Not our normal routine, hills provide a decent training experience for Cheryl on those hilly courses up north and around Missouri. That way she is not surprised by a challenging terrain when she is in "racing mode." That being said, we choose to limit the amount of stress our training runs offer. Simply being long distances in the heat, cold, rain, or wind is usually enough for the both of us.
However, today was a pleasant day and Cheryl thought that a "short" 5 mile run through the trees and hills would be a pleasant chance the day before our next long run. The route is familiar enough...we have bone it many many times before.... But I thought today of how the experience plays out; and how it might be an entertaining blog post. So here is goes! Cheryl and Ethan's conversation as we navigate the hills. (I'll simply highlight the important stuff in conversation mode..)
Cheryl: "I can't wait to buy more shoes! I can't wait to race again! I love shopping for shorts! I love shopping for clothes! I love RUNNING! I just read a book about running! I just read an article about running! I read that sleeping can help my running! I read that runners live longer! I read that weather helps running! I read that running helps running! I LOVE running!"
Ethan: "WEEEEE! I love going down hill! I think I saw a butterfly over there. I think I saw an oriole over there. That reminds me of fish....specifically the rete mirabile in fish that helps them with the counter-current exchange in Oxygen. This way they can capture 90 % of the oxygen out of the water. Did you see that tree? I think that is some species of Cherry...judging by the bark and leaves. Check out the topography on this landscape! See how the water will trickle down through capillary action to the clay and loam filled pond. The clay prevents the water from escaping and provides an ecosystem for the frogs, crayfish and other fauna...I love going down hill!"
Cheryl: ". . .. .... .... ..."
Ethan: "OMG! How long is this stretch going to last? My legs feel like spaghetti. I can't breathe. I can hardly peddle. My legs are on fire! How long IS this hill? Are we almost to the top? I have to take off my outer layer...I'm BURNING UP! Now I CAN"T feel my legs! I'm in my LOWEST GEAR.....Why is this not EASIER? I HATE HILLS!"
So yeah, it's kind of like that. Remember, I'm on a bike and Cheryl is running. Downhill, Our conversations are mostly like that....we talk at each other ..rather than to each other. ( not really, but I for the purpose of comedy, I thought that line sounded cool.) However, Cheryl shuts up when climbing hills; and I suddenly become aware of how out of shape I am. But it all works out in our practice to be miserable.