I will be hanging up my running shoes, well not really, they just won't be getting as much mileage over the summer. My bike on the other hand, will be getting the miles.
After receiving a Christmas card from Diane Legg questioning if I'd be interested in joining Team Lungstrong, I couldn't help but say yes and commit to the two day ride (Welleseley to PTown) and fund raising ($4,300) for the Pan Mass Challenge (PMC) August 2nd and 3rd. Diane is a 9 year lung cancer survivor, I first met her when I ran the Providence 1/2 Marathon in 2011 and again in 2012 with Team Lung Love. Her passion and spirit were amazing to me, and it gave me hope for positive outcomes and long term lung cancer survival.
During my taper I drafted my training plan for the PMC, lots of bike miles for sure. I'm not sure I know what I've gotten myself into what I do know is it is for a cause I believe in and a team I am proud to be part of.
I cajoled Dave into a bike ride today, he is not a fan of the road bike, however he knows I enjoy it and I did just have a birthday and he did commit to one bike ride a week with me if he bought the road bike (to compliment the 3 mountain bikes - fat tire / single speed / 29"). I lead and set the pace, it is kind of unfair that he drafts off of me, but you'll have that, either that he'd be waiting for me to catch up. It does give me the encouragement to push a little harder than I would while riding solo and he also can help me make adjustments. The rule is one possibly two per ride. Today was seat height. I changed shoes from last summer and my winter/fall boots so maybe that was the difference? or my legs shrunk? He has been mentioning he thought my seat was to high among a multitude of other things for a while. See the one maybe two things rule. So anyhow 15 miles in he says, yep that seat is to high, pull off. So I do, right into the sand at the shoulder. Holy wow, yeah the bike comes to a standstill in the sand, how about that. I didn't topple over, which is good. Got out of the clips pretty damn quick.
Down went the seat and my butt stopped hurting, huh... The second suggestion was to stop pointing my toes when I pedal. Ok so between small and big gears I'm all confused now I'm pointing my toes? Translate, please! My toes are down and my heels should be down as I crank up hills. WOW! I don't have to drop into granny gears (big gears right?) I can use my quads between the foot position and the seat being lowered maybe 1/4 of an inch.
Beth, on to the next thing, stay tuned...