Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Spyder, My Angel

It seems like only yesterday - not two years ago - that I held you in my arms for the last time. For 11 years, you were my sunshine, my best friend, my heart and soul. Losing you was the hardest thing my heart has ever had to endure, but I am comforted by the knowledge that you are now happy and pain-free across the Rainbow Bridge.
I love you dearly and I know deep in my heart that your spirit remains near me always. You are, and will forever be, My Little Spyder-Angel.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Remembering Zoe

You would have been 17 years old today. And although you crossed the Rainbow Bridge three years ago, you're still very much in our hearts. I remember bringing you home like it was yesterday - a tiny 2-month-old bundle of fur and sweetness that we called Zoe. You were loving, intelligent and funny. And you always did have that one wonky ear that just would not lie flat and always made us smile.
Even as a baby, you had a wisdom far beyond your years and a fierce intensity and protectiveness for your family hidden beneath your gentle nature, with eyes always so full of pure soul.
Our constant companion for nearly 14 years, you made our every adventure, every journey, every place we traveled so very special.
We love and miss you Baby Girl.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Brunswick Brawl

Despite being rather unprepared to re-enter the endurance mountain bike racing scene after such a long hiatus, Steve and I just couldn't resist the chance to head down east for the Brunswick Brawl this morning to try out a new-to-us trail. I did at least realize the shorter option was probably in my best (lack of fitness) interest, so signed up for the 3-hour category instead of the 6-hour. On arrival at the venue, the sun was out with temperatures in the 70s - just absolutely perfect mountain biking weather.
Brunswick Nature Park
 Of course, the sign at the entrance to the Brunswick Nature Park warning of wildlife in the park with the HUGE pictures of venomous snakes and alligators - yes, ALLIGATORS - had me more than a little uneasy! Fortunately, during my three laps on the roughly 9-mile course I didn't see any snakes or alligators, although Steve said he saw a copperhead on one of his laps. And on my second lap I did hear something large moving around in the low grass next to the trail as it skirted the edge of the water. Needless to say, I didn't wait around to see what it was, electing instead to pedal on as fast as I could...

The trail itself was really nice with pretty views, some fast flowy sections and plenty of tight stuff through the trees, although I did have to be careful in the turns as the soil down there near the coast is obviously very sandy with some sketchy corners.
Crossing the Finish Line
There isn't much in the way of elevation, again due to the coastal location, but the trail builders have done a great job of making the loops a lot of fun and you can always up the challenge by riding faster. ;-)  And for this event, the race promoters provided super nice swag bags, even including a seriously cool wicking jersey to all participants!

The race loop was roughly 9 miles long, and somehow despite struggling through intense muscle fatigue and general less than optimal fitness, I managed to complete three laps in 3:25:19,  good enough for a second place finish, about 19 minutes behind first in the women's three-hour category. Oh, and did I mention they paid out CASH for at least the top three in each division?!?!?! We had a great time and will definitely keep this trail and race on our list of fun things to do.
Women's Three-Hour Solo Podium

Monday, October 1, 2012

Happy Birthday to My Little Angel

To My Precious Spyder:
Happy What-Would-Have-Been your 13th birthday today.
You had a smile that could light up a room - or the great outdoors...
Always eager for a ride in the car...
Or just lounging in the yard...
You always knew how to enjoy Life to the Fullest.
You were my Angel here on Earth,
and I hope you know that even though you've crossed the Rainbow Bridge, your pawprints remain, as always, forever on my Heart.