Monday, June 13, 2011
Back in the Saddle
today's weigh-in: 170.8lbs
up almost 2lbs from last week.
yep, there it is. evidence of my binges. sigh. bad choices, bad outcome.
all I can do is pick myself, brush myself off & get back in the saddle again. That's exactly what I did this weekend....got back on my bike saddle.
We had an old friend visit us this weekend. He was here to do the Denver Century - a 100 mile bike ride around Denver - with my husband. Although he's only 42, he was diagnosed with cancer at the beginning of last year. Somewhere in the middle of the ravaging chemo/surgery/more chemo routine, he made a list of all things he wanted to do after cancer. One year later & he's beat it! I'm so happy for him & I was so glad he came to see us on his "Back to Health" tour 2011. He looks good & is obviously really strong. The guys did the ride in about 6 hours. So proud :) You should've seen him at the finish line..tired, covered in road dust & sunburned but glowing. He'd just completed an amazing physical feat AFTER cancer.
It was a good reminder for me & a slap upside the head that health is a key reason for this journey. I'm feeling inspired which means (drum roll, please!)....I just signed up for the Venus de Miles ride. This is a women's only ride around Boulder at the end of August & I've decided to do the 67-mile course. OMG! what am I thinking? I've heard that the ride is a lot of fun, not stressful & they have chocolate at every aid station. How can you not love it??? I chose the 67-miler b/c I think it'll be a challenge & a stretch goal for me. Guess I need to start training now, eh?
Our friend lives in Portland, OR & is not used to our altitude so on Saturday we all went on a pre-race 30-mile ride so he could acclimatize. I was in the lead for this ride until my hubs griped that I was going too fast. hahahaha! And why was I going that fast? to get my heartrate up! Cruising with the boys, my heartrate was only about 65% of max but my pace was 75-80% of max. that's more like it! We did a ride that I've done many times in the past and, in the past, I always remember being beat at the halfway point & struggling to make it home. This time was totally different. It felt...enjoyable. I felt the joy of my blood pumping, my legs moving & the wind in my face. wow! that's new! And when we got home? I worked in the garden for a few hours before heading out for dinner. Rather than crashing on the couch completed exhausted; this time I still had plenty of energy for moving pots around, digging holes, hauling bags of potting soil, etc.
Back in the saddle.