The thing about training for a new race distance is youâ€™re checking off new milestones all the time.
A few years ago, I (ballsily?) (dumbly?) jumped on a bike and agreed to ride 50 miles with a friend who was training for a metric century, despite the fact that Iâ€™d never rode more than 15-20 miles before. So yeah, you should just definitely jump in a bike in the OBX and ride for more than 4 hours midday.Â
That aside, Iâ€™m going to be hitting lots of distance milestones with my biking and swimming, and every single long ride and swim make me more confident for the big day.
Although, yesterday I woke up, was reading triathlon recaps (as Iâ€™ve been doing obsessively lately and wondered just what Iâ€™d gotten myself in for. On a rational level, I do know Iâ€™ll be able to finish each of the distances and probably wonâ€™t even be the last person, but sometimes my emotions take over and sheer panic ensues.
(JK Mom, Iâ€™ve totally got this.)
Iâ€™m really really glad I know a few people also training for this race, including Former Coworker Abby. This morning, we met up at the Esplanade on the West Side Highway for a ride. In what may be a total duh moment, I saw her Garmin on her handlebars and asked if sheâ€™d used the bike mount, and she said that she just strapped it on. I did the same, and now looking at my time on my wrist and worrying about falling over is one less thing to worry about. Speaking of falling over, Iâ€™d clipped out with one foot at a light and went to lean over to the other side, completely forgetting it was clipped in. Luckily, I was able to clip right out, which made me feel a lot better about any potential actual spills.
We rode up to just south of the Little Red Lighthouse and turned around and headed back to the starting point. By the time I got back to my apartment, I was at a total of 25.9 miles. So clearly, I went around the block so I could get to an even 26.2.
I hung up my bike in the bike room, strapped on my drawstring bag (I ride over to Central Park or the West Side Highway in sneakers and then switch to my bike shoes there, because I am NOT ready to ride clipped in through the city) and helmet, and took right back off. My coach had running 15 minutes off the bike on my plan.
That made this the first time Iâ€™d done a run off the bike in training in a LONG time. Uh, maybe the second time ever. Iâ€™ve always had a good run in my triathlons, so I started off running feeling happy and strong, and continued to feel that way for the next 15 minutes.
I finished this workout so on top of the world.
Butâ€¦thereâ€™s still a lot I need to work on. I did those 26.2 miles in 2:15. As in, slow as shit. (That does also include about 20-30 minutes total of getting over to the West Side Highway and back from my apartment.) Â Iâ€™m still really nervous on the West Side Highway path. There are SO many people. Runners in the bike lane, CitiBikers meandering through the bike lane, real, scary cyclists whizzing past me and towards me. I am cautious as hell. Cautious also equals slow. Abby and I had originally loosely planned on WSH + Central Park but got caught up chatting and found ourselves up at 125th Street. I need to get off the WSH path and somewhere a bit less crowded, like the Palisades or Piermont in coming weeks.
Iâ€™ll be out in the Hamptons next weekend, and Iâ€™m really excited to ride out there and see somewhere new.
What workouts have you felt really solid about lately?