Cold water does not roll off this ducks back!
I was feeling all proud and dedicated when I headed off to the outdoor pool to get my workout done. Never mind that it was 60 and falling with a strong wind blowing out of the arctic north!! I was a hardy duck! I was a dedicated duck! I was a duck that would have no trouble finding an open lane!
Ok, seriously? Was everyone in Austin logging a swim workout today? What is wrong with these people? Don't they know it's freezing out here.
So, I managed to be so obvious about my displeasure at the wind... taking my rest intervals with little more than my eyeballs above the water and ultimately doing a few extra laps because I didn't want to get out ... that I had half the penguins there laughing at me. Stooopid penguins! They may think ice flows are fun but I do not!! (Actually, it was all in good fun and I am sure that their mental acuities equal or exceed my own.)
Tomorrow I am going to try for my first group ride in Austin. I am worried because I am still so weak on the hills. I find that my ego makes it difficult for me to tolerate the beginner group but I am worried that I will not be able to handle the climbing with the intermediate group. In Florida, I was at the front of the intermediate or "B" groups and at the rear of the advanced or "A" groups. I just don't know if I will be able to enjoy myself if there is no challenge but the hills in the area mean that I could easily get dropped on a long climb even if my overall pace for the ride was comparable. I know DW would prefer the no-drop beginner group but I am not sure that one will be entertaining enough to even warrant loading up the bike. Now I realize I am being childish, but... well, no "buts"... I am being childish.
I'll let you know how it works out. If it is 30-something degrees like it might be, I may opt for the trainer!