First in was my friend Susan, training with the marathon team yesterday, but preparing for the half Iron-man triathlon next month in Augusta, Georgia. Seeing her was a great surprise, because I had no idea that she was working out with the marathon team yesterday. Others began to come in shortly after she did. Since I have not trained with that team, I don’t know a lot of the people on it. But I did see some old friends, such as Chuck, Betty, and Liz – all teammates from prior events. And I got to chat for a while with some of the folks on the team that I don’t know well. Also, I got to meet my TNT “penpal” Michelle. She was working out with the team in Fredericksburg, and she and I have been exchanging emails for almost two months, talking about our experiences with Team in Training. She had decided recently to train with the Richmond team, making the 50 mile trip down here. She also brought some great home baked apple muffins, and some homemade granola. It was wonderful to finally meet her.
I’ve missed working out with the Purple People, even though my life and weekends have been pretty busy. So it was nice to be around the team for a morning. Plus Chuck and I set a time to catch up in a week or so over a beer, and Michelle and I agreed that I will buy her a Legend Brewing Company brown ale to celebrate her becoming a marathoner in a couple of months. She is training for the US Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC. I will look forward to both of those brews, both with great people!
Here are photos of Michelle and I, and of me with some of the Fall Team: