Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Lifetime Fitness Indoor Triathlon


I can't believe I didn't tell you about this Indoor Triathlon after I completed it in January. Yes, it's been a while but it was the second one I had ever done and I didn't want to forget about it. I was looking at posts I had in draft mode and realized I dropped the ball on publishing this one. Sometimes, I wish Blogger would send me notifications about "On This Day" like FB does so I be reminded of what I wrote about each day over the last 8 years. Yes, it had been about 8 years now, which is crazy. What is crazier is that I started blogging on a personal blog ever longer ago. I don't post on there that much, maybe a few times a year.

Anyways, I diverge......I finished exactly where I expected to and how I finished last time -- right in the middle. I am not terribly fast, but I am not terribly slow. I'm just an average person, in so many ways. LOL! I had 3 friends who did it with me. One of them was the friends I did my 1st Indoor Triathlon with and for the other 2 this was their first.

So, what I can remember about my race is that we were at the Lakeville location and I would totally not choose this location again because the pool was not conducive to a race. Seriously, it was 3 feet deep, which means it was super wavy as every one is swimming their laps and was a slow pool. Ugh. I am already a slow swimmer, I didn't need this. Plus they stuck 2 in a lane at a time and I was stuck on the wall side, which is not as easy to side stroke so I tried to do freestyle as much as I could.

I definitely made up time and points on the bike. I had been going to spin classes regularly, so I was very well prepared for this. My only complaint is they started the clock and then came around and started our distances, so unless you were one of the first couple of people they started you didn't get credit for all of your distance, so that sucked because I lost a couple of minutes of distance and I was cruising!

The run was so much better than last time. I felt better prepared with understanding how my body would feel during the transition and ran at the pace I wanted. Only bummer was that I accidently hit the reset button (who puts an automatic reset button right next to the speed buttons? Stupid.) and my time/distance was wiped. Luckily I had looked at it right before it happened because I was making myself up my speed every certain distance, but then it took 30 seconds to get everything cleared and started and then another 10-15 seconds to get back up to speed on a treadmill. Ugh. When you are doing 60 minute race and you lose 3 minutes of distance, which is 5% it does make a difference.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Kids Skate FREE All Summer!


Last week I told you about a program where kids can bowl for free all summer long, and today I am telling you about a program where kids can skate for FREE all summer long. However, in MN there are only 2 skating rinks that participate. They are located in Woodbury and St. Louis Park. Although in our neighboring state of Wisconsin there are 7 locations.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Save $5 on MN State Park Permits


Do you have a Minnesota Zoo Pass?

If so, you already know you get 50% off admission and many zoos across the U.S. 

But did you know that now you can get $5 off your $25 MN State Parks permit.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Basket Hurdles Balloon Obstacle Race


Making these hurdles are fun and easy! You just need 2 laundry baskets per hurdle and some kind of dowel or stick or broom handle to stick through the slats.

To play the water balloon obstacle race, you first need to fill up a bunch of water balloons and get a tablespoon (used to carry water balloons) for each person.

The object of the game is to get the most water balloons in the basket at the end by going over the hurdles. You can assign each player a balloon color in order to easily count at the end of the race. You could also set a timer so they are forced to run over the hurdles, making it a harder race than if they are allowed to walk it.

Have fun!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Where Did We Go Wednesday? Valleyfair


Did you hear?
Valleyfair just opened for the season!!!!

We went about 10 days ago for the season passholder preview day, but it just opened this past weekend for everyone. We got season passes to Valleyfair last year and it worked out well for us. If you only go 2 times it has paid for itself, but go more than that and it's basically free. 

This year we did not go on the new ride, North Star. None of us are thrilled about spinning in a circle up so high. But I did get my daughter to go on 2 more roller coasters with me, the Renegade and the Corkscrew. Last year she went on only two other roller coaster rides, Mad Mouse and High Roller. She is slowly but surely, trying them all out. Plus there is a smaller roller coaster that both kids will go on called, Cosmic Coaster. My son went on High Roller last year and hated it and won't go on again, too scary for him yet. He did go on Mad Mouse and likes that one, so I guess he has some he liked. He likes a lot of the spinning rides, he doesn't get motion sickness as easily as the rest of us do. I can't wait for the waterpark to open up, that is where we spent a handful of days this summer and will again this summer. 

In the fall, we go there for Valleyscare. That was a lot of fun and is included in our season pass too.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Wild Edibles Recipes

I got all these recipes from a wild edibles hike and class I took a while ago and needed to not lose these recipes again. I am taking a similar class this coming weekend, so hopefully I will learn some new interesting ideas for wild edibles to share with my readers.







Monday, May 15, 2017

Kids Bowl FREE This Summer!

Kids Bowl Free


There are 33 bowling alleys in Minnesota that Kids Bowl FREE at all summer long. In fact, there are locations all across the U.S.


In fact, it has already started, even if your school is not out of session.

They can bowl 2 free games, every day, all summer long. You do need to rent shoes or have your own. 

The nearest one for us is 30 miles away, so I doubt we will take advantage of this program but hopefully there are readers who do have one of them near them.