Work has kept me really busy the past two weeks. My co-worker and I spent Friday attempting another organic synthesis (with a new procedure) which we thought failed, but it turned out it did work! Our product was hidden inside the not-so-delicious-looking black sludge pictured below. We worked until 8 pm yesterday trying to isolate our product and conduct our experiment. Our signal was still too low, so we are doing more work-up. Tonight we left the lab at 11 pm. Thank goodness for delicious Pei Wei, lots of caffeine, speakers, and Pandora! Ah, the life of a chemist...
In running-out related news: After my 22 mile run the Sunday before last, my butt/hip/IT band area was sore for a few days, so I did not run. Actually, my gluteus minimus is still sore (by the way, Thank you
On Friday night, Chris and I went out with Caitlin and Ryan. Ryan told us that he got accepted to do the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon! The race is described on the website as:
The 2011 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon will take place June 5, 2011
The Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon includes a 1.5 mile swim from Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay. The race continues with an 18 mile bike ride out the Great Highway, through the Golden Gate Park, and concludes with an 8 mile run through the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The finish is at The Marina Green.
Entries are limited to 2,000 competitors each year. Athletes may compete in the following division: Professional/Elite, Age Group Amateur, Challenged Athletes, Open Relay, or Corporate Relay. Participants must either qualify for Escape from Alcatraz through the Escape to Alcatraz Triathlon Series or register for the Random Lottery open December 1, 2010.
Since 1980, the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon has enticed top professional and amateur triathletes to attempt the impossible – ESCAPE from Alcatraz. The course has remained virtually unchanged in its 30+ year history. The course and the lore surrounding it brings top competitors back each year to try and get their top finish added to the annals of Escape history. This is not your average triathlon and it never will be. This event prides itself on the sub average water conditions, rough road terrain and sandy climbs that one must endure to complete this race. Successfully finishing this event guarantees bragging rights among fellow triathletes and will leave even your most athletic friends in awe!
Touted as a "legendary” race within the triathlon community, the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon traditionally draws top international triathletes to the competition.
So exciting (and crazy)! He wanted to do the race to celebrate his 30th birthday. The race will be in June, and he told me he would write a race recap. I cannot wait to hear all about it! On Saturday, we had lunch with our friend Diane. We were right next to a flash mob (in the mall and we were eating at a restaurant attached to the mall). I am so sad we missed it! Participating in a flash mob is on my bucket list! You can see the YouTube video here:
Then Sunday I went to lunch with my friends Kyle and Erin while Chris was doing homework (which aside from lunch with Diane he also worked on all day Saturday... poor guy!). I had a wonderful time with them! Erin is actually going to make our wedding cake, which I am wayyyyy excited about!
|Pictures from Kyle and Erin's wedding November 2006|