I’ve got a race on my calendar! Ok, it’s not a race. Oh, and it’s not running. It’s a 102 mile bike ride! But it’s an organized ride with stops and food. I’ve got something to train for! I signed up for the TAB MARR (Toledo Area Bicylists Maumee Area River Ride). It’s August 14th, so I’m gearing up for that. My running has not progressed much, so I’m focusing on something else instead. I biked almost 100 miles this week, and ran 12 miles. Here’s what went down this week…
Mon – 16 miles biking. The river was my destination this morning. There were lots of people out enjoying the park and the views along the water.
We also taught the kids how to a stick shift on our Mustang that doesn’t get out much anymore. They did pretty good for their first time! We should have brought along some cassettes to give them the full experience. 😁
Tues – 3.3 miles running. I’m still on the every-other plan for running. Decided 3 miles seemed to be a good distance today. Although I cringe when I start my run for fear of pain, there is still no pain but “something” is still there. Today it felt like a knot in my lower abs. I continue to take it easy thinking that I’m one sprint away from making it worse. It was a hot one out there! After work I got tortured by my physical therapist again. Eeeek, enough with the manipulations!!
Ladies Ride Night. Phew, so hot! Our ride wasn’t too bad because this is more of a social ride, but for my husband on the speedy ride (20.8 mph avg), they came back as hot sweaty messes! The cold drinks and snacks afterwards really hit the spot.
Here’s our entire group this week, which was split into two groups.
Weds – Fun day volunteering. For a few years now we have helped out at the LPGA Marathon Golf Classic in our town. We are on ecology duty, which we nicknamed ourselves the “dirty trash people” this year LOL!! Our high school band boosters get a big donation for the band members volunteering at this event, and it’s a lot of fun cruising around on a golf cart for a few hours watching pro golfers. The trash pickup part is really no big deal.
TAB Windsday ride, 12 miles – this was one for the records. Let me set the stage… the radar had storms in the area, but many of us thought they would not head our way. Key points about this ride…
- I was the only woman within a group of a dozen “serious” cyclists. Much faster than me! [kind of like showing up for a group run and it’s only guys who run sub 7:00 pace for easy runs]
- They announced we would ride in one group, due to numbers. (gulp)
- Once we started I was “part of the machine” and maintaining 20mph was easy, as long as I was in the pack. I don’t ride as close as others do (drafting) but I try my best, although it makes me a bit nervous to be that close.
- It started sprinkling by mile 4. At mile 5 we headed into the direction of the storm and things got sketchy. The group splintered and it was TOUGH to maintain speed in the heavy rain and wind!
- My husband and I decided to bail at mile 6 and head back.
- We rode back in heavy rain with lighting. Eeek! Luckily it was mostly warm rain, but sometimes it hurt as it hit my arms.
We finished almost 12 miles with an average speed of 17.5 mph, with our top miles at 21.2, 21.3 & 20.7 mph!! I am so thankful we didn’t slip and also very thankful for the lights we have on our bikes so that cars can see us!! If you don’t have a flashing light for your bike, you really should get one. They are a LIFESAVER. We just bought white front flashers. Perfect timing.
Thurs – 3 miles, running. Another day, another run. This run was “meh” at best. I’m happy to be able to run, but also disappointed that I haven’t really made any progress in a week. Still feeling something odd, and very limited in what I can do. Sigh. Just trying to stay positive, so that’s all I’ll say on this one! 🙂
Moving on to something fun…. We spent the night in a treehouse!! These are the treehouses at the Toledo Metroparks and you may have seen them on my posts about mountain biking. The trail goes right past them. They are really cool! Kitchens, central air, electricity, composting toilet, a sink and very peaceful. This one was mountain bike themed and it had some really thoughtful design elements. And bark! Lots of bark inside the treehouse. So cool!!
Fri – 2.5 miles running. I did break my “every other day” rule for running, but I wanted to get a few miles in because we were at the park in the morning. I got bit by mosquitos, and was very guarded because I didn’t want to trip and rip my guts apart (yep, that’s what I fear with this sports hernia!!).
Sat – 50.50 miles, long ride. 16.8 mph avg. I have to get some “butt time” on my bike, so I planned a 3 hour ride. The morning weather was amazing and I saw a lot of people out riding.
A trip to Starbucks was earned for this one. 4,052 stars left (27 more free drinks!).
Sun – on tap for today? REST DAY! Wouldn’t you know it, I’ve got a sore muscle from my ride yesterday (of course, ugh!!). But mostly getting ready for a camping trip we are taking soon. So with this, I’ll be saying goodbye for a few weeks while I’m vacationing! Please follow me on Instagram to see some pictures of our adventure.
Q: Have you ever been to a golf tournament?
I went to one when I lived in Columbus OH. Tiger Woods walked past me and I was starstruck!
Q: Do you know how to drive a stick shift car?