Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Hiking, biking, running, etc.

I received a comment on my last post from a new girl named Kristi. So, I went over to her blog to thank her (and check her out) and started reading back over her previous posts. A few things popped out that made me think she MUST live somewhere near me so I asked her about it. Not only does she live somewhere near me, it turns out she lives quite close. After corresponding back and forth, I found out she hikes at Garin with her dog quite a bit. We made arrangements to meet yesterday morning at Garin, with the doggies, for a hike. As soon as I pulled up and saw Kristi and Bambi there, I realized I'VE SEEN THEM HERE BEFORE! It was like seeing an old friend. We hiked my favorite three mile loop, which was incredibly muddy (but after Saturday, really, what's a little mud, eh?) Kristi did two Ironman distance triathlons last year (Vineman & Kona) and is going to do some sprint and Olympic distance triathlons this year. It's very exciting to me to have a new friend that likes to run, ride, swim, AND hike. If the weather permits, we have a hike planned for Sunday and I may accompany her on a bike ride Wednesday. Gotta love the internet!

After our hike, I took Ellen out for a great 18.5 mile ride with plenty of hills. Climbing hills, clipped in though, is SCARY sometimes. As I'm going up and I start feeling fatigued, I feel a little panic coming over me because I couldn't even twist my foot fast enough to get it unclipped if I wanted to without falling over. So, I have no choice but to keep pedaling, which I guess is a positive. Less than 30 minutes after my ride, the rain came.


When I woke up this morning the rain was gone so Boomer and I went over to the Alameda Creek Trail for a five mile run. Okay, who's happy now?

Hills of Garin in the background, over Quarry Lakes.

My favorite tree (when it's in bloom) at Shinn Pond.

Shinn Pond

No, it's not *always* about Boomer, but I do like how he enjoys laying down in the back of my car while I stretch after a run.


MED2010 Accountability:
02/01 - 3.5 mile walk
02/02 - 3 mile hike, 18.5 mile bike ride, "24SET" class at the gym
02/03 - 5 mile run, "Camp24" class at the gym
Until later.............

17 comments:

Missy said...

Sounds like perfect friends for your new routines, that is great. It's always better with peeps...and a happy dog.

sneakersister said...

How interesting and exciting that you hooked up with a local runner/athlete via your blog. And even more fun that you guys met up for a run. Did she recognize you as well?

Katie A. said...

What a small world we live in! This internet/bloggy thing is so exciting! Heck, we got to meet up, right? :)
Great job on all the hiking and biking! I hear you about being clipped in...I tried it for a few rides and I just.can't.do it. It's too scary for me!
And I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the pics of happy Boomer after a good run - it just melts me heart :)
Happy Thursday!

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Gotta love meeting new friends via blog land. I have met 3 so far in person and LOVE all of them.

PunkRockRunner said...

I think the dog is actually smiling in the photo!! Great post.

All the best,

Ron


PS - Seriously, the dog is smiling :-)

Judi said...

new riding buddies. that's way cool. i need some too.

Glenn Jones said...

Wow. Nice sunny skies. Their forecasting more rain down here this weekend. At least the wildflower bloom should be nice this spring!

Maryland Girl aka Michelle said...

That is very cool! Good job on the bike!

Bryan said...

I just found your blog by searching the keyword 'hiking'. Great photos! I'm excited to fill my blog up as tightly as yours. Nice work!

trailmomma said...

How exciting a blogger meet up! You live in a beautiful area I am so jealous!
Great to have a training partner too. None of my friends dare do what I do! ha

Drs. Cynthia and David said...

Sounds like 2010 is treating you well! Glad to hear you're doing so well.

Cynthia

Kristi said...

Love those trees that bloom too! At least until my allergies kick in. Looking forward to hiking or biking or running or something soon! And once it warms up.....swimming! ;)

Aka Alice said...

I agree...climbing hills, clipped in scares the begeezus out of me (and motivates me to keep pedaling), but still...

I love the picture of you and boomer...nice smiles on both :-)

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

How great! A bloggy meet up and new friend.

ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

Blogging is a small world.
I was coming to the end of an 80 miler last year and had a flat near a rest area. While waiting there for Arnie to pick me up I started talking to a women and her husband. Turns out they and I both blogged with the same person in Orlando. How we got to that in the conversation is beyond me, but we did and now we are each others followers.

Iris said...

I love, love, love the picture of you and Boomer! So happy.

René said...

OMG Your dog's smile is the best!!!