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My Wednesday Evening

Oh, where to start….

I guess I will start when I got off from work yesterday. I had dropped off my bike on MONDAY at Incycle….MONDAY….for a new chain and a slight tune up. Nothing major, just get things working together again. I called in on TUESDAY to see if it might be ready and I was told that it was scheduled to be done WEDNESDAY. So all day yesterday I was waiting for my phone to ring and a voice on the other end to say “your bike it ready!”, but no go…so after work I went over to the shop and ask for my bike. I was all dressed in my cycling gear so they knew that I would be riding. Well, a person (I will not say who it is because I like said person and it is not their fault) started rushing around, found a red Allez and rushed it over to get worked on. So 3 days they have my bike and it just gathers dust…so I walk over and see the bike they are working on….red Allez…white saddle….gray bar tape…no areobars….uhhhh….not my bike…. So I went over to said person and ask how my bike is coming along, said person says “they are working on it” I say “uhm, they ain’t workin on my bike! That’s not my bike” Said person’s jaw drops to ground, I pick it up then said person gets my bike (it was hanging in their back room). Nothing had been done to it….nadda…zilch….zero….So I tell said person, just let me have it so that I can go on my ride tonight and I will bring it back tomorrow. So this has become quite an ordeal and I have to say that it is quite inconvenient…so thank you Incycle…for nothing :-/

So I get to the Rose Bowl and realize…I don’t have my phone…in my rush to get out the door of my office I left my poor little phone on my desk. So now I feel completely NAKED! Oh well, I think I can manage without it for 12 hours…So we get on our bikes and we head out for the laps. Last nights focus was more about the run and less about the bike. So I did one complete lap with the group, then couldn’t breath, and dropped off. I ended up doing 4 laps, 13 miles in 45 minutes. If I can do 12 miles in 45 minutes for the Iron Girl next weekend, I will be SOOOO HAPPY! I used the aerobars and I like them, I need to make a couple of slight adjustments to get used to them so on Sunday George and I are going to go to the river trail  just to do that, get me cozy on the bars! After my 4 laps I pulled into the parking lot and got my running shoes on. George and I weren’t planning on running that far (15 out, 15 back) but ended up doing and hour run because Allen caught up with us to show us the trails, which was so cool! All in all we ran about 5 miles, George and I were pretty pleased with ourselves because we normally don’t run very much. So the work out was really fun and I am glad we pushed ourselves.

Then this morning, I get in my car and realize I don’t have any gas. So I say to myself….well…I have enough to get me to work and then I can fill up out there. Except, I get to Pasadena and realize that my BANK CARD is in the pocket of my pants that I wore last night! DOH! Fortunately, a kind soul has loaned me $10 so now I can get gas, drive my bike over to Incycle, AGAIN, and get home. Thank you kind soul 🙂

Somewhere I left my head, not sure when or where but I would like it back. 

This Saturday I sadly will not be doing the PTC ride, priorities…I have to get my hair done…its been like 5 months! But, I WILL BE GETTING A SCOOTER! That’s right, a SCOOTER! Yesterday I went to the DMV and took my written test for a motorcycle license and I passed and got my permit! You need a motorcycle license to ride a scooter of 150cc or more…which I am getting. It was funny, because after I passed the test I went up to the last window and the lady was surprised I had passed. And I told her “well, I read the book”… and she said that people usually don’t pass and that it is a hard test, mmmm….ok….. Anyway, I am so excited and I am going to get bright red! Now, you may be asking…why a scooter? Because they are cool…and I am too scared to ride a motorcycle and its what they ride in Europe, ok? 

I am pretty sure this is the same scooter, but I will have detailed images of myself on the scooter once I get it 🙂

My Buddy

Remember those dolls? My Buddy and Kid Sister? I used to have a Kid Sister and I really liked her hair because I could braid it, put it in a ponytail or just leave it down…and when I would grab her by her hair she wouldn’t cry 🙂

Anyway! Last night was a GREAT workout! It was the weekly PTC brick and other than hardly being able to breath, it was good. We started out with a “warm up” lap (which is almost full throttle for me) and then we did a fast 2nd lap (which I barely hung on for) and 2/3 of the way through the 3rd lap…I was toast! So I broke off to do some hills while everyone else kept going. I ended up doing 5 laps in a little over an hour and did a total of 17 miles. I think I did well overall and really tried to push myself up the little hills. Once I was done on the bike I loaded it up on to the car and threw my running shoes on. George had just gotten there when I had to pee, so I went pee while he got his running shoes on. So I go in to the park potty (gross) and squat…I normally don’t squat because I really don’t like it. But I was in a hurry and didn’t have time to carefully line the cold metal toilet. So I get up and turn around to flush and my AAA plastic key that I carry (instead of my keys) drops into the toilet….with MY PEE!!!!!! “oh shit” (I really said that out loud) So I dug in for it and went straight to the sink to wash my hands and key card…but of course…no soap…meh…

So I leave and George is there waiting for me so then we start our run. Turns out, George and I make GREAT running buddies. We go at about the same pace and we push each other to not stop and walk. And guess what, we ran 3.7 miles without walking! That’s huge for us! I am not sure how long it took, but it was nice being out there with George and we got to catch up on our daily activities. There is something great about being able to do that with your significant other, it really is a bonding moment. 

We get back, we chat for a bit with some other PTCers and then we went to din din. I had a coupon for La Cabinita and we pigged out on some chicken and steak fajitas. Yum!

