Adventurous Wanderings

Stories of Sailing, Motorcycles and Adventures


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The Perfect Day

Yesterday it was back to sailing! Sunday race was on!

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The wind dropped out some before the race so I thought it was going to be a long and slow race. However, the wind gods blessed us with more wind so the race went by fast!

I have no idea what place we finished in but I do know there was rum! And if there is rum, aren’t we all winners?!?

Rum and Rail

Rum and Rail

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Between the 52 mile bike ride yesterday and the sailing my body was spent. As soon as we got back from sailing I hit the couch and had what can only be considered the greatest nap of all time. No joke!!!

 


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Sailing, Cycling and Doug Stanhope!

This week has been SO busy!

Monday night I got in about a 11 mile ride in after work. Have I mentioned how much I love this time change!!

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And Endomondo sent my March statistics. Boom, I burned 8,000 calories! Can only imagine what April’s will be since I am already at like 6,000 calories!!

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Tuesday night hubby and I went to see Doug Stanhope at the Improv. He is freaking hilarious! IMG_20140408_220357[1]

Here’s Doug:

 

Wednesday night had to work late. Then Thursday…..WE RACED!!!

It was the first official race of the series! I always love the first race. Everyone comes out to sail. Just a fun vibe at the yacht club.

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Sailing around waiting for the start of the race

Sailing around waiting for the start of the race

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Pre-race

Race committee

Race committee

I tried to do tree pose on the bow. Moving sailboat + rum = Tilted tree :)

I tried to do tree pose on the bow. Moving sailboat + rum = Tilted tree :)

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The race was fantastic! The wind was up, the weather was perfect and we were on! We ended up coming in 1st place. Not a bad way to start out the first race of the season!

As we crossed the finish line, we got to see a beautiful sunset!

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Today we set off to ride 52 miles on our bikes along the Pinellas Trail. The plan was to start out in Downtown St Pete and ride 26 miles to Dunedin Brewery for lunch then head back to Downtown St Pete.

We made the first 26 miles, split a beer and some pretzel bites.

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After that is was time to ride the 26 miles back to Downtown.

The first mile back on the bike, mile 27, was kind of tough. Then my quads warmed up and all was ok again. Had some great miles, the struggled for a couple of miles (was properly rehydrating and eating homemade energy bars) then was back on par again.

We ran out of water and Gatorade at the perfect time! We came across this store along the trail. IT WAS HEAVEN SENT!!!

THANK YOU for existing where you do bike shop!

THANK YOU for existing where you do bike shop!

Great place to refuel and snaps some pics

Great place to refuel and snaps some pics. Yes that is blue painters tape holding on the sunscreen ;)

On the first 26 miles, these over passes were cute and fun. On the way back, not so much. The downhills were pretty sweet though!

On the first 26 miles, these over passes were cute and fun. On the way back, not so much. The downhills were pretty sweet though!

More of the trail

More of the trail

Once we were restocked with fluids, it was back to it.

This was our first attempt at such a long ride, up until this point the most we have done is 20 miles. Needless to say, 52 miles was ambitious, totally doable, but ambitious.

My pace definitely slowed at the miles went on. The way to Dunedin I was clocking 15mph, the way back it was more like 12mph.

Miles 6 – 2 SUCKED!!!!!!!!!!!!! They were the worst of the entire ride. My feet were in such pain. Not cramping, pain. Each push of the pedal was horrible but I kept pushing on.

I knew we were so close to the end I wasn’t going to stop! With 2 miles to go, we could see Topicana Field (where the Tampa Bay Rays play). We knew it was just a bit further.

The pain in my feet went away, my pace picked up a little (a small little, both our legs were done at this point).

Before we knew it, we were back at the parking garage.

VICTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Teacher Yoga Training (teaser post)

My first weekend in Yoga Teacher Training is in the books!

What an amazing weekend!

It was jammed pack with philosophy, asanas, guest teachers, pranayama and I even got to teach a short sequence!!!

So much to process!!!  There will be a blog post to follow in the next couple of days, once my mind settles down a little bit!

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SAIL

Huge fan of this song, maybe it’s the sailor in me, or maybe it’s my ADD BABY!

Yesterday was Thursday and that means SAILING IS BACK FULL TIME!!

During the winter months on Thursday we only race once a month on the full moon. When we Spring forward, the races are every Thursday night.

Not everyone  races in the winter months but they all come out to play in the Spring/Summer. The vibe is so much fun!

Last week and this week the races are “Green Flashes”. Meaning they don’t count toward the race series, so racing for fun :) There were about 35 boats out there last night.

