Some exercise/adventure updates, if you’re curious…
I guess it’s old news by now (slash, was never “news” in the first place), but that whole spring-forward-daylight-savings-begins happened last weekend. That has been — ignoring one night of confused sleep and the darkness of the AM — a very positive development; light in the evenings is really very encouraging.
We spent our first “spring-ish” weekend on the roads. A relaxed brunch ride on Saturday (a stop at a diner halfway through the ride) was the perfect way to get off the trainer and onto the streets.
It had snowed the day before but the March sun had more or less torched the snow by Saturday morning (although poor bike did get awfully filthy.) Slightly discouraging to see how much cycling strength was lost over the winter (when comparing segments on Strava), but it is early yet…
One of my favorite cycling strategies is “reward based cycling,” really just when you plan your ride around a delicious meal destination. This diner is exactly 20 miles away from us, making for a nice loop and a great brunch. It might not be the Best Cycling Food Destination Ever (a title reserved for PB Boulangerie in Wellfleet, MA — at least in my opinion. But in this case, my opinion is a correct-fact).
Then Sunday, post clock change, was reserved for a run. Lucas and I have been running with a friend who is training for Boston and she had 20 miles scheduled. The plan was for me to run the first 10 with her and then switch off with Lucas, but when we picked up Lucas it seemed like a good idea to keep going. After 2 hours and 55 minutes and 20 miles, I had my personal distance record for running (after only ever previously getting to 13.1, and nothing over 10 recently)! I was pleased.
In other psuedo-news this Sunday is our Saint Patrick’s Day 4-mile race (finally registered this week) and am hoping to improve upon last year’s time, so we’ll see how that goes…
And a final note — just received this email:
That is not great news, runners!! We’ll have to find out what the actual course is, but half (well, some) of the appeal of the Fairfield Half is that it is a challenging-makes-you-earn-it course. Powering through hills is fun. Flat is boring. Plus, my guess is that the “flat 5-mile stretch” is one long out-and-back that is pretty, but also boring. (I could be wrong.) If the organization wanted fewer runner complaints, they should have the race start earlier (not as hot)…people moping after not being prepared for the well-publicized hills is no reason to change the course. Finally, why head into Westport? It’s the Fairfield half!! This is not intended to sound too complain-y, just a little miffed, I imagine it will still be a great race but I did enjoy it the other way.
Have a great, activity-filled weekend!