After work yesterday, as planned, went to my sister's house and tried out her bike. It's a Trek 7300, nice and cushy... those shock absorbers on this hybrid took me by surprise at first. The gear shift on one side is backwards from the way mine works, but it is a twist shift like mine is, so with minor adjustments to my mindset, easily ridable.
One thing I found was that she has an extra gear, compared to my bike... mine is 3 x 7... hers is 3 x 8. I shifted up to the 3 almost at once, and got it up to the highest at some point on my 30 minute ride. Of course, riding from her house instead of mine, I got to cruise through some different terrain, always a joy. Saw several other crazy people out being active in the heat.
The heat, by the way: radio said the heat index was 107, as I was on my way from work to her house, and the actual temp was only 93. So you know it was steamy. I took my water bottle along, of course!
I got back to Sis's house, surrendered the bike, changed to my billed cap, grabbed the water bottle (refilled) and took off on foot, slathering sunblock on. From her house it's a matter of a few blocks to a part of the half-marathon route (the HILL), but I crossed the road there, and found my way to the starting point of a bike path. I kept the "jog/run" portion of the brick down to 10 minutes, allowing 20 to walk it on out... only doing a couple of 1-minute jogs at intervals in that bit.
When I got back to her house, toweled off, stretched, and paused for a nice visit. She had done her workout for the day in the relative cool of the morning, and she's getting ready to go visit her daughter. So we just sat and chatted, playing catch up... then I came home to a relatively late for me supper.
One pleasant thing I found in my mailbox was a letter from my son's commander over in AFG. It started out with words to make a mom's heart soar: "Your son rocks!" I am impressed with this commander. This is the second hand-written letter I have received from her... DIL has received her own.
This morning, my body is telling me a few things: 1) I sit on my sister's bike slightly differently than on my own, and in turn, my shoulders are excercised differently OR 2) The strength workout I did Wednesday after work was adding to the shoulders' response; and 3) something in the air is giving my sinus passages a hard time. Ugh!
Anyway, the adjustment for today is to defer the 1000 yard swim until after work. Once again, there will be more bodies in the water, and I might even make this an outdoor swim... more "acclimating" to eventual conditions I will have to perform in, a brief four weeks in the future.
Life is good. Spark on!