Today was a “throwback” kind of day. A typical day for me a few years ago, when I was chasing my IRONMAN Arizona dream. A day consisting of all three triathlon disciplines of swimming, biking and running.
The weather was an unusually windy day for this time of year. I first noticed the windy conditions crossing back from my lake swim, when I thought someone had put me in the washing machine cycle. The water was quite choppy, but I really enjoyed it. I just imagined dancing with the lake instead of fighting with her.
After my swim, it was off to get the kiddos to school. After my extended T1 transition, I hopped on Zapata and decided to go for a one hour bike ride. Having set no goals other than to ride for an hour, I experienced a level of freedom and enjoyment that I haven’t experienced in awhile on the bike. No cadence, no HR to monitor, no speed checks, just me and my sleigh rolling down the street.
I can’t believe it’s been almost three months since riding my bike. All of this 5K run focus has left me time strapped for my other sports. I quickly remembered how much fun it is to roll along versus pounding along the pavement.
With the exception of a little shoulder and tricep discomfort, I felt exceptionally spry and energetic during my first bike ride in eons.
My one hour bike ride flew by exceptionally fast and it was time for T2 and to get in my daily 5K run in. Except this time my 5K was a brick, because I was running directly off my bike ride. I had forgotten how tough it is to run off the bike. My legs felt heavy for the first half of the run, but I was able to find a slow pace I could maintain. I dare not push the pace due to risk of aggravating my hamstring and glute issues.
All in all a great day and a wonderful remembrance as to why I love triathlon so much.