Well, it’s been more than a month since I blogged because I haven’t really had any time to myself lately. I moved to the coast from the city and I’ve been trying to get settled in a new neighborhood. I also started a part-time job at a local coffee shop since I’m not teaching this summer. My ankle is finally healed to the point where I can run/jog a couple of miles a few times a week.
Yesterday, I raced for the first time since January’s surgery and I’m happy to report that my ankle was the LAST thing on my mind when I was out there. For one, my bike handling skills were a little rusty and this course was loaded with roots and rocks and it really kept me on my toes just trying to keep the bars straight. My hands were the worst though and I had arm pump within a few miles after the start. Thankfully, the course was laid out in my benefit as the last half of each lap was 4 or 5 miles of wide open fields. Toward the end of the 10-mile lap, the course muddied up a bit and I crashed once in a mud hole when I lost control and the bike went sideways. After picking myself up off the ground, I started the bike and was just getting back into my groove when I slipped on some slippery roots and wadded bad, taking a handlebar to the chest and knocking the wind out of me. I thought I was hurt (read: dead), hearing a few cracks as the handlebar crushed into my sternum. Bad thoughts entered my mind but I shrugged it off, moved my shoulders and arms around a bit and took a deep breath – all good!
Handlebar to the chest. It looks better in person.
I picked myself up off the ground AGAIN and vowed not to crash again, rode another lap and a half to the checkered flag. I was able to lead from start to finish and grabbed the win, which was thrilling (even though there were only 2 of us in the class).
Smooth is fast!
Here are the Garmin stats from the race:
I traveled 31.75 miles for a total of 1 hour, 42 minutes and 8 seconds.
I burned 805 calories at an average speed of 18.7 MPH. My max speed was 43.8 MPH!
My average heart rate was 177 BPM and my max was 197!
Click here for a link – Hare Scrambles – Sumterville by no1jenn at Garmin Connect – Details.
Thumbs up for first place!