Not Quite a Century

But I did get in 70 really fun miles today!

We tackled some hills and hung out with some really cool people in the process. SimplyStu is just as energetic in person as he is in the podcast and IronWil is very genuine and equally fun. I met a bunch of new bloggers (well new to me anyways) who I will definitely have to follow as they get ready to kick some serious butt in Wisconsin Ironman. SLS, RobbyB, Thomps, and RBR were all awesome. I must admit I am a bit jealous I won't be able to tackle the whole course with these guys in a few short months but I have full confidence they are all going to do great.

Trisaratops did a freaking awesome job today. I am so confident that she will kick butt in the Ironman. Those hills are as good as rocked.

I was pleasantly surprised by my cycling abilities today. I only walked up one hill and that's because it was covered in pea gravel. Decided it wasn't worth risking a spill for one more hill. I didn't feel great the first 30 miles but the last 40 were wonderful. I felt strong and I felt like I could ride forever. I had to ask several times if the hills I had just climbed were indeed the "hard" ones the crew had mentioned because I thought they would be worse.

I will tell you what I am SOOO freaking glad I did not do GTC half iron on a whim last year as the hills there are freaking bad a$$ and I now am confident that I won't see anything I haven't seen on the bike in Steelhead and I am fully prepared to slowly but surely ride my way through that bike course on August 5th.

On a sad note my sunscreen decided not to work at all on my left arm and it freaking hurts! It is pretty red and extremely sore.

Just waiting for IronWil to get back from her flighty adventure with Stu and then we are off to hit the town. Perhaps some dancing maybe a friendly putt putt match? Who knows!

12 comments:

Steve S. said...

Mr. SLS here. SLS has similar sunburn issues. The back of her calfs are spotty and red! Great job on the ride today! Congrats!!

Running Jayhawk said...

Awesome job!

Those hills have NOTHING on you :)

backofpack said...

Sounds like a fun day! Way to go on the ride.

Scott said...

Sounds like a great ride. I hope you guys are all out having a great time in Madison (?) while I'm writing this.

Jeff said...

Great work!

RunBubbaRun said...

You did a great job riding the IMWI course... It was great riding and running with you.. Also nice meeting a fellow ultra-runner. Your going to do great at Steelhead half IM..

Habeela said...

It sounds like an absolutely awesome day!

qcmier said...

You're making me sad that I couldn't be there this weekend.

Chad Austin said...

Sounds like a great weekend - except for the left arm. Great photos.

Pharmie said...

It was so great to meet you! And no, you are not the only one still high on life, laughter, and hills from this weekend:) You are so going to rock your half in a month!

Michele said...

Sounds like a great time and a great ride. Awesome job!

DaisyDuc said...

As if there were any doubt in your abilities to conquer Steelhead! You are going to kick butt. Sounds like you all had one fantastic weekend!