Sunday, February 19, 2017

Century Week (WW # 81)

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Happy Valentine's Day!
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This was another week of cycling for me as I continue to rehab a couple of issues with my feet.  Trust me, I'm ready to get back to a regular running routine.  I miss my peaceful, pre-dawn runs and those glorious sunrises.  I have a checkup with my podiatrist soon and hope to be back on the road -- on my feet -- shortly thereafter.  With a few spring half marathons on the calendar, time's a-wasting!  The number one priority, however, is to get healthy.  If I have to cycle exclusively for another week or two, I will. 

Trainer rides make for boring pictures.

Don't get me wrong.  I enjoy cycling.  I love my bike.  I am working toward a Century or Metric Century ride hopefully this spring.  I trust this long mileage training is setting me up for success at a few sprint triathlons over the summer.  After all, I have to be strong in the ride and the run to compensate for my pitifully lacking, dog-paddling swimming technique. 

Just a random sunset on my way home from work.
This week was...busy and long to say the least.  After digging in at work, I do feel like I can finally see a dim light at the end of the tunnel.  We were planning to go snow skiing in North Carolina this weekend, but the weather there decided to warm up and the slope conditions were not worth it.  Plus, our still-at-home-kid had the flu and we couldn't have gone anyway.  Maybe a late season trip to Colorado is in order?  Ahhh...dreaming

Bike selfies...always a challenge.

On a positive note, I was happy to get five rides in for a total of 101 miles 111 miles (updated) {BOOM}  I also remembered to do my hip/glute strengthening exercises.   {BOOM-BOOM}  As a special treat, I was able to do my long ride at Callaway Gardens again on Sunday.  PoPo decided to play golf there (there may have been some shameless arm twisting on my part) and I tagged along with my bike.  I rode 50 miles 60 miles (updated) while he played.  It was shorts-and-tank weather.  A.gorgeous.day!  (As this goes live, I haven't had time to upload any pictures as we stopped and ate supper with our college son on the way home.  I hope I didn't smell too bad...)



UPDATE:  I cycled 60 miles!  Whew!

Weekly Recap:

3 Indoor Trainer  = 35.0
2 Outdoor Rides = 76.0

Total Cycling Miles = 111

Hip/Glute Strength Sessions = 2

And that's a wrap!


Tell me something positive about your week!

How will you celebrate President's Day?



80 comments:

  1. Sending strong, healthy feet vibes your way! Glad Sanity is keeping you sane. Holy bike miles Batman! I don't think I ever rode that much in a whole month. Go you!

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    1. It certainly has helped to ride Sanity and work toward a goal. I'll take all the vibes you can send!

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  2. I will celebrate President's Day by working! And, the daughter gets to have a snow (actually, ICE) make-up day at school. But, this past week had continuous sunshine and beautiful temps, so life if GREAT!! I love that pink top...would it fit me? (asking for a friend...)

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    1. That pink shirt is one that shows a message when you get sweaty. So after my ride, the back said RUN WITH HEART. It was a gift from my sister. Of course it would fit you!

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  3. I did lots of cycling indoors this week and also got outside today for the first time! woohoo. You have inspired me! Thanks for the linkup!

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    1. I'm so happy you were able to get outside on your bike. I know you enjoyed it after being inside over the winter!

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  4. I so wanted to ride my bike today but this RA flare kept me home... geez, between the two of us, what will we do?

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    1. I'm sorry hear about your flare up. We are strong and we will power through, doing what we can when we can, and conquer all of our problems!

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  5. People actually celebrate Presidents' Day? Just another day for me (no kids out of school).

    Sounds like a good time was had by all at the gardens today.

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    1. I usually don't schedule a holiday for work either, but this year I decided -- what the heck! It was nice to do a #holottanothing.

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  6. That's such a beautiful sunset... sending good vibes for your feet to feel better!

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    1. I love seeing and capturing a good sunrise or sunset. I appreciate the good vibes!

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  7. That's a lot of bike miles!! Hope you get cleared to get back to running soon!

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    1. I enjoyed those bike miles. I hope they were good for endurance training too!

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  8. 100 miles in one week, that's grea! It's certainly setting you up for a 100 mile race. I almost got my bike out this week, maybe next weekend when the weather is supposed to be warmer...

    I hope you get good news from your podiatrist.

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    1. I'm not sure I'll do a Century Ride. I can see now how long it will take. Instead I'm leaning toward a Metric Century Ride which is about 62 miles. I can do that!

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  9. Wow, that's a #HollottaMiles! Congrats on getting all those bike miles in. Sorry your ski trip didn't turn out. I haven't been skiing in so long. I use to go as a kid but don't think I would enjoy it anymore as an adult!

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    1. I was really looking forward to snow skiing this year. It's been a few since we've gone. I still enjoy it, but don't take many risks these days. No moguls for me!

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  10. Sounds like a great week! Awesome job getting in over 100 miles. Its smart of you to take the time off now to let your feet heal. Hope you can get back out there soon!

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    1. I've tried to be very good and not push the process. I hope it pays off for me.

