I decided to make my workout exactly half the distance of my upcoming duathlon (which will be a 2 mile run, 10 mile ride, 2 mile run). I set off on the first run leg and was feeling pretty good and my watch proved it
Cold, rainy weather and darkness dictated that the bike portion of my workout be done on the trainer in my basement. As soon as I burst through the back door, I ran downstairs, pulled on my cycling shorts, and jumped on the bike for 5 miles. Almost immediately I could feel the effects of having run a fairly fast mile before hand. My legs felt heavy and it took quite a while to settle into a comfortable cadence/speed/gear combination and then maintain it. Overall though, I was pretty pleased.
I switched back to my running shorts, grabbed my jacket, and ran up the stairs and out the door for my final leg. At first, it felt like I was running on air. My legs were pretty numb from riding, so it felt pretty easy. That didn't last long. Within 3-4 minutes, my legs felt like, well, bricks. My pace slowed down and I had to argue with myself for the last half a mile to keep running.
Overall Time: 36:19
I hit 'Stop' on my watch and reached for the zipper on the pocket containing my key and discovered that it was partially open and my house key was nowhere to be found! I searched all of my pockets, hoping that I had stashed the key in a different pocket than normal. Nope. There I was; a tired, sweaty mess. The Husband wasn't home and I didn't have my phone. I was NOT happy. Fortunately, The Husband was enjoying an after work drink with some friends at the bar up the street from our house. I dragged my sorry self up there, feeling like a total moron, and praying that they hadn't decided to go somewhere else since the next option for getting into my house was a 2 1/2 mile run to my mom's house! Fortunately, The Husband was there and the other guys were kind enough not to laugh at me too much for being an idiot. We got home, looked for and located the missing key, and I collapsed onto the couch for the remainder of the night.
Hopefully my next brick won't have such a drama-filled ending!