Mileage Recap ~ 1 – 12 January…Bikes and Knees

Happy Sunday everyone!  Hey, hey two weeks in a row blogging!  Awww yeah, I’m on a roll.   One of the things I missed about living in Phoenix is the weather never was to cold to train outdoors.  At least it wasn’t unbearable.  So, training happened year round outside.  Unfortunately, NoVA doesn’t have that same weather pattern.  This weekend was a different story.  The temps were in the 60s and 70s, so I wiped off the bike and pumped up the tires and took badd kitty out for a spin.

It was a normal overcast day but the wind was off the charts.  The gusts were so strong I teetered every now and again.  The Potomac was choppy reminding me of the ocean.  That didn’t stop people from being out on the trail.  I road all the way out to National Harbor.

My average speed was 12.1 and I had some good sprints and peaks at about 18.2.  Which is good ~ lol.  It was a good ride and my bike performed as it should.  I do apologize to the guy I almost hit head on.  I was passing someone on a hill.  After I passed her I started to fiddle with my phone that was attached to my arm.  I wasn’t looking and the next thing I hear is this guy screaming.  Look up and I barely missed him.  Yeah.  :-O  Look I kept going and said I was sorry.  Truth be told, he would have gone into the woods off a very narrow trail.  Yeah…that would have cost me a few Hail Mary’s fo sho…but it didn’t happen.  I know I should pay attention to the road and not the phone.  But damn, I didn’t like the song that was on….  I’ll stop while I’m ahead.

Any hoo…. went out for a walk today which was hotter and more better!  Got on the trail early for a little walk.  I noticed right away the trail was wet and slippery.  There are a lot of trees so leaves on the ground add a greater risk.  There are a few turns that are pretty tight.  They scare me a bit when the trail is normal.

Right before a heavy curve.

I’m walking along, listening to music, heading uphill past the curve.  I’m not really sure what made me turn around because I didn’t hear anything!  I look and there is this poor guy and he totally wiped out on the curve.  I rush over and I can just see the the embarrassment in his face.  I reach down and unclip his foot out of the pedal, pick up the bike and start digging the mud out of his handle bars.  “Are you okay?”, I ask.  I look at his knees, no blood, just a bit of a bruise.  Sheepishly he said, yeah, I hope my bike is okay.  Oh damn.  I busted out laughing at this point and said, yeah you’re a true cyclist.  Little did he know he was speaking to the Queen of Crash.  He thanked me for stopping and soon he was back on his way.  I was glad I was able to assist a fellow cyclist.

It got me thinking about how we place material objects above our own body safety at times.  I will admit, every time I have fallen I have checked the damage on my bike FIRST, then checked the knees etc.  I imagine if it was a bad fall, that wouldn’t be the case.  The reaction could be a couple of things:  1) cost of the bike (nothing worse than seeing a scratch), 2) love for the bike, or 3) hey, I’m still breathing ~ “tis merely a flesh wound”!

Either way, I will be the adult in the room and say it should be the other way around.  Okay, enough adulting!

Stopped to take a morning photo on my walk:

Always so beautiful.

I had 1 run, 2 walks and 1 ride.

My mileage came to 34.14 with 3774.91 miles gratefully remaining.  Happy Miles to You!!  #thatPower  I’m alive…

 

 

 

 

 

Mileage Recap ~ Nov – Dec…Happy New Year

Getting sh*t done!  Happy New Year my friends!  Glad to be back blogging.  The holidays seem to sneak up on me faster than ever 🙂  I’m always a step behind it appears, but you know it’s all good.  No reason to stress out about these things, because that’s not what the holidays are about.  It’s about friends, famdamily and throw in a little reflection for good measure.

I always use this time to reflect over my running stats Excel spreadsheet.  Yes, I am that “girl”.  I keep track on my Garmin and also a spreadsheet.  I am going into my 7th year of this journey.  How’s that for some dedication.  I do wish at times it would go a bit faster, but let’s face it, life happens…and that’s a good thing.

I don’t make resolutions.  I stopped doing that a long time ago.  Not because I didn’t keep them, it just didn’t make sense to me to wait for a date to start a task or goal.  There is no better time to start then right now.  So why wait until the 1st of January?  I guess it’s symbolic of renewal and new beginnings.  I get it.

I’m satisfied with my miles for 2019.  There is a light at the end of the proverbial tunnel.  If I were to use the present metrics of years past it looks like two more years.  I’m hoping for 1.5.

2019 had ups and downs.  I was diagnosed with Spondylolisthesis.  It’s not lost on me that suck and spondylolisthesis both start with the letter S. That being said, it doesn’t and won’t stop me from moving forward.  Getting older is awesome, but there are some drawbacks….LOL!  How’s that for a cup half full.  I went through the painful shots that helped some and finally opted to work on strength exercises and less intrusive ways to deal with the pain.

Goals for 2020

~ I really want to look out of the DC area for rides and runs this year.  Maybe throw in some hikes.  Looking to get out of my comfort zone and try something different.  I’m loving the Centuries ~ even though my MO is getting lost and falling.

~ Working on strength to keep the lower back in check.

~ Cycling out of the country…hmmm any suggestions?

~ Keeping up with my blog.  Still not digging my layout.

November and December were pretty average months.  I did complete the Cider Ride (55 miles) in November with the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA).  Nice supported ride through the DC area and out.  Served warm cider at various stops.  Would have been better if it was hard cider, but then that might have been a mess.  A happy mess, but a mess regardless.

Total miles for 2019 ~ 1417.77

Total miles completed so far ~ 7505.95 out of 11315.

I have 3809.05 miles gratefully remaining in my journey.  I hope this post finds you slaying your goals.  Life is good.  Life is a gift…don’t waste it.  Happy Miles to You!!

2020 be like:

 

 

 

 

 

Monday Motivation….Dangle That Carrot!!

Different things motivate me from time to time.  A week ago I get this text and I don’t recognize the number.  Those are always fun.  After reading for a bit I realized it was from the owner of my yoga studio I attend.  She mentioned I had taken 31 yoga classes this year and asked if I could make to 50 classes by the end of December.  If I did, I would get a free gift.  Hmmm.  She didn’t tell me what it was, but I was already texting ~ heck yes!  Mostly, because it’s cold now and cycling is going to move to a crawl…and hey, I love yoga.  If you haven’t tried yoga, you should.  Not just saying that because I have my certification.  It really is great for the body.  It has helped me get through many pains and injuries.

I’m up to 32 classes and I’m taking another one tonight 🙂  I feel I will be able to make the 50 class challenge.  Stay tuned.  The motivation is strong with this one!

Happy Miles to You!

 

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 ~ 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”