Had a great well-earned recovery week. The extra hour of sleep in the morning helps! I started doing strength training with Gaby at Fitness SF which will get me through the winter. Time to focus on speedwork! I put a few things on my calendar but not going to plan it out too much and stay flexible. As time goes on I've learned to let my training evolve organically. Right now, my body wants to build itself up, not tear itself down. Earlier in the year I had thought I would be doing more ultra running but this is better for me. I will stick to my goal of getting faster and building lean muscles and getting injury proof rather than binge running. There will be a time and place for that later. The triathlon prep put me in a great place for what I am about to do.
The water temps in the bay are starting to drop under 60°F finally. Great therapy for sore muscles!
Great way to celebrate spring at the Chico Wildflower Century! Fun pre-ride party and expo on the day before at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico with camping options. Chico is a fun college town with lots of places to drink and dine, but after setting camp we sampled the many food trucks at the expo. We had burritos with iced coffee and cupcakes while enjoying the live music, then later on hot pastrami sandwiches! The ride offers 3 scenic climbs with long descents that will get your heart racing! The route is well-marked and well-supported with lots of food and catered delicious post-ride dinner. It was perfect weather for the ride with a little cloud cover. The county roads were mostly well paved and wide open, not too much traffic except on the highway and around the lake with trucks towing boats at high speed. We set out around 6:30am and got back around 4:30pm in time for dinner. Moving time was 8:08 with elapsed time 9:41. There were 4 rest stops and a couple of unofficial…
Spring is in full swing and I am just having fun making fitness a part of my lifestyle. I am signed up for a few things but do not feel I have to sign up for everything that comes my way, I just like to stay active. I'm looking forward to the Wildflower Century, with an olympic tri about a month after that. Training includes some longer bike rides, spinning, bike commuting, strength training, running, rowing and swimming. Just enjoying being outdoors whenever possible!
November was a time of transition. I'll admit, it was a bit stressful! I have always felt the environment and social justice never gets the respect it deserves, and this election cycle was no different. This is why we can't ignore politics, because it directly affects us. People and the environment are literally under attack. Time to ramp up our efforts to preserve and protect the planet! Clean water doesn't happen by accident. It comes from the efforts of people that have fought to protect it. Luckily we have tools to build community around these issues, just as we do with our running and triathlon communities. Let's use them!
Some things I did this month: Started thinking about next year's training and eventsSwitched to a credit union (divest from fossil fuels and banks that support them)Donate to Oceti Sakowin camp Enrolled in Clean Power SF - Super Green programCutting out red meat and dairyDid more sketching, motivated by art activism
Here is a recap of the mo…