Off the Bike, On the Water, and In the Sun
Heavy, persistent monsoon rains have been with us for the last few weeks making our high mountain desert climate seem more like cloudy, wet Pacific Northwest. As a result, I 've been on the bike a little less, car pooling instead to work with Bob. Thursday, though, we enjoyed a sunny day and decided to take advantage of the dry, warm conditions and go to Lake Mary where Bob would practice open water swimming for his upcoming Louisville Ironman while I paddle behind him in the kayak.
Bob recently competed in the Mountain Man Sprint Triathlon also held at Lake Mary, where he swam 750 meters. Open water swims tend to be the most intimidating part of triathlons from what I'm told and Bob felt he needed the extra practice getting comfortable in murky, choppy water.
We purchased an on sale kayak a few weeks ago at Dick's Sporting Goods so he could push himself a little further with each swim while having the knowledge rescue is close by if he gets in over his head (no pun intended).
Here is Bob at the Mountain Man in his wet suit . . . .
and here he is pre-race, setting up his bike at the staging area.
Bob, post-race with medal . . .
The Kestrel was a big change from his commuter bike, needing considerable adjustment and refinement, especially with respect to the aerobar attachments (the whole system is called a "Profile Cobra Carbon Cockpit"). I won't even get into the issues related the saddle . . . . Anyway, we're taking the Kestrel to the Valley next weekend to have it disassembled and shipped to the 'Ville and reassembled for the Ironman. Apparently, triathlons are a high maintenance sport. Of course, not one to be left out, I've considered purchasing a folding bike to take along with us so that I can easily follow Bob (off course, naturally) and document his challenge. It's a pretty big deal for him because he is competing in honor of his father, who has Multiple Sclerosis. Bob fundraising for MS, with a goal of raising $3000. Here's a link to his fundraising page if you are interested in supporting a cure for MS.