Sunday, December 6, 2015

Cycle Scenes (WW # 18)


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I know everyone is tired of reading about my nutty alternate training program.  Trust me, I'm tired of doing it!  So, I thought I'd post something different today.  These are scenes from this week on my bike.

















WEEKLY NUMBERS:

Tuesday:   biked 14.5 miles
Thursday:  biked 16.5 miles
Saturday:  biked 50.0 miles -- new distance record   (Average HR 153  Time 3:24:55  Speed 14.64)

Total Bike = 81 miles

Sunday:  pool running 2 hours 45 minutes -- new time record  (Average HR 138)




Let me add a huge ROLL TIDE for the winner of the SEC Championship game.



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And that's a wrap!


Are you training through the holidays or taking a break?

Do you go crazy with decorations?



66 comments:

  1. I'm not at all tired of reading about your 'alternative training". Been there, done that. Just wondering when you get to start running again!

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    1. That's a good question, Wendy. It certainly was not a good week for running. So, I'm forced to do what I can (still!) in the meantime. I had a rough week, mentally, coming to terms with it. I know it's just a little blip in the scheme of things...but the blip needs to go away already.

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  2. My jaw is hanging lol 50 miles!! Wow! and that pool record is huge. I am proud of you for hanging in there and topping yourself week after week. I understand why you are tired, it is time for it to be over....I hope it is soon!!
    Wonderful views this week :) It is finally Fall in the south! and no, I am not tired of hearing about your training! I am cheering for you :)

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    1. Thank you Karen! I think you know I had a rough week. And I truly appreciate your support and kind words! It was very pretty this week. I didn't mention it but some of that 50 miler was in winds of 20+ mph. At times, I thought it would knock me over.

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  3. Wow Holly, you've got some amazing colors on the trees by you now! All our leaves are gone by now. You've been training with such dedication. I think you need to find a duathlon next spring once you're back into running - I bet you'd do really well after all this cycling!

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    1. You know, I was thinking on that long ride that it would be easier to have a carrot dangling in front of me. A bike race! Something to work toward other than running. I do enjoy riding but I'm currently looking at it as alternative training. Maybe I shouldn't look at it that way! I'm not finding anything around here in the near future though.

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    2. Check out the site trifind.com - they tend to be the most comprehensive listing of tri and duathlon events.

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    3. Thanks! The local cycling clubs are severely lacking in information.

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  4. I've been so impressed by all the biking and pool running you have done though your injury! I hope you can get back into running regularly soon. At least it looks like you have some nice views on your bike rides!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa. I really enjoyed the scenery this week. I hope I can run soon, but it just wasn't a good week for that. I realize bodies heal with time but unfortunately I'm not a patient person.

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  5. I'm not tired of reading about your workouts! But I do love all the pictures. Everything is so colorful where you are with both the fall colors and the holiday decorations. Everything is dead and brown here, but the decorations really help make everything prettier. Congrats on the biking AND pool running records! Nearly 3 hours of pool running...I think that warrants a special place in heaven for you!

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    1. I always think every looks so gray after the holidays. All the decorations are gone. All the color has left. But then March shows up and those wonderful yellow flowers and pink trees start with their show. The next time I pool run, it will be well over 3 hours. Jeez. I think it's a challenge now just to see how long I can do that.

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  6. Wow - 50 miles on the bike, that's impressive! I love that photo of you with the shadow, great shot!

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    1. Thanks. I never imagined I could ride a bike that many miles! While I was out riding, I was thinking about this post and what is it I see? The answer was my shadow! It was so sunny that day.

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  7. So much gorgeousness! It's pretty grey here now. But it's mild so I can't complain. I'm not training for anything running related, but I'm still sticking to a decent workout schedule. You are a star on that bike!

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    1. Honestly Marcia, I'm just doing what I CAN do. I step back and think it's a little crazy but I've got to do something else I will go crazy. It worries me the temps will soon get too cold on dark weekday mornings and I won't be able to ride. Then what?

