Me and my lady.
Sometimes she gets lazy and I carry her.
I decided it’s finally time for me to be a biker.
If you know me, you might be confused by that statement. I own enough bikes and related equipment to have an entire sun porch dedicated to them.
But, in addition to the fact that I took a hiatus from even commuting by bike after my traumatic car-meets-me on bike accident, I have never raced nor even clocked my speed on a bike. It’s only been a hobby, a way to exercise and a form of commuting. I have been contemplating a bike race or duathlon for some time, but it wasn’t until my recent running frustration that I decided my racing life needed something completely new.
I am working on coming back from my injuries – finally – but I am fighting against myself. I am so stubborn and self-competitive that it’s not working. I am getting frustrated because my times are not competitive. My times are not what they used to be. I know it will take time. I know I need to just let it happen. But I can’t. I can’t stop comparing today’s race times to yesterday’s. I tried running a distance that I have never done before. That was a little better. I got a personal record in that distance, but my average mile time was still posted and was still a full minute 15 seconds slower than my average pace this time last year.
Everyone had advice. Lots of advice.
Finally, I have figured out, for myself, what I think might work: a whole new race modality. I am going to get on my bike and start clocking my speed. And guess what? No matter what time it is, I have zero knowledge of my pre-injury average pace!
So … Hi. My name is Sally and I’m a biker!
Now about getting a road bike … anyone looking to help a broke, new biker out … one that only has hybrid and mountain bikes? 🙂
I overheard two moms talking. One mom said that she was disgusted by the fact that her husband taught their son that it was okay to blow his nose in the shower without a tissue. Aside from being annoyed that she was ungrateful about the fact that her husband was spending time with the little boy, I was also sure that she was not a runner or biker. Because there are certain things that make you one of these athletes in my mind and one that clearly stands out is that you don’t think twice about blowing a snot rocket. (You’re too much a runner/biker when you accidentally blow one in normal street clothes, walking down the sidewalk. I may or may not have done this before.)
Making connections with companies is every athletes dream. Once you start winning, you start hoping for sponsors.
I am excited to announce that one of my new sponsors for 2012 is a clothing company that I love: JACO Clothing!
Beyond comfortable, cute clothes, JACO also follows four core values that I am happy to support and honored to know that, in choosing to sponsor me, JACO feels that I embody:
Respect for yourself, for others, and for the environment
Strength in mental fortitude
Courage to do what others only dream of doing
Tenacity with the ability to view failure as a valuable part of the journey
** One more exciting announcement … They want you to benefit from my sponsorship, too! When ordering, use the code “WELCOME15” and you will get 15% off your purchase! Start shopping!
Runner’s World has several e-newsletters. My favorite, that I highly recommend signing up for, is the daily motivational quote email.
Here’s a recent awesome quote that showed up in my inbox:
“I constantly remind myself that resting takes confidence. Anyone can train like a mad man but to embrace rest and to allow all the hard training to come out takes mental strength.” — Ryan Hall
My first week of 2012 was a tough one: I overtrained myself at the end of 2011 and have a tiny, nagging strain in my hamstring that I am babying in hopes of avoiding further injury. I decided that my “resolution” for the new year was going to be to track all of my miles run throughout the year. It was frustrating to make this decision and then have to take time off and have what I considered to be a lazy rest week.
I ran in a track tournament last Friday, but then managed to find the self control to spend the next three days without working out at all. It took a lot of willpower to fight my fitness addiction, but I did it. On Tuesday, I met with my running coach and tried to workout with the team. I had to stop early because my left leg was just too tight and started hurting. Wednesday, I kept it light with some easy weight training and 30 minutes on the Precor AMT, an elliptical that allows more motion freedom and is perfect for lower impact running. After some chiropractic and acupuncture care, I was able to run 5 good 600s on Thursday. Today, I rest; tomorrow, I race.
Not counting my Precor workout, I logged a measly 6 miles.
But everyone, even the most athletic of us, have to start somewhere.
Veganism amongst professional athletes is a very popular topic. Every vegan bodybuilder, boxer, runner, and more is coming out to speak about they keep fit on a healthy, animal-free diet and lifestyle. The news coverage on these sporty men and women has been phenomenal! Here are some good ones to peruse for inspiration:
* ESPN’s Page 2 highlights Milwaukee Brewers’ Prince Fielder, Hall of Fame footballer Tony Gonzalez, fighter Mac Danzig, Minnesota Twins’ Pat Neshek, and marathon runner Scott Jurek in “Who says you have to eat meat to be a successful athlete?”
* We Like It Raw (as in a raw vegan diet) talks about Tim “the raw runner” VanOrden and his upcoming speaking events.
* The Vegan Soapbox has a good article about being a vegan athlete in general titled “We Are All Guillermo Vargas.”
* For even more, check out Buzz Feed’s feature on vegan bodybuilding that includes links to six of the best articles and sites on the topic.
* Click on the picture here to see a more complete list of vegan athletes with links to even more info about being one.
Now, aren’t you inspired to eat a fantastic vegan diet and exercise to your max potential?