Long Rides and J-E-T-S

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.

Hello, Hudson River! Thanks for being so sparkly in the early morning sun.

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.

What a coincidence, my heart rate chart looks almost exactly the same!

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.

Hello, George. You’re pretty as long as I’m not sitting in traffic on you.

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.

What kind of cyclist throws their bike IN the back of a car, instead of gingerly mounting it ON the back of the car?


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.

Let this photo represent day 1 of my journey to Ironman. Or as my Dad says, “Ironwoman, because it’s more politically correct.” Thanks Dad!

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.

Family Day is the best! And also, I felt very small.

Hey there, Tim! Nice to see you. I wish you would have turned around.

The real star…this is who I really came to see!

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:

I love you Chobani. Thanks for being so delicious.

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.

I wonder how people would react if I listened to music this way on the train…

How was your weekend? Do you have any speaker bags? Love football? Training for an Ironman? Tell me!


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    • August 9, 2012 / 10:53 pm

      I’m one lucky girl :)

  1. August 6, 2012 / 9:41 pm

    I love Chobani but I would be a little crushed to find a cooler bag and not yogurt :(. Oh well I guess you can fill it with yogurt and take it to the beach.

    I was looking at the football pics and then realized the guy plays for the Jets after I scrolled down- that’s pretty cool. We are more than ready and enjoyed watching preseason the other night. We’re more into college football down here but football is football and it’s all good.

    I suck at swimming and would NOT like doing it in an open lake! But I guess with a tri like that, there’s not much choice. Way to go on that bike ride too, those are some serious inclines/declines!

    • August 9, 2012 / 10:52 pm

      Haha I know, I would have loved some yogurt, but there were at least some coupons in there! I’m not great at swimming but I want to learn and I’m trying to get better so I guess that’s the first step for now!

  2. August 6, 2012 / 10:08 pm

    Running is my first love, too! I’m growing to really enjoy cycling, but could be more comfortable with flying downhills. I’m happiest on the flat roads! That’s awesome that you have hills to train on…it’s pancake flat near us. It was fun to “chat” on Twitter tonight. :)

    • August 9, 2012 / 10:51 pm

      I’m nervous about the fast downhills too…but the more we practice the more comfortable we’ll be, I’m sure :) I do enjoy the hills though, strangely, haha.

  3. August 7, 2012 / 3:44 pm

    Hey that’s a GREAT brick workout! its hard to get out on the longer rides..they just require so much time!

    • August 9, 2012 / 10:50 pm

      They really do! When I get into longer workouts I feel like I’m going to be out there for like, 12 hours every day, haha.

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