Thursday, January 1, 2009

January 1st, 2009!

Wow, a whole new year to play with! How cool is that?

I got up late-ish again this morning (9:30+?) and had coffee and breakfast. By 11am I was in my bike gear and challenging my hubby to a 100km trainer ride extraordinaire! We each have a CycleOps 2 Fluid trainer side by sidein the basement so we got all set up with water bottles, snacks, and movies and hit the pedals. Every 10km, I posted my progress on twitter and it was fun reading the encouraging comments on the itouch as we rode.

I had one gel after the first hour and then after 50km, I stopped to stretch a bit and grab a snack (a bowl of cold mashed potatoes and salt, and a couple of cookies) and then I was back on the bike. We watched Ironman (the movie, not the race) and then The Perfect Storm. By the 70km mark, my butt was pretty sore and I ran out of chamois cream but I kept at it. The last 20 km got harder and the final 10km were actually painful on my quads. I could normally do a 100km ride without too much trouble, especially when I'm sticking around 25 kmh, and zone 2 HR, but I only rode 40km in December and not a whole lot more than that in the two months previous, so it was a bit of a stretch to do 100km straight.

That's what I like - a challenge!!!

I definitely wouldn't have gone past 50km if Erik wasn't riding alongside me, and if I wasn't tweeting my progress as I went, because the committment forced me to keep on going. It was a great way to start the new year!

I still haven't got my goals and training plan written down yet but I think I'll be able to get that done tomorrow some time.

I do know I want to swim 2X a week, ride the trainer 2X a week, and run 3X a week, plus do strength, core, and yoga exercises. Part of the strength workout will be to continue the Pushups Challenge and start the 200 Situps Challenge. I just have to figure out how to fit it all in.

I also need to get back to healthy eating, drink more water, take my vitamins, get more sleep, and lose 5lbs. That's not too much to ask is it?

Of course not!!! :)


Javier said...

A Great way to start the New Year, 100K!

Paul said...

That's very impressive! I've yet to go beyond the 2 hr. mark while stationary. Congrats to you and Eric.