Pre Century Race Blogging

It was hard to concentrate all week. I will admit my focus wasn’t 100% in work mode. Reading things over and over before they sunk in. I’m getting more excited as the race gets closer. I’m having a big week. I celebrated my 49th birthday. It sounds weird to say 49 but there it is!  Lots of emotions, changes and challenges. 

Reading some of the information it appears the morning might be a little cold. So I will buy a windbreaker and I was glad my long sleeve jersey came in time!

If there is one thing I like about cycling is the different style of jerseys. A nice Fall feel and warm too!  Happy Miles to You!

Mileage Recap ~ Oct 10 – 27 Oct First Group Ride

Studying, running and riding sometimes aren’t a good mix.  Meaning the time it takes.  I have a love hate relationship with studying.  I love learning something new, but sometimes hate the time it takes to learn.  Trying to pack everything in is daunting at times.  I finish my boards at the end of the month and I’ll be one happy puppy.

I pretty much hit the ground running when I moved to Arizona.  I’m one of these people who don’t like to be out too long in a transition.  Seven months of change I’m ready to get back to normalcy.     I’ll be one of those people who just can’t seem to retire or I’ll have to just travel.

This month is turning out to be a good one for miles.  I’ve been increasing my running due to the cooler temperatures and even went on my first group ride.  The ride was interesting.  It was a beginners ride and about 10 people showed up.  Good grouping of people and even a small girl of 10 ~ who mind you was getting ready for her first triathlon.  Yeah, let that sink in for a minute.  It was nice to be around like minded people and the route was new for me.  I learned the basics of riding in a group which I will say isn’t very easy.  The speed was supposed to between 12 – 13 but really ended up being a little slower ~ thus the caterpillar effect.  Reminded me of my days in the Army running in formation.  Nothing worse than the fast then slow running style.  I’m riding at about 13 – 15 mph so this was a little slow for me.  Plus I almost rammed into the guy in front of me a couple of times.  So “checking” out is not allowed when riding.  I did learn the hand signals which can also be hard when you’re trying to steer and stop!  It was a successful ride and I’m glad I participated and I would like to try again, maybe the intermediate group would be a better fit at this time.

I was able to complete 60.33 miles and that brings me to a total of 98.01 for the month so far.  Still a couple of days left to make it to 100!  There are 8,483.67 miles spookily remaining.  Happy Miles to You!

Mileage Recap ~ 22 Jun – 30 July The Great Cycle Challenge Completed…And A Little Rest Earned

The break felt good ~ from miles and blogging.  I completed The Great Cycle Challenge for the month of June.  I logged 300.69 miles on the bike and raised a little over $600 for children’s cancer research.  Although the donations were raised for children, I dedicated my ride and miles to my Illinois neighbor and friend, James Boivin.  I love a challenge and it was for a good cause.  The month of June were the most miles I’ve ever logged in a month.   Even on school days I had to get up.  I got up every morning and tried to get out before the heat.  I think there were about 3 days I didn’t ride due to rain or other circumstances.   Well, worth the effort and time.  When I first thought about the challenge I was throwing 500 miles around, I’m glad I came off of that number just a bit….;-)

During June I finally took a bicycle maintenance class.  Especially, since my chain fell off on one of the long rides and I had to learn on the fly.  I can now replace the inner tube and reset the chain.  The correct patch to use because of the high heat.  I know what I need to carry just incase.  I’m glad I went and I understand the mechanics of my bike much better.  Also very important to carry a phone.  I was warned that someday all of the above just might not work.

It has been a challenge to re-engage running after riding for a month and basically taking the next month off.  I have gone on a few small runs.  The first one I had to walk just a bit.  Breathing a little too hard.  All in all I’m getting it done.

I completed 300.69 for June and 23.90 for July ~ another 324.59 to add to the count.  So far a total of 793.99 for the year, already passing 2014 total.  There are 8,740.76 challenges remaining.  Happy Miles To You!