Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Windy City

Birthday festivities undertaken in the Windy City this past weekend.  Chicago should have been renamed the 'Steamy City' in the midst of this heatwave.  It was a nice weekend of reduced training to recover from last weekend's race.

If you ever find yourself planning a birthday trip to Chicago, you may consider adding the following items to your itinerary:

Customary birthday burger, such as 'The Double' (in name only) from Au Cheval:
An afternoon/early evening edition of the Chicago Cubs Baseball Club flaunting their wares at the classic Wrigley Stadium, with pre-game festivities at Murphy's Bleachers (and bonus points for aggressively taunting Alfonso Soriano from the left-field bleachers when he fails to run out a grounder whilst being paid $17 million a year).
Contemplating the latest Cubs loss over a few pints of the delicious 312 Urban Wheat Ale, a fave of the former US Senator from the great state of Illinois, Mr. B. Obama.
F*&^ing S*&# is right!
Sweat some of those beers out at the East Bank Club, where you may run into Obama's former Chief of Staff, and current Mayor of Chicago, Mr. R. Emanuel, while you're throwing down some 400's in the outdoor pool with a pretty sweet backdrop.
Imagine what Toronto's lakefront could be while running up and down the Lakefront Trail along Lake Michigan.
As an added bonus, if you're able to celebrate with someone who shares your date of birth, and whom you've held joint birthday celebrations with over the course of three decades, so much the better.  It just won't get you a table at Girl and the Goat on a busy Friday night, even if you're both named Andrew - we tried.
Andrew June 15, Squared
Up next is Ironman 70.3 Syracuse on June 24th, against a field that is potentially deeper than Eagleman - hoping my body is recovered enough for another good hit-out.

Vince Vaughn tossed the first pitch and led the 7th inning stretch at our BoSox game - decent job leading the 'old ballgame'!

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