Saturday morning found us in Pittsburgh visiting one of my best friends from college. With some time to spare before the troops were awake, I took D to the park where I ran my first half-marathon, two years ago. This time, we were on wheels, and had a longer distance in mind.
We started at the Boat House, where I had crossed the Finish line and was more than familiar with a 5-mile loop to take us around North Park. I’ve actually run this race twice, as I wanted to beat my First time one year later. 🙂
It was a successful mission! Being here only brought back Good running memories. I described this as the place that “got me hooked” on Long-distance running…
D checked out a map to familiarize himself, and ended up taking charge of the ride for Loop #2. Where did this take us? UP one Long Hill, and back down with a speed I had yet to encounter on a bike. This is where I’ll brag a little, as I passed him going up the hill and kept my momentum strong. 😉
Small victory! He caught up quickly, and coached me on keeping the pedaling rhythm so my pace didn’t slow and I could chug up the incline…
This is where I admit that going dowhill for at least a mile was a relief for the legs, but terrified my “What if I crash?!” thought-process. I wish I could say I’ve reached a confidence that allows me to just Coast and “enjoy” that 30 mph speed; I have not. D, on the other hand, zoomed right down without fear – I’m not there, yet, but at least I have someone to follow!
Loop #3 did Not involve that littler detour, as I’m not sure my legs would have agreed with it. We rounded out the ride with an even 16.5 miles, one hour later.
Here are two, tired and happy Cyclists:
Sans-helmet, and equally as glamorous as a Post-run shot, no? 🙂
On another note:
Stay tuned for a Give-away tonight in honor of the “Meatless Monday” trend!