Ok all you cyclists junkies out there, particularly those who have done a transition from one sport to the next in a race - I need some advice. See, I'm doing this little race on Saturday called the Chilly Cheek Duathlon (click HERE for details)....
.....a duathlon? Jill?
Yes, you read correctly! Jill will be on a bike. In a race!
4 miles run (1st leg) followed by 10 miles biking (2nd leg).
I know that 10 miles is chump-change for you cycle enthusiast out there, but I am here to tell you that I cannot ride a bike. I am not very coordinated and I go pretty much one speed - slow. Which is fine, I don't necessarily care about speed (hahah....who'm I kidding!) but having last rode a bike, outside a few spin classes here and there this summer in my running hiatus, I have not rode my bike - AT ALL - since July of 2009. Here's a few pics below of my boys and I riding down Glenwood Canyon, the last time my feet touched my bike pedals....
|Me and the boyz - Riding down Glenwood Canyon. Obviously I forgot my helmet.|
|Ahhhhhh...hard to look at views like this on a bike ride, eh?|
It was a great trip and the boys and I had a total blast. We biked, we hiked, they went rafting and I swam laps in the disgusting sulfur springs pool (very famous pool...it's just that the water is heated by an internal thermal sulfur spring - WAY too warm and way too smelly and if you get that crap in your mouth, be prepared to have an upset stomach for a few hours later).
To prep for my little adventure this weekend, I hauled my cycling naive-ness body over to the gym on Monday and decided I'd ride the stationary bike for an hour. I knew I could ride 10 miles, but I have no idea how fast, so me had to find out.
I set that puppy to the "hill interval" option and what the heck, let's just jump to level 13 (out of 1-20) and see what the legs can do.
I don't know how you cycling guys do it. 1 hour later, I burned a whopping 413 calories. HUH? I can burn twice that running for an hour! I did manage to crank out 20.14 miles, but I will admit it, I barely broke a sweat and when a hill did come, it was harder than the crazy speed I was cranking out the flat miles, but it didn't leave me totally breathless or needing to puke - like I am in spin class whenever I am brave enough to go. I thought my settings would be enough to expire me, but no I guess not. Maybe I got a lame bike, the guy next to me was sweating buckets and his level was at a 10 and he wasn't even doing hills (I must constantly size-up my competition at the gym... whatever, don't judge)....me, not so much.. Lessons learned, I guess....but at least I know I can survive Saturday. Hopefully.
So with ONE whole bike training session down, I'm ready for the duathlon!
Bring 'er on!
Only.....I have no idea how to "transition" from the running (that's 1st) to the biking (2nd). Is there some sort of standard protocol, rules, allowed pushing and shoving involved here? Do I bring a banana and fuel my body for my next stage? What if I can't find my bike? Do I just take the closest $10K bike I see? :)
40 degrees expected for the high of the day, meaning it'll be about 35 for race time probably. What do I wear on the bike? I'll most likely wear my trusty Nike Tempo shorts for the run but will my legs will be frozen in said shorts for what I hope will be slightly faster than my 4-mile run pace? Do I hang pants from my bike, pray no one steals them, and slide them on in the transition area? I will not change shoes, this is a mt bike we're talking here, folks....no clips to clip into. Will I need a jacket? Gloves? Face mask? Thermajock (read up on that HERE).
Ahhh, all will be good. Right??? I just signed up for this thing because it was something different. Something new I've never done. I can't marathon train so what the hell, I may as well do a duathlon.
Check back on Sunday to see how I survived. In the meantime, here's how the blog fest holiday gift exchange is unfolding:
We're up to I think about 69 participants. Whoooaaa! I think I am going to close shop on the 6th now (I love to bend the rules), because people are just freaking out about having time to shop. Um.....not to mention any names (Lindsay) but one really doesn't need to read a year's worth of blog entries to "get to know your blogger". $5ish gifts are not exactly personal. So to accommodate those who need extra holiday shopping time, gift exchange sign up will end at 5:00 MST (that's mountain time zone, yes there is such a thing!!) on Monday, the 6th. Tara and I will then go swim, and whine how cold the pool is, then we'll go grab a few alcoholic beverages to combat this list. Expect to get your blog buddy by Tuesday or Wednesday next week (though you foreigners, I am trying to get you guys assigned by this weekend.). Timing depends on how much alcohol we consume and get side-tracked by various other things.
And here's the latest pain in the ass wish list:
Jill (onelittletrigirl) does NOT want either of the following:
Nor does she want any of your children's artwork from elementary school.
Jason would like someone bad (with a *wink wink* added for good measure. I have no clue what the winks means).
Karen R would like to review the income and expense statements of the person that is purchasing her gift. I'm guessing this means she wants the highest income level person purchasing her present....but I'm her to tell you, Karen, those guys are the cheapest tightwads on the planet!!!
Meg would like someone really bad. REALLY bad. Ok....last week we all wanted good, this week we all want bad. Make up your mind, people!!!
Beth (shut up and run) does not want a woopie cushion, pair of underwear, Depends or fake dog crap. Beth, Sweetie...there's nothing left to get you then!!
Jennifer (The running Artist) Also wants someone bad. Geez ... you guys are disgusting.
Chris (C2Iowa) would like Beer - from fort collins, CO --- 1554 by New Belgium. Chris, sorry...I don't know anyone who lives in CO to get that for you. I can hook you up with a great beer guy, though...he's having a bloggie beer party in Texas soon! I'm not paying for your trip to Texas, though.
Lindsay may have your gift to you by Valentine's Day. I apologize in advance.
EMZ wondered if anyone WANTED Kovas. Low and behold we had a taker: Chris K. He's even HAPPY about it. Go figure. Again. Chris, Kovas would like another one of these, so he can sew two of them together: