Opening day

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Day one of training camp began with a little bike assembly project. I needed to get this:

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to look like a functioning bicycle. After that we walked down to meet the new animals of the compound, two wild mustangs that they rescued.

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As you can see, they are very handsome boys. And while they are definitely a little shy, they are curious about people and will come over for some nose pets and to check us out. This is probably the only place where horses and tri-bikes live side by side:

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I forgot my camera for much of the days training, but I started the day with a short run just outside the house. Sally came with me and we only got a tiny bit lost finding the trail. (Last year I just followed Cathy & Dawn and didn’t have to really pay attention to where we were going… ) Then we headed out for a short bike ride, (well for those of us who wanted to swim it was short, the others did a 2 and half hour loop with Dan). Then a few of us headed to the glorious Palmdale pool for a sunny outdoor swim. I haven’t been swimming in a while, so it was good to get back in the water even if it was a little slower and a little harder than it should have been.

After the swim, Audrey, Sally and I headed home. We stopped to run what was supposed to be a quick errand to buy those red & white peppermint candies as treats for the horses. (Sally is a very experienced horse-woman) It turned into the Starlight Mint Quest:

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After Trader Joes (long shot), Target, Albertsons, we were finally successful at Super Target. Audrey & I got to stop at Starbucks, so we were happy. Plus, it was such a dumb thing not to be able to find. When we got back, the others were back from their ride and Dawn proposed a hike at Devils Punchbowl. I decided to tag along with her and Cathy joined us while Audrey and Sally headed out for a ride. Dawn & Cathy hiked and I did a little trail run/hike combo. It was a full day, but it was great. On our way back I noticed this sign that I hadn’t seen before at the base of their driveway. It’s caption should be “No kidding!”

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After all that training, it was time for some serious food and chilling out. Audrey wore this very awesome shirt, which I had to get a picture of, but she wouldn’t let me photograph her face:

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All in all, it was a great start to training camp.

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