A Wet Bike Ride
Tuesday I threw my bike in the car hoping to ride in Middlebury on one of my favorite routes. Well it was POURING so I decided to head home. Once there I did change into biking clothes, grabbed my hybrid (set for water right) and took off. I don't mind getting wet especially if the run/ride finishes at home. I actually had quite a good time. I didn't hurry and because I was on my hybrid took some of my favorite dirt roads, a route I hadn't gone on this year. I got filthy and I do mean filthy! It was mostly on my rain pants (best investment ever), my raincoat, my glasses and my bike! I did as good a job as I could cleaning my bike once I got home. At different times during the ride it misted, was precipitation free, sunny (for about a minute) and poured. I wasn't crazy about the pouring but the rest was quite fun. I had quite a time avoiding pot holes as the road was FULL of them. This is a busy week and I was glad to get a workout in on a not so great day.
Another Good Field Trip
Wednesday we went to the Shelburne Museum once again lucking out on the weather. There has been a lot of inclement weather lately but not during our field trips. We had lots of chaperones on this trip so there were very small groups and you could really enjoy the kids you were with. They were probably surprised every time they asked me if they could go somewhere I told them sure. I was very relaxed and had no agenda. The students did have passports they got stamped at different buildings/workshops and those motivated them very much. They had lots of good questions and were eager to participate. I teach a great age student but I think most teachers think that. We seem to find the age that suits us best.
One of the more popular exhibits at the museum is the Ticonderoga. I wrote about this after I did a race last fall on the route they used to haul the ship overland to the museum site. Unbelievable. Here's what I wrote about it last fall. This 1.1 mile route was created decades ago for moving the steamship Ticonderoga from Shelburne Bay to its home at Shelburne Museum two miles away.. The gravel path starts on Harbor Road and and continues to Bay Road via field, wetland and forest. The Ticonderoga was pulled from the lake and moved two miles overalnd to Shelburne Museum where it is a National Historic Landmark!
The students loved exploring all levels of the Ticonderoga although they had no interest in watching the film about moving the Ticonderoga to the museum. I guess I'll have to go back and see it on my own. They loved most of the exhibits but one thing they were determined to do was ride the carousel. Again - I love the age I teach. They are independent yet very much (at times) still little kids.
One last thing......tomorrow night I have a race. I would never prefer to race in the evening being very much a morning runner by choice the Corporate Cup is in the evening. I love running with friends and it is a blast to run with co workers so race I will. One person on my team has only run one time and raced one time and that was last year in this same event! The other woman is a runner but has never raced. There is a walking team of 3 people and only one of them has raced. The final threesome has raced and is excited to race together. This race messes up my training schedule for the week but I'm still looking forward to it. No huge goals. I remember being disappointed with my time last year. I'll have to go look it up. It is a very crowded start and you don't get out of the crowd and trying to get around people for quite awhile. I'll aim for having fun, watching my colleagues have fun and improving last year's time.