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Give These Feet a Set of Wheels, I’m Ready to Ride!

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? 🙂

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My First Week of 2012: Rest, Recovery and Only 6 Miles

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.

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