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Seattle Century Ride

Last Saturday I embarked on my 3rd 100 mile ride.

The 1st was too soon after my crash to be awesome, and I played it quite safe by stopping every hour or so to refill bottles and get off the bike to make sure I felt well enough to continue. It was a good confidence booster to remind myself that no matter what happens I CAN get through this, but it took me so long, and I was so tired, that I can barely legitimately call it a century.

The 2nd one went surprisingly well. At mile 40 I couldn’t believe that’s ALL I had ridden – I should have been at mile 75 for how my legs felt – but I reigned it in and kept my energy and strength level and consistent by backing off a little, eating what felt like a lot, and drinking what felt like even more.

With my 3rd century being so soon after my first and second it was a little more challenging for me to get myself excited about spending another 6 hours with… MYSELF! Luckily the Seattle Century was happening and I figured at least I’d have a pre-mapped and marked supported course to follow, and maybe I’d meet some cyclists along the way.

Within the first 15 minutes I met a friend to ride with, within the first 2 hours I got fresh pie, and when 100 miles was said and done I had climbed over 5,100 feet. Success!

I highly recommend the 100 mile ride to anyone looking to get in that kind of distance. It was incredibly scenic, well-marked, safe, and the event allows riders to start early (a plus so you can choose to pace yourself however you please OR take off before you risk congestion). I hear the other rest stops had great food too but I only cared about pie and getting done. The ride was a tough hilly course, and I pushed myself in the second half of the ride to keep up through all of the climbs and descents (I’m silly a bit wimpy), but it was a beautiful route through Woodinville, Redmond, Duvall, Carnation, Fall City, Snoqualmie, Issaquah, over Lake Washington, and back to Magnuson Park.

The 100 mile distance is still hard for me to wrap my head around, and to combat that I find myself focusing more on time and landmarks than mileage. It’s similar to when I first started running in that a count of miles sounds impossible, but if you can break it down into 3 or 4 chunks pretty soon you’re halfway done, and in the blink of an eye there’s only have a tiny bit left. Though my “almost home” landmarks are still about 20 miles from my front door, once I get there I know I can make it. I’m definitely going to have to find a few of these on course in Canada to keep me motivated and happy.

If anyone is looking to ride the Seattle Century next year let me know! I’m definitely in for more pie. 🙂

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June Updates

Oh blog. I’m sorry for neglecting you! But with all of this swimming, biking, and running, just about the only other things I’m doing are eating and sleeping. Seriously. There’s a lot of eating happening around these parts these days.

So let’s see, what’s new now that June is almost over…

I ran a race.

More to come on that. The short of it is that I had fun (yay!), didn’t do as well as I would have liked (boo), but didn’t really expect to do any better than I did given the fact that my weekly mileage is still pathetic (meh). I will say that the Rock n Roll race series is a well oiled machine. One of the best parts of this day was the ease in which I could show up at the start (1 mile warm up jog) and how quickly I was able to get home and in the shower on the bike (1 mile ride in the car).

I have my first 100 mile ride coming up.

My longest distance to date is about 86 I think, so this will be a good chunk longer. All should go well as long as the weather holds out. If I have to do my first century in the rain I’m going to be a sad (and very muddy, drenched, and soggy) girl.

I’m back in the pool.

With my swimming freak out prior to Boise I spend all my spare seconds in the lake trying to adjust. Thankfully it worked and I survived the Boise washing machine swim, but getting back to the pool has been a bit challenging. My form is all off and the black line seems so boring after dodging boats and swooping waterfoul! I’m still swimming in open water once a week but all other sessions are in the pool and include drills, sets, and an organized workout. I’m having a love/hate relationship with this because as much as I like seeing the progress that I can make in the pool I still hate going there.

I officially added Lake Stevens 70.3 to my calendar.

Yep, that’s in 2 weeks and 3 days. Eeek!

I didn’t register for Ironman Couer d’Alene.

Stalking people on race day was an inspiring as ever, and I truly thought that I wanted to do this race next year. The only downside to Canada is that it’s at the end of the summer, and while that leaves nice weather and hours of sunshine for training it also leaves you with a summer full of training. I thought I might like to do CDA to leave myself a summer next year to race for fun without the pressure of training schedules or risk of injury. After a talk with Coach – and a long one with myself – I decided that CDA isn’t for me yet. The Rock n Roll Half was a good reminder that I don’t like racing as much when I’m not race-ready, so I stepped away from http://www.ironmancda.com and didn’t click ‘register’. Good job, self.

We got a new sherpa.

No, Garth is still the official sherpa of my race schedule. But we got a new car! We traded our 2001 Jeep Liberty for a 2012 Jeep Liberty, and it’s really pretty and my bike fits inside. And everything works. And it’s pretty.

I think that’s it. 

There aren’t many swim, bike, run, or eat stories that stand out in my mind other than that. So what’s new with you?

 

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