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Winter Biking

I decided to go Septa free this week. This decision was partially dictated by funding requirements, but also because I am in a training mood. Last week, I was GPSing the park trails and was outside hiking 2 hours on Wednesday, 2:30 on Thursday, and outside climbing through Multi-flora Rose and other spiny things for 5 hours on Friday. This burst of sunlight and activity sparked a desire for More! in my brain. I made the decision to run a [mere] half marathon in March on Tuesday. While sad, that choice released some guilt I had been feeling about not running, and I could focus on how awesome it was to be hiking and outside for so long for three days in a row. Yesterday was actually a terrible day for me to try to be Septa free. Because of the rain I had to scrounge literally the last $2 of change (that Septa machine digest… there are still pennies unclaimed) in my house to take the trolley, and I worked late so I was not looking forward to walking home, but I made it!

Today I pumped up my deflated bike tires and hit the road. The morning was a really nice ride; the sun was out. Coming back though… I thought the worst part of winter biking would be my face and hands freezing, but the problem is the ears. All the wind rushing past numbed my ear canals. At moments it was painful. I’ve been inside for half an hour and my ears and surrounding area are still cold. Fortunately I bought a crazy ninja/bank robber mask with my REI gift card. Tomorrow I will bring it with me; I hope it fits under my helmet. I may look like a freak, but my ears will not pain me if they are protected! Today I was unprepared, tomorrow will be better.

I am currently warming up and mentally preparing myself to go on a run before hitting the bar. I finished my side project this weekend, put it in the mail today, and my credit card cycle just refreshed. I can finally afford a random celebratory beer, and have reason to celebrate! Local 44 here I come. After a run though. Must… go… running! Do not be deterred by the fluffy robe, nor by the bed.

Back to the “I feel like training” part: I just bought the “Ultimate Workout Log” on MLK day. The writing-stuff-down-thing is another reason for this increased desire for training.

In sum: for extra motivation, buy a workout log, get tons of winter sun, decide on an achievable training goal, and try a car or Septa free week!

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