It is Wednesday and I am finally catching up from this past weekend. Yep. It was that crazy. It was a whole lot of fun though. Jennie and I went to Cincinnati to hang out with a couple of friends for the Super Bowl. One of my good friends Matt (who you might remember from IMWI spectator fame) invited us to their new place for the game.
We took the absolute most roundabout way to Cincinnati and somehow ended up sharing the road with dozens of Amish horse and buggies. The cyclist in me noticed the wide, paved shoulders; wide enough for the buggies, thinking they would be awesome roads for biking. And then I noticed the copious amount of horse shit also lining the road. Maybe not. haha. It really made for an interesting drive. We ended up taking a different way back home though.
We arrived in Cincy around dinner time and head out to the Firehouse Grill. Good food, good beer, good friends, good times. One of our friends is a KU grad so we spend the evening watching the KU Mizzou rivalry game.
The next morning, Jennie and I kicked off the day by getting our run in. Jennie was doing 4 and I had 13 on the schedule. We headed out together with Jennie planning on turning back at 2 miles. Holy cow was it hilly!
At the very beginning of the run, we passed by this really interesting looking house. It is called the Mushroom House and was designed by art school professor who sadly died shortly after it was finished.
I would have loved to have seen the inside of it.
Hills never photograph well, but this is at the top of one of the hills. This would be about the 20 minute mark in the elevation chart below.
After Jennie turned around, I realized that I had missed one of my intended turns. I decided to keep going, but quickly found myself in a industrial district that was pretty deserted. So, I headed back to find my originally intended route. I soon found myself running along the Ohio River as planned. I had originally wanted to run to Kentucky and back, but with my missed turned, I would have had to have made my run significantly longer to make it to the closest bridge. I guess I can take solace in the fact that I was able to see Kentucky across the river. Oh well. Maybe next time!
The end of this run was a doozy. As you can see from the elevation chart, there was a solid 2 mile, 15+ minute stretch that was continuously uphill. It sucked the entire time. When I imported the data in to SportTracks, I found that I spent a whopping 40% of the run on an incline of at least 2% grade.
Let’s just say that the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon is now at the bottom of my marathon “To Do” list.
After running, the guys went to the driving range while the women went shopping.
I haven’t golfed in nearly 3 years so I had no idea what to expect. I actually did better than I thought after I warmed up a bit.
After golf, it was party time. We all set out to prep the appetizers while one of the guys prepped the meat and potatoes.
8 layer dip, hummus and veggies, chips, salsa, cheese & crackers, and guacamole
The main course. Beef tenderloin and scalloped potatoes. So. Freaking. Delicious.
A meal wouldn’t be complete without dessert
The game was a blast and we couldn’t have asked for better people to spend it with. I really didn’t have a favorite team (If Jon asks, I was cheering for the Pats, but if Jason asks, I was cheering “Go Giants” all day long). I was just hoping for a good game and that is what we got.
We crashed right after the game was over knowing that we had a long drive ahead of us the next morning. On our way out of town, we stopped at Busken Bakery for some donuts. Yelp! claimed they were the best donuts in Cincinnati and they didn’t disappoint.
Jennie and I each got a cream cheese and fruit pastry. However, I was super tempted by what is called the Maple Hog: maple frosting covered with a strip of bacon. With 6 hours in the car forthcoming, I didn’t want to tempt the digestion gods though.
(not the exact donut, but this is what they looked like)
After we got on the highway, we saw this sign. I guess we were headed in the right direction.
Spelled correctly and everything!
And now it is time to keep playing catch up. How was your Super Bowl Weekend?