Generally Sunday mornings are really quiet around here, which is why riding early on Sundays are the best. So I didn’t expect to see many cars or people this morning. As usual, I didn’t see a single car the 8 miles between the little hamlet of Caratunk and businesses of The Forks/West Forks.
Then it got a little busy, which is really weird on a Sunday morning in these parts. The businesses and cabins of The Forks/West Forks were bustling with activity. Now, this is bustling by my standards, not most people’s (remember, population 60 in my town). There had to be like 30 or more people hanging around in different places around town still awake and partying, celebrating July 4th, or from the 3rd to the 4th. It was hilarious.
The best part was that when I went by, some of them cheered for me, which was really cool. The cheers were generally something like this:
“Wahoooo biiiikreeer giiiiiiiiiiiiillllllll bahhhhhhhh wah duggaa dddoo yeeeeeaaah!”
I think this loosely translates to:
“Wow, that girl on the bike is really cranking.”
At least that is how I interpreted it.
I moved on past the happy cheering people and began my climb to Jackman. It was pretty uneventful except for the forceful, unrelenting bike-shifting headwind, which is really nice when you are grinding your way up hill after hill for 29 miles. I figure wind and hills build character, but I was happy to get to my turn around, and more importantly, I was really happy to get to my peanut butter and apple pie jam sandwich.
I brought my camera so ofcourse, I didn’t see any wildlife. Except the folks back in town still partying, but I didn’t think to stop to take their pictures. In hindsight, I really wish I did, because it was something to see.
Total ride: 58 miles.
Speaking of eating, I have been eating more than most growing boys lately, but have dropped 5 pounds. Figure that one out. Granted, I have cut out the pizza (sniff) and have been eating more green things – so that probably helps too. But I am happy about that, 5 more to go.
I can’t believe July is here already. Here is a review of my numbers for June:
Swim – 3.5 miles, all open water
Bike – 405 miles
Run – 18 miles
I know, my swim numbers are not that impressive. Basically, I swim to a certain point on a lake and come back, which is cool, but things are never as far away as they look from shore. My big plan to change this is to swim 4 times a week for at least 3/4 mile, one of those swims being longer (~ 1.2 mile).
On the upside, I am thrilled with my bike numbers. This is the most I have ridden, ever. The more you ride, the better you ride, and I plan on continuing so I am as strong as possible coming off of the bike in Timberman. Plus, I am trying to make up for some shoddy run numbers here.
My run numbers suck. Most of these miles are in races, not running for training. The injury is getting better, but it has reared its ugly head a few times in recent training runs, so I am easing into it to avoid the injury returning. I am going to keep easing into the miles and try to up this number for July if my leg cooperates.
This Week’s Numbers
Swim – 2 miles
Bike – 149 miles
Run – 10 miles