NBC Today Correspondent Jenna Wolfe Comes Out on Air
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This morning on the Today show corespondent and weekend anchor Jenna Wolfe came out as a lesbian.
Wolfe and her partner, NBC news correspondent Stephanie Gosk, are expecting their first child (a girl!) in August.
HRC applauds Wolfe’s courage to live openly and congratulates Gosk and Wolfe on their pregnancy.
CoMo Awesomo and Mt Pleasant Winery (Bubba #9)
Well I am still recovering from the weekend… right knee is very wobbly and does not like stairs or hills. My bicycle and I got beat up at the winery!
But first, CoMo Awesomo: This was a really fun event, and very well organized. This is the only cyclocross race that I could ride my bike to, which I really appreciated… I always feel somewhat ridiculous driving 2+ hours each way to race for 45 minutes. Anyway, big thanks to the Columbia Bike Club, Walt’s Bike Shop, and the other race sponsors for such a well done event. The course was challenging but friendly. I had a really great time! However, the women’s field was somewhat disappointingly small… I hammered at the start, then started and finished in the same place - at the front. I held a pretty big lead by about halfway through the race. My lower back started hurting really bad at some point, but this probably should have been expected since I just had an adjustment done at Walt’s last Thursday. I’d been having some issues with seat height… sometimes I had it too high, and then would be all cramped up and not be able to generate a lot of power. Other times I had it too low, and then my legs would be all cramped up instead. So Mark helped me out, and we made a few fit adjustments. I like it, and think it is helping, but my body is not used to it yet.
A couple of my co-workers from IBM came out to watch the race, which was really cool. After the race, I chatted with them for a while, got a really good brat with grilled sauerkraut & mustard, watched a bit, collected my winnings, then Kate and I headed back home. (It was really cold and windy, otherwise we would have stuck around longer.) Kate totally out-rode me on the way home – my legs and back were tired. Spent the rest of the day recovering, and then went bowling in the evening.
Next day: Mt Pleasant Winery ‘cross race. I had heard a lot about this race – many called it Mt UnPleasant. In fact, if I hadn’t heard such epic reports, I probably would have stayed home. I was really tired and sluggish in the morning, and wasn’t feeling much like driving to St Louis. But I would have regretted not going. That’s what I told myself as I was suffering and terrified in the rain, the mud, and the hills. I have never been so scared on a bicycle. It wasn’t the climbs that scared me. It was the slick, downhill, off-camber turns. I fell down twice during the race, probably because I was so nervous and stiff. Perhaps if I had ridden more confidently it wouldn’t have been as bad. I don’t know. There was one downhill that absolutely terrified me. There was nothing especially tricky about it, it was just really steep and slick. A couple times during the race, I just stopped at the top. Just stopped, stood there, and stared at it before I could convince myself to go down… again.
After pre-riding the course, I pretty much huddled inside the winery feeling scared with some of the other women. The consensus was that staying dry was more important than getting in any kind of warm up. There wasn’t much of a place to warm up anyway – it would have been a good day to have a trainer. I started with the A women – and ended near the back of the B’s. Tara, the winner of the B race, lapped me! Tara rode a really solid race, no doubt – but I think it is probably time for her to move up too. I felt pretty ridiculous… I feel so out-classed in the A race. All I want to do at the start is stay out of their way, then all of a sudden they are gone and there I am slipping, sliding, and falling down. What happened to the strong rider that was winning the B race and passing some of the A’s?
I hurt my knee pretty bad on my second fall (which was in the same place as the first one). I really just wanted to quit – what was the point of continuing to fail?? But then, as usual, I remember how irritated I was at Bruce Woodard for quitting the 12 hour race in Iowa at about the 6 hour mark because he wasn’t winning. I don’t want to be like that – I think it is always better to finish dead last than to pout and pull from the race. So that is what I did. The big run up was seriously painful the last 3 times up. I was wondering if I was doing more harm than good. My bicycle is a mess… need to clean it tomorrow.
This weekend, there will be no cyclocross racing for me, which is a relief. This will give my body and mind some time to heal. The weekend after, December 3rd and 4th, will be Boss Cross and the Missouri State Championships. They are both going to be at Raytown BMX, so I figure I might as well go the first day and get a feel for the course and the women’s field. I figure I will race in the Women’s Open division.
Sorry about the lack of pictures. Perhaps I will add some later in the week.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!