Friends and family made this weekend tops. James and I had a little stateside party at a local wine bar to celebrate our wedding (and our birth month- james' b-day is tomorrow and i'm 30 on the 3oth- ouch!) with our san diego friends ...My parents made the trip out from philadelphia for the party, which was the best.
Some of my favorite girls at the party...
this b&%tch decided to front and steal my outfit! the horror!!! at least we accessorize differently!
The party was a blast. But, the highlight of my parent's trip to san diego was a 3-hour ride with dad and james. My dad is essentially 100% responsible for my inital dabble into triathlon. In June 2007, I somehow convinced him that the best (Master's) graduation gift would be a real cycling type bike with clip in pedals and all. Not that i knew how to ride one, but I promised I would learn. So dad came out for my graduation and took me shopping (on crutches from hip stress fracture!!!!) for my first bike. It helped that Dad is a cyclist himself, so I ended up with a pretty sweet "entry level" full carbon ride. I had to promise not to ride it until I was given the doctor's go ahead...(ummm....ok, I may have cheated just a little). Well, I DID learn to ride that sucker, and I think Dad got his money's worth with my Orbea and I'm still riding it. Without that gift, there is absolutely ZERO percent chance I would have bought a bike because I seriously had NOOOOOO money. I couldn't have even managed a Wall-Mart Huffy. So, that was one of hte many firsts and lucky days for me over the past few years. Thanks, Dad! Love you!
Living on opposite coasts, Dad and I had never gotten the chance to ride together..Until Saturday! Let's just say the old man's still got it- Dad and James were dropping me on the coast...We went 40+ miles and Dad still had some energy at the end....
Daddy's girl :)
today, sunday, I ended the weekend with ANOTHER ride with James (4hours! and then an 11 mile run, and THEN an hour swim...ooooch!) good thing a recovery week is on tap next. woo hoo! love me some recovery!