This morning, I rode 12.5 miles with my college roomie, Jen.
By normal cycling standards, that’s not a ton, and it’s definitely less than the 17 miles we’ll need to ride in our upcoming tri in June.
We didn’t ride fast, either. But that’s more than I’ve rode since that last time I endeavored to do three sports in one day and more than these two girls who were very close with the Chinese food deliveryman in college ever would have ridden.
I don’t know a ton about tris – I’ve only done two sprints and, truthfully, not taken them super-seriously – but it’s fun to be the one who can answer the very basic questions for a first-timer, like what kind of shoes to wear or what kind of fuel you need.
My first long race after losing weight was the Army Ten Miler, also with Jen, and I love training for races with her. We’ve known each other for 12 years, because we’re old like that, so it’s a lot of fun to find new ways to grow an old friendship.
So, we still have lots of training to do before the race, but it’s nice to have a buddy and it’s nice that it’s the friend who held my hair back after too much Carlo Rossi in college, and that, you know, we’ve grown up a little since then.
Do you still keep in touch with your college roomies/friends? Do y’all do active stuff together? College people (are there any of you reading?): do you work out? I will rarely preach here…but I wish I’d started working out in college. Just sayin’.