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a good morning

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

Some mornings just feel good. After leaving the cuddly boy in my bed (he was leaving to run anyways) I drove to work and climbed on the bike. It was pretty cold out (jacket and long sleeves and tights w/ leg warmers over them cold), but I started with a 5 or 6 mile climb. Not so speedy, but some gorgeous views as the sun was rising over the valley! After some fun downhills, and some stretches of great road (and some not so great road) I think I’ve found a 15ish mile loop around work that I’ll keep — good amt of climbing, good traffic level, etc.

Oh, and I forgot originally to mention the small herd of deer… yes, 6 of them! 4 watched me pass, one hid, and one ran off. It was awesome. Reminded me of seeing the hawk a few days ago while biking along a bike path. He was soooo close, and didn’t move as Mike and I went by.

Got back to work, slid the bike into the car, peeled off the jacket and a legwarmer and started a run. Umm… a leg warmer? Yup. My transition was so fast I left one on! Heh. Didn’t matter too much since the work gym was about .2 miles away from the car, and I was going to leave my car keys in my locker, so I left the other leg warmer as well. During the run there I also noticed it was colder than I thought… I couldn’t really feel my toes. Oh well… off on a loop — and I hit my fastest mile that I know of right now 🙂 Ok, that doesn’t say much, but a 7:45 min mile is good for me, especially right off the bike, and with my heart rate low for most of it (until I noticed how fast I was going), and to keep going for another 3 miles after it, hitting another 8:30ish mile to end with. So good times, good times.

Got into work just in time for a meeting, which is being moved to 2:30 on Tuesdays instead of 9. Wooooo! I can workout longer if I want! 😀

OMG snow is kewl

Friday, January 12th, 2007

This morning as I got off the freeway I saw what appeared to be white flakes hitting my windshield, and I smiled, knowning there was a chance of “rain/snow showers”. But I still didn’t expect that when I turned the corner onto the street with the gym I’d be greeted by tons of cars with a coating of snow! Or that I would be able to make a snowball as I walked to the gym (shhh… don’t tell… I’ve just never lived in snow and gotten to the point where it isn’t exciting). Or that I’d step into the pool from snow 🙂

Let me take this time to remind you I live in southern CA and it was in the 70s and 80s a few days ago. And that this was at 1160 feet of elevation and only about an hour from the beach.

[1800 yards done in a pool that felt sooooo warm compared to air]

wanna race?

Wednesday, January 10th, 2007

MB SL500


And I won! Wooo blue flower bike power! Take that Mercedes SL500! First I won on a (fairly steep) downhill with some moderate turns (down Esperanza above Baseline, in La Verne, for those of you familiar with the area). Then I beat him off the line at a light on the flat (on Baseline) 🙂 As he passed me just at the end of the intersection, his window was down and he said something about “pretty” and “fast”. Hehe… it was fun!

[once it was light I got in 21 miles]

leaving on a jet plane…

Tuesday, January 9th, 2007

This morning I dropped Mike off at the airport so that he could go to a USAT Coaching clinic. But that isn’t what this post is about (he’ll be back Thursday evening… I should be able to survive :p At least if all goes well).

Anyways… I have a southwest round trip voucher. From and to anywhere that they fly. The catch is that it expires Feb 06, 2007. So I have to use it by then. Where do I want to go???

I was thinking of NYC to visit my sis at her college, but am not sure if that’s a good thing to plan last minute or what days would be good for her (she’s a busy one).

Or to Arizona to see the nephews and deliver their presents, but that’s only like $80 in tickets anyways, so I don’t mind doing it anyways.

The boy works every day for 273 hours on each one, and since he’s out this week it would just be me for the trip. I can’t think of many places that I really would want to just go on my own.

Or I could transfer it to someone…


one oh one

Monday, January 8th, 2007

… and I don’t mean the race series. Instead, I’m talking miles. You know, those long training rides that required hydration and food plans? And that make you hungry for days? Yup, got the first one of the year under my belt yesterday.

I prepped Saturday with a 9 mile run (my longest since Vineman and foot injuries). It felt pretty easy, but afterwards my hips were a bit stiff, and my legs just a bit tender.

Then it was Sunday and Mike and I got up and headed out for a ride. He was meeting up with one of his speedier buddies, and I proposed doing a similar loop to the 85 mile one a few weeks ago, where I go down one bike path and then back up it, and he goes down a different path and then has to jump over to mine and catch me. This time I hit the end of my path and gave him a call to let him know and find out where he was, and he was about 3 or 4 miles from me in the connector between bike paths. However, they were stopped at a Starbucks for a treat. I just headed back up, figuring he’d still catch me by the dam (where we had split out paths). Turns out I beat him by about a mile and a quarter, so I added a short out and back along the dam as I waited. His buddy had done a hard ride the day before and was feeling it, so their pace had slowed as well as mine. With the bigger loop to get to the start, and his buddy’s sore legs, it ended up making his day about 108 and mine 102 (it was about 101.5, but then the GPS website corrections made it 101.95 — and I had the 101 goal). It was a tough ride, with some winds and such. But I like the path. I definitely slowed near the end, and was really feeling it at about 90 miles, but got my “almost home” wind around 97.

I love rides that I start and end with Mike. Even if the middles are different. It really helps keep me out there knowing I get the starting and ending treats (including some checking out of his ass, I will admit — and sometimes he drops behind me when cars need to pass, and I don’t ask why). It’s nice to know that he’s a few miles away, pedaling along just like I am (although often faster).

