Sunday, September 24, 2017

HoLottaMiles (WW # 112)

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Teresa and I have been scheming for about a year now to get together for a Century Ride.  In case you need some mathematical clarification -- that's 100 miles.  [Think about it this way -- if you left your house and drove 100 miles, where would you be?]  We had a hard time finding a date that would work, swept the plan aside for a while and also contemplated doing a Metric Ride (still a worthy and daunting challenge of 60+ miles).   On the spur of the moment, we chose the Johnny Ray Century to finally put it to rest.  I scheduled Sanity for a much needed spa day in the short time we had before the race.

Friday morning while picking up Sanity, I overheard the bike mechanics discussing the next day's Century Ride.  I piped up to tell them I would be riding.  But...no!   I was wrong.  Surprisingly, they were discussing a different ride much closer to home, with 2 extra hours for completing the century distance, and with 1400 less feet of elevation gain.  Hmm....  The wheels in my brain started turning. The scrambling began to find out more about the Dam Century Ride (seriously, who can resist that name?). 




Teresa arrived on Friday evening later than planned (I'll let her tell you about that!) and we chilled a while before heading off for a carbo-loading pizza dinner.  We discussed the pro and cons of both century rides.  After much debate, we decided: let's do the Dam Ride!  We racked Sanity and Lexi, laid out our clothes, set an early alarm for the short trek to Tallassee and called it a night.

Sanity and Lexi together at last.

The ride did not require that everyone start at the same time, allowing you to leave from 7 until 9.   Due to *ahem* navigational issues, we arrived later than intended and by the time we registered, unmounted our bikes, got set up and visited the restroom, we were about 30 minutes behind riders who started at 7.   No sweat, right?  Got all day...


You may have guessed that we completed the Century, not opting for the turn to take us back for the shorter Metric distance.  I'm not going to recap the ride today as my first Century deserves a recap that isn't hastily put together.   There were so many things we saw, so many back road hills, our very own crew, things we did to entertain ourselves, a #holottamiles, a surprise ending and more.  I can't say enough about the wonderful people in Tallassee.   The event more than exceeded my expectations and vanquished my fears.

Ready to roll (sorry for the fuzzy pic)!


Let me say my heartfelt thanks to Teresa for going on this adventure with me.  We checked an item off our bucket list.   There is no way I could have (or would have) done this without her.   We pushed and pulled each other up every.damn.hill and through the horrendous life-sucking, delirious trash-talking 90 degree heat.  Most importantly, she participated in my obnoxious on course entertainment -- a true friend indeed!




My body?  Aside from a little soreness in my sit-bone area and effects from mild dehydration -- I'm feeling great.  The next adventure awaits! 


Do you enjoy riding a bike?

What is your next adventure?


And that's a wrap!



Sunday, September 17, 2017

All Aboard! (WW # 111)

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This week started off watching Hurricane Irma slowly make her way north.   I had added an extra run last Sunday knowing we'd have a few days of rainy weather.  Thankfully we stayed on her "good" side, but it wasn't until Wednesday morning that I got out for a run.   Also shaping up to be our coolest morning of the week, I chose a tempo run.




And then our summer weather returned with a vengeance.  Friday's and Sunday's runs were in the soul searching, pace humbling humidity.  After three hours, Saturday's 40 mile bike ride had me completed cooked. There was no breeze and little shade.  


This was a failed bike selfie attempt.
 I thought the clouds were pretty!

Another failure trying to capture my shadow.
I captured the mileage on my bike computer though.

Earlier in the week this popped into my mailbox from Active.com; a century ride that was not even on my radar.  You may remember, Teresa and I were planning on an October ride.  After trying to schedule this for almost a year, not being able to coordinate dates, and wanting lately to "just get 'er done" going ahead with it next weekend seemed like the obvious choice   All aboard the crazy train...






We can only hope for cooler weather {probably not going to happen} or at least overcast skies.  Oh, did I mention the elevation gain on this ride is in excess of 4800 feet?   All aboard the crazy train...


