This quote pretty much wraps up 2017 so far and it’s a GREAT feeling. I learned from past mistakes and did things differently. My goals were not big nor dramatic, but I achieved them and had a great time doing it!
I completed my second open water event over the weekend at Lake Chaparral in south Calgary. It was a bare bones event for the swimmers (there was also a triathlon the next day). It was $25 (plus fees) to sign up and we received a cap, timing chip, and post race snacks. It was the first time they did the open water swim and it got off to a late start, but my friend Keith was there as a volunteer taking photos so we were able to chat while we waited.
I wasn’t feeling quite ready for this event, but my friends encouraged me to go anyway. I’m glad I did…well…after the first 100 metres I was glad. I hadn’t been in choppy water before (it was windy) so that took some getting used to, but I was surprised to find a swim groove quickly and my stroke got stronger as the swim went on. I felt pretty bad-ass at the end!
The course was a bit short-1200m as opposed to the 1500m advertised-but it was fun to go all the way around the lake without stopping. The lake in Canmore where I did the event last month is so small we have to get out of the water between laps. I finished in 29m:59s and felt amazing! I did like this swim, but likely won’t sign up for it next year. After the kids are done of school at the end of June, there is just no way to get the swim training in that I would like. I plan to sign up for the Canmore event next year if it falls near the middle of July again-that worked really well with my schedule.
I’ve touched on this before, but I’ve changed my cycling goals…again 🙂 I still enjoy road riding on Sweet Caroline, but I’m not feeling as safe out there anymore and am still having having comfort issues. I had a close call with a vehicle on my last road ride along Bearspaw Road-he could have given me space, but chose not to. There are a lot of courteous drivers out there, but the few bad ones will be forcing me to limit how much and where I ride from now on. The other problem I’m having with road riding is that my knees and butt get pretty angry after 60km and the fun completely disappears when that happens. I tried getting a bike fit last year to help my knee problems, but that made everything worse so I’m not going to push distances anymore. That being said-I do have some beautiful roads to ride close to home that are practically deserted. The ride to Cochrane from my house is on a busy road, but it has huge shoulders and a lovely view.
I was originally going to get a new mountain bike this fall, but I’ve fallen in love with pathway puttering! I had taken Sweet C out on the pathway system a few times in the past, but didn’t enjoy it. She is too fast and there were too many close calls with people, dogs, and kids. However, I was inspired by Canadian Iron Amy to just get out there have more fricken cycling fun, so I dragged my old hybrid bike out of storage and joined a challenge being offered by the Parks Foundation of Calgary to complete 150km on the Rotary/Mattamy pathway system over the summer. I’ve actually completed it already and will blog about it once I receive my medal at the event on Sept 2.
The (kind-of) problem I’m having now is that my son has stolen my hybrid! Jack never, EVER wanted to ride a bike. We tried to teach him years ago, but he refused to learn and didn’t care in the least that all his friends were riding bikes. As I was cleaning up my old bike, I could see him checking it out with interest. We are the same height right now so I told him he was welcome to try it-not thinking he would. Imagine my shock when he taught himself to ride within days and started taking it school everyday in the spring. I’m thrilled and very proud that he’s loving cycling. We managed to share custody of it over the summer, but what am I supposed to ride once he goes back to school in September?? Remember…my youngest starts kindergarten this fall so I will have nearly three hours to myself nearly every weekday soon.
I don’t want to get another hybrid since I like mine and Jack will likely grow out of it or want something new next summer-so I’ll get it back at some point. I’ve tried some of the heavier cruisers, but I can feel unhappiness in my knees with the weight of them and I live in a very hilly part of Calgary. I’m considering two options right now. First is getting a cheap road bike with flat pedals off of kijiji to zip around the pathways on. I’ve been looking every few days, but nothing is really jumping out at me yet or is just too far away to bother going to look at it. I spent nearly an hour on the road to look at one in July that wasn’t even close to being what the ad/picture said and I don’t want to waste my time again.
My other option is a bit more expensive, but might just be worth it…my 40th birthday is coming up, you know 😉 I’ve been in touch with the folks from Rath Bicycle about getting one of their restored vintage road bikes. I love the look of them! They are working on some small size ones right now and will send me some pictures when completed. I am concerned with the weight of these old bikes, so will have to take one for a test ride before I decide if it’s for me.
I’m excited for cycling this fall once the boys are back in school. My in-laws are also coming to visit mid-Sept and I hope to take Sweet C or my wetsuit on the fun day trips out of the city while they’re here. There is still lots of swim/bike fun to be had before the snow comes 🙂