Let's do a little recap of the mishaps I have endured since I decided to train for that race, shall we?
- First time out with Christi on the course, I fell.
- Third time out, a screw came out of my shoe and I couldn't clip into my pedal.
- Fourth time out, a moth flew into my shirt and I almost killed myself trying to remove it.
- Let's not forget RACE DAY! Broken derailleur at mile 8.18.
Julie and another friend if they were up to riding too and yep, they were all eager and excited to go!
On top of that, remember that little 13.1 mile run I did the day before? (If you missed that post, click here and be wow'd at my feat :)) Well...I knew there'd be repercussions the next day, but I was ill-prepared how crap-ola I'd actually ride. It didn't help matters that temps were soaring in the high 90's. I just do NOT do well with endurance sports in heat. Bleh.
Just know that mid-way though this ride - with a face swelling at exponential rates, calves not one bit happy from the long run the day before, temps rising well over any one's max comfort zone, and relentless freaking hills - I SUCKED on this ride. Badly. Even cutting the course by about 8 miles (giving us 54 miles total) didn't help too much.
I didn't let it bother me. I just poked along at a pace I was comfortable with and let the others meander on ahead.
|Yes, that's them WAY up ahead|
I cherished the company.
|Christi, Julie and my friend, Kettie|
This little store saved. my. life - COLD WATER!
Don't worry all your bike folks out there, I will still ride - I really do enjoy it - but I just don't think I want to train in this heat for hours on end (and I'm still having burning, painful feet issues...are my feel swelling or something?) and my heart's not in another long ride right now.
I emailed Ron, the incredibly smart guy who is helping me with my running (PLEASE read his latest post here about running injuries - it is chucked full of very interesting, and helpful, information) and he gave me the thumbs up to progress with the running.
To celebrate I did my first set of hill repeats today in well over a year - and all went well (heel's a bit sore tonight but I think that's more so because I've been standing on it all day). I even hit numbers in the high 7's. I KNOW!! - very, very pleased about that! Best celebration ever!
Hello, running shoes! Oh how I've missed you.
Before I close, I have to share this little tidbit I heard on the news tonight:
Colorado has the lowest obesity rate in the nation: 19.8 % (so about 1 in every 5 is obese in Colorado. Mississippi has the highest at a tad over 30%). While I'm pretty dang proud to live in such a high activity, gorgeous state (seriously, if you can't take advantage of all the incredible outdoor stuff Colorado has to offer, then you shouldn't live here), I was disturbed to learn that in 1995, 19.8% would have been the highest obesity state. It's sad the direction America is headed. (Click here to read the article, if interested in learning more).
My body has noticeably changed in my running hiatus, and not for the good either. Now that I've been given the A-ok, I think I'll head to the mountains today to take advantage of being the slimmest state in the nation .... and do a little mountain trail running.
Run Strong, Friends