January was a huge month for me. For the first time, I hit 300 running miles in a single month. Woohoo! Technically, Monday was supposed to be an off day, but after looking at my totals on Sunday, I found that I only needed 19 miles to hit 300. So, I moved my rest day to Wednesday and did 15 miles and 9 miles on Monday and Tuesday respectively to put me over the threshold. Even at 305 total miles, this rock star, still beat me out by 2 miles. However, I think I should get an automatic bonus 2 miles for mainly doing my mileage outside and not on the treadmill ;).
(photo courtesy of http://www.barry-roubaix.com)
Last night, I stepped out of my comfort zone and signed up for Barry-Roubaix on March 24th. Barry-Roubaix is billed as “The Killer Gravel Road Race.” With three race options (23 mile, 25 mile, and 65 mile), I went with the middle ground and chose the 35 mile race. I spent some time last night tuning up my commuter turned mountain bike making sure that it would be up to the task. Thankfully, with a new chain and cassette, I’ll be ready to rock. I’m excited to try something new. Here’s to hoping I don’t die. Have you ever done a gravel/dirt bike race?
So who is loving the weather we are having right now. Here, in the Midwest where we would normally be freezing our nuts off, we are seeing temps in the 40’s and even low 50’s! Both of my runs this week were in shorts; one even in short sleeves as well. It is looking like today, with a high of 44*, will be another shorts day. Do you think spring could really be here already? Or is Mother Nature playing a cruel, cruel joke on use and going to stick us with snow in April or something crazy like that? I guess it depends on whether or not you believe this guy.