Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Yeah, so what?!

I took a week off. 

Sort of.

After my huge bike ride over a week ago, I did go hiking the next day with Boomer and on Monday I went to a Body Pump class.

Tuesday I had packed all my gear, totally prepared to go to a spin class right after work.  Wednesday was already reserved for a free ski day at Sierra-At-Tahoe.

Well, for some reason, I started feeling overwhelmed.

I told Keith I just wanted to run away somewhere for the night and play all day Wednesday.  We did just that!  I got home about 5:20 and we were on the road to Capitola by 5:30.  We arrived at The Venetian and were given a room with an ocean view.  We walked over to Margaritaville where we were the last guests to be served dinner.  That's what happens to coastal towns in the winter, when it's raining.  After dinner we lounged around the room and were able to hear the waves crashing as we fell asleep.  Absolutely perfect!

When we woke up in the morning the sky was as clear as could be.  Just a beautiful morning.  We walked out on the wharf and had a yummy breakfast at The Wharf Restaurant.  After breakfast we walked around and took some photos before taking the long way home through Watsonville (checked out the course for a century ride I'm doing in May) and Gilroy (yes, there is an outlet mall there).  And it was just too bad, we got home too late to go to Body Pump that night. 

By Thursday morning I was ready for some time with Ellen.  I sent a text to one of the Cinderella Challenge ride leaders, asking if she was riding Thursday.  She told me she was and she told me what ride she was doing.  I knew Sierra Road (scroll to the bottom of the link for the elevation profile) was a tough one but I said I would give it a try.  Wow!!  I thought Mines Road was tough last week?  HA HA HA!  I stopped "a few" times and even got off my bike at one point, sat on the ground and told the ladies I was "going to wait right here."  I am very proud to say I didn't "wait" anywhere and I made it up to the summit and enjoyed flying down the other side A LOT.  Gotta love patient people that motivate others not to give up and even teach them a thing or two along the way.  Many thanks for Soraya, Cyndi and Amy that day.

My ride up Mt. Hamilton this past Saturday got rained/snowed out.  Hopefully we will do a make-up ride this Saturday.

Other than that, I did not go to any classes at the gym the entire week.  Yup, you read that right.  I did however, walk daily and spent some time with Ellen on my trainer.  Today it was back to normal for me.  I went to a "Camp24" class tonight and a 1.5 mile walk this morning.  As far as my "MED2011" Accountability goes, I'm not going to detail every walk I did last week.  I will start up again with today, and I just wrote what I did.

How about some pictures from Capitola instead?  Here ya go............

The Venetian

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


Ewa said...

It is good to rest and Capitola is a perfect place for it. Actually so are Gilroy outlets. :)
I can see Mt Hamilton on my drive home. It is beautifully white. They often close the road passed Joseph D Grant Park due to icing. This week weather forecast also does not look promising.

Lisa said...

seems like a nice getaway

I am not doing well with my MED at all. The return of knee pain really crushed my spirit. I start injections today. I give myself permission to slack off for now, but I need to get back in gear in April

The Green Girl said...

Aw, I'm so glad you had a nice, relaxing time. Those pictures are absolutely beautiful - I can feel the peacefulness just looking at them.

Julie said...

I need to get myself to the beach!

jen said...

Beautiful photos! I need to get to the beach. Thanks for sharing.

Great job on the ride- sounds super hard. The Cinderella ride is going to be a piece of cake after all this training!

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trailmomma said...

beautiful trip!! Love when you can get away like that!

Katie A. said...

Just getting allll caught up!
Love that you just picked up and went over to Capitola! The hubbs and I do that all the time with Lilly our pooch, they play ball at the beach and I get a good run in ;) Your pics are great!
You are a ridding machine!!! I'm so excited for your big century! Can't wait to hear all about it!
Glad you are doing well, after your century we have to find a race together!

Aron said...

SO GLAD you did that! Rest and rejuvination are definitely a very important part of life and sounds like you got those done :)

ALSO I know Sierra road from Chris, he has told me many stories about it and how steep it is! GREAT JOB!

Jogging with Fiction said...

that hotel looks amazing! sounds like a great trip...makes me want to go away for the weekend!

Irene said...

What a wonderful week off!

Cathy said...

those are beautiful photos!
first time commenter, but i do follow your blog - i love the mixture of fitness pursuits you enjoy.
that's great that you could do a spontaneous get-away! what a way to refresh!

Tara said...

sounds like a great week "off" to me! :)