On Wednesday night I had an awesome bike ride home. I ended up working a bit late, so it was completely dark when I left. Getting out of Santa Barbara, was its usual self (which isn't bad), but past Montecito I had an amazing moment. Chilly evening air rushing past me, the sky is clear and the stars are out, and I'm peddling easily over smooth and even blacktop. That's what bicycling is all about.
After every swim, my nose is running for the next twelve hours. I'm not sure how, but my sinus system gets cleaned with chlorine every time. When I get out of the pool I even have a little trouble keeping my balance. Maybe the water gets in through my ears, in which case a cap might help. But nobody else swims with a cap, so maybe I'm doing something wrong.
I seem to be getting a lot better at running. I've been measuring my heart rate after each run (by timing how long 40 beats take), and it's been about 160-something bpm after every run. Then just over a week ago I measured 139 bpm. I figured that couldn't be right. But then after last Sunday's run it was 149 bpm, and after Friday's it was 145 bpm. On top of that my running's been feeling better, and I've been going a bit longer.