Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Lake Havasu Triathlon

Our daughter, Amy, has always been athletic.  Several years ago she started running, then doing half marathons, then a marathon.  Somewhere along the way, she added in biking with husband Dan.  This led to El Tour de Tucson, a 111 mile bike race around Tucson.  It's a big deal, with riders from all over the world!
Then a friend wanted her to be on a team which was running and swimming, so Amy started swimming.  This past weekend she did her first triathlon, a half Ironman, at Lake Havasu, Arizona.  Bill, Dan and I went along as her cheering section.  We had the easy job.
Getting ready to swim 1.3 miles in Lake Havasu.

Out of the water and on to the bike for a 56 miles ride.  The course included two really steep hills which had to be navigated, twice!

Halfway through her run of 13.2 miles; a half marathon!  I was tired just watching her, but she always had a big smile on her face when she saw us waiting to cheer her on!

The Finish!  6 hours and 24 minutes later.  Way to go Amy!
This week she is taking it easy, to give her body time to rest.  Saturday she and Dan will do a "taper" ride of 30 miles to prep for this year's El Tour de Tucson on November 23.  Bill and I will be there, cheering them on!

Sunday, November 03, 2013


BobCat is a calico, which means he is a genetic mutation, because he is a male. 
We never shared our home with cats while our children were growing up.  Bill had allergies, they both had allergies.  Friends had cats, so we were around them, just never in our home.  Then one day last spring, daughter Amy received an email from the Southern Arizona Humane Society with a picture of a Maine Coon cat who was available for adoption.  It was love at first sight.  She and hubby Dan went to visit and came home with BobCat.

BobCat loves to spend time looking out the many windows in our home. 
With three Great Danes in the house, BobCat was limited to one end of the house with a baby gate blocking the dogs out.  As time went on, first Loki, then Clyde left us, so Andre and BobCat became friends.  At least Andre thinks their friends, BobCat tolerates Andre;  and steals his bed.

He is a very big cat.  When standing up to look out the window in our Arizona room, his head is taller than the dining table.  If he were stretching, he could easily put his paws on the table top.
When we arrived home from France, BobCat seemed pleased to see us.  More people to keep his food dish from going empty, I'm sure. 

BobCat contemplating taking over the world.

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