so blessed not to have to carry our packs!!

The trail run was fun and even though Rich has bad knees we kept up a 9 min/mile pace. We got on our bikes and headed to the first section.. The rest of the race is a blur...

Actually, it was great. The only negative side to the race was my bike. It is so heavy and there were lots of sloping hills and after a trip through a mud pit on a single track my rear derailleur stopped shifting correctly and it was all uphill from there. Rich, bless his heart, pushed me most of the bike sections! We got to the paddling section around 11pm and spent four hours on the water while the temperature dropped into the 40's.
It was a cold night and I was down to my last dry article so we fashioned pants out of my emergency blankent and kept on going. There is something about being on a quest that thrills and envigorates me that I will have to think about some more and try to capture those thoughts better.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Off to the races er, race!

Tomorrow I will head up to Wisconsin to the Northern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest for the Sweaty Otter Adventure Race. I will be racing with teammate Rich Zak and we will be back on Sunday. This is an unsupported race that should prove to be very challenging if only for the mosquitos.

Monday, August 04, 2008

A teenager in the house!

There are times when life just seems to be going by too fast. Not that any ‘one thing’ is the culprit just the numerous, ever changing, little things. Well, maybe not for anyone else but for me that is how it just seems to go at times.

Jennifer’s thirteenth birthday is today and she and I spent the whole day together just hanging out. Jordan went to spend the day with his friend, D’Angelo, and so we went to the Woodfield Mall where we shopped around and then ate lunch at the Cheesecake Factory. We ended the day with a movie where we had a great time and ate way too much popcorn. I am so blessed to have such a wonderful daughter who loves the Lord with her whole heart and has wisdom and maturity beyond her years. She is the delight of my heart!!

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