1. Swim test. Tonight I did my first swim test of my training. Two sets of 400 as fast as possible. Exhausting. But I actually ended up with a slightly better pace than I expected, so it was a win. I’ll be re-testing about once a month to see whether my hours in the pool are doing any good.
2. Weather woes. It looks like my crew will be scrapping the plans to ride the Bike to Beach Polar Bear Challenge on Saturday. The forecast is for rain all day. I can handle riding in highs in the mid-40s if it’s dry, but the thought of doing so while soaked to the bone is not enticing. Plus, I’m not sure yet if I’ll have my bike back before Saturday anyway (see below), and I think it advisable to get used to the new config on the trainer for a couple rides before heading out in downtown DC traffic…especially *rainy* downtown DC traffic. So I’ll probably knock out my 2 hour run on Saturday (maybe before the rain hits?) and then trudge through a 2 hour trainer ride on Sunday morning. All good calorie-burning preparation for Oscar watching (i.e. dress critiquing) with the lil J on Sunday night. Large amounts of wine required, natch.
Yes, my kittays will be attending in black tie attire.
3. Still bike-less. The folks at CycleLife called tonight to let me know that my new handlebars have arrived, but we’re still waiting on the saddle. I’ll be able to pick up my bike Saturday and use a loaner saddle to ride this weekend, but I won’t be up and riding the fully new improved Rio for a few more days. I’ve been spending some quality time on the spin bikes at the gym, but I’m anxious to get back in the groove and get accustomed to my new set up!
1. Threshold heart rate test: the run installment. I did my run test this morning. It was cold as crap and I ran around a tiny little track at the local rec center as many times and as fast as possible without collapsing. It was mostly terrible, and I am, to put it nicely, destroyed.
I just hope that whatever data my little Garmin is holding becomes the key to my running success.
2. Nemo. The super monster winter storm isn’t going to hit the Disco, but it is heading straight for our family north and east of us. So Hubz may have to cancel his plans to head up that way. Stay safe, warm, and dry folks.
3. Chocolate. Or rather the lack thereof. Our house is out of chocolate. UNACCEPTABLE. Unfortunately, the combo of the cold air outside and the tired, sore (and thus now lazy) muscles inside means I might have to suck it up and eat some yogurt.
Random thoughts for a random day. (Also known as a new strategy to keep the pithy blog commentary coming at ya.)
1. The weather. WHAT is with the weather lately, DC?! Slow last week, and Monday my office opened two hours late for an alleged “wintry mix” (total nonsense, but it was legit frigid all weekend). Yesterday was practically tropical. And now freezing temps and snow are on their way back to town and threatening to destroy Hubz and I’s glorious weekend hiking getaway plans. I feel like I’m back in the Great Plains with all this climatic schizophrenia. With all this back and forth our poor Kittays can’t decide if they’re warm or cold, and have lunged over a cliff into utter fits of fashion confusion.
2. Bike tech troubles. I’m a total clown hands with all things bike related lately. My cleat keeps coming loose on my right shoe and getting stuck in the pedal. No matter how many times I tighten it up it keeps happening. This is especially problematic when it gets to the point that it just rotates and breaks off into the pedal rather than actually unclipping. Especially when it’s a pedal on a spin bike at the gym. And then you have to spend 10 minutes pulling with all your damn might to get in unclipped while the cranky ladies in their fancy color-coordinated fitness gear, who arrive to their spin class 30 minutes ahead of time to make sure they can reserve *just* the right bike (even though they are all IDENTICAL), look on in disgust.
Meanwhile, I’m having non-stop ish with my trainer. I just can’t get it adjusted properly so that there’s actual useful resistance without burning the tread right off my tire. It’s a bad sign when it smells like burning two floors above my basement bike cave, right? Now my tire appears to be melting slightly as well? I need help.
Hoping to get in for a professional bike fit next weekend and get some help with both of these in the process…..or learn some tricks from this guy:
3. Nuts. Specifically, deez nuts:
Hubz brought these home for me as a surprise last weekend. I have to pack snack size bags each day – I literally cannot bring the entire can with me to work for danger of inhaling it all at once. They’ve probably got too much sugar on them to be considered a “healthy snack”, but why not throw some nutrition into your dessert? (And why not consume 50% of your daily calories in nut form? Healthy fats, RIGHT?!?!?!)