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!!

Mileage Recap ~ 10 – 16 June…Sam Anthony

Happy Tuesday!  Getting to my mileage recap a bit late this week, but better late than never.

I often wonder, do I really like to write?  I mean, I have been banging away at this blog for the most part of 5 years now.  Maybe writing this blog is the challenge and not the miles.  My problem may be I have too many things I want to write about and don’t take the time to always jot down the ideas.  Just think how much better my prattle would be if I took those ideas out of my head and made some notes from time to time.  The writing process would be much more palatable.  But no, let’s give two cheers for doing things….the hard way.  I feel like Wimpy from Popeye™…

I’d gladly pay Tuesday for a blog post today.

To answer myself, yes I really do like writing.  Maybe one day I will become a bit more organized in my thought process…maybe not.

I gotta say, I’m tearing it up this month so far.  I continue to chip away every day with a bit of mileage greatness.  I have 120 miles under the belt just for this month.  Progress friends…can you feel it?

Yeah, me too.

In the past I have dedicated runs/races/rides to individuals in my life that are overcoming their own obstacles.  My post is titled Sam Anthony.  Sam is my co-worker at the National Archives in DC.  I have worked closely with Sam for over a year and he is a most outstanding individual.  Sam is fighting cancer for the third time and is taking a bit of a hiatus to fight this disease.  Sam is a bright and active individual.  He brings a lot of intellect and laughter into the office, so it is my honor to dedicate my next Century ride to him.  I will talk more about Sam and what he is going through as I move closer to my ride.  I often text him after I completed my ride to tell him if it was a good or bad ride.  He always texts me back with something positive and some words of wisdom.  This is the amazing part of Sam.  When faced with adversity, you just have to do your best.  Life can be so draining at times, but how we react makes all the difference.  It is uplifting to see others face their challenges with love, strength and class.

Century training is moving along nicely.  Last weeks long ride came to 21.67 miles.  I rode on Father’s Day and decided to go to the Mt. Vernon trail instead of Prince William park this time.  Didn’t want to deal with the traffic and I had other things I needed to get done that day.  The ride was pretty good and this time I decided to go a bit further and ended up at National Harbor.  I saw I could even go a bit further, so may next time I’ll see how far it goes.

This weeks miles came to 34.57 and I have 4628.21 miles gratefully remaining.  I hope this post finds you fighting the good fight.  Happy Miles to You!!

This song resonated this week….

 

 

 

 

 

Mileage Recap ~ 27 May – 2 June…The Daily Grind

Happy June!  The year is going way too fast.  I can’t believe it’s already June.  As I write this blog it seems like I have been here so many times before over the years.  The miles are slowly lessening as the years pass by.  The changing of the seasons and I keep moving forward.

I have been using my new Vivoactive for about a week now and I really like the way it handles.  It does a lot of what the old one did, but easier to activate etc.  More streamlined.

The exciting news this week is I have formally registered for the 2019-37th Annual RBC (Reston Bike Club) Century on 25 August.  Interesting that this is being held in a extremely hot and humid month instead of October.  Hmmm…I guess that will add to the challenge.  I have begun training with my longest ride being 60 miles.  As I mentioned in my last post I have moved away from training on the W&OD trail to Prince William Park.  Less people and more of a challenge.  I will continue to update on my training progress.

I have been trying to do a little something something every day.  Miles that is and I’m on a three day run.  Let’s see how long I can keep it going.  It’s warm now so rain or shine I should be able to get out and buy some asphalt.

Some pics from the week:

Greasy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week’s long ride was out on the Mt. Vernon trail and came to 19.97 – lol.  Just couldn’t stand to go an extra .03.  Hey it’s where the trail ended and the watch went “click”.  Like I said before, let it go.  Clock it, log it, move on.  Rolling in some old miles earned on April 7th came to 4.81.

