Would you call me weird if I told you that I have a real admiration for those skilled in blowing snot rockets? Silly question — of course you would. Then again, you probably already think I’m a bit weird.
Seriously, if you’ve ever been working hard to climb a hill (either on foot or on wheels), you know the importance of being able to breath clearly. And with spring rapidly approaching, the pollens are flying through the air in force. This is no time for frilly, lady-like handkerchiefs. I know it can be rather disgusting but blowing my nose onto my sleeve really isn’t any better.
During last week’s long run, Lil Sis’ friend Loraine noted the importance of perfecting one’s SR skills. She encouraged me to make a conscious effort to practice my on my solo runs first so that, when I finally took my bike out on the road, I’d be better equipped.
Which brings me to today…
We couldn’t have asked for better weather. It was cool and sunny when Cindy and I hit the road together — this time on bicycle. Cycling is Cindy’s strongest sport but several setbacks, including a fractured rib, have knocked her fitness seriously off course. This allowed me a fighting chance to keep up with her.
There were two things that would potentially work against me. (1) I’m a bit sore and tired from yesterday’s 18 mile training run, and (2) my wheels haven’t touched the road since cycling in Napa last June.
Much to my delight, Cindy and I seemed to be better matched than either of us expected. It made for a very nice ride. We traveled down the winding road, up and down hills-a-plenty, and past surprisingly full reservoirs.
Though my butt, back, and legs continually reminded me how hard I’ve been pushing them, I balanced it out with a boat-load of joyful energy. It fueled me quite nicely.
Although the wind came with a deadly chill that my rookie layering did not account for, I loved the feel of the wind in my face. The bugs in my teeth (because I just couldn’t stop smiling) and pollens in my face were just part of the package. Thankfully, I was able to put my newly acquired SR skills to work.
In the end, we rode 35 gloriously green miles in just over 2 1/2 hours. That triathlon is looking more and more doable. I am this close to registering.
Kurt in Boston says
Not wierd at all!
Last week a couple friends and I went out for a 7 mile run (in very nice weather) and I convinced one of them of the joys of snot rockets. It was her first run over 4 miles and her first snot rocket. I told her she was a REAL runner now.
21stCentury Mom says
I will never forget the day I mastered the SR. Such liberation from a runny nose. Just make sure to glance over your shoulder before you let one loose!
SR, we are so easily amused…but really a valuable skill for the open road. I would say you are close enough to the triathlon to just jump in with both feet – do it!
LOL… I still haven’t attempted a SR, but I suppose it will happen at some point!
What, you have to master blowing your nose. I just plug one side and send it down range. Hmmmmph :-)
Just realized that you disappeared on my FB feed!
Hope all is well with you!
Could you email me when you get a chance?
ah yes, the fine art of the snot rocket. i began as an apprentice years back while running the most beautiful trails through the redwoods of Arcata, CA. of course, back then we called this the “logger blow”. big fun on the bike, and yes, always make sure to look behind before launching.