I feel so incredibly freaking lucky to be in this little North County San Diego bubble where the endurance lifestyle is considered "fun" and my social activities and training blend so seamlessly. Don't get me wrong, there is some serious hard work going on. Strava suffer scores in the "Extreme" range all over the place, lots of yards in the pools and building up my running volume & intensity.
But somehow, half my workouts end up feeling like a cocktail party or special occasion. May help that I know a gazillion people born around this time of year (including me!) so we're doing lots of "birthday workouts"...Which for my birthday on Jan 30th included a 99 mile ride w/ 7500ft of climbing and a hilly 5 mile transition run with some of my closest (crazy) friends..No big deal. All in the name of fun, right? Then, the next day was Keith's birthday so one of the workouts included his favorite #secrettrackworkout and our first real speed session of the year.
I do have a bit of non-endurance fun too and had a happy birthday hour at Beachside bar...Of course it was full of all of my endurance friends- which means party started before 6 and ended by 9...perfect for 8hrs sleep & up in time for 6am swim before work.
|me & katie. not in lycra!|
|Legend Mike Rouse, Skinny Pirate, Me, "Birthday Banana" from Jené because she knows how I like my bananas (no green, not too much brown)|
Yesterday, The weather was beautiful, so after my morning swim, Courtney & I punched a one-way ticket and rode bikes out east to watch our friends at the Boulevard road race: 7000ft of climbing into a bit of a headwind, big ringing the climbs, 3x10 min TT efforts on the flats...And in between? Girl talk. Ended up in the middle of nowhere with trashed legs, ringing cowbell & hooting and hollering for our bad ass friends.
|me, Courtney, Jess...evidently SoCal winter endurance chic = Hat, puffy jacket, sunglasses & leggings (Shout out to Jess who was 3rd in the Pro 1/2 race!)|
Today, I decided to sandwich the local Cardiff Kook 10k in the middle of my Ironman training long run..The plan was for 20 miles total, but we ran into Andy Baldwin's birthday run after the race (36 miles for 36 years, I told you people around here are crazy and no, I did not run 36 miles) so I ended up logging a few bonus miles with their crew along the coast. whoops. But hey, throw a 10k PR of 37:30 in there and I'm a happy camper.
|Me, Katie, Katya post- 10k pre- bonus miles|
|The Dr. Andy Baldwin birthday crew. He was raising money for Got Your Back Network (helps families of fallen soldiers).|
|from ride to Boulevard w/ courtney..the cutout part of the hill is the start of Mt. Laguna climb.|