Today is my 23rd birthday! This weekend Lea and I went to North Bay on Saturday afternoon and met up with my sister at my aunt and uncles house. We had an awesome supper follow by my favorite, strawberry ice cream and some lemon muffins for my birthday. Thank you guys!! We got all the pictures from the photographer before we left so we were able to show everyone those and my aunt downloaded them ALL onto her computer. She probably has over a thousand pictures now... Sunday I had to coach in North Bay as the younger kids on the swim team had a swim meet. They all did really good and were swimming really fast. After the swim meet it was back over to the house where my uncle had cooked us a huge brunch that was really good! Jenn came over and we loaded up a couple things into the truck to bring over to her house. After a quick stop at Jenn and Marc's house it was time to head home. I went out for a bike ride as soon as I got home but I think I ate way too much over the weekend and I wasn't feeling all that great during a few of the harder efforts. For supper last night we picked up some pickerel from a little meat shop just outside of North Bay and we cut the fillets into strips and wrapped them in bacon and put them on the BBQ. They were so good I had to stop myself from eating them all. I finished them off for lunch though today:) Today I had a much better run on the treadmill at the boxing club and later I have an easy swim and then a bike ride before supper. I have a couple of big weeks coming up for training before my first race of season at the Muskoka Chase. I started my little summer job last week at the radio station. I'm going to be going on air Thursday and Friday mornings at 7:55 and 8:55 talking to different businesses and finding out how they are trying to go green. Then on Saturdays I'm going to different local events and find out whats going on and I'll be on air at 8:45, 9:45, 11:45 and 12:45. My first week went really good and I got to meet some really cool people and I'm looking forward to the rest of the summer.
The wedding has finally come and gone and it now time to relax a little bit. It was a busy few days with all the excitement going on. Lea's parents got here on Wednesday last week and it has a big help having them here with the last few things that needed to get done. They stayed at our house Wed. and Thurs. night along with my best man Jesse. Wednesday night we all watched the game and had a few drinks. Then someone got the idea that we should prank call a couple people at like 10:30 at night. So Jesse ended up calling my mom, my sister, her boyfriend and my aunt in North Bay. Everyone got a different story from my sister's b/f being told that Molly had been picked up downtown and was in jail to my aunt being told the wedding was off. We got a few people pretty good and there were definitely a few laughs all around. On Thursday Jesse, Moe (Lea's dad) and I tried to go golfing at Timberwolf but as we got to the second hole it started to hail so that was the end of that. Of course though by the time we got home it had pretty much cleared up. Thursday night a whole bunch of us went over to my mom's for a big supper. Thursday was an early night though as we knew Friday was going to be a long day. Friday there were a bunch more people coming over to our house with my aunt and uncle, the whole wedding party, Lea's brother and g/f and a few other people. We got a bunch of food and drinks ready for the next day as we were inviting everyone to our house between the church and the reception. There was also all the set up at the golf course to be done for the reception which actually went really smooth. Then we all went over to the church for 4:00pm for the rehearsal but it went so fast I think everyone left there even more confused as to what they were supposed to do the next day. Back at the house we had a huge BBQ with everyone before everyone went back to the hotel for the night. Lea and her girls that were standing for her all went to B&B for the night and left Jesse and I home all along....we had our own plans though for a good time. I think we drank a few pops Friday night and at midnight we set off the fire works we had bought at the store that day. It was a lot of fun and Jesse I thank you for that! Saturday morning came and after only a couple hours sleep we were up but again no golf as we had planned because of the rain. Thankfully though the rain let up around 11:00am and the rest of the afternoon the weather was pretty good. Drew, Caelan, and Moe came over and we had to be at the church for 1:15pm and it kind of snuck up on us and it was a little bit of rush at the last minute to get all dressed and ready. Our make up and hair did take a quite a while after all... I started getting really nervous once we got the the church and I was actually even shaking a bit as 2:00pm got closer. Finally it was time and Lea looked absolutely beautiful and her dress made her look even more like a princess. The church part went really good, I only messed up a few words and we didn't walk out in the right order...oh well no one knew. The wind was a little bit cold but we toughed it out and we got some