Hi friends! Ok, so my plan of blogging WEEKLY is already a slight bust and even though I’m finishing week 3 I’ll start with week 1.
Week 1 is always so great. You are doing everything on fresh legs and are only slightly uncomfortable on the bike! I felt so amazing on my 35 mile bike ride…what’s another 20 miles?! Week 1 was actually a bit of a fluke. The only reason it became week 1 is because I had a unique and interesting opportunity to go on a 35 mile bike ride Saturday which has a really cool story behind it that I will tell below:)
Monday: Murph. My first Murph! Murph is a 1 mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push ups and 300 squats and another mile run. I broke it up into 20 rounds and did the pull-ups with a light band. I finished in 44:44. Next year my goal is no assistance on the pull-ups.
Tuesday: Alpha. We worked on snatches and front squats.
Thursday: Alpha. Cleans 95lb, sumo deadlift 7×3 205lb, push press 7×3 100lb, then we did an awful finisher that included running, thrusters and pull-ups
Friday: 3 mile run, 1 mile walk. It was hot and slow!
Saturday: 35 mile bike, 17.4 mph average!! Super fun.
Sunday: 1000 yard swim am, 6.5 mile run pm average HR 142, pace 11mm (SLOW lol)
So, I have to tell you about my awesome ride Saturday! I am a member of a triathlon page on facebook called Women for Tri. If anyone knows me I’m not very active on facebook! Earlier in the week there was a post on Women for Tri about the Raleigh HIM and how people had hacked into some of the road signs and put things like “cyclists are idiots” and “watch out for A-holes on bikes”. Yikes!! Not a good representation of our amazing city so I commented and said I hoped people didn’t get the wrong idea of Raleigh and that this was an amazing place with amazing people! Then I didn’t check the post or think anything of it until Thursday. Thursday I happen to just open facebook and that post pops up and I see a comment from someone coming in town to sherpa for a friend racing Raleigh and was looking for a bike route to ride on Friday or Saturday for a training ride. I read the comments and a lot of people were suggesting routes around Jordan Lake, routes I ride all the time. I commented that I’d be happy to take them on a ride and then things escalated quickly! I ended up on a message with Donna and Danielle. I had NO idea what distance they needed. I felt like I saw 25 miles thinking that’s no biggie….wellllll, come to find out they wanted 40. I was like “SURE 40 IS GREAT”! I was slightly worried about 40. I had been on exactly ONE bike ride all year, ALL YEAR, and it was back in January on some random warm day. I had maybe been to four cycle classes ALL YEAR and we actually have two bike trainers and I haven’t been on that thing in about 5 years. So, I messaged back and said 40 was great and I’d see them Saturday at 8am;) On Friday I realized I had no bike fuel. Luckily I was going to my triathlon friend’s Jodi’s for wine on Friday night because everyone should pre-game with wine the night before you are doing a physical activity you aren’t sure you can actually do. I raided her honey stinger stash and was ready to go!!
Saturday morning arrives and after dusting the cobwebs and pollen off my bike Donna and Danielle arrive! They were SO nice and I immediately knew we were going to have some fun. I explained the route and we agreed to meet up at every stop and turn if we got separated. I instantly clicked with Donna’s riding style! She is a beast y’all! She is training for her second IRONMAN and I was shocked when she said she is almost 60. I loved that she grinded down the hills and would get it on the flats. Danielle advertised herself as a slower rider, but she killed it!! She was right with us and had a nice little PR for her ride. She is also doing Augusta HIM so we got to chat about that. It was really such a great ride! I enjoyed getting to know these ladies SO much . It was like we ride together every weekend. They thanked me SO much, but they have no idea how much that ride invigorated me. I told you in my last post I was not looking forward to training and their love and appreciation for being out on the bike gave me an appreciation for being healthy and able to do these amazing things! The other thing I loved was seeing the beauty of my town through new eyes. Donna stopped over the bridge on Beaver Dam to take a picture of Jordan Lake. I’ve been over this bridge probably a hundred times now and can’t say I’ve really LOOKED at it in a long time. It really is beautiful and we are so lucky to live in a beautiful place and have these well-kept roads to ride. It was so nice to take a negative post about our area and it turn into something great!! At the end of our ride (after I almost took Donna out on a traffic circle oops) she said she didn’t think anything happened by coincidence and I don’t either, especially how perfect and amazing everything was about that day:) Thank you ladies for re-igniting my passion for my town and being out on the bike!