Yes, I’m still alive. It’s been a very busy couple of weeks with studying and work occupying most of my time, but I’ve managed to still squeeze in a couple of quality workouts. Not enough time to post (obviously), but hey, something has got to give right?
Anyways, got a great run in yesterday with Matt; 12 miles in about 1 hour and 43 minutes, a steady 8:34 per mile pace. Jess decided to tag along too, on the bike, so it was nice to have all the company for a long run. We ran over to the Bayfront Connector from Jess and I’s house and then headed north towards the water. It was a beautiful day for mid-February in Erie with the sun shining brightly and the temperature in the cold-but-comfortable 30 degree area. The sun had most of the snow melted off of the connector trail so it was nice not to have to worry about traction.
The out and back route took us the whole way out to Frontier Park before we had to turn around. I had Jessie snapping pictures since she was on the bike and could zip up in front of Matt and I to get some action shots. (My motivation for her taking pictures was actually two-fold: when she focuses on taking pictures I think she forgets about the fact she’s out in the cold riding my mountain bike for 12 miles, which she’s not partically crazy about doing.) Anyways, she got some pretty good shots that you can check out below.
As you can see from the pics, the bay is frozen solid; I’m not actually sure how solid as we didn’t see any ice fishermen out on the bay. Bill and I have talked about riding across the bay once we know its safe, but haven’t had free weekend yet when the conditions were right for the trip. Hopefully we’ll get the chance to do that before the weather starts getting warmer; I’m guessing we have the time as we do live in Erie, where winter can hang on until about April.
Well, it’s mid-way through February already and I’m feeling pretty good about my training so far. I’d like to be getting in some longer training rides on the weekends, but right now I’m doing about all I can with the time available. Running has become more of a priority as Hyner is quickly approaching; I know I can suffer through a long bike ride unprepared, but doing Hyner unprepared could destroy my legs. I know because I did the Megatransect a few years ago unprepared and it was about a month after the race before I could even start running again.
The Cook Forest Half Marathon is also quickly approaching and I have to say I’m really excited about it. Jess decided to run the 5k and then decided to ask my sister, Misty, and her sister, April, to join her; both have committed to doing the race, which I think is awesome. My sister was extremely athletic back in her high school days (she was big motivating role model for me), but hasn’t really been “in the game” for awhile. So I think its really cool that she’s going to take on this new challenge. Additionally, I think my brother Mark might join in on the fun for at least the 5k and Matt’s going to do the half with me. It’s going to be great to have a big crew at the race.
Well, I don’t have anything too exciting planned for this week; just a couple of trainer workouts and a run. I’m sure Bill and I will try to get out and do a long ride this coming weekend if we can find the time. And maybe Matt will come and join us, if he thinks he can keep up!