Short bike ride – 110 days to go

I got on my bike for the first time all season today.  I didn’t want it to be a long ride, just to get my ass used to the saddle again and explore a little bit about our new neighborhood (Vista Ridge, Erie).

Let me say that while my crotch is sore for not-fun reasons, Erie is a fabulous place to ride.  I went about 14 miles in about 35 minutes, on a paved road with little to no traffic, rolling hills, huge cottonwoods, the late afternoon sun, and miles and miles of farmland with the mountains as a backdrop.

I just felt the need to say thank you to the world for the great day today.

Danskin Triathalon – Let the training begin

I have 2 friends that have talked me into doing the Danksin Triathlon coming up in June in Colorado.  I’m in pretty decent shape, I’m in the gym every day, I lift once a week and usually spin or run the other 4 days a week.  If the weather is nice, I hike or run outside on the weekends too.  Its the only thing that keeps me sane.

Well, I’m in decent bike/run shape, but I haven’t swam in YEARS.  I used to swim competitively when I was in high school, but that was about 2 decades ago.  So today, I decided to get wet.  I thought I might jump in the pool at the East Boulder Rec Center and swim with a women’s swim group, but when I arrived I learned that it was for paying members only and the class was full anyway.  So I got in the water and just swam laps.

I think I swam maybe about 40 minutes.  I took lots of breaks, griping the pool edge for dear life.  I learned that I have an old-school freestyle stroke, that I don’t remember how to swim SLOWLY, but I regularly lapped the other people in my lane (so I’m pretty fast still).

Right now, I feel like jello.  I can barely feel my legs and my head is spinning.  So I rewarded myself with about 6 Oreo Cookies, the only thing I could find that had fat content.  I didn’t think the carrots I brought were going to adequately replenish. Only 3.5 months to go to the Danskin.

Just between you and me, I know I’m in good shape, but I’m still nervous about this (which is why I’m doing it).  I don’t even really have a good reason!  Anyway, wish me luck…