My first real Boulder-approved bike ride. In honor of the 5 Days of Sunshine (canyon) challenge, I did it once.
I’m trying to embrace the whole not running thing and at least get exercise somehow. This is a great ride because it’s pretty hard and it’s more or less right out the front door of where I work. So even if I am able to run again soon, I should probably try to do this more often. And since I’m a terrible cyclist, there’s a lot of room for improvement. 90 minutes is a bit more than I want to spend on a workday ride, but a guy at my work can bang out a 12 mile version of this in 55 minutes. So there’s something to strive for.
My outlook about my injury is a little better after reading a great blog post by Amelia Boone. Her story sounds a lot like mine. Specifically the short clock to a big race making me feel pressured to ramp up too quickly. I don’t know if I’m disciplined enough to learn my lesson despite vowing at the beginning of the year to take things slowly. But it’s another reminder for me when that time comes.
While I was suffering up Sunshine Canyon I settled on my plan for the rest of March, bringing me up to the withdraw or push forward deadline for the Bighorn 100:
- Tomorrow: 90 minutes of skiing before work. I’m a terrible skier so it’s great exercise.
- Friday. Day off from exercise an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon to get my knee actually looked at by an expert.*
- Saturday through Tuesday: Snowboarding in and around Aspen.
- Wednesday: Bike ride.
- Thursday: Rock climbing and mindful leg rest.
- Friday: 4-5 mile run.*
- Saturday: rock climbing and leg rest.
- Sunday: 11 mile test run.*
* I’ll cancel Sunday’s run and ride my bike instead if Friday shows any sign of pain or if my ortho appointment gives me worse news than I’m expecting.
Sunday afternoon I have to make the decision on whether to drop from Bighorn or not. So if my Sunday run isn’t at least good enough to feel like I can start ramping up (slowly) again, I need to cut the race. I’m at peace with it at this point. Luckily Leadville is still 5 months away and I feel like I’m pretty fit right now.