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Ride and Run

by Meghann on October 7, 2012

40 miles on the bike.

3 miles by foot.

Consider this brick busted. ;)

Last week I butted in on a Twitter conversation Jess was having fellow Tampa friends, asking if anyone was interested in a bike ride on Sunday. I messaged back with a “Me! Me! Me!” I had planned on doing a solo bike ride early Saturday morning, but having a friend sounded so much better than going alone. Luckily she didn’t butt me back out and we agreed on a meeting time and place. This morning I set my alarm for the not-so-scary time of 6:30, had a toasted waffle with peanut butter on my way out the door, and met Jess at a local trail head.

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Bike rides with friends are so much better than cycling alone. I warned Jess ahead of time that I’m a talker in the saddle and she gave me the go ahead that she was too. We spent the whole time gabbing about everything under the sun, which was nice since it meant we got to know each other a little better.

The trail we picked consisted of a giant 7 mile loop with a 2 mile tail attached from the parking lot to the loop. The first loop seemed to drag on forever, but after that, I swear it felt like they were getting shorter and shorter. I’m still on the fence on how I feel about trails that are loops. One one hand it was nice knowing what was coming next, on the other it was awfully tempting every time we drove by the tail to take it back to the car. ;)

We completed 2 full loops then stopped for a break. I had 1/2 a Chewy bar, then finished the other half on my final loop. I also had another Chewy bar before my run.

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Jess stayed around for 3 loops, then I was on my own for the last. I had packed my running shoes just in case I had it in me for a post-ride run. As I started the trail tail back to the car, I felt great – bring on the running shoes!

I started my run right around 11:00. It was hot and sunny, but luckily the side of the trail had a decent amount of shade.

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And I came prepared with lots of water. Water = lifesaver in the heat!

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I have a little secret. I don’t hate bricks, I actually enjoy them. For some reason my splits are always faster right off the bike – I think that’s because my legs are so excited to get off the bike – they just want to move! What I don’t like about bricks is how HOT it is by the time the run starts. That’s partially my fault for starting the bike portion at 8:00am instead of 6:00am, but the yearning to sleep always wins in that war. Plus, the 11:00am running conditions are more likely what I’m going to face in Miami at the end of the month. So while I might not enjoy it, I know the heat training will pay off in the long run.

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On another note, LOVED wearing my new Lululemon cycling jersey today.

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I had pinned the Lululemon jersey months ago, but it was a little out of my budget at full price. A couple of weeks ago Mary noticed it was listed for 40% off on the Lululemon website and sent me the link. It took me approximately 5.5 seconds before I had my credit card out and was ordering it.

I ordered my usual Lululemon size and it fit like a glove. The material is light and airy, which is perfect for riding in the Florida heat. It’s also super comfortable and even cuter in person than it is in photos (love the fit – very flattering). The pockets in the back are big (I had my ipod, phone, Chewy bar, and car key back there comfortably) and it’s nice and long.

My only complaint is that the shirt doesn’t come with built in support, otherwise it’s the perfect cycling jersey. Now I need to stalk the Lululemon website to see if any more pop up at a reduced rate. ;)

What do you ride in on the bike? Do you have a favorite cycling jersey?

I was famished by the time I made it home and quickly pulled together a brunch of leftover pizza, eggs, and peach.

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An odd combination, but it did the job of filling my belly. :)

I think it’s time for a nap. I hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday!

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