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Setting the Stage Before I Almost Die on Saturday April 1, 2009

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Well Saturday is the Cinderella ride and much like last year, I didn’t train all that much before and I’m only at 30 miles in the saddle right now. While I’m in better shape than I was last year, I’m not sure I’ll be able to do 65 miles on Saturday because lately, my hip flexor muscles (i think that’s what they’re called), get too stiff/sore/tight at around 30 miles. I’ll do my best to stretch and take it easy while riding on Saturday.

In other news, I have a tiara for the ride, and I’m going to rock my sequined mini skirt again this year. I’m planning to swing by the Piedmont Boutique on Haight tomorrow or Friday to see if they have anything sparkly and fun to add to my outfit. I’m still undecided on a boa as I’m worried that it will be itchy and will just get in the way. I’ll post a picture or two from the ride on the blog here afterwards.

I’m also continuing with the cross-training by starting up swimming again, and now I’ve decided to add Yoga. Swimming will be good for cardio vascular reasons, and good for working on my tan. Yoga will be good for strength and flexibility.
I realize that this post is incredibly boring but I promise to be funny again soon. I’m thinking of posting something on how I’ve come to realize that professional cycling has a lot of really hot guys. I am single now so yes, I think about men a lot. And men in skintight clothes that lets you know what you’re getting upfront? even better.

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Um, How Long Has It Been? March 25, 2009

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I don’t remember how long it’s been since I last posted but I’m going to be posting with some regularity again as training is in full effect. I’ve got the Cinderella ride coming up in two weekends, the century in July, and the AquaBike challenge in August. I hope I don’t die from all my athletic endeavors.

Anyways, I went for a ride yesterday with a new friend. He was cute. I’ve decided that now that I’m single, I’m going to use training as a way to meet new people and make new friends. Bike riding has been pretty good for that so far. I’ve met two different guys, one of which who has turned out to be pretty lame, and another who is brand new. I’ll probably have more to say about him later on. So basically, this blog is going to turn into exercising with commentary on dating at the same time. Yay!

I’m Still Here Too! February 22, 2009

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I’m still here! and I’ve got two new events to train for again 🙂  Actually three! So here’s what’s new with me (in case anyone is still reading):

* The Cinderella Ride – I’ve signed up for the Cinderella ride again this year and I am really excited. I’m already thinking about a costume for the ride and I’ve started training. 65 miles will be no sweat by April! (Or so I hope)

* The LiveStrong Challenge – I’ve joined Team Fat Cyclist Fighting for Susan and I’ve signed up for the LiveStrong challenge. I’m doing my first century evar – 100 miles! I’m scared but stoked. I’ll be updating the page with a link for fundraising incase any of you reader(s) want to donate.

* Vineman Aquabike – I hate running so what a better event than a 1.2 mile swim and 50 mile bike? I’ll be doing that in August. I am going to be so fitness-y this summer!

Other updates just include that me and my BF of four years broke up leaving me with lots of time to train and chase cute boys on bikes. After watching the Tour of California, I’ve decided that cyclists are on the whole, very good looking so I’ve got high hopes for meeting some hotties while out training. Two cycling dudes offered me a beer today after I finished my ride. They definitely were NOT cute so I passed. But hopefully next time the guys will be cute.

Training Update – Injuries August 11, 2008

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Well, there’s not much to update on with regard to training as to be quite honest, my training has been rather lackluster. However, there is something to update on, this:

and this:

And my knees:

Yesterday evening, I was riding my bike home after being out at the Toronado 21st anniversary event all day long. I was riding down some street in the lower haight with the boyfriend when I found myself in the middle of the Muni tracks. As I was zipping down the small hill, I thought to myself that I should get out of the tracks and that I was going to go down. Rather than slow down, lift my bike out and move on, I thought that I could be cool and jump the tracks. Alas, I was not cool and my rear tire got caught in the track. I think I went face first over my bike, hit my helmet, followed by my chin and my outstretched right hand. Next thing I knew, I was laying in the street, shocked and completely freaked out. I quickly got up less i get run over, grabbed my bike, staggered to the corner, leaned my bike up against a parking meter and collapsed against a wall. The boyfriend ran over, got me some water as I tried not to throw up or cry, or both.

My chin is scraped up and bruised, my right hand is missing a chunk of skin on the side, i have a few other holes in my hand and my knees are scratched up and bruised. I’m sore from falling and my rear derailer got bent and my bike is temporarily out of service. I’m feeling sore and just trying to dry out my open flesh wounds so I can go swimming tomorrow. I just feel ugly because my chin is swollen and black and blue. I have a wedding to go to this upcoming weekend and I’m going to be all gross in pictures. Thank god for make-up 😉

Wow, Is July Really Almost Over? July 31, 2008

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Training for this week has mostly been pretty lame. After almost killing myself on Saturday, I went for a swim in Del Valle lake when I was up their with my family. It was really refreshing and felt so nice since Del Valle is a nice, warm lake.

