A BIIIIIIGGGG thank you to everyone who commented with some much needed Garmin advice! Sneakersister and Sara, your advice has been super helpful! I think the Garmin and I have plenty more play dates planned to get to know each other better! :) I am quite excited.
Yesterday, I used the bicycling funciton on the Garmie (yes, that's her name now) to go for my 15 mile ride. I only made it to 14.22 miles before I had to get ready for date night. But that's close enough for me! I am seriously wanting a road bike now though. My mountain bike with its fat tires and heavi(er) frame is NOT built for speed on the road. I was getting passed left and right by road bikes. I've seen a couple of nice looking road bikes on Craigslist, and I have been doing a bit of searching around on the internet for bikes, but YOWZA!!!! They are super expensive: I could buy a used car for the price of a bike!!!! DAAANG! And I am quite confused: What is the difference between a road bike and a triathlon bike?
Oh and a funny thing happened while I was biking. This older man driving his Infiniti slowly creeps up next to me, rolls down his window, and starts talking to me as I'm huffing and puffing my way up a hill. "That's my least favorite part of the ride" he tells me. I can't really hear what he's saying until I hear crystal clear "I could take you for a ride, do you want a ride?" EEEEEEEEEEEEEEWWWWWWW. Please don't try to pick up girls as they're getting their workout on! Esp if you are an old creepy dude! I said "NO THANK YOU, I have to ride my bike!" As I said that, he did a U-Turn and went away. Wow. He went out of his way to be a lurper! Who does that?
And now time for a fun announcement.
One reason why I am so interested in getting a bike is because....... drum roll please..... I would like to participate in a tri one day.
There I said it. :)
On August 22 & 23, my town is going to be host to the Santa Barbara Triathlon. I REAAAALLLYYY wanted to participate in the Sprint Tri, but I don't have the $$ to enter the race, buy a bike and a wetsuit (needed for the super cold ocean here). But I wanted to somehow participate, somehow be a part of it, learn from it, and just drink in the excitement of it even if I couldn't race in it.
So James and I are going to be volunteering at the event!
We will be at the first water station, handing out waters to the runners. I am so excited! Morgan over at Caution: Readhead Running recently wrote about her fun experience volunteering at a 5k race, and I can't wait to experience a race from the "other side" as well. I think this will be a great introduction for me to the world of triathlons; how transitions work, what kinds of gear people use, etc. I will be attending the expo and all, and watching the race. And maybe next year, I will have enough muscles and moolah to actually race :) For now I am totally focues on my marathon training, and getting a PR in the half in Maui. 66 more days!
Ok back to reality now. Gotta get some work done. I wish I could talk about and daydream about running and being outdoors all day. My cubicle walls are kinda depressing, haha. Again, thanks for all the great advice, and happy Thursday! We are so close to tasting the freedom that is the weekend!