friday favorites – my new toy

June 2010 004


yes, i bought a bike… a real bike.  now don’t get getting any ideas, i am NOT signing up for a triathlon.  that would require learning how to swim.

i have been looking at bikes and thinking about them ever since chris got his.  he always has so much fun and i always want to tag along.  i have gone back and forth for a while but really didn’t want to spend a ton of money, plus when would i ride with all the running i do?  then this week our friend’s wife was selling hers, it just happened to fit me perfect, and it was the right price.  how could i not?  i am really excited to have something fun and new to play around with. 

this will be used in addition to my running and hopefully compliment it very nicely from what i hear.  i might have to take an extra day off of running (run 5 vs. 6 days), but as long as i am doing something else physical i don’t really care, especially since i am in “off season” right now.  

i went with chris to our friend’s house last night and did my first interval workout on the trainer – so fun!  it’s going to be nice to have some cross-training to mix in that doesn’t require setting foot in a gym.  i am excited for some new adventures and a little scared too, but definitely overall excited.  now i just gotta learn how to ride this thing! (i know how to ride a bike, but i don’t know how to ride clipped in or all the rules, etc, but thankfully i have a great husband as my teacher, plus tons of other  resources.)



this morning i got up for an easy 6 miler.  i should have done some tempo miles but i wasn’t sure how my legs would feel after last night’s intervals so i just kept the pace on the easy end. 

i also crossed the 1000 mile mark on my run this morning :)

6.2 miles/55:06/8:53 avg pace

this weekend i have a long run planned (~14 miles) then i get to spectate at chris’s next triathlon on sunday!  he has been working his butt off and this will be his longest one to date (olympic) and last one before the big one this summer.  i am so excited to see how he does. 

good luck to all the racers and have a great weekend!

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43 Responses to friday favorites – my new toy

  1. J June 11, 2010 at 6:56 am #

    Congrats on the 1000 miles!! Enjoy the new bike! Good luck to Chris this weekend in the Tri!!

  2. Lisa June 11, 2010 at 6:57 am #

    Have fun with your new toy!

  3. Marlene June 11, 2010 at 7:01 am #

    Nice! Congrats on the new wheels!!

    Awesome on passing the 1000-mile mark too!

    Have a great weekend!

  4. Jesse June 11, 2010 at 7:07 am #

    Have fun with the new bike. And you don't have to sign up for triathlons, you can just go straight for a duathlon instead – run, bike, run. No swimming involved!

  5. Sunflower Kisses June 11, 2010 at 7:08 am #

    Love your new ride! And congrats on crossing the 1,000-mile mark.
    What kind of bike is that?

  6. Tara June 11, 2010 at 7:12 am #

    Yaaaaaayyyyy for a new bike!!!! Now we can go on biking adventures :) congrats on crossing 1000 mark!

  7. June 11, 2010 at 7:13 am #

    1,000 miles AND a new bike?!?! You are the ultimate athlete! Congrats!

    I too feel your fear about the bike. I used to do triathlons in college and fell off enough times to give me a good scare. If you want, I can bring my bike back up and we can learn together ;)

  8. Kristina June 11, 2010 at 7:23 am #

    Congrats on the mile-stones (1000 miles and bike). I've been thinking about getting a bike too. I can't wait to see your cross-training with it.

  9. June 11, 2010 at 7:49 am #

    FUN! You WILL love the bike, trust me!! It's a great alternative to running, and still keeps the legs strong! :) I actualy *just* posted today on "getting the gear" – because there is quite a lot of stuff out there for cycling! heh, enjoy :)

    and congrats on your 1000 miles! that's just incredible, its only June! ha

  10. Her Name is Rio June 11, 2010 at 7:56 am #

    Congrats on hitting 1000 before mid-year! Also, the bike sounds like a fun toy. Have fun with it!

  11. Katie June 11, 2010 at 8:05 am #

    I just bought one too! So fun! Congrats on 1000 miles – that's awesome!

  12. Adam June 11, 2010 at 8:07 am #

    congrats! Bikes are a blast. that bike makes me jealous, I only have the trek 1.1! :)

  13. Carly June 11, 2010 at 8:53 am #

    Congrats! It is a nice looking bike!

  14. Billy June 11, 2010 at 9:19 am #

    Hawt Wheels!

  15. shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama June 11, 2010 at 9:32 am #

    Brave girl on the bike. I hope you enjoy it.

    Well wishes to Chris over the weekend!

    Congrats on hitting 1000! Now you get to count backwards.

  16. Emz June 11, 2010 at 9:35 am #

    A bike and 1000 miles! LOVE IT!


