I’ve had a busy last few days, and missed a post or two. Here is a re-cap of my weekend.
FRIDAY: Friday morning I was up early to meet my friend Andrea (who I call George) at the car pool lot. We drove down to Niagara Falls together for our practice round at Ussher’s Creek. George was competing in the first flight and I was playing in the scramble division. I played my practice round with my team. We practiced the best ball format and tried to make notes about where we wanted our drives to land, areas of trouble, and pin placement for the competition round on Saturday. They had marked the pin placements with small red chalk dots on the green. We used these dots to get a read on the greens and how the ball would play from various positions around the green. In the end we had a good practice round and were looking forward to the competitive round on Saturday.
After the practice round we grabbed a bite to eat in the clubhouse while we waited for the rules meeting. Between the beer on the course and the beer I had with my cheeseburger and fries for dinner, Friday was not the best clean eating day for me. Oh well!
The rules meeting was a good refresher about some of the more common rules of golf that tend to come into play a lot on courses. It was a good review and really reminds you that this competitive golf is serious stuff. If you violate rules it will cost you penalty strokes…and no one wants to be given any penalty stokes!
After the rules meeting we headed to the hotel in downtown Niagara Falls to check in. We were all exhausted, but since it was only 8:30pm, we decided it was too early to go to bed. A few of us decided to go for a walk and see some sights. We walked to Clifton Hill and did some people watching, then we found a bar and had a drink and some nachos (again, not on the clean eating plan!).
While we were at the bar we listened to a kid play some acoustic and sing. He was pretty good. At 10pm he had to take a little break because of the fireworks. Apparently every Friday and Sunday night at 10pm there are fireworks over the falls. This good to know for when my sister and I go back to Niagara in October for the half marathon. Hopefully when our families join us after the race for our bonus night in Niagara we will be able to see the fireworks…although I will have to check if they still go off that late into the fall. Bummer…I just checked the Niagara Parks website and the fireworks have finished for the season before we will be back in October. 😦
SATURDAY: Saturday was another early day as we were up early for breakfast at the hotel before heading to the course to hit some balls at the range and then get ready for our 9:11am tee time. At the Sectional Semi Final level of competition scramble teams have a marker who travels with them on the round keeping track of shots taken and ensuring everyone’s drives are used the required 3 times. We had a great lady from the Waterloo chapter named Marilyn Brown, who said we should call her Brownie, as our marker. She was a lovely woman and we thoroughly enjoyed our day with her. Within a few holes, she had already given us all nicknames of our own. I was Lefty, since I golf left handed. She was very encouraging and would cheer for us and even gave a few “get in the hole” shouts that made us smile.
In the end, we shot 3 over par, and with our handicap of 3, our net score was 71, or par. We were pretty pleased with our round, especially since it was the first real competitive round we had played. We were pretty sure that our score was not low enough to be in contention for the win. Last year 7 under won the scramble division, so we didn’t think even par was going to do it. Turns out par was exactly what was going to win it. Problem was 2 other teams also netted out at par. This meant that they would have to go to a scorecard playoff. I’m not exactly sure how that was done, but in the end, when they went to the scorecards and took handicaps into consideration, we ended up in third. So, we got close, but not close enough. We are kicking ourselves over three lip-out putts that we had..if only just one of those would have sunk, we would be going to Florida for the overall championships. We will just have to try again next year!
While I didn’t advance to the championships in Florida, my friend George did! She played the game of her life on Saturday and she won her flight. She is off to Florida to represent EWGA York-Simcoe and the Upper Mid East Division! Way to go, Georgie!! You are gonna kick ass in Florida!
Saturday after golf, we packed up and headed home. I was pretty tired after 2 early mornings, and a long round of golf in the hot sun, but on the drive home I got a BBM from my sister asking me if I wanted to do this week’s long run with her that night instead of Sunday like I usually do. Dispute the fact that I was tired, and not really wanting to do a long run, the thought of having to get up and run alone Sunday morning was enough to seal the deal. So, I got home, changed into my run gear, ate a GU shot, grabbed my water belt and was out the door.
Turns out that it was a good decision to run Saturday night. I had a great run, it wasn’t easy, but it was nice to have company, and my sister kept me moving when things got tough and I would have loved to take a break. I forgot to take a pic of my Garmin before I reset it, but we did 10k in 1:15, which is an average pace of 7:32, which includes walk breaks every 10 minutes. Not too bad! It is just about the pace I will need to run to complete my half in my goal time of 2:30.
The best part about getting the long run out of the way Saturday night was that I didn’t have to get up and run it Sunday morning!
SUNDAY: Since I didn’t have to get up and run, I stayed in bed for much of the morning catching up on the blogs I follow and reading Divergent. It was so nice to just lay around and relax, but eventually I got up, and did all those things that needed to get done: laundry, menu planning for the week, and groceries. Fun, fun, fun!
I’ve got a great menu planned for the week: buffalo chicken wraps, turkey and pepper penne, penne and white bean pasta, and broccoli, cauliflower & ham casserole. All but the buffalo chicken wraps are clean eating recipes.
Alright, well, there you have it…my weekend re-cap. Lots of words, and no pictures…sorry.
Today was a rest day in my training schedule. Tomorrow if I can get out of work in time, I’m going to golf and I’m supposed to run 6k. I’m not sure if the run will happen. It is way too late now to get up early and run before work. Maybe I can run after golf if it isn’t too late. I’ll let you know.
Happy Monday, everyone.
Did you Do anything exciting this weekend? Have you got any great recipes planned for this week’s menu?