Nice 50 miler ride at Harbins Park today with SBM friend, Ansley and the Expert.
This was the first time that Ansley and I have actually met, though we have chatted a few times and live only a few miles from each other. We are going to start sharing childcare on long ride days too… whoop! That’s the money, honey!
We had a GREAT time and ride, and although the Expert won’t admit that he likes riding with girls, he had a great time too. Ansley is training for Ironman Augusta 70.3also.
This ride, I focused on fueling well. I ate real food (peanut butter and jelly on english muffins) and only 2 gels instead of trying to ingest my energy with babyfood textures. I learned this last weekend at the metric ride, and I think it really helped to eat food.
Today was no joke, with about 2,500 feet of elevation gain – most of it in a 200 foot climb at the end of each loop. Total brutality.
I have noticed that a few times we’ve ridden… that there is a house with a nightgown hanging in the garage – like in the entrance to the garage. When Ansley, the Expert and I did the first loop, I was telling Ansley about the weird nightgown. Well, on the second loop – the nightgown showed up! The Expert shouted from up ahead – “The Nightgown!”
The Nightgown!! What does it mean? What does it mean? It’s like the Double Rainbow!
The biggest accomplishments about today:
1) Riding 50 miles with that kind of elevation gain. This time before 70.3 Miami, the Expert and I had only ridden 50+ miles a few times, and always on flat road. We are putting down respectable 50+ rides now with hills. Glad for that (since my run sucks!)
2) Eating well after the ride. Instead of eating a giant burger and fries (which I wanted), I had soup and a grilled chicken salad. It was actually quite delicious and I am impressed how full I was.
Yay. But I am tired of hauling this extra weight around. Not even speaking of aesthetics, I would like to lose weight so I don’t have to climb this much weight up hill. The Expert and I are making a commitment to clean eating until Augusta. Please feel free to call me out for shenanigans if I mess up.
Time to cook some salmon and sweet potatoes for dinner.
The boys are resting. Okay, the Expert is down right snoring. But I love two boys sharing the pink blanket. [Have a great week everyone!]