Overall, a great workout, I had fun and was pleased with my results. I think I will have to drag George out for more runs since we run so well together, he’s my buddy.

Now, I follow a few blogs and one of them is The Chic Runner, she is having a contest and if I post about it on my blog…I get an additional entry! The contest is for a $100 gift certificate to OnlineShoes.com…now…2 things to note:

1. In this post I spoke about my new shoes…well…where did I get them from???? OnlineShoes.com!

2. I love shoes, I put them in plastic boxes with pictures so that they stay protected and organized. I think I might have about 50 pairs of shoes that are active in my life right now….

So check out her blog, and if you want to get an entry too, just read up on how to.

Otherwise, its Thursday! One more day till Friday! Then one more day till the SPA!

Yay!

Brickety Brick

So last night I did a reverse brick…why you ask? Because the Pasadena Triathlon is a REVERSE triathlon and I wanted to get a feel for how it would be going from a run to the bike. 

This was my run:

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Was I drunk? No, I just had to pee…. I knew I wanted to run about 20 min and I knew I had to pee so running around the Rose Bowl wouldn’t be much of an option because that would take me over 30 minutes and there are no potties. So I just started running on this little path and had a general idea where the bathrooms were. On the map, just past mile 1, there are little people…that was the bathroom. I ducked in there, went #1 and then popped back out. Once I got back out I realized I still hadn’t gone for 20 minutes. So I headed up the path a little bit then cut over and down back to my bike. By the time I was done I had gone for 20 minutes! SUCCESS!

I then tried to transition as quickly as possible to my bike gear, but forgot to pull out my shoes before and had to dig in my bag to get them…good one! Within a couple of minutes I was off on my bike. I did three laps around the Rose Bowl and each lap seemed to get more boring! I really am not a big fan of these loops and later realized that for the race I will have to do it a total of 4 times! That sucks! So hopefully there will be some characters out there that will distract me from a view I have seen a ton of times…

When everything was said and done I went home, ate dinner, ate another 1/2 sleeve of thin mints and relaxed for the rest of the night…phew….I actually even got to bed at a decent hour and feel good today.

Nothing scheduled today for a workout, but will do one tomorrow after work. I am also going to go to the Pasadena Triathlon Club’s info session at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center to meet possible new members and let them know that triathlons are fun and that it isn’t as overwhelming as it seems. 

I am feeling better about the triathlon next Saturday, I feel like I can handle it. I really tried to focus on my ChiRunning techniques (mostly posture, haven;t really learned much else at this point) and also focused on where I need to put effort into the ride and where I can relax a little. All part of my race strategy that will hopefully help me on the day of.

My next clue for the SUPER SECRET thing I am doing on Saturday….It involves a mural, Children’s Hospital & Nike!

Guess it yet?

Oh, how fast the weekend goes

And Monday comes…again….

#1 – 5k on Sunday, totally looking forward to it and I am hoping to PR. I am promising myself to actually bring my watch this time (last 5k, I forgot my watch). I am thinking the weather will be nice and I plan to ride my bike there. It’s downhill all the way there…so why not! Then I will rush to church (un-showered) and sing my little heart out. Hopefully I don’t stink up the place!

#2 – I am going to do a brick tomorrow, actually, a reverse brick. Since the Pasadena Triathlon is a reverse triathlon, I figured it would be beneficial to me to see how it is to run and then bike. I will run 10 min out and then back, hop on the bike and do 3 laps…here’s hoping that goes well!

#3 – I signed up for the Nautica Malibu Triathlon! I am SUPER excited about this one because it is the big celebrity one and I have no shame and usually end up embarrassing myself in front of celebrities. The distances are:

1/2 Mile Swim

18 Mile Bike

4 Mile Run

It cost and arm and a leg to register, but it is for a really great cause and I plan to do some light fund raising for it. The triathlon raises money for The Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. 

I actually have somewhat of an interesting story that I will share with you…Last year, George did the Malibu Tri and part of a relay team with Team Disney. The swimmer on his team was Helen Faust. She actually raised a good amount of money for Children’s Hospital and got a fancy jacket! But recently, she received even more. On Thanksgiving her son, Sean, was riding his skateboard and fell. He cracked his head (literally) and had to be rushed into surgery for them to take out part of his skull. He was in a coma for a little bit but came out. Now I am not sure of the exact details, but at some point he was taken care of by Children’s Hospital…he is now at home and getting better…but it will be a long battle to get him back to normal. It is funny how things loop around like that! When she was raising the money she did it for others, and then when she needed it, Children’s Hospital was there for her…thats good karma!

But this also brings up another thing, helmets. Helmets can save lives, and if he had been wearing one…this may never have happened. There has been a website that went up in honor of Sean and encourages people to wear helmets. Sometimes for young kids it isn’t always the coolest thing to do, but it can really protect you from doing permanent damage. I am not sure how many people that read my blog actually skateboard…but I know there are a lot that cycle. There is no reason we should be on a bike and not have a helmet on. Sean was cruisin on his long board skateboard and fell and hit his head on a concrete barrier. How fast do you average on your bike? Is it as fast as a skateboard? It’s probably faster, which is an even better reason to wear your helmet. Anyway, for whatever it is worth, that is my rant!

Here is the website for Sean: www.helmets4sean.com

Also, at some point I will have a fund raising site for the Nautica Malibu Triathlon, so I will let you know and perhaps you can send over a few bucks! 🙂