What am I? Am I a runner who bikes and swims? Am a cyclist who swims and runs? Am I a triathlete who simply likes to take things offroad every now and then? At least that I know I am not a swimmer who bikes and runs.
What am I talking about?
Well, all summer long, I was crushing it on the bike and having an absolute blast. I was taking every chance I could to do group rides with a bunch of roadies to improve my bike skills. I spent many a Monday’s hammering it out on the Monday Night Time Trial course in Ada pushing with everything I had in me to better my time by a few seconds each week. I did back to back long rides to increase my endurance and even managed to do a sub-5 hour century during training for the first (and second) time. I was beginning to think that I was becoming a true cyclist.
However, all the while I was increasing my bike performance, I missed running. I started this crazy lifestyle as a runner. Running is my roots. I started running in 1997 for high school XC and except for a year or two off in college, I was purely a runner through 2008 when I started training for my first triathlon. So, in the back of my mind, I always seem find myself going back to my roots and identifying as a runner.
Now, this fall, I am splitting my time between dodging roots, rocks, and trees on the single track all the while pounding the pavement. And I can’t decide what I like more? I love the thrill of carving around a corner, hopping a log without thinking twice about it, or rocketing down a hill and grinding back up the other side.
But at the same time, I love hitting the roads and pounding out a 10-15 mile run and not think twice about it. Ever since my marathon training last winter, my runner performance and stamina has gone through the roof. I feel like I can run forever and at speeds that 5 years ago I never thought were possible.
I still haven’t figured out quite what I am, but I do know one thing… I am having a blast!
So, how do you identify?