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  11. I'm crushing hard on your cute heart tshirt in the picture! Great job this week on the bike!

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    1. It's one of those where a message appears once you get all sweaty. RUN WITH HEART it what aid on the back after that ride.

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  12. The weather was crazy warm this weekend! I hope your kid is feeling better. You got in some great rides this week! Hopefully your feet will be back in action very soon.

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    1. I'm very fortunate to have found an alternate activity that I really enjoy for times when I need to give my feet a break from all the pounding.

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  13. Wow! Awesome bike miles! Hope your foot issues are resolved soon!

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    1. Patience is not a strong suit of mine, but I've really tried to take the break I needed for rehab.

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  14. Our weather was really warm this weekend so we spent a lot of time outside! I will be celebrating President's day at work. :(

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    1. I'm sorry you had to work. I scheduled our office to be off this year. We usually work as well. It was nice to do nothing today.

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  15. Woohoo on the bike miles!! We had a snowstorm filled week but as of yesterday it completely changed. 55 degrees with gorgeous sunshine and that's what it's supposed to be like all week. Wahooo!!!

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    1. Apparently, I blink and missed our winter. Except for all those gray days we seemed to have this year. If it's going to be warm, I expect sunshine. LOL.

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  16. Great week of bike riding! Good thing you like bike riding. I find it kind of boring for some reason, maybe if I had someone to bike with! and these roads aren't very conducive to riding a bike. I don't think I have been on my bike in almost two years. My husband is threatening to throw it out. I would just rather run! Hope you get good news on your foot thing soon!

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    1. I listen to music and play little games (like keeping my HR in a certain range) to help with boredom on my usual route. However, if the scenery is great -- I don't need any help. I just take it all in.

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  17. That is a lot of cycling! WOW! and if you are buying me a dinner I wouldn't mind if you smelled a little! LOL! Sounds like you had the same beautiful weather we did! Keep resting those feet!

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    1. I tried to freshen up a little before we ate. I hope the attempt was appreciated by all! LOL.

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  18. Your mileage is quite impressive! Keep up the great work, lady!

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    1. It's about doing what you can. Thankfully, I enjoy cycling and it definitely helps pass the time while I'm not running.

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  19. It's always a bummer when you can't run but it's awesome that you love cycling. I got into spinning when I had an injury a few years ago, and from there became a spin instructor. I love that it's an option when you can't run! And for you, it's clearly a whole separate sport to pursue. I never got into outdoor cycling but I love your goals!

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    1. After cycling so much during an injury in the fall of 2015, doing four triathlons last summer seemed like a good thing to do. I wasn't good at it, but they were enjoyable and challenging!

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  20. Yes, the number one priority definitely is to get healthy. I struggle with that one too - when I was injured over the summer, all I wanted was to get back to running! And I'm starting to see similar symptoms now that I had then so I'm thinking I need to pull back and get back to some basics!
    This last week was rough - but as I was typing up my recap, I actually had a really strong week of training, I just didn't want to do any of it! I'm feeling better about this week already though. As for President's day, I'm at work - but at least we're banking holiday time for Spring Break!

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    1. It's not always easy to take a break, but the quicker you can address any issues you have -- the better off you'll be. That's what I keep telling myself anyway. LOL

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  21. Solid week of cycling! I can't believe you were going to be in NC this weekend! I'm not there now, but I heard it has been very warm! I think your priority to stay healthy first and foremost is very important. You have done so many halfs, your body will remember :)

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    1. As southerners we've skied many times at Beech Mountain (a few times at Sugar Mountain, Hawks Nest, and also Gatlinburg, TN). Of course, most of the snow is manmade -- but you do what you got to. LOL.

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  22. I'm on the injury train with you and am so tired of cross training! I just want to run. I've been doing some indoor cycling on the stationary bike at the gym, lots of arc trainer-ing, and BodyPump and yoga classes. But the weather here is just too pretty to not run. I'm glad you have cycling for the times you can't run though. It's really important to have other forms of activity to turn to during injuries, and it will help you be stronger for tri season and for when you can run again.

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    1. I am extremely fortunate to like my "alternate" form of activity. So much so, that I was able to pursue the sprint tri distance last year and hopefully a Metric Century ride this year. But, I hope with both disembark very soon!!

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  23. March and April are the really snowy months in Colorado. The ski resort my parents live near at 6 inches of snow overnight. Fresh powder for anyone staying for a President's day ski.

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    1. We skied at Monarch and Cooper in CO on spring break one year (it was the last week in March). It was great trip! It wasn't very cold but there was still plenty of snow. Like 80+ inches.

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  24. Those are some serious biking miles!! Hope those feet get cleared for running soon.

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    1. I hope I'm cleared to run soon too. I've tried to be very patient.

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  25. Great way to get in the miles on the bike this week! I do hope your body heals up soon so you can get in the type of running you want. and I also hope you can sneak in that ski trip!

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    1. I'd love to sneak in a ski trip. Going out to CO is a huge/expensive vacation for us southerners. It would have so been much easier to sneak up to NC. Maybe they'll get a late shot of cold weather.

