It's midgie aka "Canadian Soldier" season here in the NEO.
They look like skeeters, but don't bite and don't live more than 24 hours. They are just here to swarm black clouds and become fishy food for Lake Erie. I hate to complain about 'em, because they are a sign of a healthy Lake Erie. However, they swarm in nasty black clouds and you can even HERE THE BUZZING in the evening of said clouds. If I hadn't lived hear Lake Erie most of my life, I'd be seriously freaked out. They're not quite as bad as this picture, but you get the point..
See, they are good for something! A-ha, Stupid Yankees. :)
So why, then, did I think it would be a good idea to do a ride on Route 2 during Midgie season?
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Bugs. TASTEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.
Also, I decided to act like a triathlete and actually swim.
Do you know how many times I've been in the pool since IM New Orleans 70.3?
In honor of freshman final exams, I'll give you a multiple choice question:
B. FORTY-TWO THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED AND SIXTY SEVEN.
C. NINETY TWO.
D. ALL OF THE ABOVE.
Yes, friends...it is sadly ONCE. So I knew I had it coming for me when I got in the 25 meter outdoor pool on Saturday. I was literally afraid to start swimming! My mush-tastic arms didn't know what was about to hit them.
I did 2000 meters (slowly and out of breath) and it took me just over 31 minuts to swim a mile, which normally is HORRID for me, but all things considered I was okay with that. Now that I have access to a pool from 6am until 9pm, there are NO EXCUSES for me not to hit it at least 3-4 times a week. Bring back my gills, please!
So if you want a non-traditional protein shake made with midgies, just let me know. Otherwise, I need to get ready to hang on those Wisconsin Hills at WIBA--giddyup!