Leah, I'm coming!! But, it won't be until tomorrow morning. Knowing what I know about I85, 285, and the city of Atlanta on a Friday afternoon.... I'd rather not be involved in that battle today. (Amy, Kelley, you know what I'm saying?!!)
I'm racing in the Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon on Sunday, and it just so happens that one of my best friends lives in Chattanooga. Love it when stuff like this works out. Leah (my college roommate) and Bradley got married last year and bought a house in Chatt. I can't wait to see them both and the house, which no doubt looks like something straight out of a home decor magazine. Leah's got serious decorating/style skills.
Originally, I'd planned to leave at noon today. Get through ATL before it became the country's largest parking lot. However, there have been a few kinks in the plan. Ah, packing for a triathlon can be a nightmare. As of this morning at 6:00 am, I was down one rear race wheel.
Luckily, Gerald saved the day! G not only let me borrow his race wheel, he even played mechanic: put on the tire, changed the cassette, made sure it was shifting... All the while I was enjoying a Capri Sun with his daughter, Grace, and wife, Sarah (now in her 8th month of pregnancy). To the Kolb Family: I love you guys and now owe you many, many nights of babysitting!
So, I'll still leave work at 12:00 - but, then I'll have to spend some time packing. Many of you might say... "just leave when you finish packing." Well, if this is your thought, you've never tried to drive near Atlanta at 3:00 on a Friday. It's either leave here at noon today, or wait until tomorrow.
Spending the weekend with Leah will be a blast. I'm already having flashbacks: our various ghetto apartments, nights of animal crackers and peanut butter, endless conversations to distract us from studying, watching 'Friends', modeling outfits for each other, and the list goes on.
I hope to enjoy some time in Chattanooga after the race (since my new friend, April - who works in real estate - tells me it's the #3 place to relocate. Fyi, Greenville is #4)
Then, on Monday I'm leading a triathlon clinic at the Sportsclub (Five Forks, Simpsonville location). The goal is to get people involved in triathlon, a sport which can be very intimidating for the 1st timer (or the advanced, for that matter!) We'll have 3 Monday night sessions (7/14; 7/28; 8/11 - all from 6-7 pm) leading up to the Greenville Sprint Triathlon (http://www.setupevents.com/ - August 17th). I even hear G-man might make a guest appearance!
We'd love to have you join us! Call the Sportsclub for information (they can provide you with my contact info)
Some pictures from Camp RRRR. Thanks for sending, Andrew!! Just looking over these makes me daydream about being in Franklin. I miss the smell, the hills, the lake, the open fire, the friends.
Getting ready for Fireworks!!
Eventually, they popped up over these mountains Kelly, Jessica, and Andrew
Ah, the roads in Franklin