It was another great weekend up at the cottage and it is safe to say we are settling right back into the cottage life. Michelle was able to get off a little early on Friday and we were on the road shortly after 5:00. I had entertained the idea of riding my bike up again, but it was pretty chilly and I learned my lesson from the previous week. I'll do the ride again, but no need to freeze my ass off again!
We arrived at the cottage and my parents already had dinner ready for all of us…Taco Night! Who doesn't love tacos? After dinner it was fire time…we had a nice blaze going and it was a great night just sitting around enjoying each other's company. There was a meteor shower that was supposed to peak around 2am, so I had told Kennedy we would stay up as late as we could to see if we could spot some shooting stars. She was zonked (okay, we all were) by 11:00 or so, but we decided to walk down to the beach before we called it a night. The stars were out in full force and it is truly an incredible sight…but we were still too early for the meteor shower. Kennedy and my Mum both saw some shooting stars though, so the beach trip was worthwhile.
On Saturday morning I set out for a run and decided that I would venter out across the highway and run a bit longer through the countryside for the first time this year. I used to run those country roads all summer last year while in marathon training and I really loved how peaceful it was with just me and the cows.
By no means was it my fastest run ever, but it was really enjoyable. It was great seeing some old roads again, even if I did turn right into a brutal headwind at the halfway mark where I had wanted to step up my pace. Ya, that didn't happen. I ended up covering the half marathon distance for my longest training run in some time. I was just over 20K when I was right around the corner from home, so you know I had to throw in that extra 1.1K to make up the HM distance
After the run I decided to sit by the campfire and read some magazines (Triathlete, Runner's World, Cosmo) and enjoy a nice cold drink. I was lucky enough to find these at the back of my fridge and they hit the spot! I can't drink too many of these, but one or two can be a nice change from beer now and then.
Eventually Michelle and my Mum got back from their shopping trip in town (where there was a town-wide garage sale going on) and they were going to head out for their run. They saw me sitting by the campfire (well, the fire pit…no fire going yet) enjoying some bevvies and decided that was a much better idea, so they joined me for the rest of the afternoon. We had a great time, and before we knew it it was time to get the fire going for dinner…we had pie irons to make!
If you recall from last weekend, my parents like to burn old furniture (why take up landfill space? They fancy themselves tree huggers). Of course they managed to find something to burn, even when it was at my fire.
The fire was so big that I had to get the shovel out to keep it under control…hopefully these soon-to-be senior citizens have their childish pyromania out of their systems! I must say though, Michelle can be quite the instigator as well…she's a bad influence on my Mum ha-ha
Sunday was a picture perfect day with blue skies and nice warm temperatures. I got some work done around the cottage and then we had some friends drop in for the afternoon. We packed the kids up and went down to enjoy some beach time.
J-man was braver than me and enjoyed some time in the lake…it's still freezing. Kennedy had her friend up and they got into the swimming action as well.
It was an awesome weekend up there as always, and it looks like we have a nice week in store here as well. I already got out on Monday to enjoy a nice lunch run in some hot and steamy temps and there will be a couple more to come for sure. I'm really looking forward to my first triathlon "event" of the year as the Tri Club has our first Splash n Dash of the season tomorrow. There's a 750m swim (or you can do two loops for 1500m) followed by a run of 5K to 7K. It's a great way to get out and try some open-water swimming and work on your swim-run brick. It's held at a local conservation area just out of town…I'll be sure to let you all know how it went on Friday!
Anyone get to the beach this weekend?
Have you ever done a Splash n Dash? Any open-water swimming?