On Tuesday night hubs and I attended a free open water swim clinic with the Trek Toronto Tri Team. It was our first time swimming in Lake Ontario, which is where our swim will be at this Saturday’s tri. Hello waves! It doesn’t look very choppy in this picture (and probably wasn’t by Lake Ontario standards), but it was quite a change from our usual swimming hole!
In addition to swimming in waves and more weeds than we’re used to, we did several drills in groups to practice mass starts, sighting, swimming in packs (we were encouraged to be aggressive!) and swimming around buoys. Now I know what it feels like to be a sardine!
2. Wind blows…
Yesterday morning I biked to work and took an extended route since I would not be biking home. It turned out that I was riding into a constant headwind of about ~30 kph (19mph) nearly the entire time. It was relentless, demoralizing and sucked the life out of me.
I pedalled and pedalled and pedalled and felt like I was going nowhere. Going uphill? Might as well have been standing still. It was my hardest and slowest ride to-date, but I made it – 45KM (28ish miles).
|beautiful sunrise on the way|
|but I couldn’t even force a smile|
I know rides like this will make me stronger… but that doesn’t mean I have to like it!
3. More cowbell…
Finally, a great big good luck to all the bloggers embarking on the epic Hood To Coast Relay this weekend! Can’t wait to follow along on your 200 mile adventure.
And to Robin who is headed to Kentucky to complete her first Ironman. Robin has been one of my favourite tri-pushers all along and has always been a great source of inspiration… even when she was hounding me to step over to the dark side. 😉 Go get it, girl!