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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?