Despite a later than desired start, today was pretty fulfilling. After caring for my folks for two years then having to spend months catching up on all I let slide, it’s SO good to have my old life back! I kicked off the day with a 57 minutes of sprint intervals through the swamp and along the tracks.Back home I refilled the thinly diluted Gatorade, switched to the dog-bike and harnessed Mak who was trembling with anticipation. Then off to a secret place we wouldn’t run into cabrones with loose dogs. It was rockier and steeper than our usual dirt roads/bike trails and once we crested the grade, we were both heated.At the truck the chrono showed 55 minutes. Mak was eager for more but I deliberately left gas in his tank for tomorrow. And though the photo below was taken another day, swimming the pond and back was a very welcome Phase III for both of us.Rain was clearly on the way by the time we’d driven north and entered late-day Phase IV.Because of buoyancy issues, I didn’t bring the MX-8069 but strapped on this diving knife. Diminutive compared to the usual, but you didn’t think Heroes ‘N Pirates would go without a blade, did you?With a hiss across the water, the rain swept in. Mak was unhappy, so I paddled for the truck.It wasn’t long before we were drenched, then I loaded the kayak in the dark. But it made a good end-of-day adventure.