Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Baaaaad Company...Til the Day I Die!

It was a crazy busy weekend around here.  Not only did Dan and I both play in a golf tournament - on separate teams - but we did something we haven't done in a long time. We went to a concert. And it wasn't Bruce Springsteen!

Paul Rodgers - formerly of both Free and Bad Company - played at a little local venue called the Mountain Winery. It's a great little winery up in the hills with a concert amphitheater that seats I would guess less than 2000 people. And let me tell you, he did not disappoint!

Grapes behind us!

I've always liked Bad Company and Paul Rodgers. His voice is smooth like butter and when he sings it's like the words just fall out of his mouth. Honestly I've never seen anyone with such a powerful voice who can make singing look so effortless.

Waiting for the show to start. Is this a cool venue or what?!
Seriously, even for a 65 year old rock start he still put on an amazing show. I got to hear all of my favorite Bad Company songs including "Gone, Gone, Gone" and "Shooting Star" and he even did a couple of Free songs.  It was pretty cool to hear some songs played live that are almost as old as I am!

Anyway we had so much fun that we're going to try to get to a couple more concerts there this summer.  Dan would really like to see Barenaked Ladies with the Violent Femmes since he was a huge Violent Femmes fan in high school. I'm trying to talk him into going to see Pat Benatar & John Waite - because, honestly I wanted to be Pat Benatar when I was in 8th grade!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Catfish Swim

Last Saturday I did something I've never done before - something I never in my wildest dreams imagined I could do, or would even want to do. I swam over a mile in open water.

I had originally planned to do this swim last year, but I hadn't yet signed up for masters and hadn't trained enough. I knew I couldn't do a mile so I opted for the 500 yard swim instead. But this year I had set my sights on the 1.2 mile option.

Since joining masters, I've swam the distance in the pool a number of times so I knew I could do it. But there is a big difference between swimming in the pool and swimming in open water.

I arrived at the park with over an hour to spare. I waited in a long line for the bathroom then another long line to check-in. I was getting more and more nervous standing in line. When I got near the front, the woman in front of me checked in and told them that she wanted to downgrade from the 1.2 mile distance to the 500 yard distance. And the thought occurred to me that I should do that, too. But I knew I'd be disappointed with myself if I didn't at least try the longer distance.

Couldn't have picked a nicer venue - and the weather was great, too!
I had just enough time to squeeze into my wetsuit and get in the water to get acclimated before it was time to go. Just follow the buoys!

Swim course pic taken from event website.

I started towards the back of the pack - as usual - and it wasn't long before most of the crowd was ahead of me. I was fine with it. I wasn't out there to "race." I just wanted to get it done.

The non-wetsuit swimmers started 10 minutes after me and I was a little nervous about getting caught up in that pack when they caught me, but it was fine. I never got hit or kicked, and even the turns weren't crowded.

What's there to say about a swim race - right stroke, left stroke, repeat. And that's what I did until finally I was heading towards the shore. Eventually I got to the point where my hand touched the ground so I stood up and ran through the finish chute.

Thanks to Meredith for the picture!

I did it!  I swam over a mile in a lake!