It was very well organized for a first time race. I chose to do the 5K as did many of the people there. I ended up being the 4th woman! Ha! I can't write that very often. There were lots of people who walked but I'll take that 4th with pride regardless. I had a 9:13 pace overall. My first mile was around 9:15, second was 9:53 (the killer hill - this included going down it!) and the third was 8:42. The last tenth was 7:52. I don't know most of the stats. I don't know if race results will be published. T was the third woman. The two women who tied for first talked the whole way. CQL came up with her friends for the race. She is also doing 5 races in May, 4 of them the same ones I am. My next race is this coming Thursday, our state Corporate Cup. I don't like racing in the evening but it should be fun.
2. AS SOON AS I got home from the race I took my car to Shelburne to leave it for an appointment. It needs to sit for awhile so I wanted to get it there early in the weekend. I took my bike as I was going to get myself back home. I love running errands while riding/running and I love being self sufficient. Of course when I was thinking about doing this it was sunny and beautiful. It started raining pretty much as soon as I started riding. It wasn't too bad for awhile but was quite settled in by the halfway point. I divided the route into 4 parts mentally as I thought about how much I had done/had to do. On the way up I drove the first 2/3 of the duathlon route. That was a mistake as I am more freaked than I already was. It is very hilly, again and again and again. The first part of my ride home included the final third. I have driven this road many times but not paid attention to the hills before. Nonetheless this section was okay. I knew in the second section that there was a very giant hill so I was mentally prepared for it. The trouble is .........it goes on forever...........it is very steep.............you go around a curve and it just continues and continues and continues. But I made it up and I'm riding along when I remember another giant hill that I had forgotten. It is also very long and very steep but it is straight with no surprises. I make it up that one and then I remember one more big hill to come in this section. It's amazing how different a familiar road is on a bike. I am quite wet but I don't want to stop because I am afraid if I do I will call my husband to come get me. Everyone tried to talk me out of doing this once it was going to rain but I can be rather stubborn. So I continue on and get to the third part which was the easiest. There were some rolling hills but nothing alarming. I stop just before I head up to my house for the last section because I can no longer shift my gears and I need my gloves on. I also eat a quick energy bar probably far too late. How do you eat on a bike? Then I head up along the river to home. Now everyone I work with thinks I am amazing to ride this route home but truthfully it is all hill but not a steep incline. I felt like I had a motor on my bike in comparison to some of the hills I had been on. Or maybe I was the horse heading for the barn. Whatever..... I made it home. The whole ride was 27.5 miles. And my butt felt every one of them. I wish I had been faster. That also makes me nervous for the duathlon. Will I finish my bike and they tell me I took too long so I should pack up and go home? But for the present I am proud of myself for doing this ride and not quitting.
I MADE IT!
Then after a quick shower we jumped in the car (not mine) and went to a birthday party. Very busy day.
No time to rest.
3. Today I had 12 miles planned. I wasn't sure if I would be able to do it but I could tell almost as soon as I started that it would be fine. I felt quite good and managed all 12 even though it was once again raining. It felt great to be on my feet and not on the bike.
I plan to ride to work tomorrow (rain again) and run on Tuesday so I can catch a ride with a colleague who lives that way to get my car. The biggest problem is carrying all the stuff I need. I don't want to carry stuff running on Tues. so I am taking it tomorrow. Because of the rain I need more (dry shoes - plus I am planning on running with a friend after school so I need that stuff.) Who knew how much organizing working out could take?