Well I’m not dead yet! Actually, that may be how I start a lot of these posts. The week started out pretty tame swimming, a few two-a-days in a row, and a solid 10 mile run on Friday. That 10 miler was in place of an optional swim day. I am still training for a marathon, so I thought running might be a good idea.
The big news (which will get its own blog post soon) is that I got a new bike Thursday night! It’s red and fast and awesome. Anyway, with that new bike and 3 of my neighbors, we set off to tackle a charity ride that supports a school near our houses. It was a cold, windy morning when we put our wheels down for the 42 mile route. We planned to regroup at each rest stop and I took off to see what the new bike could do. I was flying! Well, at least when I wasn’t going uphill into a headwind, which is what the first 11 miles felt like.
Unfortunately, as a result of my own poor mechanic work, around mile 28.5 the left pedal loosened itself out of the crank arm, stripped the hell out of the crank arm, and then detached from the bike while still connected to my shoe. I went another 1/2 mile on one leg and decided riding the last 13 miles on one leg wouldn’t be smart. I hitched a ride with the SAG truck to the finish line and waited for my friends. Not awesome, but the bike is great and I can’t wait to get it back from the shop!
On Sunday, with tired legs and a bad taste in my mouth from Saturday’s ride, I amped things up. Hazel and I set off for a quick 5 miles (7:35 min/mi for the little one! She’s fast.). I then dropped her off and knocked out 13 more for a really solid 18 miler. With no time goal for Boston, I was ecstatic with how things went!
To refuel, Ev, some friends, and I went up to Pflugerville for food trucks. What did we sample? Well among other things… deep fried beef ribs! So. So. Good. So good. They were a combined effort from Hall of Flame BBQ and a new trailer that specializes in hushpuppies! Overall a really good week of training.
Two weeks down, thirty-four to go!