|Wonder what usually comes in that glass... good times!!|
I chose not to get too upset about the fact that I had to turn early and avoid the one big climb on the route because I had no wind due to my ribs or the fact that my confidence was thoroughly rattled. I was shaky enough to be a little grabby with the bike every time I got close to any thing suspicious on the road. I could really feel the psychological effects of crashing twice this summer. Still, I got back on the horse and Seabiscuit was able to get out of the barn.
Today I had a 45 minute easy run down. DW suggested I go find a trail and leave the pace tracking devices at home. He wanted me to just go relax and feel it... feel my body and listen to the signals.
I honestly felt it. I felt it piss and moan over very little effort. I felt weak, winded, heavy, leaden... anything that falls in the "opposite of awesome" category.
FORTUNATELY, I had taken his advice. I went to a nature preserve down the road from the campground called Reimer's Ranch. It is very hard to obsess over a weak performance when the world around you looks like this. I did my run but I also did about an hour of light free climbing, exploring, and picture taking. I have covered a lot of places I go... today I want you to see what's at home.
THIS is Texas!
|Pedernales River, you can swim in it if you can get yourself down there!|
|Climbed down Climber's Canyon to get to the river.|
|Yup, more canyon|
|Yet more canyon.|
|What passes for a trail here.|
|running here is pretty amazing!|
|The trees here have old souls.|