Technically, that’s not true… the “riding” part anyway. It was more like… well… it was kind of like running. Actually, it was almost exactly like running.
I was a little discombobulated as I got ready to begin week two of C25K. I punched up my iPhone app and got going, feeling good and strong. A few minutes later, I realized that I’d actually launched a Texas Hold ‘Em app and I’d lost $3,000. Oh well, easy come and easy go.
Speaking of easy go, I hate to admit it, but the second leg of this nonsense actually seemed easier than the previous outings. The running portion extended out to 90 seconds, which didn’t seem too much worse than the one-minute torture tracks of last week.
But the two-minute breaks in between runs? Fan-walking-tastic!
Plus, my 11-year-old daughter Pisa took her bike out to keep me company. She thought it was hee-larious to wait until I took off running and then scream past me, laughing like a banshee.
Running along behind her takes me back a year and a half or so when I was teaching her to ride her bicycle. She was late to the party, and that kid just couldn’t seem to get the hang of it.
She and I finally decided one weekend that it was time to do this thing. We’d tried a before, and Pisa just had trouble fully committing to the idea that she wouldn’t crash and burn if she kept pedaling. She’d get going good, then freak completely out (sort of like me on a dance floor).
We finally hit on the idea of me running behind her, holding on to the back of her seat to keep her steady. She was gold as long as she knew I was holding her up. Yes, I had become human training wheels.
Finally, I just let go and kept running with her, hands off the seat but yelling “I’m holding on! I’m holding on!” I quit running only when I simply couldn’t keep up anymore. She figured out I wasn't holding on, and immediately crashed and burned. However, she realized that she'd actually gone 20 feet on her own, and that accomplishment spurred her on to new heights that day. A half hour later, she was riding like a pro.
We raced by that spot on our C25K jaunt the other day, and I had to smile… and keep running.