Thursday, March 10, 2011

Lack of sugar

I survived my 70 mile training ride Saturday.  I knew there was going to be a ton of climbing so I elected to hike on Friday, instead of run.  I called my neighbor, Martha, and invited her along.  We picked up Bella and went to Garin for a beautiful 3.5 mile hike.

The ride on Saturday was awesome!  There was over 3,800 feet of elevation gain and quite a few towns passed through.  The weather was very cooperative and the wind was nowhere to be found.  We left Pleasanton at 7:45 a.m. and rode all the way to Tracy, via Patterson Pass Road.  It was so cool to be up close to the windmills.  I've only seen them from Hwy 580 while driving by.  They're actually quite big when you're up close.  After leaving Tracy we rode back to Pleasanton on Altamont Pass Road.  We had to go right by our cars to do a +/- 15 mile loop into Sunol to complete the 70 miles.  After all the climbing we had done, it was hard to not just pull into the parking lot at that point.  But, we are all dedicated to our training and knew we have to build our miles up to our final ride on April 2nd. 

Soraya, Wendy, Joan, Vanessa, Me, Karen, Kathryn, Erin, Debbie, Terri, Marie
Tuesday I went back to Garin with Boomer and we ran 5.5 miles.  It was one of those days/runs where I could have ran all day long.  My legs felt amazingly light.  I knew I was going to a spin class that night though, so I kept it at the 5.5 miles.  Garin is just beautiful right now and there are cows everywhere.  I adore seeing the cows there.  I don't like it when they get taken to slaughter leave to greener pastures. 

The entrance to my little slice of heaven!

Today is my third day without eating sweets.  No candy, cookies, cake, donuts, cupcakes.  Oh my!!  No, it's not for lent.  I'm also limiting my carbs.  I work out way too hard to not be dropping pounds.  Yes, my body is trimming/firming up but like most of you out there - I want that scale to read a few pounds less.  I am pretty sure I eat a lot more candy than I was aware of.  I filled almost every void with candy.  It's very hard, I won't lie.  I love my sweets and they make me very happy.  BUT, the scale has already moved in a favorable direction.  That makes it a tiny bit easier to not eat sugar.  Right now though, I am craving a piece of chocolate.  :(

I want my hard work to show and am confident that eliminating the added sugar and limiting carbs will  help me with that.  I hope I can do it.  I want to do it. 

"MED2011" Accountability:
03/03 - 1.65 mile walk, Spin
03/04 - 3.5 mile hike
03/05 - 70 mile bike ride
03/06 - 2 mile walk
03/07 - Spin, 3 mile walk
03/08 - 5.5 mile trail run, Spin
03/09 - 1 mile walk, BodyPump
03/10 - 1.35 mile walk, Spin

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


Aron said...

beautiful pics as always!! I am so in love with the green everywhere right now :) GREAT job on your long ride!

René said...

Yay! Great pics!

trailturtle said...

Hi Jo Lynn,
Luv your pics. That little cow is adorable.
Thanks for the welcome. I guess you'll be cycling tomorrow? Maybe we can get together for a hike/walk mid-week and/or maybe a Spin class. Otherwise, are you doing one of the Brazen Diablo races on the 19th? (You're probably cycling then, too, but let me know, Ann

Looney said...

Cute cows.

Glenn Jones said...

Be careful with the carb limiting. If you are exercising a lot (an you *are*) your body needs the carbs. Keep in mind that burning muscle is easier than burning fat - so if you don't have carbs for fuel and push your body outside of it's aerobic zone, you *will* actually start metabolizing muscle....

PunkRockRunner said...

We ride Patterson Pass all the time. It's a great ride.

Nice post.