My hope for the weekend was that I could spend lots and lots of time doing nothing. Sitting around, staring at a book or the Olympics. Sleeping. Reading the paper. I got more accomplished than I had planned and spent less time on the couch than I'd hoped.
Saturday was a team bike ride along the same ol' route we've been riding. I don't mind, at least there's no chance in the world that I'll get lost. The route is easy-ish with an upgrade and a couple of short hills on the way out, downgrade with a tail wind on the return. Since we were finishing up a "recovery" week (ha haha hahahahah) we were to stick with low intensity. Since I pretty much only HAVE one intensity, that's how I rode.
The weather was perfect; the fog had just burned off, the wind was blowing, the sun was bright and the temp was just about 70. I rode most of the ride alone since somebody decided to ride on her own, but that way I was really able to power the return ride. Yeah, I know I was supposed to take it easy, but in that stretch I couldn't help it. My brand new tire behaved itself and didn't pick up any nails so the ride was a great success.
We were supposed to do a short run after the ride, about 1-1/2 miles. I got to walk it. Yawn. There's nothing wrong with walking. I just find having to walk when I want to run a real trial. I had to keep repeating in my brain "don't run, don't run, don'trundon'trun don'tdon'tdon'tdon't" because my feet just wanted to take off. I walked the whole thing though. I'm not stupid, I know that I need to let my back heal. But I'm getting very concerned since I haven't been able to do any bike/run bricks. My first one might be on September 13th and that will be challenging.
Sunday was scheduled for a 45 minute run so again, I walked. The team was running in Berkeley and since travel time would have been about 1-1/2 hours, I decided to stay home. In fact I decided to stay inside and use the treadmill. I watched some Olympics and some news and some cartoons and got my 45 minutes completed.
I miss running, I miss my running buddies.