Sunday, March 30, 2008

Smart planning

I always hate the second day out of the season, it hurts! Everything about this morning's ride was tough. It started with fitting Chris to his bike, and realizing that with his track and skating schedule this week, I probably should not let him ride this morning. As a coach I know how important it is to listen to the body and plan training sessions. While his volume is manageable now, I don't want to spike things so severely that he is burned out before he really gets going. So we looked at the calendar and his training schedule and decided that two afternoons after track practice this week and two days next weekend would be sufficient.

So off I went, on my own. The thing about riding here is that you can loop a reservoir in almost any direction you go. Today I headed west and looped the Amawalk (17 miles total). I am on my skates tonight and have a bunch to do, so an hour was about my time limit for the day. It was a beautiful ride! There were the guys who were regulars, they all had this giddy reply to hello. I was, however amazed at how many people I passed who seemed to be lost in a stressful struggle, to deep to do more than scowl at a hello. I am also amazed at how some people go fast, regardless of how they pedal (or not). This guy passed me, and seemed to coast more often than pedal, yet I couldn't catch him for the life of me, despite my all out effort. All in all it was a decent ride, can't wait for Tuesday with Chris!

Saturday, March 29, 2008


Have you ever thought about your time at play? Today I did something absolutely amazing. I rode my bike with my son, whose main reason for being out there was to start training for his ride from Michigan home. I felt like a kid out on my first ride. He was so excited, even when he hit the hill by PQ elementary in North Salem. Despite the comment "THIS HILL WON"T END" he was all smiles, and his speedskating life has lent him some POWER.

Tomorrow we have a route in mind that is a bit longer. I am hoping that the enthusiasm for riding is still there when he feels that saddle and how sore he will be.

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Thursday, March 6, 2008

Weight lifting and swimming and...

So I have been in the gym... and in the pool.. and on my feet running...biking...skating, sort of... and generally returning to my normal workout routine. I have really been looking at what I eat, (except as I sit here and sip a glass of wine while talking to Crash online). Man, I miss the LT ice. Life has taken a few interesting turns lately. I am just about finished with my level 3 coaching certification, things at work are fabulous and working out is working.