Saturday, October 29, 2011

Dances with Buck

It's not everday you find yourself in the middle of a sprint with a six-point buck. I guess today was to be the exception.

This afternoon I was rolling along on the Ozaukee Interurban Trail, a route I often take to warm up or cool down after spending the day on the backroads of Wisconsin. Sometimes, if I feel a little playful, I'll use the one-mile stretches between crossings for short interval work. But today I was feeling a bit more than playful, and so found myself beginning the start of a sprint I will never forget. I remember my speed was somewhere in the high 20s when my eyes suddenly met the eyes of a large buck standing right beside the trail's edge. At the moment I noticed him, he was probably 12 feet or so ahead of me.

As I was out of the saddle in the middle of the sprint, I really had no choice but to charge on through. My adrenaline was hitting an all-time high, and I knew at that moment that I might be this big boy's first "trail kill" if he were to decide to cross my path. But he didn't. Instead, I found myself in the middle of a now 20+ mph sprint, side-by-side, with a big ol' buck! For the next 100 feet or so, we rolled...uh..ran?...side by side, until he decided he had had enough of this horseplay, and turned off into the nearby brush. I was done with my sprints after that.

This afternoon, I just don't feel a need for that strong cup of coffee that I often enjoy after a good, hard ride. Maybe I'll see if there's any of that Sleeptime herbal tea left in the cupboard to bring this shaking down a bit.

No comments:

Post a Comment