You come down a hill before this uphill which makes it oh so much fun!
Okay I am over my discouragement of healing time for the heel. When I go back to the gym I might feel differently but today I'm happy so I'll take today. I am doing my stretching exercises needed and I had another awesome bike ride. I called a friend to see if she wanted to ride with me and she absolutely did. It is easier to find biking partners than running partners. So we did the route I often do which is slightly more than 15 miles. It was a sunny gorgeous day and we got a lot of talking in too. Even though we work in the same building I never see her. I don't know if I even saw her to say hi to all of last week. Ridiculous but reality. She took a few pictures for me that I could never have gotten with the Gorillapod.
Almost at the top!
And I'm there!
View from my friend's house. It's wonderful!
Sunday there is a race in Burlington that I have run in for several years. It is one of my favorite races. It is a 5 miler, a distance I like. It is end to end so no going back up what you have come down. It is mostly on bike paths which I love. It is all hills which I don't love especially because the last couple miles are uphill but in spite of that this race is a winner for me. But I am not going to race in it and continue to baby my heel. Hopefully I will be racing other races later this fall including at least one new one. I am beginning to accept that I won't be doing my marathon although I haven't totally yet which is so crazy because I am not running and I certainly haven't been doing those all important long runs. To go from nothing to a marathon would be insane and set me back. Why is it so hard to know all this in your head but believe it in your heart?
Riding beside a
nothing special river perfectly acceptable river
just not as nice as "mine"
Today (Sunday) I had another great bike ride. I have to say this injury has certainly had a golden lining. Why did I ignore my bike so long? I went about the same distance as yesterday but the terrain was harder. I headed down the hill along the river, then turned onto the road with the poisonous parsnip but it has all gone by. This was the busiest road for traffic so I was glad not to be on it too long! Then I headed UP the mountain for about 3 straight miles of uphill, some steeper than other parts. I just took my time.
Some of the uphill
I wasn't sure where I was going to turn. I had planned to take a right about 2 miles up the road but decided to keep going. I was having fun and decided to go farther plus it helped me avoid one majorly steep hill. When I jump into the water I am a "jump in all at once and not a wade in kind of gal." But when it comes to hills on a bike I like the wade in and tackle a little of the steepness at a time versus the jump right into it and pedal up that massively steep hill! When I was at about 3 miles up the mountain I veered to the right. If I continued going on the main road it takes you over the mountain to 3 major ski areas eventually.
Veering toward the right
Now I had hit dirt road. It continued to climb but nothing terrible. I enjoyed this road a great deal as I am rarely on it even in a car. It was pretty deserted until I came to the Meditation Center where something was certainly happening as the field was full of cars, there was a school bus there and a gazillion people walking all over the road.
Once I got off this road I had a choice of going right or left and I went left toward the center of town. At that point I was where I usually ride/run but I had certainly taken a different route to get there. I loved that it was a loop. My usual ride has a loop in the middle but some of it repeats.
Heading down toward the center of town
Overall I did 60+ miles in 4 bike rides this week and I feel good about that. I only thought about the race I would have liked to have been doing once or twice on this ride! Not bad at all!
I've got to do this ride again when the leaves have changed!
My husband and I got to the movies again this weekend. We went to The Switch which I totally enjoyed. I laughed a ton which was just the ticket! We weren't sure we would get there after yesterday's debacle but we managed to. Have a good week everyone!