Warning! Lots of pictures ahead!
What a weekend! I still can’t believe the weather we are having. It was in the mid to upper 70’s all week and then we had 80* weather all weekend. I know it won’t last, but we have to enjoy it while it lasts.
I started out the weekend with a long bike ride. I had really wanted to do the Colorburst Bike Tour this year, but it is next weekend – the same weekend as the Grand Rapids Marathon. Thankfully though, I found maps of the routes on Ride With GPS (Thanks Jon for the ultimate replacement for MapMyRide). With a bit of modification, I was able to plot a 75 mile course from our house to the 62 mile route and home again. To plot the course, I used the new route creator in Garmin Connect (a feature that has been sorely lacking). It worked great! It was the best results I have had with the course feature for the Garmin so far.
Any ways, I had an awesome ride. I changed things up and rode the roadie and took my time to enjoy the long ride. I really think that I need to get refit on the roadie though. Ever since I got the Black Rock, pulled the aero bars off the roadie, and tried to re-adjust it myself, it just hasn’t felt the same. I feel like I only have a fraction of the power that I have on the tri bike.
On to the ride. Here is what it was like.
I had a blast the entire time. Well, almost the entire time. I ran out of fluids and it took a solid 10 miles before I got to the next town (Lowell) for a refill. Thankfully, a fresh Gatorade, water, and Snickers bar saved the day. When I got home, I discovered that my fading bike tan lines had been refreshed – crap. Who would of thought that I had to worry about tan lines in October in Michigan.
The ride ended up being a lot hillier than planned. Lots of short, steep climbs, but they added up to 2,500+ft of climbing. I wish I would have found this route before IMWI, it would have been good training.
After the ride, I collapsed on the couch with some pizza, pop, beer, ND football and Kona.
ND won in a blow out and I eventually moved the Kona watching to the big screen. With Kona on the TV and a thrilling Twitter conversation, it made for an awesome night. Kona was absolutely thrilling. Both my picks, Crowie and Chrissie, each won in thrilling races. It was so incredible seeing both how amazing they raced and how humble winners each was.
On Sunday, the color tour continued with a long run. Jennie and I headed out around Reeds Lake. After the first 6.5 miles, we stopped home and picked up Bailey for another 2 miles to round out the day with a new distance PR for Jennie!
After the run and some lunch, we headed down to Art Prize. This was the last day of Art Prize this year, but our first time actually making it down to see everything. Art Prize is a contest throughout Grand Rapids where any artist can submit their work for voting. The community votes for their favorite pieces to get it down to the top 10. After that, the top 10 are voted on and the winner receives a $250,000 prize. This year, there were over 1,700 entries!
This piece was called Containment and was an entire night club/bar built out of a recycled shipping container. It could be closed up and shipped anywhere in the country. I wonder if they can ship one to IMMT next August??
Crucifixion – the overall winner. It a mosaic of individual, handcut pieces of stained glass. The winner this year was the runner up last year.
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