the cast goes driving

The cast drives.


The cast drives a sweet ride.

The cast drives a sweet manual ride.


The cast will not be kept down.


the cast goes surfing

The adventures of the cast begin.

The cast goes for a boat ride.


The cast goes surfing.

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The cast stays dry!

Even still, we have ordered a “dry cast” cover so as not to push our luck with bread bags, Playtex kitchen gloves and duct tape.

Race Recap: storm the fort

Storm the Fort has been our pinnacle race for the last 3 years.  Unfortunately, this year Mike had to sit the race out because of his broken hand!  He was really bummed.  My sister Kristen and her husband Aaron were able to come into town for the night and cheer me on during the race!! It was neat having a cheering section and a well documented race!

Storm the Fort is an Olympic distance triathlon: .9mile swim, 24 mile bike, 10k run.

My race recap goes something like this:

I had a decent warm up, found out that I hadn’t reengaged my front brake, so that’s good.  The swim went way better than I expected.  I was very settled in the water, only one feather or leaf in my mouth, no sunshine to cause creepy shadows, and my stroke felt good.  I counted breaths to keep myself occupied but overall I was pleased.  The bike went well.  I dropped my water bottle within the first 3 miles and had to stop and pick it up.  I also nearly locked up my chain but was able to peddle backwards and get it back on track.  The actual bike portion was good, I felt stronger in the flats than I have in the past.  My right foot was a bit numb so I unsuccessfully tried to work it out on the bike.  Then came the run.  I never hit my stride.  The lowest part of both quads was all balled up, my right foot continued to stay numb and my right calf/Achilles was killing me.  When I finished the race, I was disappointed with the run.  Not finding your stride for 6.2 miles is exhausting mentally and physically.  I figured I must have pushed too hard on the bike.  But after checking my splits and comparing to last year (and regrouping after I had some distance from the finish), I realized that while my body was fighting tooth and nail to complete the run, the training I’d done paid off.  My run split was faster than last year (not but a ton, but still!).

  • Swim: 27:53
  • T1: 1:21
  • Bike: 1:22:45
  • T2: 0:32
  • Run: 52:35
  • Total time: 2:45:03

So good race?  Yes!   I placed 1st in my age group  =)  Definitely a great year overall.

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Fleet Feet Training Group

Fleet Feet Training Group

Loved my cheering section!!

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dotson family fun

The weekend before last, Mike’s family was able to come down to Tennessee.  We rented a lake house for the weekend and MasterCraft provided the boat and we had a wonderful time!

The weather didn’t cooperate too much so you’ll see lots of blankets and sweatshirts, but that actually was ok.  We played on the water, taught family how to surf, tubed, laughed and carried on.

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The dogs created a good bit of fun as well.  One evening we took Avi out on the boat and when Mike and I went to wakeboard together, she jumped in the water and retrieved Mike’s rope handle for him.  Then she wouldn’t get back in the boat.  She either liked her new life jacket or was being ornery… who knows.  Either way, it was cute.


Speaking of wakeboarding together, Mike and I were engaged 6 years ago on August 16th.  On our engagement day, we went out wakeboarding with some friends and got a really neat picture.  This year since the vacation fell on the same weekend, we decided to retake the picture.  It’s kinda neat.

Ribbet collage

One evening the boys decided they wanted to go fishing so they bought some line, hooks, sinkers and bobbers and we stopped at the side of the road to cut down some bamboo and they fished.  Too funny.

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Dad also brought with him 3 Fisher Price assemble your own boat kit.  He purchased these for Mike, Brad and Kelly back 20 years ago and they were never given, so what better time than 20 years later at a family get together!  Trust me, they probably had more fun now then they would have back then.

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All in all, we had a lovely time together!  The lake house was wonderful, beautiful water, nice dock area, lovely boat and even better time with the family!