Monday, November 24, 2008

Whitmore's Super Cup...or, Weekend in the Hamptons

Day One (my dad's start)
Kera & Kathrin (and her frozen chocolate donut)
Georgia!
Lynne Bessette (what cooking lessons??)
BP driving on the beach...(and not getting stuck...right, Kathrin?!..phew)
"Hello, Seinfeld? Diddy? Are you there?"
Day Two...facing the chill...again
Christina & Angela
BP hanging onto 3rd in the Masters 55+
and...the MAC women on the podium!
Isn't it always a little weird coming back after a weekend like this?
I mean, you're gone three days...not terribly far away from home...
You raced twice.
You froze froze froze your ass off...you piled on all manner of warm clothing and thought about racing in your booties and balaclava.
You couldn't hide from the wind, except for maybe a brief respite in the wooded sections of the course.
You explored your surroundings, marveled at the the enormity of the homes...the unique architecture...the whitecaps on the water...the clean sand...the ridiculous gates (and ordinary mailboxes)...
You shared a lovely meal and a glass of wine with your main competitors (an extraordinary, memorable dinner at WildThyme, the race promoter's restaurant)...
You probably destroyed your pumpkin soup, as a matter of fact.
You earned a medal or two...you earned a spot on the podium with the leaders of the series, which is gratifying and maybe a little surreal (you know, considering all the other pieces of your proverbial puzzle)...
You probably cheered for your fellow MAC brothers & sisters (and dads, of course)...
You got to know the competition a little better (on & off the course).
You stood, a little starstruck, in the midst of the Kings & Queens of cross (and maybe even exchanged a little pre-race banter with an ultra-friendly, ultra-approachable Georgia Gould)...
Then...
You're back on the road, exhausted & content...season drawing to a close...heading home.
It was a great weekend, right?!

3 comments:

goat said...

A great weekend indeed. That dinner was fantastic and yes, you destroyed your pumpkin soup. Friendships, that's what cross is all about. See you at Reston and good luck in your races this weekend. Bring home the PA championship!

goat said...

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That previous comment should say Chicken said...

Jim said...

What a good seizing you're putting together. Congrats on another strong outing. Amazing. I've sniffed a few podiums in crits, nice to see ya, we oughtta get together more often, Mr. podium, etc. But you seem to be preparing to put a downpayment on one of them this fall, you're spending an awful lot of time there. That is tremendous. [clap clap clap].