Next week there will be more. Suncoast Raceweek started today so a lot of boats were there yesterday.

 

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We had rum, shocker I know!

Sailing around waiting for the start of the race

Sailing around waiting for the start of the race

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And the most epics of sunsets post race.

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It was such a great night. It was breeze on before the race started but as the starting time got closer the breeze died out some. We ended up 2nd in our class…granted there were only 2 boats sailing in our class last night ;)

OH, I also got some new bracelets from Pura Vida Bracelets. I LOVE these bracelets. My order arrived in no time at all. The quality of the bracelets are great! The best part, every bracelet purchased helps provide full-time jobs for local artisans in Costa Rica. PURA VIDA!

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Looking at them makes me remember our trip there. The beauty, the food, the fun, the love, the hospitality and niceness of the people, everything!

Same beach, same lunch

Same beach, same lunch

Stop for lunch on our way to Santa Teresa

Stop for lunch on our way to Santa Teresa

The day we arrived in Costa Rica. This is Atenas

The day we arrived in Costa Rica. This is Atenas

Alright guys, time for some quality time with the hubby!

And YOGA TEACHER TRAINING tomorrow!! AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!


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Yoga Teacher Training

T-minus 1 week to go until I start on my journey into Yoga teacher training!

Can’t believe how fast the past few months have gone since I enrolled in the training. January I took part one of a two-part workshop. It was this same weekend that I enrolled in teacher training. February I took part II of the workshop as well as attended the new student orientation for the training.

And now, almost 2 months later, the start is almost here!!!

SO much excitement. So much nervousness!!

These past few months have been filled with reading my yoga philosophy book, studying the yoga anatomy book and of course, practicing yoga.

And yes, that is a Baron paw on the right. To the left of my mat, where Ava chewed it. She likes to not only do Doga but eat the mat too!

And yes, that is a Baron paw on the right. To the left of my mat, where Ava chewed it. She likes to not only do Doga but eat the mat too!

This morning we spend it at the junk yard to get parts for the jeep rebuild that is going on at our house. This involved me getting to rip the dash out of Lexus! Nothing like getting greasy and bloody on a Saturday morning!

This was the half way point but when I got started everything on the dash was still intact. Bye, bye AC controls, radio, glove box and everything else!

This was the half way point but when I got started everything on the dash was still intact. Bye, bye AC controls, center console, radio, glove box and then everything else

The aftermath, greasy, bloody and very very dirty

The aftermath, greasy, bloody and very dirty

Post junk yard we went to lunch then it was back home to do some yoga! I spent the rest of the day studying. It was raining this afternoon so it was perfect weather to sit on the back porch  and enjoy the rain.

On one of my yoga studying breaks, I checked my email. I discovered that the Beta version of MyYogaPro has been released!!!! Straight up awesome! I love Erin Motz!!

What is MyYogaPro you ask?! It was a Kickstarter program that wanted to “Create an amazing yoga experience, make it rewarding, and make it social”. Check out the link below for more details.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/andreaszoltan/myyogapro-a-revolutionary-way-to-learn-and-practic

It is supposed to go fully live in April. Might not be too late to get in on the action if you are interested :)

Alright, my brain is jelly and it is time to relax with the fam.

PS: Ava loves rainy days too! Well not so much the rainy part but more so the mud part. Girl likes to get dirty!

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Gorgeous, Sunny and Blue Skies All Around

That basically describes today! Really couldn’t ask for a much more perfect day!

So since my last post about the last Full Moon race and my first spin on the road bike, a lot of happenings have been happening. That last part just sounded like some sort of Dr. Seuss line :)

Here are the highlights:

1. Colin and I are planning our 1 year anniversary trip!! Hard to believe we are coming up to one year being married!! So where are we going??…..CALIFORNIA!!!!!!! He has never been and I have only been to So Cal a couple of times. This trip will involve driving the PCH from north to south making stops for adventure and fun along the way. The PCH has been a bucket list trip for me for years! We are still hammering out the details but this trip will be EPIC!!!!

2. Cycling. We have done a few more rides on the road bikes. Definitely like cycling more than running, that is for sure! Today we rode the Courtney Campbell Trail. This trail connects Tampa to Clearwater and runs along side the Courtney Campbell Causeway. There are many spots to start the trail. We connected to it via Cypress Point Park

From car back to car we did almost 20 miles. And ran into a friend of ours that I haven’t seen in a long time so it was nice to catch up.

