Tuesday, August 17, 2010

New Wheels

Saturday I had to hustle through my run because I had to go meet with my banker and do some car shopping.  I had been eyeing a car for a little while and my car has been on its last leg for a couple of months now.  (please see reasons I hate my car which hasn't been amended for awhile, mind you....)  After a full morning and afternoon of car shopping/test driving/mondo shmoozing I am now the proud owner of a 2006 Scion tC.  And yes...it is love....

So as to ease the jealousy that Princess Leia was throwing down, I decided to go on my longest bike ride to date.  I wanted to go between 20-30 miles, and wasn't sure how far I could get on the bike trails.  I tried to keep my speed up for the majority of the ride, but the first chunk of miles to the north, I was into an intense wind (according to weatherbug up to 25 mph wind gusts).  No biggie, since I would have those at my back on the way home (I was doing an out and back) right?  Wrong.  By the time I started heading in the direction of home, the winds had changed to the north west.  Sunnava.......  There were also some areas of the trail with BMX looking ramps for bikers to take to go over pipes/etc. that were leading to the river (I assume from the flooding).  You'd better believe I slowed waaaaay down for those puppies too. 

I did 23.65 miles in 1:41:02 for 14.2 mph.

Monday I hit the trails for an easy 6 miles.  I was shocked to see that the pace actually felt easy for once.  I feel like my legs have been dead tired lately.  Apparently they really needed the rest/easy runs from last week.  Also, the weather was GORG.  Mid to upper 70s with a breeze.  Low humidity.  Perhaps I've actually died and am now running in heaven.  Excellent.  I started out the run with 4 super consisted mid-9:20s miles.  Then when some dude thought he could pass me, I of course picked up the pace just a smidge.  I chased him down for the next 1.75 miles until he turned around, and I finished the miles right at 9:00.

I did the 6 miles in 55:39 for a pace of 9:18.

**Oh and for the record, I've still biked + ran more miles than I've driven in my new car.  And I'll probably keep it that way. ;)

15 comments:

Kovas Palubinskas said...

First off, I'm jealous you have a banker - did your driver take you to the bank? Cool that you've ridden and run more than you drove!

Evolving Through Running said...

What's even better than new running shoes? A new car!! Congrats. I love the references to the ongoing battle for your attention between your bikes and now the car. Too funny.

I bought my first car 3 months after finishing college in 1993, and I'm still driving it - much to my wife's chagrin. Glad you're liking your new ride.

J said...

Yay! A new car! that is so fun and it is so cute!

Emz said...

YAY!
I heart new rides.

Awesome!!

Slomohusky said...

Wait a minute you have a personal banker you can take car shopping? Now that is service! Or, is it a title given to another other than someone in the professional loan or banking industry in S. Dakota? In other words - Hi Dad? :)

I bought a Toyota (makes Scion) in High School. It lasted High School, College and about 5-6 years after for me. Put over 300,000 miles with lots of roadtrips to Cali, Oregon Coast, Mountains in Utah, Idaho and Montana for skiing. I am sure you will get plenty of life out of it. Although I have known two people who have owned your Scion. Each one crashed. Be careful driving them!!!

onelittletrigirl said...

I have a Toyota and despite what they have been through, I love them! My Corolla is the best car I have ever had. I am looking for new now and will stick with Toyota!

northlandrunner said...

What a beauty! Congrats on your purchase and on your long ride! Keep those miles low on the car and high on the feet (& wheels)! :)

Jamie said...

Congrats on your new car! Very exciting :)

Susan said...

Congrats on the new car, although it would have been better if you bought mine. :)

Heather said...

Nice new car! Glad you are still getting in the running and biking to. :)

Shelby said...

Dang, that's pretty cool! More exercise by foot than drivin' a car! Woo hoo! :) Good for you.

And congrats on the new car :)

Slomohusky said...

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Adam said...

Sweet car!! I love those scions.

AND, I laughed out loud at Kovas' comment. :)

dietitianontherun.com said...

Ow Owwww - that car is sexay.

Don't let the princess get jealous - clearly you're still riding her just fine ;) So, when are you going Clipless (shoes/pedals)?? heh

Glenn Jones said...

Congrats on the new wheels!