Well, I haven't really run since Stowe for a few reasons. Initially it was because I was feeling really worn down, but I was also still ignoring the lower ab/psoas pain that had returned throughout the spring. I had some good races and thought I could keep ignoring it, but it just continued to get worse. So when I realized I needed a break it made sense to give the muscles time to properly heal, which is something I probably should have done last winter instead of rushing back.
So, I started out cross training by borrowing a touring mountain bike hybrid from Charles. I realized how much fun it is and decided to get a road bike of my own. After shopping around and trying out a bunch of different bikes I ended up getting a great deal on a Cannondale CAAD 10 4 at Papa Wheelies in Portsmouth. It is a 2011 and they are starting to get shipments for 2012, so my timing worked out pretty good for a great bike at a clearance price.
I also found a group that rides on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from Portsmouth at 5:15...my kinds of guys! I'm learning to ride in a group and the guys have been really helpful and supportive.
Also, I logged my first long-ish ride on Saturday when Guy and Pam Stearns took me for a 50+ mile ride up through Berwick and over to the coast.
At this point I'm not sure when I'll be running again, but the cycling substitute has be pretty well distracted for the time being!
Summary of my first week owning a bike:
8/17 - 25 miles
8/18 - 40 miles
8/19 - 20 miles
8/20 - 55 miles
8/21 - 15 miles
8/22 - 25 miles
8/23 - 40 miles
First week in the books: 220 miles (355km). Not too shabby.
Still trying to approximate the conversion to running effort. I think that aerobically for me right now the ratio is something like 4/1. Muscularly it is more like 3/1. For the most part right now I'm fine aerobically and even decent hills in our area aren't hurting my lungs much (although the last 15 miles on Saturday in the sun and humidity had me working pretty good). My legs are taking a little time adapting to the different motion.
For now I'm calling this an open-ended experiment. I wonder how long it will take me to strap some aero bars on this thing, register for a triathlon and make a fool of myself doing the doggy paddle in a lake???
Oh, and the picture of reverend Jim in the new logo is supposed to reflect my current state of confusion and uncertainty. I love Taxi re-runs.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
8/1 - 18 miles on bike
8/2 - 24 miles on bike
8/3 - 12 miles on bike
8/4 - 24 miles on bike (18.5 of that in 59:15 is probably about a solid tempo-type effort for me right now, FWIW)
8/5 - 16 miles on bike - Had a very close encounter with three deer (2 doe and a fawn). We stopped to check each other out for about 10 minutes. The mom and fawn got almost close enough to touch, easily within 10 feet, probably 6-8. The mom did some half-hearted foot stomping to make sure I knew she was willing to protect her fawn and then the little guy got even closer to me and copied her. It was really cute. I must not look too intimidating on a bike. They decided I wasn't a problem and went back to eating grass that I could have spit a sunflower seed to with ease. Amazing. The fawn must have only been about 8 weeks old.