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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Not Quite 100 miles this week.

(the temp out when I took Scout for a walk on Saturday..It's warm at 5 am)

So this week I should of had 100 miles to share with you, however I had a wardrobe malfunction on my bike ride yesterday (nothing Janet Jackson-ish) that caused me to stop at the half way point. My ride yesterday was for the MS society, it was the Cup N Cone ride. If you live in the area, and your a cyclist you've probably heard of it, if not: this ride is HARD. It's goes up a legendary hill (Lystra) of which many many horror stories are told, and then just when you think you conquered that hill, it goes up a few more hills just to laugh in your face. To add insult to this hilly course the temperatures yesterday were high, as in heat index of 105 +. Climbing Lystra (for my very first time) was a challenge (when I looked at my bike computer and it said I was going 4 mph, I almost got off my bike and walked it....but I didn't), but I felt really good for the ride.....except for my malfunction. So when you go on long bike rides with skinny little bike seats your silly looking spandex shorts need to have some padding in them, and mine do. I actually wear tri shorts for most of my rides instead of bike shorts. The difference is the chamois that is inside (the padding). On tri shorts they are thinner because you actually wear the shorts for all three sports (the swim, the bike, and the run) for bike shorts they are usually a little bulkier. My tri shorts have been great, until this ride. I got the start of the dreaded saddle sores. So I decided to get sagged (the SAG vehicle assists riders with what they need) back to the start, rather than have to heal for 2 weeks off the saddle sores (I'm not good at dealing with pain in certain areas). Once back to the start, I waited for 2.5 hours in the heat for my friends to finish their ride (I drove over with one of my good friends). Needless to say it was a hot Saturday ride for all the cyclist out there. The cool thing is that I got to meet Ray...who is a cyclist and the guy who drove me back to the start. He will be riding with my friend Kim who has been riding with a group in N. Raleigh for most of the summer. And once I finish my Half Ironman training I'll get to come ride with them too! Ray's wife Karen rides with the group now. Ray is actually recovering from a heart attack that he had at the Gears and Cheers ride earlier this year.

(Ray- the guy who brought me back)

(notice the feels like temp on the right hand side...this is while waiting for everyone else to finish)
(So at least I found a shady spot to wait)

So total miles this week were 66. 11 miles of running on Wednesday (yes all in a row). I started my run at 6 am and it was already hot out. I met Jess at about the half way point and she ran back with me. Just our "normal" Wednesday routine. I'm kinda sad I'm working this week on Wednesday it changes up our routine. P

The North Carolina heat is making training tough, but I'm "tri-ing" to make it through all my workouts. (I made a funny). On Tuesday I did the Ladies mountain bike ride at Lake Crabtree Park. It was good and I only officially fell twice. With some near falls happening multiple times. I can still count 5 bruises on my body from the ride. It was a warm evening on that Tuesday.
(notice the 58% humidity)

Next weekend I'll be doing a triathlon, an Olympic distance race in Washington, NC (they call it the original Washington). I did a big biking weekend there a few years ago, and it'll be flat flat flat. I'm hoping everything will go well for the race and the weather will try to calm down a little (I mean, it's miserable in this heat). I going down on Friday and coming back after the race on Saturday. I have a couple of friends who are coming too, so it should be FUN!! Not sure if I'll get any pics, but I'll tri! (look I'm being cute again)

Fund-raising is going really well. I've gotten my first donation for the Disney marathon - and that makes me happy! Augusta fund-raising is
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Plans are in the works for some painting, wine, and bowling "fun"d-raisers for you local peeps. I'll let you know the details when I get everything worked out.

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