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Well the last two challenges life happened in a big way. Between a busy event schedule, traveling, a total shakeup of my work schedule and hurting my knee, i kind of fell off the face of the planet. But i'm back! Its going to be a busy couple of months as i continue training for (hopefully) my first century ride. At the beginning of the year I had hoped to complete the three day event with a MTB race on Friday, the 100 miles Saturday and 1/2 Marathon Sunday, but as i said life happened. The MTB ride is totally out. I didn't think i would be able to make the full 100 miles as i fell behind in training but When the Hotter N Hell Hundred magazine arrived last month it had a training plan that looked doable (if i can pick up speed) so im going to give it a shot. I have slightly modified the plan by starting a month early and only doing 3 rides a week instead of 4, but i am running on two of the other days and the original plan doesn't call for any cross training so hopefully it will work out. 

 

My goals for this challenge and the next few are centered around preparing for the Hotter N Hell in August:

1. Ride outside at least 1 mile every day weather permits (im taking part in the National Bike Challenge and hoping to hit Diamond level this year)

          3 rides must be "training rides" with the plan being one hard/hill ride, one z3/tempo ride and one distance ride

2. run 30 minutes 2x/week I have seriously cut back my running but i don't want to have to start from scratch in September (especially since i'm eyeing a possible Marathon in Dec).

          If im having an off day or its just too hot i can take as many walk breaks as i need, but must spend 30 minutes total RUNNING

          I'm hoping to start adding one lap or 3-5 minutes a week in a few weeks, looking at a 10k Sunday after the big ride as "prep" for the Triple Threat next year.

3. 2 core workouts per week. once again i'v been neglecting strength training so i'm going to focus on my core this challenge.

 

Life:

1. Once again i'm behind on my scrap booking of events, so for this challenge i need to complete 6 pages of scrap booking.

2. I need to try to keep from falling behind again on my blogging so I have 3 posts due by the end of the challenge.

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So far week 1

Monday: 21 mile Z3 ride

Tuesday: 5 miles riding, 2.5 running, 32 minutes non stop. I have started riding my bike to and from the park where I run as warmup/cool down. I think a big part of the knee problems i was having are related to the poor quality of the roads in town so I go to the park and run laps, kind of boring, but so far hasn't ticked my knee off again.

 

I also managed to start on 3 scrapbook pages, i need to print out maps and get some stickers before i can complete them. I also discovered a page from earlier in the year that I didnt finish so that has been added to the to do list.

 

I started "research" for one of the blog posts "due" this challenge. It will center around the Food Truck festival taking place this weekend. Several of the food trucks are local and one was in town today so I stopped by for lunch. I'm planning to try out another local food truck tomorrow. I usually refuse to eat at local trucks at the festival figuring i can eat there any time, but i never do. I probably wont eat at more than 2 trucks the day of the event so this just adds to what i can post about. (excuses excuses).

 

 

EDIT: rode bike to work and back sunday, 1 mile

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@Primeval Thanks.

 

This will (hopefully) be my 3rd year attending the food truck competition. I probably woundt go on my own since its too hot and WAY too many people. But its held in conjunction with the ride I am (hopfully) doing on Saturday and part of my ride fee is a ticket for a free meal at one of the trucks.  Unfortunately right now they are calling for storms today through Saturday and possible flooding in areas so hopefully I will still be able to attend both.

 

Wednesday: 15 miles of "hills" on the bike, really wish I had some real hills to ride so the elevation of my ride would match my effort, instead of just faking/enhancing hills. Felt good but it was difficult attempting the workout without the feed back of my Garmin. My Edge decided to magically have a dead battery (despite being charged two days earlier) so I mapped the ride with my Vivoactive but because its on my wrist its not easily accessible for feed back into my effort (HR/Cadence).

 

Today: BRB day (Bike-Run-Bike) Total of 6 miles on the bike, ran 3.18. Confession time: I WAS BAD TODAY! The plan was to add one lap of the park after I ran 30 minutes. When I completed my extra lap I noticed that one more lap would give me 5k and at today's pace it would be a PR (Mr, Garmin yelled at me a lot today) so I went for it, going all out from the 3 mile mark. I got my PR, I really wish Strava would let you see your 1st-3rd efforts so I would know just how much my PR was. My best record gives me almost 2 minutes (38:38) over the only other "true" 5k effort I have from back in November (40:33), but not sure how accurate that is due to nothing to compare it to on strava. Not only did I PR, but today is also the longest distance I have run without stopping. I finished that lap of the park but various body parts made it very clear they were not amused by my bright idea. I added an extra mile to my cool down to try to lossen things up before stretching at home.

