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Saturday, November 26, 2011

A Saturday Bike....

We awoke to lovely blue skies this fine Saturday morning....  lovely blue skies, ferocious winds, and a crisp wind chill of 11.  For those of you who have dogs - have you ever opened the back door for your dog to go "out" on a cold morning, have the critter poke its head out the door, figuratively say 'I don't think so', put it in frantic 'reverse' and hightail back into the house because it didn't want to venture out into the cold?  Well that was the case for Happy Trails this morning (ahem, not the part of needing to go 'out', if you know what I mean).  We were dressed, ready to head over to the trail for our weekend tempo run, despite watching the trees bending over from the gusty wind, opened the door to go out, had that bitter wind hit our faces and put it in immediate reverse back into the cozy, warm confines of the house.


Hmmm, what to do.  We need our 'scheduled' faster paced run in for the week (that's about as structured as we get).  So, being the 'bad', not-so-tough-as nails duo that we are, we changed from running attire to BIKING
attire.  We decided not to run in the cold but ride instead.  Yes, RIDE.  While it was gale force windy out.  While it was 'we're not ready for the cold' cold out.  Yes, we rode.  Indoors.  On the trainers.  In a warm, cozy house (with some artificial wind - a fan blowing on us - to make us think we were really outside, sort of).  Threw in a Carmichael Training video - Climbing Speed - and proceeded to sweat profusely by doing repeats of Over and Under climbing threshold intervals.  It was all good.  We got a great workout in despite missing our tempo day.  Tomorrow we are hoping to redeem ourselves with a LONG run.... 




The cardinal rule in the HT household has been "No Christmas music until December 1".  I (Kathleen - and yes, I finally did a post) am bad all the way around lately - no run today AND starting Christmas music overload way early.  Oh yeah, adding to my string of badness - I just made a batch of gluten free butter cookies with Nutella sandwiched in between.  We are hoping to post a Christmas playlist with some of our faves but have had trouble getting a full list to download.  So here's one good song to start you off.  


Happy Trails!

Enjoy "The Christmas Song" by Michael Tait


6 comments:

mtnrunner2 said...

Was going to ride, until I pictured myself getting blown over, plus realized I don't have good cold-weather bike clothes yet. Run!

Laura@Run_Eat_Date said...

At first I thought you really had lost your minds. It was so cold out this morning and thinking of you outside on your bikes...OMG! We hit some trails in Evergreen and never warmed up. Glad to hear you stayed inside and got a great workout in!! You've braved 86 mph wind gusts just a few weekends ago...no need to go out in this cold! Good luck tomorrow!

ajh said...

I am so not tech smart. I didn't know you could just add a song like that.

I was wondering why if it was so cold and windy out you were getting on your bikes...........and then I got to the trainers part!

Wed. I went to the gym instead of out in the first snow. I just needed some time to do a mind adjustment!

Jennifer said...

Good that you didn't just bail! Living in the south sometimes it is so hard to do workouts on cold mornings, but I need to get in gear; that cold front is coming our way and it's supposed to be only 30+ for our race next weekend! Have a fun long run!

Jill said...

Hahaha...your trainer ride is about as "bad" as my treadmill run! I'm sitting here waiting for the 16 degrees to warm up to go run outside, but I'm being pretty wimpy. At least no gale force winds this morning. I guess it's time for us folks in CO to whip out the cold weather gear *sigh*.

runningredrocks said...

Did you guys get tickets for the Western States 100 film, showing at Stargazers? Anton, Geoff, and Anita are going to be there for discussion... :) ... We just picked up our tickets today.. I am SO excited!!!!

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