Another ordinary Tuesday. The weather was a bit cooler than yesterday, and as the day went on, it grew significantly more windy. I’m hoping it’s not too bad at the velodrome tomorrow night. And I’m hoping that the traffic isn’t too crazy on the way down. It was great getting out of the office for running, though. I took a walk out to Pier 39 with some of my co-workers as well, expecting warm weather, and getting nothing but wind. Oh well.
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We’re having summer weather in spring, which is pretty typical. It’s always warmest in the spring and autumn months for some reason, but foggy every single day in the summer. Either way, I slept in after a packed weekend of staying up way too late – figured I needed to get back into the rhythm of things with a run at lunch. It was really nice out along the Embarcadero, tons of people walking everywhere. Hope this weather keeps up!
Ran out to the ballpark at lunch. More running stuff en route to me since my running habits seem to be more consistent than my riding. I also was able to get out of work at a decent hour, and stopped by the shop to drop off my carbon tubulars. Should be good to roll in the near future!
Ran out to the ballpark and back for lunch, and was able to step out of the office a couple times to get some fresh air. Too much time in front of a computer makes me feel like I’m being lazy, so walking around helps. Side note, it’s been hilariously windy lately – I’m hoping it’s going to die down soon, because yesterday, it hit 50mph+ along the Marina Greens.
I’m waiting on tubulars to come in so I can get this wheelset on the track:
Not bad for the price.
I was fortunate enough to slip away at lunchtime for a run out to the ballpark and back. Just when I thought it’d be a chill week, 3 project fall into my lap right at the beginning of the day, all with tight deadlines. Not ideal, but I’ll have to cope. The legs felt pretty tired today from the 5k yesterday, which just means I’m just extremely out of shape. At least the run helped reinvigorate my spirits before settling in for more work. We’ll see how the rest of the week goes.
5k in 19:50 was a decent enough pace to take the win.
So before I get into the actual race itself, I’ll mention that this even was first introduced to everyone at work as a company-wide team building type event. I figured it could be fun to see a bunch of people outside of the office, as well as run in a timed event. People could sign up as walkers or runners – the only difference was that the runners were timed. I’ve never run a timed event before, so I was slightly worried about intensity and pace. Worst that could happen is that I’d hit my max and just fall off the aerobic cliff.
I showed up a bit early and wandered around for a second before seeing my CEO, his wife, and his sister. We stood around for a while before 3 of my other co-workers showed up. I asked if they wanted to run together or not, and after being in agreement that we’d run our own pace, a horn sounded. It had begun. I was in the back of at least 150 people, and started getting worried that I was way too far back to make an impact. After fighting towards the front for about a minute, the pack was thinning out. We made the turn towards the gravel path on Crissy Fields. It wasn’t a closed course since the race was so short – we were paced by a cyclist…and as it turns out, I knew the guy too. Hank from Team Mike’s Bikes on his Specialized Venge – it was pretty funny realizing it was him as I was running.
So after a couple minutes, I passed up the guy in 2nd place. 1 more guy in front of me, so I played it as if it were a crit. Saved my energy, caught his draft, and followed his stride so that he couldn’t hear me (not sure if any of this helped at all, I just thought it’d help my morale). Hank kept looking back at us to make sure we were still following. I saw the turn around point in the distance, and knew that’d be the time for me to make the move to pass him. Either that, or he’d finally notice I was behind him, and he’d throw on the burners, dropping me. The turned around point came, I took a couple deep breathes and started increasing my cadence. I came up beside him, passed, and pressed on. The masses of runners/walkers started coming from the other direction. I followed the path of Hank’s bike, and saw the faces of my co-workers, and heard the encouragement of passing people.
There was no one else behind me after a couple minutes. I saw a speck of green slowly catching me. We made the right turn, cutting through a path next to trees – this 11 year old kid was reeling me in from a distance. The burn began settling in my lungs and my stomach began turning – the limit. Time to hurl? Maybe…
My stride started getting sloppy. I saw the start/finish in the distance and peaked behind me to see where the kid was. He was getting closer, but I had enough of a pillow to savor crossing the line. 19:50 on the dot. Not amazing pace, but good enough for me. My co-worker and I walked through the city to get back to the BART station, and I finally walked home.
Falling to sleep last night proved to be quite the task – basically impossible. It was strange because the fatigue was setting in, and I was physically tired from racing/driving, but it was really hard just resting and sleeping. Woke up this morning feeling okay, and decided to go for a run at lunch to get some fresh air. As it turns out, caffeine does wonders. I had never taken a sip of coffee or anything remotely related to caffeine before, until one of my co-workers gave me a cranberry Red Bull. I sipped half and started feeling a funny sensation on my hands thinking, “Ah yea, it’s kicking in, time to run”. Normally, I probably would’ve started fading after a mile or so, especially after running yesterday afternoon, then racing at the velodrome, but today I maintained an okay pace above my average fatigue speed. Slowly sipped the rest of the can through the rest of the day, but it was an interesting venture into something new. Probably won’t be having Red Bull again, but wouldn’t mind exploring caffeinated drink options for the future (not coffee or energy drinks, though). Apparently Cytomax powdered mix has a bit of caffeine in it (“Herbal lift”), so that might be something to consider.
Working late sucks, though. At least the project was cleared at 9pm. Time for sleep.
Ran at lunch today, and went for a couple short walks so I wouldn’t go crazy sitting at my desk. Same old. Wednesday night track racing is just around the corner. The Optimo is geared at 49 15 now, since I took the 15t cog back from my spare wheel. Pretty excited!
Side note, this morning it was raining like crazy. It cleared up in the afternoon, just before more clouds rolled in, and then cleared away once more to some windy weather. Strange springtime stuff, but typical nonetheless.
Ran out to the ballpark and back for lunch. The weather was a lot windier than expected, but surprisingly, there were a lot of people out, which made running through the crowd kind of a pain. Still had a good time out, though.
A tad bit of rain on today’s run out to the ballpark. Luckily, I packed my lightweight shell, which helped a bit with staying warm. The rain wasn’t too bad – there were a lot less people walking along the Embarcadero, which was nice. I was hoping to get a ride in when I woke up, but that plan quickly changed when I decided to get more sleep. Oh well.
Today also marks the first day of spring. Farewell, winter!