Since I live in Oregon I run in the rain A LOT. I don’t mind it too much. I think I have gotten used to it and I figure that if I’m not willing to run in the rain, then I won’t be running for about 9 months out of the year (I might be exaggerating, kind of).
I feel like biking in the rain is a little different. I think it was around 45 degrees when I left the house today and it was raining. And windy. This weather made for a cold bike ride. I think I can handle this kind of weather when I’m running better than when I’m riding my bike. I was so cold. But it was exactly what I needed today.
I wasn’t planning to go on a bike ride this weekend if it was going to rain. But my legs felt like they needed a hard workout, so I put on my running clothes (yeah, I need to buy some biking clothes) and set out for my ride.
I got about one minute from the house and my chain fell off as I was shifting. I slowed down to pull over and forgot to un-clip my shoes and ended up on the ground! This is fall #2 on my bike.
I walked back and Sonny helped me put the chain back on. Side note: I need to take a bike maintenance class.
Then I left the house again. This time I didn’t make it past the drive-way. I clipped my left foot into the pedal and had to wait for a car to go by before crossing the street and clipping the other foot in. I guess I was leaning a little too far to the left because I fell over! Fall #3! This fall was worse than the first one. I fell hard on my left knee. The clipping into the pedals thing is really making me feel uncoordinated.
I went back to the house again to check out my knee and decide if I should really go on this bike ride. My knee was pretty scraped up but I decided to go anyway!
Miles 4-6 of my ride were up a big hill. I passed a guy at the bottom of the hill before going up. I figured I was making a mistake since I knew he would pass me once we started up the hill. It’s crazy I know, but I held him off until just before we got to the top! I’m sure he was going easy though, and I was working really hard.
We rode down the backside of the hill together. It was fun talking to another bike rider. I told him that I just got my bike last weekend and he gave me some great tips:
#1 – Buy a fender. This is necessary for riding in Oregon. You should have seen my back when I got done with the ride. It was covered in dirt.
#2 – Get some covers for my shoes ( I can’t remember what he called them). My feet were soooo cold and these are supposed to help.
#3 – Wear glasses, especially when it’s raining. I didn’t wear mine today because I thought they would be annoying in the rain. But they keep water and dirt out of your eyes, so it’s a good idea to wear them.
#4 – Get bike lights. Even though it was light out, he had his rear light on.
#5 – You should mostly just use your rear brakes, and “flutter” the front one if necessary. I definitely didn’t know about this.
We rode together for 3 miles and then we went our separate ways. Lucky for me, I met up with Sonny about a mile later! I rode a 19 mile loop, and Sonny rode out and back on the second half of the loop. We rode together for the last 7 miles.
I’m so proud of Sonny for riding today! I didn’t think he was going to go since it was raining, but he ended up riding 15 miles. Even though my knee is scratched up from falling, and I was really cold and wet the entire ride, I’m so glad I went.
This week marked 4 weeks since the last time I went for a run. Wednesday to be exact. And it’s been 5 weeks since my 16 mile run when my body basically fell apart. When I first felt my foot pain, I never would have guessed I would still be injured a month later.
At this point I can walk with little or no pain at all. This is definitely an improvement. But running hurts. I ran for maybe 30 seconds a couple times on one of my walks this week and it hurt. I should probably go see a PT, but since my insurance doesn’t cover it I want to wait.
I have a new workout goal for the next 3 weeks. I did pretty well going to the pool 4-6 times a week the last 3 weeks but I’m getting tired of it. I’m going to decrease my pool workouts to 3 days a week and I’m planning on just swimming. Water jogging made sense at first, but this injury is lasting so long that I don’t feel like keeping up with it. I would rather ride my bike and hike. So that’s what I’m going to do instead. My goal is to do at least 1 hour of exercise 6 days a week. If I can fit more in, great. If not I’m okay with that too.
Monday – 1 hour swim + 30 minute walk
Tuesday – 1 hour water jog + 50 minute bike ride
Wednesday – 1 hour swim + 30 minute walk
Today I completed 54 laps in the pool. That is 1.5 miles! I never thought I would be able to swim this far!
Thursday – 1 hour water jog + 30 minute walk
Friday – 1 hour walk
Saturday – Rest day
Sunday – 19 mile bike ride + 40 minute walk
Has anyone else fallen off their bike because they forgot to un-clip their shoes? I hope I’m not the only one!