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  8. Cute ornament! Great pics! I love the wearth. I'm not much of a bike rider. I teach spin class so that's enough for me:)

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    1. I went to a spinning class once and was kicked off the bike after 5 minutes when someone who had reserved it (didn't know this) showed up late. They made such a big deal about it and I was so embarrassed.

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  9. Lovely along-the-trail bike pictures! With all this biking, are you thinking of maybe becoming a triathlete? I know you're doing this until your foot heals but just wondering since you ride a lot (and I know you like the water) if you ever think about it. Or maybe you already do them and I just didn't know it. Enjoy the week ahead!!

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    1. You are right Diane, I love the water! But a pretty swimmer I am not. Yep I do a mean dog paddle and a good scissor kick but that's about it. I would definitely have to take swim classes.

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  10. Nice pics! Congrats on your new biking distance record! That's awesome and a lot of miles!! Way to go!

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    1. Thanks Sherry. It helps to set and meet goals, even if they aren't the ones you typically make.

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  11. Beautiful pictures Holly !
    How did you run so long in the pool ? After 60 minutes I feel like I am going to go crazy.
    I AM training through the holidays and no, I do not go crazy with decorations. I used to when the kids were smaller but I prefer something more discreet now.

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    1. It is mind-numbing, Karen! I couldn't do it without music. Once I get an hour or so in, I think "I can do this!" I don't seem to do as much with outdoor lights any more, but still have quite a collection of indoor decorations.

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  12. Thanks for sharing those with us!

    Up here there's no sun or leaves.

    I run through the holidays but no, I'm not training through them.

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    1. We've had a lot of sun lately, but it's gone by the time I leave work. Boo. I'm still training, but I honestly don't know what for at this point. LOL.

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  13. Love your pictures from your rides! The shadow one is pretty neat! Wow on your 50 mile ride and spending that long in the pool. ROLL TIDE!

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    1. Thanks, Debra. I hope I can start running soon but I still want to ride my bike. I kind of like it! Join me and we can do the local triathlon. HA! Or duathlon?

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  14. Those are beautiful pictures. Love the leaves. I train through the holidays ... lightly. Have a great week. Good job on the long ride and the long pool run ... that takes determination.

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    1. Thanks Amy. I guess I can admit to having that. It's a "don't tell me I can't" type thing.

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  15. Lovely photographs. And impressive bike and swim totals too.

    I've not been out on my bike for ages, I really should take it out more.

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    1. You know, cycling is really fun. I shouldn't consider it alternative training. It is great cardio too.

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  16. I love seeing fall colors. Some leaves have turned here too and they're a gorgeous red.

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    1. We finally got Fall. Gosh, did it seem later than normal?

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  17. Wow love the pics and those pool and bike records are impressive! Hope you can get back to running again soon too!

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  18. I'm still in awe of your 50 miler on Sat then almost 3 hours in the pool. Woman I ran a half and I still don't have anything on you for the entire week! I loved the pictures so pretty! My favorite one is of you on the bike with the shadow. That is cool! We are supposed to go get us a tree this weekend. I hope it puts me more into the spirit of the season.

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    1. Time on your feet is different than time on your a$$. Just sayin'. I thought the shadow was cool too. It was such a sharp contrast. Have fun decorating that tree.

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  19. 50 miles on the bike is awesome!! Way to go on your workouts as usual! Love the pictures! We've still got fall colors our there too! Have a great week!

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    1. I finally am getting to enjoy some color and it's almost Christmas! Hard to believe.

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  20. I love the photos. I'm all for seeking out pretty things along a workout route. And congratulations on your bike distance. What a strong week! I'm training for a half in February and my running group starts again in January with a goal race in May. Not sure when I'll have time off next. Poor planning on my part! ;)

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    1. I pick out something pretty and then I try to plan a fuel stop on the next loop so I can get a picture. I don't like to stop and let my HR dip too much. I plan to do several halves in February and March. Fingers crossed.

