Sunday, May 30, 2010

Weekend Review

I hope you all are having a great weekend.  Thanks again for all of the great support - you guys are awesome.

I started the weekend fishing with my dad (oh, I am an official Daddy's girl, by the way).  It was pretty awesome, this is the part of the Kennebec River I grew up on, and I just love being there.  It kind of hit a re-set button for me regarding training too - more on that later.

Fishing with my dad.

We did well, caught and released 12 fish between the two of us.  OK, dad caught 11, I caught 1.  But he had sinking line and I didn't, and they were bottom feeding.  That is my story and I am sticking to it.

My boy Bailey, keeping an eye on things

I just really like that picture of Bailey I took while we were fishing - I have no story to tell about it really except to say he is awesome.

The re-set button is official pushed.  I can bike, and I can swim - so it is time for me to focus on what I can do instead of lamenting about what I can't do.  I want to work on my swimming endurance and speed (and technique, always technique) and I want to get stronger climbing on my bike, and this is a perfect opportunity to concentrate on those two things. 

I went for an awesome 43 mile ride today to Parlin Pond from my house.  It got delayed a little when I went to top off my tire and something funny happened.  Specifically:
  Huh.  Something is funny, the air won't go in.

Yeah, I know, I need to mow the lawn.  Check out Main Street in Caratunk, that is as busy as it gets around here.

Oh yeah, the valve. I somehow managed to break the end off of the presta valve.  I think I would rather start a ride like that then to have it happen mid ride in the pouring rain or something. And the good news is that I got some practice changing my rear tire.  I need to practice that some more, I am kind of slow at the ole' tire change.

The ride was a blast - hilly on the way there, and downhill on the way back.  During the week this ride is out because of flying log trucks, but it is a great Sunday long ride. 

Northbound on Rt 201

There are pretty much no houses once you leave The Forks and start to climb up to Parlin Pond. Usually I see a few moose on this ride, but not today.  The one thing that kind of sucked was there were really strong headwinds the whole time pedaling up hill.  But it wasn't awful, and I figure bring them on now, so if we have them on race day, I will be ready.

My bike needed a break once we got up there.

Once I got to Parlin, I had a quick Hammer Bar and a drink and hopped back on my bike.  I thought the wind will be at my back heading down.  Well....not so much.  It was hitting me from the side, moving my bike 2-3 feet towards sideways.  I thought I was going to get knocked off of my bike a few times.  I just held on, stayed on the hood as down in aero position I didn't feel quite so in control of the wind.  

It took me 1 hour 45 minutes to get to Parlin, and took me an hour and 5 minutes to get down.  So yeah, it is a bit of a climb, but totally worth it for the ride down at the end (barring any crazy crosswinds).

I am trying to figure out a good way to show elevation change on my rides, so if anyone has a good suggestion, let me know.  This is kind of fuzzy, I did print screen from MapMyRun and then cropped it.

Congratulations! I just want to give a shout out to a few folks who raced this weekend.
  • A big CONGRATULATIONS! to Big Daddy Diesel on his first place overall Aquabike finish at Tri for Joe! Way to go BDD!
  • James at Ironman 101 came in first place at the Pump and Run he competed in this weekend! Congratulations James, you are a rock star!
  • Regina at Chiu on This finished the Great Hudson River Swim this weekend! Congrats on finishing the 1.3 mile swim across the Hudson Regina, you are awesome!
  • Jeff (from Dangle the Carrot) and Annie ran a 5k yesterday, I can't wait to hear all about it, but I know Annie totally crushed it!
  • Mark at Journeys of a Triathlete Father of Five - RunnerDude's Blog runner of the week!  Check out his interview HERE for a dose of inspiration.


Big Daddy Diesel said...

Oops wrong race, Cedar Point is in September, thats my "A" race, this weekend was Tri for Joe in Cincinnati.

Thanks for the shout out!!!

I see you liked climbing this weekend!!

Tri-James said...

The best flats happen at home!

Unknown said...

Those pics are so relaxing ... just perfect for the long holiday weekend.

Oh, and you have the perfect Triathlete front lawn!!!

misszippy said...

Great attitude you have about being injured! You'll get super strong on the bike/swim and be ready to put it all together when you can run again. Beautiful pics!

KC (my 140 point 6 mile journey) said...

Nobody can accuse you of not having your priorities straight...yard work or work on the bike climbing some sweet hills? Not a hard choice. Wow! I would give anything to go fishing again. Last time was with my dad and i will always cherish those fishing memories. Something about being out on the water, in all of its beauty does renew your mind, body and soul...even if you don't catch not 1 fish. Good times!


Can I trade you yards? I have 1 acre of tropical jungle lawn that needs to be cut every 6 days or wait a month and use a machette.
Nice profile on the ride and great looking scenery... I'm jealous

Stacey said...

Looks like you are having a great holiday weekend. I love spending time with my Dad too. Love the pics!

DRog said...

Nice reset, nice catch, and great ride! I need to quit lamenting:) and get some good pool time in also. Have a great week!

Johan Stemmet said...

that river looks awesome and so peaceful. i just don't have the patience for fishing, wanna pack up and go after a while if they don't bite.

well done on the training, good for you to stick to it in the wind. it's rides like those that make you strong and you thank them when you nail it on race day

Black Knight said...

It is important "no surrender", biking and swimming will work. Beautiful and relaxing pics. Enjoy your time with dad.

Patrick Mahoney said...

The wind will always shift as you turn. it seems to be the law of riding, at least for me.

Are you using a Garmin? You can upload to Garmin Connect and then should be able to imbed the chart right into your blog.

Aimee said...

I love your pics! And, I also think that picture of your dog is awesome! I think it's great that you go fishing with your dad! That must be so much fun.

Way to battle the wind on your bike ride. Why is it that whenever you think you'll get a tailwind heading back it always changes!? ughh! I hate wind!

AM! said...

you're stoked to have bike downhill skills. that's sweet. (i'm sorta jealous;-)

Maria said...

Sounds like a busy, but good weekend. Fishing seems like it would be relaxing but I think I'd have a hard time sitting still.
Good work on the ride...good climbing!

Whitarican (White-A-Rican) said...

FISHING!!!! I love fishing...I need to plan a trip with the family and do some fishing. Sounds like you had a good weekend! Even bikes need rest too :)

Julie said...

I love the pictures, you certainly live in a beautiful part of the country! I really like the water peaceful:)

Krista said...

Sigh. Look at that open road. No cars. No people. Can I move in next door?

Mark said...

Great post! The lawn can wait. People ask how I balance training, family life, job, and mowing the lawn. My secret? Mow it really short the day before it is going to be a brutally hot day, then let the sun burn your yard, so you are done mowing for the summer. That will free up hours for bicycling!

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