Competitor Staff Tackling 30-Day Fitness Challenge

It was a warm January day in Boulder: perfect excuse to get out and ride your bike. Photo: Brian Metzler

Day 19: Saturday, January 25

Brian Metzler, Editor-in-Chief: It was 65 and sunny in Boulder, so it was the perfect day to get outside. I did a very short and very uneventful trail run (30 minutes), but the highlight of my day was a 2-hour road bike ride on the rolling roads north of town. It felt good to get out and feel the wind in my face.

Mario Fraioli, Senior Editor: For the second straight Saturday I headed up to Mill Valley to run with the group from San Francisco Running Company. About 30 runners headed out to the trails and ran various distances and paced. I opted for the longest route and got back to the shop 14.5 miles later. Wanting to get in a few more miles for my upcoming ultra, I headed out for another 4 miles on my own, giving me 18.5 for the day.

Caitlyn Pilkington, Associate Editor: I didn’t do any set workout, but I spent three hours at the Farmers Open, which is basically three hours of walking. I wore my running shoes so my foot could adjust back to normal movement after a long week off from running.

Jason Devaney, Associate Web Editor: With Virginia still covered in snow and freezing temperatures, I’m limited to the bike trainer. I spent 45 minutes spinning while watching a training video featuring former pro cyclist Robbie Ventura. The video was a first-person view of him riding in the masters race of a USA Cycling National Criterium Championship, which provided an interesting view of the race. It was fun.

Allison Pattillo, Contributing Editor: Today was all about being outside, breathing fresh air, soaking up sunshine and having fun. I spent about four hours skiing a mix of groomed cruisers and icy bump runs all of which added up to pleasantly tired legs. Then we went to an outdoor concert and I spent about an hour and a half dancing like no one was watching — much to my children’s dismay. Not sure how any of it really correlates to training for a marathon, but the rejuvenation was huge!

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