Monday, October 18, 2010

Last Week in Review, a day late...

Only 278 days until Ironman Lake Placid!!!

I am skipping Muttley Monday this week - Bailey will be back soon, I promise.

Thank you all for supporting my niece Maria in the Making Strides walk, it means a lot to have fellow bloggers mention the walk on their blogs and make donations - you guys are awesome!  She raised over $5000 in her mothers honor (holy crap, that is a ton of money for a 15 year old to raise, right?), her and her brother Kevin's soccer teams both came along to support them (her other two brothers are away at college), which I thought was really cool.   There were some great team shirts out there, I thought this one was pretty good:

Three of our friends drove south from Caratunk to walk with us, that meant so much - thank you SO MUCH Beth, Chris, and Cindy, you guys are the best!  There was a ton of positive energy in the sea of pink that took over downtown Portland, and Becky's Team had really big showing (I didn't count, but I am sure there was nearly 50 of us, not counting the soccer teams) and raised over $8000 for breast cancer research. 

Truth be told, I actually am not a lover of pink, but on this day it is a good color.
I am in the middle, with my buddies Beth and Cindy
Beth, Cindy and I looking out at Portland Harbor during the walk.
Training Stuff...

I was able to get outside on my bike for one ride, which was SWEET!! I thought that this is great, fall riding rocks!! Just a little chilly and windy but hey, this works, I thought, gee I can't wait until my next ride. 

Then today it snowed.

Yup, there was snow today.  Granted, it was really just snow squalls that didn't amount to much, but the first snow is always a sign to me to dust off that trainer, change that rear tire to a crappy one, and get ready for the winter.

Total training time: 4:50 (31 miles biking, 5 miles running, 1 hour of strength training
 
Congrats to my buddy Steve (check out his new blog!)- on an awesome 3:32 marathon time at Mount Desert Island Marathon this weekend!  Steve is the one responsible for getting me into endurance sports, someday I hope to be fast like him!

19 comments:

Christi said...

Wow, your niece did a great job with her fundraising!

Congrats to Steve!

RockStarTri said...

You tease. You had us all looking forward to an epic Muttley Monday. The true depths of the disappointment won't be known until the next one. It better be good!

In all seriousness, good job Maria.

:)

She said I need a goal said...

Fight back, save the rack! That is amazing and well done!!!

PS I keep meaning to tell you that I tried the 'new promotional' flavoured GU and for the life of me I can't figure out flavour what it is. I can tell you it's not bad unless you put a whole whack of it in your mouth, then it gets kinda gross. It's kinda berry like..

Lindsey said...

I chatted with a woman last weekend at my half who has done Lake Placid, and she loved it. Less than a year!

$5000, that is fantastic!!!

Andrew Opala said...

what about a coach?

... you said so much one post and now nothing.

Great job on the fund raising.

DRog said...

Snow! we cannot be too far behind! a month?
ugh

Nice showing Maria - and way to go all of you guys -nice numbers !
-Derek

treemapper said...

In my book there is no comparison between having a good race and giving back to society. Giving back is the most selfless thing there is.

I'll take credit for lighting your endurance fire, but pale in comparison to your focus on social responisbility. Mandy, you are one of my biggest heros.

Run Stong

Patrick Mahoney said...

Wow, $5000 is an epic number. She should be proud of that, it's tremendous.

Snow is that white stuff that falls from the sky, right? I'm just kidding. Last year I was in NYC and my flight home on a Friday night got cancelled due to a snow storm. So I rented a car to drive to DC, figuring I still had the "night time driving in a storm" stamina from 20 years ago, but only made it as far as a rest stop in Maryland before I camped out in the car till morning. I got the last seat on the last flight out of Dulles that night.

Not sure why I just remembered this...

Anne-Marie said...

Your niece did awesome with the fundraising!

Snow, already?! I think I have at least a month before I have to worry about that. I forgot how much harder it is to get out of bed for an early workout when it's so cold and still dark out...

Ironman By Thirty said...

Snow??? Crap. That means it is going to be here in Michigan. I better get out on my bike while getting is still good.

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Snow!?!!?!?! NOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!! Its too early!!!!!!!!

Kovas Palubinskas said...

Cold weather running and riding have their own charms, just need to dress right.

Glenn Jones said...

Snow? What's that? Cold here in Southern California is 65 degrees....

Charisa said...

What a beautiful harbor pic!

Jason said...

Great job by your niece. This is such a supportive community of endurance racers/bloggers it is truly incredible.

Quinton J said...

Awesome pics...your smile makes me smile. Snow already...oh lawd...here we go...

Aimee said...

Yay to your niece! That is amazing!

I loved the pick with the harbor in the back!

I cannot believe it snowed there! Noooo! I hope for your sake that you're still able to get a couple more fall rides in before the snow comes for good!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

i won't lie I don't miss snow or it's disruption to my training

Midwestern Dot said...

I'm glad your niece did so well! What a great cause.

Dude. It may have snowed where you are, but it is freaking 90* where I am. Do you think if we start biking towards each other we could find perfect fall weather?