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Austin, Texas, United States
I'll make you laugh, or break my neck trying. This is usually accomplished with daily bouts of swimming, biking and running. A former "chub-a-holic," I got fit and healthy the good old fashioned way and went from a mid-pack athlete to top age group runner and triathlete. I'm a Writer and USAT Level 1 Certified Triathlon Coach. I guess that makes me part Tina Fey and part Jillian Michaels. Visit my coaching site at www.fomotraining.com

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

A Perfect (and I mean that) Birthday Week

The last few weeks have been nothing short of spectacular, overwhelming, fun, fulfilling, stressful, humbling, relaxing and everything else in between.

A long awesome weekend in Central/So Cal after the Wildflower Triathlon with my bro-in-law was followed up by a wonderfully relaxing Mother's Day weekend in San Antonio with my in-laws. I say 'relaxing,' in the only way someone training for an Ironman can mean it. That is to say that in between wonderful meals (Thanks Kay for the vegan chick pea patties!!!), wine, and sleep, we also squeezed in a 95 mile bike ride and a 20 mile run, plus church, plus Mother's Day brunch (for more great food and champagne).

I was prepared for an incredibly busy week at work when my perfect (and I mean that) husband told me he had planned a secret weekend trip for my birthday and our anniversary. He could see the stress on my face and promised that we wouldn't miss our long workouts (another 20 mile run and a 100 mile ride). I wasn't so much worried about that as I was about the looming work deadlines for the week. However, three intense days of working from morning until well past my bedtime, and I was able to escape!!

And escape we did...to San Francisco and Napa Valley.

God, I love this man. (Warning to all other men: Take Heed and Follow these Simple Photos)

There was chilled birthday champagne in our hotel room overlooking the Bay.

There was a pre-mapped 20-mile run that took us across the Golden Gate Bridge, down through Golden Gate Park, around the Presidio and up and down a few hills along the way.

Every meal was planned at wonderful vegetarian restaurants including Herbivore, Seed, and my favorite, Cafe Gratitude. Here, you order vegan items called, "I am Enlightened," "I am Beautiful," and "I am Joyful" (just to name a few)

In an attempt to continually do this...

We ended up here...where a private cottage awaited on top of the valley.

There were plenty of great vines for which to be grateful...and we were

...very grateful

On my birthday, Shawn found an organized century ride that included two mountain passes, miles around Napa, lakes, vineyards, etc. It was so very difficult, but spectacular. Temps were well over 100 that day and we held our own quite nicely. You'll also notice that my perfect (and I mean that) husband had also rented two great light carbon fiber bikes for our excursion!

One of our best meals was at a place called Ubuntu, which means "humanity towards others." Again, the food was artful and over the top, as was the decor inside. It also doubles as a yoga studio.

When we returned home, my box of goodies from my sponsors and Erin Baker's Wholesome Baked Goods was there waiting to be opened! Sponsors hooked us up with visors, food, nuun, bottles, goggles, and great discounts on top-of-the-line gear.

When I went to work the next day, these boxes were waiting for me...my new Kestrel bicycle and our Computrainer for the house!

My perfect (and I mean that) husband had planned and executed the perfect weekend getaway, but it wasn't over there. When I peeked inside the bike box, I received another surprise. He had called Steve from Kestrel bikes behind my back and switched my bike order.

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To all of you that are asking the questions right now, let me go ahead and answer them for you. "YES," I do realize how lucky I am... and "NO," I don't know what he sees in me either.
...and I mean that!


Elements of Erin 337 said...

Reading your post I would say this would be my version of a perfect birthday weekend also!

Pre mapped run, organized century and then the bike upgrade. Are you kidding me!!?? FAB!

Jane said...

Can he be cloned?

Runner Leana said...

Hmmm, I wonder where I could find a man like that... It sounds like an amazing celebration. Happy birthday!

Priscilla said...

Incredibly romantic. He's just as lucky to have a wonderful wife as you are the perfect husband :) This is what life is about...

greyhound said...

Hubster, you're busting the curve. Stupid gunner.

BTW, doesn't every place in Northern California double as a yoga studio? The Bay Area is sort of like musical theater, except instead of everyone suddenly breaking into song, they spontaneously break out into poses.

Downward dog . . . breathe everone . . . use your inner eye. . .

Viv said...

It looked like an amazing birthday/anniversary weekend. With goodies at home when you got back. Awesome Carrie! Girl before i know it you are going to turn all pro in fornt of my very eyes, (so to speak). The new bike is looking BADDDD! Since you keep going to ol school concerts thought i would use appropiate verbage ;-)

CoachLiz said...

Hubster is the bomb! You are a very lucky girl. I will be in Austin this weekend. I hope that we can get together this weekend.

ShirleyPerly said...

What a FANtASTIC weekend getaway!! Can you believe I grew up in the S.F. Bay Area and HATED it? And Monterey too, where we lived before moving to FL?
I'm glad you have been enjoying it out there. I need to get back there someday ...

R. Jeffrey Davis said...

Girl, you MUST be living right. Maybe you've placed him under some kind of spell?