I have been enjoying all the name suggestions for my new tri bike, and if you haven’t thought something up to name it yet, please comment here! If I like the name you suggest, you get a prize!
Yesterday kicked my butt!! I swam in the morning, and then had my 2 hour bike fitting in the afternoon. This wasn’t just a “I’ll measure your inseam and pick out a bike for you” fitting. This was aI’m sure there are much more elaborate ones out there, but this was a lot more than I have had in the past. Basically, there was a lot me me riding, getting off, bike adjusting, and getting back on going on.
I also had the pleasure of talking with Adrianne who happened to make it to the ITU triathlon world championship last year. She pretty much places in her age group (which happens to mine) in every race she races. Pretty badass, and she was helping me become the most aerodynamic and comfortable on MY bike. I felt very fortunate. She knows her stuff.
AND, she didn’t mind taking pictures of me for my “nerdy blog.” She was really cool. I kinda felt like a naive teenager taking advice from an elder even though she was my same age! Let’s face it, I still have MUCH to learn about triathlon even though I have been doing them for 2 years.
I left the bike shop confident that my bike is going to be more comfortable than my road bike, which will in turn, make me want to ride it more equaling better race performances. I hope. 😉
A few hours after my bike fitting, I met with the Spokane Swifts for a speedworkout. It was a HILLS day unfortunately. I know these don’t look that bad, but they hurt. Our so-called “warmup” was between a 7:30 and 8 min/mile pace for the 1st 2 1/2 miles. I was tired before we even started the “meat” of the workout which was going up 4 large hills, then 3 medium hills all on loose gravel. Yay!! Our recoveries in between were running down the hills. Of course, I was the last person to finish. I’ve pretty much gotten used to that with this group. Then a 2 1/2 mile cooldown which was between an 8 and 8:30 min/mile. Needless to say, during the jog after the workout back to my car I realized I was already sore.
This season is going to kick my ass, but I’m really excited about it! I have a 5K race on Sunday that I have to run in under 22:30 in order to qualify for second seeding for Bloomsday (a HUGE 50,000 person race around here), and I’m pretty sure I can do it!
In other news (just in case you missed it on twitter), I FINALLY had an interview this week, and I was offered the position! It is only part time for now, but once they get more clients, then it will go to full time. And… it is somewhat related to my environmental career field! I’m so excited to start next week! The last few months since I graduated with my masters in December have been ROUGH in the job search department. The economy is definitely not the same as before I left to Germany the end of 2007. That is for sure! Moving back to the states last summer was definitely a reality check. For those of you still searching, keep doing what you are doing!
Off to celebrate my new job with some sushi with the hubs!!
Have you ever been professionally fitted on your bike?
Do you do speedwork? It WORKS, trust me! After 3 1/2 months of running with this group, I feel so much faster than last year already!
Do you like your job? Are you job searching?
A lot of questions, but I’m feeling inquisitive today. 😉