Sunday, May 1, 2011

Dog gone good training weekend!

This is Duke...my son was having fun putting the glasses on him. Cute isn't he?


So this weekend after some comments in my BT mentor group and after having read Julie at Adventure Is Out There post about her work on changing tires. She did it in 2:48! Amazing! Well anyway I decided it was time for me to play around a little and see if I could get the back tire off. I've changed front tires but never had to mess with the back tire and was just a little intimidated. So out to the garage I went, well lets just say I'm more comfortable but it was not pretty.


Truly this picture does not do justice to just how dirty my hands were. I cleaned my chain and then messed with the tire and I was a mess. However I at least feel like if I had to I could change my tire. Lord help me if it ever happens during a race. Had a nice 5 mile run on Saturday and 2200 yard swim which was farther then I've swam in a long, long time!

Sunday I headed to the east of Denver to ride with a friend and her friend. We will all be doing the metric century in 2 weeks. (Can I just say none of us are quite ready!) We weren't really sure what to expect as far as the weather went. It was in the low 40's when I left my house at 8:15 and never got much warmer. But the wind wasn't blowing and considering it's been blowing like crazy for days that was a bonus!


Jenifer and Lori


Not a great pic but shows some of the rolling hills we were riding.


Me



Cool clouds. I saw a fox right off the bat, then saw antelope and deer as well as the cows and goats and one giant bull. I love riding in the country! There was hardly any traffic and it was amazing that we didn't see any other bikers. (This is a pretty popular route.) For the most part it wasn't to cold. A couple time going in to the wind things got a little chilly but mostly it wasn't bad at all.



All in all it was a fabulous ride, 40 miles 3 riding hours, but we took some breaks also. Not fast but we had fun! Will get one more long ride in next weekend before we try the metric century in 2 weeks. Should be interesting. All in all I felt fairly strong though out the whole ride.

10 comments:

Junk Food Runner said...

Great workouts this weekend! I am jealous of your swim, I can't wait till I can do a mile straight!

Diana said...

That looks like a great place to ride! It's amazing how the winter "break" takes away all the biking endurance. I haven't hit 20 miles yet this year, but I think Steve will make this year much more enjoyable and I'll get back up to big miles!

Steph Bachman said...

Good job changing your tire! That looks like a lovely ride with some fun ladies. It likes like what I remember of the road to Longmont from Boulder.

Julie said...

What a great ride with friends!! I did a metric century this weekend - close to one of my longest rides ever! That's a long time to be in the saddle if you ask me.

Love the dirty hands! Knowing how to change your tire is SEXY! :D

Aimee said...

I need to practice changing my tires too. It's been a long time since I've had to do it, and I NEED the practice!
Nice job with your workouts this weekend! Woohoo!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

What a great weekend you had!!

She said I need a goal said...

I love it!! I hate the greasy hands part.. I am super jealous of your riding area, I would love that long flat to just GO.

JohnP said...

Absolutely beautiful road - I love that photo! You have some great area to ride!!

Metric century! Ohhh exciting!

I knew you were a Dirty Gurl. hah!

Terzah said...

Julie, thanks for following my blog! You're a braver woman than I doing those tris! Looking forward to catching up more w/ your blog later when I don't have kids hanging all over me...

Deb said...

I just learned how to change a tire, and it really does feel good to be able to!