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Isn't it nice to be an Athlete?

Thursday, November 25, 2010

It's Thanksgiving Day, and its cold and windy outside. We are due at a friend's house at 3 pm but my share of the meal is ready to go as I cooked yesterday. My plan for today was to get in a long bike ride (20 miles) in the morning, eat a healthy breakfast and lunch and then head over for Thanksgiving dinner with a food plan in mind.

When I awoke at 4 am the winds were howling and I could hear the rain... uh-oh. I went back to sleep thinking I could always go to the gym later. Then at 8 I got up and looked outside - the sun was shining brightly but the winds were definitely blowing. I really wanted to ride today since I figured traffic would be lighter this morning than on other days... Thinking of my friends in Wisconsin who were going to brave frigid temps, icy paths and howling winds in order to run in their local Turkey Trots I told myself a bit of wind shouldn't stop me from working out.

DH saw me dressing and looked at me with despair, as if to say "really"? I told him I needed to do this but he could stay home and watch football if he'd rather... his ego wouldn't allow that, so he joined me in donning cycling clothes. We got our bikes out and hit the road by 9... 46 degrees and who-knows-how-hard winds blowing, and off we went. 10 miles of rolling hills to the local farm stand, a short rest in the sunshine and back we headed. The winds were increasing, or maybe we were just feeling them more, mostly from our side but occasional head winds too... the hills seem much worse in this direction as there are more ups than downs when we head back, but we made it to our local Starbucks (at mile 17) and got warmed up.

It was here that I really felt good about being out on my bike on Thanksgiving day... Nearly every person who headed in or out of Starbucks had something nice to say to us about being out riding, particularly in this weather (OK, I admit it. We are spoiled rotten by the weather in SoCal and today was not ideal for us in spite of it being enviable to many of you). One couple started talking to us about last night's Biggest Loser special, about how the former contestants are now athletes, running marathons and entering triathlons. All I could do was smile... I've run marathons and I'm training for triathlons... and I'm an Athlete too!

Dang, that felt good. Something else to be thankful for!
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    2512 days ago
    You are definitely one tough cookie....I mean ATHLETE!! Thanks for sharing!! I'm so happy for you....sounds like you're getting your mojo back!!

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    2546 days ago
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    You are such an inspiration to everyone!
    2547 days ago
    Honestly...I'd rather run into a 30mph wind than bike ANYWHERE in over 10mph. You rock...of course. Your winds totally outdid ours. Wisconsin was fairly mild in comparison. Glad you were able to get your T-day goal met!!!! WELL DONE, WOMAN!
    2548 days ago
    46 degrees?! Wind?! AWESOME! It IS a cool feeling to sit with a coffee cup and realize you just did something that most people don't even think about doing. And what many people don't know about you is that you just had major surgery eight months ago! Look at where you are and how far you've come! (And I think it's brilliant how you guilted your husband into it. Ha!) I haven't ridden more than 16 miles but I do know what the wind is like and think it's much tougher on a bike than on feet. And don't even get me started on hills. Ugh. It really wears one out - but in a good way! Thanks for thinking of your Wisconsin friends who braved the cold. It wasn't as bad here as I expected but like you, I committed to it and was intent on getting it done. So I say KUDOS to you! I think it's awesome that you rode anyway. I'm not sure I could have mustered the courage in that kind of wind. Go Tammy! Go Tammy! You are SO ready for your leg of the tri!
    2548 days ago
    It does feel good doesn't it. Good 4U!
    2548 days ago
    Great job. I am so happy to hear you are out and doing things. You are a stronger person than you give yourself credit for. Please keep in touch, let me know when you are going back in....
    2549 days ago
    Awesome job Tammy!!! I could have wrtitten this blog myself...I rode 25 miles and sooooo grateful for the weather and the light traffic!!! Part of my ride was the last miles of the LA Marathon and the 13.1 1/2 marathon!!! Have an awesome day Sister Athlete!!! Hugs!!!
    2549 days ago
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