Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Weekend race report

On Saturday, I raced with my friend Tom at Too Cool's Ink Lake sprint race. And we won!

It was a cold morning, but by the time we were moving it was perfect racing weather - sunny, not too hot. Well, perfect except for the crazy wind. The race was to start with a paddle to three different check points on the lake. They told us at the start line to instead run to get the first CP. No one was complaining about this since the wind was going to make the paddle really tough. When we returned and headed to the boats, they said that we wouldn't be going to the furthest CP, which also sounded great. It drastically reduced the length of the paddle leg, but that was fine since we were in a rented aluminum canoe which was very hard to control in the high wind.

We were the first boat on the water, but because of our crappy (comparatively) boat, we were fifth getting off. The next leg was a bike leg on marked trails through the park. We had dropped our bikes off across the park road before the race started and we'd left our shoes and helmets with the bikes so that we wouldn't have to carry them (thinking that we might have a few trek points on the way there). Instead, we were heading straight to our bikes and onto the trails. Rather than taking our running shoes for entire bike leg, we ran (gingerly) to the bike drop in our socks. This also saved us the time of packing our shoes into our packs at the bikes. We passed one team during this transition, so I think we were in fourth entering the trails.

This was my favourite part of the race, since the trails were quite technical, which seldom happens in adventure races. But, although it was fun, it was pretty uneventful since there was no navigation required. We did pass one team, so we were now in 3rd.

The next leg was a ride and tie, where one teammate is on a bike and the other is on foot. You can switch back and forth if you want to, it's up to you. We decided that I would ride and tow Tom who would run. There wasn't much discussion, since he is a much faster runner than I am. We had to go out to the fishing pier which was at the other end of the park. When we arrived, we were directed down a path and up a steep rocky hill. At the top, our wrists were tied together and we were given two small plastic buckets and told that we had to run down the hill to the lake, fill the buckets and bring them back up to fill a 5 gallon bucket. We guessed it would take us three trips. We ran down the hill each time, walking as quickly as we could back up without spilling any water. I don't think we passed any teams on this leg, although we certainly closed the gap by quite a bit.

The last leg was a trek to five points scattered around the area where we had been biking. We did a super fast transition and headed out right behind the 1st place team with another team right behind us. We were all at the first CP at the same time and then Tom and I ran off to the next one. That's the last we saw any other teams. Tom did an amazing job of navigating and we ran the entire leg. We were pretty sure we were in first place as we ran back to TA, and Robyn confirmed it. The next team arrived four minutes later, and third place was two minutes behind them.

It was a really fun race, and the first sprint race I've done. It's a really nice length - it took us 3 hours. And I was home mid-afternoon. Very nice.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Whoa, great disappearing act

I was trying to figure out the other day why I haven't been blogging at all for two weeks, and why I was blogging so little for the weeks before that. And it's because we have a great little routine going, and things are going smoothly so it seems like there isn't much to report, which isn't true, of course. It just seems that way. So, I'll take the easy way out and do an update of what is going on around here.

- Kate is talking more and more, learning new words every day. The notable words this week were 'mine' and 'cookie'.
- On Thursday night, I spent the evening with some mamas from our co-op. We drank too much wine and I didn't get home until 1 am. It made for a rough morning, but it was also really good for me to have a long evening out.
- On Saturday, I raced with my teammate Tom at Too Cool's Inks Lake sprint race . We won! I promise a race report in the next two days.
- We have to decide this week whether or not to enroll Kate in swim lessons.
- Easter weekend is coming up very soon, which means my girls are coming to visit! yay!

I know I'm missing a bunch of things, but hopefully I have gotten some momentum going to keep posting. We'll see.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Ten years

Ten years ago, Graeme and I headed to city hall on Monday morning to get married. We told no one what we were doing, laughed and cried and had a great time. Afterwards we went and got half price lattes at Second Cup. Ten years later we are still having a great time. I can't think of anyone I'd rather spend the next ten or twenty or thirty (or forty!) years with.

I love you, Graeme. Thanks for being great.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Her father's daughter

People often say that Kate looks like Graeme, but I have never been able to see it. To me, she just looks like Kate. Until tonight, when suddenly I totally saw it. Now, of course, I can't not see it. She definitely looks like him.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Happy Texas Independence Day

A trip to the zoo

On Thursday, we (Kate, Catherine and I) went to the zoo. We bought a family membership back in January and this was our third trip. It works out well to drive down during nap time, spend a couple of hours and then drive home in time for dinner. That is, if Kate sleeps in the car, which on Thursday she didn't. But even with a very tired toddler, we had a good time.

We spent most of the time in the toddler area - a section specifically designed for pre-schoolers with sand boxes, creeks, caves and tunnels, a beach and lots of things to explore and places to get dirty and wet. Which we did.

If Kate is walking, expect to take a long time to get where you're going. Because there are leaves! and flowers! and birds! and trees! and! and!

Eventually, if you are to make any progress, you'll have to grab her hand. But don't ask if you can hold her hand, or she will say 'no', her favourite word.

I don't remember what was in the enclosure. Small monkeys, maybe?

In the children's area, she went fishing with the magnetic rods and tried catching some fish. She loved it.

On the way out we went by some big fish tanks. As you can see, she is no longer wearing pants. That's because of all those chances to get wet. She took full advantage.