Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Interval Loops!

Our indoor Tuesday night spin sessions are officially over.  Luckily the weather gods were cooperative this week and we were able to meet up for a ride tonight!  Angie decided to mix things up a bit and had us meet out around Bearspaw/Rocky Ridge.  This makes me happy as it is a very short drive from my house to the meeting spot.  In fact, I even debated riding my bike over.  I decided not to tonight, but possibly in the future I will.

We rode a 3+ mile loop around Bearspaw Golf Course.  We were riding mostly residential streets so it was nice and quiet for cars.  The plan was to ride the first loop easily together, then after that we were supposed to alternate riding the loops hard and easy.  The majority of the loop was nice and downhill, which meant that there was a big hill right near the end.  Fun!  The best thing about the loop was that it felt like we were pretty sheltered from the wind.  I rode the loop five times, hopped off and did a super quick brick, then home in an attempt to get things ready for my upcoming trip.

That’s right, I’m taking off!  The Wine Capital of Canada Olympic distance triathlon is on Sunday in Oliver, BC.  I’m not going to lie, I feel like the first triathlon of the season has completely snuck up on me.  I feel like I haven’t ridden outdoors as much this year, plus I’m still getting used to some aspects of the bike.  After all, today was the first time I attempted to reach for my bottle and drink while riding.  Yup, its true!  Plus I haven’t swum in the open water for awhile…  Oh well, this is just a chance to get my feet wet this year, so to speak.

13 comments:

Marit C-L said...

Early season races ALWAYS seem to come too early... but you'll do GREAT! Your training has been awesome, you've been doing the work... now its just about having fun and getting the experience for your IM later on! YEA!!

Dano said...

Good luck with your race on Sunday!!! I will keep my eye out for you in Pentiction.

Ryan said...

I thought all the open water was still Ice this time of year in Canada...

Ha!

Brrrrr

Missy said...

Yay for the first of the year. They do come up fast but such a great reminder of how fun it is!

k said...

If you had said that you HAD done an open water swim this year I might have thought you were a little crazy (unless you had been to Hawaii or something)...the water around Calgary is barely swimmer friendly in August.

Good luck this weekend!

Julie said...

Ok, take a hint from me -- DO NOT attempt to get onto your bike with clipped in shoes for your first race of the season. Hahahahahahaha!!

I am very excited for you!!! You are going to have a great race -- and it is perfect for getting a feel for everything to help prepare you for the big show in August.

Good luck Leana -- I will be rooting for you!!!!!! :) :) :)

And when you start to feel the pain on the run, remember to "swing those arms!" Hahahahahaha!! I mean that in a most friendly and non-dick way, you know!! I told my partner about that guy yelling at you, and I still laugh thinking about what a loser he was -- but it is such an odd story I have to laugh!

Sort of like you finding mens underwear all over the place! Hee-hee!

Anyways, good luck Leana. Lay it down and come home to tell us all about it!!! :) :) :)

Wes said...

Have fun! You'll be great!! We'll be expecting some record paces on those new wheels ;-)

lindsay said...

wasn't it just snowing like a week ago? and now you are going to voluntarily hop in the water?

at first i was thinking you had your first drink & bike and were drinking wine... but yeah then i realized i was confusing things up. :)

Marlene said...

Great job on the interval ride. Nice to be so close to home in a quiet area.

Have a great trip and good luck at the tri this weekend!

Beth said...

Good luck! We will be in Penticton training this weekend and will likely come down to watch the race.

J said...

Good luck at the Tri! You are going to do great!!

Heidi said...

My parents live just up the road from Tuc-El-Nuit. I wish I was going up there this weekend to watch. Looks like it will be decently warm there for you.

Good luck with your race. It'll be good to get you into the season and work out some of the bugs. Enjoy!

Beth said...

Gooooood luck this weekend!! I'm excited for you! And the first race of the season always feels sudden and like you forget what to do...but that's what first races are for. :) Can't wait to hear all about it!