  17. Kristen June 11, 2010 at 10:04 am #

    I think you will really love the bike! It is a very nice way to mix things up.

    Congrats on the 1000 miles! have fun spectating the race.

  18. Emily June 11, 2010 at 10:59 am #

    LOVE IT! You're going to be so obsessed with that baby in no time! Congrats on the mileage…you're seriously getting after it, girl!

  19. That Pink Girl June 11, 2010 at 11:08 am #

    You look like a natural!

  20. June 11, 2010 at 12:05 pm #

    YAY for a bike!!! So exciting!

  21. ShirleyPerly June 11, 2010 at 12:32 pm #


    Biking is so much fun, esp. on hot summer days and with someone you love. Yay for the new family addition :-)

  22. Alisa June 11, 2010 at 1:09 pm #

    oooh purty!

    I think you'd kick butt in duathlons!

  23. Zoë June 11, 2010 at 1:29 pm #

    Lovely bike!! I want one too, but we'll see. :)

  24. Jess June 11, 2010 at 2:24 pm #

    Enjoy the new toy, and as others have already commented, there's always duathalons!

  25. Christine June 11, 2010 at 3:05 pm #

    Congrats on the new bike AND the 1000miles! That is amazing!!! Good job :)

  26. misszippy June 11, 2010 at 3:22 pm #

    I think you'll love your bike, especially since you can share the rides with your man. It's a great way to loosen up tired running legs! Enjoy.

  27. Jamie June 11, 2010 at 3:32 pm #

    Good job to 1000 miles! Wow! That bike looks pretty sweet. Have fun with it. :)

  28. RunningLaur June 11, 2010 at 5:08 pm #

    So jealous! You're going to have so much fun!!

  29. Run Jess Run June 11, 2010 at 5:18 pm #

    Happy 1000 miles!!

  30. Carlee June 11, 2010 at 6:19 pm #

    Yay for the bike!!! And good luck to Chris!!!

  31. lifestudent June 11, 2010 at 6:28 pm #

    Someone already beat me to it, but they do have run/bike events. I dont even know if I could figure out how to ride a bike, but I know that swimming just aint gonna happen. I've thought of trying to do run/bike, or just moving right to bike and going for a distance ride. But, I'd have to get over my fear of my lack of balance and off center balance of gravity :)


  32. onelittletrigirl June 12, 2010 at 3:56 am #

    That sure looks like a bike for racing! It is WAY better than mine and I DO race. You could totally do a duathlon, as others mentioned. And I bet you would rock it!

  33. lindsay June 12, 2010 at 5:35 am #

    oooh does your dining room double as the bike room too? lol – mine definitely does. so classy ;) i don't feel so bad anymore about my ghetto ness.

    congrats on 1000!!

  34. Mel-2nd Chances June 12, 2010 at 1:42 pm #

    WOW! Congrats on 1000 miles! That's a major milestone! And yay for the bike! Only a matter of time before you're tri-ing ;) Have fun with it!!

  35. Mica June 12, 2010 at 6:51 pm #

    Ooh, that is definitely a very nice toy! I'm sure you will get lots of enjoyment out of it!

  36. X-Country2 June 12, 2010 at 7:08 pm #

    Hopefully you love that bike. Mine was totally like a new toy for me.

  37. TinaGirl June 12, 2010 at 10:46 pm #

    I can't believe you hit 1000 miles and we're only HALF way through the year! Great job!

    I want a bike but i'm scared of swimming to so no tri's for me but I would like to do some riding to cross train (maybe keep this hip injury from flaring up again?). Enjoy your new toy!

  38. TinaGirl June 12, 2010 at 10:46 pm #

    I can't believe you hit 1000 miles and we're only HALF way through the year! Great job!

    I want a bike but i'm scared of swimming to so no tri's for me but I would like to do some riding to cross train (maybe keep this hip injury from flaring up again?). Enjoy your new toy!

  39. Running and living June 13, 2010 at 12:48 pm #

    yay! now promise to get some bike shorts:)

  40. Denise June 13, 2010 at 4:06 pm #

    i've been thinking it'd be good to get a bike. but i'm so nervous about riding one on the roads…i can totally see me crashing. but if i ever want to get into tri's i need to get over that fear. hope you had some fun on it this wknd!

  41. June 14, 2010 at 3:29 pm #

    yay 1000 miles! i knew ud get there in no time! :) your awesome aron!!! :)

  42. Stuart June 26, 2010 at 10:10 pm #

    BIKE! C'mon if I can swim anyone can!


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