Monthly Archives: May 2014

Saturday run and ride – back to back

I woke up this morning and decided I’d try something new. A neighbor talked to me about a local duathlon / triathlon last week and it got me thinking that maybe it was time to put my two sports together. I’ve ran and ridden in the same day, but never back to back, and I do have a goal to try a mini-tri (that could be a pipe dream with my lack of swimming). So I set off to see what I could do.

I decided to run at an average pace and was able to do that as I went 4 miles at a 9:36 average. I transitioned to the bike in under 3 minutes and I wasn’t pushing it. I rode 16 miles at a 17.2 average and I felt every revolution towards the end. The combined moving and transition time was 1 hour and 39 minutes. I was very happy with this for my first try.

The local duathlon is a 5K, 12 mile ride, 5K format. Not sure how I will do running, riding and running again. I guess it is 18 total miles and I did 20 today so maybe I can do it…just need to work on breaking it up.

I’ve realized I can’t set my sights low so what the heck…I’ll give this duathlon thing a try, but only after I train a bit more.

PS…for good measure I threw a afternoon 10 mile bike ride on top with the family.

Decide to dominate!

Saturday run – Hyland Hy5

I rolled out of bed this morning and the legs felt very stiff from working out yesterday. I had the Hyland Hy5 run and was thinking more about how bad I was going to do rather than how good I could do (not normal for me). I had to decide to dominate this morning…big time.

I got out and stretched every muscle in my body. I lined up in the back of the 9 minute milers on purpose as I didn’t want to slow others down. The gun went off and so did I. My head was clear. I was focused. I didn’t feel any pain. I moved up into the 8 minute group quickly and I stayed there. At one point during mile two I looked down and saw 7:45 on my watch…I’ve never seen that before. Mile three was tough, but again I focused and kept my times under 9 minutes. I finished with a personal best 5K at 26:00 with an 8:23 average. The chip time had me at 25:31 with an 8:14 average (I think their mileage was short). I was 7 out of 21 in my age group and 122 out of a total of 581.

70 lbs ago I would have rolled over and just went back to sleep with the way I felt this morning. Now even when I’m not feeling my best based on being sore, I can still find a way to loosen up and compete.

Don’t doubt me…decide to dominate!