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Heading to Georgia!

Bags are packed, bikes are in the car and we are off to GA. Campy has a sleepover at Beethoven's house until Mon morning and the cats will have to settle out their differences all alone this weekend. Hope our cat/fish feeder Matt doesn't mind the zoo here. I'm wishing all the 70.3 Augusta athletes the best of luck this weekend. It looks like the weather will be beautiful for late September. Karel and I are doing the 6 gap century (104 miles) ride in Dahlonega, GA on Sunday. We are leaving this afternoon to make our long drive up to the mountains. Tomorrow morning we will ride 2 hours and on Sunday, well, it looks like I have a long ride in (and out) of the saddle. I've never done this event before, but Karel did it last year. I am really looking forward to a challenge and to do some climbing. The descends scare me a bit but I am a completely different rider compared to a few years ago. Karel and I, and a group of our Gearlink friends, stayed in cabins in Dahlonega and

Pre-race nutrition tips

Half of Jacksonville is racing at Augusta 70.3. OK, maybe that is an exaggeration but most of my friends are racing this Sunday. I have received several emails this week regarding nutrition prior to a 70.3 (Half Ironman distance) race. In my opinion, the information I tell athletes prior to a 70.3 race is not much different than what I would tell an athlete racing/participating in a half marathon, marathon, Olympic triathlon or 15K. Olympic and sprint distance triathlon nutrition, as well as 5K and 10K nutrition requires a bit less than the distances I mention above, but nonetheless, the concepts are similar. Whether you are about to race in a long distance race (anything longer than 90 minutes) or training for your first long distance race, I hope you find these tips helpful and useful. 1) Don't overeat on the days leading up to the race - taper forces you to reduce your training. However, unless you consciously think about, you are likely to eat the same quantities as you did d

Happy Birthday Karel!!!!

Happy birthday to my wonderful husband. The one who calms me down when my stress level is 10x100. The one who makes me laugh when my day seems blah and the one who shares my excitement when I have so much to say and just need someone to listen. And most importantly, the one who will love me unconditionally for the rest of my life. I love you babe!!! K - Kind You are so kind to everyone. I never thought I would marry someone who cares about animals the way that I care about them. Although you keep me realistic that I don't have to rescue every animal that I see, you let me welcome home the special ones. Thank you for giving our fish a burial outside rather than flushing them down the toilet. Thank you for being so kind to my family, my friends and strangers. You go out of your way to help people at the Trek store and I know they love your over-the-top service. A - Authentic You are like no one else I have ever met. Ok, maybe the accent kind of gives it away that you aren't from


MADISON!!! Around late March/early February I noticed a black and white cat in the bushes in our apartment complex. I was driving to swimming at 5:15am and barely noticed her because it was dark. I didn't think much of it because there are lots of stray cats in our complex and several outside cats which stay outside their owners apartment. It's easy to notice the stray cats from the cats with owners because the stray cats usually wander around different complexes whereas the cats with owners stay in the same spots everyday. Campy knows the hiding spots for all the outdoor cats and he's gotten a few smacks from getting to close to their personal space. Campy is used to the smacks from Smudla here in our own place. Poor Campy, he never fights back, barks or attacks. In our place Campy is just in the wrong place at the wrong time and when Smudla wants to eat, Campy just turns his head for fear that Smudla will raise her paw to him. My little one just wants to be friends with e