I mentioned the other day that Iâ€™m exploring tri clubs. Although 70.3 just wasnâ€™t for me right now,Â I am definitely enjoying tris. I like the addition of biking and swimming to my running as cross-training. Although I do lifting stuff because I know I should/itâ€™s good for me (as both a woman and a runner), my jam is endurance, baby.Â
With a little help from Triathlon Angel SamÂ and an open-water swim clinic, I gained a ton of confidence with the open-water swim. The bike? Still getting there. The idea of riding more than 30 miles at my slow pace sounded torturous to me, but 30 and under was definitely achievable to me. I donâ€™t know what my triathlon/life/fitness goals will be for next year, but I do know I want to do more tris and get more comfortable on the bike. Which involves taking advice/being pushed by others.
So, this morning I went to meet up with my friend Sarah and her tri team. Homegirl is FAST, and to be honest, I was a little intimidated. I should have left at 8:45 to get up to the park by our 9:15 meeting time, but it was 8:50 as I was about to leave. I told her I didnâ€™t think Iâ€™d be able to make it since I was running late and she told me it was okay! I could just meet up with them on one of the loops.
She saw right through my apprehension, and off I went to meet up with them.Â
Thereâ€™s Roxy in the back! (I donâ€™t remember quite when I settled on that name for my bike, but I think itâ€™s fitting.)
Anyway, I met up with them at the 72nd Transverse for the following workout:
1 full loopÂ (~ 6 miles) on the bike
1 lower loop (~1.6 miles) on the run
1 4-mile loop (up to 103rd and back) (~ 4 miles) on the bike
1 lower loop on the run
I showed up and was a little intimidated, but figured I had to start somewhere. Off we went, and man, it was humid. (And Iâ€™m getting over a cold, PMSing and didnâ€™t get enough sleep last night. And no, I donâ€™t have any other possible excuses, but thank you for asking.)Â
We went off on the bike and my usual bike anxieties returned right away, but I reminded myself theyâ€™d only go away with practice, and thatâ€™s why I was there. I finally even got into a little groove, and didnâ€™t freak out going down the hill before you ascend Harlem Hill (that usually scares the CRAP out of me on my bike.) I knew I was way behind everyone, but I just kept on keeping on.
I came back for the runâ€¦and everyone else was gone. â€œAre they long gone?â€ I asked Kevin. He politely said that, yes, they were, and that it probably made more sense for me to wait a few minutes with him and then jump in for the next bike interval. I chatted with him for a few minutes to ask him more about the team, and everyone was back before I knew it.
This time, we were only doing 4 miles AND cutting off both the lower loop, which was full of tourists on their CitiBikes, and the upper loop, containing Harlem Hill. EASY BREEZY. I was a little flustered and forgot to reset my Garmin, but overall, I rode 10.3 miles in 45:50 (13.5mph.)Â
THE FUN PART
Run part, fun part.Â
For the run, we did a lower loop, which is 1.6 miles. I vaguely remember Kevin saying something about trying to negative split the run, but I just wanted to keep up with everyone on the run, and SarahÂ went out balls-to-the-wall. Itâ€™s on, girl. I felt like I was going to die, and then I looked down at my watch and saw I was running a 7:30 pace. No wonder my lungs and legs hate me. Stick with it, stick with it, I kept telling myself. My watch beeped, and the first mile was 7:55! I donâ€™t remember the last time I ran one of those, so I was super happy. And still dying. I kept trying to hold on, and even chicked one of the dudes in the group, and rolled in for the next .69 at a solid 8:00 pace.
1.69 miles / 13:29 / 7:57 average
Holy hell, was I sweaty! Sarah and I chatted for a bit about my bike fears, and she said she took a class with NYCCÂ that taught her a ton and changed the way she cycled. She said they learned all the basic bike maintenance stuff and they were riding up to 100 miles by the end. Unfortunately that program isnâ€™t until the spring, but I can still learn some bike skillz between now and then, I think.
So yeah, awesome Sunday morning workout.
On a random side note, Iâ€™m really loving Amanda Berlin’sÂ site lately. Lots of great info there for all kinds of writers. (In small-worldness: weâ€™re from the same town and her sister was my year, and we connected last year via the powers of the almighty Internets.)
Tell me about your killer weekend workout. (And what sites youâ€™ve been loving lately.)Â