One year ago today I accessed my Active email account for the first time and read, "Trish, welcome to Active! Were excited to have you on board," followed shortly thereafter by, "were all a team, support the same mission and should have fun doing it."
I came to this company a team sports fanatic (and will always be, first and foremost). But I'd be lying if I said that working at Active had not influenced me to pursue more endurance-type endeavors. Check out Chicago Accenture Triathlon and 100 miles = done! to see some of the things I've been up to this past year.
I cannot believe a year has gone by! I truthfully have had fun being a part of this team and I look forward to more years to come.
Another weekend of adventure is almost here. But before it gets underway, I wanted to share a couple photos of Pensacola, Florida. Last week I had a chance to visit one of my best friends who moved there about a year ago.
Pensacolapart of the Emerald Coast on the panhandle that includes Panama City and Destinis, as you might expect, beautiful. With it's perfectly clear water and the whitest sand I've ever seen, it was a good way to get one last dose of summer in before fall (and the Fall Classic) takes over.
I can feel summer slipping away as playoff baseball heats up. One thing is for sure, the St. Louis Cardinals are anything but hot.
While the Padres are enjoying a first place battle, within less than two week the Cards completely took themselves out of contention. I was home in St. Louis over Labor Day for a while and watched a game that would have put the Cardinals, Brewers and Cubs in a three-way tie for the National League Central Division. Instead, they lost that game and then just about the next ten in a row. Lame.
The team was looking promising with a resurgence of stronger pitching about a month ago. Now eight games back with only eleven left to play, I am officially giving up hope.
It might be time to use the line the Chicago Cubs have been saying for 98 years: There's always next season.
(Side note: I'm not convinced the Cubs won't lose it again this year. People say that Steve Bartman has since moved away from Chicago, but I'm pretty sure I've seen him prowling around Wrigleyville late in the season )
"The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well." ~ The Olympic Creed
This is one of my all-time favorite quotesand not just because its the creed of the Olympic movement, but because its applicable to life in general.
There are a lot of Olympic happenings going on. Active Expert Gale Bernhardt is on the forefront of the 2008 Beijing World Cup race which will help determine the 2008 USA Olympic Triathlon Team.
Also, the International Olympic Committee announced today that seven cities have submitted applications to host the 2016 Olympic Games. The deadline to apply was yesterday and the cities that are on the list to be considered are: Baku Azerbaijan, Chicago USA, Doha Qatar, Madrid Spain, Prague Czech Republic, Rio de Janeiro Brazil and Tokyo Japan.
These cities will now begin a two-year quest ending on October 2, 2009 when IOC members vote for their favorite to host the 2016 Games. I know that seems so far away, but I've already started crossing my fingers. Having Chicago be where the world comes to compete would be the experience of a lifetime!
Mike Flynt recently recounted his biggest regret in life as getting kicked off the college team before his senior year. And at age 59, he has now decided to do something about it!
Finding out he was still eligible, Flynt returned to Sul Ross State this month, 37 years after he left and could be in action as soon as September 1. His comeback peaked last week with the coach saying he's made the Division III team's roster.
It made me wonder what I would like to make a "comeback" in... and I think I'd go back and stick with soccer. Anyone else have any plans for an inspiring comeback?
"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness" - Mark Twain
Now that summer is officially here (as of 1:06pm CST yesterday!) I'm ready to start crossing items off of my list of things to do and see this season. After reading the featured story in the Outdoor section, "[Next weekend: Freedomland U.S.A.: Twelve trips -- tailor-made for right now -- in the land of outdoor opportunity|http://a2.active.com/outdoors/Articles/Next_weekend__Freedomland_U_S_A_.htm]," I'm looking forward more than ever to a summer full of adventures and road trips.
I'll be visiting Portland to pay a visit to a former teammate of mine and to Mt. Hood, Wyoming to check out Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park, Oklahoma city to catch the World Cup of Softball, and Wisconsin to explore - if I make it back to Devil's Lake this summer, I'll try clipping in at Stetners Rock as recommended in the article. I've also always wanted to attempt the Berryman Trail in the Missouri Ozarks. The Ozarks are not too far from my home in St. Louis; one of my trips back to visit I'll get down there and give it a shot. I'll be blogging about my travel experiences, among other things, so check back if you are interested