 

Today was significantly cooler and cloudy which may have helped the faster pace, but I REALLY REALLY REALLY need to focus on not exceeding 12:30/mile (today was 12:26) which is the upper limit I set on my Garmin. My runs have been creeping up in speed lately which would be ok if I wasn't running high Zone 3, low Zone 4 for HR. My goal for the next few months is to focus on endurance and very slowly build distance. I really need to learn to pace myself better now so that its not a problem come September. I know speed will come to an extent, but I don't want to be pushing so hard running that it starts hurting my cycling.

 

EDIT: core workout wednesday

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On 5/30/2017 at 10:22 PM, Scatterbunn said:

, i kind of fell off the face of the planet. But i'm back!

Hay, me too.  I'm glad we are both back.  I did the first challenge, found out I needed surgery, and well life happened here too. 

It's awesome to know that there is another cyclist. (though I hardly consider myself one) I lean more toward the Mountain biking, Commuting, utilitarian  riding. 

May your knee be healthy and whole and your challenges fulfilling. 

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8 hours ago, Baldilocks said:

It's awesome to know that there is another cyclist. (though I hardly consider myself one)

I know what you mean, the first time i actually referred to myself as a cyclist, it felt awkward. Unfortunately I think even more than with being a "runner" being a "cyclist" seems to have almost elitist connotations. I had ridden my bike on a regular basis for nearly 6 months, completed a 50 mile ride and was even upgrading from my hybrid to a roadbike but i still didnt feel "worthy" of being a cyclist. I still feel almost like a faker referring to myself as a runner and a cyclist, i am TEAM SLOTH (we get there when we get there) in both sports, I usually bring up the rear in events, but thats ok. One of the challenges I am doing this year is on Map My Run called You vs The Year and on the facebook group every so often some one posts something along the lines of "what makes a person a runner?" There are some who insist you must run an 8/6/5 minute mile to be a runner or you must complete half/full marathons but what ends up being the consensus every time is that if you are adding runs to your workout on a regular basis, even if its run walk intervals and you never choose to progress to running non stop you are runner. So dont feel bad calling yourself a cyclist if you want.

 

I'm always very careful to explain to people when they ask when my next bike RACE is that I dont RACE, I RIDE. I have taken part in one "road race" (it did not go well.)   And while one of my goals is to ride the race again, I only want to do so to improve on my previous performance. I do rides for fun and for motivation, if i know i have spent $35-100 on a ride/run, I may not WANT to workout that day but i remind myself that "EVENT" is in a few weeks and if i dont train i wont be ready and will loose my money. I also enjoy the change of scenery form my normal rides. 

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Yesterday it was STORMING so there was no outside riding for the NBC (National Bike Challenge). I stuck my bike up on the trainer and warmed up for 15 minutes then did my second core workout for the week. I think i am going to have to change up the plan a bit. The workout calls for "high" planks (pushup position) and iv only ever done forearm planks but figured the high planks would be even better and work my arms as well. Unfortunately my shoulder disapproved LOUDLY yesterday so time to adjust.

 

Today was the Possum Pedal. Every ride I have registered for so far this year, they have called for rain and storms on ride day. So far Iv been lucky and its only been a very brief, very light drizzle. Today that luck ran out. nearly half of the 51 mile ride was pretty steady rain. Fortunately not thunder or lightning like yesterday (that would have put and IMMEDIATE end to the ride.) I had packed my rain gear so i was prepared but forgot my cap in the car so I kept having to stop to wipe my glasses so i could see. The rain lasted from mile 3 to about mile 28 then fortunately the skies cleared and the weather was nice. It was so tempting so many times to stop but i managed to keep going as others were turning around or flagging SAG vehicles. I finished and made pretty decent time though i still need to work on reducing my time at rest stops, unfortunately this ride some of the stops couldn't be helped.  

 

After the ride it was time for the Food Truck Championship of Texas, so i dropped my bike at the car, changed clothes and ATE. my motto for the day "ride all the miles, eat all the food." This is the first year i have done more than exchange my meal ticket for lunch and head home, it was nice to spend some time and check out the different trucks. 

