Practice Run During Tulip-Palooza

Joe and Theresa

Me and Theresa in our racing gear, shot by Audrey on the back deck. I rode bike to Thomas Park and met her there for our first joint practice run today. On to Bix 2010!


Theresa and I did it—went on a practice run today. It was during the afternoon, which felt pretty warm, a good idea since the Bix is in July. 

We went about 25 minutes, which we calculate to be around 2 miles. Yes, it’s true, the young lady ambling along listening to her iPod took us a while to pass—her leisurely walk was almost my jogging pace. At least she wasn’t an old lady with a walker. 

I think Theresa almost went insane at some points. It’s hard when you’re young and healthy to run with an old man, especially when you have to be extraordinarily generous with your definition of “run.” 


Many people have clusters of flowers, such as daffodils, in gardens, and they look nice. I've tended to mix different colors or types more-not that I mind the clusters (I like them), I guess I've just into variety. Many tulips are in bloom now, including these three by the house in back.


We “ran” on the bike/walk trail near Thomas Park—the one that snakes through a Frisbee gold course where Ben and Brandon were playing. 

Taken with my 4-mile “run” on Saturday, it means I almost did a Bix this weekend. The Bix is 7 miles, very hilly miles, too. 

Well, at least training is underway. A few others in the family expressed intrest in doing the Bix this year, but so far, no other trainers. 

Despite an injury (she was bitten by a dog this morning), Theresa easily kept pace and ran ahead a few times when the maddeningly slow plod was too much for her. 

Give her credit, though, she always slowed down and waited for the elephant to catch up. 

They’re putting in a new trail off of the main one through the golf course, which looks like it will be nice, although much of the length was aggregate for now. 

We’re off and running! On a sunny late May day that happened to be in early April. A day that features many of the tulips in my gardens popping, a few added flower photos below. 

And then on to work. I have a ton. But the nice day would not be denied some outdoor activity. 


Magnolia in back, blooming like crazy. Sargent crab apple looks to be a bust for one more year, but many things are blooming.


Two more tulips

We have a few pastel tulips, like the pink one in the group of 3 above, but seem to favor more vibrant colors.


Native violets

These grow as weeds in the yard, but I move a few before pulling or spraying--I like these native violets in shady areas of the garden where they seem to do well. I think Pat and Anne used to flavor candy with them at one time? I seem to recall such an experiment in Clinton when Euell Gibbons was in fashion.



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6 responses to “Practice Run During Tulip-Palooza

  1. Amanda

    Theresa was bitten by ANOTHER dog?! Seriously? Was it Pepper or no?

  2. crgardenjoe

    Not Pepper, she was protecting Pepper. Was on a walk when big dog came running across the street and attacked. Was not too serious–bandages on Theresa’s arms covered a big area due to scratches, but still. Called Sheriff, dog owner had just gotten dog from Humane Society. Ben’s comment? “That rubbing yourself with raw hamburger isn’t working all that well, Theresa.”

  3. Pat

    Well, I’m training up for the Heart Walk in mid-May. Only three miles, and flat. Still, I make work up enough gumption to walk the Bix.

  4. Brigid

    We had a ton of that violet candy in the freezer for a long time.

    When is the Bix?

    • crgardenjoe

      July 24, starting at 8 a.m. Didn’t do it last year (was day of Theresa’s wedding) but saw relatives along the route in 2008.

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