that you don't have to read this awful post I just wrote up that was gripe gripe gripety gripe about how tough life is.
The universe swallowed it :-)
So, although I will show you this gross picture of wee girl's knee to give you just one example of what's going on in this house of sickies...
...I'll leave the rest unsaid.
Dear Universe ~ you can have it!
I had a great group ride yesterday. We started out in Bethany Village with the threat of rain.
The dilemma was what to wear. It was warm enough that if it stayed dry, my regular biking gear would be more than fine. However, if it became rainy as I was expecting, then having my coat would be ideal and I would be able to stay happy through to the completion of all 34 miles.
Prior to the ride, I had decided to remind myself to stay in my L1-L2 zone throughout this ride. Not being one to usually track such things other than in a perceived exertion (ie: how well I can gab with people during my workout), I went against the norm and wore my old HR monitor. It is not fancy enough to have the bells and whistles of so many of you, so it does not beep at me when I've gone out of one zone and into another...so I had to improvise...
...with some random table I found on the interwebs. Unfortunately (for many reasons) I bundled up like the Michelin Man and could not get to my handy HR table under all my clothing and had to guess at my exertion. I do believe I managed to kill the little hills we had (about 1750ft in elevation gain) with very little effort. First hilly ride over and done!!
I did regret the coat for every mile after the first one and it, of course, did not rain. However, if I had chosen to not take the coat, I am positive it would have hailed. So... I'll call it a win!
On top of my coat, I got to wear our mission vest which is neon green with purple ribbons flying off of it - each with the name of someone our team is racing to honor or in memory of. Yesterday, we rode in memory of Michael, so I had the privilege of wearing it during our ride. This thrilled me! Everytime I come across someone on our rides or runs who is wearing the vest, I get all choked up and reminded of why we do this. I got to be that person for everyone else this Saturday.
Today called for a 5-6 mile easy run, so since my table was still on my arm in permanent marker, it was easily available for further unknown truths about my exertion level. I thought that I should keep my HR below 150 for this run. The first mile had me at 136, the second mile I snuck up into the low 140s and the 3rd mile into the high 140s. Occasionally a song would come on that would immediately rocket me to 158-159 but I was able to will myself back down to the 140s. I stopped at 5 miles and took Ki for a 4 mile dog walk (shhhh...the doctor says she's getting fat). I'm SO looking forward to Spring and more "Kiara Tackles The Trails" series. The doctor is also giving us a pain/anti-inflammatory medicine so she can start doing longer hikes again. It does not look like her shoulder is ever going to let her do long runs again, but at least with the meds we can ramp up the hiking distance without her being totally crippled afterwards.
So with 9 miles on these old legs for today, I'm getting ready to foam roll the heck out of my calves, stretch that hidden psoas and then get to the laundry. OH MY! Yes, excitement is where I live :D