Keith and I took off at about 8:30am on Sunday and it didn't take me long to realize I wasn't quite 100%. Or 90%. Maybe 80%. The first 30 minutes were pretty slow for me and my legs were definitely pissed off. After that, I started to feel loose and was getting down in aero more comfortably. We hit 1488 and there were a few spots I got to be fast but it never lasted long. We rode about 18 miles at an average speed of 16.7 I believe. It felt soooo good!
Monday morning we decided to ride again so set off on the same route. Man, what a difference a day makes. I felt great from the beginning to the end and even had some nice spots on 1488. The day was hotter and windier and we were faster....17.1 average. I get to ride again this weekend...another hour or so and I can't wait.
Wednesday was the night that I really longed for though. Ana gave me her blessing to go on my first run since IMTX. I didn't wear a watch, heart rate monitor, Garmin or anything. I just headed out and ran. I fully expected feeling tired and sluggish so started out nice and slow just to be safe. I assumed I would need to walk at times and was just fine with that. Much to my surprise though, I felt great! Again, not quite 100% but pretty darn good. I had a fair amount of tightness in my calves which I expected given it had been 11 days since my last run but nothing terrible. I had the biggest smile on my face the whole time. I'm confident that folks I passed thought I was on something. And there's no telling what the cars passing me thought. I didn't care though. I was just thrilled to be running.
I'm totally going to cherish the feeling I had last night because we all know the euphoria probably won't last. I hope that the next time I'm running and it gets tough, I will remember the joy I felt last night and use that to motivate me to keep going. I. LOVE. RUNNING.
|This is what I looked like the whole run. I'm not exaggerating!|