My car completely went to shit in the last two weeks and this week with the weather being nice, I thought it would be a good time to get used to riding to work since I've been wanting to do it for a while now anyway.
It's a good thing too because today I was finally sick of the ride and wanted to muscle through car problems to drive today. However, just before I got on the freeway, it completely crapped out on me and I barely got it back home going about 2mph. Thus, another bike ride.
I wanted to love riding to work. Hell, I wanted to like it at the very least. There are a ton of pros. I love the cross training, I love getting 2 hours of cardio in easily every day. I love feeling superior to lazy car drivers. I wanted to build strength. And most importantly, it saves me $200 or more in gas every month. How nice.
But I'm so exhausted every day and so sore, that it's just bumming me out. I haven't ran ALL week because I'm starving by the time I get home and can't imagine running 5-7 miles on an empty stomach before being able to relax. And I haven't had any time whatsoever to even make food, so wither I'm spending unnecessary money to buy food at work or I don't eat, making me under-nourished for all the crossfit, biking, (and running) I'm doing. Leading me to be MORE tired and MORE depressed, continuing this downward spiral of a cycle.
So I need to get my car looked at. Hopefully not spend a TON of money to get it fixed and maybe I should sell it asap, keep stupid riding or possibly find a motorcycle ASAP.
On a happier note. I did 3 races in two weekends. CRAZY. I have updated my trail running tab above with my results. I beat last year's time for my debut half marathon by ALMOST 20 MINUTES. That is awesome. And I PR'd my trail 10k, but even that is hard to define because it was a pretty easy course. My BolderBoulder 10k time still beats it by 3 minutes I think. So really not bad! It was a good race and I'm really enjoying the Endurance Race Series guys. I might volunteer for a race coming up just to get to know them better and get a free race for the future. Though one thing I like about them so much is their races are pretty cheap in comparison to others, so they're easy to do.
Then last weekend was my Kite Lake Triple. 8 miles across four 14ers. I also beat last year's time by 11 min, but I was really hoping to get closer to 30 minutes shaved off. I was pretty nauseous the whole time though, so I'm sure that played a role in slowing me down. There's always next year! Jake and I are talking about our goals for that race getting closer to 2 hours. I think he could do it but I don't see myself doing any better than a 2:30 or so and that's with some serious training for altitude and hill climbs. The other options are trying the double and triple loop, but again, serious training needed to make the cutoff times.
I've been thinking about that type of training more too. I realized with that Copper Mtn race in Breck that it's really not far to get to those altitudes, so I really should make the effort every other weekend to train up there.