Monday, September 6, 2010

Labor Day

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.


  1. I have only been running for about a year, but in early spring, I decided to run the first 2 races of the triple crown. I started running with a group on Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings from Fleet Feet. Then, our run got up to 7 miles, and I thought that I might be able to do the 10 miler. Then, I decided- what the heck, and signed up for the Mini. I stayed with the training schedule and did it!

    I haven't been running much this summer and I thought I might do another half marathon in December, but it's just not going to happen. I decided today that I would just focus on staying active this winter and maybe trying to get faster. We'll see how the spring training goes. I have been wanting to get a bike, but couldn't figure out which type to get and I tried spin class once, but about died!

  2. Congrats on your running achievements! Sticking to a schedule is never a bad idea.

    I've found that riding around on my road bike and going to spinning class are two very different things. While I enjoy the upbeat music and intensity of a spinning class, it's not a realistic bike ride. You should go to Scheller's in Middletown and talk to them about bikes...ask for Ross. They are super nice!

  3. I need to get a bike! :)

    I'm actually signed up to do the half marathon here in October but have not trained well at all. So my plan is to walk/run just for fun. I've been thinking a lot about the KDF mini too. I will probably do it but I need to train better than I have the past two years. The first year I did it (2008) was great and I'd like to be there again.