Sunday, September 30, 2012
The first section of my run was uphill and without any warmup prior to the start, I have to admit I was having serious doubts as to whether I could finish the race. How disappointed would I be to give up now and by doing so, let down my best supporter after running not even a mile? So I kept going, following the thud of other runners' shoes hitting the solid dirt. Then I came up behind a woman who was complaining to her husband about her thirst and being dehydrated (she had been drinking the night before) and it would be nearly two miles before we would come across the first water station. Oddly enough and aside from the whining she did for me, she was my motivation and she didn't even realize it. I told myself things are bad for her and if she is out here doing it then so can I.
At the water stations the volunteers offered moral support and nutrition. Their smiles and encouragement pushed me onward.
The route was an out-loop-and-back (I'd have to look at the route profile but I felt there was an equal amount of inclines and declines) but the downhills I so loved were climbs that stood between me and the finish line. Actually the run profile has 1,400+ of elevation gain over 7.3 miles (and I'm glad I didn't look beforehand or I would have chickened out LOL).
running relay team) and imagined I was him running superfast! Other times when my heart rate was through the roof, I feared that I would blow myself up and not finish the race. So I slowed down to recover and to avoid the embarrassment of being carried down in a stretcher.
Rock-N-River half marathon, I ran across the line on fire. I was ready to run all the way back home! I guess that's the runner's high we try to achieve. I couldn't help but feel a little regret for not pushing myself for fear that I couldn't finish or for not running past people over the last few downhills because I didn't want to be rude (nearly everyone was nice about giving the right away when I ran up behind them). It was nice to run with people and cheer each other on.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Sunday, September 23, 2012
In all seriousness, I wish I had a good camera on me to capture what I had seen throughout the city. Thousands of bikes parked on streets that had been blocked off all over downtown. The sound of motorcycle engines rumbling everywhere, and riders cruising on their iron horses passing me by. It was neat to be around and see the events celebrating Street Vibrations throughout the city. And the weather couldn't have been more perfect.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Ever since Elgy found this box and packing paper, she spends all of her time in it. When she is not eating or using the litter box, she is in there hanging out, grooming, and napping in her newly found home. Last night I carried the box--with her in it, to bed (because she usually comes to bed with us at night). Now as I look at her chilling in the box, my lap is jealous and lonely. I think I am going to ship that box all the way to Hong Kong, of course without Elgy.
P.S. John just told me the box is not going to bed with us tonight LOL.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Monday, September 10, 2012
Sunday, September 09, 2012
|John waves as he hits the road for Nationals.|
I love to take photos (though that doesn't mean I'm good at it, LOL) and one of the reasons is because cycling is a colorful sport. I like to see the myriad of colors from the riders' kits which are as lively as the action whizzing by in front of me.
This weekend, I watched a different kind of race that was equally as colorful but the competitors fly by at a much slower pace, the 30th annual Reno Great Balloon Races! Now you many wonder how a balloon race is similar to a road bike race, but in many ways it is.
When John started racing, we would get up super early because his group was usually the first to start. There was no sleeping in for me this past Saturday morning. I had to wake up before dawn to get to the balloon race. How early? About 3:40 a.m. because the Glow Show would start at 5 a.m. I didn't make it to the Rancho San Rafael Park in time to see it but there are photos of it like this one.
What I did see was the launch of The Dawn Patrol where a handful of balloons qualified to fly in the dark put on a show. Flying at this time is dangerous because atmospheric conditions change drastically as the sun begins to rise. As still as the morning air seems, it wasn't calm enough for a simultaneous launch of the balloons so one by one, they rose up to the sky in sequence. The balloons glowed, twinkled, and burned to synchronized music. It was like watching fireflies.
|Glow, twinkle, and burn show by The Dawn Patrol.|
Then the balloons landed back near the area where they launch, which to me was pretty impressive considering hot air balloons have no steering mechanisms or propellers. Hot air balloon pilots can somewhat control the direction and speed of their balloon by adjusting their balloon’s altitude and using the different wind currents to move the balloon where they want it to go and at what speed.
|The Dawn Patrol landing on the field.|
All this and it wasn't even 7 a.m. yet! The schedule of events continued with the flying of the American flag over the crowd below...of course, hanging off the basket of the balloon named Patriot. A young lady sang the national anthem, her voice as chilling (in a good way) as the morning twilight. Then there was a T-6 "Missing Man" formation fly over to remember those who lost their lives during the tragic Reno Air Races last year. Next weekend the annual air races begins but I will not be there in person to watch.
|The American Flag hangs off the basket of the Patriot balloon for the singing of the national anthem.|
|Mass ascension launch of the Reno Great Balloon Races|
This is a 'balloon race' after all, filled with several competitions including Balloon Blackjack. Pilots try their hand at throwing markers at jumbo-sized playing cards placed on the field. Those hitting 21, by hitting the closest to the center of the cards win the hand of the day.
|The balloon race fills the Reno skyline.|
|Balloons can be spotted from downtown Reno.|
By the way, John had a rough week in the time trial, road race, and criterium competition. He is racing with a tougher group since his upgrade to the Men's Cat 2. Although he crashed twice during the downtown crit, he crossed the line which 22 others in the same race were not able to do. He has lost a lot of skin and I am sure it is a painful seven-hour drive home today. We all are proud of him and miss him so we will be happy to have him home.
On the bright side, I will share these photos with him to help cheer him up.
There are many other awesome photos from this great event (it is free to the community). Here are links to a few:
Tuesday, September 04, 2012
I have a solution. I made my notes. I am going to chew on it and get some sleep, LOL.
I am jumping up and down, left to right and waving my arms through the air like I am doing a crazy dance. If this range of motion doesn't work, I will try something else--another dance move. That is...until I get caught by a passerby, with one of my foot in the hallway and the other foot in the door of the powder room. Um, don't worry I am not having a seizure. I'm just trying to get the motion sensor to recognize that I am there and turn the lights on so I don't have to use the restroom in pitch black darkness.
Case in point...a conversation I had today went on like this.
My friend: I hurt my pinky.
Me: (remembering that yesterday was a holiday and also trying to be funny I asked) How, BBQing? My friend: No, mountain biking.
Doh - not funny! I am such a dork. This, I know.
Monday, September 03, 2012
I remember John picking me up for lunch on a few work days. We went to lunch at Niko's Greek Kitchen for one of the times. Except for the weekends, lunch is something we didn't get to have together often but we are now making it a point to join each other and spend quality time together.
Vintage, A Wine Shop for antipasto and wine tasting, the Reno River Room (part of the Wild River Grille) but with more ambiance where John had probably the best filet mignon he's ever had, and the Daily Bagel, we think they have the best breakfast bagel sandwiches. We've visited a couple Mexican restaurants (Beto's Mexican Food which is a great casual place to go for authentic Mexican food - they're not afraid to make things SPICY and Murrieta's Restaurant and Cantina which has a nice sit-down atmosphere, it's clean, intimate, has awesome staff and strong drinks) and my favorite dish to try is menudo.
|My 2013 Honda Metropolitan Scooter (NCH50)|
BBQ Rib Cook Off is in town. John picked me up for lunch this past Friday. We had no idea this was such a big event. There was quite a crowd but it was only the beginning.
|Elgy and I sporting my new Betabrand backpack|