My headspace has been a little down lately as I’ve been concerned over the state of my hip. I’ve been for two ART sessions so far and have been stretching and foam rolling. There is no pain walking or riding my bike. Every time I’ve had to hustle across a cross walk I can feel the pain. But only when I’m trying to move quickly. What’s up with that? The original plan for tomorrow was to run for 2.5 hours tomorrow morning but after a hustle for the train this afternoon I knew I couldn’t do it. The pain starts almost immediately.
I almost wanted to cry while I was on the phone with Angie, but afterward I realized that I needed to focus on what I could do. And gosh darn it, I could ride! Luckily Mother Nature was on my side for the first time this week.
Just as a side story about Mother Nature NOT being on my side earlier this week? We had a crazy hail storm roll through town Monday soon after lunch. Hail the size of golf balls. Let’s just say that my car has a new aerodynamic dimply exterior. And while I am still waiting to hear back from my insurance adjustor apparently dent repair shops are booked through September. Efffff….. And on Tuesday it rained and rained and rained….so there was no outdoor riding.
Anyhow, as soon as I made it back home after work I changed into cycling gear and headed out. My plan was to ride out to Cochrane, get in a few hill repeats up the big hill, then head home. It is about 16K from my house to the edge of Cochrane. I spent my time riding out there in aero and feeling good. Then it was time to tackle the hill! The hill was repaved over winter and it is in great shape now. There is still some gravel on the shoulder though, so I had to watch out for that. I managed to get in three repeats up the hill, about 2K of climbing, and each repeat was pretty evenly paced. It was then time to head home along 1A. On my final repeat I was passed up the hill by a guy and I managed to catch him on the flats along the way back. I am definitely a stronger rider on the flats than I am on hills. He saw me approaching and he kept looking over his shoulder, seeing how fast I was coming. When I realized I was almost right on his tail he started getting up and out of his seat to try to gain some power and fend me off. It didn’t work. I totally blew past him and chicked him! It was awesome! It just goes to prove that flats are indeed my thing…
Anyhow, it was a great ride on a beautiful day out in Calgary. And I’ll keep doing what I can to make my hip feel better. In the meantime, I can still focus on cycling and swimming, and I’ll keep my run fitness up with the super fun and exciting elliptical.