Were you affected by Irma this week?

Have you boarded the crazy train lately?


And that's a wrap!



Monday, September 11, 2017

Best & Worst of Summer




Ah, Summer.  I have a love/hate relationship with you.  I eagerly await your appearance every year so I can zip across your warm lake waters with a rooster tail shooting up from behind.  And yet I'm always humbled by your pace-plummeting, breath-stealing, heat and humidity.  Every.Single.Year.


Judy, Marcia, Mary Beth, Me Zenaida, Teresa
 and Kristy (not pictured)

Summer began by joining fellow bloggers at the Utah Valley Half Marathon,  It definitely ranks at the top for one of my BEST racecations.  The beautiful scenic downhill course through Provo canyon was an added bonus.   College Kid tagged along and we had great fun exploring the canyons, waterfalls, hiking trails and caves in the area.  I would do this race again in a heartbeat, and would even consider running the marathon distance.

We ran down through those canyons!

After this race, I felt I needed an off season.  My three summer months of reduced mileage equaled a mere 140.  I think I can say this was my WORST summer mileage on record.  After marathon training for the past two summers, I thought it would be difficult to implement my plan.  But having issues in need of rest and recovery, the off season was appreciated.  Besides, my sweat was sweating.



By contrast, I cranked out 404 miles on Sanity.  Deciding to train for an October century ride (or even a metric century) with Teresa definitely racked up the cycling miles.  The BEST thing?  I overcame my fear of riding while clipped in on streets with traffic and with those hairy, last second traffic stops.



On to my favorite activity...I'm calling this water skiing season the BEST ever.  Not only did I get an early April start, Wendy traveled south to ski with me.  I had never met another woman that slalomed until finding her through our blogs.  After finally accepting my incessant invitation, we could not have had more fun.  I giggle every time I see one of our countless pictures. We are already working on the production of next year's water ski show.

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Of course while Wendy was here, we had to find a race to run.  I recorded my WORST 5k time since my very first, almost a hundred 5ks ago.  Not respecting the distance and sort of forgetting I was running that low mileage, no speedwork plan, I completely tanked at the Shake and Bake 5k.  Moving on...



Finally, some of the BEST sunrise and sunset pictures were captured on the lake the year.  My trusty boat driver [and the PoPo to my HoHo] has become quite the photographer...even if he still rolls his eyes when I make my request.   



Tell me a BEST and a WORST from your summer!





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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Before the Storm (WW # 110)




We appreciate your support of the Weekly Wrap.  Our summer Guest Host Series is concluding this week with the lovely Sara @ Sara Runs This Town.   Please visit Sara and leave a comment. Do not just drop a post and scoot away as the sole purpose of this linkup is to support active women. Thanks to all of you for making our Guest Host Series a success. We appreciate you for sticking with us through the summer and making our guest hosts feel welcomed.

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This week started with the much appreciated Labor Day holiday.  After a very warm late morning run of four miles, we returned to the lake in the late afternoon.  The conditions were ideal and PoPo captured this for me just before sunset.

Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy....

The focus this week was regular ol' running.  A cold front moved through and I took advantage of our chilliest morning (57 degrees) to work on speed, something I haven't done in quite a while.  Although not particularly speedy, it felt good to push the pace.  Yes -- there is work to be done!

No tank top -- a dead giveaway it was chilly!

My running friend Barbara joined me for most of my seven miler Saturday morning.  With it being breezy and 62, this run felt great.  It is not often that I have the opportunity to run with anyone, so when I get to chat and run -- the miles fly by.  I wanted to keep running, but forced myself to stop.

Post run silliness


I had not planned to run Sunday, but the thought of cycling in the wind was not appealing.  Also realizing our weather was going to tank due to Hurricane Irma's new track, I decided to get in another run. I ran six easy midday miles, keeping my heart rate low (149).  That put me at 22 miles for the week, more than I intended.  Next week's lower mileage should even it out.



