This weekend, I managed a spin class and tennis match on Saturday and a 10K race on Sunday. I’m especially proud of my race because I managed to keep better than a 12 minute mile average. I know that’s not terribly fast, but it’s pretty good for me. I know I’m capable of a 10 minute mile for 3 miles, but not for six. I’m working on it though. The race was also just fun because I was out there with Caroline and saw Judy, Ainsley, Kim, Sarah and a host of others also running. I missed Robin, though I know she was out there. It was a good start to the Distance Challenge season.
The next race is a 10 miler, which wouldn’t be too bad except that it’s the day after the Wurst Ride, which I’ve also committed to doing. I don’t know what I was thinking, but that’ll be a test of my endurance for sure. I’d love to keep a 12 minute pace that race too. We’ll see.
I learned something about myself this weekend. I was playing tennis and realized that I much prefer running and triathlon over the stress of tennis. With tennis, you have to gear up for point after point and there’s a constant win/loss element to it. With running, you just go. Or I should say, I just go. For some people, running is competitive and they need to win or place, but at my level, running and triathlon are competitive only with myself. In running or triathlon, the hardest part is showing up. Participating is a lot of fun, even if things don’t feel quite right. I’m definitely better suited mentally for these endurance events than I am for the peaks and valleys of a tennis match.