Saturday

9 March 2013

Back in January, I signed up for a Nike virtual 10K; instead of a run/walk event where you get up at Too-Fricking-Early to show up with a thousand other people to run or walk, this one is DIY. You run/walk, use the Nike running phone app or other Nike+ device to track your distance, synch your device or phone to Nike+ when you're done, and bingo...you're done.

This appealed to my inner night owl. I wouldn't have to get up early, I could walk wherever the hell I wanted, and the frosting on the cupcake: it was to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

AND I could pick a day: March 9th or March 10th.

So I registered, paid my fee--and happily, because that's the money that goes to the charity--and waited for my even t-shirt. Because...t-shirt. I am a t-shirt whore.

In between signing up and today, the first day I could do the 10K, I got a new toy. And that new toy, when I'm not using the motor, is a hell of a lot harder than just walking. Even when I use the motor, I'm using my body enough that my heart rate goes higher than it does when I walk.

So I caved to my inner 8 year old and decided to do the 10K on the new Trikke.

Because...toy.

I headed out this morning, and holy hell, the wind was blowing. I thought about waiting until tomorrow, but the odds of wind tomorrow are probably as high as they were for today, so I jumped on and headed out...and at the .15 mile mark started to think that maybe I would just go home and risk tomorrow being windy. Because carving that Trikke into the wind...not fun.

But then I got around the corner and had the wind at my back, and decided it was a hell of a lot of fun...as long as I could figure out a way to keep the wind at my back.

Yeah, that didn't happen. But once I was really going, getting into a rhythm with the Trikke, I figured I might as well keep going.

It felt a whole lot like cheating even though I was working harder, but I rode the Trikke for the 10K and didn't walk any of it...but really, I wasn't going for a 2nd chance slot in a marathon as some participants were today, so I didn't think it mattered. I just wanted to do something for the LLS and have fun while I was at it.

And I did.

This guarantees that tomorrow there will be no wind at all...I might have to go out again, just for the hell of it.

2 comments:

Angel and Kirby said...

You put in the miles and worked hard for them!

Jan Scholl said...

I won't do a race without a decent tshirt. Because I need more squares for my quiltmaking. I wear them a year (unless they are horridly ugly-I cut those babies up the first week), then I replace last year's with a new one from this year, and cut the old one. I am working on 5 quilts by race or distance. . Now I wanna know more about this Trikke. Can you do a review, what lead to your choice of one and all that jazz? No one sells them close to me but I don't drive anymore (hubby retired and is now my chauffeur...for better or worse...but way cheaper as we plan our trips). Its 5 miles to my gym but there is a bike route the whole way, even along busy roads. Yeah!