I’m conservative (not meant as a political statement) –oh, ok, I’m a nerd/rule follower/chicken 90% of the time. But when it comes to racing and athletic endeavors, I’ve always been a “go-for-it/no fear” type of gal. Until my back injury. Since then, I’ve found myself researching races then
finding excuses chickening out as they approached. I’d get in my own head and fill it with doubts. I’m not in shape right now. I haven’t been logging the necessary miles. My paces aren’t what they were this time last year. Excuses, excuses, excuses. LAME!
On Saturday, I opted to ride with my cycle club group one more time before marathon training dictates I replace my Cannondale with my Asics/Sauconys (shoe drama deserves its own post) on Saturday mornings. I almost didn’t make it to the ride courtesy of a late night (ahem, wine fog). I met the group and realized I’d forgotten my Garmin and sunglasses- I should mentioned, I never installed a computer on my new bike and have just been using my Garmin. My legs weren’t responding during the first few miles, but I kept telling myself to just make it to the first rest stop and reevaluate there. I rode comfortably in the middle of the pack to that stop, realized from my fellow riders that we’d been averaging 19mph so far and I felt good (I did “pull” during some of those miles). I ended up agreeing to an extra loop and riding 51.5 miles (18.5mph avg)–my longest post-injury ride! I was pumped. I felt like I’d turned a corner- a feeling that was affirmed by Corey’s sweet comment.
So, now it’s time to live one of the Oiselle mottoes and go fast, take chances. I’m racing this weekend. Not “running a race for fun”, but racing. My #1 goal is to just toe the line- then of course, finish strong. I will not compare myself to others, I will just run the best I can. Stay tuned…