Our first attempt at bike ride was a no-go- the Gears group is so much fun to ride with, but I'd ridden the route they were doing today a few times and I wanted new and fun. So we headed to Cottage Grove to do our own thing. We elected to ride around the lake with a few extra miles tacked on, which will be great so M can get used to the road and know what he's facing for his race. Yeah, we're that kind of triathlete now, who pre-rides race courses.
Oh, hey, look! A bald eagle nest! M had some fun whistling to it, and some bird or another (we don't if it was the eagle or not) was calling back.
The ride was great- a little wind, but just enough so I got a great workout without it being killer. I also had my homemade electrolyte drink (modified from the Thrive recipe- basically, I leave out the dates). I drank a full bottle of that in the first hour on the bike.
After that, we suited up in wetsuits (right around the time I realized I had brought no dry clothes to wear home. Whoops). We got in the water. Oh, sure, I whined a bit about the cold water, but in reality, it felt really good.
Cottage Grove is a great lake to swim in. I wish it didn't allow motorboats. I find the big wakes to be disorienting when they hit me.
I had a good first 2/3 of the swim, but the last 1/3 went downhill. I started feeling pretty awful- queasy, negative energy, uncomfortable, dragging... I forced myself through the last bit of that swim, but opted out of the last out-and-back to the last buoy. So it was a slightly shorter swim that I had planned. (Maybe by 1 or 2 hundred yards?)
But once in the car, as we got started home, I started asking for McDonald's Chicken Sandwiches. Thankfully, M has known me long enough by now and pulled over so I could get a banana and a Kind bar out of our cooler in the back instead. I spent the ride home sipping away on my second bottle of drink and sharing the food, and felt 1,000% better by the time we got home. I'd just burned all my available fuel in that nearly three hour workout! I don't anticipate this being a problem on race day- the swim comes first, and I have a snack before the swim. Then by the time I'm on the bike, I'm getting hungry, so I used the bike to eat and drink. I never feel good on the run, so I find I eat pretty light on the run. The bike is my rolling buffet! (Later in the afternoon, while at the grocery store, I would go ape for some salty kale chips, so I have to remember that my body dumps electrolytes and keep the salt up.)
In other news, I have been a lifelong oatmeal hater. I just hate it. I've never liked any warm cereals or mushy things: grits, cream of wheat, oatmeal. Bleah. M likes it in a bowl with a ton of milk. I say again, bleah.
But when we got home, he'd chopped up a mango. I'd read about someone who did oatmeal, banana, and peanut butter... so I thought "fresh mango chunks, what can go wrong!" I microwaved some oatmeal with a little less water than it called for, so it was still big flakes instead of mushy nothings. I mixed it with the mango, some dried cranberries, and a few almonds.
THIS is what delicious oatmeal looks like. I would like to eat more of this,
perhaps on our big 4th of July camping trip!
So overall verdict: MAN, it is OREGON HOT today! (It's over 75. It is amazing we can live like this!) But a good solid workout and so I call it a win.
For some reason, we thought that tempeh ragu over roasted spaghetti squash was a good idea. For the record, next time it's a hot day like this, I'm calling it for take-out sushi.
Don't feel bad if I don't record anything this week: plans include getting M registered for the Rolf Prima, running the Butte to Butte (10K, as always!), and a nice little mini camping trip.