I had an amazing day. Not so amazing I had to pinch myself, I knew for sure it was my life... just a REALLY great day!
My precious husband got up with the boys so I got an extra half hour of sleep this morning and took over breakfast and boy care so I could get my stuff ready for my training this morning.
I met my friend Tony Ball at 9am at Sanders Beach. We talked about my training program, what I have done so far and what I still need to train for. The whitecaps on the lake were pretty impressive. The wind was blowing and I was a little curious about what it would feel like to try to swim a decent freestyle crawl in the waves.
About thirty minutes later I found out. We started into the water adjusting to it's temperature and headed out to the first buoy. It was cold enough to take my breath away. But after a bit, I adjusted and was able to swim another 300m or so. Tony stayed with me and even grabbed at my feet and pushed me around a bit so I would start to get used to the "nudging" that happens during race day.
After our swim we transitioned into a bike ride. It took more time than what it would be for a race, but since I had never made a transition from swim to bike we did that and it was a trick getting all the sand off my feet, socks and shoes on, and dry as much as possible before putting my wet caboose on my bike seat. We rode probably about 11 or 12 miles. But, different than my regular training we went up hills like I have never gone up before. And then I went down them :) as fast as I could manage!
It felt wonderful! I had been home for a few hours before my body started feeling the aches and pains of that hard of a workout. By then I had showered, resumed my "mom" duties, and switched the loads of laundry, took the kids to run errands, etc.
The best part, I had a wonderful date with my best friend. We had dinner, cracked old jokes, made each other laugh, talked, walked and drove around just hanging out together. It was just relaxing and so fun enjoying who we are together as a couple. As I write this we are watching a great movie "Hidalgo" and as comfy as can be!
So, I shall wrap this up to say, again, what an amazing day! I am so thankful for God's great provision - for my time with my husband, the time with my kids, the time with Tony and even the challenging time of my training with bumpy water and hills to ride. What a day!!