Tuesday, October 20, 2009

I left the country!

This weekend I decided that Sunday would be my “long” bike ride day. Just like runners with MUCH more self control than I, I decided that this ride would be purely based on time – not on distance. One hour out, out hour back. I’m still not sure how runners are able to tear their eyes away from their Garmins and just run by time alone. I imagine it is similar to the feeling of not wearing underwear. Everything is just…loose…and it feels funny.

So, like I said, on my bike ride I left the country! Sort of. I was finally able to ride all the way from my house onto one of the local Indian Reservations – Specifically the Gila River Indian Reservation (henceforth referenced as “The Res”. Let me tell you, on The Res, there is…..NOTHING. I’m talking nothing nothing. To play into stereotypes, not even a casino was in sight (the main one was a few miles north, the brand new one was a few miles north and a few miles west. I think they have three of them in total….maybe four. But again, no stereotypes….) I didn’t take my camera along, you know - didn’t want the added 4 oz that would drag me down, but here is a “file photo” that is nearly identical to what it looked like.

I can almost hear the tumbleweeds.

The reason that I went to The Res is twofold: one, to say that I technically left the country and two to avoid stoplights every mile. I learned from my Ironman neighbor that this is where a lot of the Ironman AZ people train to avoid the stop and go of normal city traffic. Score. Training among the best. Sort of like going on a jog with Kara Goucher – if she were clad in some sort of robotic exoskeleton that enabled her to run super humanly fast.

These guys (and gals) were FAST. If I can set the stage….I’m wearing my headphones jamming along to alternating Fergie and Jonas Brothers songs (literally. Don’t judge. Maybe I like to think that I am glamorous while I ride) wearing one of my two technical TShirts and cotton shorts. I’m clipping along at a healthy 17.5 to 18 mph when all of a sudden four spandex clad bikers all in a drafting line zoom by like I was standing still. I’m not sure if my ego was hurt more by the fact that they were wearing such glorious outfits or the fact that I totally got schooled. Repeat this 3 more times before my hour is up. Bummer.

Since I am always on the hunt for improvement, I captured a few takeaways:
  • Must look the part. Need to supplement my Beyonce black leotard with some Corona beer jerseys
  • Must look the part. Need to get one of those cool guy tear drop helmets. Will probably need to wear it to work to get used to the weight
  • Must act the part. Will practice screaming “on the left!” in the mirror in full areo position while in the hotel
  • Must drop weight on my bike. Am going to swap out wasteful two wheeled bicycle for much lighter unicycle

Orrr, I guess I could just practice. But, you know as good as I do, that is crazy talk.

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Update on the stress fracture. All is well from what I can tell. I have no pain on my shin, even with pressure, and can move around without even knowing that something is wrong with my knee. I have been VERY “good” (as I always am – no matter what my wife says) as running hasn’t even entered my mind. I have another appointment with the sports med dr on 11/6 at which time I HOPE to get the green light for some light running supplemented with biking / elliptical. I’m still planning on running Rock and Roll AZ on 1/17 come hell or high water. Like I always say – hell is MUCH more likely given the sweltering heat of PHX.

Additionally, you’ll notice that I added Rock and Roll Mardi Gras to my 2010 race list. Signed up last night. Let the year of the Rock and Roll race begin!

13 comments:

Ace said...

pssht practice is overrated. Take it a step forward and go with a motorized unicycle!

Jamoosh said...

Yeah, there is nothing like being passed by a peleton. Kind resets the entire attitude for a moment the first couple of times it happens.

RunnuRMark said...

practice shmactice. just keeping cruisin' along in your own style. being all "cool" and "fast" is overrated anyway!
Oh, and they have free Boulevard at the Olathe marathon too. Not sure if they cap it at three cups like they did at the KC race.

BrianFlash said...

You could ride as fast as 'those guys' if you found some friends and drafted 25% of the time.

You are the real man going it alone.

The Sean said...

I would carry a bag of small sticks and throw them at the passer-bys spokes. That'll get their attention.

Believe said...

lol cracks me up :D Alternatively, you could have just stuck your foot out :D

Michelle said...

You crack me up. Cotton shorts on a 2 hour bike ride? With no chamois? To you know, make your sitting area all nice and comfy?? Must I be your cycling sherpa also?? :O)

Great ride my friend!!!

Nat said...

Oooh you need to get some butt paste too. That stuff works wonders for the arse. Yes, I said butt paste.

Mel-2nd Chances said...

i got the cool sunglasses to look the part :) Glad you're still recovering... take it easy!

sRod said...

And so it begins. Are you going to take up swimming too?

OhMyLaughter said...

Okay this is a cool experience not everyone can say they have had.

Go you for being creative with your break from running!

Barry said...

I'm getting my motorcycle license next month. I will get them back for you!!

Seriously though, if you buy a bunch of "biker clothes" I might try to have you disowned from the family. You SHOULD go the OTHER way, maybe a nice pair of jean shorts, striped knee high socks, old t-shirt. The jean shorts might be uncomfortable so substitute as necessary but you get the idea.

They will not be able to admit it, but the 90mph spandex dudes will know deep down that you are cooler.

And that is what it's really all about, is it not?

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