Monday, January 9, 2012

Weekend Recap ~ Warm Weather

I was in a sleep coma during work on friday and I had a big struggle with myself to go to the pool. I knew if I skipped it, I would be upset with myself so off to the pool I went. The weather felt great when I left my office and running the 1.5 miles to the pool really woke me up and I was tempted to just keep running instead of swimming. But when I arrived at the pool I didn't keep running and went into the water instead. The first lap was a struggle and it didn't get any better. I wanted to call it quits after 400 yards, but once again knew I would be mad at myself if I did. The entire swim felt like I was swimming against a current and the guy using the kickboard in my lane gave me some extra water in my face. I kept telling myself that I had to stay in the water because these workouts that just plain suck are just part of the training. This was a mental toughness day for sure! My swim never go any easier and I just did 5 x 200s and 11 x 100s with each one more painful than the other. But at the end of the day I was happy I forced myself to stay in the water and finish.

Everyone has been warning us about global warming and Sat had a high of 65. I would like to say: thank you global warming and thank you for giving me a chance to finally ride my new tri bike outside!!! and in shorts!

I decided to visit my old best friend: Haines Point. I would have loved to actually ride somewhere else, but was scared I might really be out of bike shape or scared that I would have no clue how to ride my bike. This was also M's virgin ride on his new road bike with different pedals/clip shoes than what he is used too.

We made our way slowly down to Hains laughing and looking a little goofy riding our bikes so slowly. Once at Haines I tested out riding in aero! While in aero I was wobblying around like a drunk sailor. My front end of my bike was going all over the place and it was scary.

But after a few laps I started to get the hang of it and felt much better riding. The big challenge of the day came when riding up the only hill of the day: Capitol Hill. I was scared I may not be able to change gears as easily as I can on my road bike, but it wasn't a big deal and it went well. Overall I love my bike and wished I rode longer than 20 miles, but hey I'll take it. However, on sunday I woke up with a sore neck from my ride :(

The rest of my day was spent in the gym coaching at my girls second gymnastics meet of the season. I would have loved to be outside since it was so nice out, but I also love gymnastics, so it's a win/lose I guess.

Sunday I woke up early and was out the door by 7:20 to run for an hour. For some reason I was expecting it to be 65 degrees out, but it wasn'! The more I ran the more DC was starting to look like a zombie apocalypse! Not a single soul was out, not even any cars. It was so eerie and while I was running down by the ball park metro the stop lights were counting down out loud, but no one was around.

It was like the whole city had been told to stay off the streets and in their homes. As I made my way down the mall I still only saw one runner! One runner the whole time... so weird!

Anyhow, I did this run without my garmin watch. I went onto dailymile afterwards to map out my run to see how far I went. I was happy to find out I ran 7.2 miles. I had forgot my garmin at my parents last week and turned around to get it and what do you know, I have forgot to charge it since then. But it has been refreshing to run without the gramin.

After my run I jumped in the shower and then headed down to Fredericksburg to visit with my aunt for the day.

Overall, I am happy with my workouts this weekend even though I wish I spent more time on my bike.

Hope everyone had a great weekend and Happy Monday All :)


  1. Global warming might be OK now. Maybe not on 8/26 in Lousiville.

    Tri bikes are scary as hell.

    I hope your kids had a great meet.

  2. I actually wish it would go back to being cold and snowy in the winter. Love the bike though!

  3. Okay, I need a pink water bottle!

  4. We all look drunk when we learn to ride a tri bike. It'll get easier!!