Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Where did June go?

If someone finds June please return it to me so I can enjoy it again.

Not a bad month and in actuality it didn't pass super fast.  It was just busy between trailwork, racing, riding and helping people move.  I think thats what made the 1st half really blow by.

New position at work is still kicking my butt in someways, between that and final push to migrate our customers from our legacy system to the new one.  I'll be very glad once this is done.  Probably September though.

June was not a super high mileage month till last week when I had a 160+ miles, most of early june was spent moving people and mid June I was focused on Wakefield Trailwork.

Super stoked for another not too hot W@W this wednesday and then Thursday we've got WF TNR and Friday is an off day so I finally get to do an observance ride, a Gravel Grinder out in LoCo.

Made myself do a pile of errands on bike that I've been doing in car lately and it was fine and got in about 6 extra miles of riding.

Weather this month was crazy hot up till this last weekend when the storms cooled stuff down.  Yesterday and Sunday were beautiful, in the high 60's in the AM.  Today is a tad warmer but still not bad.  Hoping we stay cooler in July, and a tad drier.  Rainy Rainy month also.

Monday, June 15, 2015

A week after, A Year After, 5 Years and Friendship

Well a week after the run of doom, I'm glad to report by Friday I was back to full normal.  Thursday the legs were 90% better, enough that I dropped a TON of people on the Accotink section of TNR.  Ooops.

Did an awesome ride on Sunday and went from Falls Church to Potomac to Bethesda to Georgetown and back to FC.  42 Miles with some nice hills and some pushing of pace.  I'm crap at pace lining and couldn't hold onto the fast group so I took a tad easier and hung back with the girls up until Bethesda.  I'm still not comfortable blasting descents at 35+ mph either, but slowly improving my confidence.

Helped my roommate of 5 years move out to his new place he's sharing with his girl.  Weird to have 2 new roommates in less than 6 months.  But I'm stoked he and the SLF are doing as well as they are.  Moved tons of stuff and felt it in my back a bit again today.  Not lifting with my legs....naughty naughty.  Beyond my ex-wife and one other friend who I'm still in with, he'll be one of my longest friends and he'll always be one.  

We grilled out and watched GoT S5 finale last night.  Damn.  Still processing that for sure.  May need to re-watch it.  Felt bad for Cersi for maybe the 2nd/3rd time.  Reminded myself why humanity sorta sucks.  Then watched the Silicon Valley S2 finale and that was crazy.   Think I had server fire meets white walker dreams.

Last time this year my x-roomie and I talked about where we wanted to be in the next year and we've both definitely changed a few things.  Both of us changed positions in our org.  Both of us are doing better financially.  He's got a sirius SLF.  I'm still basically enjoying being single in many ways with a complete lack of general responsibility to another human.  I'm a bit less involved in the bike club but have idea's and drives for the future.  Gotta plan and execute a bit more this fall and see what I want to do next year.  Job stuff is improving.  Riding more with 132 gps'd/logged activities so far in under 180 days.  And that's huge considering I was at like 50 events in 90 days.  I'm on track to hit like 90+ in the last 90 days by end of June.  145?  150?  Fitness is increasing.  Looking forward to suffering in Kill Bill 2015 in mid july.  Would love to finish the century+ but even finishing metric distance would be HUGE.

Ommegong's Take the Black Stout last night was the PERFECT beer for that episode by the way.  Dark, bitter, and strong.  Really liked this 2nd bottle much better than the 1st I drank last year.  May have to try and find a bottle of this years red and have it at the end of next season.

The redone bike rack looks awesome.  Gotta get some photo's up.  And give props/reviews on the shop that did the cleaning and powder coating.

And maybe I'll jog tonight after I get home from work.  Maybe.

Monday, June 08, 2015

Running is a bad idea

Run, Running, 5k, 10k.

It's all a bad idea.  Especially if any of these items are on the list:

  1. Haven't done any training runs in 3 months or really any running.
  2. 4 Hours of Trailwork the day before
  3. Planning to help someone move an hour or two after a run/race
  4. A 5k Run =  a 5K Race.  duh
  5. You can't help but pushing to a comfortable pace
  6. You PR 3 times on a run with item 1 in effect
  7. You forget to take advil after the run
  8. Your heart rate spiked over your maximum
  9. Running when your really a cyclist
  10. You wimped out and walked for 3 minutes during the race instead of HTFU

Well so here's the deal.  I agreed/wanted to help a BikenetiCX teammate who had heart surgery to support the group who did the work as it is now something addressed typically in kids, not adults.

5K - Big Whoop, I've finished a Tough Mudder - 13 MILES.  Sure I didn't train at ALL for this but it's like 5K, I'll take it easy.

Nope 28:18 for 3.1 miles.  3 PR's and if I had not walked a few spots I could have finished down in the 25's.  I was 97th  but 9th in my age group.  At 25 I would have only been in the 50's overall and 7th in age group. Oh well.  Fastest guy did it in less than 18 mins.  Oy.

http://s3.amazonaws.com/media.racebx.com/transfer/gen/5/5/7/5574545b-e1d0-41de-9c0c-777cc0a86526/2015-Starkid-5k-Overall.htm# 1M

Legs are wicked sore.  I need to jog occasionally.  1x per week even 2-3 miles.  Oh well.

CX bike is back home and in rolling shape finally since Friday.  Got a 10 miler in Friday.  Might try and get a late ride in tonight to try and spin out legs so I can ride to work tomorrow.

On the flip side the road bike blew a spoke last week on the way home (1/10th of a mile out) and it's now taking a break after a month and change of relative high mileage.  But it really needs a new BB and possibly a new crankset.  le Sigh.

Hoping to get back into commuting and some mileage building this week.  Going to set a goal of 120.  Huzzah!