Sunday, December 6, 2009

Lots and Lots of PRs

All sorts of PR’s were had this weekend. My best friend Kristen along with RoadBunner and I think Audrey too, all PR’d at CIM. Aron, qualified for Boston also at CIM—great job lady way to end your 2009 race season! Other CIM runner shout outs go to ChicRunner (you maniac!), Tara (also a maniac, I think) and Maritza (way to finish your 7th marathon strong). Hopefully I’m not leaving any other CIM runners out.

So these weren’t the ONLY PR’s of the weekend. On Saturday, Mr. Pi and I completed a PR distance bike ride—44.316 miles! Awhile back Jen suggested I look into the “Rubber to the Road” series. (Its two books of rides around the Portland area.) We’ve been scoping out rides for a week or so and decided if the weather was nice we’d try one out. Well, it’s been really sunny in Portland lately so we decided to give the Mt. Angel ride a go. So this ride was great, nice country roads with very little traffic however, the directions and the description were both a little off.

First, the directions. There were a couple of roads that had different names or turned into the road on their map. Let’s just say, thank goodness for the iphone!

Second, the description. So 99.9% of the description was correct. It was back country roads with very little traffic. There were hops fields galore (which Mr. Pi and I want to come back and see in the spring). However, there were hills! At mile 30 we turned and saw the first of three, what I would consider major hills. Let’s just say, mile 30 was not where I wanted to start seeing hills.

Hops field bare for the winter.

About halfway.

Pretty views of the valley and surrounding hills.

Still flat here.

Mr. Pi and his PB&J. I should have eaten one too.

Stopped, probably looking at the directions.

Just past our biking mileage PR.

And, we're DONE.

This is how Mr. Pi felt after 44.316 miles.

Here's me...thinking about Starbucks! Extra hot please.

Anyway, we survived getting up them and down them. (I practiced not braking and using the downhills to get up the uphills. I saw a max speed at one point of 31 MPH, that’s a max speed PR for me. I told ya the PR’s just keep on coming.) I had one freak out moment going up the last major hill, there was lots of profanity and yelling BUT I got up the damn hill. To be honest, if I hadn’t been clipped in I probably would have walked my bike up that last hill but I was too afraid of falling over trying to unclip myself. After that last hill it was just small rollers which were fine.

I learned several things on this ride:

1. Going from a max distance of 30ish miles to almost 45 was a HUGE jump and not one I would recommend to anyone else. Our average speed suffered. First 22.5 miles average 14 MPH. Finish average 12.9. I think maybe I’ll stick to 20-30 mile rides for awhile and work on getting faster, HILLS and stopping less.

2. I need a fueling plan. I didn’t know when to drink or eat and since I rarely get thirsty or hungry riding I need to create a plan and try it out.

3. I need some serious cold weather gear if I’m going to try to ride some through the winter. My feet, hands, head, and legs were FROZEN. Temperature never got above 40.

4. I get really snotty when the weather gets cold (this happens running or even just walking outside) so I think I might try taking something to dry it out a little next time. Right now I have a bright red nose just like Rudolph!

5. I need to work on hill training. At one point I saw a 4.5 MPH on my bike computer going up the hill.

Overall though it was an amazing ride with Mr. Pi—we did it!

Today, I ran a baby run of 4.5 miles. My legs aren’t so much sore as they are heavy. But my real reason for not doing a long run was because it was f’ing cold outside! It never got above 32.5!!!! I started out with Zoey and thought I’d take her 4 miles drop her back off at the house and decide if I wanted to go back out. By the time I got back after 4.5 miles, I was freezing and the wind was so brutal my already raw nose was hurting and my eyes were stinging so I called it a day.

This week I also tried out a Masters swimming club. I’m going to check out all the ones in town before February and then make a decision. They group was great however, I’m leaving my options open.

I’m counting the days until I go home to see family and friends! 11 full days left in Portland then it is time to head home to Cali! Goal for the week---finish Xmas shopping! I started off so well and was half done by mid-October but then fell off the shopping wagon.