Bennington Battle MonumentT has been my training partner for years. We run on weekends together with the rare weekday run thrown in. T does NOT like to race although she has stepped it up this year and raced more than usual. But the fact that she doesn't race makes her a good training partner for me as she is willing to do whatever my schedule dictates. Most recently my schedule has gone out the window as I am unable to run. I took my bike out last weekend and it has been on the go since. So what did T, the perfect training partner do? She got her old Raleigh 3 speed out and her husband spent some of his precious time getting it road ready! So T is now biking with me and loving it! She cranks that 3 speed up any hill our mountainous town throws at her. (She is much more
Bennington Battle - August 16, 1777
But T and I are well matched running/biking partners in other ways too. T is somewhat afraid of dogs due to a childhood incident. So I have been the shield more than one time between her and a dog that appears dangerous. T is the type of person who always thinks of others first except when a dog is in the picture. If she is feeling danger she does not hesitate to put me in front of her which tells you something about how much dogs frighten her. Now T does own a dog and loves them so I am only talking about threatening dogs. They don't delight me either but I do my part to put my own fears aside and protect T. The last two days we have come upon the same dog which doesn't live too far from me. It has never been a problem in the past but for some reason it now ventures out in the road and gives us his best growls and threatening manner. It is working! T cowers in the background while I have been throwing it dog biscuits. I think the treats are working and soon this dog will know me as that friendly athlete who gives it biscuits as I pass by! At least that is what I am hoping.
We actually went by this dog twice today but that is not the only thing we went by twice and here is where T was the hero! Right after we started out today I passed my first snake of the year! I screamed like the girl I am and raised my legs (I was on my bike.) T didn't know why I was screaming and at this point we were well by. I wasn't sure if it was alive or dead but if it was dead it was a very recent road kill. So we continued on our ride and covered a wonderful 15 miles! It was mostly hilly but today was another gorgeous day here in Vermont, cloudy and cool, just right for biking! After we got back I said I wanted to try running.
(We ended up just going a mile as my heel was hurting. I guess I am done trying the running thing for now but I am worried about my relay in two weeks.But today I listened to my body. Yeah, me.)
BACK TO THE SNAKEBut as we started out guess what we passed again? Yes you know what is coming. Did I remember it would be there? Noooooo! And obviously it was dead as it was in the EXACT same spot. I screamed again but even louder as I was closer to it on my feet. T screamed too right along with me even though she didn't know what I was screaming at. But I screamed so loudly she must have figured we were about to be killed or something. Then we stopped and I said, "Man I am going to get sick of going by that snake or something to that effect!" So T turned around and removed the snake to the bushes off the road so I wouldn't have to keep seeing that snake as I went by. That is being the best training partner you could possibly be!
Stats for the Week:
Running - 3 miles - oh my!
Core - 1 hour
Biking - 76.3 miles!
The BEST Training Partner Ever
Same road as yesterday's biking picture, obviously earlier in the year