After the ride we ended up at our current favorite post long ride restaurant: Casa Jimenez. Mexican food. And really yummy Mexican food. And good chips and salsa. And $8.25 for all you can eat. It always hits the spot, although I don’t think we’ve ever done more than the 3 items that start the all you can eat (it’s all you can eat where you order each piece, starting with 2 or 3 items). As we left, we laughed at how the people are starting to recognize us, and how (hopefully) over the next few months they will know us better, and know us as the people who come in every week and stuff our faces with all you can eat yumminess and tons of chips, and waddle out on sore legs, but are somehow dropping weight.

Ok now it’s time to eat more… all this typing has made me hungry again! 🙂

training stats & PRs

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007

It’s that time… when not only is there an ended month to look at the numbers from, but also an ended year!

I’ll start off the good news with my December GPS totals (bike and run only for now, as the swim ones are not in the GPS log). This includes all my biking and running last month:


activity miles total time elevation gain avg speed/pace
road biking 443.16 miles 31:51:32 22,950 ft 13.2 mph
street running 49.09 8:56:51 2900 ft 10:53 pace
trail running 11.89 2:31:53 3400 ft 12:48 pace

My biggest pre-12/06 road bike month ever? 6/06 426.74 miles. And next biggest month was 11/06 with 398.75 road miles (which also had 51.77 miles of mtn biking). So not the biggest bike month ever, but the biggest road one!

And now for 2006!

activity miles total time elevation gain avg speed/pace
road biking 3,804.85 275:51:56 197,428 ft 14.0 mph
mountain biking* 267.86 35:41:17 30,343 8.1 mph
street running 585.79 106:56:47 35,618 ft 10:36 pace
trail running* 20.12 4:19:41 4,373 12:50 pace
track running 12.28 2:07:08 1055 10:55 pace

* these don’t include adventure races since GPS is not allowed at them.

And let’s compare that to 2005:

activity miles total time elevation gain avg speed/pace
road biking 1,372.21 114:29:19 75,565 ft 12.9 mph
mountain biking* 153.17 22:25:12 18,746 ft 9.0 mph
street running 549.11 93:15:34 70,787 ft 9:48 pace
trail running* 124.72 22:13:48 24,276 ft 10:34 pace
track running 22.28 3:25:05 2270 ft 9:13 pace

Things I learn from these numbers:

  • I need to run more hills and not do only steady longer runs (like I did in much of 2006). It doesn’t work for me, and my running speed suffered. Yes, there was also an injury that contributed to that, but I need more elevation in training runs.
  • I almost tripled my road biking! And increased my avg speed by a decent amount! Wooooo! However, after being a bit surprised how low the average speed is, I looked at that is total, not moving speed. So it counts rest stops on group rides, lights, etc. At some point I hope to get the moving averages, but it will be a bit so I figured I’d just post this for now.
  • I counted more things as trail running in 05 than in 06, when it had to be at least somewhat technical or hilly or harder for being loose, etc in order to count. In 05 I also counted a few commutes on a mtn bike as mtn biking, so that brought up the average speed there.

Home from the holidays

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007

Not that I was really gone that long, but I took a break from most things computer (other that minimal work) for a week as well. And now… I’m back!

Highlights of the holiday seasion included taking Mike home to my parents (he’d met my dad and stepmom before, but this was his first time meeting my mom and sister). It went well and they of course love him. While at my mom’s home we went for a few tough runs through China Camp State Park (here and here). Our legs were pretty shot, so we took xmas day off (it was also already pretty busy with switching to my dad’s house and flying home). In fact, Mike said he was more sore than after his not-great (to him) Kona race!

Home again we got in some great bike rides! We started off with a very slow and easy cruise around town looking at xmas lights to get our legs moving and cleared out from the runs. Later in the week I showed Mike a 35ish mile Rancho Cucamonga loop, and he loved it. We had cut my favorite loop a bit short due to a late start, so sometime I’ll have to take him on the whole ride. He wanted to ride it again later in the week 🙂 We also got in a 50 miler on the Rio Hondo bike path right before we had flown up north.

And the tough rides of the weekend? Well… we ended the year with an 80 miler from the Anaheim train station to Solana Beach. A great, highly recommended ride! The train station is right by a bike path that goes all the way to PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) and that goes all the way to Solana Beach! Much of the ride is along the coast, and there were some great views. Mike and I didn’t do much of it together, but spent most of it with me chasing him, or me passing him as he stopped and took a picture or bathroom break, and then him chasing me. And he also did some out and backs to make sure we’d stay on the same route. I will post pictures once I get them off his phone. As for the ride as a whole, I was definitely pleased with the 80 miles, 3400ish ft of climbing, and 5 hours!

However, there was some excitement with the ride as well. We ran over a nail right as we got to the Anaheim train station a bit later than we had hoped to be pedalling, and listening to the air rush out of my car’s tire we just left it to deal with later, knowing we’d then be rushing to get to a New Year’s party on time. We did manage to change it (thanks Mike! I just helped) and get to the party only a bit later than planned. Oh, and at another point after I had passed Mike saw him coming up behind me, and with a quick glance said “hey hot stu…. ooooh you’re not my boyfriend! *giggle* You’re just wearing the same vest… and also cute!” He laughed at me and said he’d tell his wife.

And then we had our first ride of the year: the Inland Inferno Tri Club Resolution Ride. With riding to and from the start it was 60 miles and 6500 ft of climbing! On tired legs and with the social bits, it took almost as long as the 80 miles had the day before! It was definitely a tough ride for me… my knee got pretty sore, and I almost needed my asthma inhaller which I’ve used about 2 times in the last 3 years. Oh and I cheated… Mike helped me a bit on the first and last climbs by placing a hand on my butt. For the rest of the ride he was way in front with a few fast guys. Lunch at my favorite all you can eat Mexican food place after was delicious and well-earned!

Of course we got in some runs as well, but nothing too exciting once we were home. And only one swim.

Ohh and some exciting bike total info… I will be posting it in a bit!