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Floatin’ Down the River

by Meghann on May 27, 2012

Where did I leave off from yesterday? Oh, yes, we had just completed the Crystal River Triathlon, my teammates had all kicked butt in their age groups (hello first and second place trophies!), and we were hot, tired, and ready to relax…. what better way to do that than floating down the river?

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I vote we float down the river after every race from now on. mmmkay? ;)

Rainbow River is a popular spring-fed river just south of Ocala. I’d been once years ago with Derek and the fact that we were planning on going there after the triathlon was my main bribing tool to get Derek to come to the race. Who doesn’t want to spend a couple of hours floating down the river? ;)

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We had picked up a few river-related supplies on the way to our launch site, including floats, sunscreen, Twizzlers (very important!)

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And Publix subs (enjoyed on dry land ;) ).

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All set and ready to relax.

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The spring-fed water was amazing. It was slightly chilly, very refreshing, and perfect for two hours of floating.

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We had brought a cooler full of drinks and fruit for the ride. Our original plan was to put the cooler in the extra kid’s float, but Derek was paranoid that the cooler would sink the float, so he floated the whole way with the cooler on his belly. I kept asking if it bothered him, but he didn’t mind a bit. I think he actually preferred the ample access to the beer, he was set for the afternoon.

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Post-race bliss.

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Stephanie had brought some Lime-A-Ritas, which tasted like fizzy margaritas. They actually weren’t bad and sorta went with the setting.   

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Can you tell I was floating with a bunch of swimmers? They all wore their goggles! Nerds. ;)

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At one point we found a rope that people were jumping off of.

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Obviously we couldn’t pass it up.

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You know that saying “If everyone else jumped off of the bridge, would you jump too?” Well, if they all survived with a smile… I probably would. ;)

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The rope was one of those things that didn’t look bad from a far, but the second you get up to the tree and start climbing, you begin to second guess your decision to follow everyone else.

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haha. I look terrified!

But all it took was a few words of encouragement and I was all smiles again.

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Here goes nothing!!!

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Worth it. Totally worth it!

And I promise it wasn’t that scary in the end. If it was, we wouldn’t have spent a full 30 minutes taking turns jumping.

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How perfect is this shot?!

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Alright, enough jumping. More floating.

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Remember this photo. It’s rare to see our fearless leader, Felipe, so worn out.

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After a mile or so of floating, we had reached the end.

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So much fun ladies!

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We deflated the tires and start the hour or so drive back to Tampa. I had an apple and stopped for an iced coffee on the way home for a little caffeine boost (I was wiped!).

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Derek and I were both not in the mood to cook anything. I let him pick where to get take-out from and he chose a local BBQ place.

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Not the best bbq I’ve ever had, but it worked.

Then we both fell asleep at 9:00pm. It was awesome. :)

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