Running with a Pier.
We celebrated Thanksgiving on the west side of the state with Jennifer’s side of the family this weekend. I squeezed in a 5.5-mile run this morning that took me to this pier that juts out into Lake Michigan. The waves were about 5-6 feet high crashing hard against it. It’s too bad more of my runs don’t have such dramatic scenery.
Spinning at Performance Bike. That’s me above the sun towel.
We had our first group training on Saturday: a 40 minute session on the mag trainers on our bikes followed by an easy 10 minute run, just to get us used to the idea of having a transition. Everyone brought their own bikes; some had some very nice (expensive!) tri bikes, a few (like me) just had mountain bikes. I don’t know if I’m ready to spend the big bucks yet but I would like to at least have a decent road bike to use. An avid cyclist friend of mine, speaking from years (and miles) of experience, indicated that being fitted for a bike is more important than the components. I’ll probably track down an inexpensive bike on sale in the off season and pay the extra money to have a comprehensive fitting done. We shall see.
Today’s training was a little rough. I got in late last night after watching a friend’s band play and then had to get up early to head to training. Working on 4 hours of sleep and forcing myself to not have any coffee prior to the training (caffeine causes the veins to shrink, thereby increasing blood pressure/restricting blood flow), I was feeling a little spacey on the drive there. The 70 minute spin session wasn’t too bad, but 3 three mile run afterward was rough. Three miles isn’t that far for me, as I often do a 7-10 mile run once a week. But it was snowing, the wind seemed to be coming from every direction, and my feet were cold and wet because the FiveFingers I ran in are anything but waterproof. April can’t come soon enough! And as many of us participants remind ourselves, every challenge and hurdle we struggle with during the training is nothing compared to the battle the patients with blood cancer face with their treatments. Nothing to do but suck it up and keep on fighting the good fight!