Sunday, July 15, 2012
Of all my workouts this week, there are three that deserve mention. Wednesday morning, I had to leave my house at 8:00 am for my course at the university. How do you get two workouts in before 7:15? Ride your bike to masters swim and then ride home. 16 miles and 2000 yards and still time to shower. I was proud of that one.
Saturday's bike ride: I waited until the evening because it was so hot, rode my 20 miles, made it home just seconds before the sky opened up with a thunderstorm, and then once in my garage, realized the zipper was undone on the pack that sits under my seat. My iPhone was gone.
I grabbed the keys and hopped in the car and drove the 20 mile route. No luck. I was sure it fell off in such a way that it got run over by a truck and was a goner. I spent the entire drive assuring myself that I actually did buy insurance for that thing when I bought it. I did, right?
When I got home, I grabbed Sam's cell phone and set off on foot thinking if I kept calling it, I would hear it ring and eventually find it. Lo and behold, before I made it to the end of my street, a kind old man answered my phone! He said: "I found your phone! I was riding my bike and picked it up on the road!" (about a mile from my house). He gave me his address and I drove right over. God bless people. He said he was going to bring it to the police station if he didn't hear from me. All's well that ends well.
When I made it back to the parking lot, I saw another woman heading out for a run. I said: "Oh my god, you need some bug spray." She said: "I know. And Oh my god, you have so many bites on your neck." And then... "Oh my god, you have a ton of those flies in your hair."
At that point, I doused myself in bug spray, and I didn't care; it was the strong stuff. If you are going to run City Forest in the next little while, deet is your best friend. I put it all over my body and went 2 more miles before I called it a day. I'm still itching just thinking about it.
You're itching too, aren't you. In that spot on your back that you can't quite reach. I know.
This afternoon we went swimming at Fields Pond, and Skyler got all zen-like and sat still long enough for a dragonfly to land on her hand.
Soon, all the kids were doing this...
And even Reed sat still and quiet enough to hold one for a while. He said it was the "awesomest thing of his life."
This week's lessons: zip your bike pack, pack your deet, and encourage bug-catching mediation for a relaxing day at the beach.
I know you all knew I was training for the Pumpkinman Half Iron Triathlon, right? But I was secretly waiting to do some of the training before I totally committed. This week, I REGISTERED! I'm really going to do it. AND, I'm going to finish smiling. You watch.
Have a good week. xo