Sometimes training for a tri is not fun to do (ie waking up super early), but Jason is convinced that I love this stuff! The alarm went off at 4:45 on Sat morning and I rolled over and shook Jason awake, for him to just give me the eye and say "you love this shit so much." Umm... I don't think anyone likes getting up that early on a weekend, but with the weather in the 100s, waking up early is really the only choice!
I was a little nervous because there was no shoulders on the road, but the cars were super friendly to cyclists! It took my legs a bit to warm up, but once they did, it was a great ride. There was some rolling hills along the way (I only walked up one of them) and the weather actually felt better in this area. We stopped at about mile 34 to get a coke at a local little store and it tasted so good! I wanted to get in 50 for the day, but we only got 48 miles in. I know this is close enough, but those last little two miles really bug me!
|Getting our bikes ready|
|Ready to start a ride in a new area!|
|Lots of Jason Bum and farm land to look at|
After our ride, we headed over to my Aunt's and cousin house for a great visit! My cousin started a chicken farm (for eggs, etc) and I got a chance to feed some of the chickens... oh boy!
|I feel like I'm on a farm|
We got back into DC around 8:30ish and just happened to drive down 8th street and pass 32below on our way home! Umm... frozen yogurt .. I had to have some ...so good!
|All the toppings you could ask for|
Buzz, Buzz, the alarm went off at 5:45 on Sunday morning. Originally I wanted to drive up to Columbia, MD to ride the Duthe2 bike course, but decided I rode enough hills on Saturday and would be fine with the course. Plus, I really didn't want to load the bikes back up and drive somewhere and waste precious time when the weather was still cooler!
So, instead I just rode up to the Mt. Vernon Trail, to 4 mile run, to some of the W&OD, then 2 laps at haines to get in 26 miles. The trails and Haines Point were annoying and leaving out the door at 7am proved to be too late. I almost crashed into someone as I couldn't clip out fast enough, but thank goodness I somehow missed disaster.
But, my big mistake of the day was eating an english muffin and eggs before my brick. I felt so so sick the entire time! I thought the feeling of wanting to puke would go away half way through the bike, but it never did. I pushed on anyways because I figured this is how your stomach can get in a race as well, so miswell learn to deal with it. I was pretty happy to see my house and ditch my bike after an 1:40 minutes.
The run actually started off great and I planned to do a 2 mile loop twice so I could stop back at my house for water. While running I ditched that idea thinking it's only 4 miles and decided to just run a 4 mile loop. This was mistake number 2 of the day. By mile 2 I was so thirsty and I felt like I was going to pass out! It was already pretty hot out and I thought the safest thing to do would be to walk. I really didn't want to pass out on a sidewalk by myself without an ID or phone or anything on me. I walked for about .75 of a mile and decided to just suck it up and finish the damn run. My splits were not the best averaging in the low 9s except the mile I walked. It's ashame I wasn't smart to bring water with me because my legs actually felt ok on this brick. But, by the time I got home I felt dead!
|I'm so tired|
|Kiwi is also tired from too much cycling!|
Later in the afternoon, Jason and I went to lunch at Cava. We had lots of yummy food and I had a really good raspberry mojito.
The rest of the day was spend napping, grocergy shopping, and cleaning. fun fun.
What was your favorite thing you did this weekend? Hope everyone had a great one!