Thursday, December 22, 2011
157 days until my second marathon http://www.madisonfestivals.com/marathon/ Between now and then I plan to run a few shorter races. Up first a 5k in February http://www.winter-fest.com/site_pages/Information/fun-to-participate/Frosty-5K-Run-Walk.html . The March race will be the http://www.shamrock-shuffle.org/, unknown distance until Zack commits or bails on his 5k plan. He really wants the t-shirt and right now the plan is to run walk the course with him. The final pre-marathon race will be a 20k http://www.lakemonona20k.com/, this will be my third time around the lake. After the marathon it will be back to trail races, possibly the weekend after but no details are posted yet http://wisconsintrailruns.com/
No I haven't given up cycling, I'm debating trying to fit in a 165 mile trail ride the weekend before the Lake Monona race. Seems unlikely at this point
Friday, November 25, 2011
We left from a launch off of Highway 23 in Spring Green. This was Zack's first trip in his own kayak, but it went better than I expected. It helped that the tandem seat in Chad's kayak was filled with his folding bike used for shuttling the Jeep to the pull out location. Zack's kayak was tethered the whole time, but he still did a great job paddling on his own for a large portion of the trip.
There were many sand bars along the trip, one of which we used for a picnic lunch.
There were many river channels, and I was lucky that my phone had a signal along the route so we could check out the map before we headed down a channel that didn't go through. Near the end of the route the boys attempted to go through a small channel and got caught up. I won't begin to explain what happened, but Kevin got dumped in the water and his boat overturned. The bilge pump was finally used for it's intended purpose. I heard the stories about what happened, but will never know the truth. I was already headed down the right channel on the way to the take out when Zack came running across the sand bar to tell me what happened. Besides being wet, Kevin seemed just fine after the incident.
We pulled the kayaks out by Lone Rock, where Chad had previously placed the Jeep. After loading the kayaks we headed towards home, stopping for some food. We came across an old fashioned drive-in restaurant, Rumbleseats, in Spring Green. The food was good, and it was nice to have warm enough weather to still eat outside. We just had to be careful of the cow. It looked like a killer.
Zack had his first official trail run. I believe there was also one practice session beforehand as well. His excitement for the event had highs and lows. The one thing that got him up and out that day was the medal he would get for finishing. The run was the Indian Lake Trail Run, and I was supposed to do the 6K run that day as well. But I was in the first day of a tough cold, and there was no way I was going to make it around the course. I was able to switch my entry to Chad, and he was happy to run the race.
It was a little chilly that morning, but the kid's race was up first. Chad used it as a warm up, running with Zack around the course.
|Chad (in orange jacket) and Zack starting the race|
|Zack crossing the finish line|
Zack and I hung out in the Jeep waiting for Chad to come back towards the finish of his race.
|Chad (in green shirt) just after the start|
|Runners on course at the edge of Indian Lake|
|Around the parking and headed to the finish|
Chad got a medal just like the one Zack received. Chad was 12th overall and 4th in his age group. They were both happy with their race.
Friday, September 30, 2011
The weather was cool, but it was still a beautiful day. We started with a picnic lunch of cheese and sausage by the lake.
Chad wanted to walk the Potholes Trail which highlighted special rock formations that we learned about at the Nature Center on another trip this summer. The potholes are formed by rocks spinning in water flow down the cliff and spinning smooth craters in the bedrock. In order to get to the Potholes Trail we went up the cliffs on the Balanced Rock Trail. In essence these two trails are staircases. Rock steps meandering up the entire way. The entire hike was about 1.5 miles, so it was a lot of steps. Zack had shaky legs by the end of the descent on the Potholes Trail.
|The bluffs we climbed|
|Climbing up, up, up...on Balanced Rock Trail|
Monday, September 19, 2011
One old Burley trailer and a newer bicycle camping area down the nearby bike trail lead to an overnight camping trip. Blue Mounds State Park was our destination, 7 miles by rail trail with gear in tow took close to an hour. We cheated and had dinner delivered by Jenny and Kevin, complete with s'mores. Zack and I burned the fire for awhile then played games on his iPod in the tent. The next morning we hiked to the lookout tower before breaking camp and heading home. Zack and I agreed we had a good time and would do another trip sometime.
Here are a few pictures.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
When he was in the area at the end of August he had a couple of rest days in Mount Horeb before he was headed to Milwaukee. The route that day was going to be around 125 miles. I biked along with Chris for about 50 miles from Mount Horeb to the Trek headquarters in Waterloo, Wisconsin. Trek helped Chris out with a bike for his cross country ride. There were about 15 of us riding with Chris that day, one of the largest groups biking with him on his trip. Trek served all of us lunch in their cafeteria. The Trek chef put together the feast for the lunch stop and it was quite good. Chris was being kept to a tight schedule due to continuous fire truck escorts planned on the route, so there was little time to look around. I did snap several pictures while at the headquarters, and have a few from others.
|Only stop on the ride at Fitchburg Fire Station, playing photographer for others|
|Lunch provided by the Trek chef|
|Chris received some goodies from Trek that were much needed|
|Bikes in Trek lobby|
|More of Trek lobby|
|Trek employee bike storage for those who commute or take rides at lunch. They have a mechanic that services the bikes|
|Hallway full of the same bike, team bikes maybe?|
|Getting ready to head out again post lunch|
|Chris headed out towards Milwaukee|
Saturday, August 27, 2011
We headed there first thing in the morning to hopefully beat the crowds at the Museum. Kevin and I saw the movie Tornado Alley in the huge IMAX theater soon after we arrived. While we were at the movie, Chad and Zack made the top in the Toymaker 2000. Zack's is actually a gyroscope and he was able to choose his color and watch the top being put together and packaged. It is engraved with the date we were there and his name. The mission was accomplished.
We poked around the rest of the museum. The Science Storms exhibits were new and pretty cool. There were a lot of hands on experiments we could do. We stayed until the kids were ready to go to the gift store and before they were too hungry.
|A video projection where the butterflies land on your shadow. Zack liked to shoo them away.|
|Dress of the future where you can change the color non-stop|
|Zack's nose catching lightning|
We stopped for dessert at ICream where you choose your flavor, color and mix-ins and the ice cream is created with liquid nitrogen. I was hoping for flavored hot pudding that Chad had last time we went, but it must be a seasonal winter item. I guess that just means a return trip will be necessary.
Monday, August 22, 2011
We went to the Wisconsin State Fair to enjoy the animals, food, and sights. We checked out the rabbit barn so the kids could see the kinds of animals I kept when I was their age. Zack loved the rabbits, but we left them all there in the cages.
|A young Dutch rabbit, just like I used to raise|
After the rabbit barn we headed to draft horse wagon classes being judged. There was a lot of bling on all of the wagons and horses.
Next up was pig races. The pigs were all named after famous celebrities. I'm sure the celebrities would be proud, especially if their pigs were winners. There must have been a pretty good treat at the end because most of the pigs were running pretty fast.
My most enjoyable area at the fair is the Wisconsin Products Pavilion. In here are all the local food growers and producers associations offering their products to try. We had apple cider donuts, cherry crisp, ice cream, flavored milk, and loaded baked potatoes. I could have spent all day, but there was much more fair to experience.
We checked out the "as seen on TV" merchandise area, mostly because it was air conditioned. We also walked through the projects building with all the photography, fancy cakes, and flowers.
It was a hot day, but we saw a lot of things, and of course we brought home a 3 pack of the famous Cream Puffs. This year Kevin experienced a cream puff and ate the whole thing. We may have to upgrade to a 6 pack next year if Zack wants one.