Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Dare I say.

But I feel my spark returning. I have had little flashes of it before but was still doubtful of it from day to day. My confidence is something that plays a major part in how I feel when out doing sports - and if I feel on top of it emotionally I feel like I can conquer the world. And I can feel that spark getting bigger and bigger again - much to my delight.

On my last post I do believe I mentioned that I was going to tackle Cobbitty. Well I am proud to say that I did. And yes it hurt but probably not as much as I had played it out in my head during the whole week. For all you out in Blog land who have not seen or ridden Cobbitty - it's the kind of ride that many of our Triathlete's here in our club use as a good strength ride and I guess as part of their regular training ride for Ironman training. It's a good mix of flats and hills - a real good test of how your training is going from week to week. However, for me it has always scared me - but not now. It's mine yet again.

And not only did I do Cobbitty but I also tacked on Greendale as well as having ridden in to meet everyone - so I am also happy to say that I completed my longest ride in one outing to date.


And I was stoked. I also had a sore right bottom cheek thanks to forgetting to use my Chamois Butt'r and I now have a  sore about 4cm's in length where the chamois was rubbing - but it was a small price to pay for a HUGE accomplishment for me. Mind you I wasn't saying that as I ran around the shower screeching - I know visuals are too much - SORRY. But it wasn't just me who accomplished something on that day. We had other first time Cobbitty riders - who totally smashed it - Matt, Jane and Garth. They did AWESOME.

So how do I feel 2 day's post ride? Great. Legs feel fine just a little heavy but I am happy with my recovery. Feeling good about how I am progressing for this ride to Melbourne. And really I know that if I feel a bit/alot smashed then I will have all my friends helping me feel strong and better. 

I went and saw the GP today about a few things I am feeling - so needing to have blood work done on Monday as it seems my medication could be reacting with sunlight. And if that's the case I need to be covering up when riding - or ride when it's dark or early hours of the morning when the sun is at it's weakest. I break out in a lacy splotchy type rash all over my arms and legs - that which is exposed to sunlight and I also feel like I am burning up. So he just wants to make sure it is not affecting anything else. Anyway - enough of me.

Anyway, my friend Mike who is owner of the wonderful Blog - The Shoes Made Me Do It - is holding a wonderful giveaway. Ever heard of Knuckle Lights? I hadn't till I read his blog. Jump on his blog and post a comment. Entry is open to US resident's only so make sure all my friends in the States get onto this ASAP as entry is closing on Feb 1st 5am your time. He is an early riser so make sure you don't miss out.
I also wanted to share my new do. I am so excited about it, I feel like a new woman. What do you think?

So how is everyone going?

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