Sunday, June 29, 2008

a great end to the weekend

This past week has been rough..the anti-dog friendly attitude in my neighborhood has really put a damper on my mood lately. Combine that with not so much dirt riding due to high gas prices..and my two favorite stress relievers have been pulled away from me. I love nothing more than spending some long hours in the mountains with my bike and watching my dogs run free with a big smile on their faces. Road riding is great but not the same to me as an escape in the woods. I've actually considered picking up trail running (AGAIN) just for the sake of my dogs.

Anyway, I forfeited a day of training (which I could have really used yesterday) to teach a 4 hour clinic at Conyers. I even got up early for it! But, only 2 of the TEN confirmed riders even showed up. I can't say I was too happy about that and I wasn't really excited about driving out to Conyers again on Sunday to teach the second clinic..what if no one showed up again?? I'm sure everyone had her own legit excuse, but still....Grrrr.

Saturday afternoon, though, was a freakin' blast. Eddie and I volunteered at the Atlanta Summer Beer Fest and worked the Sweetwater taps. We had a mid afternoon thunderstorm, some super-soaker action, the dunk tank next door, and gallons and gallons of delicious beer flowing...Terrapin, Sweetwater, Atlanta Brewing..needless to say it was GOOD TIMES!! :)

It was really hard to get up for the Sunday beginner clinic, also at Conyers. But, I'm so glad I did as we had a fantastic group. We rode for a couple hours, I witnessed some nice crashes ;) and then Eddie and I spent another few hours exploring trail in an undisclosed location. A great day in the woods, for sure...

Too bad my weekday life of "luxury" is being temporarily put on hold...starting tomorrow I have to complete my clinical rotation in Diabetes. I know it will be a great learning experience, though.


Blogger Robb Sutton said...

Great day! Thanks again for heading up the beginners clinic. Jenn really had a great time...even with the OTB! I put up a post of my thoughts on the days events too.

2:08 PM  
Blogger Namrita O'Dea said...

thanks for the props! i'd love to ride with jenn again, she is definitely one tough girl. btw, i finally linked your blog, good stuff.

2:43 PM  
Blogger Danielle said...

How can anyone be anti-friendly to Porter and Jackson??? That sucks!!!

3:10 PM  
Blogger Misty said...

OMG - Nam I would've loved to have been at your clinic. I rode 3 hours today and have been dead since. I think only one eye is open right now! :) But I made all climbs except the last and after 3 hours on a first ride....I can't wait to get back out there!

5:00 PM  
Blogger kat said...

Trail running is almost as dangerous as mtb.. One time I broke my own rib with my own elbow while trail running. That's what I get for running a mtb trail, I guess... I still like trail running though.

2:55 PM  
Blogger jmilliron said...

Thanks again for the beginners clinic Namrita! Must have given my wife new confidence because she finally agreed to try her clipless peddles on the mountain bike today. Six miles at BigC, no problem!

8:34 PM  
Blogger Wicki said...

Yes, you MUST balance clinic rotations with mucho beer....good thing you had access to the good stuff!! ;)

7:01 PM  

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