School has been cancelled.  Publix has closed (peeps, this must be serious!).  I'm storing all the possible missiles (aka yard art) from our back yard.  And I'm busy catching up on laundry in case the power is out for an extended period of time.   Obviously our weather won't be as bad as it is in Florida but my biggest fear is the huge trees (like in the picture above) will come crashing down...on our house.  Stay safe everyone! 

And that's a wrap!

How often do you run with someone else?

What is your scariest weather story or fear?



Sunday, September 3, 2017

And So It Begins (WW # 109)



We appreciate your support of the Weekly Wrap.  Our Guest Host Series will be winding down soon.  This week's guest host is the lovely and fearless Montana from Pretty Lil Mudder. Be sure to visit Montana and leave a comment.  Please do not just drop a post and run.  The sole purpose of this linkup is to support active women.  Our next (and final) guest host will be Sara @ Sara Runs This Town on September 10th. Thanks to all of you for making our Guest Host Series a success.  We appreciate you for sticking with us through the summer and making our guest hosts feel welcomed.

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I hope everyone is enjoying their Labor Day weekend!  It's pretty chaotic around here with 4 adults, a pack of teens, two grandkids and 5 dogs (what the what?) so I'll keep this short.

This week marked my start of regular running and training for fall races.   I've been active all summer with loads of cross training but I kept my running mileage low. After training the past two summers for marathons, I decided to take an off season this year.  Now it's time to get back to business.
My first official training run felt great!


I admit, it will take a bit of restraint to build slowly and not jump in and start running 20-25 miles a week.  I kept it to 3 runs for a total of 14 miles. I even ran one evening after work which is so out of character for me.  It was breezy which made the feels-like 92 not seem so bad.


Hot, but better than expected!

I decided not to cycle this week in an effort not to overdo. My achy leg is so much improved and I want to keep it that way.  There were two strength training sessions and one trip to the lake for about 35 miles of water skiing

The water is cooling off very fast!

We had a visitor on the boat today.

And that's a wrap!



How many miles are you averaging each week?

How will you spend Labor Day?



Friday, September 1, 2017

Coffee Talk (September)




 




Welcome to Coffee Talk

 
It's time to settle in and chat a bit as we sip from our cups.  We are heading into a sparkling new month with less humidity (a girl can dream) with bright hopes for the fall and winter racing season.







Over Coffee...

Have you seen the running bra with a heart rate sensor?  The manufacturer promises it will sync with smart phones, apps and running watches.  What a cool idea!  You know how I love my technology, but then I thought -- I can do that with my Blink 3.0!  I detached the Velcro band and slipped the small square into my running bra.  It stayed put, I couldn't tell it was there, and it worked ... somewhat {cue deflating balloon noise}.  I think my placement needs revision.  Never underestimate the power of female ingenuity.  I'm determined to make it work. 
 
 
Over Coffee...

On the subject of coffee, Waffle House does not have the best Cup of Joe (in my humble opinion).  But, we stopped there so Wendy could have the very unique experience that is dining at Waffle House after our recent crack of dawn water skiing excursion.  Other than the gals on break out back wanting to go with us in our boat, and a patron being unable to fit in one of their booths, it was a pretty tame visit.  We were ravenous after hours of skiing and my waffle with peanut butter chips hit the spot. 

Just the way I like it -- NO SYRUP !
 
Over Coffee...
 
I've known a long time that Waffle House sold compression sleeves.  A running buddy and I discovered this while waffling after a race years ago.  We called ourselves Team Waffle House and always joked we would buy a pair.  Well, this week I ordered a pair.  I mean...why not?  I'll definitely be easy to spot at a race, so make sure to say hello.
 

These beauties are in route to me as we speak...

 Over Coffee...

The lure of another marathon is a powerful thing.  I've been debating over tackling number four for a few weeks.  Signing up early seems to be a curse for me, so I'd rather pick one in my head and not register until the last minute.   But I admit, that whole training for a race in your head doesn't feel as accountable as one that's already hit the old bank account.   Decisions.  Decisions.


Over Coffee...

