Unfortunately, my whining time overlapped with my blogging time on Saturday. Thank you so much to all of you who read and left supportive comments, and to all of you who suggested that I take some time off from running. You are all right. And I am taking everyone's advice and taking it easy this week with the running. I still plan on running the La Jolla 1/2 Marathon on April 26...then I may take all of May off from running. It's silly to run in pain.
I even got started this "take it easy on the running approach" on Sunday because the bike shop called and told me that my bike was ready...with new tires and new pedals...so it was time to take the remodeled bike out for a "recovery ride."
If you'll remember, my bike used to look like this:
All I have to say is: Wow...what a difference some tires, shoes and pedals makes! The last time I rode...the day before a long run (on relatively fresh legs), I struggled to maintain about a 10 mph pace. Sunday, on arguably tired legs (from the 12 mile debauchle the day before) 12.5 mph was EASY, and I found myself at 15-17 mph easily! Wow. I mean. Wow.
My new shoes. Already I can feel a whole bunch of questions I'll have for the tri-peeps, like what do you do about foot cramps while you're riding?
Before I got on the bike, I practiced with the shoes and the click in pedals for awhile, because could just see myself falling over when I stopped. But I caught onto the moving the shoe to the side thing pretty quickly. I imagine that I will fall at some point, but it will be because some other ridiculous thing is happening, and I panic. But once I got the gist of it, I was off.
I rode 9.5 miles in about 47 minutes, with a top speed of 18 mph and and average speed of 12.5. The last time I rode, with the old tires, my top speed was 16 mph and the average speed was 10.7 mph.
I wish there was some kind of running gear that would take that kind of time off of my running times...
I could see myself liking the bike. It is a whole heck of a lot easier on the body than running...that's for sure. Although, quite frankly, my hands ache...WTF is up with that? (I'm SUCH a novice, aren't I?)
Some have asked if a tri is in my future...I am never one to say never (after all, I NEVER thought I'd run a marathon, and now I've done that). And truth be told, while I'm not a fast swimmer, I am a solid swimmer. When I was preggers with DramaGirl, I swam almost every day (LOVED that feeling of weightlessness).
BUT... that whole swimming in the OCEAN thing that sorta wigs me out...and I'd guess that for MOST of the tris in SoCal, the swim part is in the ocean. I mean seriously...there are SHARKS in the ocean. And if the swim is in the bay? Well, Elsie, the ex-biology teacher, would LOVE to tell us about the BACTERIA that is growing in the bay...
And then there's the whole salt-water, sea-water, nature's toilet, riding a bike with sand in my hoo-haw, discomfort thing.
I admit it. I'm a girly-girl. Ask the herd. I'm the one who carries face-wipes in my bag so that I can get all the salt off my face IMMEDIATELY. I bring a full change of clothing with me, so that I can change out of the sweaty clothes ASAP. I don't do mud-runs, 'cuz I don't really like getting dirty. It's sorta amazing that I deal with being sweaty at all...
So, a duatholon? Maybe. A triathalon? We'll see... Clearly, I've got some issues to overcome first. (I'm serious about the sand/salt water/SHARK thing BTW).
In any event, I'm going to take it easy from running this week, which should be easy, because I'm back in Vegas to see mom. Brought the whole brood with me this time, and we're staying at the Red Rock, which has a great fitness room with elipticals and bikes, so, until at least Thursday, I can entertain myself with that.
I had planned all along on this Saturday's long run with the SDTC (which mimics part of the La Jolla course) as being the last long run before La Jolla anyway. I'm still hoping that by Saturday, I feel good enough to run at least 10 miles of it, and that'll be the last long run before the 1/2 marathon. The La Jolla 1/2 is a BRUTALLY hilly race, with both steep inclines and declines. I've trained almost NOT AT ALL for hills, so this Saturday's run would be it for me.
It's crazy. I know. It looks crazy even writing it. My goal is to finish La Jolla in one piece, then take May off before I start training for the America's Finest City 1/2 Marathon, which is at the end of August. Then, I'll have completed the Triple Crown (yay...more shiny stuff!).
Lastly, I mentioned in a previous post (and on FB) that DramaGirl and Turbo were in Oliver! this week. Saturday night was their final performance and their cousins were at the show. So allow me to post a shot that I took of the whole group right afterward (just 'cuz I know that I do have a few family members who read the blog).