Thursday, June 30, 2011
1. In the HTFU attitude that seems to be going around blog world this week. I had a short brick (45 minute ride 30 minute run) workout this week..Temp around 98 degrees when I was driving home after work, I was not really feeling this but went ahead and got changed and headed out to put some stuff on the bike...check tires....flat rear tire...really not feeling this...go ahead and start to change it, took me less than 15 minutes (including a bunch of goofing around looking for things) and I hardly got my hands dirty! My first rear flat! Very pleased with myself, but still not feeling this...continued to half heartily get ready and soon headed out on my ride. Mile 5...hit a detour..What! the trail is closed and I must ride on some streets that are in a not real bike friendly area but ok do it any way...mile 6.5..stopped by train on the detour...REALLY?!?.....still not feeling it but must continue at this point..mile 7.5 feeling much better about things, wow it’s nice to be on my bike, and wow it really rides nice since I had it fixed up. Ride finished up with a couple hills to help with confidence level, and on to the run. Run was hot but not near as bad as I thought it would be and managed to keep a decent (for me) pace. As usual..you never regret the workout you did..only the ones you didn’t.
2. Swimming I’ve done some of my longest swims ever this week, coming in at 2500/2600 yards. Feeling pretty good about these but a little disappointed in my numbers for the month. Biking and running are down from last month, but swimming is up. I will have to attribute this to the week that I didn’t train for a good portion of it and took it easy the rest due to the rib issues.
Bike: 15h 52m 57s - 220.11 Mi
Run: 10h 25m 27s - 51.95 Mi
Swim: 4h 39m 30s - 11225 Yd
Bike: 20h 25m 24s - 344.09 Mi
Run: 10h 52m 19s - 55.14 Mi
Swim: 3h 28m 33s - 8650 Yd
3. Up at 4 am this morning to hit the pavement by 4:30 ( early even for me I’m usually out by about 5) for 8 miles before work. It was slooowwww really slow but got it done and feels good not to have to worry about doing it the heat this afternoon.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
1. Had some work done on my bike this week. I just wanted to have it looked over before I get any closer to the HIM. Some issue with the brakes, possibly a result of the issue I had during the metric century. It appears to have caused the break cable to be just on the edge of breaking and boy am I glad that’s fixed. With some of the rides I have coming up the last thing I want to do is end up without a back break. Lucky for me I have “a bike guy” who’s previous (and now side job) is “fixing what’s fun between your legs” So if you need "a bike guy" in the Denver area let me know. I would be happy to pass on his name.
2. Speaking of rides coming up.... the plan for this weekend is to ride the Boulder Peak course with Kathleen and see just what I’m up against with Old Stage hill. I’ve heard many things about this “hill” and none of them make me any less worried. It comes approximately 6 miles into the bike course, and climbs about 600’ over about 2/3’s of a mile at a 15% grade. I’ve heard there are people standing along the sides cheering, or waiting for you to fall over... I’m not sure which. I’ve also heard that many people end up walking this “hill” during the race. Coming down the other side, because of the danger they have imposed a 35mph speed limit. And sadly a man was killed on this descent just last week.
3. Speaking of the HIM....45 DAYS!!! OMG! A MONTH AND A ½!!!!! 6 ½ WEEKS!!!!
Monday, June 20, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
1. Ribs that move? Huh...who knew...seems I have one and it’s not been very happy with me lately. I was having some issues last week and had been to the chiropractor on Thursday and all seemed well by throughout the century. Come Tuesday morning when I go to do my hair...POP! Pain! Can’t breathe deep...great....just great.... To the chiropractor both Tuesday and Wednesday. I’m skipping today, it’s better, I think the pain I have now is more from them beating me up to get things moved around. Will see how it feels tomorrow and maybe hit them up again. Still planning on the race Sunday but will play it by ear. Have not done any training since ride on Sunday. That 70.3 isn’t getting an farther away...so no training is not real good.
2. Newsflash...riding 100 miles does not mean you can eat whatever you want....Scale up 5 pounds after an overly indulgent weekend and no training this week!!!
3. Heat it’s arrived in Denver. The Boulder courses are notoriously brutal in the heat, which there usually is in July and August (oly and HIM) and since I like any other sane person prefer to train when it’s cool, I’m going to have to acclimate to that. Anyone have any good tips for dealing with the heat. Often times in the heat my fingers swell when I run, I think this is an electrolyte/salt thing. Any and all advice welcome!
