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I'm declaring this a good week, even though it's only Thursday

Thursday, March 14, 2013

I rode 59 commuter miles this week. I won't be riding this weekend, so my legs get a bit of a break. They deserve the rest - they're tired! The last two rides were relatively wind-free. The ride was a gift, a blessing, and a heck of a lot of fun (despite the snot rockets).

I'm fixing to head out the door for my lunch walk. I usually eat lunch in a restaurant on Thursdays, but my court session ended earlier than usual today and the person with whom I usually have lunch is unavailable. I wrestled with what to do - I'm already hungry! - but I decided to treat this like any other work day lunch break. Gonna miss that restaurant meal, though ...

I weigh myself everyday, and this week it's been worth it. My scale's readout is in 0.2 pounds, and it's gone down 0.2 everyday this week. Because the scale also gives a body fat reading, I can tell if my weight has gone up or down because of my hydration level (except for bones, if it doesn't have water in it, it's fat). The body fat readout has not radically changed this week, which leads me to believe the lower number on the scale is real change. That adds up to a pound of weight loss, which is a good number to shoot for. I'm pretty pleased with it.

Tomorrow morning will be a walk/run day, which will be a great way to end a good week. Maybe I'll even get in another walk at lunch tomorrow.


Another blustery day

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

I rode into work this morning with a 15-mph wind from the SW. That's mostly good. Riding east towards my office puts a SW wind on my right rear quarter when I'm riding along the river, which is the bulk of the ride. And it's a tailwind when I'm riding up 4th Avenue to the court house. Makes for a nice ride. Good thing, too. The kitten got out into the garage when I had the garage door open. I went chasing after him in my bike wear - including stiff road bike shoes. After about five minutes, he let his guard down enough to let me catch him. Rotten cat.

The prediction for the afternoon was winds buidling to 15-20 mph, As of 90 minutes ago, the wind was 17 mph from the WSW at the airport (several miles from the river). So I'm expecting a battle on my ride home. I'm debating riding home via the south side of the river, which adds four miles but provides much better protection from the wind. A WSW wind is especially brutal as it's a headwind while I'm along the river on the Pasco side. Last Wednesday's ride in the wind and rain took me over an hour. I felt like a triumphant warrior when I arrived home, exhausted from my extended battle with a great beast. Maybe that's a little melodramatic, but cycling is a sport that calls for melodrama.

Last night, I was in a hurry to get home because my alma mater was playing in its conference tournament championship. (And they won!) No big rush to get home tonight. And taking the long route home will give my husband time to make dinner. I think I just sold myself on the idea of riding along the south side of the river...

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JULESJET 3/12/2013 8:53PM

    Have a nice ride!

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Great way to start a week

Monday, March 11, 2013

I'm following the Rookie 5K Your Way program. I've done Week 1 (walk four minutes, run 1 minute) twice. I just don't think I'm ready for Week 2 (walk 3 minutes, run 2 minutes), so this morning I walked four minutes and ran for 90 seconds. It worked. I'll probably have to do this for a few weeks before I can tackle Week 2's schedule.

The move to Daylight Savings Time means darkness in the morning and a later sunset. That benefits my commute. I can take a long route home and still make it to the house before twilight dims. I should be able to amp up my weekly mileage.

When I first started running voluntarily (as opposed to when I was in boot camp at 18), I weighed about 170 pounds. It was a lot easier to take up running at that weight, as opposed to now, when I'm carrying an extra thirty pounds of fuel. I keep that in the back of my head: this will get easier. Not only will my body be better tuned for running, but there will be less pounding it has to endure. That might be a better incentive to eat healthy than getting in to my skinny jeans. emoticon

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GREENGENES 3/11/2013 7:09PM

    Way to go. You are on your way.

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LOSE4LIFE47 3/11/2013 9:48AM

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One of those days that makes me love where I live

Saturday, March 09, 2013

It's sunny with temps in the 50�'s today. Perfect day for a ride. Unlike the miserable ride I had home last Wednesday, during which I did not see another soul (other than those in cars), there were a lot of people out today. Lots of friendly people. We get 300 days of sunshine a year here, but it was a very grey winter. A sunny day with no wind makes people friendlier.

I rode 24.96 miles today. I guess I should have wobbled around the road a little more to pick up that extra four one-hundredths of a mile. My goal was to get to do a 25-mile ride by the end of this month. Last Saturday I rode about 21 miles, so I'm not surprised that I did a 25-mile ride today. It felt pretty good., but I'm glad I didn't try to do much more than that.

The route I usually take home from work is about 10 miles. I can also cross the river and do most of the ride on the south side of the Columbia. That's about 14 miles, and it has the advantage of protecting me from the wind. I may do that once or twice this week. Time to start adding miles!

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HILLSLUG98239 3/10/2013 12:26PM

    There's a paved path along both sides of the Columbia River in the Tri-Cities. It's mostly asphalt & separate from traffic. Yep, I'm lucky!

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MAMACHAE74 3/9/2013 5:41PM

    Nice riding! Is this a trail that you ride on?

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My nemesis, the wind

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Yesterday looked like a March day. Sunny at times, rain threatening off & on, breezy. I checked the most recent weather data from the airport about an hour before I left work. 49F, wind 12 mph from the SSW.

As I walked off the courthouse campus, I got hit by the wind immediately. My first thought was, "This is gunna suck." I was right.

The wind along the river is often stronger than the wind at the airport. I think the wind was 20-25 mph with occasional gusts. Nearly blew me off the trail. And then it started to rain. I was getting pelted by big raindrops (not our usual drizzle) that hurt when they hit at 25 mph. At some point, the left side of my face when mostly numb, so it didn't hurt so bad.

I averaged 9.3 mph on the ride home. And that's with having the wind at my back for the last several miles. I am not ashamed of that slow-poke speed. I keep reminding myself that wind only makes me stronger. Every now and then, I get a windless day - on those days, I feel like I'm flying! emoticon

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GREENGENES 3/7/2013 7:35PM

    Yep. A strong headwind can be rough. My ride to and from work goes through a park most of the way so it is out of the wind but when you reach the open area it really hits you. I''m not brave enough to ride when it is much below 50 and definitely not when it's raining.

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BANDMOM2012 3/7/2013 10:56AM

    I don't like the cold or the wind. I think you did great!

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MOMTOCONNOR2003 3/7/2013 10:42AM

    So are braver than me. When I saw it was 49 degrees I would have turned aroung and hit the indoor bike instead. ha ha! Congrats on having the courage to brave it yesterday!

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