This trail is awesome for a couple of reasons. First, it is surrounded by water. That basically is enough of a reason alone to make it awesome! Secondly, it’s not too crowded. There were a good amount of people but it wasn’t too many. A lot of the time when I run, walk or ride my bike on Bayshore there are too many people. Third, sea breeze. Now it was the perfect amount of breeze today, I think if it was blowing hard, it would be a different story and this reason wouldn’t be on my awesome list but today it was great!

Cypress Point Park - The start of the trail

Cypress Point Park – The start of the trail

Not a bad viewing during stretching. This was about 2 miles into the ride

Not a bad viewing during stretching. This was about 2 miles into the ride

Made it to the top of the bridge. Totally worth the uphill ride for the joy of the downhill ride!!!!

Made it to the top of the bridge. Totally worth the uphill ride for the joy of the downhill ride!!!!

Heading on the opposite side of the road. This is part is not part of the nice trail head.

Heading on the opposite side of the road. This is part is not part of the nice trail head. Slightly more bumps

Long ride = beer post ride (granted I always end up just drinking half but oh tastes so good!)

Long ride = beer post ride (granted I always end up just drinking half but oh tastes so good!)

3. Yoga: I start Yoga Teacher Training in 2 weeks. I’m so excited for this journey, words can’t even describe! So I have done a lot of reading my yoga textbooks and or course practicing as well.

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This morning before cycling, I got in about 40 minutes. The temperature was so nice so I took my mat to the back patio. Birds chirping, sun rising, and blue skies.  Oh, and Baron and Ava joined me for some Doga. They are the best!

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Sunrise

Sunrise

View from the mat

View from the mat

This upcoming week starts back the summer race series! Weekly sailing, I can’t wait!!!! 

Hope your weekend is going great! I am off to read more in my, “The Path Of The Yoga Sutras”. 


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Last Sail of the Full Moon Series

Ello, ello!

Last night was the last race of the Full Moon Series. That means that in 2 weeks time the weekly Thursday night races start back up! WOO HOO!!! Rum, wind and sailing…my kind of life ;)

Usually with the Full Moon races it is already dark when the race starts. However, we changed the clocks forward on Sunday so the sun was still shining at the start of the race. It made for a hell of a sunset one the last leg of the race.  

At the dock getting the boat ready to race

At the dock getting the boat ready to race

And the same time as the above picture, just the opposite direction

And the same time as the above picture, just the opposite direction

Pre-race cruising

Pre-race cruising

Another pre-race pic and the yacht club in the background

Another pre-race pic and the yacht club in the background

Racing toward the first mark

Racing toward the first mark or chasing the moon, however you want to look at it

What a view!!!

What a view!!!

Overall it was a great race. There was one boat we had to beat in order to win this series. There were a couple of things that happened which if they hadn’t, we would have won. BUT they did and we ended up in second. We’ll take it!

One of those things is we ended up broaching. There were several events that lead to the broach but they don’t matter. They all happened then we had to fix this issue and get the boat back under control.

For those of you not familiar with a broach, it basically means hold on tight (or depending on what your job is, DO YOUR JOB, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, DO YOUR JOB!!!). Wikipedia will give you a more technical definition :)

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Right before it happened, my job was on the starboard side of the boat trying to pull the jib into the boat, which was hard as hell to do because it was partly in the water. Then we were on our side.

Through awesome team work, we got the boat righted. Once it was back up and all was done, we were back on the rail and able to enjoy the beautiful sunset that was in front of us.

Life is good, life is beautiful

Life is good, life is beautiful

Aside from sailing, my husband and I both got our new road bikes this week! Tuesday night he got his, so Wednesday we did a 14 mile ride. Since mine didn’t come get here until last night, I was on my mountain bike for the Wednesday ride.

It basically rained 80% of that ride. It was awesome! Kept us cool and was very refreshing!

Looks wet! This shot was taken in the few minute break in the rain. Right after I put my camera away, BOOM, rain

Looks wet! This shot was taken in the few minute break in the rain. Right after I put my camera away, BOOM, rain

Colin's new ride

Colin’s new ride

Not bad consider I was on knobby tires :)

Not bad consider I was on knobby tires :)

Today we headed out to Flatwoods to ride so I could test out my new bike. There is a 7 mile loop which we rode twice. Then add 4 more miles because the ride in and out was 2 miles each way.

Right next to the parking lot there is a Chili’s so we peddled there for a post ride beer and lunch. Beer always taste better after working out :)

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Alright, to end this post I leave you with two things. First, this pre-sail snuggle session with Ava yesterday. Too cute, right?!?!

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And secondly, this pic of Baron from today during one of his nap times:

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