Friday, April 15, 2011

watch out for Gila monsters...

The timing for this AZ trip seriously couldn't have been better.  In the midst of the April blizzard that descended upon Alberta yesterday, I stepped onto a plane bound for Phoenix.  I found myself not even really caring about the snow during the day yesterday, as I knew I would be escaping it as of 4pm (well 5pm as the flight was delayed for an hour due to said snow).  It was a lucky day for me as the Westjet lady kindly charged me only the extra bag fee ($21) for my bike box, instead of the usual oversized bike box fee, so I saved some $$.  As far as I know, the usual bike fee is now up to about $75 on WJ, and $100-$200 on all other airlines.  Sweet! 
  
Deborah (my mother in law) and I flew together and we landed at 7:15pm, and my brother Donald arrived in Phoenix from Calgary at the exact same time as us. Geoff will be arriving on Sunday evening, we sort of staggered our trip so the pups H & W don't have to be in the kennel as long - boy are they pampered! Anyway, Deb and I decided to get dropped off at the pool on the way home from the airport for a little 'shake out' swim. By the time we arrived it was already 9:15pm and the pool closed at 10pm, so I did an easy 1000yard and hit the giant hot tub. It was fabulous to be in an outdoor pool- I tried to do as much backstroke so I could look up at the moon. This was actually quite a late swim as we were still on Alberta time - so technically we were swimming till nearly 11pm!


Everyone was up bright and early this morning for various sporting activities, which included golf and cycling. Deb and I were out the door at 8:30am, and met up with her usual cycling buddies, a group of about 5-6 men in their 50's/60's who are all in great shape. We ended up riding 80km at a leisurely pace, and it felt absolutely amazing to be outside on my bike in the sunshine! It was my first ride outdoors since September.  I brought my bike to Element earlier this week for some lovin', and Cam did a fantastic job with the tune-up, which included new tires, new chain, and a good cleaning (and he then took it apart and packed it up all nice in the bike box I rented from them as well). My bike was riding like a dream today!  Here it is all ready for my race tomorrow (sans race wheels, as I couldn't bring 2 sets with me!):




We will be leaving the house tomorrow at 5:30am for the trisports.com Phoenix Triathlon - race starts at 7am!  A little earlier than I'm used to, but a necessary evil due to the heat.  The high tomorrow here is 34C - eek!   I love the heat, though - no complaints from me about it being too hot!  The race distance is very close to an Olympic with a 2km swim, 20 mile bike, and 8km run.  Longer swim and shorter run?  Didn't have to ask me twice!  I'm just really looking forward to getting out there and racing.  I haven't worn my wetsuit since the Banff race in September, so I'm thinking I may be quite sore after a 2km swim in it!  And the cycling portion will be my second ride outside in 7 months!  Regardless, the race will be great practice and a good hard training day!  After the race, Deb and I are planning on hitting the shops, as well as a Mexican restaurant!

I will try and get more pictures for next update - must take camera with me more often.  I always forget.  But mostly I just don't want to carry anything extra in my jersey pockets on my rides!

View from the patio during dinner - the house backs onto a golf course so you have to be on the lookout for wayward golf balls. 


The lovely sunset here in Surprise, at exactly 6:55pm local time!  The sun certainly sets really early here...

Here's one of those Gila monsters, the deadliest creature in the desert according to Deb... He doesn't look so deadly to me though...

1 comment:

runningman said...

Have a great race Lisa!!