Brick – 40 miles bike, 3 miles run
Runner’s World quote: “ There are few experiences in life in which my physical and psychological abilities are as sharply defined as they are during marathon training and racing…The training and racing experiences have shown me sides of myself that I never knew existed. I’ve found perseverance, an ability to focus, stubbornness, compulsiveness, bravery, organization, a sense of humor, and a capacity for unbridled joy.”
-Gordon Bakoulis Bloch, How to Train for and Run Your Best Marathon
That was another one of my Runner’s World quotes of the day that I liked and wanted to share with you. I don’t think it just applies to marathon training, but any kind of training that requires you to push yourself, learn about yourself, and experience new highs.
Speaking of highs, this weekend was wonderful! (Jam packed, but wonderful.) I can’t think of many better ways to celebrate being done with midterms than a weekend with the girls, a long beautiful brick workout with friends, and a Sunday night in with the husband:).
On Saturday morning I got up early to head down to Charlottesville, VA, to celebrate my best friend’s bachelorette party. A day with the girls is good for the soul, especially when it includes beautiful flowers…
(Don’t worry, I only had one! I knew if I had more I would be regretting it on my Sunday brick workout:).
I got back mid-day on Sunday, ate lunch, and jumped right back in the car to meet friends for a scheduled 40-mile bike ride. I have to admit, when I was heading out the sky was cloudy, the wind was blowing, it was chilly and grey and yucky out, I had been in the car for probably eight hours in the past 36 hours, I was tired, and I did NOT feel like doing a brick workout!
Thank goodness I had plans to meet friends, because it forced me to drag my behind out the door and let me tell you how incredibly glad I was that I did! Once I got to our meeting spot off the W&OD trail the sun was out and it was a beautiful 65 degrees outside. Sunday’s ride turned out to be THE perfect bike ride, and it made me SO happy to be able to enjoy the beautiful weather!
Friends, I wish I could find the words to express to you just how amazing this bike ride was (and sadly, I don’t have any pictures to help me, either:/). Let me just tell you there was so much sunshine, perfect temperatures, gorgeous scenery, rolling hills, great friends, good conversation, lots of laughs, stopping for ice cream and BBQ, jokes, farmland, horses, cows, dogs (it should be noted that none of the previously mentioned animals got in the way of the bike path;), and just overall joy, laughter, and great exercise!
It’s amazing how I can be so tired and grumpy and not in the mood to work out, but once I actually get out the door and on the bike (and it doesn’t hurt to throw some good friends and great weather in there), all is well again in the world!:)
When I got home on Sunday I showered and then had dinner (tacos…I had a taco salad; after all, I had already had ice cream and BBQ;) and watched a movie (love and other drugs–cute, but predictable) with Eric. A perfect way to wrap up a great weekend!
Do you find yourself not in the mood to go workout sometimes, even when you KNOW it will make you feel better?
(Why is that? You would think our bodies/minds would have learned by now that we always feel better after!)