Ok as I'm sure you are all done reading about my whining I'm done with it too! Time to move on and take control. I'm feeling better about things this weekend. I've still not really made any concrete decisions about what I'm doing. I have a little bit of time before I decide on the tri for sure. I am however almost positive that I'm going to sign up for the November 1/2 marathon.
So on to the weekend... now considering I just said that I was probably going to train for a 1/2 marathon I didn't run at all...I did however ride... both days. And loved it...well most of it.
Saturday I rode with a group from Bicycle Village a no drop ride they do every Saturday. I went for the first time last week and thought it was ok although I was less then thrilled with the route we took. I was determined to try it a few more times before I made a real decision. So off I went this week. The ride was to Boulder this week which was much nicer. Also instead of the speedy guys racing off hardly to be seen this group waited a little more often. Also this week instead of getting stuck back with the slower group there was kind of a middle group that I could hang with and feel like I was pushing myself but not killing myself. Very nice ride with a stop 1/2 way for coffee and pastries. I will go again.
Sunday I went to ride with Kathleen as she had a 4 1/2 hour training ride for IMAZ that she had to complete. We met out east to ride an upcoming 70.3 bike course. The first 10 miles were beautiful smooth road nice chatting little traffic and very quite. Then we turned and hit a gradual uphill and the wind, lots of wind, and the next 10 miles were pretty slow and torturous for me. Poor Kathleen was kind enough to wait for me. The next 10 miles were more rollers and though my legs were tired it was nice to have the downhills to recover.
As we were climbing into the reservoir Kathleen stopped to wait for me. We made a call to see if a friend who had raced there that morning was still around. We took off and almost immediately I said "I have a flat" We stop and Kathleen says "me too" so we walk back to the area we just left (a turn off) to get off the street and proceed to each change our flat rear tires.
Thanks Kathleen for the photos!
That doesn't go to bad, between the two of us we get it taken care and as we are almost ready to leave Kathleen looks at my bike and says..."your front is flat." CRAP! (and a few other choice words I think) So I take out my last tube and change the front. At that point we just headed up to the race track for water (which I was totally out of and it was about 90 deg) and a bathroom. It was great that the facilities were so close. I've no idea how long that whole episode took us but then we got back on the bikes and finished up hoping and praying that there would be no more flats as we were out of tubes and C02 cartridges. Luckily it was a pretty easy uneventful ride back.
All in all a good weekend! How was yours?