We had nine Fitbird's make the ride, with no major catastrophes and only a few near misses. They say bad things happen in threes, and for this ride that seemed to hold true. I unfortunately was responsible for the first near miss within the first few miles of the ride when my jug of Gatorade bounced out of my water bottle cage into the line of bikes behind me. Luckily, Shell's managed to avoid the erratic rolling of the bottle, instead choosing to swerve towards an oncoming car. Her cat-like reactions pulled her back, out of the way of danger, and I learned my lesson: next time I forget my water bottle just go without one instead of risking the lives of my teammates by trying to force a Gatorade bottle into a cage it's not designed for and then riding the bumpy roads of Louisiana. Bummer though as it was my favorite flavor of a newly purchased Gatorade and I never even got a chance to open it. Hope you enjoy it raccoons.
After a long but enjoyable ride, we reached the last mile to find that the road was closed. Or should I say it had been "removed". Our choice? Turn around and ride a long way back...or practice off-road adventure racing tactics. Which would you choose?
|The choices were "walk it through the dirt" or "walk it over a hole while balancing on a narrow cement beam." Hmmm.|
|I think this might be the first time Linda's bike has ever felt dirty...|
Murphy was responsible for the third incident which actually occurred as we were driving away from the picturesque hills back to the main roads. A large tree spontaneously fell about three feet in front of McCall's vehicle as she led the caravan down the road. She was quick to respond and managed to come to an abrupt stop before her vehicle got demolished and our Coach got squished.
My question however is this: Why is it that there were seven Fitbirds available to help lift this huge tree from blocking the road, but instead they chose to gawk and take pictures of Linda (with a busted up knee), a complete stranger (who left her two small children in her vehicle unattended), and me... remove the thorn and poison ivy encrusted, ant filled, decomposing mess of a tree by ourselves? Um, hmmmm ~ the two Fitbird's who got the Big Girl Panties at Training Camp did all the work. I think I'll be going to the lingerie section of Walmart soon to make a Big Girl purchase for some friends...
|"Let me show you proper lifting technique. Notice the bent knees..."|
|"Oh hello! Are you a complete stranger with kids in the car? Thanks for helping us! Linda, be careful with your bad knee!"|
|"Please, whatever you do, DO NOT HELP US!"|
|"Yes, it is VERY important to hydrate while you watch!"|
SUNDAY: OPEN WATER SWIM - FALSE RIVER
As if we hadn't had enough of each other Saturday, we had another scheduled group training for open water practice on Sunday. Cherith, one of our newer Fitbird members, graciously offered the use of her parent's camp on False River as our jumping off point. It was one of many of our summer's open water practices for most of us, but we had two fresh birds with us who were taking their first dunk. They both hung in and did very well. The water was calm when we began our swim but did pick up a bit of a chop towards the end. There were no panic attacks, which for me was especially encouraging. I did find I was more anxious than I had been while swimming at the ocean during training camp, as ironic as that seems. I think it was partly due to not being as close to areas that were shallow enough to stand in, and also not having Coach as nearby as I like in case I have difficulty, as she was helping others in the group. I had to fight to keep my anxiety down around a 4 on my anxiety scale (see bottom of post). When the swim was through I was ready to get out, but overall I was still pleased that at least outwardly I didn't appear to melt down. That's progress!
There was talk prior to the trip that we should include "Grill and Chill" (i.e. the 3 M's...Margaritas, Meat, and Music) as part of our training day. Although that didn't exactly work out, we were surprised with a generous breakfast of fruit, smoothies, bacon, eggs, and biscuits by Cherith's family. Little do they know that they have now become the Dock of Choice for our training. Precedence has been set.
The thing about Fitbirds, in case you haven't figured out yet, is that we like to eat, drink, and socialize...as well as train together. This is an integral part of what makes up our group. With that being said, our "second" breakfast occurred about an hour after our first one ended. We already had it in our minds to get beignets, and having missed our sno-cone fix from the day before, nothing was coming between us and our fried, powdered dough.
Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard We also discussed raising our children and the hilarious things they do.