Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Must be fall....Community Day, Soccer and CYCLOCROSS!

Brooke spent the night with us on Friday and Saturday was just a beautiful day, so we herded up the kiddos and headed to Coopersburg Community Day. A really nice event every year and lots to do and see for the kids. Autumn and Joshua climbed a bouncy slide and loved it...

They also had a blast getting their faces painted...

Sunday was Autumn's second soccer game....and she scored two goals! They also had team pictures....

Last weekend was also my first cyclocross of the year. It was a huge event, first race of the MAC (Mid Atlantic Cyclocross) series. There were 94 people registered to race my class (Cat 4 Men). For those of you that aren't familiar with cyclocross, it is typically raced on a 2-4 kilometer course that has off camber turns, obstacles, barriers, grass sections, gravel sections, asphalt, sand, mud, you name it. The bikes are made for cross but basically a road bike w/ mountain bike brakes and larger tires. The races are a timed event, so you have a minimum time established you will be out on the course (my race was supposed to be 40 minutes, ended up 48). They are very intense races, but they are a blast! Reminds me of motocross without the "motor"!!!

It's a mass start, so I wanted to get as far up front as I could. The gun went off and mission accomplished, after the first few turns of chaos I had myself in the top 10. About half way through the first lap I hit a wet spot and was down before I knew what happened. Got up quick as people were just flying by...only to find that my chain was off. Took more time to get it back on and going again. Had some good battles and managed to finish 17th. Happy with that, but could have been better had I not fallen. I wore my heart rate monitor just to get the data....averaged 169bpm for 48 minutes, that's 90% of my max HR! Told you they were intense! Can't wait for the next one...10/17 on the Dupont grounds in Granogue, DE. Here are a few pics.....I know the helmet looks dorky, think it was dislodged in the fall!!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Team of Brothers....and Soccer

Jer and I did a team race yesterday at Peace Valley Park below my Dad's house. It was the 8th race put on to commerate a young man that lost his life in the twin towers. It is put on by his family every year to raise money for his foundation which helps children w/ MS. As usual for me, IT WAS RAINING! The race involves a .75 mile run, 1.5 mile canoe, 14 mile bike and 3.3 mile run. My brother asked me to do it with him this spring and I couldn't say no! He trained his butt off all summer and we had some great practice sessions. He has become an incredible biker. The plan was for me to pull us for the entire bike and try to get a big lead for the run.

We were the third team out into the water.....

Race going per plan, look at that canoe form!!
After a couple of lead changes, we came into T2 in first!
But we couldn't hold off the other team, ended up second overall. Not too shabby considering 120 teams signed up and it was another rainy race! Jer had a blast and has vowed that his running will get better! It was so much fun to have the family there on our home turf.
On Sunday, Autumn had her first soccer game. There are four under 6 girls teams. She did great, and scored the first goal of the season! Our team (and coach) is awesome and it's so fun to watch. Joshua has a good time to, he loves to kick the ball.
Autumn still loves kindergarten and can't wait to go every day!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Seashore and School

Well, summer caught up to us and it was coming to an end in a hurry. Autumns first day of kindergarten was quickly approaching and we hadn't made it to the beach. So we put together a quick two day / one night trip to Ocean City New Jersey and headed South. The weather was great on the first day and we all enjoyed the beach, the sand, the waves and the sun!

We had a great time on the boards that night with plenty of food and rides! The next day was a little overcast, so we got some breakfast, took a stroll and came back to play in the pool. The kids had so much fun and can't wait for a longer visit next year.

Next up was Autumn's first day of Kindergarten. Being the ball of nervousness she sometimes is, we were a little worried about this. She did great at orientation last week and was ready for the big day yesterday. She was dressed and waiting for the bus well ahead of time.....

I left work early so I could see her get off the bus. She was so excited when she got off. We whisked her inside to hear all about her day. She couldn't stop talking, it was so cute. She really loves it and can't wait to go back. We'll see how many years this lasts!!