4 hours ago
"...In the end, people either have excuses or experiences; reasons or results; buts or
brilliance. They either have what they wanted or they have a detailed list of all the rational reasons why not."
~ Anonymous (taken from Matt Erbele's, It Takes Time to Get Good)
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Queen of the Mountain
Ok, maybe that is a bit much, but I climbed a hill I have been scared of since I started cycling. Hubby took me on my long ride today and I had a 2 1/2 hour ride with 3 climbs on my schedule. He chose Hicks Rd. which is one of the tougher (albeit, shorter) climbs in the area. He said I should try to go to the cattle guard Picture cattle guard for you non-cowboy types. He ALWAYS overestimates my abilities, so I thought I would NOT be able to get to the cattle guard, but I DID! Go me.
We rode 31 miles and did 2 real climbs, and one lesser climb. Hubby was impressed and said I am definitely getting stronger. This is no small thing. He doesn't exactly play fast and loose with compliments. Picture Elevation chart for today's ride
Tomorrow is a recovery long run. I think I will run 7-8 miles at a different bike trail (ooh! new pictures!) My legs are feeling pretty good, although they were trashed most of the week after the 20 miler. I think I need to look at using a recovery drink after long runs like that. I am going to try one (Ultragen) after the 23 miler next weekend. I am also going to try electrolyte tablets (Salt Stick) on the recommendation of my coach (she also recommeded the recovery drink she uses). The heat last week really got to me and I need to be ready for it to be warm in San Diego. I will give a review of these after I try them.