Archive for April, 2011

Biker on the Run

Right, then.

A quick check of MapMyWhatever shows that I have not been running since January 2, 2011.  That sounds about right.  I think what happened is that I started the year with an annual cycling goal, a new road bike and a sore left Achilles tendon, ergo I went headlong in to cycling.  Which is just as well, I reckon – part of my plan, I think was to give the Achilles time to heal – if memory serves, towards the end of last year, I was limping around quite a bit in the mornings due to soreness.

Well, about a month ago, I started to get an itch to run.  As my pair of runners were effectively dead (runners usually last me ~300 miles), I had an excuse to not run.  Mind you, I was still experiencing some soreness, made more noticeable due to recent work that required a lot of walking, so I’m not entirely sure my plan to give the Achilles a rest really worked.

I have a mental glitch.  When there’s something I need to do, but don’t want to do, I’ll do everything else under the sun.  Do I need to write a paper for a class?  Well, then I’ll get to that as soon as I shred the past 7 years worth of bills.  There’s a project do for work?  I’m sure that’s true, but I’ve been walking all over the pile of clean clothes for the past three weeks, and I really must fold and hang them up.  Does the bathroom need to be cleaned?  Sure…and I’ll do it right after I’m done researching Master’s programs.

This is the part of the conversation where I tell you that I need to do my taxes – something that I view with dread.  Thus, I went out and bought new running shoes and ran 4.91 miles…the first time I’ve run in over four months.

I’m happy to say that overall, I feel good.  I feel a little muscle twinge in the legs, as obviously riding and running use different muscle groups.  Also, the new shoes are awesome, and I’m stoked that I found a running store close to home.  I originally was going to go to Sports basement and get a pair of Asics GT-2160’s, as they are the 2011 version of the 2150’s I have (and the 2009 2140’s that I had before that).  Well, SB had 13’s, but not in the 4E that I need.  Almost drove down to Willow Glen to Athletic Performance, when I remembered that my chiropractor told me about a shop in Santa Clara.  Ryan’s Sports Shop is in front of where Shaw’s Lightweight Cycles used to be (they closed down at the end of March – Shaw is out of play, needing a heart transplant).

Gary, the owner, is a high-energy type.  He reminds me a bit of Jack LaLanne.  Some folks find him a bit off-putting, but I was OK with him…he reminded me of a coach or a trainer that was just really into whatever he was trying to teach you.  He had me try the 2160’s, which I almost bought until he wanted me to try a Mizuno Wave Nirvana 7.  Oh,  holy shit – I’m not sure what it is, but these fit great – better than the Asics.  They are about $140 (or ~50% more than the Asics) but they’re predicted to last 50% longer, so that equals out.

The run was good, though a little tough – it was four months after all.  Also, I suffered some fueling issues towards the last 1.5 miles or so – the gel pack did not have enough go power, alone.  Comparing the Jan 2 run to today’s run, I was 2 seconds/mile faster, but burnt 25 less calories due to being 10 lbs lighter.  Fair enough – I wasn’t pushing it and it will take me a bit to get back in to condition.  I’ll have to get back to doing sprints soon so as to build up my speed like I did last summer.

As for riding, things are going well, but I can see April being an off month, due to 3 weeks of travel.  That said, I’ve built up enough miles since the beginning of the year that I should still be able to easily make my goal of 3000 miles this year.

On the drinking front, this Sunday, it will have been 10 weeks since my last drink.  I’m doing well with it, I’m happy to say.  The worst was when I was in Florida last week, which has natural booze association to it.  I had to squelch the urge to drink with Chips Ahoy…but I did squelch it, so that’s a win! (in a non-Charlie Sheen sense of the word).

OK – enough of this.  Back to the regularly scheduled bullshit.