I have about 10 blogs in my head which are sitting inside there because I haven't had time to spit them out though my fingertips onto the keyboard. It's been a busy summer which is why there are both 10 blogs in my head and why they are still in there instead of on a page. On a bright, late afternoon Friday, sneaking it in before my run/swim, I finally have the opportunity to report on the summer happenings. On this rare occasion I actually have a few pictures to help illustrate the many topics on which I am about to report in rapid fire.
1. Santa Barbara Triathlon (long course):
3. GEF 4 Miler
I was given the opportunity to try a new trail shoe from Teva - Tevaspheres, and I had received my pair just days before our trip. What better way to break them in and try them out than on rocky, red clay soil. I didn't know what to expect with the new shoes as they have new features such as a spherical heal and a wide mid-foot base. They are not as light a shoe as I've been using and they seemed not to have much cushion though they fit well and were comfortable. After the first trail run (8.5 miles) of the most heinous ground, something like 10 dry creek crossings (if you saw this dry creek you'd know why this was a challenge), kicking several well planted rocks, maneuvering single-track twists, turns, up's, down's, shear cliff rocks, I came out a believer in these shoes. They kept me on my toes, protected my toes (and ankles), I felt the ground and loved it, they gripped, they felt like they were a part of my foot, no blisters, no discomfort, no rolled ankles. I'm a fan for life! I didn't love them as much when I went on the roads, but as far as trails, they were awesome!! I tried so hard to get them all red and dirty but even the red clay dirt and dust wouldn't stick to these angelic shoes. Wow.
5. Santa Barbara Running
I want to thank from the bottom of my heart miss Monica DeVreese, Santa Barbara Running, Oiselle, and Nike for the opportunity they have given me to be a part of something truly special. I am again referring to our local running store Oiselle race team. We have been outfitted in amazing clothes that not only look good on females but also perform well with us. Monica deserves all the credit for initiating and perpetuating this venture and it is nothing but fun and exciting. As well, Nike provided a pair of shoes (a pair of Pegasus for me) for us and I want to publicly thank them for that generosity. Our team will be doing many races together, not so much to win as a team but to represent a great STORE, a great BRAND, and a great AFFINITY for friendship and camaraderie. Thank you Monica and thank you fellow team members. I look forward to all that is ahead.
Summer's over but Fall is here and it brings a whole new set of challenges and fun. This weekend John and I along with so many others will be doing the Carpinteria Triathlon (sprint). I am excited, nervous and need to get going out the door for today's run/swim workout. Thanks truly for taking the time to read this!