Visions of September

This was the first Saturday morning of the run-up to Coeur d'Alene without a workout. That's because I was out planting trees, which was totally fun. In all, 186 trees were planted in three neighborhoods on the east side of Portland, 10 by our crew, including an akane apple in front of our house here on Hoyt Street. The young fella may not yield much fruit this first year, but we're looking forward to harvesting some delicious apples every September.

Later in the afternoon, I got on the trainer and rode steady for about 22 miles (an hour and 20 minutes). Then after a brief bathroom break, I got back on and did a series of hard efforts separated by one minute of easy pedaling: 5 minutes, then 6 minutes, and 7, and 8, then 5, 6 and 7 again. This added another 18 miles to the total, giving my 40 for the day. Tomorrow it's a morning run (90 minutes) followed by an hour in the pool.

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