Sunday, July 28, 2013

The 30 Mile Bike Ride

Recently my good friend and running buddy Sue started cycling. Two weeks ago we went for our first bike ride together which was 10 miles, the following week we did 20, so naturally it made sense to ride 61 miles this week? Or something like that...

It is no secret that I have been having a hard time with running lately, so I have really needed a confidence boost. Sue and I met this morning and were going to check out a portion of a trail in the Miami Valley. The real reason I wanted to go down there was for ice cream at the end of the ride at Young's Ice Cream.

We started this ride and I was thinking we were shooting for 30 miles, since that is what we had previously discussed, so was extremely surprised when Sue said she was willing to go for 40 miles. Well, if you know me, twisting my arm to go a few extra miles on the bike is not hard. So, 40 is what we settled on. At about mile 20 we were both starving so we asked some local riders where the closest food was. They told us it was up the trail about 2 or 3 miles. They did not look convincing so just to make sure, Sue asked if it was at least less than 10. They said that there was no way it was 10 miles. I was shocked again when Sue said, let's keep going for food.

Half Way there eating the best sandwiches EVER!!!!
We approached a little town about 7 miles up the trail and came upon the trail side restaurant. Much to our dismay the restaurant was closed!!! Not just closed, but shut down. I think I went into panic mode... Again asked a couple of locals where we could find food. They sent us to Waynesville, where I ate what was probably a mediocre sandwich that, in the moment, was the best sandwich I had ever eaten!!!

After eating, we headed back to Yellow Springs... We started riding, I told a lot of stories, practiced silence, laughed a lot, smiled for 5 hours and dreamed about ice cream! Going for a 60 mile ride is not an easy task especially when you only planned 30 miles, but we did it. Not only was it fantastic to spend another awesome weekend with one of my closest friends, but we got to share a ride that we will both remember (well I will at least) for a very long time.

By the way, the ice cream was the BEST ice cream I have ever eaten!!!

We totally just finished a 61 mile bike ride. 

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Chosen to Believe In

One of the most beautiful things about life is that we get to choose what is important to us. Some of my friends have heard me talk about the difference between family (those who are not chosen) and friends (those who are chosen). I am fortunate to have the most amazing family that I would choose any day. I mean, how can you not appreciate a mother who serves her community selflessly every day, or a dad who would take in a stranger from the street to make sure they have a safe place to sleep? Not to mention my siblings who also give selflessly and are unwaveringly there for me when they are needed. I'm lucky that they were given to me, but as I said before, I would choose them any day. 

On the other hand, I have these friends who choose me and I choose as well. Sometimes I wonder why they choose me since I like to share my opinions, I am stubborn, I am ornery, I am self absorbed at times, I am dramatic and on and on!!! But they do... Even better is that I have some friends who choose to spend hours running and cycling with me. 

I hadn't had a good run since the Half Iron until Thursday. My friend and I met at our usual ungodly hour of 5:30 am. We both hopped out of our cars, barely said two words to each other and off we went. Then it happened, she asked me one question about something that I am fairly passionate about AND I'm pretty sure probably only needed a yes or no answer; well, what she got instead was a three mile answer.

As we ran, I forgot to look at my watch and what happened those first two miles were basically magic. We ran fast, for us at least... We talked the entire way! It was after that run that I became reinvigorated for this athletic adventure I chose to pursue several years ago. I again believe that I can do it. What is it you may ask? It is the half marathon in November, a ride later this fall, another half iron distance triathlon next year. All of this after I honestly thought my love for working out was gone for good!

I am so lucky that I have these amazing people in my life who are willing to stick by me through my many adventures.

As one of my favorite musicians says: "The best things in life aren't things; They're chosen to believe in."

Thanks for choosing me to believe in! 

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Keep Trekkin'

One of my friends told me that she was having a conversation with another friend of ours, about me. She told me that they both are just waiting for me to announce that I am going to do a full Iron Man!!! I laughed because, at this time, I have absolutely NO interest in ever putting my body through that type of event. For now, I am happy to be able to say I have done a marathon (with plans to do a few more) and a half iron man (with plans to do at least one more).

This is all amusing to me especially since I was found saying to one of my friends while running a 4 mile race, that I am done! I have no interest in running a half marathon this fall AT ALL!!! She told me that it was OK, I didn't have to do the half this fall. I think she also asked me what my plan was, to which I replied, I'm going to go home and register (of course)!

Then, on Saturday, as I was having the most enjoyable day bumming around with a couple of my friends, I heard myself telling them, and others, that I am totally sick of exercise! I also said that all I want to do is lay on my couch with Dukie and stare at the TV.

I think it is appropriate to say that the post marathon blues apply to a half iron man as well. And I'm suffering from those blues big time!!! Since the half iron, I can honestly say I have been a little funky. Ask my friends and they will likely tell you that I haven't been myself since that race. The past couple of weeks I posted about my struggles. What can I say, sometimes you simply can't shake it all that quickly!

Rather than fall into my funkiness I am goal setting. Here is where I am at:

Greenswell Wellness Triathlon and Duathlon (Lewis Center, Ohio) - July 14 - As a relay! I'm riding!!!
Fall into Winter 13.1 (Granville, Ohio) - November 9 - I'm hoping it is cold for this race!

In advisement from my favorite sister in law, I will simply keep trekkin'!!! And because of that I will have more of these memories to come!!!

Soldier Field 10 with my sister and sister in law!

A picture from my favorite half marathon!

And of course,  the infamous full marathon picture!