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  26. I hope your feet heal quickly so you can get back on the running trail soon. You are smart, though, to give them time to recover. It's awesome that you love biking so much and have that to turn to.

    Thanks for the linkup!

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    1. I am incredible fortunate to love my "other" activity. It certainly helps to pass the time I can't spend on my feet. And, it's open other doors that I would never have dreamed I could walk through.

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  27. You are doing awesome miles on the bike! I hope the podiatrist brings good news and you'll be back to running soon!

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    1. I've got all my body parts crossed for getting good news at the doctor's office.

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  28. Those flowers are gorgeous! Your cycling miles are impressive! I love riding too, but cannot ride that much! I hope your foot gets better soon! :)

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    1. I love a mix of fresh cut flowers. After all these years, PoPo knows. LOL. You can ride that much. Where there's a will, there's a way!

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  29. Uff... sick people in your house, too!? It's been everywhere this year! I hope your foot is healing well and you are certainly putting the recovery time to good use. Your bike mileage is just ROCKIN' and it will definitely pay off in the tri's this year!

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    1. The flu diagnosis was a complete surprise to us. I hope the flu shot I had last fall keeps my healthy. They don't always! I do hope all these miles on the bike do pay off in some manner!

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  30. Trainer rides do make for boring pics but it's also a great opportunity to show off cute tops ...like that adorbs pink one you're sporting there! I like! Congrats on a great week of cycling miles though ..I'm going to be eating your dust at this metric ride!

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    1. That top was given to me by my sister and when you sweat the message RUN WITH HEART appears on the back. Isn't that cool? Girl...you cross train and strength train and flip those tires, etc. I'll be eating your dust.

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  31. Just thinking of all the miles you've put on your bike is making my girl parts hurt, I hope your padded shorts do wonders for you.
    I've go to invest in some even for the part time bike rider that I am.
    Sanity is better than pool running don't you think? :) See you soon!

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    1. Oddly enough, outdoor miles don't hurt the girl parts. But let's not talk about the indoor trainer. YIKES. I haven't resorted to pool running. I guess because there was no BIG race to save this time. And hopefully, I'm not going to be out that long anyway.

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  32. Woohoo! Huge kudos on that 60-miler! Awesome! It's been shorts and tank weather here too, which is really nuts for us. Have a great week!

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    1. It's nuts for us, but for you? It's insane. It's definitely a February to remember. But, it makes me wonder what March will bring?

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  33. Great stuff! It's so great to see your progress, even though I know you want to get back to the running!

    President's Day was spent at work. Not so much fun, but at least the day moved quickly.

    Keep up the good work with the strengthening. It will only help you get better faster.

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    1. You know, it's not that I want to get back to running necessarily. I do miss it, but it's more that I don't want to lose the gains I had made recently.

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  34. You are killing it with the bike rides!! Way to go!
    Hope your kiddo gets over the flu soon. Flu season has turned nasty.

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    1. Thankfully, he's headed back to school tomorrow. I was really surprised he had the flu! Fingers crossed the flu shot I had last fall will keep me well!

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  35. Those are incredible rides! Sorry to hear about your foot but it's good you can still spend time outdoors on your bike. That's what I would miss if I couldn't run, is being out in nature. I'm too paranoid to ride a bike on the road. Hope your foot heals soon.

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    1. I cycle where there is little traffic to worry with. I wish I had dedicated bike path nearby. That would be awesome!

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  36. I hope you get good news at the doc. I know how frustrating not running can be. But at least you've been able to get cardio in consistently. And you like cycling so that helps!

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    1. I feel very good about my cardio maintenance. But, nothing truly replaces running when it comes to conditioning those particular running muscles.

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  37. Glad to hear that cycling is going so well! I'm always in need of hip strengthening workouts...I do a lot of lunges but I still wonder if they're making a difference. I wish I could cycle as many miles as you...I really need to get a nice bike!

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    1. Oddly, lunges aren't a part of my routine. My exercises are made up of some given to me by my physical therapist. I have an extensive list and try to vary which ones I choose from time to time.

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  38. your bike rides look so incredible!

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    1. I really enjoy getting outside and riding Sanity!

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  39. It's late but I'm still trying to drop in on everyone's weekly wrap posts!

    I hope you are back on your feet again soon - what issues do you have? I have had feet issues for so long and I'm actually -- finally -- foot healthy again! Now if the rest of my body would just cooperate... that would be great...

    I do love biking as well, but really need to get a new bike soon!

    hopefully everyone is healthy again in your house at this point!

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    1. No worries, I'm running late too this week. I had a fracture in one foot and mild sprain in the other. I hope I can stay foot healthy now for a long, long time. (Forever!)

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  40. Lots of biking for you this week! Awesome. Sorry you missed your NC ski trip. It's been so freakishly warm on most of the East Coast this winter. Charleston hasn't gotten any kind of winter at all (even by our warm winter standards).

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    1. It's our fault for waiting too long for that ski trip. Yeah, we certainly had no winter to speak of here.

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