“Enriching Lives Through Sport”

22 04 2011

Last night, Chloe and I went to a happy hour fundraiser for ACHIEVE Youth Triathlon Summer Camp. ACHIEVE is a nonprofit organization in DC that offers at-risk youth ages 9 – 14 a free six week summer camp that teaches nutrition, fitness and life long exercise habits through the sport of triathlon. How cool is that? This is definitely a program I can support.

So, after work, we headed over to the Meridian Pint to meet up with fellow triathletes, runners, cyclists, and others to raise some cash for ACHIEVE.

ACHIEVE was started in 2007 by Charles (Chuck) Brodsky, with the support of former DC Mayor, Adrian Fenty, and Washington, DC’s Department of Parks and Recreation. According to the website, ACHIEVE has expanded to multiple sites in DC, as well as a site in Connecticut, two in Houston, Texas, and this year is the first for a site in Atlanta.

The camp provides youth with all of the equipment that they will need during the program; including bicycles, helmets, swim fins, pull buoys, goggles, kickboards, a cycling jersey, as well as training from experienced coaches. However, since they are a nonprofit, they rely on donations so they can continue to grow, and provide youth with the amazing experience of attending a tri camp. I don’t think I even knew what a triathlon was when I was 9!

Clearly, lots of folks thought this was a great event to support:

The place was packed! Maybe they just came for the raffle prizes, some of which included gym memberships, bike fittings, sunglasses, wet suits, registration to the Nation’s Triathlon and the DC Tri.

Sadly, neither Chloe nor I won.

We ran into our friend Steph, who’s also in Eating Club, and a fabulous triathlete.

At the happy hour, they announced they raised over $1500 selling the raffle tickets. The High Cloud Foundation also announced they would donate $2000! If you are interested in helping out too, you can donate here.

As I was looking at their website, I came across their motto, which I love: Enriching Lives Through Sport. This totally resonates with me, because I wouldn’t be the person I am today without the experiences I’ve had in the various sports activities I’ve been a part of throughout my life. Discipline, hard work, perseverance, teamwork, and sportsmanship are just some of the things that come to mind when I think about the things I’ve learned through my participation in sports. What about you?

Question of the day: How has your life been enriched through sport? And, if not sport, what do you feel has enriched your life?

Can’t Stop Won’t Stop.

20 02 2011

Happy President’s Day!

As I shared with you in my list about me…I can’t sit still. I try…I really really do, but getting me to sit and watch a movie or even a 30 minute television show without getting up is a challenge for me. So, you won’t be surprised to hear that my weekends are ALWAYS jam packed with activities. I have tried to not schedule anything on Saturday or Sunday in the past, but somehow I still go to bed on Sunday night more tired than on Friday night. 99% of the time however, I also go to bed thinking “now that was a great weekend.” So…here is a snap shot of this past weekend!

Chris and I started off the weekend at a new bar in Dupont Circle called Dirty Martini.

We were pretty lame however and just opted for wine. We left Dirty Martini and walked down the street to a local restaurant called Nage, where we had a Groupon deal. If you don’t already use Groupon, DO IT. You will thank me.

A sweet Riesling for me and a Malbec for the boy

Delicious Chesapeake Crab Cake with Roasted Vegetables

Saturday started off with a 1 hour spin class  and was followed by a smoothie in a bowl (SIAB), inspired by Kath over at Katheats.com. My smoothie consisted of a blend of Strawberry Fage greek yogurt, 1 banana, 1/2 cup blueberries, topped with some TJ’s Maple Walnut Granola

I also decided that breakfast needed dessert and finished off this bottle with some strawberries.

I hit up Trader Joes (TJ’s) on Saturday afternoon (without a shopping list). NEVER a good idea! Just like a kid in a candy store, I went to town. I spent way more than expected but came home with some pretty good finds! A few of my favorite buys…

  • TJs Almond Butter with Sea Salt
  • A French Style Flat Bread Pizza with Ham, Caramelized Onions & Gruyere
  • Gone Bananas (frozen bananas covered in chocolate). UM- YUM!
  • A ginormous container of blueberries
  • Steamed and peeled beets (i love beets)

Sunday started with JUST under a 9 mile run. I finished in 1:10, which is a really fast pace for my long runs!

My legs felt super strong ( a big delicious dinner on Saturday night at Ardeo Bardeo definitely fueled this run.). I have been running in Brooks Adrenaline GTS shoes for about 3 years now. I swear by them…

A loaf of Banana Date Apple Walnut Energy Bread (oh yeah…ALL OF THAT) was baked as well 🙂 Recipe to come soon!

And then Chris and I were off to visit the Spy Museum!

No cameras allowed...so this is the best I could do.

Again, Groupon was to thank for this adventure. It was a blast! and very informative! Did you know that D.C. is the city with the most spies in the entire world! We both walked away with our eyes peeled. No luck so far. I highly recommend taking a visit if you are in the D.C. area.

And that brings us to Sunday night. That TJ’s pizza above, a few of those Gone Bananas and the Duke Basketball ended yet another great and exhausting weekend!

Take a quick peek at some of the fun that Steph had over the weekend…

See you on Wednesday!

Photography Class Field Trip

Naan Pizza!

Question of the Day: What is your favorite weekend activity that you look forward to? Leave us a comment below!