Saturday, 19 June, 2004

The monthly century / Barton Springs Pool

One of my goals this year is to do at least one century ride (100 miles) per month.  January through April wasn't terribly difficult because I was training for and then doing my ride to Harlingen.  May's ride was the Armadillo Hill Country Classic, also not too tough because of my residual fitness level and keeping up my training.  My training over the past four or five weeks, though, has consisted mostly of riding with Debra for an hour to hour and a half three times per week, and doing a longer ride of about three hours on Sunday.  This is not enough to maintain the conditioning for a comfortable 100 mile ride.  My first mistake this morning was leaving the house late:  8:00 rather than 6:30 or 7:00.  It got up to 90 degrees by noon, and I was hurting.  I also overestimated my fitness level and selected a course with a few more hills than I was ready to tackle.  I managed to finish the ride, albeit at a slightly slower pace than I had expected and more frequent stops.

One of my stops was planned.  Today is World Juggling Day, and the members of the Texas Juggling Society gathered at the Barton Springs Pool for juggling, swimming, and such.  I stopped by a little after noon, did a little juggling, jumped in the pool (cold), and then headed off again.  I still had 30 miles left to ride.  Barton Springs Pool, by the way, is a great place to relax on the grass and go for a dip in a spring-fed pool.  It's a big pool.  I learned something new, too:  Austin's nudity laws are quite liberal.  Lots of women were sunbathing topless.  I might have to visit there again.