March went by in a bit of a whirlwind. I spend most of the time on a work project for the Tucson Botanical Gardens called "Growdown". Essentially four Tuscon Landscape Architect/Designers were selected and tasked with designing a 15'x20' garden and building it in 24hrs, pretty much speed gardening. It was a really fun, but amazingly exhausting experience and after three eight hour days out in the sun doing construction I was beat. I narrowly missed winning the competition (one vote) but was super happy with how my garden turned out. If you are in the Tucson area and interested, the gardens will be up for just a couple more weeks before they get dismantled. A full write up about the event with lots of before/during/after photos is on our company website.
|Giving the plants a little TLC|
|Kata, Myself and mini-Chloe ;) post race!!|
|Pre-riding with Racergirl Mel|
Not one to dwell on disappointments, I got back to Tucson, put my head down for some big training and signed up for the Whiskey 50 Off-Road mountain bike race in Prescott in the Pro division, why not;) Turns out the start list was a comprehensive who's who of North American MTB racing. If you are a mtber and haven't raced the Whiskey you absolutely need to put it on your schedule. The weekend starts off on Friday night with the Pro Fat-tire Crit through the streets of downtown Prescott, lots of spectators, lots of fun, and lots of pain packed into a very short amount of time. The amateurs head out on Saturday for their turn at either 25 or 50miles of pain and suffering and the Pro's get their turn at the full 50 on Sunday. I was approaching this as a really hard day of training but also wanted to have a good race and ended up on the start line nervous and seriously wondering if I was completely out of my league!! I also had forgotten sunscreen and was desperately walking through the spectators begging for some, duh. As the last entry in I had number 52 out of 52 and joked that my goal was just to beat my plate number.
|Thanks Andy for the cheers and photo!!|
That pretty much brings April to a close, despite the boss's attempt to ship me back home!! (yes we do have a lot of fun even at work) Lisa decided returning the plotter was probably a better decision and I got to stay;) And since this is already a long post I will save my thankfully much happier Xterra Alabama race report for the next time!!!