Bright and early Saturday morning I made the two hour drive up to Sacramento with Scott and his girlfriend. Scott and I were two of five people from the Fremont REI store doing this ride. The Sacramento REI store hosted the ride which took us to the Roseville store then the Folsom store. We arrived at 8:30, we were supposped to roll by 9:00. While we were putting on our gloves and helmets, we looked at the large group of local riders in front of the store and suddenly they were rolling. It was 8:52!!! We had route sheets but being in a strange city holding a piece of paper with street names on it isn't all that helpful. Scott and I finished getting ready, hopped on our bikes and tried like heck to catch up with someone. After taking a wrong turn, right off the bat, we were finally able to see a jersey in the distance so we felt better. By the time we got to the first store (17 miles), we were able to take a breather while we waited for the rest of the group to catch up. Each location had a nice "aid station" set up for us with liquids, fruit and muffins/bagels, etc.
Daniel (one of the bony-ass boys) and Scott (Master Shop Tech @ my store)
The second leg (17 miles) from Roseville to Folsom was pretty hilly. It had a few hard climbs. I stuck with Scott the best I could and he was so sweet - he was constantly checking to make sure I made it through lights and if I didn't, he would wait for me. Such a great kid!
The last leg was 27 miles, along the American River. It was a bike/running trail mostly lined by trees. Flat. No hills. BORING! I was getting pretty tired of just pedaling. By about mile 52 I was ready to get off my bike. It was hot too - 84 degrees. But, of course I finished. Right along side Scott. There was a big BBQ in the back of the store and they even had veggie burgers! We stuffed our faces with food and drink (and Oreo cookies) and were back home in Fremont by 4:30. Oh, and Ellen got quite a few compliments on her make-over.
I tried out my new "road" shoes yesterday. I never run on roads, I always run on dirt paths so I just call them my "flat running" shoes. Anyway, I am so happy to be running in Saucony's again. My store wasn't selling women's Saucony brand shoes until recently. They feel SO GOOD!
I worked 11-7:30 yesterday so Boomer and I got out early for a 5.5 mile run along the Alameda Creek Trail. Doesn't he look sleepy?
The running path is turning into a single track trail quickly, with all the rain we've been getting.
Today I didn't have to work and when I woke up the sun was shining bright. Boomer and I picked up Bella and went to Garin for a seven mile run. When I got back to my car, the first rain drop of the day hit my windshield. I LOVE when the rain holds off just long enough for me to get a run in. ;)
This single track trail is disappearing - it's so overgrown at Garin right now.
I've never seen a cow with this kind of pattern. So cute!
It's still a little muddy on the covered single track. Boomer sunk in at one point.
And then there were these cows!! They would not move out of the way and they actually threatened to come toward us. I had to put the dogs on a leash and hike up a hill and go completely around them. I tried to get them to move by tossing a stick into the middle of them and I accidently bonked one on the nose. I felt SO bad. I would never hurt an animal and I felt horrible that I actually hit one. He was the only one that moved away. I've never had that kind of trouble, especially when the dogs are with me. The cows usually scatter away when they see the dogs. Oh well.
We were almost back to the car and I saw something in the middle of the gravel road, I thought was a tarantula. Again, I put the dogs on a leash and quietly snuck by the dried up BANANA PEEL laying there. LOL The way it was laying, it looked just like a big, fat, hairy tarantula. I don't like spiders of any kind so to me it was freaky. Freaky, I tell you!!
05/13 - 2 mile walk, Pilates class
05/14 - Touring San Francisco, including a 2 mile hike on the Coastal Trail
05/15 - 62 mile bike ride
05/16 - (Two) 2 mile walks
05/17 - 2.5 mile run, 2 mile walk
05/18 - 5.5 mile run
05/19 - 7 mile trail run, "CAMP24" class