really nice pictures outside by the lake out in Naughton. The one's I posted below are only from my camera that I had given someone so I didn't get all that many pictures but once I get the one's from the photographer I'll make sure to put lots more up. After pictures we had a little bit of time so we stopped at our place and visited with everyone for a bit. The reception went perfect as well. The place looked absolutely beautiful and we couldn't of asked for more. The food was the best we've ever had and with it being a buffet everyone ate way more than we should have. Every one's speeches were really good and I have to thank everyone who gave a speech. Thank you, Josee, Jesse, Mark and Bonnie, Richard, Lea's parents Lucille and Moe, my mom and of course Lea. There were some tear shed I think in almost all especially whenever someone talked about my dad. The power points were great and the pictures turned out really good and everyone seemed to enjoy seeing the two of us from little baby's all through the years growing up. Everybody danced all night which was great to see, there was hardly a time when anyone was sitting in their chair. Even the people I didn't think would dance were dancing! I think we decided to leave around 11:30pm but then of course everyone wanted to say by so it wasn't an easy escape. We stayed the night at the same B&B as the girls had the night before and after a little hot tub we both fell asleep catching up on nights action of sports on Sports Centre. Sunday morning everyone met at Culpeppers for breakfast and the opening of the gifts. The got some beautiful presents and both of us can't thank everyone enough for the things we received. After breakfast a bunch of the guys were finally able to get out and play a round of golf at the Lively golf course. It was a fun afternoon of golf and Lea and her mom stayed home and started cleaning from everyone being in the house. Sunday night it was one last dinner at the hotel with a bunch of the guest but we snuck out pretty early as we were pretty tired. I need to thank everyone who was involved in some way in the planning and organizing, just for being at the wedding, and everything else. Jesse thank you so much, I couldn't of done it without you. Lea I love you more than anything and I can't wait to spend the rest of my life with you. It's back to the grind now for sure and today I got in a little bike-run and I'm planning on getting on the trainer for another bike as I watch a movie on our new Blue Ray player. Check out the pictures below and there will be more to come over the next or so. Oh and just throwing it out there....one week today till my B-day! ;)
With only 5 days left before the big day things are starting to get pretty busy and it's definitely crunch time. We've had a couple of people tell us in the past week that they can't make it now so we are down to about 63 people that will be there. Lea's parents are getting here on Wednesday which will be nice to help us out with the last few little things. On Thursday Lea's dad, Jesse and I are going golfing and then everyone is going over to my mom's house for supper. Saturday we have to go to the golf course and set everything up, get everything ready for all the guest that will be at our house between the church and reception, then we have the rehearsal at the church, then it's back to our place for supper with everyone. It's for sure going to be a busy week and I'm sure it will go by fast but I woke up this morning kind of wishing that it was already here. Training has been going good the last few days, this is going to be a rest week leading up to the wedding with everything that's going on. I've had a couple of really good swims though in the last few days. Yesterday the main set was: everything 2x 6x200 @2:45 5xFR 1xFly For the Fly I went set #1 2:30 set #2 2:28 75kick @2:00 8x50Fly Dive @1:00 75kick @2:00 I just got back from a 15km run with a few pick ups and tonight I have a 2.5 hour ride. With an easy this morning today will be a nice 4 hour training day. Good way to start off a recovery week...
I'll try and get one more post up before the wedding but I'll have lots of pictures to upload after the weekend!
I really need to dedicate this entry to Josee for her marathon run yesterday! She ran an incredible race and even negative split it by about 1 minute. Josee has been working so hard the past few months and it really paid off with a great 42.2km's yesterday. I tagged along for the second half to run with Josee and Drew. It was really inspirational to be there and to have been a small part of it. It seemed like at almost every corner there was somebody cheering for Josee and Lea was out on the course with Cricket and got a few pictures.
My weekend was more relaxing with Saturday being a day off and only running the half marathon on Sunday. Today I had a good day though with tough swim this morning with 4x800FR @10:00 as the main set. After that it out for 1.5 hour bike with some hill repeats. This week is going to be a big week for me for training as next week with everything going on with the wedding I'm sure I'll be busy so it will be a good time to get in a recovery week.