Friday, June 4, 2010

Four Days In

It is June 4th which means I am on day four of my two new challenges.

Green Smoothie Challenge:  Good!  I have tried lots of different greens so far.  The spring mix I usually use for my salads - that one was a little bitter.  Today I tried dandelion greens along with romaine lettuce - meh!  I probably added too much "green" but I drank it anyway.  Twice now, I have substituted lunch with a smoothie, as well as breakfast. 

3 miles/day for 30 days of June:  So far, so good.  Tuesday I took Boomer out for a 1.5 mile walk before I went for a bike ride and was planning on running three miles when I returned.  As you will see below - that bike ride DID ME IN so I only got 1.5 mile on my feet that day.  If I would have had more time, I may have been able to get the three mile run done in the evening but I had to work that night.  Yesterday and today I have walked the miles instead of run because of my half marathon tomorrow. 

So, yes - the bike ride! 

The bony-ass boys invited me on a new ride.  Thinking that they know me pretty well, have ridden with me quite a few times, they know my capability, right?  Yeah, you'd THINK! 

I knew the first part of the ride so I took off 15 minutes ahead of them and waited for them at the summit of Palomares Canyon. That way I could climb at my own speed.  By the time they got up, I was ready to continue on down the other side.  We cruised along for a ways, toward Castro Valley before turning onto Crow Canyon.  This was a nice slight climb until we turned onto Norris Canyon. 

This was just like doing Palomares ALL OVER AGAIN!  Maybe worse.  Every time I looked at my Garmin, I was doing 3.6 mph.  At 3.4, I'm gonna tip over!  I stopped three times on the climb up this one.  It was 80 degrees and humid.  We don't get humidity here.  We did Wednesday.  When I got to the summit, the boys were riding in circles, trying to push each other over (or something stupid like that).  They saw me coming up and yelled, "good job, you're doing great."  I pointed my finger toward them and said, "don't EVEN talk to me!"  And I meant it.  All I wanted to do was call them very bad names.  I rested for a moment at the top and then enjoyed the 41 mph downhill side. 

We stopped at a gas station in Danville and I downed a Muscle Milk.  We hung out for a little while and then headed back to Fremont via San Ramon Blvd, Foothill and Niles Canyon.  It was only a 42 mile ride but it seemed like 100. 

Maybe Bryan and Daniel know my capabilities more than I do, huh? 

Here is a picture of their bony-asses.  They must get a good laugh at mine when they ride behind me.  Who am I kidding?  They're never behind me!!  HA!

Me and Ellen waiting at the summit

Tomorrow I have a trail half marathon up at Point Pinole, above Richmond.  It's supposed to be high 70's and "unusually humid".  Should be a good time!  As usual, I'll take lots of pictures and share them with you. 

"MED2010" Accountability:
06/02 - 42 mile bike ride
06/03 - Pilates class, 3.3 mile walk, "24LIFT" class
06/04 - 4 mile walk, Yoga class

Until later.............


Judi said...

hey i have loved seeing your progress on the bike. SO proud of you!

Anne said...

I don't think I'll ever use the words "only" and "42 miles" in the same sentence :) You did awesome!

Good luck tomorrow!

RBR said...

You have become such a cycling bad ass!

Good! I am glad you climbed with bony ass boys today, maybe I can at least keep you in sight tomorrow ;) (Sadly I do not think it is enough to say "keep up with you")

Stuart said...

Inspired by the green smoothie...I am starting a week of them tomorrow!