Monday was a rest day and Tuesday was just me being the laziest mofo ever. On Wednesday I went for a run and today is a bike, then short run day. Tomorrow is a swim. I haven’t swam in a week but I’m not too worried. Next week I’ll be swimming more and this weekend we have another aquatic park swim practice (yuck!)

I’m noticing that my knees hurt a lot more these days. I don’t know if it’s because I’m fat or if its because I’m old. Or maybe it’s because I’m fat and old? At any rate, they hurt and I don’t know what to do because two out of the three sports in the Tri involve lots of knee bending. *sigh* getting old sucks

Update July 26, 2008

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Am exhausted. brick workout of 26 mile ride then a 3 mile run. In the heat. Without enough hydration or energy. Kicked butt on the bike but pretty much almost died on the run. Can’t walk without pain and am ready for a nap.

*sigh*

plus? burned 1850 calories already!

Healdsburg Harvest Century Recap July 23, 2008

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From the better late than never file comes the Healdsburg Harvest Century (herein  referred to HHC) recap.

The boyfriend and I drove up to his parents’ country place on Friday since it was closer to Healdsburg than SF. We got there in the evening/dusk and took the dog outside to play for a bit as it was still sunny and fairly warm.

We got to bed early as we had to wake up at a nice friendly time of 5:00am for the ride. After a fitful night of sleep (boyfriend’s coughing + hot night of no AC or breeze = lack of sleep), my alarm went off at a bleary 4:45am. I got up, got the coffee started, got the boyfriend up and started to get everything ready. We had to take the dog out to be the little poo machine that she is, and to run and play before we left. We also needed to drink coffee and fuel up on delicious oatmeal for breakfast. After we were all ready to go, the doggie kissed us goodbye and wished us good luck. We drove from Cloverdale south to Healdsburg and checked in at 6:30am.

The HHC was a rolling start from 6:15am to 8:00am and the boyfriend and I wanted to start on the earlier side before it got hot and so we could get back to the doggie-pants. After checking in, we both made sure we had everything and we started on our way. We quickly left the town of Healdsburg and headed out to the California “country”. Much of the ride looked like this (that’s the boyfriend up ahead):

And this too (yay CA wine!):

with mountains and sun:

It was 14.9 miles or so from the start to the first rest stop and they were pretty easy. Some nice small rolling hills through the vineyards and just amazing views all around. I thought to myself that if the entire ride was like the first 14 miles, it would be super easy and a wonderful ride. The boyfriend quickly ditched me and so we met up at the first rest stop. I had a banana, did a wee bit of stretching and peed again because I’m a girl. We pee a lot.

We got on our way just a short 5 – 10 minutes after getting to the rest stop. The second rest stop was at mile 37 and quite frankly, the distance between rest stop one and rest stop two would be the most difficult for me. Once again the boyfriend ditched me almost immediately. That second stretch contained the first big hill and though it wasn’t a huge hill, it was still a long enough climb with a slow grade to really kill your legs. I managed to reach the top in one piece and got to witness a little verbal shouting match between two dudes ahead of me which at least made me laugh. At around mile 30, I suddenly got very cranky and very bitter. I mean, after all, I work my butt off training and my boyfriend had ditched me. How was it that I was so slow? I was bitter, hurting, sore, and all around ready to kill someone or myself. I thought that if we didn’t reach the second rest stop by mile 40, I was going to get off my bike and lay down in the road.

Lucky for me, the second rest stop was at mile 37 and as I wearily got off my bike, i nearly collapsed on the ground. The boyfriend was there and he swore to me that he had only gotten in a few minutes before me though I didn’t believe him. I told him I needed food and to stretch. Thankfully, the second rest stop had the most delicious PB&J evar! I had a half PB&J, a handful of potato chips cos I knew I needed salt, a few celery sticks and a fun size bag of M&Ms. I also took three advil. I stretched, relaxed, drank some fluids, and then stretched again. The boyfriend confessed that he was also starting to feel a bit more tired and had a difficult time with that last stretch as well. I stopped feeling bitter about his cycling ability after food and after his confession.

With food in our bellies and Gatorade in our water bottles, we got back on our bikes for the home stretch. I’m not sure if it was the food, the Gatorade, or the M&Ms (I’m thinking it was the M&Ms), but I finally hit my stride and I felt GREAT. I took off. I was powering up the hills, zooming down them, passing people and keeping a great pace. I even managed to pull ahead of the boyfriend but since I’m so nice, I stopped to wait for him and snap a picture:

I felt somewhat better about my cycling ability in the later half of the race. As we finished the last 20 miles or so, it got hotter and hotter. There were some short but steep hills and a few hills that ended near a cow barn or something else equally smelly like a dead skunk (saw two of them). For the record, gasping for breath after reaching the top of a hill is not fun when it smells like skunk or cow poo.  Yuck.