At this point, Teresa and I are seriously second guessing our decision to do a Century Ride.  I've enjoyed riding this summer, cranking out 210 miles in August and 164 in July.  But being honest, I don't know how many more long rides I have left in me.  If the date for our Century Ride had been sooner, I think we would have both enthusiastically have already participated.  Now... {cue that deflating balloon noise again}.  I will definitely ride, as I don't want to waste my training.  But the distance?  Decisions.  Decisions. 



What would you tell me over coffee?


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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Yes UCAN (WW # 108)






We appreciate your support of the Weekly Wrap.  Our Guest Host Series will be winding down soon.  This week's guest host is the lovely and vivacious Teresa @ Finding Fabulous at Fifty.  Be sure to visit my southern sister (and century ride cohort) Teresa and leave a comment.  Please do not just drop a post and run.  The sole purpose of this linkup is to support active women.  Our next guest hosts will be Montana from Pretty Lil Mudder on September 3rd and we'll end the series with Sara @ Sara Runs This Town on September 10th. Thanks to all of you for making our Guest Host Series a success.  We appreciate you for sticking with us through the summer and making our guest hosts feel welcomed.

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I think you may recognize these ladies!

While in Chicago for the marathon last year, UCAN hosted an informative session where I met fellow bloggers as well as Olympian Meb Keflezighi and professional runner Sarah Crouch.  We learned UCAN began from the search for a life-saving steady energy source for a child with a rare condition.  We were given samples of UCAN products and I remembered thinking the snack bars were delicious. So when UCAN contacted me about trying their products, I quickly agreed.

With 50 cycling miles planned on Saturday, I took the opportunity to try the Tropical Orange drink mix.  It mixed easily and I sipped on it while preparing to ride.  I carried one bottle of orange and also one of their cinnamon snack bars to eat half way.  UCAN does not mix clear.  It's thick with a milky appearance.  Being completely honest, it did take a little getting used to.  Not a bad thing...just different. 

Feeling great at the half-way point!

I sipped on UCAN every 15 minutes for over 20 miles.   It tasted a bit like orange sherbet.  I didn't notice an aftertaste as I sometimes do with other products.  I averaged a steady 15 mph during this portion of my hilly ride.  I ate my UCAN snack bar around mile 24 and continued on.  Without any more UCAN, I began to drink from my other bottle.  I must confess, after mile 35 -- I struggled. Perhaps I should have had another bottle of UCAN with me?  Hmm....



After spending 3.5 hours on the bike, I felt pounding the pavement Sunday morning would not be the smartest decision.  I opted for pool running instead.  Not only is pool running the perfect solution for injured runners, it is also a killer workout.   If you need to strengthen your feet, ankle or lower leg areas -- it is ideal (subject for another post).  I blended Cranberry Raspberry UCAN with water and ice and kept it beside the pool, sipping every 10 minutes.  I loved this flavor!  It reminded me of the smoothies my college kid makes.  UCAN's slow-releasing Superstarch kept me energized through my workout.

If you are curious -- the chocolate snack bar is my favorite, Their bars have a consistency of dense cookie dough.  They're also yummy with coffee for mid-morning office fuel [just sayin']. 



If you read my August Runfessions, you know I recently took a mini running break.  Now, I look forward to using UCAN as I train for the RnR Las Vegas half marathon.  I think it is noteworthy to mention that you can mix it with very little water and use it like a gel or with as much water as you want, just depending on your taste. They also have no sugar and protein mixes. 

After my mini-break, Friday's run felt great!

The best way to know if something works is to try it yourself!  The wonderful people at UCAN are allowing me to give away two Fitness Boxes with Shaker Bottles.   It's the  perfect way to end our Weekly Wrap second anniversary month of giveaways.  (Make sure you see what Tricia is giving away this week!)

You can also use HOHORUNS at UCAN to save 10%.

Two winners will each win both items --  the Fitness Box and the Shaker Bottle!


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And that's a wrap!

Tell me how often you fuel during a workout!

Do you take mini breaks?

What are you training for?



