I’ve been trying to run the EX2 Adventures Hemlock course for at least 5 years now, but something always seemed to get in the way. One year, I had to curl that day and decided to skip it in favor of that. Another couple of times, it was rescheduled due to rain or snow and I couldn’t make the rainout date. This year, it turned out I had a potential curling conflict again, but I was running that course no matter what!
The theme for the Potomac Curling Club‘s Embassy Row bonspiel this year was Scotland. I was playing with the team that I am planning to play in the mixed playdowns with in 2019, and it was our first spiel playing together. We ended up playing pretty well for the first three games, leading us into a matchup with Courtney and Melvin Shaw’s team on Saturday night. If we lost, we would drop into the D event semifinals on Sunday morning at 9am, directly conflicting with the race. Win, and we’d play in the A finals at noon instead. I managed to line up a spare to play just in case we did lose. Luckily for us, our opponents didn’t have a great game and we played well enough to move on, and for me to run my race.
I was originally planning and training to run the 10 mile course, which is essentially two loops of the same 5 mile course. But with a tight window to get up to Laurel from Hemlock Overlook park, I decided to drop down to the shorter distance instead. Since I knew that I was in shape to run 10 miles, I went out hard and tried to keep my petal to the floor the whole way. The hills kicked my butt and I got passed by a couple of folks, but I managed to hang on for 4th place overall and 1st in my age group!
After a quick shower, I headed up to Laurel for our final against another Potomac team. Alas, for this game, we needed a lot of shots to go our way and it seemed that few of them did. Still, managing to finish second in our first bonspiel together was quite an accomplishment! We’ll be playing together again in Philadelphia in January to continue to tune up for the big event in February.
Hard to beat a good weekend of trail running and curling!
Boy, has it been a tough year or what? I have had to make a concerted effort to stay positive more than I can remember in a while. Starting a new job helped a lot with that, as the old one was just beating me down. I’ve also continued running a lot, to get back in shape for running the Boston Marathon next April. I haven’t biked as much as I would have liked, even though work is pretty close for me; it always seems like there is something going on before or after the work day that I need to get to, but I will make more of an effort with that. Curling also started again, which is a nice reprieve two or three times a week. After a slow start to the year, I’ve even started reading more regularly. And yet….
I decided that it’s time to get off of social media for a while. Even after culling the people I follow on Twitter, it still makes me angry more than it brings me joy. Facebook has gotten to be mostly useless noise. Half the time I check anything out on there, I’m just scrolling and not really taking anything in. So I’m quitting them, for now. I might occasionally pop on to do a quick update for curling or that sort of thing, but I’m going to make a serious effort to avoid them altogether. I deleted them from my phone even.
So now what? I devote more time and attention to real life. I’m going to keep reading more. I’ll catch up on some TV shows I’ve missed (without looking at my phone the whole time I’m watching!). I’ll dust off that old Raspberry Pi project I was working on before our basement got renovated. But mostly, I’ll just be here, in the present. Sounds pretty great.
When I started my new job in June, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I had an office of my very own, complete with actual closing door and everything.
Unfortunately, I have to move out next week as renovations begin on our floor, and they convert everything to an “open pod workspace,” which is pretty much my nightmare scenario.
Farewell, sweet private office, I will miss you, and I will probably work from home a lot more in the future whenever I can!
After a long summer, it’s almost time for the curling season to begin once again. The Potomac Curling Club has a whole lot of new members this year, thanks to Team Shuster winning gold at the Olympics. In fairness, we always get a bump post-Olympics, but this seems bigger than usual. All but two of our leagues are completely full, so we basically have seven days a week of constant curling opportunities.
For myself, I’ve already been out on the ice practicing a few times (still need to fix a bit of drift in my slide) and helped teach a Learn to Curl on Tuesday as well. I’ll be up there again tonight to practice with my teams, and will be volunteering tomorrow at our first bonspiel of the year. After that, I’ll be participating in our Embassy Row bonspiel in November, and heading up to Rochester for the GNCC Men’s club playdowns in December. I will probably travel to another bonspiel in January or February before participating in the GNCC Mixed playdowns back at the Potomac club.
My son is also curling and looking forward to the season. He’s probably going to come with me to practice tonight, and juniors will start next weekend. I’m hoping to get him to participate in a junior bonspiel as well, if we can find the time between soccer and basketball.
If you’ve ever wanted to try curling, just click the link above to head over to the Potomac Curling Club website and see what we have to offer. There are open houses coming up on October 20 and again in March. See you there!
Through some weird confluence of coincidences, I recently found myself needing to get a few new pairs of shoes. I really like them, so I figured I should share what I got, and why.
On occasional weekends, I work for a trail race company called EX2 Adventures. A lot of what I do is mark the course and then take down the markings after the race. Plus, one of the perks of the job is that you can run any races you aren’t working for free. After a not-so-fun experience demarking the extremely muddy and wet Fountainhead course earlier this year, and preparing to race the tough Hemlock course this fall, I headed up to the newest Potomac River Running store in Vienna. Ray, one of the staff members there, is also an EX2 runner and had also run the Fountainhead race, so he knew exactly the conditions that I was trying to tackle. He recommended the New Balance Hierros. (I also picked up another pair of the Hoka One One Cliftons, which I wore for marathon training, since I’m also starting to train for next year’s Boston Marathon.) I had the chance to try out the Hierros last weekend at Pohick Bay. The course wasn’t too bad, but given the amount of rain we’ve had in the DC area this year, there were some extremely muddy and wet spots along the way. The Hierros got through and kept my feet nice and dry, even after an early morning running and verifying the course. Thanks Ray!
My new job with Esri has a pretty loose dress code. Just don’t wear shorts and t-shirts and you’re probably fine. I had been wearing some cheap Old Navy shoes since I started but wanted to get a pair of shoes with a bit more support and comfort. Enter the Adidas Advantage with Cloudfoam. They are super comfortable and feel like I’m walking in pillows but still are solid underfoot. Love them.
That was a lot of words about shoes, but sometimes, it’s the little things that can make you happy.
Inspired by Free Money Finance’s post, I thought I would share our upcoming vacation plans. Everyone should take a vacation! Here are our plans for the year so far:
- Spring Break to New York to see Hamilton and a Yankee game
- The girls are taking a Girl Scout trip to Georgia
- Summer trip to the Great Smoky Mountains to see the eclipse
- Trip to Orlando to go to Harry Potter World and for my daughter to go to a dance competition
That doesn’t seem like nearly enough, and I’m sure we will also do a long weekend here and there to keep things balanced. What are your 2017 vacation plans?