Saturday, November 30, 2013

San Diego Time Trial

On Black Friday,
after some holiday yummy,
without spending any money,
I competed in the San Diego Time Trial. 

20 kilometers of pain,
30 minutes in the flame,
with only a little rain,
let off the chains. 

The blood sugars were high,
which didn't take away from the ride. 

The race euphoric,
Jamie hysteric, 
my legs electric.

I've been riding a lot since coming back from Europe. I've had sciatica pain down my left leg since around May. It started with flip turns in the pool then running and finally numbness down the leg. I started going to a chiropractor in June but kept running. 

After taking two steps forward and one step back continually between June and September, I finally stopped running. I've been doing a lot of core work, yoga and riding since. It's all helped. The pain is near gone. 

I love every second on the bike. Just riding has been wonderful and after about six weeks I feel my power has come back to where it was in May. I won't run until the start of 2014, just ride and start swimming again soon (without the flip turns). 

I had planned to do the time trial for the last few months. It was my motivation to ride between 150-200 miles/week. Riding has always been my favorite of swim/bike/run. It's also the best on diabetes. A four hour ride and for 24 hours diabetes is a non-factual no matter what I eat or how much insulin I give myself. 

Jamie was fantastic in getting back from Thanksgiving early enough on Thursday night to get sleep prior to the oddly scheduled Black Friday time trial. The roads were a little wet with some sand on the course but overall it was a good day. 

I didn't warm up enough, time cut short, the first lap was in the pain cave. The last two felt good. High blood sugars during the race, left overs from Thanksgiving. Nothing mattered. The euphoria was racing back.

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