Wednesday, June 27, 2012

(almost) Wordless Wednesday

Today please keep in your thoughts, hearts and prayers

My son Josh who shipped out to Marine boot camp on Monday 
and all others out there serving our country.

All of the people in Colorado that are being affected by the fires that 
we have going on at the moment. Especially our blogger friend
 Christi that is in the evacuation area in Colorado Springs.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Denver Century/Metric Century

Originally when I signed up for this back in December it was with the intent of doing the full Century again this year. But as we know my fitness level and training is not what it should be so I decided I would shorten the ride. I wasn’t sure what mileage I would do and had the opportunity to change at many different points during the ride. I knew that I wasn’t up for Lookout Mountain. Lookout Mountain is a very well known ride here in Denver and I did it several times last year including the Denver Century last year. At the last minute Kathleen decided she would sign up and I was thrilled to be able to share at least part of the ride with her.

As usual when the alarm went off at 4:20 I was wondering why in the heck I sign up for these things that have me getting out of bed so early on my days off. Even if it is my normal weekday time to rise it just feels wrong on a Sunday morning! But drag my butt out of bed I did. Had some coffee grabbed my stuff and headed to the start of the ride.
Me and Kathleen
 This ride would prove to be a little different than I was used to as part of it was very urban. In fact we rode through parts of downtown. It was kind of cool but also a bit of a hassle as there were many stop lights and the roads at the beginning were a little scary. There were many huge holes as well as long cracks that were just the right size to catch a tire. Luckily we survived with no issues but I heard there were others that were not so lucky. 

After going through downtown we went through more of an older residential neighborhood. As we neared Golden and what would be the first real aid station I  saw my dad on the side of the road sitting in his lawn chair and holding a florescent green sign.
Happy Father's Day Dad!
 It was fun to see him out there and all though he had mentioned he may come watch us go by I didn’t know for sure if he would be there and I for sure didn’t expect the sign. He had a lot of fun talking with the riders that went by and all of the male and female riders who claimed to be Julie.  I stopped to chat for a bit and then got back to it. It wasn’t long before I realized that I had forgotten to wish him happy father’s awful is that! And right as I was thinking about it two girls road by and asked if I was the Julie that the sign was for. They had read my name on my bib.

Not the best photo but gives you an idea of the different terrain we saw.
At the first aid station I sent Kathleen on her way to have fun with Lookout while I took my time, sampled the food...they had coffee and these great sandwiches made with waffles, sausage and eggs! Sent my Dad a Happy Fathers Day text  and chatted with a couple of women I knew from the group compu rides that we had done early this winter. Soon I figured I better move on. 

The course had been pretty flat for the most part so far and with the exception of few hills I knew were coming up ( it’s an area I ride quite a bit we were quite near my home) it continued that way. Which was good. My cough was doing better but it was still there and the easier I took it the better off I was. If I exerted myself to much I would start to cough. It wasn’t long into this part of the ride I saw one of the strangest things. This guy road by on a motorcycle that was covered in pelts and had all these antlers on it. I’m telling you it was crazy!
Not my picture. May or may not have been the one I saw but looked just like this! 
 After a few small hills and a little wind  I arrived at the next aid station. The views had changed a bit and as I was sampling the food at this aid station...turkey sandwiches and the best Oreo’s ever...the wind really began to pick up.

 I exchanged some texts with Kathleen as we tried to decide what would happen. We were hoping that she would catch up with me as she is a much stronger rider. We decided I would just continue on at my slow I headed up Indiana which is a fairly heavily traveled road, not sure why the organizers chose this street, there is no shoulder at all and the wind got CRAZYYYYY! It was literally blowing us around and with all the cars and the lack of shoulder to ride on it was difficult to say the least. It wasn’t long be for the coughing started and I felt it was better to just get off and walk. I was not the only one. When I reached the top of the hill I took a short break and headed out. It was pretty much downhill from here.

 By the time I hit the next aid station mile 46ish , it was getting really hot...I mean really hot..they had ice at the aid station and I drank a whole bottle of ice cold was fabulous...I knew there was only one more quick water stop left before the end and it was only 6 miles from the end..through this point I was starting to get a little quad in my right leg wanted to cramp up a few times and my feet on and off got numb and sore. It was still windy but nothing like the wind from before. I was so ready to be done. Exchanged a few more texts with Kathleen. She was struggling, the wind and the heat were taking it out of her. I kept waiting for the water stop which I finally thought I must have somehow missed. I was at mile 60 and kept wondering how it was possible I could be back to the start in only 2 more miles. I had ridden this bike path before and had a vague idea of where I was and I just couldn’t figure out how it would work...before I knew I hit 62 miles and guess what I found...yea the water stop and 6 more miles to go to the more water and Gatorade. I spent quite a bit of time at this point a little angry with myself for the lack of fitness. I am pretty disappointed in just how much worse it is this year than last when I completed the full century. On a more positive note though I didn’t finish this ride feeling as bad as I did at the end of the Platte River ½ marathon in May.

