I’ve unexpectedly ended up with a free day today!  My original plans were to go tubing with friends for a birthday celebration, but after waking up this morning I decided that having some “me” time seemed much more appealing than baking in the sun.  I am going to meet up with that same group later on for a drink or two, so I will still get some quality time with the b’day girl then.

I’ve gotten two hilly six-mile running sessions in over the past few days, and my knee seems to be doing good.  I know I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating… the Arc Machine really keeps my body conditioned for the times that I can’t run due to my injury from earlier this year.  It was like I didn’t miss a beat.

I am feeling the need to do something active again today, but I don’t think it would be wise to run for a 3rd day in a row.  I would like to be outside, so my options are to go for a bike ride or a hike.  Or maybe I will just chill out today and watch the Tour de France and Harry Potter movies.  🙂  I also see a trip to Home Depot/Lowe”s in my near future for some carriage house dreaming.  Sunday, funday!

Speaking of the Tour de France, there have been so many crashes this year. I literally just watched as two riders were hit by a team car with tremendous speed, with one of them (Johnny Hoogerland) going airborne into a barbed wire fence. Click here to watch the crash. They are both surprisingly OK, and back on their bikes to finish Stage 9.  These guys truly are machines.

Tomorrow I start training for the Augusta Half Ironman in late September.  More on that in the morning!  It’s time once again to get back in the pool… my least favorite of the three sports, which just means I need to spend the most time on it.  Blah!!!