Hey ya’ll! I’m so glad Monday is over. It was extra hard today because I had such an amazing weekend. Let’s back up and I’ll walk you through it. Ready? Okay.
Saturday morning started bright and early. I met the cycle team that I’m coordinating at work for a ride though the Palisades.
The team was riding 40 miles but I made it 18 before I had to bow out to meet a friend to travel to upstate New York. It was an amazing workout simply because of the huge hills. I’m sure a lot of you have run out there and know how tough the Palisades can be. Scarily, the Ironman marathon portion goes through the Palisades. I’m going to ignore that fact for the rest of the year.
KIDDING. Not a coincidence. I need to work on those hills. Thankfully it was shady and I had a big ‘ol bottle of Nuun to keep those electrolyte and sodium levels in check. I felt great.
There were so many super speedy cyclists out there. They went zooming by SO fast. Like, so fast that the grandma side of me came out; I was thinking “they need to slow down that’s dangerous blah blah blah”. Maybe I’m a little jealous of their speed. But I was more terrified than anything. Terrified of getting hit by them, that is. Or yelled at for getting in someone’s way.
Anyway, the most exciting news from the ride: the coach said I was a “strong rider” and if I fine tune my skills, I could be “really good”! Whatever that means! My track coach definitely never said anything like that to me. Maybe I missed my calling for cycling. Dang. Oh well, regardless, running is my first sport-love…even if I’m not the best at it.
By the way, that’s not trash in my car, don’t worry. Just clothes I need to donate but am too lazy to actually take to Goodwill. Need to work on that whole situation.
Post-ride, I ran 1.25 miles as a sort of mini-brick. I’ve been noticing that during my “brick runs”, my heart rate gets much higher than it normally would for a solo run at the same pace. I’m assuming that’s normal as my heart rate is already elevated from the hour+ ride prior. I’m finding it so interesting to track my heart rate – something I’ve never done before!
I’m feeling much better about my swimming, although I know it will be extremely different in a lake as opposed to a lap pool. On Friday night, I swam for 40 minutes and did some 25 yard sprints in the middle. I’ve been eyeing the Olympic athletes and taking notes on their form; I think it’s actually helped! (NO, I wasn’t just watching Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte because of their abs, I don’t know what you’re talking about.)
So, here I am. One year out from Ironman New York City, a few days away from my first triathlon. My first “longer” ride, followed by a run, plus a good swim. All in one weekend.
When I finally made it home on Saturday, I quickly got ready and then hopped in the car with a good friend and headed to Cortland, NY to visit Brendan and my friend’s husband. They are working for training camp for a few weeks and we’ve been missing them a lot! After some brutal traffic and a few car dance parties later, we made it in time for practice.
Absolutely perfect weekend. I’ve begun the countdown until I see Brendan again…12 days! And you know what else that means? FOOTBALL SEASON BEGINS. MY FAVORITE SEASON. I CANNOT CONTROL MY EXCITEMENT.
So now I’m back and am still semi-grumpy that the weekend is over. There has been a lot of commiserating over G-Chat. Thankfully, I was able to leave work a couple hours early today and get started on the workout I skipped this morning in favor of sleeping in.
When I got back from today’s 5 mile run (see, I do still run!) this wonderful package was waiting for me:
Unfortunately there wasn’t any yogurt inside, but they did send me an awesome cooler bag. WITH SPEAKERS. I’ll be the most popular girl at the beach I’m sure. If I make it to the beach this summer, that is.
How was your weekend? Do you have any speaker bags? Love football? Training for an Ironman? Tell me!