Posted by: Karen | February 12, 2005

Tampa Trip Part 4

Day 4: Saturday

This was race day, and you all know how that started out. After the race I had a little soak in a cold bath and then headed down for a swim in the outdoor pool and a soak in the hot tub.

I had stashed some ice cream in the freezer upon my return from the race, and treated myself to both flavours – Godiva chocolate with chocolate hearts, and vanilla with chocolate hearts. Ironically I plunked myself in front of the cooking channel on t.v. and watched low-carb cooking. I felt delightfully rebellious.

After a quick shower I headed out to the Columbia, a 100 year old Cuban restaurant up in Ybor City, the old part of Tampa, with 7 other Penguins. We had a great time drinking sangria and I had pulled beef in a sauce with rice and peas. It was delicious, but I saved room for a key lime pie for dessert. Gotta have key lime pie when one is in Florida. I bought a package of sangria mix in the gift store as a souvenir for my wine-loving husband. We couldn’t stay late enough for the flamenco dancers, as some of our party were racing the next day, so back to the hotel we went. Good thing; I was getting up early to cheer everyone, and that takes a lot of energy.


  1. Sounds like nice way to wind down from a great race. Sounds like a fabulous trip.

  2. You know…that sounds good to me. It’s nice to party and indulge–esp. when you’ve been racing. Godiva chocolate ice cream-to die for. Hope you’re having a good weekend. I’m up too late blogging on a Sat. night. Kirsten

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  4. […] While Karen headed off to the Cuban Restaurant I went with the group to Applebees. I wanted something simple and light for dinner the night before my race. I had some chicken veggie casadeas and onion soup. It was hear I got my pic of the squirrel – he is alive despite what some people think. It was cool watching it climb the side of the building and suction himself to the wall as he moved. […]


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