June 15, 2010

Birthday Fun

Celebrating my birthday and new age group with a destination race was a great thing to do. It removed the usual race weekend pressures and gave me a memorable experience. I'll always remember turning 35. Here's a glimpse of my weekend.

Upon arrival in Maryland, it's important to immediately locate a kitschy place to enjoy the local specialty - blue claw crabs

And since it's a race weekend, it's important to carb load

But enjoying blue claws is no joke - you need instructions and special tools

Let the feast begin

The resulting wreckage

After-dinner happiness

This was Friday night in St. Michaels, Maryland. We topped off the evening with a visit to the local ice cream parlor (more carbs) and a stroll around town. It wasn't my actual birthday, but definitely the designated celebration day given it was a race weekend. I'll post pics from pre-race and race once I get my hands on them.

My recovery is coming along beautifully. I was minimally sore but incredibly stiff so I've been rockin' the compression tights, enjoying my good friend advil and stretching lightly. I did a 30-minute swim this morning that felt like absolute heaven (and if you know me, you know that's saying A LOT). It feels so good to move when your body is heavy with fatigue. I had an 80-minute massage/torture session tonight that actually drove me to tears, but I'm sure it will be worth it when I wake up feeling fresh tomorrow.


  1. I absolutely LOVE eating Blue crabs! WE have friends that live on the Eastern Shore of MD - whenever we visit them, we go "crab hunting" off their dock with a pack of chicken legs, some string, and lots of 12 ounce carb loading beverages!

  2. Looks like a lot of fun! It sure leaves behind a lot of wreckage when you are done!

    Glad to hear recovery is going well! Heal up quickly!

  3. Happy belated birthday! I'm a relatively new reader and just wanted to drop a note to say hello!

  4. Have been following your blog here for a bit...actually just stumbled on training blogs in Jan. while doing searches to find out how to gain entry into IMLP. Great job on the HIM and best of luck with your remaining training leading up to IMLP!!!
    Happy BDay! Great pics



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