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  21. I am SOOO impressed with all that cycling! (and those hours in the pool are pretty impressive as well). All of our pretty autumn-kissed leaves are a mushy mess on the ground. Funny thing, I don't even remember when it actually happened, I just realized (recently on one of my streak runs) that all that beauty is gone for another year. Midwest living. I could start a magazine about it.

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    1. All that pretty does eventually end up on the lawn and create a heck of a lot of work! It does seem like the leaves fall off over night.

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  22. What gorgeous photos! My mind still boggles at 50 miles on the bike - you have huge mental stamina!

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    1. I'll take that as a compliment. LOL. I have to do what I can else I'll go a little nutty.

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  23. WOW impressive training. I was going to link up, but my last post was a bit too weepy so I will wait for a brighter week! <3

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    1. Thanks. Ohhh...I'm behind on reading. I hope things are looking better this week.

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  24. Great week of miles for you- I love the pictures! Keep sharing it is all good! That UF/Bama game wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be! Congrats on the victory! Have a great week!

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    1. That game could have easily gone in the other direction. That first half really had us sweating.

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  25. wow - what beautiful foliage! great week!

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    1. Thanks, Mar. It will all soon be gone.

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  26. Awesome pictures! I don't know how you did almost 3 hours in the pool. I could not do it.

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    1. It's pretty insane. You can always people watch. Sometimes, I'm not the only weirdo.

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  27. I need to get better about these linkups! Having been a blogger for 4 years I find many of the people who I "met" in the beginning are no longer blogging and I need some new bloggy friends :) Look at all the great link ups! also... beautiful pics! those red leaves are stunning.

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    1. We'd love to have you join us Christy! It's the same time each week starting on Sunday evenings.

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  28. Your pictures are STUNNING. Do you use a special camera or are all of these taken on your phone?

    I bet everyone is super pumped about the Alabama vs MSU game! I actually have a lot of friends who are MSU alums. To be honest, I don't think many of them are very optimistic about their chances against Alabama (shhhhhh.) I'm curious about the originals of the "Roll tide" - any insight?

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    1. They were taken with my new iPhone (I lost my previous one on a Halloween bike ride!) It is supposed to have a better camera. Bama was deemed the Crimson Tide many years ago, apparently by a radio announcer. Roll Tide was adopted as their battle cry and is also chanted after EVERY first down in a ballgame.

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  29. Awesome bike mileage!!!!
    I think it is great you are finding fun ways to keep in shape while your healing. You've been about 6 weeks in, has the Doc given you the okay on when you can get back to running yet? I remember all the ones I had took 4-6 weeks for healing give or take, but I have heard really bad ones can take even 8 weeks:(

    Loving the fall pictures, that red maple tree looks gorgeous!! We are long past fall here, although today we actually are getting up to 50 I am totally wearing a t-shirt outside and loving it, it's our warm before the storm, as I suspect we will be back to the 20's and low 30s again in a couple of days, I would just like it to drop some snow this time instead of just cold:)

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    1. Kristy, it's been 10 weeks already! I found out yesterday that my fracture is completely healed and the lingering pain is from a suspected neuroma. They say that is common after trauma. I've been told it's OK to run with that. We'll see.

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  30. I can't believe how many leaves you still have on your trees. Even though we haven't had any snow, our leaves are long gone, and we've had many below freezing nights.

    Thanks for the link up!

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    1. They are falling quickly now. I think we've only hit the freezing mark once so far. It's rare to get snow or ice. Winter running is awesome here. Summer...NO.

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  31. Woah, that is a long pool run! I'm not sure I could handle that, mentally. Great job! That's some gorgeous scenery you have on your bike rides. I love that maple tree in the first picture!

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    1. It was a long pool run! Insane. I see things on my bike and make mental notes to stop there on the next loop for a picture while fueling. There soon won't be very much to look at.

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  32. First of all, I need to apologize for taking so long to comment! I never just drop a link and leave. I remember reading your post and getting side tracked (life with two little ones) and I totally forgot to come back. So my apologies!! The scenes from your ride are gorgeous! The fall colors are just amazing!!

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    1. No worries! I am so far behind on the blogging scene too, as evidenced by the lateness of this reply!

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