72 hilly, windy miles are harder than 100 flat-ish, hot, humid miles in some ways (the very top of those 2 big, steep hills were the first 2 times I have ever been forced to stop and walk. It was that or fall-down when I couldn't pedal enough to maintain vertical). The morning after my century ride 3 weeks ago I wasn't sore and had plenty of energy...the 25 mile recovery ride the next day felt great. Today I have a 6 mile run on the agenda and I'm kinda dreading it. My pillow is looking a LOT more attractive than my running shoes.
In 2 weeks I will be doing a 75 mile tour on some of those same roads we rode yesterday, though sans those 2 hills (DH dubbed them 'Up-F*cker 1 & 2' with good reason). Hallelujah!
I'm sure some of my exhaustion is due to not sleeping well in the past week. I had several nights where I developed an annoying 2nd wind at bedtime, which had me wired until 1am or so, then had to be up at 7:30 to get the kiddo off to day camp.
We were all up too late Thursday night after seeing fiddler Natalie MacMaster, with opening act -- Greensky Bluegrass (a local band that I have had the pleasure of seeing once before). They performed at the Meijer Gardens...my very favorite place in all of West Michigan.
It was a great show from start to finish. We first became familiar with Natalie's fiddle playing when we picked up one of her CDs in a used CD store in Halifax, Nova Scotia during our honeymoon 13 years ago.
DS loved the show...his first real concert. The amazing outdoor venue only added to the experience. I'm so thankful to have such a beautiful place in my backyard. The cold beer, crickets chirping and the setting sun really added to the beauty of the night. Plus we had great seats up front on the grass. The heat and humidity of previous days had broken, so conditions were simply perfect.
I think we are going to have to make a commitment to attend at least one concert at FMG every Summer. It was a truly wonderful, almost magical experience.