My travel for work goes in spurts – sometimes there are dry spells, and sometimes it gets…umm…undry. I’m currently in the midst of a rather busy work travel set. While sometimes my travels take me to interesting places at home and abroad – there are many, many times where I’m going to less exciting places.
This week would be one of those places. A place without any cell phone coverage for 30 miles.
The town (a ‘town’ implies some sort of township, this doesn’t really have one) I’m working in has no hotel – so I have to stay some 30 miles away. And while my daily schedule ranges from 12+ hours a day of work, I am finding bit and pieces of time in between during the evening to get in my workouts.
The good news is that the middle of nowhere turns out to be a really good place to get in your training. This place happens to have perfect slowly rolling country roads with huge wide shoulders. And, on top of that – there’s swimmable water. Lots of it. It’s like a million elephants came along and peed all over the countryside – tons of water (you have seen elephants pee at the circus, right?!?). And, plenty of good places to run around.
So yesterday (Tuesday) I had a bit of a brick to knock out. I found a nearby state park that’s a few miles in size…but on a weekday in the middle of nowhere, I was the only one there. All by my lonesome. So I went ahead and unpacked the car and my bike right there in the parking lot:
From there I headed out on the road for a bit for a 10 or so mile pushing hard bike prior to my harder interval run.
I ended up wandering around a bit and then eventually over a nice bridge. It was during this bridge venture that I determined where I’d be able to later swim.
After the ride I stashed my bike in the rental car and headed out for a run. It was a set of roughly 1-mile repeats in the lovely 98*F hot and humid heat. I ended up making a nice little circle out of the state park, enabling me to throw a water bottle by the side of the deserted road to drink from each loop. I didn’t realize until the end, these little posts along the road side:
Afterwards though it was time to add more water:
From there I’d go ‘outta town’ to find something edible. At times I actually have to cross state lines to get any form of food not consisting of triple-deep-fried-who-knows-what.
Earlier this evening (Wednesday) I had a swim scheduled. It turns out however there’s not a single lap pool in this entire county, or the state next door’s county. But there are plenty of lakes!
So, I went back to ‘my park’ (where it was again empty) and got my swim stuff all on. I added both the Garmin FR310XT and Timex Global Trainer for fun, to see where I went…and then hopped into the water.
At which point…I swam.
I ended up doing a big old wonky triangle of sorts. The water was crazy-hot. Like bathtub-hot-tub hot. I think peeing in the water made it colder, not warmer. Weird.
Anyway…about 2 or so miles later, I wrapped up my swim and went back down my cove to the dock, where I got out…and called it a day!
That’s it…back to DC Thursday evening hopefully…for about 18 hours anyway…