Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Well, after that depressing "struggling" blog, I guess I should mention that things have perked up. I'm back under 170 and holding pretty strong. Would like to get back under 160, and if I'm consistent I know I'll get there.
Some of the depression was almost certainly due to that "time of the month" (Sorry BREWMASTERBILL, I have to call it like I see it), and some of the weight (water?) gain might have been as well.
Saturday I swam 1.2 miles in Cayuga Lake chop for hospice and beat last month's Musselman time by 10 minutes.
Partly because I had a following wind pushing me and partly because I wasn't saving anything for a 56 mile bike ride afterward. LOL
The waves were so fun that when I got out out of the water I ran to my car and grabbed my whitewater kayak which was conveniently in there and paddled back out in time to escort some 2nd wave swimmers in. I was hoping to meet LJOHN44 who said she was there, but I somehow missed her. I'll hopefully meet her next month on the 100-miile biking AIDS Ride for Life.
Then I drove around to the other side of the lake and kayaked around taking pictures of my friends wind and kite surfing.
Next I went to a friend's house and practiced my back deck roll and my hands roll in her pond and tried single-track mountain biking.
She had friends visiting and her live-in chef (it's a long story) cooked this AMAZING 4-course meal for us:
The writing is too small to read in the photo, so here's what it says:
Smoked Vermont farmhouse mozzarella
reduced balsamic syrup
farmers market garlic crostini
Lively Run goat cheese
Seared Dayboat Scallops
swiss chard with Piggery bacon
crispy fingerling potato chips (6 each)
dijon mustard pan sauce
shiraz-braised pork cheek medallion
Each course was small, like an appetizer. They came slowly while we sipped red wine, chatted about kayaking and other topics, and listened to music.
So tired that night I actually crashed on her couch. And when I weighed myself the next morning I'd actually LOST weight.
Next morning loaded the boat back into the car, drove home (via another creek to see the put in and take out - at some point it will start raining again and then I will run Taughannock), got home, took a shower, jumped back into the car and hied to church.
Briefly attended a vestry meeting and then drove down to Ithaca to pick up 2 Cornell students and their kayak gear so we could go to Watertown and surf the Route 3 wave.
Met my best boating buddy up there and the four of us surfed for hours.
The buddy's parents came and hung out with all of us and we grilled sausages and chicken right there on the shore. It was a great time. Played in the water until it got too dark to see and packed everything up and came back. Didn't get home until 1am and I don't regret it one bit.
It was the kind of weekend summers are supposed to have.
Next weekend I'm going camping with three friends to kayak on the Youghiogheny. I *might* even run the 18' falls, depending on how I feel.