Sunday, May 23, 2010

Riding and Swimming

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!

- Maria at 2010 Brings Racine completed her year opening race today - Bluff Creek’s Olympic distance.  I was sending you all kinds of good mojo today, I hope it helped you get your goal time!

13 comments:

Mark said...

You know... it is so lame that we have these darn time constraints. I think—and perhaps you will agree—that triathletes should design their own clocks, perhaps with 7 or 8 more hours in a day.

misszippy said...

Great job this weekend! Did you need a wetsuit? I would guess so at this time of the year? I want to swim in a lake!!

ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

that's about the temp of the IMSG water. You know it is 83 in the water down here. Maybe we could do a compromise.....

Regina said...

So jealous of your lake swim! Please tell me you wear more than just a swim cap? That water has to be cold.

AM-GoalsfortheWeek! said...

Riding and Swimming: Hey that's my life title too at the moment;-) like it

Patrick Mahoney said...

maybe the guy was calling himself f-ing crazy for not thinking of going for a swim and taking out the boat instead? Could be that.

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Riding and swimming, my two favorite legs to do. I am jealous you got to OWS.

Jon said...

Thanks for the shout out! So what was the temperature of the lake?

DRog said...

Nice OWS, better work getting the pic!

Midwestern Dot said...

Dude, the water at the race yesterday was 60 degrees, and it was FREEZING! I know you're probably used to it, but I had never swim in water that cold! You just became that much more badass for swimming in this stuff regularly!

Julie said...

Nice work Chica! Wow, you are a brave woman for getting out in that lake:) I love how you set the timer on the camera!

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ShirleyPerly said...

I need to learn how to use the timer on my camera. Great job on your bike & swim. Looks lovely!