Part of the bike path

The huge Outdoor World store we rode by.

Much of the last part of this ride had us riding on long spots of gravel. Now while I’m not a fan of riding through gravel I don’t mind if it’s just a little, but these areas seemed to be quite long and there were several spots I felt should have been marked a little better as you would be riding along when all the sudden the gravel would become close to 2 inches deep of loose gravel. Scary. As I approached the end a guy I was following stopped and turned around and pointed out a sign that said we were suppose to turn, so he did and I followed...I think we must have been the only two that did went way around this neighborhood and brought us in the back area of the park. There were other signs too so it’s not as if someone had just moved one sign. Very strange.
I headed straight for the food line and then the beer line and sat down to enjoy this
It occurs to me that much of this post is about the food....

Along with some pretty decent 80’s music. I chatted with some people sitting around me while I waited for Kathleen. Finally as I was really starting to get worried I saw her. She had stopped a few times to cool off as she was starting to feel pretty bad. We didn’t hang out long as she just wanted to get home and I need to get going also.

And did I say it was hot? When I got packed up and in my car it showed that the temp was 102 degrees!!!! I waited thinking oh it will drop down a bunch once I get going...yea dropped all the way down to 100!!! Yea it was hot out there!

Total 69.5 miles
5 hours 23 minutes ride time

Friday, June 15, 2012

"Excuses only sound good to the person making them"

So I won’t make them.

I have decided to withdrawal from the Boulder 70.3.

Good luck to all those out there racing this weekend! I will be riding some portion of the Denver Century on Sunday. I've not decided yet just how many  miles either 62 or 80sih. 
Have a great weekend !



Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Shoes and seriousness

Can you say new shoes? I know that I just has posted about getting new shoes. I had purchased the Saucony Cortana's. They just didn't work for me mostly because they have this really hard rubber toe thing that rubbed on my toe and caused major pain.  I've been getting my shoes at Road Runners and while I think it is a little  strange that you need to pay for the VIP program it has been well worth it. I've been able to try some shoes that I might not have and return them when I decided I didn't like them. And in this case it worked really well because when I returned the Cortanas I was able to get two pairs of Kinvaras the 2 and the new 3's and it only cost me an extra $4.39!  I'm looking forward to trying the new 3's. I really like some of the changes they made. I wore them this morning when I tried to run this morning and they felt really good, however that was mostly a walk. And the other new pair of shoes the Brooks Pure Flow's that I got from a certain someone who didn't have great luck with them. I've only tried them once since this illness has kept me from much running.  So I should be set for shoes for some time.

Now time for the seriousness. Above you see the training that I've done this year and last year through June. Here are the numbers.
Jan 2011            2012                                        
S - 6100 yards      4700
B - 93                   135
R - 43                    50

FEB 2011           2012
S- 4600            2950
B- 77                   66
R- 50                  26

MAR 2011          2012
S- 10150              3400
B- 145                  91
R- 66                   40

APRIL 2011         2012
S- 5300                  0
B- 119.                  67.
R - 70                    47

MAY 2011           2012
S- 8650                  0
B - 344                 232
R - 55                    48

Yep it's pretty bad. Which brings me to the serious question. I'm seriously considering withdrawing from the 70.3. It's the first weekend in August, 8 weeks away,  and after going back and reading my race report from last year I've really started thinking. Anyone who knows me and knows how cheap I am knows how hard it would be for me to give up almost $200 by dropping out. But it's been a hard year so far and June is just not looking any better. I've had this chest cold for 2 1/2 weeks now and while it's getting better training is still almost impossible and I don't know when it will improve, everyone I know that has it (and there are a bunch!) have had it for at least a month!  There is also my son's leaving. I'm trying to spend any time I can with him. This is not a huge problem as I can usually train when he's not here but training has not been my priority. But what it all comes down to is I just don't feel like I'm going to be prepared for this. I have until the 20th to decide and get back a little bit of money. So what I'm thinking is maybe I should just focus on the crazy back to back (Olympic on Saturday, Sprint on Sunday) that I also signed up for that is mid August. I'm not sure this makes any sense but I guess what it comes down to is there any way I could finish the 70.3 given the training I've done? Yea I don't think so either.

Thoughts? Insights? Have you ever pulled out of race?