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NAIAS, XTERRA (both the car and the race), and a good workout to boot!

Posted Jan 27 2009 6:31pm

This is the weekend of a lot of car-oriented things mi amigos!

First off, let's discuss the 2008 North American International Auto Show.

It was pretty cool. Probably my fave year if only because there were specific vehicles that Mike and I wanted to see - so we were able to make the entire trip around the exhibit hall in just under 3 hours.

Here are a few of the funny and or interesting (to me) pics from the day. I for once did not waste my entire memory card on every single vehicle. In fact, I took very few pictures relatively speaking.

Detroit has spoken - Eff Kwame!

Mike refuses to take a normal picture... but I sorta love him for that.

The new Concept Genesis Coupe from Hyunai - read this is the new Tiburon - Mike's car.

Vee Dub in das haus.

OK - funny story about this one. First off, I work for a direct competitor of Michelin. I thought that it would be humorous to get a pic of me in front of the giant MM for S&G. As I am standing there, this man walks past and says - "grab his balls!" Because I see a little person walking behind him I yell back - "Sure.. sir you are a WONDERFUL example for your son." After he walks past and the said little one trailing behind him turns around and stares me down... I realize... that little person... with a BEARD... was NOT his little son as I thought, but his friend... who was a little person. *shakes head*. Yeah - only I can almost get my a$$ kicked at an auto show by a little person.

My attraction to MM - he runs too!

So.... exactly how do the Chinese auto mfg's think they can sell a car here... you know, when we have safety requirements and all?

So it was a good time. Saw a "man" threaten to kick his son in the stomache because he took a picture of a trash can with a digital camera. Yeah. We thought the same thing as you are. Aside from totally disrespecting a little person, today went very well! :o)

So on to XTERRA. First off - I want one. Secondly - I am going to race in one.

See - I sat in the Nissan XTERRA off-road today and fell in love. This is truly the Jenn-mobile. It can fit my road bike, the MTB, and like a small army of aid workers in there. It gets decent gas mileage - actually comparable to the Toreass - and is awesome in YELLOW!! It is YELLOW people! Mike agreed - it is a vehicle that will work for me.

So the racing one? Not the physical Nissan XTERRA, no, but rather I will be racing in the XTERRA triathlon in Brighton this year - the XTERRA torn shirt triathlon.

It is an off-road triathlon: typical swim, followed by a MTB ride, followed by a trail run. My new partner in crime Lana and I agree after hearing one of our tri club members, who is a pro triathlete and a pro XTERRA triathlete, that the XTERRA will be a super fun time!

So there it is. My first actual race race on the calendar. Woot!

After all of this - I made it to the gym for some strength training (upper body) and a good 20 minute run. Uuummm... my entire run averaged a 176 HR. Anyone else think that this is a little high?

So now I am waiting for my uber healthy meatballs to cook and to finish off my spaghetti dinner, and then I am relaxing and maxin' the rest of the night!

})i({ RunnerGirl

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