Today I went back out to Mt. Vernon Trail and laid down 6.03 walking miles.  The body is feeling good and my faith is exceptional.  I was able to complete 38.43 for the week with 4722.98 miles gratefully remaining.  Today on my walk, the trees are all filled in with the many spectrum of greens, the air weighed heavy with humidity and there was a slight breeze blowing.  My soul is at ease and I hope yours is too…Happy Miles to You!!  This brought me peace today as I was walking.  Such a beautiful song:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mileage Recap ~ 20 – 26 May – The Hard Death of My Vivoactive

Hello my friends…yes I know my blogging is sucking…majorly.  Just call it Hooverville.  I promise, I’m slowly getting my creative juices flowing.  Many times I have all these words in my head, but a hard time getting them out on this electronic paper.  They are slowly manifesting from thoughts into words.  Taking some time off had benefits and some certain realities.  One, I just allowed myself to be for a while.  Think about what I was doing without taking it too seriously.  The question I hear you asking…“so you took it seriously?”.  Uh, well think about it…I keep a spreadsheet…lists…photos ~ crazy baby!  Hell yeah!  But yes, I do take it seriously.

Two, it was hard recapping the miles I did complete.  I was doing a lot of miles inside because of the weather.  I would do my miles then take a picture of the machine.  I was doing about 17 miles a day for a while on the stationary.  As I was looking through all the pictures I said screw this I’m not counting these.  Screw it.  Let it go.  I can hear my Dad saying, yeah those miles aren’t real miles. LOL!!!  I love it.  I love my Dad.  He is hard core.  So, I’m living in the light and like most things wondering how I could possibly make this more difficult?  Hmmm, so glad you asked ~ from this point I will only count miles I do out.  Challenge accepted!  No more treadmill or stationary bike miles counted.  Take a deep breath…let it out.  Good.  No?  Oui, so, so good.  Sometimes you just have to let it go.  See it for what it is and what you need.  I needed to just keep moving forward and enjoy what I was doing.  I was in transition from becoming less of a runner and more of a cyclist.  Processing what all these miles mean and next steps.

I’ve lost a good and trusty friend.  Yes, my Garmin Vivoactive has bought the farm; is six feet under; iced; or what other descriptor you would like to give.  She gone.  She was a good lady.  Tracking all those miles for four years.  But she slowly began to tell me, she was ready to move on, join the other GPS tracking devices in the sky.  Just like that, she breathed her last…..  Wow, I’m almost getting a little broken up about an electronic device.  But before she breathed her last she gave me a big middle finger and left me hanging on last weeks ride.  Just sayin’.  If you think about it, what better way to go then just say, smell you later!  That added to my mileage count frustration.  I tried to use my iWatch, but it wasn’t the same.  It was like a drunk girlfriend.  I constantly had to tend to her and never knew when she was going to blow.  Sooooo…

I sauntered down to Best Buy and bought the Vivoactive3. It was the last one they had on the shelf.

Old vs. new

I had to laugh at this picture.  Look how far the design has come.  This was one of the first ones and looks like a mini tablet!  LOL!!!  It still has power too!  But just not tracking.  I haven’t even charged the new one.  Looking forward to testing it out.

Went to Prince William park for this weeks long ride.  Most weeks I have been riding out on the W&OD trail.  Beginning to end it is close to 100 miles.  You can pick up the trail at various points along the way and it ends in Purceville, VA.  Good ride, but lots of people which makes it difficult to run full out on the bike.

Prince William park is much better.  Not crowded and a good course to train with both flat and hilly areas.  This was the first time I road out there and I will be honest, it was a little difficult.  The loop was 10 miles.  The last two miles are three steep hills.  I was good the first two loops, the third I couldn’t complete the hills.  I will admit, it was a hard challenge.  This is a good thing, because I have found a good area to train ~ both beautiful and challenging.  A few shots:

Rider

 

 

Steam coming off the road.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I captured some of my miles from March and logging what I did this week.  I will keep going back until I recapture all the outside miles I did until I’m finally caught up.  Total miles this time around came to 49.82 with 4761.41 gratefully remaining.  Letting it go, breathing deep and moving on…so very on…it’s all good.  Perspective.

You’re welcome 😐

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