Do one thing every day that scares you.
I got mine out of the way pretty early this morning - riding my bike. If you follow my blog closely, you'll know that I've taken my fair share of tumbles due to failing to unclip in time. The last time I was on my bike I fell and did something weird to my elbow which has given me trouble for the past few weeks, but you've gotta get back on that horse, right?
In order to avoid traffic, I rode early. I failed to bring my Garmin with me, but I think I was gone for 30 minutes, so I probably rode 6-7 miles. Despite my water bottle rattling in its cage and almost being hit by a car or two that were backing up, I managed to arrive back to my place safely and without any falls. I definitely need to ride more. Spinning classes are fun and are great workouts, but my bike remains unridden a lot more than it should. Fortunately, I've come across a few people who like to ride and so I hope that I'll be out more in the next few months.
This afternoon I've been at a friend's pool that is big enough to swim laps in. Since my elbow incident I have been avoiding upper body activities: e.g. Vinyasa yoga, swimming, and lifting weights. I got in the water today and ending up swimming about a mile - virtually pain free! Water supports your limbs, yet I was afraid that the drag would be painful. It is such a relief that I can swim without pain - I am happy as a clam!
The 2011 Kentucky Derby Festival Mini Marathon has been on my mind a lot recently. I'm contemplating NOT doing it, and just doing the three races of the Triple Crown of Running instead (5k, 10k, 10 miler) in addition to doing more triathlons. I could do the Mini and all of those things, but training for it requires so many running days per week that I would be missing out on other activities. Despite my hard work for the Mini this year, it was a bad race for me, and that is always lingering in the back of my mind. I could come back in full force in 2011 and do a lot better, or I could do some other things too. It's a lot to think about. I would like to make up my mind in the next couple of months. Any comments would be appreciated!
Hope everyone has had a great Labor Day Weekend.