GIDDY UP VERONA TRI 6/30

FIRST BARN ON THE ROUTE WITH  VERY PRETTY ROBIN’S EGG BLUE ACCENT PAINT

SKINNY BARN WITH A COOL FOUNDATION

PRISTINE WITH A COOL SILO

COOL SILO UP CLOSE

SINCE THE CALENDAR SAID IT HAD BEEN MORE THAN 3 DAYS SINCE AN EVENT IT WAS TIME TO CROSS THE BORDER AGAIN AND GO GET SOME FUN IN VERONA, WISC AT THE TRITERIUM TRIATHLON AT FIREMAN’S PARK IN  VERONA.  CAMPING PLANS TURNED INTO PRICELINE HOTEL PLANS DUE TO 95′ TEMPS AND 250,000 PEOPLE ATTENDING FIREWORKS AT THE INTENDED CAMPGROUND. NANADVENTURES LOVES AIR CONDITIONING, ICE MACHINES AND CABLE TV.

CAN I WEAR READING GLASSES IN THE SWIM?

WHO APPEARS AT THE RACE BUT JILLYFISH W! WE HAVE BEEN RACING TOGETHER “SINCE WE WERE THREE”.  JILLY SAYS SHE DOES THIS EVENT EVERY YEAR AND IT IS A VERY HILLY COURSE.  I HAD THE CHANCE TO PRACTICE THE BIKE ENROUTE TO GRABAAWR AND I TOOK THE ABOVE PHOTOS OF SOME COOL BARNS ON THE ROUTE.  THE ROUTE TAKES A LEFT OUT OF VERONA INSTEAD OF A RIGHT (IRONMAN RIDE) AND THE HILLS ON THIS PUPPY  MAKE IRONMAN LOOK…. KINDA FLAT.

THE OLD LADIES START 50 MIN AFTER THE FIRST WAVE AND MY QUESTIONS ABOUT KEEPING TRACK OF  THREE LOOPS ON THE SWIM WERE SOLVED WHEN ON THE THIRD LOOP 4 OF US  BASCIALLY HAD THE ENTIRE LAKE TO OURSELVES. THE CHEERING CROWD WAS LONG LONG  GONE  FOR COFFEE AND THE BIKE RACKS WERE A  GHOST TOWN.  THE LITTLE BEACH RUN  AROUND THE TREE AFTER EACH LOOP WAS TOO CUTE.

I CELEBRATED ANY SPEED UP THE HILLS OVER 3 MPH AND  THEN JOINED THE OTHER RUNNERS GOING AROUND AND AROUND VERONA ON THE RUN. SO THERE IS THIS REALLY BIG HILL BAKING IN THE SUN ON THE RUN. I DEFINITELY HAVE THE BIKE TOUR-LOOK AROUND ENJOY,-JUST FINISH THE RACE-BE HEALTHY FOR THE NEXT ONE – TAKE  LOTS OF PICTURES,-5 HOUR MARATHON, 14 HOUR PLUS  IRONMAN ALL DAY EFFORT-  CHAT UP THE FELLOW RACERS MENTALITY.  SO I THINK-OH MY- THERE IS A REALLY BIG HILL- OH GOODY A  NICE LONG WALK BREAK- RIGHT ? OH NO- THESE TRIATHLETES ARE SO DARN SERIOUS. THEY ARE GOING REALLY FAST  ALL DAY AND RUNNING REALLY FAST AND NO ONE IS WALKING THIS HILL.  OH PEER PRESSURE WE THOUGHT YOU WERE BACK  IN JR HIGH.  ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS I DID NOT THROW UP BUT I WANTED TO AT THE TOP.

A LADY FLYING BY AT LEAST 1 LAP AHEAD OF ME SAYS “DID YOU DO IRONMAN ?” YUP I SAY.  SHE SAYS “I REMEMBER YOU- I WAS HELPING YOU IN THE MEDICAL TENT !” I SAID OH MY,  I WAS QUITE A  HOT MESS. SHE ALLOWED ME TO PASS ON AN AMBULANCE RIDE BY TELLING ME TO EAT A BIG  PLATE OF POTATO CHIPS  !! WHAT A DOLL.  I NOW EMBRACE POTATO CHIPS AS A CORNER STONE OF GOOD HEALTH.  I HIGH FIVED HER ON THE OUT AND BACK – SHE WAS FLYING ON THAT RUN. GO POTATO CHIP NURSE LADY!

AFTER THAT HUGE UP  HILL WE WENT DOWN IT  AND THEN UP ANOTHER ONE. KINDA THE THEME OF THE DAY. THEY WERE SERVING BLUE GATORADE AT THE TOP OF THAT ONE. I THINK THAT COLOR IS JUST NOT NATURAL AND I DO EVERYTHING IN MY POWER TO NEVER TOUCH IT.  I CHUGGED 3 OF THEM STRAIGHT UP.

BY THE END OF THE THIRD LAP I WAS FEELING A LITTLE BIT OF  FASTER TURNOVER. 6 MILES TO GET IT GOING OH MY.  FINISH LINE MEANT SHADE-YAY. HEY BFF’S LET’S ALL DO SOMETHING ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING – WE ARE LOOKING AT A  WAY TOO LONG STRETCH OF THESE 90′ TEMPS- OUCH.  SOME ONE OUT THERE TRADE IN THAT SUV FOR A PRIUS OR TAKE A BIKE ON THE NEXT SET OF ERRANDS. YIKES A RAMA.


SO I TOOK A FRESHEN BATH IN THE LOVELY LAKE QUARRY FROM THE SWIM VENUE AND SAW A PAPER ON THE BUILDING THAT SAID NANCY WENTINK DIV 1.

ALL THE 55-59 SLEPT IN TODAY SO YOURS TRULY IS THE PROUD OWNER OF A UNIQUE BOBBLEHEAD AWARD. PLEASE KNOW THAT MY SPEED WAS REALLY 3 MPH ON ALL THOSE HILLS AND I REALLY THOUGHT RUNNING UP THOSE HILLS WAS ENTIRELY UNECESSARY. 

HAD A GREAT QUALITY CONTROL SESSION IN AT THE WORLD’S LARGEST CULVERS AND IT WAS TIME TO GET HOME TO NUMBER 1 FAN DEBBIE AND SWEET ELLA AND  HEAD OUT FOR  SOME HOT NIGHT LIFE ACTION IN THE RAINBOW  CENTER OF THE WORLD: BERWYN ILLINOIS.

TODAY’S INSPIRATION IS FROM A BUMPER STICKER I SAW ON THE WAY HOME:
LIVE THE LIFE YOU LOVE
 OH YEAH -WISCONSIN YOU NEVER DISAPPOINT AND I THANK THE DAY FOR THE REMINDER THAT SOMETIMES  YOU JUST GOTTA CRANK  IT UP AND GIDDY UP.

AND JILLYFISH W’S BUMPER STICKER I LOVE TOO:

BARK LESS WAG MORE.

HAPPY TRAILS STAY COOL AND HYDRATED OUT THERE

FONDLY
NW

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