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Cycling

Cycling

Despite the lack of sleep, this weekend was a good one.

I spent Saturday and Sunday morning working as a volunteer at the 2009 Indiana Senior Games. Saturday was Track & Field at Westfield High School and Sunday was Cycling at the Village of West Clay (thank-you to both for letting us use your facilities, fill up your parking lots, and – on Sunday – take over your roads).

It was really cool to watch the dedication and stamina of all the athletes at both events, but I will have to admit that I really enjoyed Track & Field. I was put in charge of overseeing the high jump. All of the men jumping were involved in at least two other events, if not more.

With everyone running around to so many different events, it was nearly impossible to get everyone to jump in order at every height, and there was quite a bit of raising the bar up and down, up and down. But, everyone was SO nice. They were quick to help move and measure the bar whenever I needed it, they coached their competitors and told them what they were doing wrong.

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Our Deputy Director, Karen Radcliff, had a busy weekend!  She saw Coldplay perform live at Verizon Wireless in Noblesville, stopped by Westfield for the opening of a mile long extension of the Monon Trail, had a great time at a local restaurant – below she recaps her fun weekend…

 

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What Tuesday lacked in the weather department, this past weekend certainly made up for it with perfect sunny and seventy days and pleasant evenings–ordered up just in time for a jam-packed list of outside events.  I found myself at a few.

 

Friday night’s Cold Play concert was one of the best shows I had seen at the outdoor Live Nation amphitheatre.  

Coldplay performing on stage at Verizon Wireless

Coldplay performing on stage at Verizon Wireless

These guys have talent, plus they know how to play to an audience.  Their energetic show spilled out onto two additional stage platforms built near the upper seats and even further out into the lawn area.  Those Cold Play fans in the cheap seats were ecstatic! Throughout the show, the band dropped big

The action during "Yellow"

The action during "Yellow"

yellow beach balls onto the crowd when they sang “Yellow” and big spinning balls tethered from the catwalks providing a spherical canvas for laser lights and projected photos.  The crew even captured the night’s full moon at times and projected it onto the large screens.

 

 

 

On Saturday morning I celebrated with the City of Westfield as they officially opened the first mile of the Monon Trail, a rails to trail linear

park connecting Westfield to Carmel  and on to Indianapolis.  A new Greyhound Pass trailhead offers parking, signage and restful benches.  A

beautiful day of bicycling came next.

The Opening of the Monon Trail in Westfield

The Opening of the Monon Trail in Westfield

 

 

 

Sunday, I found myself cheering on Mine That Bird and jockey Calvin Borel in the Belmont Stakes at Mudsocks Grill in Noblesville.  An appropriate place or a horse race, I think, since Mudsocks is named for the muddy hooves horses get, often appearing like brown socks.   Calvin couldn’t stretch out a win that day, but my burger and cole slaw was definitely blue ribbon. Mudsocks has a great bar area with huge garage doors that open up to let the outdoors in.  We lingered as long as we could!

 

The weather even held out long enough for me to cut the grass Sunday night. I guess after playing so hard, some outside yard work was in order.   Next weekend:  The Indiana State Senior Games!  Hope the weather holds out for track & field.  I’ve got my fingers crossed.

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