We woke up at 4:30 am and dressed the kids at 5:00. We headed out the door for nearly an hours drive. We arrived to a cluster of cars that they were jamming into a church parking lot (out in the country). It was chilly and the kids and I were wearing three layers of clothing. It had been a high of 90 degrees just six days earlier and we were not yet comfortable with this cool, fall-like weather. We opted to stay in the car, keep it running with the heat (I know, not very green of me!), eat breakfast and watch some DVDs I had rented from the library.
Hubby ended up PR'ing by 4 minutes (finishing just under 1:50). He said that he was happy with performance at the race, but wouldn't do this event again. His not-so-glowing race report is available (HERE).
The kiddos have survived spectating another race!!!
After the race, we headed towards Milwaukee and let them play around in McDonald's playland and went to Milwaukee's Lakeshore and rented a surrey bike. We drove the bike around the park where hubby and I will be finishing our marathon next month. I realized that the marathon is less than one month away -- yikes! It was cool and windy, but fun. We finished our journey with a trip to Sonic and Cold Stone Creamery. The kids love eating in the car for some reason. And we're fine with the (mostly) chaos-free experience in the minivan! I worked off some of my treats on an eight miler (I had six on my plan.) when we got home that afternoon.
I love how racing has helped us experience new sites and cities with the kids. In cities small or large, it's fun to learn about the history of the town, find a neat restaurant, and enjoy new experiences and activities together.