First of all, I have to tell you that today was a special day. No , the walk does not start until tomorrow, but today was my dear friend (and 2x Ironman Champ) Dede Griesbauer‘s birthday. As most have probably heard, Dede suffered a brutal bike crash during Ironman Germany in July, and broke 6 bones. Swimming was one of the first things she was able to do when she could move again, and one of her goals on the comeback trail was to be in good enough shape to swim 100×100 on her birthday. Yes, there is a reason she is a Champ!
Not long after her accident, Dede shared this goal with me and asked me if I would do the honors of writing up her birthday smashfest. As you might imagine, I was thrilled; it’s not every day that I get to write a swim workout for someone that fast! I am happy to report that she crushed it, but don’t take my word for it: check out the workout and Dede’s report on it on her blog here.
There are 3-day Walks for the Cure in many big cities across the US, but the reason that we opted for the Washington, DC version was because it would allow for bonus family time with my cousins and their kids here. This meant that Aunt Jen and Uncle John would get to see their grandkids on the walk weekend, and I am always looking for a reason to see Greg, Kristin, Zoe and Eve!
They live here in the Georgetown neighborhood. I love visiting Georgetown as it is such a cute little town with lots of shops and cafes within walking distance, and there are so many beautiful homes here.
We’re not in Tucson anymore . . .
Today I had a couple of runs and thus got to see plenty of sights . . .
including some quality time on this machine in my bedroom . . . I then enlisted some child labor for assistance in cleaning up the ridiculous mess that I made during my sweatfest. While we were cleaning, Zoey ( age 5–6 next month) looked at me in all seriousness and remarked, “It’s good that you did so many different sports all in one day–you know, swimming, and running . . . It is good to get your daily exercise.” I think this is what happens when dad is a former Navy SEAL and ironman! Love it.
The walk kicks off bright and early tomorrow! 20 miles a day for three days . . . Stay tuned!