I got a text message inviting me to go out for a ride this morning. My night had been choppy and I felt like a royal chunk of dirt when I woke up. Was I sick!? I hardly ever get sick. I filled my bottles with eload and stuck them onto the my Specialized S-Works Amira bike. I figured, at the worst, I would turn around after 15 minutes and soft-pedal back home. I wasn't feeling great, but I wasn't dying either.
It passed. The sun was out full force, the winds weren't gusty like they have been for the last few weeks, and Montréal looked beautiful. Whatever struck me through the night was gone. I had a great ride, and loved every minute of it, like I usually do when I'm on my Specialized bike.
This evening I stirred things up. I grabbed my HeadSweats Podium Cap, and went for a run in the dark. I'm not a runner, so I faked it, and it worked. I did my 10km loop and my knees held up the whole way, which is rare for the beginning of the fall. I'll tell you what my trick was. This past summer on a group sponsor ride I spoke with a gentleman who runs marathons. He explained to me that real runners take smaller steps and run at a higher cadence than a lot of 'beginners'. So, this evening, I faked being a real runner. His advice worked wonders. I'm off to a great start!