Patience is a virtue. One I don’t have. When I get a bug to do something…consider it done. With little planning or forethought, I’m known to make big decisions.
For example, I told Mr. Prevention to put an offer in on our current home without me ever seeing it. The day I saw my home was the day I moved in. All is well. Luckily.
A more appropriate example might be when I signed up to run my first half marathon. As a cross-country runner in high school, my team volunteered to pass water at the Chicago Half-Marathon. After that day, I knew I wanted to run that race. The whole marathoning experience was enough to send goosebumps quickly across my body; pride for the runners, excitement of doing something so physically demanding…I was awe-struck. I went home that day and knew I would register for the following year’s half marathon as soon as registration opened. And, I did.
When Mr. Prevention pumped up our bike tires on Saturday and asked me to go on a ride with him, I was all too happy to accompany him. As I mentioned over the weekend, we rode a leisure 11 miles. I loved it. And by Monday, I was Googling duathlons in our area (I may drown in a tri…swimming is not my forte. I’m saving that one for a mid-life crisis solution). And not an hour had passed before I found a local duathlon on the weekend of June 12th….2011.
2 mile run, 18.6 mile bike, 3.1 mile run…here I come.
My first “training” ride (Can you train for an event in 12 days? Probably not…) was 15 miles, at a much faster clip (13.3 mph vs. 10.8 mph) than my ride with Mr. Prevention. It was also 91 degrees and the sun was HOT. But it felt great…with the exception of my tush. Owww. And my sunburn. Why I thought it was a good idea to wear a sports bra and a tank top with thin straps, I’ll never know. My back looks…dumb. Note to self: plan wedding wardrobe accordingly for this weekend…
So, yes…June 12th, 2011, I will participate in my first duathlon. My goal is to finish, preferably not last…but hey, we’ll see. 😉
As I was out on my 15-miler I couldn’t help but think how much sense this made. Why hadn’t I “taken up” biking earlier?
Let me list the reasons biking is a grand idea for me…
- I’m kinda bored with running. I’ve met the holy grail of running and kicked its butt – running the Chicago Marathon in 4:07:09. I run for fitness and fun these days…PR’s are not in my future. I’ve been a runner for a lot of years — 11, to be exact. I was at my peak, physically, at 17-18 years old. And uh, I’ve aged a bit and gained a bit. My runs are very predictable. They’re 3, 4, 5, sometimes 6, and rarely 7+ miles. They’re almost always 10 min/mile +/- 20 seconds/mile. *yawn*
- I have a bike. It’s nothing special, but it works. I named it “Thin Mint” (it’s green).
- Plantar fasciitis. For the love of…nevermind. Plantar fasciitis is the devil and biking is much more kind than the pounding of running on my poor, aching feet. I’ve been saying way too much lately, “My feet just…hurt.”
- Location. I live on the edge of a Columbus suburb, near nice country roads. They’re well-suited for biking, and the country scenery is really great.
- It’s new. I am trying to lose weight and my body loves resisting those efforts. Keeping workouts new and fresh is so important. And seeing as the local gym isn’t opening until September-ish (and really, are their projected completion dates ever timely?), this is the perfect opportunity to be active outdoors this summer with something new and exciting to me.
So, wish me luck. I’ll probably need it!
Question: What’s the last new thing you tried for fitness, or what’s something you’d like to try?