Monday, August 10, 2009

Runners, Take Your Mark

Up, two, three, four. Down, two, three, four.

Now, breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth.

Good, good. Do you feel yourself getting warmer?

If you're just filing in, you are probably wondering what it is that we're warming up for.

Why, the Highlowaha Triathlon, of course!

Last year, in honor of the summer Olympics in Beijing, Highlowaha started a tradition. We weren't prepared to sit back and watch Michael, Phelps, Nastia Lukin, and Misty May get all the glory. Instead, we decided to compete with the best of them, by hosting a Highlowaha Decathlon. Ten events, ten days, one winner. Events included activities such as card-making, haiku-writing, and cookie-baking - each event flexing a different creative muscle.

Cheryl, Cassie, and Peggy were our gold, silver, and bronze medalists, respectively.

But... there's a reason the Olympics only comes around every four years and it's because athleticism at such an elite level requires rigorous training and endurance. We don't want to get in the way of your Olympic training, as you'll need it when we reconvene in Summer 2012. Instead, we want to give you a work-out just tough enough that we know you're muscles haven't atrophied and that you mind is still nimble.

Three events, three days. No baking, no snail-mailing.

Game on.

I will post the day's event at 4:00 a.m. on Tuesday (8/11), Wednesday (8/12), and Thursday (8/13). You will have until 10:00 CST to complete your task and to send your submission via email to To compete in the triathlon you must complete all three events, though you may dabble in only one or two events if you're a purely recreational highlowaha-er.

Submissions will be evaluated by a small panel of judges and assigned a score, ranging from one to ten points. The three people accumulating the greatest number of points will be crowned our gold, silver, and bronze winners and will take home purses of either $100.00, $50.00, or $25.00 and countless endorsements from the likes of Wheaties, Nike, and Hobby Lobby.

Ready to warm up?

"Good things, when short are twice as good." (Baltasar Gracian). There is a feature in the panel on the right hand side of our screen titled, "Surprise Me." Click on that feature and immediately you will be thrust into the archives of Highlowaha posts -489 to be exact. Make the post on which you landed twice as good by rewriting it in 25 words or less, plus a title.

Then get some rest and eat some carbs. It's going to be a fun week.

Signing off until tomorrow...


cassie p said...

My "surprise me" day is monday november 10, 2008- world kindness kickoff.

ill be emailing my warm-up redo of that day's post. it will be short and sweet.

Cheryl said...

Good Monday morning to you HLA. My sweet JB woke me up at 3:37 this morning and after my wheels just kept turning I decided to go ahead and get up.

My Surprise Me pick has to be the LONGEST post ever! It is May 3, 2008's Super Saturday: Stop, Go and S-E-R-E-N-D-I-P-I-T-Y!

STOP! Do not pass GO!
It's Monday. I know you're busy but STOP! Go hug the little person in your life because before you know it they'll be grown.

That's 24.

So, if you don't have a little person in your life you could substitute nice friend because before you know it they'll be...hmmm... stuck on that one.

Heather said...

Good morning HLA!

Here's my warm-up

I landed on
"Fish Lips Friday"
Pucker up and SWAK a piece of paper, send it to Cheryl so she can turn it into art-it's her goal fishing project.

There you go 24!

Chaotic said...

10am or 10pm? I landed on Saturday, May 10, 2008 'How Fascinating!' found here ( )

You will learn what NOT to do by doing what does not turn out as planned. Mistakes are disguised opportunities. Use them and learn.
Fascinating! (25 words)

Kat said...

Oh, this is interesting! I landed on August 20, Day 8 of last Summer's decathlon!

Montana Madness
Who hasn't read HLA? Montana! Let's each get someone there to comment on today's post. Maybe you will move up in the Decathlon standings?

24 words

Robin said...



Fall in, hook line and sinker for Fancy Flour Cookie Cutter Challenge! Rose and green fish welcome Reel Friends and Real Fun. June's challenge... Vote!

Peggy said...

I landed on:
It's All How you Fold It
May 4, 2009

Mini Booklet
Even you can do it.
Fold, Fold, Fold, cut, poke
Voila! Super Creative
Vote today Taste of USA
Fancy Cookie Challenge Winner!

24 words

Claudia said...

Nicely done, everyone.

You sure do make it look easy. Makes me wonder why I bother with the hundreds of other words.

I'll work on it.

Keep 'em coming or, if you've already done one try again.

Claudia said...

Where is everyone? Surely you're not squirreled away in a dark and dingy gym, boxing a punching bag, drinking raw eggs, and pumping iron to the song, "Eye of the Tiger."

Cheryl said...

P.S. to Heather's Post:

Do not kiss a piece of paper and send it to Cheryl because she is a lazy bum who does not have her BLEEP together.

25, baby!

Robin said...

I set up an event for the first day of the Triathlon at fb. I'll try to remember, someone nudge me about the other two days. LOL

Heather said...

Robin you are AWESOME!!!

Thanks for your help in spreading the word about HLA!

maureen said...

My post was called

Fortuitous Friday, June ?, 2008

Calling all HLA'ers! Help is an order we need questions for the mothers and their daughters. Which mommy and me will it be? We'll see!

I did it LOL thats 25!!!!

Now Im off to get Krysten from work Have a great day HLA

Heather said...

Maureen...I love that you are back and beginning to get in the regular HLA groove again!

I've missed you!

Katie K said...

Hello, HLA Land.

My "surprise me" was Go Ahead, Judge This Book By Its Cover from May 20, 2008.

Claudia's in a funk. Take some old books, cover them with a note, and randomly give them away. Kindness wipes the funk away.

23 words.

Claudia said...

Speaking of Montana Madness... where are you Montana Kelly? We miss you, but we hope you and your family are doing well.

Check in for good old time sake when you get a chance.

And speaking of Kelly... where is Tera the person who brought us Kelly? Tera... come out, come out, where ever you are!