Archive for July 5, 2010

Hola!  Saludos desde Cancún, México!

I always love it when I can find a way to use my 4 years of high-school Spanish and 4 more semesters in College.  It is amazing how valuable those classes as well as typing class ended up being.  Trigonometry? 

Not so much.

Dawn and I decided to sneak away for our last “pre-baby” vacation over the 4th of July holiday and we are really enjoying ourselves.  We figure this might be our last vacation alone for about 20 years, so we decided to take advantage of the long holiday weekend.  We’ll be coming back to Austin and reality on Tuesday morning.

That said, it is “Race Week” once again as Race #9 of the Summer Sunstroke Stampede is taking place on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. and we will be there with bells on.

The race takes on a little bit more importance this week as there is an honest to goodness wager on the line.  Our company based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa employs approximately 350 full-time staff members around the US and Canada.  In addition to our Cedar Rapids facility our Division has offices in Denver, CO and Austin, TX.

Staying healthy is a priority for our company – as it should be for most with the cost of health care ever increasing – and we do a good job of providing incentives for our staff members to get in/stay in shape.

As a reader of this blog you know that I love to talk about running and training.  Unfortunately for the members of our office here in Austin, they are subjected to listening to my ramblings about marathons and training more than they probably should have to. 

Most of the time we have a good time with it, sometimes however it leads to things like the day we had a “push-up contest”, but more on that another time.

As I tried to get our office excited about running a local race it came down to a formalized wager to get them on board.  So this Wednesday night, 7:30 p.m. – It’s on like Donkey Kong as we’re racin’!

The wager is simple. 

To “win” I need to complete the 5K course in less than half the time it takes the final office participant to finish the same course.

So if I post a time of say 20:00 minutes, each member of our office must complete the course no slower than 39:59 to beat me.

If the office wins, they will be rewarded by an outing on our local lake later this summer – paid for by the loser.  Me.

If I should win, the office will take up a collection to pay for my Entry Fee into the Austin Marathon in February and must come to the race, all of the race, to cheer me on.

Sounds like a pretty fair deal – so of course I decided to spend my “taper” period by the pool here in Cancun, enjoying Mexican Food and planning my race strategy.

Post 8-Mile Sunday Training Run Cool Down - Dawn snapped this pic from our room on the 14th floor.

(See how I already have my excuse prepared if I should lose on Wednesday night?)

After the race we’ll be heading back to our house for a little late-night barbeque where I will be able to hear stories from the staff about their race experience and how much fun everyone had.

Regardless of my time on Wednesday, I’m pretty sure I’ve already won. 

If anyone doubts how hard I’ll be trying, in the words of Ricky Bobby:

“if you ain’t first, your last!”