Continuing with my theme of this year being “different”, my weight is creeping back up towards the 190 mark. It’s not really a big deal for me. I’ve been enjoying my beverages on a daily/weekly basis, and for the most part, my training has been going fine. With my first race a week away, I’m ready to tighten things up a bit now. The learning process never ends.
With no soccer matches on the schedule this weekend, Dee Dee and I took advantage and had some multisport fun. We arrived at All3sports.com shortly after the store opened. I still love that place. It’s the best candy store in town. Earlier this year, Dee Dee bought an HTFU tri top that would not fit her. My boobs aren’t quite as big as hers, so I claimed it :-) I’ve been wearing the same tri shorts (when I use them) since day one, and I felt quite strongly that now was the time for a new pair. Rather than spend upwards of $100 on a matching pair from HTFU, I opted to by the $50.00 pair of LG tri shorts from All3sports, in red of course. Yea, that’s right. I’m going to be a flaming bad ass.
Along with my tri shorts, I bought new goggles for Dee Dee and I, and one of those torpedo bottle mounts for the aero bars. That’s the one you mount between your aero bars, but it takes a standard bike bottle.
Dee Dee had been wanting to swim in the lake for a few weeks now. After lunch, we grabbed our things and headed up to Red Top Mountain. At that time of the afternoon, more than a few casual swimmers and boaters were enjoying the cove. I swam with Dee Dee out to the buoy at the entrance before turning around and heading back. I would have liked for her to go a little bit longer, but 850 yards is a good starting number.
Sunday morning, we were up early for Dee Dee’s first ever Bud Plant ride. We didn’t quite get there at dawn, pulling into the parking lot around 7:15-ish. Since this was Dee Dee’s first trip to Cartersville, she didn’t realize there weren’t any bathrooms. She made a side trip up the road while I prepared the bikes.
Originally, we had planned on doing the 45 mile route. After 12 miles or so, it became apparent that Dee Dee wasn’t quite ready for that distance. We split off onto the 32 mile route and finished up in a little over two hours. I was really proud of her grit and determination while tackling the rolling hills. After the ride, I treated her (us!) to Waffle House :-)
My original schedule had called for something like a 2.5 hour ride with 10 over/unders, but this year, that’s just not important to me. This year, it’s not about me at all.
I’d like to keep it that way…