Sunday, May 15, 2011

Training Tales

Without a doubt, last week's training highlight was my first outing of the season on the tri bike.  After a couple of years on a borrowed bike full of good karma, I was fortunate to invest in an entry level tri bike of my own last year.  You will quickly learn that biking is my weakness if you check out a post on my tri training blog .  It isn't that I have physical limitations to it- it's that I'm a chicken.  I have a lot of technical cycling skills to develop and I need more confidence to stop doing things like feather the brakes the entire way down hills etc.  All in time!

Last Saturday, the weather was beautiful and I got to head out on a training ride with a training buddy.  I am always amazed at the different demands on the body between actual road cycling and spinning class.  Despite regular spinning classes and/or use of my spinning bike all winter long, the first road ride of the season brings out aches and pains in muscles that I forgot were part of cycling.  My neck ached from using the aero bars and those pesky hip flexors started to yell a little bit towards the end of the ride. 

We rode just under 22 miles on the Olympic distance course of the upcoming MA State Triathlon. For me, that's a darn good first ride of the season!

In other training, I only headed out for 2 runs this week; one not so good and the other felt awesome and finished up just under 5 miles.  Swimming has been neglected like my house plants this week (it's a work in progress) and I squeezed in couple of yoga workouts to round out with some strength and flexibility training.  All in all, not a bad week!  I hope you were able to get some healthy time for yourself this week too!
Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all you mommies out there (especially mine).  It's been a pretty awesome weekend around here.  Weather has been fantastic and we are shaking the winter finally!  We started Friday evening with a family run- Mom, Dad, tiny toddler, dog and all.  Yesterday, I finally got out on the tri bike for the first ride of the season! Woohoo....

Today is shaping up to be a beautiful day.  As I reflect on Mother's Day, I am very thankful for such a happy, healthy family and I wish you all the same.  We started our morning making healthy blueberry muffins (more on this recipe later).

Here is my sweet pea enjoying them....
Notice the attentive yet discreet dog under the table just hoping something is dropped....
These must be really yummy because the dog just had to make it a little bit more obvious that she was waiting for some muffin herself...
Who can resist those puppy eyes?

Have a wonderful Sunday and a Happy Mother's Day!