Thursday, August 24, 2017

Five Runfessions for August

As August winds down, it's time for a cleansing dose of Runfessions!


I runfess...

After installing new bike pedals and shoes combo, I knew it was coming.  A fall.  Where is a videographer when you need one?  I'm still laughing.  I rolled up to the woods to stop, get off, and walk my bike up a steep path.  Except, I forgot to unclip.  I made the split second decision to release my brakes and roll mere inches more where I could fall in the weeds and brush as opposed to the pavement.    It was one of those slow motion falls {oh frig, this may huurrrttttt...} which left me sitting perplexed and sock-footed with weeds sticking out of my helmet and out of poor Sanity's crevices.  I'm pleased to say, I went ahead with that ride.   Nothing was seriously hurt...but my dignity...and maybe Sanity's too.

330 calories {gulp}

I runfess...

I was giddy with excitement to recently find my beloved frosted shortbread cookie back into Starbuck's lineup.   Mmmmm....tastes like an octopus.   I wish I had never looked up the nutritional information, however.  I did not know octopi were so high in saturated fat.

 
I runfess...

I was looking forward to the grand-puppy going back to college and school starting for our still-at-home high school senior.  I was craving normalcy.  Tranquility.  Who was I kidding?  Not only did I have to extract 21 (you heard me, twenty-frigging-one) dead frogs [toads? does it matter?] from the pool skimmer, but my special needs dog brought a young squirrel in the house the other morning. What's a gal to do?  Just calmly step over said dying squirrel to get the milk out of the fridge so I could eat my oatmeal.   I'm learning to roll with the flow...




I runfess...

So far, I've taken two weeks off of running.  Yep.  It was a hard decision, but after experiencing a weird (yet mild) pain in my leg that wasn't going away -- coupled with a lingering hamstring issue -- I needed to.  With two race-cations this fall, ain't nobody got time for that!  I'm water skiing, I'm still training for that century ride too, but I've been running in the pool in lieu of on the pavement.   The best news?  I feel so much better!  Now I've got to make the equally tough decision when to hit the road again.


Thank you Wendy for the beautiful hand-made totem!
 I runfess...

Although I'm so over dew points of 75 and feels-like temps of 85 before 8 am, I will be sad to see the water skiing season come to an end.  After all, it was my first sport -- the one active thing I was encouraged to do as a girl in the 70's.  It's noteworthy that as kids we were so wide-eyed impressed that our lake neighbor was a "old" lady in her 60s that could still ski.  That.Will.Be.Me.    


Is it crazy at your house too?  (Please say yes!)

What would you like to runfess?



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Sunday, August 20, 2017

It's in the Bag (WW # 107)





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I don't have much to say.  I'm not really back in running training mode just yet so I'll keep this short.  We are, however, back in triple heat indexes.  No big surprise.  We headed to the lake Saturday morning with out of town guests and stayed all day in that heat.  Everyone had a blast skiing and tubing.  In fact, their 7 year old daughter is fearless and was a boss on the tube -- all by herself!  We also got the adults up on skis. Whoop!


Just a little jumping action...

To say I was toast Sunday morning was putting it mildly.  {Pass the jelly, please}  I scrapped my planned 50 mile bike ride. I.just.couldn't.  The thought of the excessive heat rising from the pavement (like last weekend) just did not appeal.


Got to love all the data...

I put on  my thinking cap and...voila!  Two fans, an outdoor view, some rocking tunes, shade and plenty of Gatorade did the trick for cranking out 30 miles on the MAG trainer in 97 degree heat.  That put my cycling mileage at 55 for the week.  I tried my new CycleOps wheel riser too.   It's a definite keeper.
 



Our celebration of the Weekly Wrap's second anniversary continues all month.  Sarah Marie has been very gracious to supply another Runner Girl Gang bag for me to give away to a lucky winner. This bag will include a few extra Sarah Marie Design Studio items and other surprises too.


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And that's a wrap!

Tell me a highlight from your week!

Do you carry a bag?  What is something odd you haul around?