This morning my training partner met me at my home to go on a long bike ride. She lives in a relatively flat area and needed to get some hills in. My part of town has plenty of those, so off we went. Even though we left early, the forecasted heat arrived as expected. By the time we finished riding 41.5 hilly miles it was 93 degrees outside. We had plenty of hills along with a nice stretch along the river that is relatively flat for about 15 miles. It was a good ride and we weren’t the only ones riding in the heat, plenty of other cyclist greeted us along the way. Other than my sports drink heating up within the first 15 miles, the only events were the stresses of the climbs and the relief of the downhill rushes.
Instead of a true brick workout I changed when I got home and ran three miles on my treadmill. My trainer had me running in my zone 2 today, or at least keeping my heart rate under 130. Running slower was still difficult, but not as bad as it was on Thursday. Having run a tempo run last night and cycled 41 miles of hills this morning my legs were welcoming the light run. I was able to run (jog?) the entire three miles without having to walk to bring my heart rate down. I also improved my pace to 12:51 mile pace. A whole 50 seconds per mile faster than Thursday. I never thought that would make me happy, but there is a first for everything.
Tonight my neighborhood is setting off fireworks. A very professional display and all I have to do is sit in my front yard to watch, how convenient. Which brings to mind the lyrics to the song Firework. “You gotta ignite the light and let it shine. Just own the night like the 4th of July. ‘Cause baby, you’re a firework. Come in show ’em what your worth.” Potential to excel and improve is inside of everyone. I have frequently said one of the greatest sadnesses in humanity is our refusal to live up to our potential. I do not want that to happen to me. It may take me a while, but I want to light up the sky. And I have the potential to do it.