I just wanted to stop

28 Feb

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Onward to yesterday.  Saturday was officially my rest day.  No exercise was done and it was lovely.  Recovery is so important and I definately felt like I needed it.  I even slept in til 8am!

Today I wanted to do something I’ve never done before.  Run then bike.  I run all the time, and bike a few times a year but my aunts want to put on a triathon for the fam so I’ve got to start training!  Plus I love challenges and wanted to see how I’d do.

Luckily it’s not rainy today.  That’s one thing I wasn’t looking forward to, biking in the rain.  I prepped my bike and got ready for my run.  4.25 miles and 37 minutes later I was back home from my run.  I grabbed a handful of raisins, sipped on my water, threw my helmet on and headed out on my bike. 

I planned to go the same 4.25 mile route I ran.  Running it is easy and I figured biking would be even easier.  Ya it was so not easier.  I just wanted to stop after 5 minutes.  You see, the route has a lot of slight inclines along the way.  I don’t notice it anymore because I run this route often plus I’m used running.  The biking nearly killed my inner thighs and tush!

I’d almost convinced myself that I was going to turn at the 2 mile point be back home around 2.5 miles but it just so happened to be at a down hill so I just glided on by the turn.  After I realized I missed my escape route I put it in my head that I’d make it back home even if I went at a snails pace.  I’m all about finishing.  I don’t like to give up and I’m really glad I didn’t give in to my urge to cut my ride short. 

The same 4.25 miles took 28 minutes on the bike.  I don’t know if that’s slow or fast or what but it was perfect for me.  I’m really glad I challenged myself and did the run-bike.  I look forward to doing it again sometime soon.

I devoured a bowl of kashi cereal puffs, dried blueberries, pumpkin seeds, wheat germ and soymilk when I got back.  Re-energized and ready to go now!

Question:  Have you challenged yourself physically lately?  How did it turn out?


5 Responses to “I just wanted to stop”

  1. Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) March 1, 2010 at 7:51 am #

    I agree – rest days are SO important! I’m taking one today 🙂

    I ran a “fast finish 15-mile long run on Saturday” – it was very challenging, but I felt accomplished when I was done!

  2. David Dierking March 1, 2010 at 2:36 pm #

    I’ve done the bike and then run a few times as part of my triathlon training. Doing them back to back is MUCH different than doing each independently. After a few times doing it, it gets a little easier…..slowly. You’re off to a great start!

  3. marla {Family Fresh Cooking} March 1, 2010 at 2:49 pm #

    I have found that too! Cycling can be so dang tiring, even when you are conditioned with hard core running. You did great….who cares how long it took. I know nothing about bike times either, so you did great by me 🙂 We are supposed to shock the body, right??

  4. Sherrill Libby March 20, 2010 at 12:50 pm #

    I had a letter all written and away it went to puter heaven


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