Happy racing to all this weekend!
Sunday, June 12, 2011
99.32 miles 7 hours and 35 minutes ride time (started my garmin late so these are from my bike computer)
Average pace 13.1 Top speed 38.5
5057 calories burned...I hope this is true because between Sunday and today I've consumed at least that many extra!
Favorite quotes of the day:
“If I had a gun.. I would shoot you!”
“We must have climbed at least one fourteener today”
Random lady at the first aid station talking to the mechanic.
“I’m having a problem with my gears, I knew before I started they were going....”
Random girl met in the bathroom line and then passed by on the ride.
“I’ll have my eye on you Julie” after I said I couldn’t wait to get passed the 50 mile turn off to do the metric century, thus avoiding the temptation to cut the ride short.
“I can’t wait to find out about the octopus” as she passed me at mile 70ish...referring to the fact she was reading on the back of my shirt in the potty line.
Random people in the bathroom line at aide station 4.
Random person #1“I heard there were 2 more miles of climbing”
RP#2 “Wow because I heard 20 more”
RP#3 “That’s funny because I heard 12 more miles”
Random guy at final aide station
Now...to somehow talk these wonderful ladies into an all women’s century (or metric century) coming up in August.....
Thursday, June 9, 2011
I’ve never done Three thing Thursday before although many of you do but it seems like just the think I need right now to get a quick post done.
1. This weekend is the Denver Century! I’m pretty
nervous excited! Mostly because I will be riding with Kathleen and Jill and a couple of others so should be a good time if I can keep up! I hope that the fact that the longest ride I’ve had is 67 miles is not a problem. :) It will be interesting to see just what it’s like riding with all of these riders, especially when we get to the portion that takes place on the bike paths. In addition to all the people doing the DC you will have all the people who are just out enjoying the day that is supposed to be beautiful 80 degrees.
2. Let’s talk socks and tri shorts. The socks I usually wear for biking and running work just fine, I’ve never had any issues with blisters or any other kind of problems. What I do have a problem with is getting them on my feet in transition. They are kind of tight and end up all twisted and are just generally a pain in the butt to get on wet feet in a hurry. So the question is this, do you have a brand/type you like? Do you go without? For the bike and the run? If you go without on the bike do you have tri shoes or road bike? Next up are the shorts. I noticed in my tri last weekend that my tri shorts were actually a little baggy. I was thinking that I might need to invest in some better ones for the HIM anyway, so tell me what kind you like?
3. Last but not least I wanted to say thanks to everyone for all the kind comments on my last (and really all of) post. It means a lot to me that you take the time to read about what I’m doing and cheer me on as well as answer my silly questions. I’m amazed by how great the blogging community is and it’s been so much fun to meet people that I otherwise never would have met. And it’s been fantastic to actually become friends with some of you! I also want to say that I read most of your posts (occasionally I get to busy and skip some) but with this new comment issue it’s made commenting a problem. While I’ve “fixed” it on my home computer by changing to Google Chrome. I don’t want to change my work computer and I often read blogs on my lunch hour, thus no comments unless I have time to make it back to blogs in the evening. So thanks again for spending of your time with me!
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Friday, June 3, 2011
Red quinoa before grinding
Red quinoa after grinding. I could have ground this a little finer but I liked the texture.
Sweet Potato Crust Pizza
2 C mashed sweet potatoes, (will take 2 large potatoes)
2.5 C quinoa flour (raw quinoa blended in a high-speed blender until flour-like, or you can purchase from most stores),
I added a bit of whole wheat flour becuase I was just a little short of having enough quinoa.
2 tsp baking powder,
.25 C cold water,
2 T olive oil,
dash of sea salt,
1/2c Low-Fat Ricotta Cheese,
and pizza topping of your choice. I used spinach, onions, red peppers and mushrooms as well as Parmesan cheese.
Process all ingredients (not incl. ricotta, tomoatoes, garlic or asiago) in a food processor. Once combined, place dough in bowl and use hands to form 2 balls. On a baking sheet (silicone, or pizza stone) roll dough into circular shape about .25 inch thick. Should yield 2 - 8" crust.
In a preheated oven, bake crust at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove from oven.
Spread ricotta cheese thinly over crust then toppings and cheese over the top and place pizza back in oven until cheese melts.