Sunday, March 21, 2010

The need for speed

As some of you know, 2010 is the year for cross training for me. After running in Phoenix, I felt my age in my knees so I am making a concerted effort to do other things besides run. It's hard.

Fisher, my new road bike, has made it a bit easier. Yesterday, I packed Fisher into the back of the car, picked up RAH and her bike, Celeste, and we went to Quad Cycles in Arlington, MA. Meeting up with KEP, Mike, Vicky and a bunch of others, we headed out at just about 10 am. Mass Ave in Arlington and into Lexington was a bit intimidating, but then hit the bike trail which was truly fun. I did see the runners, many doing 18 or 20 yesterday in preparation for April 19th, but zoomed by them. Unfortunately, my odometer had gotten knocked out of alignment when I had removed my wheel so I don't know how fast I got going, but it seemed fast.

We all stopped at various places. It was fun. On the way back from Ferns in Carlisle, we went through Hanscom Air Force base, tackling one big hill, which was great though hard. The down hills after the up were even better and I am feeling much better about clipping in and out and stopping without panicking. I do need to still anticipate changing gears before stopping so that it is easier to get going again.

So, I was thinking about running Seattle on June 26th. Many of my friends are riding the MS Ride that weekend. What should I do? I think I am going to try a duathalon first. Run, ride, run ... seems like something I would enjoy. There are a a couple of them in Hopkinton which would be a good place to start, but I have to check it out.

Who knows what's next but I think I should wait and see what strikes my fancy ... no need to commit to one thing or another quite yet. Today, I am going to run to the gym and lift some weights. Or not ...

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