The new bike still has no name...although there have been some absolutely fabulous suggestions. I will patiently wait until the name emerges from some silly experience.
I did take The New Bike (TNB for now) out for a first ride on Friday. Here are some observations and reflections
- TNB is fast!!!! My ride on Friday was AFTER PT and AFTER having RUN on Thursday, so my legs were tired, and while I went to a relatively flat Fiesta Island, I still averaged about 16mph...almost 4 mph faster than my last ride there on my old bike.
- Even better (and Betty will like this, cuz she's a fast chick) on The Old Bike (TOB), I rarely went faster than 20 mph because the bike would shake and it just FELT like I was going to fast. On Friday, a few times I looked down at my Garmin and I was going over 20mph and it didn't even feel like I was going that fast...nice
- My center of balance is different with the curved handlebars than when I was sitting more upright with the straight handlebars on TOB. I suspect that this will lead to some humorous stops in the future.
- My hands/arms are going to have to get used to the new seating position. On Saturday and Sunday I could barely move my hands because they were so cramped up. hmmmmmm.
- Oh...and can we talk about the new seat? Not so comfy...again, may be just me getting used to the new position, so to speak, or me figuring out where exactly I'm supposed to position my fanny on the seat...but my hoo-haw after 15 miles? OUCHY!
- I figured out how to attach the Garmin to TNB so that I don't have to look at my wrist while riding.
- I managed to drink water, stop, shift gears (nice Shimano 105s...shifting is soooooo smooth!) without falling.
- I'll probably get used to not having the little numbers tell me what gear I'm in so that I don't have to look at the back tire and almost fall off the road.
- Speaking of balance...it'll be awhile before I feel confident taking photos and riding at the same time.
- Did I mention that it's FAAAAAAASSSSSSSTTTTT? WHEEEEEEEEE!
So...on Friday, I rode almost 20 miles (19.1) 4 and a half loops around Fiesta Island (took the shortcut on the final lap). 1 hour 15 minutes...sweeeeet.
The rest of my weekend was all about Padres baseball. I haven't followed the Pads much this summer...I've been too wrapped up in my own issues and, let's be honest here, they pretty much suck.
But, Petco is a fine ball park and every summer my sisters and their families come down to watch a ballgame or two. On Friday night, we sat in The Beach (which is the bleacher seats in the outfield. They are lousy seats, but the kids can hang out in the sandpit and we can pretend to watch the game (or I could chat with my sis).
The best part of the evening is when we found out, about the 8th inning, that because we were seated in the bleachers, and because the evening's after-game fireworks were going to be set off right behind the bleachers, we would have to watch the fireworks from center field!
Comments about that...
I have rather crazy week in front of me (last week of summer school! Hooray!), so I may not be commenting much on blogs, but I usually do read...have a fabulous week everyone! Congrats to everyone who ran/biked/Tri'd this weekend (especially RBR, who just rocked it at Barb's Race!)
- It was WAY COOL watching the fireworks from Centerfield
- Unlike my lawn, I don't think there were any ants in the centerfield grass. It was like a carpet.
- One Longhammer IPA beer is worth two regular beers (as I'm not a beer drinker, I had no idea that there were IPA beers...I have no idea what IPA stands for, but isn't it just a fancy way of drinking Malt Liquor?)
- The Padres stink. They were down 7-1 in the 2nd inning on Friday night, but as soon as we got there, balls started flying out of the stadium! My sister and I figured we were the Pad's good luck charms and they should be paying us to go to the games!
- I ate and drank my way through both Friday and Saturday...how can you say no to beer at a ball game?
- Cousins hanging out together is also just WAY COOL!
The cousins...at Tin Fish...best fish tacos in San Diego
No...not my triathlon, not yet...the one I watched on Sunday afternoon, the Aflac Irongirl Triathlon. (I saw Missy in her green suit. You got nowhere NEAR enough face time IMHO). Here are a few comments about the event.
- It was a fine hour long advertisement for AFLAC...although I do LOVE the duck!
- The broadcast itself was pretty cheesy. All the stuff about women bonding, coming together, running for health and fitness (although true) seemed overdone JUST A BIT. Yes it's true that women run for a lot of reasons; this is true of both men and women...and most of us know that we'll never stand on a podium at the end of a race, but isn't that true of ALL PEOPLE WHO RUN RACES and not just women?
- I can't help but think that in a broadcast about men doing the IronMan that there probably wouldn't be as much gushing about how those MEN were just happy to be there... They're there to compete...maybe just against themselves...but it's still a freekin' competition (OK...I'm done now).
- That being said, the stories of two of the women who were doing the event despite some physical challenges were quite inspirational and made me think about how my PF and knee pains are really little issues as compared to running after being hit by a car and having your body totaled, or after having brain cancer!
- I need to stop whining about being hurt and just deal with it
Yay! Betty is back in San Diego. She and I went for a short(ish) run last night on the bay. Her daughter joined us.
- We tried out the run/walk idea that many of you have been suggesting. We'd run for about 9-10 minutes, then walk for 1-1.5 minutes. It'll take some getting used to, but I do think this is the best way for to run the AFC 1/2 in two weeks.
- A run/walk strategy may result in not my worst 1/2 marathon time ever. We ran/walked last night and maintained about a 12 minute mile pace...that would be better than my first AFC which I finished in 2:43 (12:43). Even last year, with all my training I finished in 2:38 (12:08).
- Really, my goal is to finish in under three hours so that I can get my triple crown medal.
- I really want the AFC to be over so that I can stop thinking fretting about it.
- I've missed running with Betty...things we laughed about last night...
- Chub rub from my boobs...I just don't have enough jiggle there.
- Tourists do NOT go home on Sunday nights in the summer in San Diego (It was freekin' crowded on the bay!)
- Would I go to hell if I took the "God Saves" brochure being forced in my face and used it to wipe my brow?