9.24.2010

I has an ow.

Oops...I fell off my bike.  Or, rather...I fell over with my bike still attached to my right foot.  At a 4-way stop.  With an audience.  Why does it always have to be with an audience?  If I were to have actually seriously hurt myself, THEN an audience would be appreciated.  Not when I tip over from a complete stop because my foot slipped trying to clip back into my pedals.  No one needs to witness my noob-like move.

My left elbow has a bit of scraping and a silver dollar-sized black-and-blue mark, but is otherwise not injured. I was just thankful to not have torn any holes in my clothes (I was wearing my favorite Dansko logo eBay find jersey and cycling shorts are just ridiculously $$ to replace) or hurt my bike, though I did have to limp up to the sidewalk to put my chain back on properly, as the fall somehow knocked it off the front rings.

I guess I was due for a fall.  I've logged 3000+ miles on my bike since I got her last November.  Technically I have had 2 other falls, though I'm not really counting the one when DH insisted my bike would be fine through loose gravel and sand of a road construction zone.  Had I been riding solo I would have turned around and found an alternate route of paved road.  Of course, I had an audience of construction workers on that occasion, too.  Of course.

Since I last posted a blog entry I had the pleasure of an amazing dinner at Judson's Steakhouse (in The B.O.B. complex) in Grand Rapids with my friend Sandy/Cheffy from NC (she's a running buddy of mine from RunningAHEAD.com).  She is a professional chef and does some traveling for work.  This is the 3rd time in about 2 years that I've been fortunate enough to be able to meet up with her for dinner while she is in the area.

The following morning DS and I drove down to Spring Lake to watch other RA friends run the Old Boys' Brewhouse Oktoberfest Marathon & Half.  The races were delayed an hour for NASTY weather...lightning, wind, monsoon-like rains.  It ended up being a really tough race for most of the people I knew running.  My one friend running the full marathon ended up DNFing.  That hour delay can totally mess with any nutrition strategy, which a pretty crucial aspect of running 26.2 miles.

This past week I have had a real mental struggle getting out for my workouts.  I blame it on the overcast skies.  If this keeps up it's gonna be one LONG Winter.  I ended up skipping my Sunday 25 mile bike workout...which breaks my 12 week 100+ miles logged on my bike.  Eventually that streak would have had to end, anyhow.  Once the snow flies my time will be spent on the trainer, which will have me content to manage 50 miles/week.  Plus my running mileage is starting to inch back up as I am training for the Vegas HM, so that really needs to be my emphasis for the next few months.

The continued windy conditions have really made my bike workouts extra challenging, too.  Today's winds are in the 30mph range...so I'm really thankful that today's planned workout is not of the 2-wheeled variety.

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