WWI Week 7: Triathlon jitters amid snow day fun

Monroe and Colleen work on a snowman in Traci's backyard.

Monroe and Colleen work on a snowman in Traci’s backyard.

All six members of the Fitness Protection Program’s “A” team and “B” team got together for a couple of hours on Wednesday, but did we do any training for tomorrow’s triathlon? Well, no. School was canceled due to a snow day, and so we played in the snow, played with the baby (Traci was babysitting Kyla) and made snow ice cream.

Colleen plays with Kyla on a break from playiing in the snow.

Colleen plays with Kyla on a break from playiing in the snow.

Apparently I’m the only one who’s nervous about tomorrow’s event, primarily because I’m now wondering if I can replicate last week’s treadmill time trial PR. I’ve really struggled the last two times I’ve attempted it, having had sore legs on both occasions. Now I guess the best thing to do is rest my legs, but mentally I could sure use a confidence boost. And rest days never do anything to increase my confidence!

On the other hand, the stakes for this event are virtually nonexistent. The real victory here is just getting everybody to sign up in the first place.

Madison, our 14-year-old "A team" swimmer, made snow ice cream with a neighborhood pal.

Madison, our 14-year-old “A team” swimmer, made snow ice cream with a neighborhood pal.

And here’s one positive thing to take away from our snow day fun: At least we didn’t have a bunch of junk food sitting around, as might’ve happened in years past. Though nobody posted any major weight loss this week, as a team we held steady. Colleen and Traci both maintained, and Grandpa’s 1-pound loss balanced out my 1-pound gain. (Though she isn’t on the team, it’s also worth mentioning that Grandma’s now lost 10 pounds as well.)

Madison and Oriana’s Snow Ice Cream

The original recipe they found online called for 1 cup of sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla and 2 cups of milk stirred into one gallon of snow. Not thrilled with how that tasted, they doubled everything except the snow, adding an extra cup of sugar, an extra teaspoon of vanilla and two extra cups of milk to theirs.

Ben wasn’t a fan, comparing it to “a vanilla-flavored snow cone.” But Cassie thought it was good, and at any rate, it was fun. (Colleen and I both abstained, for all the good it did me.)

Snow ice cream!

Snow ice cream!

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5 Responses to WWI Week 7: Triathlon jitters amid snow day fun

  1. Shanny says:

    We’ve made snow cones here on occassion….adult-only thought because we pour coffee flavoured liquere over the snow. SO GOOD!

  2. Snow ice cream? Interesting. I’ll have to try it next time we get a big snow — in 2014.

  3. Have fun tomorrow and believe you CAN! 🙂

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