Saturday, August 18, 2012

Marathon Nationals 2012

I raced marathon canoe/kayak nationals August 10-12 in Warren, PA.  It's fun to race in Warren because they host nationals every couple years.  (I raced there in 2003 and 2007.)  The Allegheny River was rather shallow this year, so I'm really glad I brought my beater kayak.  Each race was 14 miles downriver.  I placed first in the marathon kayak race on Friday, first in the women's canoe on Saturday with Holly Reynolds, and 6th in the mixed canoe on Sunday with Marc Gillespie.  Though I don't think of myself as much of a marathon paddler these days, it was masochistically fun to take on a new challenge.

Holly and me

Marc and me

The folks at Will Arts photography took these and other great photos of the event. More can be found here.

Friday, August 10, 2012

24 Hours in the 1000 Islands

After finding out that several aunts, uncles, cousins, and one lovely grandmother would be in the 1,000 Islands at the same time this week, I did some calculations. Between work, training, and canoe nationals, I had only about 28 hours in which to drive up and hang out. Done!

I'm so happy I got to spend time with everyone, even if it was short-lived.
Kyra, Grandma, Melissa, and me.  Do you see the family resemblance?

Thursday, August 9, 2012

31 Heroes Workout

Along with CrossFitters all over the country, I participated in the 31 Heroes workout on August 4th to honor fallen servicemen and women and raise money for their families.
A difficult workout for a great cause