November 6, 2011 by jamieredman
First, a HUGE CONGRATS to the ladies of the Lewis and Clark High School Cross-Country Team! They just won 4th place at the Washington XC State Championships! Good work, Tigers! (Wow, has it really been eight years since I ran for LCXC?? Where has time gone?)
LC Cross Country: GSL Champs! 4th at State! Go Tigers!
While the LC runners have been winning races all over Washington State, I’ve also had my fair share of fall adventures:
–Kids’ Pizza Party! Mara Allen is not only a talented rower, but also a cooking wizard with an entrepreneurial spirit. In order to make some extra money, she was hired to host a Halloween-themed pizza-making birthday party for a group of eleven-year-old girls, and Adrienne and I were drafted as sous-chefs!
Kneading the pizza dough with Chef Mara
What an evening! Between making the pizza dough, decorating rice krispie treats, assembling the “mummy dogs” and “witches fingers”, and running the relay races (donuts on a string, egg walk, toilet paper mummy wrapping, bobbing for apples, etc etc), we ALL had a ridiculously fun time… not to mention the huge sugar high and pizza hangover! Check out the pictures on Mara’s cooking blog, A Tornado Has Hit The Kitchen
–Halloween Blizzard! The first snowfall of the year is usually just a light flurry. Not the case this past weekend, when a frigid nor’easter dumped inches all over the northeast, obliterating old records, covering the fall foliage with 6 inches of whitewash, and leaving most of NJ without power. With Princeton looking like a Winter Wonderland, it’s no wonder that Starbucks broke out the Christmas-themed cups! And yes, we still had practice. Brrrrrr.
Snow on the ground, but leaves still on the trees...
... and our Halloween decorations have seen warmer days
–Princeton Chase! The six inches of fresh snow didn’t stop hundreds of college rowers from descending upon Lake Carnegie for the Princeton Chase, the last large headrace of the collegiate fall season. After Saturday’s white-out, the Sunday’s sunny skies were a welcome relief for competitors and spectators alike!
Snow on the ground, sun in the sky, perfect day for a race!
Team USA showed up to cheer on our college programs (Go Yale!), mingle with friends and sample the delicious spread at the parents’ tents, and to man the “Power and Grace” fundraising table.
The ladies of Team USA selling our Power and Grace Calendar
–Power and Grace! Autograph sessions, athlete meet-and-greets, sale tents at fall regattas… the USA Calendar Selling Team is out in full-force! Public response has been very encouraging; we’ve received all sorts of positive feedback about the 2012 Calendar, and everyone is excited to help support our fundraising efforts! Check out this article published by the NJ Newsroom! The author, Joe Favorito, is a sports marketing guru, so the piece has a sports business angle highlighting our grass-roots initiatives.
Buy your Power and Grace Calendar today! You won’t be disappointed, I’m totally stoked about how well it turned out! Plus, all the proceeds from this fundraiser go directly to my teammates and I in our pursuit of the 2012 Olympics.
—Rowing! (lots and lots of rowing). Even with all these fun diversions, the women of Team USA remain focused on our primary activity: good hard training. With less than nine months until the Opening Ceremonies, Fall 2011 is an important time to gain fitness, improve technical efficiency, and build up our strength. So with those goals in mind, we’ve been logging a lot of kilometers out on Lake Carnegie. Our first major selection race, the Fall Speed Order, is next weekend. Wish us luck!
A beautiful (snow-free!) morning at the Princeton Boathouse
On a final note:
A shameless plug for my brilliant younger sister, who has returned to Siberia under the Fulbright Fellowship. Her vision and drive absolutely inspire me, and her tales of Russian babushkas and midwinter ski trips and Soviet-era hospitals are fascinating, engaging, and often hilarious. Read about her amazing exploits in her blog: www.romanyredman.wordpress.com