THE MUSSELMAN

HERE IS A REPORT FROM THE GREATEST EVENT OF THE SUMMER- THE MUSSELMAN IN THE FINGER LAKES REGION OF UPSTATE NEW YORK.  WHAT A RACE AND WHAT A PLACE.  THERE ARE WINERIES,  OLD NEW ENGLAND AMBIANCE AND VERY NICE PEOPLE WHO THROW OUT THE WELCOME MAT.

THE RACE HOSTS THE ATHLETES IN SOME VERY NICE MODERN DORMS AT HOBART SMITH COLLEGE.  SWIM IS IN SENECA LAKE WHICH HAS MUSSELS IN IT AND THE BIKE GOES AROUND THE LAKE, BY THE WINERIES AND THE RUN GOES UP HILL THRU THE TOWN, COLLEGE, OUT IN SOME STUNNING COUNTRYSIDE AND BACK TO THE LAKE.

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER I TOOK THE DOUBLE MUSSEL CHALLENGE- SPRINT RACE SATURDAY AND HALF IRON ON SUNDAYIT TURNED OUT TO BE FANTASTIC FUN. HERE IS THE REPORT FROM DAY 1:

DAY 2 STARTED OUT LIKE THIS:

THEN A FIERCE STORM CAME THRU ON THE BIKE WITH LIGHTNING AND HEAVY RAIN. THE RUN WAS OVERCAST AND COOL. A GREAT CHANGE FROM THE EXCESSIVE HEAT. MY SOX TELL THE TALE:

NOW LET’S TALK ABOUT THE NUMBER 6. THE DOUBLE MUSSELS GOT THE LOW NUMBERS IN REVERSE AGE ORDER. THE PRESSURE TO WEAR A LOW NUMBER AND PRODUCE AT A RIPE OLD AGE IS EXTREME.  THE GOOD NEWS IS THERE IS NOT MANY TAKERS IN  THIS CATEGORY!!

OF COURSE I FOUND A VERY COOL BARN:

BOTH RACES WENT VERY WELL AND I GOT A FAB PRIZE OF A RECYCLED BIKE COG/GEAR AND A NICE JAR OF ORGANIC SUNFLOWER BUTTER (LIKE P NUT BUTTER).  ALSO I FELL IN LOVE WITH ALMOND BUTTER AND BROUGHT SOME HOME. TO CELEBRATE DEE R’S 60TH I FULFILLED AN ASSIGNMENT OF FINDING A GOOD DRY RIESLING TO BRING BACK TOO.

THIS IS A GREAT REGION TO VISIT AND THE RACE COULD NOT BE MORE FUN AND HAS TERRIFIC WHISTLES AND BELLS AND IS ENTIRELY GREEN AND CARBON NEUTRAL. WHAT’S NOT TO LIKE ? SAY YES TO THIS ONE. THEY ALSO PIONEERED THE AQUA BIKE CONCEPT A FEW YEARS BACK FOR THE RUN IMPAIRED. CAN’T WAIT TIL NEXT YEAR.

GET OUT THERE AND EXPLORE AND GO GREEN- WE CAN DO IT-GO EARTH.
HAPPY TRAILS
NW

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