Heaven in a jar
A friend of ours, Dave, comes up from Georgia to stay with us for about a month each summer. He is a tall happy guy with a big smile. Dave came into the house today with all of his stuff and his big happy smile, ready to move in for a month of whitewater paddling. After catching up he put down his cooler and pulled out a large Ball Jar filled with this clear liquid resembling water and said,
"You have got to try this. I got it from an Episcopal Preacher in Alabama. But just take a really little sip it is kind of strong. It is Peach Moonshine."
I had no idea there was such a thing. I sniffed it suspiciously. It smelled so good - literally like fresh peaches.
So of course I took a swig.
It was so good. Like biting into a peach - not one of those dry squished up crappy peaches you get up here in Maine, I mean it tasted like the juicy fresh peaches I have eaten down south. Bliss.
Dave wrestled the jar out of my hand and put the goods into my freezer. I think he was afraid I was going to forget my ride and sit there for the rest of the evening sipping his peach moonshine.
But I did put down the juice and go for a couple of good rides...
Starting the climb up Pleasant Pond Road
Cool fog along the Kennebec River
I have had a few good rides this week, both with a good long climbs. Basically I did this route twice, but one time I turned around a little sooner. The top of this hill is in Jackman, another 20 miles away.
I am really working at getting stronger on hills, and I can see a little difference in just the two weeks I have been working on it. The first ride was 22 miles and pretty uneventful. The second was 25 miles and in all seriousness it was the coldest I have been on my bike in a long time. It was good for me because I don't think I have been really miserable on my bike before then, even in last years Trek Across Maine 3 days of downpour. I am not a masochist or anything, I just would rather experience that kind of thing outside of a race so if it happens in a race, I have more gumption to push through.
Pirate Triathlon this weekend!!
I am really looking forward to the Pirate Triathlon this weekend. I can't believe it has been a year since I did my first triathlon. I am excited to see how much I have improved. I anticipate a better swim and bike time than before, and probably a not so great run time given I haven't run since the Sugarloaf Marathon and the leg still isn't really happy yet when I run, although it seems better in all other activities.
I am going to a quality (I hope) PT Friday, I can't wait.
I got the shirt, did you?
The Road has a really cool give-away right now. He has some really cool shirts that he is willing to send you if you check out his awesome blog and leave 5 comments. You really should check out his blog anyway, because it is always a fun, interesting, and funny read. Thanks for the shirt Patrick!
Good luck to all who are racing this weekend!
This has been a crazy week and I have some catching up to do on blogs, so I am not sure who is racing. But tonight I will catch up and wish you all good luck this weekend via comments.
That is it for me today, I am off to make a long drive for work.