so to get better on the bike, you have to ride, right? so my goal in april is to ride. at least 5 times a week. as much as possible. for at least an hour. recovery ride is okay, maybe even a spin class, but just do it. and i've been doing it! riding 5 (and this week 6!) times each week, just trying ot get some time in the saddle. it seems like as long as i get on the bike, the things i am supposed to do happen (intervals- try keeping up with a bunch of fast dudes!; hills-because i like them; long rides-whenever i have time which has been a couple times a week.
those bikes in the picture up top are mine and bethany's. she is my main bike friend. we are quite the pair. neither of us really have a clue (sorry, bethany!) so we are a big mess with maps, and route slips, random mismatched outfits,...we're pretty much just getting by. but get by, we do! and it's been fun.
today i met up with a group for a long ride in chula vista, ca around the otay lakes....we started at Pulse Endurance Sports, the best new bike/running shop in town. it's huge and they have everything! Mike and Liam have done an awesome job getting everything a serious cycle/running store needs...here's some of the crew pre-ride:
Otay Lakes is sooo close (15 minutes away) but i've somehow never been there before...right on the mexico border...it was beautiful! lots of things to look at along this ride, the hills and the lake,....the U.S. Olympic training center!....
and i also saw the U.S. Border patrol arrest 15 young mexican kids running across the border (not cool)....saw a plane drop a skydiver...saw a lot of Lorene's ass (thanks, Lorene!)
followed the ride with a 30 minute trail run- and my legs were DEFINITELY feeling the 2hr/16 mile run i had done the day before (good run! 7:30/min pace for 16 miles, avg HR 151-felt smooth and steady).
this last picture is from my ride on friday. i was solo and i only had an hour and thirty minutes, so i did a 30 minute warm-up and then climbed up the torrey pines hill in la jolla 3 times. for me, it's about a 10-minute climb and i did one seated, one standing and one mixed....on the last one i was getting pretty tired from charging it on the prior climbs so i told myself one thing, "make this hill your bitch!" (thanks, ROB and rob's coach, Liz!) i totally made the hill my bitch. BACKOFF, hill! you're mine! it was awesome. i told james later that i had stolen this key tip from rob....turns out its contagious- james had a tough mountain bike race on saturday. on one of the key climbs, he blew it on the second lap, so when he came around for the third lap, guess what got him up it? apparently, that hill was his bitch. it works, try it!
it's been a long week. i'm starting to feel some of the training creep up in the legs, so i think i'm going to take a day off tomorrow and do bikram yoga (my new favorite thing!) bikram is hot yoga (105 darn degrees) with 26 poses done twice each in the same order. And its quite humbling (i feel like a cheerleader in the middle of a bunch of ballerina's)...
i got so called out by the instructor the first day- he was all, "pink shorts, LEFT over right!"..."pink shorts-thumbs CROSSED!" (i'll tell YOU where to put your thumb mr. yogini)....."pink shorts-forehead to the knees!" ....so on my second class... i wore black.
the instructors aren't shy about what you're doing wrong, but hey, i'd rather get it right, so its fine. its the first time i've taken yoga and really felt like i get something out of it. the poses really work all the muscles in your legs and core and its a super-long stretch session as well. and i love heat even though its stand-up-black-out-almost-faint hot and lots of people have to lie down for breaks. bikram also apparently has digestive benefits and releasing of toxins happens in that hot box too, so i'll take it!
and the most important news of the day (or year!) is the birth of james' newest nephew, little G. today. the pictures that have been coming over our way are incredible- i always thought babies look a little ugly on the first day, but not this one! this guy is CUTE! congratulations Chris and Courtney!