So after the exceedingly uncomfortable run because of the stomach issues I was having, I decided to go for a bike ride. I was thinking of doing a 20-30 mile ride, just to get comfortable on the new bike. So I got the bike all ready. Put my bottle cages on the new rear seat bottle holder and was ready to go. Noticed it had just started drizzling. Less than desirable, but okay. I'm tough. Let's go (little voice inside my head saying- don't go. You've had a bad enough day already and aren't used to the bike yet, so don't go out by yourself in the rain, idiot. I ignored the little voice.
So I'm off. Within the first 1.5 miles I:
1. Got breezed by 3 cars getting way too close for comfort
2. Lost BOTH bottles from the rear bottle "launchers" (didn't even hit a bump!)
3. Tried to go retrieve bottle #2 and went down. Right on my bruises/road rash from last time!
The little voice in my head became a really big voice in my head "Okay stupid, you can't do this ride with no water, and you're spooked. And bleeding. Go home"
So I went home and let Cindy Crawford kick my ass via VHS
You read the race report. Later that day (9am)I went on a bike ride with some CTCers. It was a very fun group ride. Met a really nice guy from LA that Charlie picked up on the way and heard horror stories about century rides up mountains. Those are the stories that keep me up at night!
Stats for the ride:
30.28 miles in 2 hours (including stop lights and conversation, etc)
New max speed for the bike 35.4 mph (could have went WAY faster if I was comfortable in the new setup. The hill is killer.
Elevation climbed: 1820 feet
Avg heart rate 154 Max 183
Good time had by all!
Woke up at 5:45 intending to do a 4 mile tempo run. I really wanted to keep the miles under 8:20. Ate a banana (new for me. I really dislike them, but they saved me on the century ride so I'm giving them another try), put on the Garmin, and was off.
Does anyone else have problems going hard in the morning? I had such a hard time running this morning. I averaged about 20 seconds per mile slower than I had anticipated. This was not helped by the fact that the Garmin HRM strap is too big! I spent half the run messing with it- had to stop once to try to shove it into my sports bra, then gave up altogether and let it sit around my waist at the end of the run. I realize that they have to make it fit the "average American", and our larger population, but I'm really not that skinny. Anyway, enough of my rant (I figured out a way to make it fit today). My end run stats were 4 miles in 34:30 (8:40 pace). Then I took my bike to work for a 10 miler to top off the day. Not too bad.
So now I'm so sore! Open water swim tomorrow!
Race Report: O'Gara's Irish Run
1 day ago