First ever 54 mile bike ride - IN THE BAG! (Can you see that it says on the photo "please do not steal images"? Now I feel guilty. But not guilty enough to buy it...
|Yes I had to get that folded up new tire on my back wheel. Aarggh!|
The race (or rather a sportive, but when you're not racing why split hairs?) was great. The hills were a bear, especially for someone who doesn't train on them but in a perverse way I enjoyed them. When I was climbing I was working SO hard I could not think of anything else - it was almost meditative. Apart from my very heavy breathing. We took a break after the first 20 miles and then ploughed on for the last 34, eventually all riding on our own at our own pace. I was happy to complete the ride in just over 4 hours, feeling strong and still in one piece. I even managed a 10 minute brick run afterwards!
The other - HUGE - first, is that I have got off my butt and made myself work at my personal training business. I've really put some effort in some different directions and while one of them - a franchised group exercise setup - is beginning to look less appealing to me now, I think that the exercise of going through it and figuring out how to do it has proved extremely useful. And as a result of feeling the fear and doing it anyway, I have my first 3 clients! I'm on my way.
And this weekend is the final first - for now - my first ever triathlon. Like with the bike race I'm excited, not scared. I know I can swim 400m now, I know I can cylce the distance, i know I can run a 5km race (is now a bad time to confess that I've never actually run an official 5k?) - so the question is just how I handle it. Pacing and strategy is what it's all about, in my mind, and I'm going to see how I manage this. I have a habit of taking things a bit too easy, so I'm going to push from the outset and see how I go. And see how I handle the practicalities of the transitions - that bit does make me slightly nervous..
Race report to follow - I'm going back to my to-do list. If I can do a tri, I can do anything. And repeat.