Tonight I did my first ever bike/swim/bike brick with two other tri girls. It was fun and reminded me of when I was a little kid and I would ride with friends to the lake for a swim. Of course, now it's all technical. And there is also the wetsuit factor. How do you ride to the lake with (and not in) your wetsuit? Knowing the wetsuit would be really heavy on the ride home, I decided to forgo the wetsuit and swim in my bathing suit the old fashioned way. I packed a miniature backpack with a small tri towel, my bathing cap, and my goggles and we headed off to the lake.
The ride was 8 miles each way, not too hilly out and a little bit more challenging on the way back. We rode at a warm up pace to the lake and jumped in the water for our swim. We swam for only about 15 minutes because we were losing daylight quickly, but it was enough to stretch out all those muscles that were sore from my mountain bike ride yesterday. We hit a pretty good clip on the way back, but still not too fast. We averaged about 2 miles per hour faster than the initial ride - enough to get us home with some daylight to spare. I was glad that I didn't bring the wetsuit because that would have meant less time in the water with all the donning and stripping of the neoprene.
Tonight I am experimenting with a new jasmine rice and shrimp recipe. It sounded like a great post-workout meal, hearty but not too filling. It is on the stove now and smells fabulous. If it tastes as good as it smells, then tomorrow I will post the recipe. My stomach is growling loudly and I am hoping the timer rings soon!