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Cycling, Races, Three Things Thursday

Three Things Thursday: Uh, What?

1. Did I miss something here? Today is the most beautiful weather we’ve had in D.C. since…uh…I can’t remember when. Warm but not hot, no humidity, a breeze — it’s like the most amazing day of spring ever in the history of the world. In the middle of July. Please stay this way, please?!?

2. I really freaking love my bike. Whenever I’m outside and see cyclists riding around D.C., the only thing I want to do is join them. I’ve come a long way from being scared to clip in and calling the ride my weakest tri discipline — clearly it isn’t, and it might actually end up being my strongest — to hanging with the boys during tough workouts and itching to get outside every chance I get.

A little tiny part of me wants to explore cycling as a standalone sport. I’ve actually harbored this desire since I spent the summer in Atlanta a few years back as a race director for several cycling and running events but never had the motivation or support to get out there and get serious. Too scared, mainly. Now that I’m really comfortable and strong on the bike, why not, right? NCVC is hosting a road race just a few hours outside of D.C. next weekend. I mean, I could just jump in on the Cat 4 women’s race and check it out…

Then I come back down to earth and realize that now is not the time to be joining a crash-happy, injury-prone sport. If I crashed out, which would be all the more likely in the novice category, that could spell doom for my IM training. Not a lot of things you can do with broken bones and stitches, especially 7-8 weeks out from my “A” race. While I may survive just fine, there are no guarantees.

So I’ll keep putting off this dream until after IM. Then it’s on. Cycling is totally different from purely individual sports like triathlon and marathoning, and the tactics are something I understand in theory but am not sure how to execute in practice. I want to learn. I want to take that risk. So when I’m done with this crazy 140.6, I’m going to do it. Watch me.

3. Apparently I have a 70.3 in a few days. Oh. In all of my IM training I kinda forgot that Musselman has been on my race calendar for months. It’ll be a fun weekend — I’m headed up with a bunch of friends — a good test of how far I’ve come since Kinetic — hopefully a long way — and a chance to practice race prep and execution one more time before the BIG DAY. A little bit on my goals for this event tomorrow…

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8 thoughts on “Three Things Thursday: Uh, What?

  1. I’m sure it’s beautiful in DC. It’s probably nicer in Oahu. Just FYI.

    It would be cool to do some cycling races – but definitely waiting until after IM is wise. Are there any good fall races?

    Posted by Victoria (District Chocoholic) | July 14, 2011, 12:56 PM
  2. I love cycling. I rode this morning and it was incredibly gorgeous. Also noticed I haven’t done a flat ride in several weeks.

    Posted by katie | July 14, 2011, 1:06 PM
  3. Eeeeee, I love the idea of you doing a cycling race, but I definitely agree that it’s not worth messing up the IM training. And since the IM is pretty soon now, you can definitely jump in one after!

    Posted by Erin @ untilyoutri | July 14, 2011, 1:08 PM
  4. Good luck this weekend! I think you’ll surprise yourself just how far you’ve come since Kinetic. Can’t wait to hear the results!

    Posted by amy | July 14, 2011, 2:04 PM
  5. It would be difficult to identify a triathlon weakness for you. You’ve been kicking ass in all three sports lately!

    Posted by Beth | July 14, 2011, 2:49 PM
  6. Good luck this weekend! And I think you will have fun with cycling races after IM

    Posted by Sarah | July 14, 2011, 3:03 PM
  7. Good luck at Musselman! I am thinking about doing that race next summer.. How early did you register for it?

    Posted by Shannon @ Mon Amour | July 14, 2011, 7:17 PM
  8. So I’m not gonna lie – I too am afraid to clip-in and it’s probably why I haven’t ridden since college. How did you get over it? How did you get where you are on the bike?

    Posted by Page | July 15, 2011, 12:46 AM

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