Monday, June 28, 2004

Balls of Thread as Big as Your Head
Don't believe me? Here's the proof:

New ball of J&P Coats #10 thread on left; partially used ball on right.

You can see I've got the first 3" of the right front started for Summer Breeze Cardi. Didn't get much needlework (or anything else) done this weekend -- DH competed in the Wells Fargo San Diego International Triathlon and we were busy getting his bike down to the race site on Saturday, then up at 5:00 am on Sunday and down to the race site. DH's "wave" (group) took to the water at 7:40 am, and the horn went off at 7:43. It was a physically demanding race -- here's the official description:

Sprint Course – 1/2K Swim, 20K Bike, 6K Run: Calm 500 meter swim at Spanish Landing Park. "Hilly" 20 kilometer bike to Cabrillo National Monument and back. Flat 6 kilometer point-to-point run finishing at Embarcadero Marina Park North.

It was a much tougher race for DH than his first triathlon in April. During the swim portion of this race he ingested a lot of sea water, which ended up making him very nauseous during the next portion of the race, the 20K bike ride. He had to pull over and wait for the nausea to pass, and lost some time there. But he gutted it out and finished the race! Here's a picture of Tom coming in from the bike ride (center of picture):

The area immediately in front of the bike entrance is the transition area where the pros racked their bikes. A few minutes before Tom came in on his bike, 2000 Olympic Silver Medalist and World Champion Triathlete Michellie (mi-KEE-lie) Jones picked up her equipment and chatted with the race announcer. She's a tall, whip-lean, soft-spoken Australian who is as down-to-earth and unpretentious as can be. I was a bit awestruck and didn't think to take her picture (drats).

Here's a picture of my sweetie after the race (he's on the left), and a good friend from his training group:

Happy Monday, everyone.

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