Happy Veterans Day!!!


9:15!! Holy cow!! I guess I missed the HearthStone run in Easton (that was at 8 am). Well, that’s ok because my legs feel like they weigh a million pounds. Besides, time with the kids is precious to me so I decided to make Ben (and Laura and myself) some fresh Chocolate Chip pancakes, thinking that they would be fuel for a long run later on. After all, it’s a short day at the shop, with us closing at 2pm on Sundays, right? Ha!

At 10 am I open the shop and think of what I need to do for the day. The next thing I know I’m in the middle of a bike fitting session that takes up about 60 minuutes or so, and then other clients start coming in. Woo Hoo! I really do love days like this. I am able to find a bit of time later in the day to start working on my positioning on my Kestrel 4000 LTD that I rode yesterday. I can’t seem to get it perfect, so I put out an email for help. We’ll see how that goes….

2:15 pm. Hey! Aren’t we supposed to be closed?!? It’s such a beautiful day that we have people who have rented bikes for the day. I don’t blame them. I want to play outside too. Laura is at the shop and her sister Amber comes to get Ben to alleviate some of the running around. Aha! My chance to escape. I know it’s going to be brief and, of course, I have no Ipod, no Garmin, no Timex…. NOTHING. But wait! Salvation!! My smart phone has a MapMyRun app on it that will track me. So I fire up Pandora (realizing I have no headphones so I just let it play out of the speaker), hit record on MapMyRun and take off. I know it is going to be a short one becuase I have to go to work.

The run feels good, after I shake out the dead weight feeling. Up the beautiful St Michaels Rails to Trails and then loop back through the middle of town. I love to see people’s faces when they see me running down Talbot Street because I try to purposely smile the whole time. They just kind of nod and smile back. Perfect! I can see the shop and I start to pick it up a little to get a good workout. As I roll in to the parking lot I reach down to tell the MapMyRun app to stop and……. I never hit start. Apparently, after the big red RECORD button, you have to push another button. Noted.

So I went and used the web mapping program found at www.mapmyrun.com and traced my route. I put a rough time of 18 minutes on there because of glancing at the clock going out and coming in. No idea on the seconds. So we’re going with a 2.13 mile run in 18 minutes. Not bad for a recovery run.


Oh DOMS, how I hate you. For those of you wondering, DOMS is Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. That’s the sadistic part of your body that delays your feeling of soreness to a time about 3 days after your workout. All week I’ve been feeling GREAT, and very happy about not being sore. WRONG. Woke up seriously sore but it’s a good sore. It means I’m breaking down muscle and rebuilding. Keep it coming!!

I was scared that I wasn’t going to squeeze anything in today becuase of getting up late and having to go right in to the shop. Fortunately there was a lull in traffic (maybe that’s not fortunate, owning the business and all) around 1:45 and I decided to take my bike out for a little fun. I knew I only had about 45 minutes or so, so a quick jaunt out to Bozman would be perfect.

My bike, a Kestrel 4000 LTD, is AWESOME, but I haven’t quite set myself up perfectfly yet. It’s kind of like walking in a contractors’ house and finding 20 projects that aren’t finished. I went out on my ride anyway and have to say that a full carbon ride is definetly the way to go. Most of the little imperfections in the roadway just disappear when you’re on carbon. It seemed like nothing to run the bike up to 20mph almost instantly. I would later find that was because of a head wind.

Later, after more training, I will use these headwinds as training aides. People laugh at us all the time, being on the Eastern Shore, becuase we don’t really have hills. We laugh back. We have wind. And our wind is CRAZY. It sometimes feels like a headwind both ways. Oh well, the joys of living on a peninsula. Anyway, in addition to our winds, I always point out to my hill-oriented friends that we flat-landers pedal all day long, never stopping. They have to work to get to the top of their hills but then they coast down the other side. Boo

Overall the ride went well. I certainly felt as though I had not been on the bike for some time. That shouldn’t have been a shock but I can tell you that there are some spin classes in my future to try and get my legs back.

Total time ridden – 43:07              Total Distance – 12.95 miles          Avg Speed of 18.02 mph

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