School is out, racing is back, and the long days lend themselves well to getting stuff done. Trying to juggle triathlon training with all the things can be a challenge, and I often feel like a bee buzzing from one flower to another. That reminds me to weed my garden that I included pictures of (above) with the busy, busy bees and echinacea.
In any case, I had an easy ride that I moved from Saturday to Monday (not ideal, and I don’t tend to stack workouts for my athletes because I know better, but I don’t know better for myself), which left little time to do everything I needed to do with swimming and strength training on the schedule. But, that didn’t matter with the early sunrise and my trusty aluminum roadie. So, strapped my Garmin to the handlebars and headed out for an easy ride with all of my swim gear on my back. I needed to be in the pool at 5:00 AM. Little did I know that at 4:30 AM, it was still dark. Really, really dark. Heck, the bees weren’t even up yet. I turned on my lights to high beam and navigated my way through the dark streets. No one was up.
Part of my route went through a park that I had never been through before. As I approached the trail, I noticed it was paved, but the black wall of trees looked impenetrable, like some primordial forest. I zoomed in on my Garmin and decided to ride around the park for fear of getting skunked. The last thing I wanted to encounter was that or a raccoon, or to find out that the paved trail turned to dirt at some point (it did).
Success! My route took me directly to the main road where I had to ride on the sidewalk on City Ave with my road bike like a goober. There is no chance in hell I was going to be in the road on that road with the early commuters thinking it’s the Indy 500. I saw it as a chance to work on my road bike handling skills with a big backpack on. I made it to swim, managed an easy paced ride, and still had time for my strength session. I call that “winning” and the chance to get to do it all over tomorrow! Yay! Because there are only 5 weeks to go until the Ohio 70.3, and I need to make the most of my time to be ready.