10/17/10

Amelia Island

It was time to get away. I needed a break from interning SO bad.
Karel decided that this weekend would be perfect for us to spend a little time together....of course, with our furry little one. Although only an hour away, we made a trip to Campy's hometown. This trip was extra special because we found Campy online (Petfinder) and he was being fostered by a wonderful family who lived in Amelia Island. I lost their number but we so badly wanted to contact them this weekend and tell them in person how much we adore our rescued pet. We don't know Campy's story but we know that he spent some time on the streets of Amelia Island prior to being found/rescued. Now he has a family...and a mommy who loves him way too much.
We took the ferry from Atlantic Beach to Fernandina beach and that was fun for all of us. Only a 5 min commute ($5 fee per car) but it was nice to do something we have never done before.
We stayed at the Days inn and Suites which was at a perfect location for the triathlon that was happening on Sun. Amelia Island is a great small town and everyone is super friendly (and pet-friendly). Campy had a blast and Karel and myself were so impressed that Campy was on his best behavior all weekend.
Campy was treated to his first ever Bacon treat (real Bacon!) at the Happy Tomato (for lunch). After spending the later part of the afternoon at an antique car show and walking around downtown, we stopped by the athlete check-in to see a few of our friends competing in the olympic distance and half ironman Amelia triathlon.
Starting our morning with a 3-hour group ride on our road bikes left us ready for a pizza dinner in downtown Amelia. We ended up our day with the best brick oven vegetarian pizza (Ham on half of it for Karel) from ARTE pizza and I enjoyed pistachio ice cream at a local ice cream and fudge shop afterwards. As usual, Campy enjoyed everything with us...well except the bakery cupcake and several beers that Karel enjoyed alone. I have to say that yesterday was one of the best days that we all have spent together. Beautiful weather, stress-free and lots of memories.

After a well-needed 9 1/2 hours of sleep (my 4:30am wake up times last week left me super tired this weekend) we woke up early to be at the start of the triathlon. Although cool in the morning (around 45 degrees) the day turned out to be absolutely beautiful.
We spent all morning cheering on all of our friends and Karel managed to squeeze in a mountain bike ride at Fort Clinch Park while Campy and I checked out of the room.

We had a great time taking pics and supporting our friends and all of the other athletes. This was Campy's first triathlon and he had a great time doing what he loves to do...be outside.

I think it is really important that Karel and I take time out of our day to support the local athletes. As a coach, there is nothing I love more than helping people with training, as well as racing nutrition, and seeing people put their training to the test. For Karel, it was fun to see him spot bikes in the transition area and then let me know who was racing. I guess as the lead bike mechanic of the Trek Store (and general manager), Karel can recognize bikes faster than he can recognize people in wetsuits.

Hope you enjoy the pics! Congrats everyone who raced today!




















More pics to come tomorrow from Race Day...