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Teton Dam Marathon Review

On the 2nd of June, I woke up at 4am to make a 3 hour drive to eastern Idaho for the Teton Dam Marathon. I did the 5K.

Did I mention I woke up at 4am to make a 3 hour drive. Yeah, not the best idea for legs to be in PR shape. My leggies were stiff and at 1100 more feet of elevation then at home, it was a slow trot for sure. No PR attempt this trot, that's for sure.

I woke up at 4am (my normal wake up time is 8am - 10am depending on the day) so that early is  painful. I had everything all packed and ready the evening before- brekky, post-race clothes, snacks, and a full tank of gas for the long drive. All I had to do was make coffee and head out. I didn't even brush my teeth before I left. Coffee first.

The drive was nice and not a lot of traffic for a Saturday morning. I don't know the last time I have been to Rexburg, but it was easy to find the race start. I thought the race started at 8am, but that was the 10K. The 5K started at 8:30am and I got there to get my bib at …

Bike VS Car

Today was a quick workout on the school track.

3 miles. Average pace 11:01. I did keep all 3 miles under 11 minutes. After I finished my 3rd mile, I walked that half lap.

You can totally see how much my garmin is off. I was in the 3rd lane for all my laps, excluding when I walked to and from my car. I think I am going to have to replace my garmin soon.

And my shin is bothering me. It started this past weekend after giving my new trail shoes a try. I think I may have been a little too heavy footed running downhill, or it could be the new shoes. Who knows, but it feel tender, like a bruise. Not like a bad pain but just a little ache. I am going to stretch a bit tonight and ice when I get home.
I am pointing at the tender spot. 

I am going to rant now.

So, I am a big bike commuting fan. I'll give up my car in a heartbeat for my bike. All of last year, I think I only put 4000 miles on my car because I biked so much. The whole year. Serious. I only got one oil change all year. Although I hate biking in the cold, and I won't do it in the snow, thankfully, I live close enough to work to commute by bike in 12 minutes. I have no excuse to not bike being that close.

Today was the first close call that I ever had to being smashed by a car while on my bike. See the shoes above? Attention getting. I am also wearing a Barney purple workout shirt and black Canari full leg bike pants with reflector stuff on the bottom legs. My bike is blue and red. I have big reflectors on my panniers. I am not a small girl. I consider myself pretty darn noticeable at 4:30 in the afternoon. 

I was approaching an intersection after coming down a hill. I noticed 4 cars going to turn right (they had their blinkers on), so I was slowing down. There is a ciggy store on the corner of this intersection and as I was slowing, this bitch in an Explorer or something of the sort turned right in front of me. I skidded to a stop and almost went into her passenger window. My back wheel did come up off the ground a few inches as I almost went over the handlebars. She had a dog in the passenger seat. I assume her dog was blocking her view. Or she was just an inconsiderate bitch.

I almost went down like Kristin Armstrong. Except a car was attempting to take me out.

This was the closest bike versus car near death experience I have had while bike commuting the last 5 summers.

I am pretty shaken and angry by this. If I didn't pee myself a little and need to get to a potty ASAP, I wanted to drag her out of her car and beat the crap out of her. But instead I am on here complaining about it. And thanks for letting me. I feel better now.

I am going to finish the Twitter Fitfluential chat, eat a snack, and have a cup of Cherry Marzipan tea .


Do you bike commute? What sort of GPS watch do you have?

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Comments

  1. I'm so sorry to hear about your near miss with the bike :( That is horrible, and definitely poor driving on the cars part. I don't cycle as regularly as I might and in part that is because I find it daunting cycling on roads - bike paths are find but too much road cycling in traffic is just too scary!

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