Argh, my hip has been acting up! Apparently, while some people can get away with running several days a week and throwing in a little cross-training here and there, I cannot. My body requires at least 2 days of strength training in order to perform optimally, and slacking off results in owies. I did go out and run my normal weekday runs last week, but I thought I'd give my hip a break this weekend and bike in lieu of an LSD run.
It's interesting how you can get a completely different perspective on things just by changing your mode of transportation! I biked some of the B&B trails through Umstead (local state park) that I often run on. First of all, I noticed how crazy gravelly it is! There were a few times I had to be very careful. I've noticed that I have to watch my footing when I run, but I never noticed how nuts it would be for someone on wheels!
The other really interesting thing I noticed was that bikers seem to be a little less forthcoming with their greetings. The solo or recreational bikers seemed friendly enough... when I said "hello" first. The hard-core ones... many did not even RETURN my greeting. Whattup?! ALL of the runners said hi.
It got me to thinking... WHY? Here are my theories:
1. Hard-core peeps are going too fast or are too busy watching those gravelly trails. They either don't have time or don't notice until it's too late.
2. They knew I was a poser. They took 1 glimpse at my 20 year old Giant Butte (nice in its day, but...), my pigtails (sticking straight out, mind you, a combination of sweat and dirt!), my skirt (!), and my Old Reliable 10K t-shirt and KNEW I was not one of them!
3. They're just not as nice as runners!
What do YOU think? Do bikers say hi to you? Do I need to invest in something carbon fiber vs. solid steel? Do my Merrell Pace Gloves scream "I am a runner trying to pretend I'm wearing bike shoes!"? Was it the shirt, or the pig tails?
btw... the Giant Butte I referred to above is actually my bike (I'm sure real bikers knew that, but runners might not). One of the reasons I'm reluctant to let it go is because... c'mon.. how funny is that?