Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Bike Traffic

I LOVE when the weather takes a turn for the better. It's like the city explodes with people. Although probably true everywhere, I feel that this is especially true in Chicago because we go through such a horrible winter. We go through March looking at weather.com and sighing to ourselves, "Nope, still in the 30's for the next 10 days." Then it happens, the magical day that it hits 60, maybe 70 and whoop whoop, SUMMER is here!

Jason and I have been riding our bikes to the train downtown the last few days and it amazing how many other people are on their bikes. I laughed because it's not as if we are missing out on traffic because now we have to make our way through bike traffic. The bike lane is filled with other rides, which is awesome. I would love to have some street in Chicago that was Bikes Only. Now there's a concept.

Tonight we will run 5 miles easy and then tomorrow it's another Tempo Run.....right a word about this.

I don't like the 400 speed workouts. In the city I am no where near a track and have to try and run these on the sidewalks (2 blocks to a 1/4 miles) and worry about traffic when crossing the street and I just don't know how much help they are giving me. I think that the tempo runs give a better return because my legs feel really strong afterwards (albeit tired!). So we will be doing the tempo runs each week instead of every other. I am guessing that this will not ruin all my training thus far.

Tomorrow afternoon we'll be at the Cubs Game, so we'll do the tempo run in the morning as I don't think Old Style is considered "good carbs".


jcerunner said...

Now the good weather is coming, enjoy it and enjoy your training!!

Haight said...

I agree...it's amazing how a city can switch from hibernation to outdoor frenzy within a week. I know I'm biased, but Chicago has to be one of the best summer cities in the US.

We're pent up for so long and realize the 'good stuff' will only last about 5 months, so we hit the ground running...so to speak. Neighborhood festivals every weekend. Of course Cub games are a must. Relaxing in a beer garden...

OK, I better stop. I'm at work and I getting the urge to leave and head to Wrigley.

As far as a local track, are you near Lake View or Lincoln Park High?

LeahC said...

We are in Wrigleyville ~4 blocks from the ball park.

No I totally agree that Chicagoans love their summers more than other cities. We jam pack that lakefront path in the summer and get as much as we can out of it! Because know in a few months the ice and wind will be back!

Joe said...

> We go through March looking at
> weather.com and sighing to
> ourselves, "Nope, still in the
> 30's for the next 10 days."

We go through October, November, December, January, February, March, April and May looking at weather.com and sighing to ourselves, "Nope, still 100% chance of precipitation for the next 10 days." In January, we had 27 days in a row with measurable precipitation! Why do you think I run on a treadmill so much?

Bob said...

Ahhhh old style. Good carbs in my book. :)

Running Jayhawk said...

There's a track behind the MCA downtown. It's the one I go to...

You could bike it and then run around in circles for a while.

Are you doing the Race to Wrigley on Saturday morning since it's in your 'hood?

LeahC said...

i'll have to check out that track at the MCA...i still don't exactly WANT to find a track because I like the tempo runs much better..... :-)

Jason and I are going out of town this weekend for his grandparents 60th wedding anniversary party. So we won't be able to make the Race to Wrigley which is unfortunate. Maybe next year!

Running Jayhawk said...

Aww, bummer.

Have fun though!

And speedwork isn't all too bad. It's nice to add it into the mix...oh...once every 100 miles. :) At least that's how it is in my book.

...and the only hill I've found in the city (aside from Waterfall Glen out south) is the montrose hill by the soccer fields between foster and montrose--it's not even really a hill...more like a grassy pile o' dirt. Do you have any other brilliant hill suggestions?

Jason said...

There is a hill nearish to soldier field which i think in the winter is a sledding hill. That might work.

once every 100 miles....i like that ratio!

Scott said...

You guys are so inspiring. I'm going to start to run miles on the boat...It is only 66 laps around the deck to a mile! (Really, I figured it out...in my head)