Today was fabulous.
I started my day with a 25 mile ride. The original plan called for a 40 miler today, but I had some time constraints and other obligations that put a limit on my riding time (I had an hour and a half) so I got in what I could.
I rode a familiar loop that includes the River Road in Solon. It is an gorgeous ride along the Kennebec River that has a few good climbs – the only downside of this route is the lack of shoulder (see photo). The minimal vehicle traffic (there are a few cows sometimes) makes up for it, and I try to include this road on all of my weekend rides if I can.
I really didn’t want to get off of my bike when my loop was done, but plan on spending quite a bit of time in the saddle until I can run again so I will get the ole motor (my legs) tuned up for my next race. I have a killer route planned for next weekend, it includes an ice cream stop.
Later, I decided to go for my first open water swim of 2010. It was…refreshing to say the least. After my face stopped tingling and I began to feel my hands and feet, it wasn’t so bad. I swam for 30 minutes, I am not sure how far I swam though. I can’t even tell you how happy I was to have fresh Wyman Lake water in my face instead of chlorine. The loons didn’t swim with me today, but I know I will see them on one of my swims soon.
A man pulled into the boat launch with his son and when they walked out to look at the lake, I shouted, “Hi there!” at them. The man looked at me, kind of waved, and then shook his head. I heard him say something about someone being “F-ing crazy” (I don’t think he meant me? HA!), and he and his son walked quickly to the truck and left. It was pretty funny.
I was alone, (I took this picture with the timer!) and it was cold enough I didn’t swim across, just back and forth along the shore. This weekend, I have a swim buddy to go with me, so it is on!
Before I take off and gear up for the LOST season final (yeah, I am one of those people!) I wanted to give a shout out to a few folks:
– Jon at SwiCycloRun rocked the Harryman Sprimpic (Olympic) race on Saturday – check out his awesome race report here. Congrats on a strong finish Jon, you are SO ready to attack the Mooseman HIM in a few weeks! WOOT!