Saturday, March 21, 2009

Itchy McItcherson

Guess what today is? REST DAY! And so far it's been going very well...

But first, I did my long bike ride yesterday after work on the nearby trail - 40 miles, DONE!

OCN
40.25mi
2:48:59
Avg pace: 14.3mph
Avg hr: 141bpm

The ride was OK. I definitely am getting hints of what to expect for my upcoming 65 mile bike ride. Besides the expected discomfort you-know-where, I started feeling more soreness/achiness in my arms and my back so I played around with different hand positions during my ride. I also noticed that I might be developing some tiny callouses on the inside of my thumbs - nothing major though. (I wear gloves so it's not that bad.)

The ride was kind of boring because I had biked there before and I had to bike some portions multiple times to get to 40 miles as the trail itself is about 15 miles long. I was pretty tired by the halfway point so I wasn't thrilled that I faced a lot of headwind on the way back - that definitely added some challenge to the ride. At least there weren't any hills as well.

The really annoying part was that I got a bunch of bug bites during the ride! There were definitely a lot of bugs swarming around me for parts of the ride and I think a butterfly smacked me right in the face as well. But I thought they were just a nuisance and that was all. But on my way home, I realized that I had a bunch of itchy spots - argh... Also, I now have a slight tan line on my thighs from my bike shorts even though I wore lots of sunblock before I left. I guess I have to reapply during the ride? Today I got a new sunblock with insect repellent so I'll make sure to wear that if I'm out there again... it doesn't appear to be sweatproof as well although I don't think I sweat as much biking compared to running so I should be OK.

Here's a pic I took on my iPhone of my ride (while stopped of course). I don't think the pic actually does the scenery justice, but I still kinda like it.



So today is starting out to be a nice day. If you follow my other blog, you know that I am a Twilight FREAK. But I'm too old and lazy to attend any of the midnight release parties, so I went to Target first thing this morning to get the DVD. I don't know what I was worried about - there was no chaos, they had tons everywhere, no line, etc. I saw a twitpic last night of someone that was waiting in line at Walmart with about 100 other people to get their copy. NONSENSE, I tell ya!

Since I was up early, I did something that I love but hardly get to do - get McDonald's breakfast:



OK, the eggs look kinda scary but I don't care - I love me some Mickey D breakfast platters :) I barely ate half of this so I'll probably be picking at this for the rest of the day.

Also on the agenda for today is packet pick-up for my Mermaid 10K tomorrow. I could get my bib tomorrow but the packet pick-up is being held at my beloved Sports Basement with a 20% off discount for all runners, so I want to pick up some new stuff while I'm there. I definitely need some new bike jerseys so hopefully I find some cute ones today.

17 comments:

Mica said...

Great job on the bike ride, that's so hardcore! And good luck on your race tomorrow!

Oooh, "Twilight". Hahaha, I just put my set of the books on Craig's List for sale. I want them out of my life because I am not a "Twilight" freak. The movie was amusing though. :)

teacherwoman said...

Bug bites in March?!?! One of the positives of living in ND?! LOL.

Nice work on the bike, chica!

Cindy said...

dang, great bike ride! i agree, the eggs look funny, very block-like, but i'm not a hater. i love me some mc breakfast too! i go for the mcmuffin.

joyRuN said...

Oh girl - I LOVE that pic!

The scenery one's good too ;)

lilmeg said...

HAHAH! I was wondering what the yellow thing in the corner was. EGGS!

I wish I thought to pick up Twilight. Enjoy!!! I hear the extended scenes are good!

Sarah said...

So where is that pain? ;) JK! I loooooove twilight! It's fantastic!! I'm glad you love it too!!

Jamie said...

Nice job on the ride, sucks about the bugs! I don't know why I pre-ordered the movie, there were plenty available. My dad took my little stepsister to a midnight buying last night...absolutely crazy.

D10 said...

Awesome job on the bike ride! You did great. You are going to be so ready for the 65 mile ride.

Alisa said...

Nice work on the bike! Looked like a great day for a bike ride...blue skies...what are those again?

I've got the Twilight movie on my Netflix queue, I haven't seen it.

I Run for Fun said...

Great ride. Love the scenery!

Marcy said...

Ohhhhh girl because of your Twilight craziness I HAD to see the dayum thing already. I actually really liked it! The movie is sort of similar to True Blood (the series on HBO) have you seen it?

Tara said...

I was totally edxpecting pandemonium and chaos when i wen tot go pick up Twlight, however I was sadly dissappointed! lol

Nice job on the bike ride and the 10K this weekend! It was good to see you! Can't wait for the mud run :)

Chic Runner said...

You are a biking fiend! I could never bike that far great job. and can't wait for the report on the mermaid 1/2!

aron said...

awesome job on the bike ride!!!! yuck i hate getting bit, i get sooo itchy!!!

RoadBunner said...

I think I read on someone's blog you didn't get into Nike via lottery, too. How does this club run thing work?

Sam said...

Haha, McDonald's breakfasts are always a treat, even if they don't exactly look like one.

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