Life Is Good and I Am Grateful

Hello friends, as they say it’s been a while.  Yesterday, I turned another year older.  I am 52.  I have been busy gathering up those miles and now I need to calculate them up and tell you all of the delicious adventures and stories.  There are many.

It’s starting to get cold here in NOVA and cycling will definitely slow down a bit, but I’m still running with the baton.  Stand by….

Century Ride Prep…So, This Is Happening…

Tomorrow will be my second Century ride and needless to say it doesn’t really matter if I’m ready or not…it’s happening.  I’m a bit exhausted, but I feel ready.  I went to pick up my packet at The Bike Lane on Thursday and it had all of the standards ~ complimentary garments (socks) a wristband instead of a number (interesting) and samples of Hammer™ electrolyte tabs (we’ll see).

You’ll notice that there are gloves and a helmet included.  That didn’t come with the packet, that was a needed impulse buy.  Now I’m off to prep my bike and pick up some last minute items.  Happy Miles to You!!

 

 

Mileage Recap ~ 15 July – 18 August…Rolling & Sam Anthony

Happy Sunday everyone.  I have been busy this last month.  A trip to NYC to see the kid and century training that continues to move forward.  I have been hitting the miles hard and now find myself moving towards tapering and maintaining.  The body feels good except for the occasional saddle sore and chaffing.  Otherwise, things are really coming together.  LOL!!  My bike is tracking and the 25th rolls ever closer.

I had three long rides in the last couple of weeks.  Rode out and back to Purceville, VA on the W&OD.  The trail is in pretty good shape.  In some places they have begun to repave and it makes for a good ride.  The only drawback is it gets a little crowded.  It goes through all the small towns and on a good day everyone is out.  Dodging runners, walkers (not zombies) and other cyclists.  No rain, hot and a little humid, but a great ride and time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

My longest ride for training took place in Prince William Forest Park and was 60 miles:

 

 

 

 

 

 

A lot of hills this time around and I didn’t walk any of them.  That’s the big take away here.

Yesterday’s ride was a solid 40 around DC.

 

 

 

 

 

I mentioned before I was dedicating this ride to my coworker and friend Sam Anthony.  I’m happy to say that he has finished his cancer treatment and is now in recovery mode.  We are all very happy for Sam and can’t wait for him to return to work.  He is a true fighter and warrior.  It makes my effort that much sweeter.

I completed 134.85 miles in July and I’m at 263.26 miles for August so far.  This is going to be a high mileage month!  I have completed 7185.99 miles in my journey with 4129.01 gratefully remaining.  By the end of August I will be in the 3ks…amazing.  I hope this finds you fighting the good fight.  Happy Miles to You!!

I want to…I really do…

 

 

 

 

Mileage Recap ~ 8 – 14 July…Every Day is a Winding Road

Happy Sunday my friends!  As my Century ride approaches ~ I am keeping the faith and moving forward with training.  I normally train by myself, but every now and again I have a riding buddy join me.  I have found that when my buddy joins me, those hills seem to be easier to climb.  I’ve thought about this a lot and my prognosis is that neither one of you wants to show the other you can’t make it up the hill, so a buddy makes it easier!  Ha!  It has to be it.  So maybe training with a partner is the best option.  It leaves the mind clear or at least that is my take on the situation.

I continue to gain a little bit of mileage every day ~ when I can.  Sometimes life just gets in the way but every week I keep chipping away and I just love to see that Total Miles Completed number go up and up.  It’s exciting!

I went out to Prince William Forest Park for my long ride this weekend.  My goal was to do three loops and three series of hills without freaking out or stopping.  Not really focusing on too much distance, but the quality of the ride.  There you go ~ quality not quantity.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.  I went for three laps starting at a point closer to the entrance of the loop.  Not quite the 10 mile loop but just focusing on the hills.  I did three laps and made it up all hills for a total of 9.  Felt good and I’m ready for next weeks long ride.  I was able to get some running miles in too.  The weather hear has fluctuated a bit from hot and humid to warm and an nice breeze.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Climbing those hills was a bit easier this weekend.  I just concentrated on my breathing and taking my time.  I didn’t stress or worry.  Seems to be a winning combo when I can do it right.  Feeling powerful….  Hope this post finds you in a good way this Sunday.  I have completed 6876.27 miles with 4438.73 gratefully remaining.  Life is good.  Life is beautiful.  Life is what you make it and how you see it.  Happy Miles to You!!

“life’s like an hourglass glued to the table…just breathe”

 

 

 

 

 

Mileage Recap ~ 17 Jun – 7 July…I Got This…Sometimes It’s Good To Ride The Wave

Happy July 7th my friends!  I have been hitting it hard trying to get those miles in towards that 11315 goal.  I have been steadily trying to do something every day, but as you know life happens.  I’m proud to report June was a banner month with 221.26 miles under my belt!

I traveled home to South Carolina to be with my family for a couple of days and was able to get some miles in on the road and beach.

I always love visiting my family at Fripp Island in South Carolina.  It’s a good time to get reacquainted with family.  I took a long ride out to one of the islands and back.  Hot but so good for the soul.  When I ride it gives me time to think about things.  It is enjoyable in a strange way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have a friend that I still keep in contact with from high school.  Although we don’t talk as often as I would like, we have kept alive a vibrant relationship.  These are the small blessings in life.  We went on a cross country trek a few years ago after her partner died of cancer.  It was an uplifting and raw trip.  I am always amazed how life has it’s twists and turns, but yet I still remain grateful for it’s blessings.  It is hard at times, but I trudge forward.  I remember when I was leaving Phoenix for DC, she told me that sometimes it’s ok “to ride the wave”.   I have never forgotten what she told me and think of this statement often.  She was telling me it was okay to go with the flow, to stop trying to swim upstream.  It’s hard to hear that from an old friend, and unfortunately I am an expert at swimming against the tide.  She knows me ~ and was telling me to submit to the changes of life and stop fighting so hard.  I am a fighter and I like to control the outcome of things.  I bring this up because as I was sitting on the beach, I happened to watch a school of small fish trapped behind the rocks as the tide was out.  Every time a wave would come in the would frantically swim against the tide, then the water would bring them back and it appeared they would swim with the tide.  Not just because it was easier, but by swimming with the tide they had accepted a new path.  It was strange to witness but so much in sync with life itself.

I have been training for this Century coming up in August and at times I feel like I am swimming upstream.  Fighting the hills and the training itself.  Today I went out to Prince William Forest Park and I just let all that fear go.  Put the bike in the lowest gear and I made it up all the hills twice over.  Bella good!

On one of my long rides I came across two fraternal twins.  They were trying to take a picture of themselves jumping off a bench.  I offered to take the photo and they in return took a photo of me in my sweet new butterfly jersey.  LOL!!!  It was great talking to them.  They had just finished college and we talked about finding your bliss and that it is important to do want gives you joy.  It was an uplifting conversation.

Smiling was just too hard here…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was able to complete 231.94 miles this round with 4473.24 miles gratefully remaining.  I made it up those hills and I am trying to ride the wave.  All right now…..Happy Miles to You!!