 

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Week 1 recap:

goals:

My goals for this challenge and the next few are centered around preparing for the Hotter N Hell in August:

1. Ride outside at least 1 mile every day weather permits, 3 "Training rides" 6/6 &3/3

  • while i may tough out rain on occasion, the thunderstorms are another story. no ride Friday but all other days 100%
  • 111.64 miles   

       

2. run 30 minutes 2x/week 2/2

        2 runs, 32 minutes and  39 minutes, both non-stop 5.72 miles total

3. 2 core workouts per week. 2/2

       This was a tough one since i started late but i got it done

 

Life:

1. complete 6 pages of scrap booking by end of challenge

    3 pages 1/2 way done and bought stickers

2.  3 posts due by the end of the challenge.

  • Completed two of the events I plan to blog about
  • uploaded and sorted pictures
  • outlined first post

This week is going to be challenging since i have family visiting and i'm working days which seems to make working out SOOO much more difficult than my regular night shift. I am also trying to figure out where to add a speed workout to my schedule, I know the hills an t tempo workouts will both help with speed but I'm considering also doing a specific workout to also help increase speed, just don't want to end up overdoing. 

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Sunday was originally supposed to be a rest day, but i decided to run so i could have an extra day"off" later in the week. Rode 3.75, ran 2.58, I reset my fast alert on my garmin to 13/mile and started focusing on my HR. Still zone 3, but im managing to keep out of zones 4-5 so its a success. 

Monday 15 miles on the bike, hard (z4-5) random hills/intervals then core workout

Yesterday i took advantage of the extra "rest"day to visit with my Grandmother  after work insted of the planned 25 mile tempo ride which has been pushed to Thursday.  Rode to work 1 mile

Todaygot up SUPER EARLY to get my Global Running day run in before work. 3.25miles bike, 2.6 miles running.

 

Not much progress on life goals but did get a VERY rough draft of one blog post done.

 

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Thursday plan was 25 mile tempo ride, ended up with 20 since i had family plans so had to cut the ride short, I also squeezed in a quick core workout.

 

Friday easy day before planned long ride day on Saturday. 

 

Saturday, Plan was to get up and get as many miles in as possible before an 11:00 appointment then finish up "long" ride in the afternoon for total 60-65 miles. Unfortunately i just wasn't feeling it yesterday, I struggled to get in 26 miles before i had to get ready for my appointment, hoped after a good meal and afternoon nap i would feel up to getting more miles in but it just never happened. I decided to go ahead and take a break rather than push myself any more. 

 

Several saturdays the next month and a half I have apointments which will prevent me (combined with high summer temps) from getting in my long ride as a single ride so I had planned to do two a days but after yesterday I am rethinking and re working my schedule. I may have to settle for a truly long ride ever 1 1/2-2 weeks, fortunately i am far enough ahead of the training plan im using hopefully i will still be able to pull off the full 100 miles in august.

 

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Week 1 recap:

 

I worked days this week and my Grandmother and two aunts were in town from Wisconsin so many of my workouts were cut short to allow for a VERY hectic schedule.

 

goals:

1. Ride outside at least 1 mile every day weather permits, 3 "Training rides" 7/7 & 3/3

  • did not get a good distance ride in due to scheduling conflicts
  • did ride bike outside every day ranging from 2.75 miles to 26 miles/day
  • Only 74 miles due to several rides being cut short 

       

2. run 30 minutes 2x/week 2/2

        2 runs, 35 minutes each, both non-stop 5.13 miles total

        did much better at keeping pace in check

3. 2 core workouts per week. 2/2

       

 

Life:

1. complete 6 pages of scrap booking by end of challenge

    3 pages complete, ordered more pictures, waiting on them to arrive

2.  3 posts due by the end of the challenge.

  • 1 blog post completed and posted

This week I am back on nights with an event next weekend so hopefully things will be a bit less hectic and i can get my mileage back up.

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On 6/3/2017 at 4:05 PM, Scatterbunn said:

There are some who insist you must run an 8/6/5 minute mile to be a runner or you must complete half/full marathons but what ends up being the consensus every time is that if you are adding runs to your workout on a regular basis, even if its run walk intervals and you never choose to progress to running non stop you are runner. So dont feel bad calling yourself a cyclist if you want.

