Steve is an exceptional rider and he spent most of the day waiting for master man. I was riding race pace while Steve was talking about building base miles for the winter.
During the loop, we detoured into a new section of Lake James State Park, to the Paddy Creek beach and facility. This entire area is amazing; new roads and bridges, bike lanes, new cut hiking trails and this amazing public use facility that looks like an executive retreat!
While taking a break I chatted up a runner who disclosed he had just completed a 29 mile run. That begged for more discourse and I soon learned he was training for the Table Rock 50 mile on December 10 (I'm entered in the 50K). I happened to ask where the race started and he said "right here!"
I don't know what the weather will be like on 12/10, but I must say I've never started an ultra or triathlon in this upscale of an environment. What a place, what a day, and now there is anticipation for the ultra to come.
It seems with God, the blessings never end. I drove home giving thanks for a few more gems in my life.