Hey hey! This week has been crazy — first starting out with my PC dying, and then a busy week at work. I’m glad I’ve taken an easier week on the training front:
Monday – Swim
Tuesday – Sox Game
Wednesday – Bike 11 mi (note to self: remember to check the weather)
I’m excited to ride in this 61 mile event, however I’m feeling ‘conservative’ in my abilities. When I signed up (on July 2) I think I’d have more than 3.5 weeks to prepare. Not sure where my calendar-planning abilities went this summer, but well, I didn’t magically become a cycling all-star. Even though I’ve been working on some bike skills, I still have a long way to go. Here is a summary of my notable rides though:
- ridiculous spin class with a triathlon coach (60 minutes)
- Grand Haven Sprint Triathlon (12 miles)
- 27 mile ride on the Lakefront last Monday
- 26 mile ride this past Sunday out in Glenview (yah Skokie Lagoons!)
- 11 mile ride on the Lakefront this Wed – aka hardest ride ever
My mid-week ride this week was a hard but proud ride. I got maybe 5 hours of sleep the night before, had a long day at work, and then headed straight to the lakefront for my ride. AKA I planned my ride at 6 AM that morning, even though I was riding at 5 PM. I hadn’t looked at the weather (we had record-breaking 104 degrees in the late afternoon), looked at the weather #2 (windy day), bought the low-cal gatorade (i.e. fewer calories), didn’t do laundry in advance (wore my worn & sweaty clothes onto workout #2, and forgot my socks). I did have the important stuff: helmet, bike, spunk. I was tired on the ride and struggled to get to a decent speed… and never really got there. I am proud that I didn’t get upset or down on myself based on the challenges, and that I recognized that it was a bad day… not that I’m a bad rider.
So either way I’m feeling nervous about a full 61 miles, but I’m excited for it. I hope that I get some good experience and practice for my bigger goal of the Chicago Olympic Triathlon… less than a month to go for that!!!
Winner of the Chicago Half Marathon Giveaway: # 3 – Lil ! Congrats – please email me and I’ll get you the code to register!