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Monday, March 22, 2010

Sun and fun on Monday!

I was completely ecstatic for the forecast for today - lots of sunshine and a high in the mid-60's.  Well Mr. Weatherman, you spoke the truth and came through - I love you!!!!

Consequently, I gleefully headed out for my run mid morning (50's but glorious full sun and bluebird skies!).  Stayed on the maintained dirt paths around our neighborhood which are beginning to dry out nicely.  The route I did today is one of my basic, "normal" routes - nothing especially spectacular or noteworthy but good - I do it frequently and generally don't get too tired of it.
Up and over Flying W to 30th, turn around and head back over, loop around Starbucks, then head home.  The nice thing about this route is that there are quite a few options to change it up for variety and add mileage and elevation - mostly on dirt.  I stuck with the standard route of 8 miles and 1100 feet of elevation.  It's good.
After I got home, made myself an iced decaf non-fat mocha, leashed up The Girl, and headed right back out the door for a walk.  After a lovely walk and my recovery mocha drink, it was time to load up the road bike to meet my dear friend, Deb, at the Air Force Academy for a "first ride" of the season.  The AFA is one of our favorite places to ride - wide, clean shoulders, and controlled traffic.  It was WONDERFUL!  I felt very good and fairly strong - certainly not top notch, in-season strong - but I could feel the potential lurking beneath the surface and that made me HAPPY, particularly since there have been zero miles outside on the bike in the past few months.  The hills felt good and there are enough on the Academy to work it.  Deb and I always enjoy our time together, although it isn't nearly frequent enough.  She is a local high school track coach and teacher.  Interestingly enough, she was telling me about how she has been running almost exclusively (when weather permits) in Vibram's Five Fingers for the past 6 months.  When the weather is fowl, she runs in the Nike Free.  I have known Deb for many years and most of those years she has been a passionate proponent of barefoot drills so the switch to the Five Fingers was a fairly easy adjustment.  But she did it gradually, one mile at a time.
I'm still not sold, although I understand the philosophy behind it.  Anyway, after expounding on the pros and cons of Five Fingers, barefoot running, and the interesting aspects of coaching high schoolers,we ended up with 33 high quality miles and about 3000 ft (??? - I don't totally remember - I need to get the altimeter back on my bike) of climbing.  AWESOME!  I was REALLY hungry during the entire ride (because I forgot to eat much after my recovery mocha other than yogurt and blueberries) and ended up sidling up to the energy food buffet - 3 Strawberry Banana Power Gels and 2 packs of Honey Stinger blocks.  I always carry LOTS of food with me - my friends know that if they get hungry, my Camel Bak is a rolling/running energy food grocery store! 

Threw the bike in the back of the Pilot (the Pilot has a pretty voluminous rear area - I crammed the bike in without even taking off the front tire or needing to fold down the rear seats!), raced over to Borders to pick up my new cookbook (above), hit Natural Grocers for a few supplies and then headed home.  I was excited to get home to try out this recipe for dinner, of course, out of the new book.  Yes, I am going gluten free - more on the why and how at a later date.  Suffice to say, my periodic indulgence of hubcap size cinnamon rolls from the Donut Mill in Woodland Park after long runs or rides is a thing of the past.  Sigh.  Weep for me Slomo...   :-)

What can I say???  It was a GREAT day all around - did a good run, a fantastic ride with a dear friend, got lots accomplished, and had awesome weather as icing on the cake.  Life is always good, despite some occasional bumps in the road.  Those bumps just serve as character builders and are refining tools.  Happy Trails to everyone this week!


Sunshine Girl said...

Damn, Kathleen! I was feelin' your energy clear across the country. Hell yeah, you got it goin' on today!

Jill said...

OMG, I forgot about The Mill (I used to live in C.Springs in another life); I need to hit up that place after Boston for a little treat :). Awesome workout, Kathleen....way to rock out that pinkness in you! I am sorry that I returned from my trip South, where it was snowing today there, and brought it back with me...I hear more snow predicted tomorrow and Wednesday in CO. I hope it's not too much and you are able to get in some great workouts in!! And here's to springtime in the Rockies....and allergies galore. ugh.

ajh said...

It sounds like a great day! Wow! You got a lot in. Glad you had the perfect weather for your activiites!!

Slomohusky said...

Don't say no to the Hub Caps of Yum! I need to visit Colorado Springs just to eat one! Well, and try some of everything my favorite Trail Runners do. Sounds like a great day.

How do you like your Scott bike? I am still looking for one. I am zeroing in on a Specialized Steel throwback one. I love the ride of steel over lighter metals and composite materials.

Happy Trails!

Tina @GottaRunNow said...

Hope your crunchy, citrus chicken dinner was good! I was going to weep for you (even though I'm not Slomo) but not if you're going to make those yummy foods on the cover of your new cook book!

That sounds like a great, safe place to ride bikes. You're one fortunate gal!

Anonymous said...

Wow! I wish my Monday was that sweet, I need to check that cookbook out. Hope the rest of your week can live up too your Monday.

Meg said...

What a fun post, I can hear your glee and joy from your fun day...thanks for the smiles! My C. Springs friend is coming to visit tomorrow. I think she's actually escaping the snow too. I hope you continue to have some gorgeous days!

Meg said...

How fun! I'm sure you'll "rock" the cheetah skirt :) !

Ace said...

Hard core dirt adventures! Those trails in the AFA always seemed like the perfect spot for long rides....

Julie said...

Hi Kathleen,
Wow, someone has a good looking bike!! I really would like to purchase one sometime in the near future:)

I just wanted to stop by and thank you for your nice comments:) I will have to see about getting that book. My hair is the worst in the summer during very humid times:( It is a mess and it is so frustrating...it is good to know that you have had good luck with the book. Also, I would love to hear more about the gluten free life you are living. I really have issues with so many wheat products. It is a long story...to long to comment on a blog. I will e-mail you sometime and we can talk more about it then:)

I hope that you guys have a fabulous weekend:)

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