Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Bad dog!

I bent down to pick up the frisbee. Niko had run off into a neighbor's yard and I could see him sprinting back towards me out of the corner of my eye. I put my head down and grasped the frisbee with my hand when the impact happened.

Crunch! Niko had run full speed with his head into the side of my nose. It gushed for a moment and then stopped bleeding abruptly. I thought it was broken, because there was so much pain with the initial hit. But then it just felt big and numb.

I ran home preparing myself to look in the mirror and see my nose pushed off the side of my face. But it wasn't that bad. Just a bit swollen. And I don't think it's broken.

Swollen nose and all, I got out and rode for about an hour and half tonight with Tim. I'm quickly beginning to realize how much work I have to do on a the bike. I'm not worried about endurance. I have confidence that I'll be able to build the endurance I need to ride all day. Building endurance has never been a problem for me.

I'm just so damn slow. I cannot go this slow and finish the Soggy Bottom in a reasonable time. Tim was on a singlespeed and worried that he would be slow. But when he was out in front, I could only see his light in the distance. I was pedaling as fast as I could, but could not catch up.

My race pace is everyone else's casual pace. And it hurts like hell. Hopefully once I start putting in the miles every week this will get easier so that I can go faster. We shall see. Now I have to go ice my face.