Got in at 1:30 am this morning, so I slept in.  Massage at 11:00.  Looks like today will be a rest day.  Perhaps a walk and hang up side down this evening.
  • 1h 21m
  • 17.20 miles
  • 12.74 Mi/hr

Easy recovery ride. My son joined me, so I took care to take it real easy. He rides hard but very short. This was a long ride for him and I want him to be encouraged to ride longer.

It's a good thing he wanted to join me. I'm sure I would not have gotten out of bed if he wasn't going with me. :)

We got to have a nice visit.

  • 1h 20m
  • 7.05 miles
  • 11m 20s /Mi

260 ft elevation. Gradual run up toward the mountains. Scenery gorgeous.

Light head wind going out made it pleasant. After the turn around it was downhill but with the tiny wind at my back pretty hot. 80 degrees and no air moving while running. Easy run, but hard at the end. Still tired from long ride on Friday? - not much difference in the splits.

  • 58m
  • 3132.00 yards
  • 01m 51s /100 yards

OWS at Balmorhea springs. Awesome magical place. Small 'reef looking' fish hanging around. the bottom is up to 25 feet deep where the springs come into the 'pool' Rocky bottom there, but brilliant green sea grass along the main channel. Fish feeding on it. sometimes little bubbles come up from the grass. There were a few black catfish along the bottom in the outgoing channel. Crystal clear water. Kids playing in the water. Girls in bikinis. At one point I swam into a whole school of the little 2 to 3 inch fish. So pretty and just hanging around, I had to stop and look.

72 - 76 degree water, just right for the wetsuit.

Not sure how good the Garmin distance is. The map shows me swimming out of the pool and all over the place. It seems about right while in the pool, but the map is sure goofy.

I was totally ready to be finished so I swam another couple laps easy. ~ 240 yards across.

Did the welcome speech and started the riders on the tour.  Drove SAG until 4:30.  Quick bite of lunch in town.  Again poor nutrition planning on my part.  I was starving by noon, no lunch till 5:00.

Then back for the group dinner and 'awards' and door prizes presentation.  It all went pretty smoothly.  We had a great group of volunteers.  Shut it down at about 9:00 and went over to Doug's trailer for a beer. 

Awesome Day!  Weather was absolutely perfect, clear air and cool for the riders.  Everyone came back with all their skin on their bodies!  That's the most important thing.

  • 8h 47m
  • 135.50 miles
  • 15.43 Mi/hr

one of those epic type of rides.
Started off cool and cloudy with the clouds rolling and flowing over the hills. Rode without rain for the first hour or so. Then it started raining lightly. In the half light, through rain covered glasses I didn't see a big rock and hit it hard. Pinchflatted. by the time I had it fixed it was raining hard and the cold wind was picking up. Put on my wind/rain jacket that I bought after this ride last year. Awesome!

Stopped for a little bit in Marathon for food and drink. The rain pretty much let up for about a 1/2 hour. Then solid rain for the long, long uphill out of Marathon back to Alpine, the group pretty much stuck together.

After a break at Alpine the sun came out a bit while we fixed Doug's flat. Then we had a great tail wind leg for more than an hour. For some reason I dropped, but I was riding 22 - 24 mph over to Marfa. Big tail wind.

The wind shifted to the north and we headed out directly into it leaving Marfa. Only 22 miles but into that head wind then driving rain for almost two hours was brutal. At the end Doug was pulling at 14 and it was all I could do to hang on to the back. Tough, tough ride.

10:12 elapsed time for the ride.

I had to hurry over to registration, already an hour late. Could not find my recovery drink. Only Pizza at registration. Poor menu choices for me.

Rest day - drive to Fort Davis, too late to catch a swim.
  • 3h 08m
  • 15.64 miles
  • 12m 01s /Mi

Ok that was supposed to be an 18 to 20 mile run. I turned around at 9.5 miles how did it end up only 15.6? It's ok. That was about what I had in me. The trouble with running slow is that it takes you forever to get anywhere.

Lots of 10 min pace. Ran a 4:1 run/walk. There were some places in the middle when it got steep that I was pretty slow. A girl passed me at about mile 10 and I made some comment about her just running on by, and she said, well catch up. So I paced her for a little while and it looked like it might work, so I caught up to her and ran with her for about 5 minutes at an 8 min pace. Really fun, but a little too fast for me to maintain.

Saw doves, a bunny rabbit, and a blue jay this morning. Another morning with clouds rolling over the mountains which produced a fabulous sunrise. It was dark for a long time though. Enjoyed running up the arroyo and looking at what the recent heavy rains have done to the depositional system there. Sands deposited, banks eroded, and cut banks cut and collapsed. Really only stuff a geologist would be interested in.

When it comes to Chocolate, resistance is futile.

I'm a hopeless geek and really enjoyed years of Star Trek.  The Borg were an interesting look at a different sort of society.  And of course 7 of 9 was a treat to look at. Cool   So today's quote just tickled my funny bone.

Driving to Midland today.  The plan is to finish some work, pack, load the car, and stop about four hours into the trip at Bottomless lakes and do a long OWS.  I love that lake.


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