On my bike Saturday
I did my second official brick Saturday and it def. felt better than Monday's. I waited a bit before I started as it was 38 degrees. It warmed up quickly and was a gorgeous day. I took off down the mountain, across the flats and back up the mountain on another road. While I was on the flats I may have mouthed A*****E rather obviously to a driver who was passing a car and came way too close to me. Then I thought it could be a future parent of mine, a hazard of biking in the town you work in. But at least we would have started developing a relationship. As I was going up the mountain a biker caught up with me (not hard to do) and stayed with me until I made a turn. I was surprised as this never happens when I am running. People are polite but they zoom right by. He gave me a few tips (mostly about shoes) and was quite pleasant to talk to. He had watched VCM for the first time last weekend as his daughter ran in it. Soon enough though I was turning to do my loop while he continued over the whole mountain, something I can aspire to in the way distant future. I had a great ride, slightly faster than last week. When I got back home I changed my shirt as I was so sweaty and wanted to run in comfort. My run was much easier. Would that little bit of time had made a difference? My run part today was more than 6 minutes faster than last week and felt it the whole way. I saw no moose although I had a fox run near me. I don't like foxes at all. They are often rabid and eat/chase cats. I won't tell you what I jumped and screamed at while on my run. It was living and was not a stick that I thought was a snake.
I am leaning toward not doing a marathon this fall. If I don't I will sign up for the half. I have found two more duathlons I could do in New York in July and September. I would like to concentrate on these (unless I hate my duathon next weekend) and not worry about a marathon. When I think about training for a marathon right now I get a little pit in my stomach at all the time it will take. I may change my mind. I missed the first cut off for it to be cheaper so I don't need to decide yet.
On my run Sunday
Sunday I was going to bike and run again but so far I have only run. Running may have been pushing it as I am not feeling that well. Somehow I got 8 miles in but I'm sure they come under the category junk miles. I guess I feel if I can push through it I am building my endurance for when a race is miserable. But that may have been all the pushing I can do today.
One week from today is my first duathlon. I am moving along the scale from nervous to excited. I don't generally get nervous before races but I certainly will be before this one. I know so little about them. Expect to hear more this week as it gets closer.