Sunday, April 14, 2013

Smallest Duathlon Ever

On Saturday morning I ran/biked the smallest duathlon ever. It was supposed to be a triathlon, but because of construction, the pool wasn't available. 

On the way there, McKay rode the kids in the Madsen. I had to have my racing bike, so I couldn't be the Madsen rider. You'll notice the back light on the bucket. We took Kristi's recommendation to use an old inner tube around the bucket and attach the light to that. It works!

Margaret wanted to try out the Madsen, too.

Pre-race nursing. Have to tank up the baby so she doesn't need me during the race!

Mass start. First was a 1 mile run, then a 2.5 mile bike ride, and then a 2.3 mile run.

Margaret was my helmet-getter when it was time for me to switch to the bike leg of the race. My bike was far back in the racks- if it had been closer, I'd have shaved off time!

Going from biking to running again was wobbly. I was not expecting that at all! But I'm proud of myself that I ran the whole way. I hadn't worked out in a week and a half because of a cold/allergies. And I had never done a workout longer than the 2.3 mile leg of this race- so doing the whole race was a lot! But I did it without having to stop and walk. 

Here I am at the finish line! My goal was 50 minutes and I said I'd be pleasantly happy with 45 minutes. I did it in 43:51! Total distance was 5.8 miles. I was 33 out of 67 total racers (50th percentile!) and the 9th woman to come in. I got a medal for being 3rd in the women aged 19-29 category. So that's cool. 

McKay holding Linda while I had refreshments.

Some of the racers were hardcore triathlete who use this race to practice their transitions. McKay said some of them were changing shoes and everything between running/biking. I am not that hardcore. In fact, I'm not sure I want to do the tri next year... this wore me out! And I didn't have to swim!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Stylin' on the Bike

Did you know bike fashion blogs existed? I didn't until recently. Here's a SF-based one for you to peruse. Just like in regular fashion blogs, bike fashion bloggers take pictures of themselves dressed up to go biking! How anyone has enough clothes to fill up a whole blog is beyond me, but they are fun to look at.

If you're interested in bike fashion feminist reading, check out this post at Take the Lane.

It seems that bike fashion blogs are trying to send the message that you can bike how you want to and you don't need lycra to be a cyclist.

When I first came across these blogs I thought, "Well, of course you don't need special clothes to bike! Who would think that?!" You see, I had bike a lot as a kid and no kid puts on lycra to bike to her piano lesson! She puts on her jeans and stuffs her piano books in the mesh bag and rides! Why would I be any different now?

I wouldn't. So that's what I do. Bike with my regular clothes. However, I did learn recently about taking a little thought to what I ride in.

I have some pants and they are wide-legged. I'm sure you know where I am going with this. On a ride this Thursday my pant leg got caught by my chain. Luckily the pants are still intact, but have a little bike grease on them.

That's when I finally made the connection to something I came across about bikers rolling up their pant legs on some bike blog I ran across lately. Bikeyface, maybe? Now I get it! I have been biking regularly for over a year and finally made the connection that maybe I should roll up my pants like all the other bikers. So at the next light, I stopped and rolled up my pant leg. Fortune had it that these pants had little buttons for rolling them up. Yay!

Because this concept was new to me, I paid special attention to the bikers around me as I finished my trip. I saw two other cyclists on my route: one had his pant leg rolled up as well and the other had his pants tucked into his socks. So I guess I'm the odd one out here not realizing that bike chains are brutal things. Oops! I wonder what else I'm not "getting" about riding bicycles...

I don't always bike without my kids, but when I do, I have one pant leg rolled up.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

More Pixar Bike Love and Life in general

We are getting out to park days more often!

Last week, Kristi and her crew came out to Pixar and we met up with them. Pixar just put up their Monsters University stuff, so we got new photo ops to try out.

There were bikes!

And now some pictures of the baby.

I love her profile. There is almost a right angle between the bridge of her nose and her nose!