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Friday, August 16, 2013

Trying not to Tri is Tough

Since my last post, I've been running as normal.  Squeezed in a few vacations (worthy of independent posts for sure) and may have begun training for a triathlon.

Wait, what's that you say?  What exactly is "may have begun training for a triathlon"?

Fair enough, let me explain.  I purchased a bike about twelve years ago.  When we bought our home and moved, I hung it from the garage ceiling thinking I'd ride it because I would have to look at it so often.  I mean seriously.  Take out the trash; there's the bike.  Leave for work; Bang.  Home from work; Hello Mr. Bike.

That was ten years ago this month.  I've done nothing but looking at the poor thing.  Heck, I have maneuvered ladders around it probably over 100 times during that period.   I don't even recall doing anything but thinking to myself I'd better get that bike down and go for a ride.  Occasionally the kids would ask "you ever gonna ride your bike again Dad?"  "Yes" I'd retort, but since I was always running and training for marathons, it was easy to sluff it off.

It will be no surprise that each year during the Tour, I get a small itch to ride.  But again, this is usually dismissed because my fall marathon training is set to begin.  Then there is always the thought of if I get it down from the ceiling, I'll have to put it back up there.  Who the heck wants to do that?

On a random Sunday afternoon about a month ago, I took her down from the rafters.  GREEN THUNDER was in piss poor shape.  Empty tires, dust & dirt caked everywhere, and no telling how the chain, shifters, gears and brakes might have survived.

I pumped up the tires and hopped on for spin around the cul-de-sac.  Not bad. Everything pretty much worked.  While the gearing and derailers needed some tuning, I could hit most of the 24 gears and more importantly STOP when applying the brakes.

You've probably already made the connection, but getting on the bike led me quickly to a place I have avoided for years.  If you're looking for a change of pace, how about a triathlon?  Oh crap.  Not that voice again.  The one to which I respond.  No, we've already been through this 1,000 times.  I tried to swim laps on numerous occasions.  Remember?!  You like fluid in your ears?  Have you forgotten how awesome it is inhale pool water?  And besides, if I can't Ironman, which I cannot, then I ain't interested.

So, here I am.  New helmet.  New bike computer.  New, well, lots of stuff (details when I get the guts...or after my wife sees the bill and I live to tell about it).

I've been on a handful of short rides and spent a little time in the pool.  I didn't fall or drowned so I guess they were a success at this stage.

While running will remain my primary focus, I plan to share much of what I've gotten myself into during the coming weeks or months.  We will just have to see how long it lasts.

Run in Peace, Rest in Grace.