One of my favorite things about the summer heat is cooling off in a pool.  I would say ocean, but let’s be realistic – I’m land locked in Missouri/Indiana.  Thankfully, our small little town just opened a brand new pool – Tiger Shark Water Park (Tiger=school mascot).  Compared to the old pool, it is a HUGE improvement.

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Outside of My Comfort Zone

On Friday night, before Ryan came into town, my Mom decided to ride her horses down the road and I decided to ride my bike alongside.  Bikes are in my comfort zone, horses aren’t so much.  I stopped every few feet and took pictures with my iPhone.  So many wildflowers along the road right now!  It was so nice to get outside and get away from homework.  This summer hasn’t allowed very much of that.

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Ryan’s New CycloCross Bike

Apparently the shopping spree wasn’t over.  Yesterday, Ryan got a new bike and is selling his old one (it’s REALLY old, he got it last summer – sarcasm!).  Ever since he bought his bike last summer, he decided he wanted a road bike too.  His fitness bike (Trek 7.1 FX) just wasn’t fast enough for him.

Thankfully he found a bike that is the best of both worlds and fits his needs.  He now has the 2010 Redline Conquest Sport.  He can ride it as a road bike (when he’s not with me of course) or slow down and take a more leisurely ride when he IS riding with me.

Yesterday we took our first bike ride of the season together and he tried out his new ride.  I think the cyclocross bike is the winner!

We actually rode almost 7 miles yesterday and I was pretty proud of myself considering I am out of shape.  I didn’t even come close to passing out!

I didn’t get a new bike, but I did sport my new bike jersey (that Ryan got me for Valentine’s Day), my new padded bike shorts, and my new CamelBak that holds 1.5 liters of water.  I got the shorts and the CamelBak on Sunday and I’m so glad I did!  For one, I feel like a professional (ha!).  The water is very light on my back and definitely worth the convenience of not having to reach down for water bottle. Also – the shorts and jersey keep me cool, unlike the cotton shirts & shorts I was wearing last year.

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