Yesterday was such a nice day. Also something of a historic day, and a large crowd (well, large by Laramie standards) gathered to commemorate the time Rick Oliver free soloed up this formidable climbing wall, back when Olivers were biathletes and biathletes were orienteers, and Giants strode the Plain.
Some may wonder "why aren't these folks wearing masks?" Keep in mind they were all vaccinated (or claimed to be), and they took off their masks just long enough to make this photo.
Today was not quite as sunny, but it was even milder despite much more cloud cover, and at times even borderline warm. I considered donning a sombrero while running, but didn't--the wind made that impractical.
But I did make my official 2021 Spring Training debut, and just in time, because I think Wyoming Spring Football starts on Tuesday, and if they can get their spring training started, there is never any good excuse for anyone else to not start their spring training.
I went back out to Remarkable Flats, where, despite yesterday's total sun and mild weather both yesterday and today, there was still a whole lot of snow on the ground. But I was not deterred, and reckoned that if I could somehow flounder my way through the first 5 1/2 controls, I could get through all the rest. Which I did. I did a long course, about 14 kms w/ 34 controls, and when I wasn't running through snow, I was about to run through snow. I was adhering to the philosophy of "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger". When I was done I didn't necessarily feel stronger, but I did feel done, and downed a delicious can of ice cold Mountain Dew to mark the occasion. Legs may feel sore tomorrow, but so what.