Monday, April 5, 2010

Blustery Days!

One thing about Calgary, the wind sure blows around here!  On Saturday morning I watched the temperature climb a bit and the sun come out from behind the clouds.  Shorts, a short sleeve shirt, long sleeve shirt and I was set!  Um, or maybe not… 

I had opted to do my 2 hour run around my neighbourhood as I had a last minute vet appointment in the early afternoon to get Finlay too.  Soon after I stepped out the door I realized that maybe it wasn’t quite as nice as I thought.  The wind was blowing and it was chilly!  Oh well, I can persevere, right?  Physically the run was feeling fine.  I was mentally prepared for a 2 hour run, I had my water and I had two Gus – chocolate mint and a blueberry pomegranate Roctane.  An hour in I downed my chocolate mint Gu and opted to make a detour to the neighbourhood Starbucks.  After I got going again the wind really started to get to me.  My legs were turning red from the cold wind hitting them.  Now…I was running around my neighbourhood so I suppose I could have gone home and changed but by this time I was a ways away from home.  About 1 hr 20 min in I broke and decided to call it quits and head home.  So there we go…underdressing for my run caught up to me!!  I wound up being 30 minutes short, but oh well…  It was home for a quick lunch, then Finlay and I were off to the vet.  He’s been suffering from an ear infection lately and the verdict was that he still hasn’t kicked it yet, poor guy!  On the plus side the Scottish vet gave me the thumbs up for my Scottish name for my little Scottish dog.

On Sunday I had a ride to take care of.  It was still pretty windy out…but that is the joy of Calgary.  You just have to get used to it around here at this time of year.  Given the sunshine I had no desire to ride my trainer!  I bundled up, grabbed the Cervelo and hit the road heading north.  The wind wasn’t nearly as cold as Saturday, but it was still pretty strong.  I think it was a cross wind…sometimes it was a head wind…but it rarely seemed to be a tail wind!  My legs were definitely more tired compared to my quick ride on Friday.  As soon as I left home I could tell they didn’t have quite the same zip in them.  Oh well, I made it up and down the hills and all in all it was a pretty good ride.  I came home, put the bike back in the garage, swapped out bike shoes for sneakers and ran a quick 14 minute brick.  Home for some core and done!  It was a pretty good week – three swims, three rides outdoors, four runs.

And now on to this week.  It is going to be a busy one..and I’m a bit scared thinking of how I’m going to fit it all in.  I’m working my butt off in order to arrive at the start of the Glencoe Icebreaker 10K nice and tired.  Should be fun, eh?

12 comments:

Teresa said...

Wow girl! You are getting a ton in...keep up the great work!

tn

SSB said...

That just sounds cold to me.

TNTcoach Ken said...

Ah yes, we all love wind! I'll take hills over wind anytime, at least you can see the top of the hill, eh.......... ha

Heather said...

Are you going to be picking up your package on Friday or Saturday for the icebreaker? I'll be working at the tech shop both days so I'll be watching for you! (Though I have a feeling it's going to be a bit of a gong show, so you might have to watch for me!)

Marlene said...

It's been extremely windy around here lately too. At least it's not as bad as those winter winds.

Great job on all the workouts and good luck with the big week ahead!

I hope little Finlay is all better soon.

teacherwoman said...

You are rocking those workouts...wind and all! The wind can get pretty nasty here as well! Yuck! I hate it...more than snow!

Wes said...

Any wind sucks, but COLD wind is suckage to the n-th degree!! :-) Way to get'er done regardless!!

Julie said...

So awesome that you were able to get three outdoor rides in. I can't wait for SUMMER!!! :) :) :)

Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete said...

Yay. It sounds like you really are working your butt off! Keep working hard! You are going to be an inspiration once I start my half ironman training later this month!!

Aaron said...

Kind of jealous. Went to Vancouver for Olympics and I already miss it. I love running in cold weather. I'm in Southern Cal and it already feels like summer. It gets boring.

Aaron B.

lindsay said...

i have become a bit of a running-wimp. i will definitely let over- or under- dressing get the best of me and cut a run short! :-/ a 1:20 run is still solid girl.

hope finlay is doing better!

prashant said...

That just sounds cold to me.
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