|Being a Happy Cyclist|
For the most part, it was a success! My foot didn't bother me too much. My knee was a little annoyed, but not too bad. And there was the encounter with a snake. I am not sure if it's considered bad luck to have a snake cross your path (like a black cat) or if maybe it's actually a good sign. In any event, I figured it wasn't going to be good if I hit the snake with my bike so I swerved to avoid it.
When I got home from the bike ride, I started thinking about about events that I might like to consider for this year. One is the Live.Love.Tri in August. This is the all women's tri that I've done for a few years now. I might not be able to run the run, but since it's a super supportive event, I don't think that will matter too much how fast I am able go. It will be fun to just to participate.
|Day of Tread Ride|
One final event of interest is the MS ride. It's a two day event with several distance possibilities each day. Husband did it last year, and would like me to think about joining him this year. I don't want to hold him back, though. Maybe I'll just do one of the two days? Or maybe I'll just go out for support? Not sure exactly what my role will be, but I put it on my calendar as something to think about.
|WDF 2014, wearing blue shirt, green skirt|
The first place walker finished in 29 minute. Wow. That's pretty speedy. I can't always run a 5K that fast! The second place finished in about 40 minutes. That's just under a 13 min mile. That's probably still faster than I can walk, but getting more reasonable. The third place woman, however, finished in 49 minutes. That's a little over a 15min/mi. I decided to time myself for a brisk one mile fitness walk. I was able to complete it in 14:40 although I'm not sure if I can keep that pace up for a full 3.1 miles. In any event, it certainly puts me in the range of a 3rd place podium finish if this year's walkers have similar paces as last year. Wouldn't it be a hoot if I could actually get a medal walking the race?!?!
All in all, it's been a good day. I'm feeling encouraged and energized even though nothing has changed about my situation from a running perspective. The difference is simply a fresh perspective and an open mind while exploring some other options.