Coach Marni sent me my official Half Ironman training plan at the beginning of the week, and I have to say that Iâ€™ve really been enjoying the structure of a set plan. Over the past year, Iâ€™ve more likely to wing it than follow a plan, so this is a nice change of pace.
Todayâ€™s workout called for a bike/run brick. My favoriteâ€¦ Huuuuurrah. I seriously did not think I was capable of spending another hour on the indoor trainer, so I decided to venture outside.
Remember when I lived in Orlando and was within 3 miles of the airport? Oh man. I so miss that back road. It was a perfectly flat, car-free 10 mile stretch of perfection. Megan (AKA MegaNerdRuns) lived on the way to the airport, and I would â€˜pick her upâ€™ and weâ€™d bike the road together. Good times.
The problem with cycling in Charlotte is that I canâ€™t step out my front door and be in such a scenic, quiet area. Iâ€™m right next to a super busy road with no bike lanes, and I am kind of terrified of cycling in traffic. I know that, as a cyclist, I need to just get over this phobia and deal with it, but I know way too many people who have been hit by cars on their bikes (ummmm including myself <— an experience I do not want to repeat). But there is no way that Iâ€™ll be able to train entirely indoors for a Half Ironman, so today seemed like a good morning to face my fears.
Obviously, I run around my neighborhood all the time, but finding ~20 miles of cycle-able roads is different than running on sidewalks. It took a little bit of trial and error, but I eventually found a neighborhood with a bike lane. I did a few loops in the neighborhood and killed 30 minutes.
I crossed a busy road and found another development. There were no bike lanes, but the roads were very peaceful. Iâ€™ve got to remind myself to stay alert for cars even in quiet neighborhoods â€“ cars come out of garages all the time!
Once I found a few places to ride, I calmed down and really began to enjoy myself. I forgot how fun it is to cycle outside. Fears are a curious thingâ€¦ once I decided to face mine, I realized that Iâ€™ve definitely built the â€œI hate riding in Charlotteâ€ thing up in my mind. My fear was so much bigger than reality â€“ you know?
Came home and transitioned for a brick run.
1 hour on the bike
15 minutes of running
Woo to the hoo!