So I took a few days off, mostly an entire week. But I did run one day...my Thursday run group of course! And I ended up doing a double run that day since Ragnar is sneaking up on me! So I did an easy 3 in the morning and and easy 3 in the evening. My first ever double run day.
|F'N Runners ... we are a fun group!|
But I wasn't just sitting at home doing nothing! I found a new love! Ok...it's not as strong as my love for running but it definitely is fun and great cross training. Cycling! (Note: don't say biker around a cyclist! They will have your head!).
I had a mountain bike that I didn't properly take care of. It's difficult to ride, the gear changer wasn't working, and my tires were flat. Derek helped fix up my mountain bike as best he could. It's so rusted, the gear shifters still don't work but he fixed the breaks and the tires. But to ride that bike for even a mile is a HUGE effort! And from past experience riding a friends road bike, I know road bikes are SO MUCH EASIER to ride! But they can be really expensive. At least the really good ones. I don't want to spend $500 or a few thousand dollars on a bike.
I decided to buy a cheap one online. Sure, it won't be the best or the fastest but it will be better than riding my mountain bike! It came in last Friday and Derek picked it up from my house and put it together so I could use it for a 16 mile bike ride in Joliet the next day! I ended up riding 20 miles that day and felt really good. The ride was really crowded (2,000 people signed up and it was free), so most of the time, I was going pretty slow. But I have taken the bike out several times just in Derek's neighborhood (since the bike is living at his house for now). I can't wait to take it to the trail and ride a bit faster!
|Picture of my bike...from the website|
Combining running and cycling...I have signed up for the Tinley Park Duathlon in June. It's a fun race (from what I hear) and not super serious. It's a 2 mile run, 11 mile bike, 2 mile run. Not too bad.
BUT...what else did I do? I signed up for the Naperville Triathlon in August (again!). This was the triathlon I signed up for last year but dislocated my shoulder 3 weeks before and therefore couldn't do it (due to the swim). It was going to be my first "real" triathlon (I had competed in one of those indoor small ones early in 2012). I was really disappointed when I couldn't do it. And also, I had no consideration that I could do one this year after dislocating the shoulder twice in February. But after going to the gym last week and swimming 750 meters, I realized that maybe I could do the triathlon which is a sprint and only has a 400 meter swim! The triathlon was really expensive since it's fairly late in the registration process but I almost felt like I had to do it...like a come-back for missing it last year! Redemption tri!!