Enter my new shoes, the New Balance Minimus MT10!
Later in the afternoon I rode my bike down to Mad Dog Cycles to get it tuned up. Those guys could not be nicer-today it was really busy but the guy working took my bike to the back and worked on it right there with me, giving me a chance to ride it after each iteration of adjustments. I had a complete overhaul done a couple weeks ago and in the interim the rear derailleur cable had gotten loose so I couldn't shift into gear eight. Apparently you have to break in new parts, because the weight of the rider stretches and loosens all of the joints.
On my way home from the bike shop I stopped at the school to go swimming, and I learned something about rest weeks: don't rest TOO much. I inadvertently did almost no serious workouts this week, and I felt it today in the pool. My back was hurting on Monday so I skipped my swim class, and when I came to class on Wednesday, we just did some dry-land conditioning then spent the rest of the class playing inner-tube water polo in the diving pool. (Way fun, by the way, if you ever get the chance I highly recommend it.) I had a good bike ride last night, but other than my back exercises that was about it for the week. So I definitely felt rusty today in the pool. That's alright, though, I will be well-rested to hit the next training block starting Monday.