 

This! I don't bike, but I call myself a runner even though I never actually run. I belong to a running club, and I am coming back from surgery so walking is it for now. However, since my goal is a running goal, and my plans are pushing me towards meeting that goal, I call myself a runner.

 

I think that you are a runner or a cyclist if you love the sport and are working at getting better.

QengpuBenal, level 4 High Elf Ranger STR5| DEX 2| STA13| CON 6| WIS 19| CHA 6

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"I want to live in a world where normal is an insult." - Misha Collins

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UGH!! Summer has definitely arrived this week. Between the heat and the humidity I have really struggled to get the workouts done this week and fallen a bit behind.

 

Week 3 recap:

 

goals:

1. Ride outside at least 1 mile every day weather permits, 3 "Training rides" 7/7 & 3/3

  • 63 mile "Tour d'Italia" yesterday, really struggled once things warmed up, there was also a problem with rest stops running out of supplies, I managed to finish but wasn't too pleased with my time
  • didn't get my tempo ride due to feeling "icky" because of the weather, substituted a one minute ride
  • Only 89.5 miles

       

2. run 30 minutes 2x/week 2/2

        Planned two 40 minute runs

        First ended up being 45 minutes non stop after I accidentally hit the lap button on my Garmin

        Second was only 30 minutes of running with a 4 minute walk break after 20 minutes, I really struggled, but it was pretty muggy

        5.5 miles

3. 2 core workouts per week. 1/2

       only did one core workout this week.

 

Life:

Nada on either goal

 

Really struggled with the don't wanas this week as temperatures ramped up, we have had a fairly mild (for north Texas) early summer and it seems like that's just making things worse now that its hot, all the rain we got the last few weeks isn't helping either.

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Had to work yesterday so i only got in my one mile on the bike commuting to work.

 

Got up this morning and squeezed in the run before it got too hot, only 3 minutes running, two sets of 15 with a one minute walk break. Humidity still ridiculous, I am probably going to have to just suck it up an start planning to take walk breaks if i want to increase my running distances with this heat. 

 

I had planned on working on my blog at work yesterday but got sucked in to research on camping. Several of the rides iv done this year have allowed riders to camp on school grounds either in tents or in the school gym. Since i pretty much just use my hotel to sleep before the ride, iv been looking into what it would take to start camping as a way to save money. Iv been comparing tent camping vs "stealth"/backseat camping as well as shopping for a tent and debating the pros and cons of sleeping pads vs cots. 

 

As a single woman usually traveling alone, im not sure how comfortable i would be with general tent camping, but maybe for an event with a group of other cyclists near? I also plan to eventually do RAGBRAI where camping will pretty much be required. Slowly assembling gear now and getting used to camping will help when that time comes. It could also save me ALOT of money in the log run allowing more travel that i would be able to afford otherwise. Hopefully i can find a fairly cheap tent either online or Craigslist and at least do a test camp in the back yard to test feasibility. I used to camp with my dad quite a bit when i was younger but its been 25+ years and just because i enjoyed it then doesn't mean i could do it now!  The only thing i really NEED to get started is a tent (and maybe a battery/USB powered Fan!!). UGH,  so much top think about before my next event in a month.  But its been a huge distraction from things i need to get done now.

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8 hours ago, Scatterbunn said:

I had planned on working on my blog at work yesterday but got sucked in to research on camping. Several of the rides iv done this year have allowed riders to camp on school grounds either in tents or in the school gym. Since i pretty much just use my hotel to sleep before the ride, iv been looking into what it would take to start camping as a way to save money. Iv been comparing tent camping vs "stealth"/backseat camping as well as shopping for a tent and debating the pros and cons of sleeping pads vs cots. 

I wish you much success on your camping pursuits.  I would like to start doing bicycle overnighter's eventually. (http://www.bikeovernights.org/)  I have a lot of camping equipment, but would need more hiking stuff if I were to carry it all on the bike.  You'll have to keep us posted on how it's going.  I may live vicariously thru your post until I can make it happen for myself.   

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Good luck with the camping thing! My kids keep want me to go camping, but my idea of camping is a nice, luxurious RV and easy access to a big city! I'm trying to get more into the whole "normal" camping with nature and everything so I can make the kids happy!

QengpuBenal, level 4 High Elf Ranger STR5| DEX 2| STA13| CON 6| WIS 19| CHA 6

Battle Log

 

"I want to live in a world where normal is an insult." - Misha Collins

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