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Derny, Keirin And Repechage

Well, well…what a coincidence that the Olympics were being televised during our week of holidays.  I knew both events were coming up but I didn’t put two and two together – call it pre-holiday mind mush.

Needless to say, Chris and I had a pretty “low key/low production level” week together, which was constantly punctuated with extended visits to the TV room. I find it very ironic that during these three weeks of Olympics  – this incredible show of athletic prowess – I’ve been doing far less physical exercise than any other time in my life. I’ve had absolutely no problem plunking myself down on the couch and taking in every Olympic moment that has been televised, while I’ve chowed down on chocolate rosebuds and pretzels. Chris and I have even taken our dinners into the hot, non air conditioned room so that we wouldn’t miss a minute of the action. (Eating by the TV brought back fond memories for both of us – what a treat it was when were young and allowed to eat dinner in front of the TV – remember that?)

I’ve also been reading a few daily blogs posted by athletes and coaches in London and I’ve been eating up the Olympic section of the newspaper every day.  I’ve been riding the roller coaster of emotions along with our athletes – strong national pride when Rosannagh MacLennan won our country’s first gold and such sadness when I woke up to the news that Canadian Paula Findlay apologized for her last place finish in the triathlon.

Then there’s been the humorous moments of the Games.  How about that derny?…the funny looking pacesetter, dressed and helmeted in black, straddling his ill-fitted motorized bicycle, leading the cyclists during the keirin race? What an peculiar sight.  He rides his bike like Mr. Bean – he just doesn’t seem like an Olympic figure…but he’s definitely memorable.

I’ve learned so many new words, repechage being the nicest sound one. I have found myself constantly googling about how different sports are scored and what the rules are in unique situations. Last but certainly not least, I’ve been relying on my trusted PVR so I can watch as much as possible, without getting up at 4:00 am every morning. I’ve been willing to get up super early to go fishing with my husband because I can’t replay that action but Olympic victories can be appreciated in delayed time.

So, our holidays were spent where Chris and I most love to be – at home. We’ve been sleeping in, puttering around and thoroughly enjoying a much needed, definitively slower pace of life. I could tell that Chris was gearing up to go back to work when he started looking at his Blackberry and I know I was looking forward to getting back to the blog and working on my second book.

Holidays are over but the Olympics continue!

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  1. Kathy taylor

    Welcome back Diane!
    Yes , what will we do for entertainment after the Olympics?

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