I don't know if wonderfulness is a word, but you know what I mean! It was a weekend of great friends, great fun and a lot of awesome things done!
MISSZIPPY talked about the challenges of trail running and she was not kidding. Every step you take you have to be aware, up hills around corners, down into creeks, up more hills! It was a tough as hell run! But the scenery was above amazing. I was very aware not to turn an ankle and blow a summer of training as I ran along. I didn't turn my ankle and I had a blast doing the 22k course.
The entire day continued to get better! We sat around and told race stories and enjoyed the sun. Drinks were flowing and jokes getting better by the hour. Mid afternoon as huge bbq came rolling in on hte back of a trailer with smoke billowing out. What was that all about? They had ordered a side of beef and a pork which was coming in on a smoker on the trailer. It was getting better still! Caterers were walking around with tasty treats feeding us awesome food and it was never ending. We ate drank and were merry into the night. As the sun set and the fire got roaring, in came the live entertainment for the night. He was great playing his guitar getting everyone to sign along with him. It was an awesome party in the making! The drinks kept flowing, in itself that was entertaining. I decided last weekend that I would not have any drinks until IMWI, many people thought that was a crazy thing. Time and time again they would ask, each time getting the same answer. It was great being on the sidelines watching the entertaining antics build. The evening was amazing!
After breakfast they has planned a great ride for the group. Once again, they had 55k and a 110k ride. It was not a double loop, the entire route unique with great rolling hills and awesome scenery along the way. The sun was shining brightly as we rode along in the slight wind. Past the cows, Lake Huron, rivers, pasture and small rural towns. A great ride with an awesome change of scenery. I loved every minute of the ride.
The weekend was an overall huge bundle of activity and fun. Our hosts went to every means to plan a weekend that would please every person in attendance. The kids are and played awesome games, the adults had fun satisfying their athletic indulgences to the extreme they chose. Every turn presented something greater than what you has just enjoyed.
It was a great weekend of exercise and relaxation! Thank you a ton to our hosts for going through the effort to see that everyone had such a great time!
As I played a trained, many were out doing IM Canada and Louisville! Congratulations to all of you who were out there! I have always been inspired by people who go out and push themselves to that extreme, I have a different appreciation today than before, greater admiration than ever! Be proud of what you accomplished and the work you did! It is awesome! YOU ARE AN IRONMAN!