>> Tuesday, July 13, 2010
This past Friday through Sunday, Pharmie and I were out in WI training with old and new buddies. WIBA stands for "Wisconsin Ironman Brick Adventure," and it’s just a weekend of loose training on the IM WI course. It was started back in 2006 with just a handful of people (including Pharmie and I). It’s been growing every year, and we’ve HAD to be a part of it every year. It’s just plain fun! (Click here to go to WIBA’s website.)
Team Evotri got a tour of the Saris and CycleOps factory (sponsors of the team). And now that I’m married to a team member, I got to “tag along” for the ride.
I’m not allowed to show any photos from the PowerTap assembly room, but just take my word for it - that was pretty cool!! Saris and CycleOps are surprisingly small operations!
Employee bike-racks, lockers, and showers
Pharmie holding the “guts” of a PowerTap. See that TINY red wire? That’s the wire that gives you ALL the power data! Crazy!
Saris and CycleOps stuff ready to ship
Evotri members walking through the raw-metal area
I enjoyed my factory tour until I saw this. Damn Packer-Backers. ;)
The new strap they gave us for our old Saris bike rack. We JUST busted a strap 2 weeks ago! Thanks Saris!!
We headed to supper with everyone else who had signed up for WIBA. After the meal, Robby and Chris gave everyone a course preview and answered lots of questions.
Pharmie (and Cara in the background) enjoying Gelato on State St after our meal
Saturday started with an open water swim in the very spot of the IM WI swim, then a bike ride on the IM WI course, and finally some good grilled food.
Getting ready to swim
About half the WIBA gang ready to swim
Two of my favorite ladies: Pharmie and Rural Girl
Robby sighting his way home
Cara popping up to smile (with Nat in the middle)
Amy coming in
Pharmie treading water post-swim
Robby (our fearless leader) giving directions to the park where we’d start the ride
We got out to Veteran’s Park in Verona, and everyone got ready to ride. Being I was still nursing a sore foot, I didn’t even bring my bike. I just figured I’d help “hold down the fort” and grill the delicious food as people were finishing up their rides. Most people biked 2 loops on the course (around 80 miles).
Chris helping Pharmie with her new PowerTap
The majority of the WIBA crew ready to ride
Pharmie getting ready to make like a baby and head out (that bad joke is for Robby)
Rural Girl, Robby, Chris, Pharmie, Cara, and Tracy
TriSaraTops, Jackie, Pharmie, and Damien
Soon, the girls came riding in after about 40 miles:
Pharmie, TriSaraTops, Tracy, Cara, and Jackie in the backie
Rural Girl back from her ride
(Again, more on how THIS story ends on Friday...)
“No officer, I was not offering that child candy from my windowless van...”
Looking over her power data with Chris
People hanging out
More people hanging out
We all met up on top of the Monona Terrace, which is the site of transition for IM WI. We were about to run the run course.
Robby giving us info
The gang ready to run
Heading out of the Terrace
Adam, [some who’s name escapes me - sorry!], and Jared
Meeting Stu’s gang on the little out-and-back portion of the run
Leading us away from the lake
Meeting back at the Terrace post-run
We all said our good-byes and took off. It had been a FUN weekend! Pharmie and I stopped in the Dells to eat. We found “Moose Jaw Pizza” because Pharmie was in the mood for pizza. And I’m ALWAYS in the mood for pizza. Among other things.
Sipping on my “Big Buddy” from Kwik Trip
(2 shots of cherry syrup, 80% diet cola, 20% root beer, 100% delicious)