Category Archives: Bike

Saturday: Another goal

IMG_2175Checked off the list for 2012.  I rode this bad boy to my sisters house!  It was one of my goals when we moved here.  To become proficient enough on my bike to ride to her house.  And I made it!  It was a couple of miles (almost 3) longer than I expected so I had NO problem with hitching a ride back.   It was close to 9 miles one way.

And another piece of good news is that there was NO knee or quad pain involved during or after.  So I hope that I will be back in my kicks and running the canal next week.

IMG_0346The rest of Saturday I spent volunteering at the basket pickup, which was fun. HOLY BANANAS.  No kidding.  Way too many bananas.  Then the bike ride and then nothing.  And I mean nothing. There was nothing to do and nothing on tv to watch (was Beth always so whiny in Cloverfield?).  Even my cupcakes came out like nothing. Which means I will have to make cookies instead.  You get the idea.



Thursday: Uninspired

IMG_2175I have been truly uninspired this week.  I did try to run on Thurs, on the treadmill, and made it about a mile.  The knee was still hurting so I called it quits and did some weights instead.  Then a really poor choice of shoes made it hurt for the rest of the day.  I absolutely believe that the knee issue is actually secondary to a quad issue. Remember all of those CrossFit squats and lunges?  I think that is where I started.  NO, I am not blaming CrossFit.  I have exceptionally bad form when it comes to squats and maybe it was just too much.  REST it is.

Run:  1 mile / 10:54

And if you are reading this, then we are all still here.  So there is that. Sorry to the Mayans for being wrong.

Thursday night we did go to see Lincoln and it was very, very good.  A political drama on how he got the 13th Amendment passed.  So please don’t go expecting a Civil War movie or you will come out disappointed.

Just one more work day until vacation!

OH, and don’t forget that this weekend is my big bike ride to my sister’s house.  My dearest, sweetest husband was laughing at me Thurs night at the idea that I might not just ride back.

Tuesday: Betrayal

IMG_0340I landed back on the bike at the gym on Tuesday.  Everything on the right side is starting to feel better.  But since I am not “training” for a specific race and have nothing coming up, there is no need to push it.  I am trying to be smart.  Still.  I may try a short run Wednesday and see how it goes.

Bike: 9 miles / 45 minutes

I finished up making some Christmas goodies on Tuesday and need to get those out in the mail.

IMG_1792I have waited to see if it was real, and it is.  I have lost a few pounds.  I am about to sell out my favorite vegetable.  And though it pains me to say this, I have to admit that maybe I was wrong.  Maybe you can eat too many carrots.  I am sorry to betray you.  But it has been weeks since I have had any.  So maybe it is true and there is a connection between those missing pounds and the missing carrots.

IMG_0341Since my last few projects are wrapped up, I needed to find something else to keep me busy in the afternoons (so I didn’t go buy more carrots).  So I rediscovered my crochet hooks and relearned single and double crochet.  I have NO idea what I will do with this new knowledge.  Make a scarf maybe.  Or a beanie if I can remember how to do it in rounds.

Tuesday: Who knew - I do Crossfit and bake cookies.

That my hanging power cleans were so good!  My HSPU’s, not so much.  But I tried.

And none of that Paleo stuff.  Cavemen didn’t live any longer and they weren’t any happier.

I went back to CrossFit Tues night. I had a Living Social deal at CrossFit Full Strength and there was a Crossfit 101 class that sounded like my speed.  Thank you to Coach Emily at CrossFit Full Strength for working with me!  I will be back on Thurs.

Bike:  6 miles/30 minutes

Crossfit 101

Nothing too exciting to report on the rest of the day.  Except, who the !@#$% is voting on The Voice that they sent Cody home?  Really people…

I had a protein bar for breakfast, french onion soup and veggie straws for lunch and a pork chop and broccoli for dinner.  Then I had a scoop of my snack mix.  And a glass (5 ounces) of wine.

Sloth Sunday: Amazing

We spent today doing some errands and then headed back out to witness something AMAZING.  Ironman Arizona.  It is a full Ironman that takes place in Tempe and Phoenix.  The swim is in Tempe Town Lake and the start/finish ffor the rest are in Tempe Beach Park.  2.4 mile swim.  112 miles bike.  26.2 miles run.  And it was WARM today.  Like people having trouble warm.

Pro’s went out at 7:00am and age groupers at 7:30.  You have 2.5 hours to complete the swim, then you have to be off the bike by 5:30pm and have until midnight to finish the marathon.

This first picture is T-2, Transition two.  Where riders come in on the bike and leave out on the marathon.  It is AMAZING to see these people and their determination.  Not to mention the millions of dollars in bikes just sitting there in Tempe Beach Park.

The course is looped for the bike and the run.  It was fun to be able to see runners and bikers at the same time, coming in to the lake and going around the lake.  We saw the first few men come by about a quarter mile from the finish.  Then we walked over to the finish line (second picture) and saw the women 3-10 or so come through.

There was incredible support all along the way for people and it just felt amazing to see all of these people complete such an amazing race.

As I am typing this, 13 + hours into the race, people are still coming through the finish line with HUGE smiles on their faces.  They just accomplished something that they spent months training for.