We passed over the Russian River at a point in the last 10 miles and I seriously considered ditching my bike to go for a swim in the river but I knew that lunch was waiting for me at the finish. Seriously, I’m like the horse that knows when we’re heading back on the trail. I pick up the pace and think of the food (no wonder I’m such a piggie).

I pulled into the finish just a bit before 12. According to my heart rate monitor, we completed the 60 miles in just under 5 hours (rest stops and all) and I burned 2525 calories. I finished strong and finished sweaty:

Yeah, i look pretty gross and I have helmet hair. Let’s see how good you look after biking 60 miles. Anyhoo, I was proud of myself and the boyfriend. we had a great time and I even managed to do this ride more quickly than I did the Cinderella ride which made me think that I am getting stronger though I feel fatter than ever.

Here’s my bike:

And yes, I totally chose my biking outfit to match my bike. I’m cool like that. In sum:

* This ride was a fun ride and I would gladly do it again.

* I clipped in for the whole ride. Go me!

* I took some good pictures while riding! Probably not the safest behavior but still awesome to me.

* The lunch at the end was so worth it.

I think next time I do this ride, I’ll do the 37 mile option instead, start a bit later, and hit up the wineries that we passed. Woo for wine!

Up Tomorrow: Healdsburg Harvest Century July 18, 2008

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Well tomorrow is the Healdsburg Harvest Century where I’ll be undertaking another 60 mile ride. And once again, just like the Cinderella ride, I am unprepared. Thankfully I feel hopeful that if I survived one 60 mile ride already (65 to be exact!), I’ll survive another.

Keep an eye out for a recap next Monday and in the meantime – Donate! 🙂

Riding to Work July 15, 2008

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Rode to work today so that works out to a 32 mile round-trip day. I’ve burned 700 calories so far and will probably burn more on the way home since it will all be into the wind and then uphill.

When I ride to work, I love seeing all the other people out there riding. I always wonder how far they’re riding, what they do for work, and whether or not they ride their bike just to work or recreationally as well. I also like playing games of chase when I see riders ahead of me. I like to catch up to them and then just draft or cycle right behind them, then I’ll push and sprint around them. Then they’ll catch me and so on for the 12 miles into work. It’s fun and adds to the monotony of riding to work.

I’ve got the big ride this Saturday and it’s my last big ride of the summer. I’m nervous but looking forward to getting another metric century under my belt. I’m taking my bike in tonight or tomorrow to get a tune-up. I’m excited.

Training Update July 7, 2008

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Last Monday = Rest Day

Last Tuesday = Swam 2000 meters or something. I was swimming at Rossi and it’s 100 ft because it was built back in the day when America was all about America and ridiculous measurements.

Last Wednesday = Swam 2000 meters in a real pool. Had to tell someone to get out of my lane because they were swimming on the wrong side of the lane and were all in all, way too slow. Some people need to figure it out! After work, I had my second track workout of the season which was a timed 2 mile run. I ran at around 8:30 something for the first mile and close to that for the second as I came in around 17:40 for both. I am a slow runner so to hit around an 8:30/8:40ish pace for the miles is a monumental achievement. I haven’t had a good pace since my old cross country days when I was a spry young thing. Back then, I had to walk to school, uphill both ways in the snow so I was able to keep a 7:30 pace for miles. Ahh to be young… now that I’m old and only 3 years away from 30, I think an 8:30 pace isn’t too bad. I also burned 800 calories for the entire workout! w00t!

Last Thursday = Biked 19 miles with the boyfriend. He and I are doing the Healdsburg Harvest Century on the weekend of the 19th so we both needed to get some biking in. It’s a metric so it’s only 60 miles and if the Cinderella ride taught me anything it’s that I can bike 60 miles even if I’m not in biking shape. I just won’t be able to walk afterwards. On the plus, I’m in better shape overall going into this ride than the Cinderella so thank you team in training. Woo hoo! Burned around 840 calories.

Last Friday = swam like 100 feet up the Russian River, turned around and came back. There were too many drunk people out paddling around in metal canoes. I decided that I’d like to maintain consciousness and not drown in the river on the 4th of July so instead I waded around in the river and tempted the doggie to swim out further than she was.

Saturday = rest day

Sunday = Ride 21 miles. It was hot and it was a good ride. We kept a good pace and I burned 857 calories. Too bad I ate like a billion calories when I got home cos I had a huge bowl of pasta. Oh wells.

Today is a swim day, followed by a bike day tomorrow, followed by another swim & track workout day, followed by a swim, then a run, then finally a rest day (cos I have to go to the stupid dentist) then another team in training workout. I’m going to rock this tri!

Finally, for those of you who haven’t donated but would still like to, please click on that link that says “Putting the FUN in Fundraising!” Any donation helps and I really appreciate it! As do the survivors and the people fighting blood cancers 🙂