I had made the decision to go on an easy walk to start off gently in my new season of training for the triathlon. And the hike we were going to do was a hike around a local lake. Well, not quite local, but local enough. I wasn't quite sure about its length, but the path was mostly gravel, there were to be no rocks to climb up and over, so all was fine.
Until I looked out the window early yesterday and found that it was raining. Well, drizzling really, but in the end you are just as wet, so I might as well call it rain. Was that a reason to cancel the trip though? If I had been going on my own: definitely. But, since I was going with a friend, nope!
So, on with the walking gear, I found the rain gear and in the car the whole lot (including me) went to pick up my friend. I wasn't quite sure where to park and start the route and neither was my friend, but a lady at the petrol station was able to point us in the right way. On with the rain gear and off we trotted. And we trotted and trotted and trotted.
We trotted through the drizzle, took a few photos, trotted some more, took some more photos and after about four hours we were finally back at the car. Nearly 14 kilometers (about 9 miles) we had trotted and I can tell you one thing: at the end I was thoroughly fed up! The drizzle/rain was never ending, the path was never ending, I had blisters and I was tired. It was so good to see my car. It was even better to eat the hamburger we got on the way home and the best was the shower once I was home again.
My first training might not have been as easy as I had planned, but we did it anyway. On with the rest...