Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Home Opener



Yesterday marked the home opener for the Minnesota Twins at their new Target Field. In case you hadn’t heard (HA!) our Twins are no longer in the Dome. They are now housed in an incredibly awesome outdoor stadium. It’s amazing. It’s like walking into an art museum, a garden-there are huge pine trees planted and flowers and an herb garden- an architectural marvel. Yeah, amazing.

Early last fall Tyler and I attended the Metallica concert at Target Center. Target Field was pretty far along in construction but it was still hard to imagine a complete Target Field sitting right there in the plat allotted.

The weather yesterday was perfect; partly sunny, 66F, a slight breeze. The fact that there is not a retractable roof was not an issue. If a retractable roof is not an issue for me I don’t think it will be an issue for anyone. I was very worried about getting wet and being cold this season. I never disliked the Dome, it was all I knew, the only venue where I had watched Major League Baseball. The beauty of the park surpasses the worry of a roof. Watching baseball in the open air-it felt like skinny-dipping, like running barefoot! Free, fresh air, feeling the great outdoors, incredible! So if it rains I’ll bring rain gear. If it is cold I’ll bring my down blanket and fleece pants. I’m no longer concerned. I kept on thinking that the Dome reminded me of concrete and gray-ness, enclosure. In addition to the obvious fact that Twins home baseball has moved outdoors, this venue features another huge game-changer — fan mobility. In the Dome game-viewing was pretty much confined to a person’s assigned seat. We were stopped from entering the Dome from the concessions until there was a break in the play. Target Field’s double-wide open concourses encircling the entire park allow fans to get up and roam at will. You can watch the game all the while you are moseing around, taking in the different views. You aren’t scolded for sightseeing, for browsing, for taking it all in.

The Food! There are steak sandwiches from Murray’s for heaven’s sake; espresso, fine bakery and my favorite: the Twins permit fans to bring food into Target Field as long as its eaten in the general seating areas and is packed in a soft-sided container that can fit under a seat. Sealed bottled water 32 ounces or less and soft-side single juice or milk containers also are allowed. We weren’t able to bring anything into the Dome. I had to throw out many containers from my bag into the dumpster many different times .you know, I had to try to bring my own!

I wasn’t sure where the season package seats would be located. The Diamond View in the Dome is now Home Plate View. I shouldn’t have worried. They seats are fabulous.

Well worth $545 Million. Gulp.

Oh, and a win. Twins 5, Red Sox 2.

I didn’t miss running McNaughton 100 this past weekend. This is the first weekend haven’t run out of the past 6 years. I didn’t miss packing, preparing meals for the family while I was gone, driving for hours on end and wondering if I’d fall asleep on the way back home. It was actually kind of a relief not to be involved.

Of course Mike, the new race director of McNaughton 100, and an online client of mine, let me know that there was a touch of heat and not a drop of mud at McNaughton this year. That has to be a first!

Instead I was a spectator at the NPC Gopher State Classic Bodybuilding Show. What an experience! I have only attended two other shows in the past, a few years ago. This show was directed by Christine Bongiovanni, IFBB Pro. It was a fascinating show. Bodybuilding, Fitness, Bikini and Figure were all judged. I kept on thinking that this will be the show that I will be competing at next year. Yikes! The routines were amazing, the physiques incredible.

When I went to the gym yesterday I was thinking about the women I watched compete. It brought me motivation to lift heavier, to get in one more rep. As I was walking toward the bathroom to change a women approached me. After an introduction she asked questions about my workouts, if I did any cardio, how long I had been lifting, etc. At the end of our conversation she asked me if she could take a picture of me for her “vision board”. At first I was kind of taken aback and embarrassed. She explained that she has been working to lose weight and become fit for quite some time. I eventually agreed and chose to be flattered instead of weirded out. As I left the gym I decided I should have a vision board as well. Dream it, See it, Believe it, Be it!

I am so excited to go to Chicago next month to watch Mary and Liz compete at the Rockford show. David Greenwalt, Leanness Lifestyle creator and Coach is going to lead us all in a workout at his friend’s gym Saturday morning before the prejudging. He said it will resemble a Biggest Loser Last Chance Workout where all levels of fitness will be able to participate. I may puke into a garbage can. I just can’t wait! I fly out on May 20. It will be here before I know it. Yippee!!

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