Sunday, September 16, 2007

Only my Nose is Running

Yep, that's right. Today's long run? Didn't happen. I know that it is okay to train as long as whatever ails me is above the neck, but I just felt miserable all day and didn't see the point is pushing myself. I slept in this morning *and* took a nap this afternoon. I actually feel better now than I did earlier today, so maybe I'm on the mend. Or maybe it's the cold medicine. LOL.

I was contemplating the missed run. I don't think it will impact me too greatly for Elephant Man (which is now only 2 weeks away). I do, however, think it might have been the deal breaker with regard to whether or not I attempt a second half marathon at the end of October. If I do another one, I really don't want to go in without the distance. I don't want to run more than 8 miles next weekend so that I'm in good shape for the Elephant Man the following week. I'll only do a 10K at the end of that Oly. So my next chance for a decently long (12ish) mile run will be the week after that. That will be after having long runs of 0, 8, 6 consecutively...maybe not such a great idea. I'll play it by ear. I'm really not sure I even *want* to run another half-marathon so this could all be a mute point.

After my nap, I spent some time on my bikes. First, I replaced the rear break pads on my Giant. I had replaced the front ones some time ago and the rears were in bad shape. Next I installed front and rear lights. My commute isn't in dark yet, but I've seen other bikes with their lights on in the early morning and I think it is a wise decision to help be visible to cars.

The last thing I did was swap the seats between the two bikes. The one on the left is what was on my LeMond, the one on the right is the cushy Rx Serfas gel saddle that I had put on my Giant. I took a picture, because I notice several differences. The Serfas is wider in the back and has never caused pain to the 'sit' area. The other saddle is narrower and has left me with some hot spots. Yes, that saddle is a pain in the butt! Also, the Serfas is split farther toward the front. The other saddle is actually solid at the very front. No wonder my tender female parts have been sore! Anyway, I can tolerate the uncomfortable saddle on my short commutes at least until I buy another Serfas or something else for my LeMond. But I am *not* doing any more long rides on that other saddle.

Ah...wouldn't you know it, Performance Bike has another sale going on. Husband wants a second pair of bike shorts (Ha! I've converted him!), and I'm looking for some of that highly reflective stuff to wear in the morning. Off to spend more $$...

17 comments:

  1. Bolder says it's all about the bike, but I say it's all about the butt!

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  2. LOL... Duane! Me too :-) I wanna get Dee Dee on of those femme specific saddles. She has a b'day coming up soon. She's a spook!

    I think you have the running down for the Oly. Don't give up on the HM distance. You'll need that to do a half-iron after all! LOL. Just give yourself time to be better prepared. You can do it!

    Now, I need a cushie saddle too. When's my birthday?

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  3. You gotta luv the "performance" sales... So tempting all the time..

    I'm still trying to find the right seat for me...My ass always hurts..
    But no more long rides for me either..Woohoo

    Rest up for the OLY,,

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  4. Hope you're feeling better soon, you'll kick butt at Elephant Man, I'm sure.

    I've got to get one of those female specific seats, especially if I ever really train for an event again. Spending money's always good, happy shopping.

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  5. Aahh...gotta love Performance Bike. Are they ever not having a sale! Glad to hear you're feeling better.

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  6. Ohh performance gear sales....where so so much of my measely college student extra money goes to haha!

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  7. I don't know about the whole biking thing. Those seats look like medieval lady part torture devices to me LOL

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  8. Yes, it never ends once you get into biking and tris and running and...always money to have "fun"! Probably good to skip your run if you feel like you did. Otherwise, you just get more and more run down. There will be other days.

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  9. You give me hope that I may live through this illness.

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  10. I have been so happy with the seat that came on my bike but maybe I just don't know the difference yet. I certainly don't ride very long distances. I will come and ask you when my bum starts hurting. :>)

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  11. Sending 'sniffles begone!' vibes!
    Thanks for the bike update b/c I am looking at a new saddle soon :)

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  12. Performance is a favorite of mine for sales also. Glad hubby is getting sucked in.

    Feel better soon.

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  13. Hey, if you're miserable, play it safe and rest! :)

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  14. The missed long run should not have a negative impact on you. Better to be undertrained than overtrained when it comes to race day. Hope you feel better.

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  15. Hmm, I think your refridgerator is running to, no?

    Yeah yeah, I have nothing of value to add here except for my lame comments :) Sorry. But I agree that undertrained is better than overtrained... so don't feel too bad about the missed run!

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