Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Training in Ireland

Training while traveling has both its benefits and difficulties. Finding a pool (or section of the sea where I won't get swept out into it) to swim in can be tricky. But I'd say the benefits far outweigh the trials.

My cycling scenery looks like this lately...

The past two mornings I have ridden past this general store. I love the old dog that sleeps in the doorway - he is always there, staying out of the rain.

Foggy waterfall on Conor's Pass.

I love this blue gate. A lot of Irish houses, walls, etc. are plain stone colors, but then they tend to accent everything with a red door, or a blue gate, etc. 

An old house on the cliff on my ride.

I've yet to ride without getting rained on. Thankfully I brought warm clothes. I'm actually getting used to the rain. And Mike - I have even been remembering to oil my bike chain after each ride!!!

Irish door.

When I'm riding I keep wanting to pinch myself because I can't believe I actually get to ride my bike past all this amazing scenery. I can not imagine anywhere more beautiful to ride a bike!!

Streams and lakes galore.

There is definitely a reason it is so green here...

My ride typically ends with me coming back and getting warm.

My mom and I then visit a local pub where I get awesome food, warm drinks, and she tells me random facts about all the areas I just rode past. It's like traveling with your own personal historian really. 

For example, today she told me that the area I rode through is home to half a million sheep. I have no idea why they are spray painted though...

11 comments:

Lisa said...

I had an "Ireland training" day myself! Went out for a run in the pouring, pelting, "bouncy" rain. Funny, never bumped into another runner or cyclist :)

Enjoy the rest of your trip!

Beth said...

I love, love, LOVE your pictures! Especially of spray painted sheep! :) Your time with your mom and training sound so awesome!! Thanks for sharing your pics!

Beth said...
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Beth said...

The sheep are spray painted so the farmers can tell whose sheep are whose!

ali said...

Wow, I love the pics! Enjoy yourself and stay warm out there:))!!

Jason said...

If 70.3 Ireland has an uptick in registrations for next year you need to call WTC and get a commission on sales from them.

These pictures are awesome and make me want to rearrange my schedule so that I can include this race.

Lisa said...

I going to Ireland next week and I'm getting so excited from looking at your pics! As an Irish girl I can tell you the sheep are spray painted so the farmers can tell who the sheep belong to! It is a great country and I'm glad your having such a great time, it is a FABULOUS country.

Jennifer Yake Neuschwander said...

Your mom is cool, so are you of course. Enjoy your time there.

Keith said...

ahhhhh, Beth beat me to it. I am from Wales and we do the same at home. Sheep pasture on common land, and so when its time to round up for shearing the owners need to know whose is whose. Spraying identifies the sheep and then the wool is washed and the dye comes out. Here's me thinking I would part a little Celtic life to all, but Beth is in the know!

K.

Meg said...

Yeah for Ireland, Cedrik's homeland, right?
So happy to see all of your gorgeous pictures but please find out about the sheep, that bothers me!!!

Terrish B said...

So stoked for you and your travels :) What a joy! Thank you for sharing :) Hugs!!