Day 2 of our long weekend, as well as the second day of the bike races, the Tour de Bowness, which is a neighbourhood in Calgary and the home of Bow Cycle, the shop that sponsors the event...and where my husband makes a whole, whole, whole, whole and whole lot of his cycling purchases. It's kind of like the "Simon Says" of bike stuff *grin* When he races, he races as a Bow Cycle club dude).
Yesterday's road race was wonderful, mainly because my driver for the group of riders I was following (for 132 km!) was an absolute gem - and his girlfriend is into crafting and scrapbooking! He's incredibly supportive of her hobby, so chatted for nearly the duration of our drive through the countryside, about things crafty-themed. So much fun. As for the cyclists: no issues with my group whatsoever, so everyone was happy...well, except for the 8 or 9 guys who dropped out; some because the pace was high, others because of mechanicals. One had issues with his bike seat/seat post: ouch!
Today's race is a hill climb - not long, but steep - which requires a gruelling effort from 4 minutes to 8, depending on the riders' fitness levels. To 'ignite' their competitive spirit (which doesn't need much ignition...guys on bikes, wearing numbers and being timed pretty much is all that's needed), they race up in sets of three, with two minute intervals between sets. The first group goes up at 6:00 pm; the last, at 8:02pm. A short burst of energy from them; a two hours 'burst' of energy for us who are officiating. My husband isn't one of the commissaires for this event - we have enough - but he is riding his bike the 100km (60 miles, give or take) into Calgary to meet up with me and to see some of the racing. We'll get home around late-ish, eat supper, sleep and up-'n-at 'er early tomorrow; back to the city (both of us in the car this time *grin*) for 8:00am for the criterium races. Should be fun...as long as the weather plays nicely!
Before I head out, I'm sharing cards inspired by our wonderful, sweet, fabulous, darling Bev, who is the GD over at MUSE #78, Check out this charming framee, happy colours, "hello" gem - a guaranteed smile-maker:
The sparks of inspiration from this card are spot-on-perfect, because it's "Happy Months' Old" time for my niece and nephew - and Aunty C was looking for ideas. Bev to the rescue...woo hoooo!!
Card #1 is for adorable Ms. T, who turns 53 Months Old today!! Nearly 4 1/2...eeee...
It's a bit busy, given that I replicated the background paper with a duo of speech bubble dies on the frame, but she'll be fine with it. I'm sure, however, a bunch of why's' will emerge: Why did you pick these colours? Why did you make hi and hello different? Why is your hair all crazy? Yes...she's a curious lass.
Card #2 is for Mr. C, 29 months old, as of the 12th. He won't have questions, but hopefully, he'll like the helicopters. If I could find Lighting McQueen or Spiderman paper, now then I'd be Aunty C with 5 star status! I'm on the lookout...
Bev: thanks to you, I have two more cards for the kidlets! MWAH to you for helping me out exponentially!
Thanks so much for dropping by; your visit and comments make my day!!