My dad holding me while I pet a frog. Or pull it’s head off. Not sure which.
To all of you dad and granddad’s out there – Happy Father’s Day! After I finish this post I am off to visit my special guys.
I had a great 58 mile ride this morning. There was a fair amount of hill climbing, and this was the longest ride (not counting the Hundred Miles of Nowhere) I have done this year. I feel good, and I know I have to keep working on those hills. I love riding early mornings on Sunday’s – I get Route 201 all to myself.
Elevation profile of today’s ride.
The only bummer about today’s ride was that I forgot my camera. I had a great moment with a moose – she came out into the road and just stared at me until I was about 10 feet away. I had to brake and talk to her (“Um, hi moose. Please do something.”) because I wasn’t sure what her plan was and really didn’t want to have another close call. I had plenty of time for a great photo, too bad my camera was in my truck.
I also could have gotten a great shot of a fox watching me ride by – he had a mouse in his mouth with the tail dangling. I guess I had my breakfast before he did. But that was pretty cool too, he just watched me. I also saw 2 deer, another fox, and a coyote. It was pretty good, although really, the moose count was unusually low for this area.
I am convinced animals do not know what to make of the bike. They kind of know cars are bad (even though they get on the wrong side of one sometimes), and two-leggers (humans) are bad, but this weird wheely thing that is kind of quiet…they just don’t know what to make of it. Until I open my mouth and say hi, then they know I am a two-legger and they scoot.
This is going to be my go-to long ride because of all of the climbing, I think it should really help prepare me for Timberman. It took me 2.5 hrs to get the 29 miles to Jackman, and it took me just under an hour and a half to get back. I like having benchmarks to improve upon, so I hope by next month I am doing this ride a little quicker.
This Weeks Numbers
Swim – 2 miles
All of my swimming is open water. I know I am lucky to have two lakes that are gator/shark/things that would consider me a snack – free within 3 miles to choose from. Saw my first leech of the year though. Ech. I felt like a weenie for cringing after hearing some of you folks swim with gators.
Bike – 134 miles
I am happy with my rides this week, concentrating on hills and working on my spinning. Bike name? I think I have a winner, more on that later.
Run – 5 miles
These numbers are pretty weak, but I am trying to fight through this injury with half a brain. Running hurts right now, my gait is all screwed up. I am a mess. The pain is no longer so much in my calf, it is more Flexor Digitorom Longus area (using this cool interactive diagram). Ice seems to relieve the pain, and I have learned that warming up some helps a lot. We will see.