Go Big or Go Home

cycleluvAt the beginning of this year I made a silent promise to myself (dare I even utter the word… resolution?) to get back on the wagon, shed the dead weight I’ve been carrying around in my butt and thighs, and become a Rock Star on the bike again. As I contemplated how I was going to achieve this lofty goal, my dear mother handed me a small ad from the local paper for a new indoor cycling studio in Leesburg – CycleLuv. Wouldn’t you know it that the day before I had snapped a picture of a truck with the cutest bumper sticker – AND IT WAS THE SAME PLACE!

I’d heard rumors about spinning… That it was the workout routine of seriously hard core people. So it would be a complete and utter fabrication if I said I wasn’t completely intimidated. Ah… But they lured me in with their promises of a free class. I figured I had nothing to lose (and at the risk of sounding über cheesy – everything to gain); if I hated spinning and left on the brink of death, I wasn’t out a single dime. And so I scheduled my first class at CycleLuv on Saturday, February 2nd.

OK… To say that I’m addicted to spin class might just be an understatement.

Is it hard? Hell yes it’s hard! But it’s not hard in a completely inconceivable, “I want to curl up into a ball and die” kind of way. It’s hard in a “I can’t wait to challenge my body and see what it can do next” kind of way; hard in a good kind of way. And CycleLuv knows how to do spinning in a way that is completely approachable for the beginner. Sure, I’ve ridden outside… And I’ve even took on the challenge of the Italian Alps (in a completely non Giro d’Italia kind of way), but I’d NEVER done indoor cycling before. It’s so massively different than outdoor cycling it’s like learning to ride a bike all over again. Every instructor that I’ve taken class from at CycleLuv is excited to have beginners in their class.

After going to classes for about a month I’d jump started my metabolism enough to actually see results… The kind of results that require safety pins to hold my pants up AND the kind of results that show up on my Garmin when I ride outside (I’m faster than ever before… So at least I’m kicking the tortoise’s tail in the race).

Which brings me to my next point. I’m finally going to do it. “Do what?” you ask?

I am going to ride a Century.

There, I said it. It’s official now. My friend Tom and I have been talking about doing a Century ride for a couple of years now; and until now I’ve chickened out every year. Tom is an awesome cycling partner cause he rides with me – even when I’m wussy and insisting that I need to draft off of him to continue. And now I’m finally feeling good enough and strong enough to finally get through this little event. Oh, did I mention that a century is 100 miles… In… ONE… day? Yeah, I guess I forgot to mention that part.

Oh… and that’s not all…

I did say “Go Big or Go Home” didn’t I?  Well, what if I told you I was not only going to ride a Century, but I was also going to run a 10 miler and a half marathon?  I know.  I just blew your mind a little bit there, didn’t I?

So the other day my good buddy sent me the sweetest Facebook message yesterday.  She told me that she thought there would be no one she’d rather run the Run for the Dream with than her roomie from William & Mary!!  Well, my heart kind of melted at that proposal.  And to be honest with you, I’ve been wanting to run this race since it’s inaugural run back in 2011.  Unfortunately, due to my injury I wasn’t able to run it that year.

Here’s the kicker, the injury is still kind of a problem.  I struggle with it off and on consistently.  I’ve also developed a pretty good case of “dog show knee.”  Basically, the left side of my body is pretty much falling apart.  Cycling is great because it’s a non-impact sport.  I’m able to go pretty hard, pretty long, and pretty far without developing any pain in either my knee or my ankle.  Running… well, that’s another story.  So despite the fact that I’m committed to doing a Century ride, the idea of running again is a little on the scary side to me.  Before I jump feet first into a half marathon I think it might be wise to ease back into running with some smaller distances.  Test the waters and see how much my body is willing to take.  So here’s what I propose to do…

Try to get into the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler (again).  I had planned to run this race last year, but unfortunately when I started cranking up the miles my ankle started giving out again.  I ended up selling my bib to someone who couldn’t get in on the lottery.  There’s a good chance that I might not be so lucky next year.  Who knows.  It is, after all, a lottery.

Projected Summary for 2014

  • Cherry Blossom 10 Miler – April 6, 2014
  • Run for the Dream Half Marathon- June 8-ish, 2014
  • Seagull Century – October 4, 2014
  • maybe SeaWheeze Half Marathon – August 8, 2015

Think this is big enough?

  • I think you can do it! <— has nothing to do with me being the person who put the half idea in your head.
    And I am in complete and utter awe of the 100 miles on a bike. Awe might not even be a big enough word.
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    • Whitney Claire

      Hahaha! See I think 100 miles on a bike is so less scary than 13 miles on foot. But then again I’ve done a half and know what your body goes through. I’ve never ridden 100 miles before so I’m blissfully ignorant!

      P.S. To Readers of my Blog – I would love any tips about a Century, but I would still like to remain blissfully ignorant too… It’s easier to cross the finish line when you’re not afraid of what might come on the WAY to the finish line.

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