Saturday, October 23, 2010

Oh yeah Baby!!!

What a stark contrast from the beginning of the week to the end of the week. Could it get any better at all. For the time being - I don't think so. I am so proud of me and this post is all about sharing it with YOU.

Yesterday was my first modified brick session. Modified because even though I rode a bike, it was stationary. I attended a hardcore 1 hour spin class that left me dripping with sweat from top to bottom and then followed it with a 4.8km run (meant to be 5km).

This new series at spin is a doozie. From the moment that first song starts to the very last cord of the last song you are working hard, hard, hard. And I LOVE IT. There are times it's so hard I find myself closing my eyes and imagining myself at the 70.3 and feeling this feeling and wondering what exactly I would do. And I always come to the conclusion that I will succeed at pushing through whatever wall/obstacle comes before me. It always feels good to come out the other end knowing that you are strong - not just physically but mentally as well.

So when class ended I swallowed a Gel (disgusting), dumped my bag in the car and took off for my first run off the bike in a training session. It wasn't as bad as I imagined. Even though my legs felt heavy and still tight from Wednesday's track session - within 1 kilometre they felt really nice and loose. I chose to run around the local football field and pretty much just guessed my distance by time. I chose to do 12 laps of the outer perimeter of the field and did it in 27 minutes and thought it felt about right. The only thing that made this run hard was that the sun was fully out and it was HOT. After finishing I drove around the perimeter to see if I guessed right and I was only out by 200m. I am getting better at judging my pace.

So this morning I backed it up with a 70km bike ride. This is a new distance PB for me and I am stoked. The time wasn't crash hot - 2hrs 43mins but I just wanted to make sure I could go the distance. I stopped once as well to take an Ibuprofen and have something to eat with it as my back was hurting a bit. I couldn't have chose a nicer morning to do this. Blue skies and full on sun. Totally the best. The only down side was that I couldn't share this ride with anyone as my program has me riding on a Saturday. Next program though I am back with the girls.

I was totally smiling the whole distance - lucky there were hardly any bugs or I would have looked like this :

Have a great weekend everyone.

Your hard work will be rewarded.

"The path to a dream is paved with sacrifices and lined with determination. And though it has many stumbling blocks along the way, and may go in more than one direction, it is travelled by belief and courage and conquered with a willingness to face challenges and take chances" Barbara Cage