Coming Back After a Break…

I know it has been a while since I last posted, but I have a really good excuse for that. I think most of you know I work in grant development and have school districts across the country that I work with. One of the Federal grants I work with was due on May 13th, which meant 20 hour days for the six weeks leading up to that. Literally, I was tied to my computer and phone.

Lots happened in that time, so let me give you the Reader’s Digest version:

  1. I turned 40. I know, huge milestone, right? Well I had a huge surprise party and most of my closest friends came out for food and a little recreation. It was a great night and I had a blast. At one point I did look around and said, these are my friends? In the next breath I wasn’t too disappointed either. I do feel like I am still about 25.
  2. I actually kept my mileage up until about May 1st. I had to limit myself to about 20 miles three times per week for most of April, but my fitness levels felt good. I actually put myself on a little strength program where I did about 400 push-ups in 50 rep sets on even days and a little bicep kettlebell routine with some really tough ab work on odd days. My upper body feels pretty strong on the bike right now.
  3. I went for a 50 mile ride on Saturday with some friends who I told specifically, in these exact words, “NO CLIMBING”. Of course these are my friends, so you know they ignored me. We went on some medium effort climbs and I have to admit that I was surprised how strong the competitive juices were flowing. There were a ton of bikers out and we would pick people off on every hill. I am happy to admit we never got passed, not even once. At about mile 42 I was flying downhill at about 40 mph and a guy passed me like I was standing still. He got about 500 feet in front of me and it took me a mile to do it, but I chased him down like he had stolen something from me. I am happy to report he didn’t pass me again.
  4. I am registered for the Double Triple Bypass, the Gran Fondo of Park City, and now LOTOJA. I am super pumped about this schedule. I will write more about each ride/race soon. These are some long and hard efforts that will really motivate me to get some serious miles under my belt.
  5. I am going to be raising money for the Huntsman Cancer Institute as part of my LOTOJA experience, and I will be giving away some cool stuff for those of you who can support me in my efforts. More on that later…

So there you have it — the month of April and half of May. Weather is crappy this week, so most of my miles may be inside, but here’s hoping for a break in the weather before then!

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I have been participating in running and triathlons for 10 years and love the feeling that training provides. You may not agree with me, but you know you just can't look away...