This morning I attended my first training ride for the Cinderella Challenge, an all women cycling event taking place in April. Fremont Freewheelers sponsors this training for women and have been doing it for the past 19 years. Yes, there was a small fee for the training but if today is any indication of how the next 10 weeks are going to go, then I think I have invested the best $75 of my life.
It started off with an hour of education. I learned about nutrition on the bike, proper clothing, and road safety. Sure I know most of this but I heard a few things I actually didn't know, or just haven't thought about for some time. The amazing thing is that these women leading the event are all volunteers, just there to help us learn! They are committed to being there every Saturday to lead us on rides and answer questions for us. There are a few different groups of riders. Majority of the women are training for the 100k, while about 30 of us are training for the 100-mile option. Women of all shapes, sizes and riding abilities showed up today. I witnessed the ride leaders offering loads of encouragement to the women that are just starting out. I was so impressed by this.
I talked a friend into doing this training with me. I never like doing stuff by myself. Who does, really? Why I always find these girls that are 20 years younger than me, I have no clue! Erin is the girlfriend of my store's master shop tech. And when I say "talked into", it really didn't take that much to do it. She was very positive about it from the very beginning. She's a little worried about some of the rides in the future, but I know she will be absolutely fine. Each week the rides will get longer and have more climbing. They're not taking us out for 80 miles of sustained climbing next week or anything crazy like that. We will build up to it.
Today's ride was 25 miles - a huge loop around Fremont. Besides going over freeway over-passes, there was maybe one big hill to climb. I *almost* made it up without stopping. I took off my clipless pedals recently, due to my foot surgery. Having to twist out of a pedal in a hurry might be difficult and/or painful. So, I have my old pedals with cages on and I do notice it was more difficult climbing. But, no big deal. I'm not complaining. Spin classes have helped me out, I could tell that. Especially since I hadn't been on my bike since June of last year! For the first ride, I am pleased with how I did and how I feel now.
I ran three times this past week. I'm taking it slow and easy but *loving* it none-the-less. Last weekend I ran at Garin with HSE Lori, her friend, and our dogs for about an hour. Then, twice this week I ran for 30 minutes in the neighborhood with Boomer. After each run I walked through the front door with a huge smile on my face. Running is, and always will be, my passion.
Wednesday I went skiing again. Keith and I went to Sierra-At-Tahoe for another free day (for me) of fun. This time there were 14 of us from my store. The snow was beyond amazing and I had the best day EVER! As I was skiing I found myself giggling at times and thinking, "what surgery?" My foot wasn't hurting me at all. Last week when we went to Alpine I had to quit after lunch but this time I just kept on going. We stayed on the mountain until 3:00. I'm still amazed and so happy with my recovery.
I've been moving every day, as I promised to do. How about you? How are you doing?
01/08 - Body Pump class, 1.25 mile walk, 2 mile walk
01/09 - 4.25 mile trail run
01/10 - Spin class, 2 mile walk, Body Pump class
01/11 - 2.80 mile run
01/12 - Ski 5 hours
01/13 - Body Pump class, 1 mile walk, "24SET" class
01/14 - 2.25 mile run
01/15 - 27 mile bike ride, 1.5 mile walk