Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Trip to Philadelphia


I left for Philadelphia for the Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon on Thursday afternoon on June 24th with my 12 year old Sam. Unfortunately, my husband Lou and younger son Tom could not make it this year. Lou had to work – he only gets paid when he works and with a 10 week gig, you take what you can get when you can get it. Sadly, they were missed.

Sam and I did make a stop in Altoona, PA so I could do a survey at a facility there. Once I was done with that, Sam and I made a quick stop at the Boyer Chocolate Factory Outlet Store. For those of you not from the PA area, let me tell you what they make. They are known for Mallo Cups. A Mallo Cup is like a Reeses cup but instead of peanut butter in the middle, there is marshmallow in the middle. Yum. We picked up some goodies for ourselves and I got some for the people in my home office in Philadelphia and we took off.

I made it to my office just before 4pm on Friday to drip off the chocolate, meet with my manager and pick up my tri packet before he left for the weekend. After that, we went to check in to the hotel and then out for a ride to preview the bike course. Now I did the sprint distance last year and the swim and run are similar, but the bike course is very different. To say it is hilly is an understatement. I would classify it as mountainous. It is two loops with 4 very technically challenging hills. Two loops means 8 hills. Yikes. Oh well, in for a penny…

After we did that, we went to a very nice party sponsored by my company. The party was at a private boathouse on famous Boathouse Row in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia. It is gorgeous. There were many of my fellow employees and many of the pros that were racing that weekend at the party. It was very nice.

Saturday was very low key. Sam I took in a couple of local museums (Mutter Museum and The Touch Museum) we also saw the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. I went to dinner with Sam and my nephew Mike. He lives in Philly and works as an engineer at Lockheed Martin. He was staying with us to help me in the morning.

As part of my packet, I received temporary tattoos that were my race number. They were made by Tritats at
www.tritats.com and were very cool. I put those on before I went to bed.

7 comments:

  1. Never had a mallo cup but I did some work for a client in Philly and they turned me on to some sort of snack cake w/ filling in the middle. You buy it in a grocery store ... cannot remember the name but they are the BOMB! So how was the Philly tri?

    I like those tats - better than the gigantic markers.

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  2. Beth, I think you are referring to a Tastykake. They have a show about them on the Food Network. I've actually never had one.

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