So Friday I went downtown to make the most of my Summer Hours at work. I planned to swim at Ohio Street Beach, run along the Lakefront Path and maybe hit up the Taste of Chicago afterwards. I knew from my last open water swim that my HUUB wetsuit was looking a little worse for the wear. This suit has little circle patches where the seams meet, and the one under my left armpit was amiss. I bought neoprene sealer and was waiting for it to come in, but I realized when I wiggled into the suit Friday the whole damn sleeve was coming unraveled. After talking with a five-time Ironman finisher Saturday who is a far more experienced swimmer than me, I realized I'd need special thread, sealer and a neoprene patch to repair the thing, which was only $100 to start with. Plus, then I'd have a seam and a patch in my armpit, which sounds like a recipe for all sorts of chafing. And I'd been talking about wanting a sleeveless wetsuit anyhow.
So, with that, I ordered a new wetsuit Sunday morning. It was a great deal and is a much more sophisticated suit than what I used before. Plus, I've gotten enough use out of the HUUB to not feel bad about it. We had a few sprints, and Olympic, two half Ironmans and a full Ironman together. RIP, ripped friend.
|Come to momma, red tires|
Another thing that annoys me: every flat tire is like a $12 commitment between the tube and the cartridge. I've procured a pair of tires for this weekend and new red tires are on their way. I also bought a 10-pack of tubes on Amazon for $35, so at least I've got that going.
This is going to be an intense weekend - I've got the Hemingway 8K Saturday morning, then we're driving up to Egg Harbor for the Door County 70.3 and camping. Yeah ... camping. This is going to be an adventure of epic proportions.
I'm going to need a massage for real.