Sunday, May 17, 2009
Mixin' It Up
One week out from the marathon, I'm working on letting my legs recover while I try to get ready for my first triathlon. Recover and train at the same time? I'm giving it a try. After training for 3 marathons in one year, I really want to give my legs some time to fully heal.
I took 5 days off from running. I lifted weights, swam a couple times, and did a couple spin classes this week. It was nice to get up and decide what I was going to do based on the weather and my other commitments instead of being dictated to by a schedule. It's the first time in 18 months that I haven't had a schedule telling me what to do each day.
I ran a few miles on Friday, and then again today. Today was a beautiful day, and I just had to get out on my bike. You may recall that the fork on my bike was cracked. Trek sent a loaner fork so I could use my bike while they come up with exact fork for my particular model.
Clad in my Mother's Day bike helmet and Sidi shoes, my first outdoor bike ride of the season almost ended 5 seconds after it started. I clipped into my pedals with my new shoes and quickly realized that I could not get them unclipped. They must fit my pedals more snugly than my old ones. Panicked, I struggled to twist and pull my foot out. I thought I was going to have to make an emergency landing in the grass. I finally got them unclipped safely. Luckily, my bike mechanic, Mike, was home and with a quick pedal adjustment, I was off on an 11 mile ride.
This was just a quick ride to try and get more familiar with my bike. I'm still not very good at keeping a straight line, especially when I'm down on my aero bars. I'm nervous grabbing for my water bottle, and I still have to really think about what I need to do to shift gears in the right direction. I'm getting the hang of it, though, and it's a whole lot of fun.
After I was done, I took off my front tire, flatted it, and practiced changing it. I did it, but very slowly. If I had to do it in a race, they would be closing the course by the time I was finished. I'll have to practice that some more, but I was glad I at least got it accomplished.
Tomorrow I'll get to wake up and decide what I feel like doing based on the weather and my mood. I'm hoping to try a longer bike ride and maybe get in a short swim. I'm glad this first triathlon is a short one and that I have zero expectations, because I'm really enjoying this little "do whatever the heck I feel like" break.