Sunday, August 9, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
A few months ago, we started planning this event - sponsors, volunteers, USAT sanctioning, goody bags, meetings with park/city/parish officials, food, music, safety plans, etc. etc. etc. It has been quite an eye opening experience as far as how much planning goes into a triathlon. I think we are pretty well prepared. We even have the coolest triathlon name I've ever heard - Snake Bite Triathlon. We figured we could use fear to etch our tri name into people's minds - pretty cool, huh. It works.
Let me show you around Snake Bite Triathlon.
The event will be centered at Lake End Park in Morgan City on August 23, 2009, starting at 8:00am. We chose the venue because it's such a beautiful park with great access to popular bike and running routes. It also has really nice pavilions for post race partying (a big reason a lot of people are doing the race).
The swim - 400m. It will be a beach start, but we'll have to start a little ways out in the water because it's such a shallow lake. To become USAT sanctioned, we had to have the water tested to be sure it was suitable for swimming. Thank goodness it passed. There are plenty of snakes and alligators in this lake, but not a lot where we'll be swimming (I hope). We're being super cautious with the swim and are going to have more than enough volunteers/lifeguards on the swim course, because this will be a first triathlon experience for a lot our participants. We're also planning a "practice" swim a few weeks prior to the event to let everyone get a feel for the swim course, including the lifeguards.
Check out the Snake Bite Triathlon website for registration information.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Along with training I've been installing an invisible fence for our dog, Sandy. Signe helped me put out the flags after I had buried the lines. Our lives are very busy this Spring with track and tennis, so planning for our NO's weekend was hectic before we left and has been crazy ever since we got home, hence the delay in my race report.
Lisa and I took off for our NO's weekend on Thursday at noon. We didn't actually leave home until around 3pm after packing the car with all of our tri gear, clothes and food for 4 days. When we arrived we met up with Stu, Chris, Michelle, and Robbie and headed to Deanie's for seafood and beer. Then on to the French Quarter for drinks where Chris rode a mechanical bull in a bar called "Bourbon Cowboy"! The photo above is our lake swim on Friday morning where Michelle and Chris were cut up on the barnacles on their way out of the water.
Saturday we interviewed the Zipp pros in our condo. They were modest and easy to talk to - Lisa was drooling over their bodies, even going as far as begging the professional photographer, Steve Stenzel, to please shoot Linsay's legs (red shorts above) She deemed them "Perfect"!
He knew better than to deny her request - here he is in action.
The day of the race Lisa and I woke up at 5am and made our usual peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the race. We ate bagels, drank coffee and walked 2 blocks over to catch a bus to the lake (15 miles away). Transition was great - we were located very close to each other - perfect because we were planning to race together. We've never done that before and decided it would be fun to run together, so I waited in T1 for her.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
All of my Evotri teammates are coming down for this event, and a lot of our friends from Morgan City are participating, also. More than anything, we're really looking forward to seeing everyone compete, especially those who have never done the 70.3 distance before.
Matt Rinard is a friend of ours from college who did the awesome poster for this event. The price of it is $50 unframed or $175 framed. To reserve your print you can call 1-800-628-6621, drop by the gallery at 738 Royal St. in the French Quarter, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Best of luck to everyone who is competing!
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
The rest of the wild crew on our float - lots of jello shots and dancing.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
We travelled to Reynosa with a group from the Methodist church here in Morgan City. There were 2 physicians - me and another physician from Mexico. We saw patients the whole time - over 100 patients each day that we worked. We treated many different conditions - colds, hypertension, diabetes, worms, lice, headaches, rashes, back aches. One elderly woman was very sick with pneumonia - we had to make special arrangements for her treatment. We take so much for granted here in the U.S.
Other members of the team did other jobs - dispensed medications, took blood pressures/blood sugars, translated, cut hair, held babies, etc. There's a long line to be seen by the doctor, so Signe entertained children with coloring books and fingernail polish. She was a tremendous help to the team wherever she was needed, especially in the pharmacy.
It's always quite a bit of juggling to do to arrange to go on a mission trip. Getting off work/out of school, travel arrangements, passport, travel shots, packing, etc. I also get a little apprehensive travelling outside of the U.S. with terrorism, anti-U.S. sentiments, kidnappings, especially when I've brought my young daughter along. I come home from the trip really exhausted from the work that we've done.
But as tired as I am, as much work as it is, I feel so good about what we've done. It feels so right to do this work. I learn so much about life on these trips. I feel like I owe this and so much more, given the many blessings in my life.